Round 24: 7F01 vs. 1F09.
7F01: “Two Cars in Every Garage and Three Eyes on Every Fish”
(Season 2 / November 1, 1990)
Written by Sam Simon & John Swartzwelder
Directed by Wes Archer
Showrunners: James L. Brooks, Matt Groening, Sam Simon
It is, in fact, not true than you can recreate the movie Citizen Kane entirely from clips of The Simpsons, but you can get pretty close, and this episode will certainly get you part of the way there.
Not much to say about this one. The voices and character models make it look a bit dated, which can be expected from a 23 year old cartoon. That episodes from just a year later don’t look dated at all – now that’s amazing.
1F09: “Homer the Vigilante” (Season 5 / January 6, 1994)
Written by John Swartzwelder
Directed by Jim Reardon
Showrunner: David Mirkin
I love all the references and absurd jokes, but they kinda get in the way of the story, which is very thin. As with anything from the Mirkin years it’s a high quality production, the animation and the score are beautiful. But it’s just not an episode I hold particularly dear.
The winner: 1F09: “Homer the Vigilante.”