Round 28: I Am Furious (Yellow) vs. The Call of the Simpsons

Round 28: DABF13 vs. 7G09.

DABF13: “I Am Furious (Yellow)” (Season 13 / April 28, 2002)
Written by John Swartzwelder
Directed by Chuck Sheetz
Showrunner: Al Jean

The Springfield Nuclear Power Plant.

Least unfunny frame I could find.

So sad.

Even before the episode really started, when Homer suffered through another violent couch gag, I wondered, Do they know they don’t have to torture Homer in every one of these?

And then it got so much worse. They have literally taken the two things I hate most about later-day Simpsons and built this episode around it. Homer is angry. Homer is subjected to gruesome violence. They even found time to slip in some of my third least favorite thing, Homer having back-and-forth, one-second-to-the-next mood swings. An all around winner, this one.


7G09: “The Call of the Simpsons” (Season 1 / February 18, 1990)
Written by John Swartzwelder
Directed by Wesley Archer
Showrunners: James L. Brooks, Matt Groening, Sam Simon

The Simpsons camping in the woods.

“There. Finished.”
“You are?”
“Well, it’s a quick job, but it’s shelter.”
“It is?”

Interestingly enough, when they recorded the commentary for this and the other first season episodes, they were in production of season 13, and they even point out that after all these years, John Swartzwelder was still cranking out scripts for the show.

But credited writer aside, these two episodes couldn’t be more different. “The Call of the Simpsons” already shows signs of the greatness that was to come while “I Am Furious (Yellow)” has only the slightest residue of it left.

More about this episode, which I quite liked, in the next phase of the tournament.

The winner: 7G09, “The Call of the Simpsons.”