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Friday, July 3, 2009

Retro Review: Call of the Simpsons

Or The One Where: The Simpsons get lost in the woods and Homer is mistaken for Bigfoot.

The Setup: Jealous of Flander's luxury RV, Homer buys a rundown model, which he proceeds to promptly drive over a cliff, stranding the family in the wilderness.

A Work in Progress: Al Brooks voices Bob, of Bob's RVs, making this the first episode of many, including "The Simpsons Movie", for which Mr. Brooks will provide his voice talent.

Favorite Lines:

Homer: Is that a good siren? Am I approved?
Bob: You ever known a siren to be good? No Mr. Simpson, it's not. It's a bad siren. That's the computer in case I went blind telling me, 'sell the vehicle to this fella and you're out of business!' That's what the siren says. It seems the Ultimate Behemoth is a wee bit out of your price range, and 'wee bit' is me being polite. You couldn't afford this thing if you lived to be a million.

Marge: Homer, I'm telling you, this is not the Interstate.
Homer: Pffffft. Maps.

Lisa: Remember, Dad: the handle of the Big Dipper points towards the North Star.
Homer: Heh heh, that's nice, Lisa. But we're not in astronomy class. We're in the woods.


Teebore's Take: This is one of my first-season favorites, nothing groundbreaking but solidly funny throughout, with the right balance of sitcom humor and zany antics. I particularly enjoy the gag where Homer sets a trap for an animal, only to have the trap fling the animal miles away through the air. Of course, highlight of the episode involves Maggie being befriended by a pack of benevolent bears who still bottles of milk for her and allow her to ride on their backs.

Classic:

One of the first solid, all around funny episodes.

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