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Round 45: CABF06 vs. 2F17.
CABF06: “Skinner’s Sense of Snow” (Season 12 / December 17, 2000)
Written by Tim Long
Directed by Lance Kramer
Showrunner: Mike Scully
Why did I remember this as a pretty good episode? Maybe because it’s not quite as bad as some of the other episodes from the twelfth season – you won’t find it in this tournament, but “Homer vs. Dignity” is so god-awful, insulting and horrible that its mere existence almost makes me ashamed to call myself a Simpsons fan – but compared to episodes from the good years this just can’t hold up. It’s not funny. It features a few of the characters’ (especially Bart and Homer) worst qualities. I hated the whole Cirque du Soleil thing and it didn’t get much better from there.
2F17: “Radioactive Man” (Season 7 / September 24, 1995)
Written by John Swartzwelder
Directed by Susie Dietter
Showrunner: David Mirkin
Swartzwelder and Mirkin combined certainly gives us one of the most memorable episodes of The Simpsons. It’s the obvious winner here, and it will be interesting to see how it fares against more family-centered episodes in the future.
The winner: 2F17, “Radioactive Man.”