Round 60: The Springfield Connection vs. Homer’s Barbershop Quartet

Round 60: 2F21 vs. 9F21.

60 rounds! Can you believe it? Doesn’t it feel like, I dunno, only 58? Well, you got me. I skipped 48 a few weeks ago and just now 59 was postponed for the same reason: I’m waiting (for someone) to get (me) Season 16 on DVD. Also I’m waiting for Season 16 to come out on DVD. Also I’m waiting for them to announce when this will happen.

2F21: “The Springfield Connection” (Season 6 / May 7, 1995)
Written by John Collier
Directed by Mark Kirkland
Showrunner: David Mirkin

The Simpsons watch TV.

Not the most exciting or representative frame, but it stood out to me. A beautifully drawn family portrait. In fact there’s a lot of great animation, both dramatic and subtle, in this one.

Funny episode. It’s a good story for Marge. They had to make Homer extra obnoxious to make him “learn his lesson” in the end, and he doesn’t even really do that. So I don’t like that part but it’s okay because it’s not the main focus of the episode.

  • -“Boy, when Marge first told me she was going to the police academy I thought it’d be fun and exciting. You know, like that movie, Spaceballs. But instead it’s been painful and disturbing, like that movie Police Academy.”

9F21: “Homer’s Barbershop Quartet” (Season 5 / September 30, 1993)
Written by Jeff Martin
Directed by Mark Kirkland
Showrunners: Al Jean & Mike Reiss

A dear friend of mine claimed she had never seen an episode of The Simpsons and wanted me to watch one with her, and since she’s a big Beatles fan I chose this one, knowing she’d recognize a lot of the referenced history and artwork. She did.

But she also asked “what kind of creatures” these people are supposed to be and thought Homer’s five o’clock shadow was actually his lips. So she has some way to go.

If you’re playing the Simpsons DVD commentary drinking game, you might want to water down your drink for this one, or you’ll really regret it in the morning. We get…

  • bitterness about losing the Emmy to Claymation Easter
  • Jon Lovitz being there for no reason
  • Jon Lovitz calling Al and Mike gay
  • Al and Mike reminiscing about their days on Carson and ALF
  • Hank Azaria promoting “Along Came Polly”
  • Matt Groening complaining about pupil sizes

The winner: 9F21, “Homer’s Barbershop Quartet.”

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