Round 84: 7F17 vs. EABF20.
7F17: “Old Money” (Season 2 / March 28, 1991)
Written by Jay Kogen & Wallace Wolodarsky
Directed by David Silverman
Showrunners: James L. Brooks, Matt Groening, Sam Simon
Another very good episode from the second season. You can tell that David Silverman directed it, as again we get some beautiful, inventive angles and shadows. Great story, too, with a real emotional depth to it.
EABF20: “The President Wore Pearls” (Season 15 / November 16, 2003)
Written by Dana Gould
Directed by Mike B. Anderson
Showrunners: Al Jean
One marking of a Zombie Simpsons episode (that I hadn’t really thought about until Dead Homer Society pointed it out but now can’t stop noticing) is that characters just appear out of thin air in places they have no reason to be in, just for the sake of a throwaway joke or as a lazy way to move the plot forward. This happens at least three times in this episode, with Chalmers, Skinner’s mother, and Homer and Marge walking into frame without even the attempt of an explanation as to why they would be anywhere near the school.
The winner: 7F17, “Old Money.”