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'The Simpsons' - 'Chief of Hearts' Recap

by Sharon Knolle, posted Apr 19th 2010 1:34AM
(S21E18) Homer Simpson and Clancy Wiggum becoming BFFs should have been comedy gold; instead, this episode of 'The Simpsons' was a colossal bore. It seems like everything hilarious you can do with the Springfield police -- high-speed car chases, putting squirrels down your pants for the purpose of gambling -- has already been done. They never even go out for donuts!

The SimpsonsSadly, this episode can't compare to the one when Bart and Ralph are forced to have a playdate and end up stealing Wiggum's keys to the city. Ralph only makes a brief appearance here in the B story, but even his dad's statement that Ralphie worries about things like "What if Superman decided to kill everybody?" is proof that this ep could have used a lot more Ralph.

Chief Wiggum's girlish glee that Homer wants to be friends is worth a smile as he declares, "Officer up. Officer way up!" And there are a few throw-away laughs, thanks to the presence of Snake, who's now guilty of "killing a moment" between the new best friends, and Moe, who takes Homer's place in an "Amber Alert" for being "violent and deranged."

Wiggum getting his underwear specially made by a village in the Ukraine, and that about 20 villagers can fit into one pair? Also good for a laugh.

The B story, where Bart becomes obsessed with a Japanese trading card game, doesn't pay off until Principal Skinner suspects that Bart is dealing drugs, not cards. You have to laugh at Marge's reaction: "Bart, dealing drugs? That's impossible. He doesn't have the math skills!" And Superintendent Chalmers pointing out that they've tried everything with Bart -- "Ritalin, Lithium, Zoloft ... well, they didn't work. He has moved onto drugs" -- only reminds us of the much funnier episode where Bart got hooked on Focusin.

The Bart-is-on-drugs angle gets milked a little more as Marge eavesdrops on him playing with Milhouse and overhears Bart raving, "This product is incredible," to which Milhouse says, "It's imported, you know." Ha! Jumping to conclusions based on out-of-context dialogue never gets old. When Marge finally confronts Bart, asking him, "Are you a druggo?" his injured cry of "What? No! Not until you raise my allowance," is one of the few genuinely funny moments. Too bad the story doesn't have a worthwhile payoff -- just Bart dumping his Japanese goods in the toilet and making a crack that if it can handle Homer, it can handle this. Eh.

There's a few scattered laughs, like Skinner's syringe-tastic "Drug Awareness" costume that has Otto tripping: And here I thought Otto only did weed. And when Clancy gripes to Lou, "Who are you, the rules police?" and Lou replies, "No, we are the police police." I probably laughed hardest over the credit on a 'Starsky and Hutch' rerun: "A Stephen J. Copshow production" and the TV montage where everything reminds Homer of Clancy. What's he watching? Just an Edward G. Robinson movie and a herd of pigs.

Extra credit for newly reunited friends Homer and Clancy punking Ned into believing that it's the Rapture, but overall, pretty darn forgettable.

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Greg

This was essentially the same episode as when Bart is forced to be friends with Ralph. Only that ep had it's moments. This one... not so much.

April 19 2010 at 1:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Greg

Again, maybe I should read more than a couple sentences before responding. D'oh!

Still, the Ralph/Bart ep had the great outgoing message scene, which I use for my voicemail. Right now, it's the Jerry McGuire one. But I rotate them now and then.

April 19 2010 at 1:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ImJustSaying

I agree with the recapper. This was a good premise for an episode that was thoroughly wasted. The writers should have gone all kinds of places and taken free rein to be edgy and outrageous. Instead, it turned out to be lame, predictable and boring. The series has shown a few good sparks of creativity and edginess this season, but this episode represents one of its all-time low points.

April 19 2010 at 10:13 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Florin

This episode reminded me a lot of the one where Moe takes care of Maggie, which was equally boring...lazy writers, I reckon.

April 19 2010 at 7:38 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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