Round 19: 3F05 vs. 1F18.
3F05: “King-Size Homer” (Season 7 / November 5, 1995)
Written by Dan Greaney
Directed by Jim Reardon
Showrunners: Bill Oakley & Josh Weinstein
I’ve seen this episode so many times I don’t have anything left to say about it. It’s funny, it’s memorable, it’s well made. I took exactly one note, and it’s not a very interesting one, just the observation that Bart, in a rare moment of pride, calls Homer “Dad,” not “Homer.”
What else? Fat Homer is very much a Happy Homer, so that’s good. The story comes together rather nicely, but there’s not a lot of heart to it, so I wouldn’t really call it a “favorite.”
1F18: “Sweet Seymour Skinner’s Baadasssss Song” (Season 5 / April 28, 1994)
Written by Bill Oakley & Josh Weinstein
Directed by Bob Anderson
Showrunner: David Mirkin
From showrunners Bill & Josh to writers Bill & Josh, two years earlier. Not to turn this into a whole big David Mirkin love fest, but all the things that were missing from “King-Size Homer” are apparent here: A great story with real emotional investment, wonderful animation work, inspired pop culture references and quotable joke after quotable joke.
- Lovely “The Wonder Years” homage.
- Marge, to Bart, exactly 19 years ago: “How would you like it if 20 years from now people were laughing at things you did?”
- Apu’s “Jurassic Park” rant!
- Very good guest performances by Marcia Wallace and Frank Welker.
- “A prayer in a public school! God has no place within these walls, just like facts have no place within organized religion!”
The winner: 1F18: “Sweet Seymour Skinner’s Baadasssss Song.”