The Simpsons Challenge Season 4 Episode 20 – Whacking Day

The Simpsons Challenge

Season 4

Episode 20 – Whacking Day

Couch Gag – This time we only get a tiny chair which the family makes the most of for a family photo.

Plot SynopsisMarge attempts to home school Bart after he is expelled from Springfield Elementary. Meanwhile, Lisa protests a barbaric local holiday centered around clubbing snakes to death.

What is going on reallyWe start with Bart and along with other trouble makers getting hidden from Super Intendant Charmers visit to Springfield school but when Bart plans his escape the plan leads to a nightmare for Principal Skinner.

This leads to Bart getting expelled from school and he is forced into trying new school, Lisa isn’t happy about Whacking Day coming, the day where the people in Springfield chase snakes into the middle of town before killing them.

Out of option Bart finds himself being educated by Marge at home, where she learns just how difficult of a student he actually is but his studying helps Lisa stop the oncoming slaughter of the snakes in whacking day.  

Star Character

Bart

Final ThoughtsThis is one of the better episodes of the season, it shows how Bart can be taught if given the right material, it also possess the idea of stupid culture days which bring cruelty to animals that people can just follow for no reason.

Rating 5/5

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The Simpsons Challenge Season 4 Episode 19 – The Front

The Simpsons Challenge

Season 4

Episode 19 – The Front

Couch Gag – This time we get the all singing performance which seemed to be the inspiration for Family Guy.

Plot SynopsisBart and Lisa decide to write their own episodes of the “Itchy and Scratchy” show after they begin to grow bored with the current scripts.

What is going on reallyWe start with Bart and Lisa being disappointed by the lack of creative control in the cartoon Itchy and Scratchy and decide to write their own version of the cartoon.

Homer and Marge get invited to the high school reunion where Homer confuses to never being able to complete high school. Which means they are about to get out of town.

Bart and Lisa find a problem in their idea as they get ignored so they slapped Grandpa Simpson’s name on the script which makes him an overnight sensation. With this going on Homer decides to graduate high school with night classes.

Star Character

Grandpa

Final ThoughtsThis is one of the interesting episode because I like the how Bart and Lisa side of things because writing a cartoon within a cartoon works very well and we get to poke fun how cartoon works, while the Homer side of things seems to drag along.

Rating 3/5

The Simpsons Challenge Season 4 Episode 18 – So it’s Come to This: A Simpsons Clip Show

The Simpsons Challenge

Season 4

Episode 18 – So it’s Come to This: A Simpsons Clip Show

Couch Gag – This time the heads are all on the wrong bodies which leads to them needing to swap.

Plot SynopsisHomer plays a series of (childish) practical jokes on Bart. To get even, Bart uses a paint mixer at a local hardware store to shake up a can of Homer’s beer. Homer opens the can, resulting in a huge explosion that seriously injures the Simpsons patriarch.

What is going on reallyWe start with Homer pulling a string of April Fool’s Day. When Bart gets his revenge he leads to a massive explosion at the Simpson home.

With the treating showing the damage Homer has received over the years through the clips from over the years. This episode just shows us the best adventure we have seen our character go on through the first four seasons of the show.

Final ThoughtsThis is a very cheap episode that shows the show didn’t know where it wanted to go which only disappoints.

Rating 1/5

The Simpsons Challenge Season 4 Episode 17 – Last Exit to Springfield

The Simpsons Challenge

Season 4

Episode 17 – Last Exit to Springfield

Couch Gag – This time the couch eats them.

Plot SynopsisHomer becomes union leader and leads a company strike when Mr. Burns takes away the company dental plan.

What is going on reallyWe start this episode as Mr Burns remembers what is was like before unions in the work place, he wants to take back something from his union, which means cancelling the dental plan. We get an awful stereotype of British not having good teeth.

When Homer becomes the new leader of the union he must fight Mr Burns to get the dental care back and this is also the first time we reference the previous times Mr Burns and Homer have clashed.

Before long Homer finds himself leading a strike against Mr Burns to make sure the dental plan returns so Lisa can get better braces.

Star Character

Homer and Lisa

Final ThoughtsThis seems to be the first episode that does refer to previous episodes which is nice to see, we get a solid enough story of Homer versus Mr Burns to get the dental plan back which gets laughs and tackles the idea of businessmen taking away rights the everyday man would need.

Rating 4/5

The Simpsons Challenge Season 4 Episode 16 – Duffless

The Simpsons Challenge

Season 4

Episode 16 – Duffless

Plot SynopsisAfter Homer is arrested for DUI, and loses his driver’s license, he is put to the ultimate test when Marge pressures him to give up beer for a month.

What is going on reallyWe start by seeing Bart have a dream about winning the science fair, but this is Lisa dream that she is looking to enter into the real school fair. Homer’s day is going on a different path as he plans to leave early to go to the Duff brewery for a tour, this sends him down an escape route through a map with traps along the way.

Bart ends up ruining Lisa’s chances to win the fair by using her model to get one over on Skinner as Homer learns all about Duff. Homer trying to be responsible tries to drive home and gets done for a DUI losing his licence along the way needing to cycle to work.

Lisa sets out on her own revenge plan on Bart by pitting him in a series of tasks against a hamster as her new project. Marge challenges Homer to give up beer for one month to prove he isn’t addicted to it.

Star Character

Homer, Lisa and Bart

Final ThoughtsThis episode had a lot going on in it and it could be argued that these two could have had their episodes because they both tackle entertaining sides. This is the problem both don’t get enough time.

Rating 3/5