Round 27: Hello Gutter, Hello Fadder vs. The Day the Violence Died

Round 27: BABF02 vs. 3F16.

BABF02: “Hello Gutter, Hello Fadder” (Season 11 / November 14, 1999)
Written by Al Jean
Directed by Mike B. Anderson
Showrunner: Mike Scully

Maggie Simpson pointing out a butterfly to Homer.

Maggie foreshadowing her Oscar nominated turn in “The Longest Daycare.”

When I was 18 years old, I thought this was a great episode. Now, this is most likely due to two things. First, I didn’t know any better. Second, this was a pretty funny episode. Was. As mentioned before, I used to watch Family Guy. I enjoyed the obscure pop culture references and crass humor. For 22 minutes, once a week, 24 weeks a year, I was more or less entertained by it. But aside from a few, rare exceptions, I never felt the urge to revisit an episode of Family Guy. It’s the same with much (not all!) of Mike Scully’s seasons of The Simpsons. It’s not terrible, but a) it can’t compete with earlier episodes, and b) there’s really no reason to re-watch any of it.

  • I caught this episode on German TV once. When Teller says “I’m not the first Teller,” the people translating the dialogue apparently didn’t know that was his name (or maybe they did and just didn’t care) and made him say, in German, “I’m not the first to tell you this.” Because of course they did.

3F16: “The Day the Violence Died” (Season 7 / March 17, 1996)
Written by John Swartzwelder
Directed by Wesley Archer
Showrunners: Bill Oakley & Josh Weinstein

Lionel Hutz talking to Bart Simpson and Chester J. Lampwick.

Another high-quality Oakley and Weinstein outing with three perfect guest voices from Alex Rocco, Phil Hartman and Kirk Douglas. The ending certainly is… something else. But not in a bad way.

  • Lisa: “It’s one of those campy ’70s throwback that appeals to Generation Xers.”
    Bart: “We need another Vietnam to thin out their ranks a little.”
    (This certainly reads in a whole new light now.)

The winner: 3F16: “The Day the Violence Died.”