The Simpsons Challenge – Season 4 – Episode 8 – New Kid on the Block

The Simpsons Challenge

Season 4

Episode 8 – New Kid on the Block

Couch Gag – This time the sofa falls through the floor.

Plot SynopsisBart becomes infatuated with his new neighbor but she is more interested in someone else; Homer is kicked out of a restaurant after eating too much.

What is going on reallyWe start with the elderly neighbour moving out need Homer to clean up the yard, Homer becomes captured by the idea of an all you can eat restaurant.

Bart and Lisa play into the myth of the house when Bart meets the neighbour Laura Powers and falls in love, her single mother Ruth welcomes Marge as they become friends.

In a desperate attempt to find a babysitter, Bart suggest Laura as Ruth asks Homer to suggests a friend to keep her company. The kids face having a new dinner, while Homer enjoys an all you can eat.

Homer doesn’t fail in the all you can eat but does find himself kicked out the restaurant and wanting justice, while Bart looks to get tips on winning Laura’s heart from Apu, Grandpa Simpson and Homer but when he meets her boyfriend Jimbo Bart gets hit by reality.

Star Character

Bart

Final ThoughtsThis episode was written by Conan O’Brien and you can tell because it does feel like the most adult show to date with the subject matter and jokes. I do like this episode because it does feel edgy, has a mature storyline for Bart tackling a first love and a law suit that could explain the against the all you can eat problems.

Rating 5/5

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The Simpsons Challenge – Season 4 – Episode 7 – Marge Gets a Job

The Simpsons Challenge

Season 4

Episode 7 – Marge Gets a Job

Couch Gag – This time the heads are all on the wrong bodies and switching heads happens.

Plot SynopsisMarge takes a job at the nuclear plant to help pay for the house’s foundation repair, and Mr. Burns is smitten by her.

What is going on reallyThe episode starts as the Simpson’s home start to slip and Homer wanting to half arse it tries an idiot’s DVD, before Marge calls in an expect. The house becomes a tourist attraction but does need to be fixed leading to Marge considering getting a job.

While attending a retirement party for an elderly member of staff, we see the ruthless natural of Mr Burns but with the new job opening Marge is open to apply for the job.

Homer questions how he can work with Marge and spend time at home but Grandpa Simpson looking after Maggie becomes its own side story. we do get a lot of flash vision in this episode. The episode takes a turn when Mr Burns falls in love Marge wanting to win her heart. We also get to see how Bart learns the moral of the Cry Wolf story.

Star Character

Marge

Final ThoughtsThis is a good episode of the show where we get to see how couple’s working together could struggle but money is important to make sure the family stays secure.

Rating 4/5

The Simpsons Challenge Season 4 Episode 6 – Itchy & Scratchy: The Movie

The Simpsons Challenge

Season 4

Episode 6 – Itchy & Scratchy: The Movie

Couch Gag – This time the sofa turns into an inflatable but it deflates with the family sitting on it.

Plot SynopsisMrs. Krabappel, tells Marge and Homer about the things Bart has been doing, and Homer decides to punish him.; Bart is unable to see Itchy & Scratchy movie.

What is going on reallyWe start with a mock of Star Trek with the 12th instalment mocking the aged actors too. When Homer and Marge attend a parent teacher meeting, they learn that Lisa is brilliant student and Bart is still getting worse behaved, while this is happening Bart is causing chaos at home taking Grandpa Simpson’s false teeth.

Homer and Marge decide to be stricter with Bart and after his latest stunt they ban him from watching the new Itchy and Scratchy movie. This proves to be the ultimate punishment that does teach Bart about responsibility but also shows how a cartoon movie is considered as big as the moon landing.

Star Character

Bart Simpson

Final ThoughtsThis is an importantly character building lesson for Bart as he needs to learn not to misbehave or he will miss a big moment in his childhood, we get a clever joke and guest appearances in the movie who are in fact people who appeared in the Simpson in previous seasons. I do wonder how they just make Bart a brat in this episode rather than a clever prankster to which we have come to know. we also get a future laugh about Soylent Green and how you will need qualification to take part get a job.

Rating 3/5

The Simpsons Challenge Season 4 Episode 5 – Treehouse of Horrors 3

The Simpsons Challenge

Season 4

Episode 5 – Treehouse of Horrors 3

Couch Gag – This time we have the family as skeletons arriving on the sofa.

Plot SynopsisAn evil Krusty the Clown doll makes life hell for the Simpsons, Marge is captured by a giant ape who falls in love with her, and Bart inadvertently raises the dead.

What is going on reallyWe get a Hitchcock like start with Homer giving a warning about the episode as it is the Halloween one. In the first chapter we have the Simpsons hosting a Halloween party as Bart being Alex from A Clockwork Orange. We then move into story time.

First one Bart get a Krusty doll from Homer after he forgets to get him a birthday present. When the doll comes to life it targets Homer but things all work out nicely in the end.

In the second story we enter the world in King Kong as Marge joins Mr Burns and Smithers on the hunt for King Kong. Homer is King Kong and takes a shine to Marge but gets captured and taken back to America before marrying Marge.

In the third chapter Bart needs to read a book and finds the occult section at school and starts trying to raise the dead. When Bart does raise the dead Springfield is overrun as Bart needs to find a spell to reverse the effects bring everyone back to the normal.

Star Character

The Family

Final ThoughtsThis is one of the weaker treehouse of horror because all the stories do seem to have a happy ending and don’t have enough time to shine, we get well known parodies though with Child’s Play, King Kong and Night of the Living Dead. I wouldn’t start with this one though.

Rating 2.5/5

The Simpsons Challenge – Season 4 – Episode 4 – Lisa the Beauty Queen

The Simpsons Challenge

Season 4

Episode 4 – Lisa the Beauty Queen

Couch Gag – This time we get the family confusion yet again, slightly disappointing.

Plot SynopsisLisa enters the Little Miss Springfield pageant.

What is going on reallyWe start with the school carnival where we do have the ridiculous look at how Disney would sue a school fair. We also get to see more of the skills Principal Skinner from the war. We also get plenty of different events but the worst in when Lisa believes she is ugly.

Homer is delighted to have won a ride in the Duff Blimp but now he must do parenting with Lisa feeling depressed about her image. Searching for help at Moe’s because that is always the place he turns too. Here Homer learns of a Little Miss Springfield contest and continues to show he strength at a parent by selling his blimp ticket for the entry fee.

This goes against Lisa wishes but when she learns about what Homer gave up for this and agrees to enter and learning she isn’t the ugly one, she is about to bloom into a beautiful girl.

Star Character

Lisa

Final ThoughtsThis episode got to show us that a parent will always believe and support their children through even the most difficult moments of their lives.

Rating 4/5