Round 72: FABF04 vs. 7F02.
FABF04: “I, (Annoyed Grunt)-Bot” (Season 15 / January 11, 2004)
Written by Dan Greaney & Allen Glazier
Directed by Lauren MacMullan
Showrunner: Al Jean
I have now seen this episode four times. Once on TV, once when the DVD came out, once with commentary, and now for this tournament. That’s enough. I don’t ever want to watch it again.
The writers love torturing Homer, and sometimes, with a little restraint and focus, that can make a good episode (“The Homer They Fall,” “Homerpalooza“), but this is season 15, and restraint and focus are long gone.
7F02: “Simpson and Delilah” (Season 2 / October 18, 1990)
Written by Jon Vitti
Directed by Rich Moore
Showrunners: James L. Brooks, Matt Groening, Sam Simon
Fun(?) fact: At the start of the episode, when they’re watching the Grade School Challenge and Homer yells out “Hitler!,” Bart’s response (“Hitler?”) was, for some reason, slightly expanded in the German dubbing, where he incredulously says “Hitler? Was denn noch?” To this day, when someone answers a questions with “Hitler,” I’ll try to respond with that, even if it’s only under my breath.
Anyway, terrific episode.
The winner: 7F02, “Simpson and Delilah.”