Round 118: JABF14 vs. 8F03.
JABF14: “24 Minutes” (Season 18 / May 20, 2007)
Written by Ian Maxtone-Graham & Billy Kimball
Directed by Raymond Persi
Showrunners: Al Jean
Yeah, I’m not gonna lie. I haven’t seen this one in seven years, and since it’s not out on DVD or streaming anywhere, yet, I can’t really tell you anything about it. It’s season 18, so there’s probably a lot of Homer falling down or hitting his head or having his crotch punched by Jack Bauer. Maybe Lisa uses her one line in the show to sarcastically praise the writers for having the great idea of cross-promoting another FOX series.
8F03: “Bart the Murderer” (Season 3 / October 10, 1991)
Written by John Swartzwelder
Directed by Rich Moore
Showrunners: Al Jean & Mike Reiss
They don’t do those kinds of contrasting shots anymore, do they? They don’t do a lot of the things on display in this episode anymore, I guess.
Even if “24 Minutes” (which I’ll revisit as soon as it shows up on DVD or online) turns out to be some kind of season 18 masterpiece, I doubt that I’ll like it better than “Bart the Murderer,” which is just so damn great and funny and beautiful.
- -Marge: “Bart, your father and I don’t want you doing that. Homer, say something.”
-Homer: “How much does it pay?”
-Bart: “Thirty bucks a week.”
-Homer, scoffing: “I make more than that.”
The winner: 8F03, “Bart the Murderer.”