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'The Simpsons' - 'Boy Meets Curl' Recap

by Jason Hughes, posted Feb 15th 2010 1:00AM
'The Simpsons' - 'Boy Meets Curl'(S21E12) Nothing says "I love you" quite like ... mixed curling? 'The Simpsons' take another look at the sport that's "sweeping" the Winter Olympics by storm. Yeah, sorry about that. I couldn't help myself. Hopefully you can just brush it off.

I respect all athletes, but try as they might I don't think the writers and animators managed to make curling any less weird for me. Surprisingly, the show didn't even really take any potshots at the sport. As far as I can tell, they depicted it fairly accurately, without mocking the inherent goofiness of it, other than to say Marge has been training for it her whole life by sweeping floors at home.

Even still, that may be accurate. The sweeping motion is, after all, a sweeping motion. That is how we clean our floors. I get that this was an Olympics-themed episode to celebrate the Winter Games going on right now, and that it was a Valentine's Day episode airing on the holiday, but the two themes made uncomfortable bed fellows.

An inability to find something to do on Valentine's Day led to Homer and Marge stumbling upon either a Springfield league of curlers who actually practice on Valentine's Day, or a bunch of weirdos who wanted to get together and curl for the holiday. Once there, they tried out the sport and discovered they were quite good, only it was apparently really Marge that was quite good. She just refused to do it without Homer by her side and involved.

So that's the love part. Alrighty, then.

The plotline escalated as expected, and as you see in almost every sports-related movie or television episode. They won their way to the "big game," in this case the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. The coach wanted to kick off the weak link, but the team (Marge) stood by him. The only real difference is that in the end, it wasn't the weak link (Homer) that came through for the victory. It was Marge.

I do believe this was the first time that we learned she's actually left-handed. She's just been pretending to be a righty all these years so as to not stand out. So there's that, to add to the oddness.

Funnier moments came when the Curling event was staged right next to the Curly event. As a huge fan of The Three Stooges, I love it when they make appearances in our modern culture, and this chorus of Curlys managed to work through almost his entire repertoire of material in one quick pan of the crown. Having it culminate with Moe calling them all "Wise guys" and giving them a running smack was the icing on the cake.

The plotline with Maggie and the Olympic mascot pins worked out very well. There were some bizarre inconsistencies with her abandoning her hat and vest temporarily to wear a dress made of pins, but it was all worth it in the end when Bart managed to craft a beautiful fake mascot for the upcoming 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. It was as adorable as the corrupt pin vendor thought it was, as showcased by their strange courtship together, as well as Homer's topsy-turvy dance with it to close out the episode.

All in all, it was a weird time out of Springfield this week, with some highlight moments sprinkled throughout. Bob Costas' take on how the Olympic broadcasters are vampires for shattered dreams and emotional breakdowns was about as accurate a description as I've ever seen, and Costas himself delivered the lines. I'd say NBC might get mad at him for that, but what's the number four network really going to do? Threaten to get rid of him so any one of the networks already doing better than NBC will snatch him up?

Hell, they're probably thrilled for the promotion for their Olympics coverage at all. Maybe 'Simpsons' fans will realize the Olympics are going on right now and want to switch over. While they don't have mixed curling as an event at the Olympics just yet, curling is there, and if the tension on the animated ice was any indication, it's going to be a tension filled few weeks in Vancouver.

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wildbill8

They weren't going out for Valentine's Day, it was a date night in November.

February 15 2010 at 6:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Matjaz

Unlike the rest of this season, I really enjoyed these last two episodes. Maybe Simpsons aren't completely lost yet.

February 15 2010 at 12:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Rebecca

Funny line: Lisa: "Without my pearl I'm just a big Maggie!" (It's true just give her one of those sucky things.)

February 15 2010 at 12:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
henry_jekyll

So I guess Principal Skinner is accepting the blame for the real Seymour Skinner's in utero shenanigans?

February 15 2010 at 12:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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smartone

I notice something last episode that was confirmed tonight
the animation for the Simpsons has become very shoddy.

When the Simpson's moved to HD - the animation reflected how it looked in the movie very fluid with additional subtleties in the colors - but the last few episodes the colors are suddenly flat and the animation almost Flintstone like where the bodies don't really move but the mouths do.

anyone else noticing this?

February 15 2010 at 10:06 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
J

The plotline with Maggie and the Olympic mascot pins worked out very well.

Wasn't it Lisa?

February 15 2010 at 7:25 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Bex

The plotline with Maggie and the Olympic mascot pins worked out very well.

What were you smoking while you watched this?

February 15 2010 at 3:30 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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