The Simpsons Challenge – Season 1 – Episode 12 – Krusty Gets Busted

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Season 1

Episode 12 – Krusty Gets Busted

Couch Gag – This time we get the Maggie popping out and being caught again.

Plot SynopsisHomer witnesses a robbery at the Kwik-E-Mart, where the culprit is a man dressed like Bart’s hero, Krusty the Clown. Does the children’s television host have a sinister second life, or is there more to the story than meets the eye?

What is going on reallyWe start by seeing the first appearance from Krusty in a main role and how his long-suffering assistant Sideshow Bob along with the first introduction to the Itchy and Scratchy show.

We learn how Homer must pick up supplies before going home only to find himself in an armed robbery by Krusty on the K-Kwik Mart. Homer being the only witness with video evidence Bart must face the truth about his hero.

With the whole town thinking he is guilty only Bart believes Krusty is innocent and the trial goes on the court finds Krusty guilty. Bart and Lisa work together to prove that Krusty could have been innocent.

Star Character

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Guest Appearance

Sideshow Bob (Kelsey Grammer)sideshow-bob

Final ThoughtsThis episode opened the door for the support characters to have their own episode with the Simpsons just being part of it, we also get the introduction of the nemesis of Bart in Sideshow Bob who will become his enemy for seasons to come. I believe this opened the door to have any character in the spotlight outside the main family.

Rating 5/5

The Simpsons Challenge – Season 1 – Episode 11 – The Crepes of Wrath

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Season 1

Episode 11 – The Crepes of Wrath

Couch Gag – This time we return to the Homer popping out onto the floor, we really don’t get too many big ideas yet.

Plot SynopsisAfter another of Bart’s pranks at school, Principal Skinner suggests he participate in a student exchange program. However, he is sent to France and forced to work all hours in a vineyard, with little chance of escape.

What is going on reallyWe start by seeing the mess Bart makes around the house causing Homer falling down the stairs stuck on the floor being covered in the animals of the house.

Bart forced to clean up finds himself a cherry bomb taking it to school just as principal Skinner is showing his mother around the school. This turns into a prank where Skinner returns Bart back home.

Skinner has come up with the idea of putting Bart on an exchange program to France with the Simpsons taking in an Albania child Adil. The Simpsons find themselves with what seems like a perfect child but Bart on the other side of the world finds himself being taken advantage of by his foster carers.

Adil comes off all sweet and innocent but is really an undercover spy while Bart continues to struggle with his time in France, but when he discovers the truth about what the men are up to he can expose the truth and return home.

Star Character

Bartgrapes

Final ThoughtsThis is bar far the biggest episode of the show so far having two stories in different settings going on side by side and each part both working very well make this one of the best of the season.

Rating 5/5

The Simpsons Challenge – Season 1 – Episode 10 – Homer’s Night Out

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Season 1

Episode 10 – Homer’s Night Out

Couch Gag – This time we return to the collapsing sofa.

Plot SynopsisAfter a photograph of Homer canoodling with an exotic dancer is distributed throughout Springfield, he finds himself kicked out of the house by Marge.

What is going on reallyWe get to see six months in the Simpsons household as Homer’s assistant goes from single to married and promoted above him and Bart orders a camera that makes him a spy.

With Homer going to his boss’s bachelor party the rest of the family go out for dinner, but it just so happens to all be taking place in the same location where Bart captures a photo of Homer dancing with the exotic dancer.

When the photo gets spread around town Homer becomes the centre of attention but Marge finds out and kicks him out of the house. Homer must face the truth to what he has done making it up to Marge.

Star Character

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Final ThoughtsThis is the second episode in a row that has dealt with marital problems between Marge and Homer, I would question the placement of this episode because the previous one Marge almost cheats on Homer and all Homer does is dance with striper. I feel this is a poor episode from what was a solid season.

Rating 1/5

The Simpsons Challenge – Season 1 – Episode 9 – Life on the Fast Lane

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Season 1

Episode 9 – Life on the Fast Lane

Couch Gag – This time we don’t get one.

Plot SynopsisMarge contemplates an affair with a handsome bowling instructor.

What is going on reallyLisa and Bart making birthday breakfast or Marge making a mess of the kitchen as they get on with it, but Homer has forgotten forcing him to go shopping last minute.

Homer as always messes up by buying a bowling ball for Marge despite the fact Marge has never bowled in her life. Wanting to prove to Homer that she will keep the gift Marge learns to bowl under the tutorage of seductive bowler Jacques.

We see how Homer must look after the kids while Marge is trying to make a difficult decision finding herself racked with guilt. This episode show how the Simpsons will always go through difficult situations but however hard they are they will always come out on top.

Star Character

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Final ThoughtsThis shows us what we will be getting from the show even if nothing ever goes through as Marge goes through what is the most difficult decision of her life picking Homer or Jacques.

Rating 3/5

The Simpsons Challenge – Season 1 – Episode 8 – The Telltale Head

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Season 1

Episode 8 – The Telltale Head

Couch Gag – This time we return to the Bart popping out falling on front of the television.

Plot SynopsisBart gets more than he bargained for when he saws the head off a statue of the town’s founder.

What is going on reallyWe start with Bart and Homer carrying around the head of Jedediah Springfield with the whole wanting to kill them, Bart begs for time to explain which will be the episode in question.

We flashback to the Sunday before church as we see how the children go to Sunday School while Homer wants to keep on top of the American football score.

Bart wanting to see a new movie Marge bans him seeing he ends up befriending the trouble makers from school Jimbo Jones, Kearney and Dolph who sneak him into the cinema. This episode really does introduce us to the most characters around the town.

Wanting to fit in Bart cuts off the head of Jebediah but only sees how the town get put into disarray with the decision Bart makes. Bart must face the actions he has done showing us that not everything needs to e to impress.

Star Character

Barttelletale

Final ThoughtsThis episode showed how Bart was always trying to seek approval from the kids he considered cooler than himself, this will become an on running theme in the show but the most important part of this show is that we get to meet large amounts of the locals rather than just the odd one which has been the way early ones.

Rating 4/5