Round 34: Mom and Pop Art vs. How the Test Was Won

Round 34: AABF15 vs. LABF02.

AABF15: “Mom and Pop Art” (Season 10 / April 11, 1999)
Written by Al Jean
Directed by Steven Dean Moore
Showrunner: Mike Scully

Marge Simpson painting a flooded Springfield.

Aside from the truly beautiful animation and visual references, this episode didn’t do much for me. It’s not great, but it’s far from the worst. It’s… well, it’s okay, I guess.

  • Favorite detail: The bear at Jebediah Springfied’s feet is wearing a snorkel, too.
  • From the commentary, after the joke about Christo’s umbrellas killing someone:
    Matt Groening: “There was some hesitation over that joke.”
    George Meyer: “Maybe there should have been more.”
  • (I thought it was a good joke.)

LABF02: “How the Test Was Won” (Season 20 / March 1, 2009)
Written by Michael Price
Directed by Lance Kramer
Showrunner: Al Jean

Luann Van Houten

The first thing that struck me about this episode was how little of it there actually is. Extra-long credits, extra-long couch gag, extended flashback/clip-show sequence and a whole lotta awkward silences that seem to scream “We’ll put a joke in here as soon as we think of one.”

I did like a few things, the image above is one, also Ralph singing the Spice Girls made me laugh, and the Footloose-ending was kinda nice, even though it seemed like yet another time filler.

On the other hand there was the disgusting visual of Burns spouting blood like a fountain. So while “Mom and Pop Art” really isn’t all that good, at least it didn’t contain a moment as god-awful as that one.

The winner: AABF15: “Mom and Pop Art”.