The Simpsons Challenge – Season 3 – Episode 4 – Bart the Murderer

The Simpsons Challenge

Season 3

Episode 4 – Bart the Murderer

Couch Gag – This time we get a human pyramid with Maggie on top.

Plot SynopsisBart stumbles upon the local mafia boss, and starts working for him on the side. When Principal Skinner goes missing after punishing Bart, he and Fat Tony’s gang are suspected of killing him, but they try to get Bart to take the rap.

What is going on reallyWhen Bart is looking forward to going to school for once, his homework is done and he is going on a field trip but this all goes wrong when Santa’s Little Helper eats homework and he misses the bus walking in the rain and having a bad day missing the trip to the chocolate factory.

The day gets worse when Bart ends up crashing his skateboard outside Fat Tony’s gentlemen’s club and dragged into work for them as a bar tender.

When Bart gets kept after school one day Fat Tony looks to take care of Principal Skinner who goes missing prompting a city-wide search for him. Bart believes Fat Tony has had a hand in what could be the murdered him but with no evidence Bart is left with only nightmares about what could happen to him.

Star Character

Bart Simpson

Final ThoughtsThis is a fun episode that shows that Bart will most likely end up in a life of crime, he can handle himself around them but most importantly he can get out of it just as easily.

Rating 3.5/5

The Simpsons Challenge – Season 3 – Episode 3 – When Flanders Failed

The Simpsons Challenge

Season 3

Episode 3 – When Flanders Failed

Couch Gag – This time we get a dance before finishing on the sofa.

Plot SynopsisNed Flanders opens a mall store catering to lefties. Homer, however, wishes Flanders would fail.

What is going on reallyWe start with Homer getting invited along with his family to Flanders’ barbeque but Homer is in the mood of not liking how Ned seems to be better off than his family doesn’t want to go.

Refusing to go he gets tempted by the smell of the barbeque and heads to the barbeque. The barbeque has an alternative motive to announce Ned is leaving his job to open a Left-Handed Shop.

Marge also becomes concerned the Bart is watching too much television but ends up seeing an advert to learn karate, this gives Homer an excuse to go to the mall to check on the store which isn’t going well.

When Homer sees his friends and people around Springfield struggling with lack of left handed equipment he doesn’t help but when he sees the shop fail Homer goes out his way to save Ned, while Bart learns his lesson about faking taking karate lessons.

Star Character

Ned Flanders

Final ThoughtsThis is a strong episode because we get to see how Ned and Homer are friends even though Homer acts like he hates him. It shows how the town can come together to help each other too.

Rating 4.5/5

The Simpsons Challenge – Season 3 – Episode 2 – Mr Lisa Goes to Washington

The Simpsons Challenge

Season 3

Episode 2 – Mr Lisa Goes to Washington

Couch Gag – This time the family accidently sit on Santa’s Little Helper.

Plot SynopsisLisa enters a contest and wins a trip to Washington D.C. for the whole family. While there, she discovers corruption and decides to expose the corrupt official.

What is going on reallyThis episode shows how Homer falls for fake cheques but becomes a fan of Readers Digest, even turning his back on television.

The final chapter on the magazine offers a competition for children to get the family to Washington DC. Bring in Lisa the expert on essays as she looks for inspiration.

When Lisa essay shocks the judges, they believe Homer helps but a quick couple of questions proves just how brilliant Homer is. The family is now heading to Washington and of course Bart causes chaos on the plane.

Getting the tour of Washington, we learn of the corruption within the congress, which Lisa witnesses when her very own congressman takes a bride to destroy Springfield Forest. Lisa goes soul searching as she has the chance to expose the truth.

Star Character


Final ThoughtsThis episode is showing this season was going to be a great one because we see how the corruption within Washington can get carried and how it will effect a younger audience.

Rating 4.5/5

The Simpsons Challenge – Season 3 – Episode 1 – Stark Raving Dad

The Simpsons Challenge

Season 3

Episode 1 – Stark Raving Dad

Couch Gag – This time we see the whole family fall off the back leaving an indent of the shape of the family in the wall.

Plot SynopsisHomer accidentally lands in a mental hospital and ends up sharing a room with a white man who thinks he is Michael Jackson.

What is going on reallyThe episode starts with Lisa wanting Bart to get her something special for her birthday, we continue to see how Bart is falling to do the responsible behaviour by not watching Maggie, we see the final failure when he has put his red cap in the wash with Homer’s whites turning all his shirts pink.

Mr Burns sees the pink shirt and believes Homer is going crazy forcing him to take a personality test but let’s Bart fill it in for him. The results land Homer in the mental hospital rooming with a big white guy who believes he is Michael Jackson.

Becoming friends with Michael and having references to One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Homer gets released and brings Michael home with him but Bart getting over excited believing it is the real Michael Jackson bringing the whole of Springfield to the Simpsons residents.

Learning the disappointment Bart has bought Lisa by forgetting her birthday Michael plans to help Bart write a song for, the best gift she has got and we learn the real identity of the man.

Star Character


Guest Appearance

Michael Jackson

Final ThoughtsThis is one the best episodes I have seen so far of the show, it has plenty of references to films, the biggest guest star in Michael Jackson and one of the most complete stories. The song will stick with you too.

Rating 5/5

The Simpsons Challenge – Season 2 – Episode 22 – Blood Feud

The Simpsons Challenge

Season 2

Episode 22 – Blood Feud

Couch Gag – This time the sofa falls through the floor, I really do hope they start getting to the crazy starts.

Plot SynopsisBart saves Mr. Burns’s life. But Homer becomes enraged when Mr. Burns doesn’t return the favor by sending the Simpsons what he considers to be an appropriate “thank you” gift.

What is going on reallyThe episode starts when Mr Burns is on deaths door, he needs a blood transfusion which leads to all the employees given the chance to donate blood, here we get to learn what Carl’s role is too Homer.

When Homer learns that Bart has the blood type in question with Homer hoping to be given a reward for helping Mr Burns. When Mr Burns sends a thank you card, Homer becomes enraged as he believes the family should get a reward, with Marge trying to teach that this was a good deed that didn’t need a reward.

Homer writes a letter in rage but manages to not send it, only for Bart to send it. This leads to Homer and Bart having to find a way to get the letter back before Mr Burns reads.

Star Character


Final ThoughtsThis is a good episode because it shows that you can do a good deed and not need a reward, it does show the consequences of greed between the lower class. This episode does though end up forgetting anything that has happened between Burns and the Simpsons though.

Rating 4/5