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The Simpsons: The Wife Aquatic

by Adam Finley, posted Jan 8th 2007 11:15AM

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Homer and Bart are trapped on a sinking boat:

Homer: [to captain, whispering loudly] Should I hit him with a shovel to spare him the pain of drowning?

Captain: [also whispering] Not yet.

Homer: [whispering] What's the code word?

Damn you, football. You almost made me miss this episode. Luckily, I also Tivoed American Dad, so I was able to catch the last half of this episode, which aired during the time American Dad would have normally started. That's one of the dangers of recording everything I watch.

I thought this was one of the best episodes of The Simpsons I had seen in a long time. It was funny, had some great action sequences, and it even tugged at the ol' heartstrings a little bit. I really felt for Marge as she pined for the idealistic island she remembered from her youth, and was on the edge of my seat when Bart and Homer were trapped in the midst of a "perfect storm," which, oddly enough, was not unlike the movie A Perfect Storm. Fancy that.

Okay, here's a question for anyone reading this: am I correct in assuming that the home movie of Marge as a little girl and the music that went with it was lifted from The Prince of Tides? It's obviously a spoof of something, and that's the only connection I could make, but I haven't seen The Prince of Tides since it came out and I'm pretty sure my brain erased most of it so as not to drive me to suicide.

Some of you may recall that the season thirteen episode "Blame it on Lisa" caught some flak for not portraying Brazil in a positive light, a little fact that made this exchange between Bart and Lisa even more funny as they approach the island and find it's now a smelly trash heap:

Lisa: This is the most disgusting place we've ever gone.

Bart: What about Brazil?

Lisa: After Brazil.

I still say The Simpsons showed Japan in a much more negative light, but I digress.

Two questions: Are Kurt and Luanne back together? I know they got back together in "Milhouse of Sand and Fog," but did that stick? Also, is this the first we've seen of Patty's baby since she was first adopted in the season sixteen episode "Goo Goo Gai Pan?" Hey, I'm a fan, but I don't have a photographic memory.

Lastly, how many of you caught the joke about a young Marge naming the seahorse on the Merry-Go-Round "Mr. Funny Good Feeling?" That was the biggest laugh of the episode for me.

Other great moments:

  • Flanders religious pamphlets that read, "You will die in sin."
  • The silent film shown at the beginning, and the card within it that read, "Twa-hooooooot!" just in case you didn't know what a whistle sounds like.
  • Homer hanging upside down with a hook in his nose, and smiling as people have their picture taken with him.
  • Homer gleefully clubbing a pile of fish in slow motion.

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