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The Simpsons is an animated comedy about a family in the fictional town of Springfield. The family is made up of selfish father Homer, fretting mother Marge, precocious daughter Lisa, rebellious son Bart and silent daughter Maggie. FOX 1989-???


Episode 16 - How I Wet Your Mother

16 March 2012

Credit FOX

Synopsis: Homer takes Bart fishing after screwing his co-workers over and being awarded a day off by Mr Burns. The next morning he is shocked to find that he has wet the bed. Homer makes things right with his colleagues but the bed wetting continues. Marge runs into Dr Frink who happens to have created a device which will allow them to enter Homer's dreams and search for a solution to his problem. The first dream sees Homer skiing and then the Simpson family have to enter one another's dreams to buy time to figure out what is really bothering Homer.

The Good: A cameo from Homer's mother is usually pleasant and is an adequate explanation of the bed wetting but it felt tacked on and not relevant to anything else we saw.

The Bad: If my description above wasn't clear enough then let me assure you that this was a parody of the movie Inception. Though parody is not the right word. Rip off is more accurate because the family simply followed the movie's formula of a dream within a dream within a dream and had several direct recreations of moments from the film. I didn't feel there was much purpose to this structure. The film wasn't being mocked and it wasn't even used to help tell Homer's story. There was no attempt to explain how the family knew to keep jumping from dream to dream and in the end Homer's mum appears to tell them the answer - none of their antics had been any help in figuring things out.

I suppose some may just casually enjoy seeing the Simpsons inserted into the imagery of a popular movie. We got treated to a landscape made up of Homer's gluttonous desires and a world still animated in the Simpsons pre-season one style complete with different voices and cadence to the dialogue. My problem with those scenes is simply that they added nothing to the plot and I'm a fan of narrative, character and conclusion.

The Inception story also turned the episode into a Halloween story where the rules of science no longer apply and no one questions them. Professor Frink was introduced in the laziest manner possible as he flies through the air (from a recent explosion) and lands on a hedge next to Marge. He then announces to the incepted Simpson family that they can die in the dream and throws in that he has just proven that hell exists "and that we all go there." Subtle.

The opening act was equally lacking in logic as Mr Burns catches everyone but Homer stealing office supplies from the plant. He punishes them but really should have brought criminal charges considering his character. Particularly to Lenny who actually stole the stuffed bear from Burns' office.  

Best Joke: I had trouble finding one. But I suppose this one had its heart in the right place. Homer buys a Uralarm to warn him when he might pee in his sleep. The alarm goes off waking the whole family. He tries to play it off but Bart sees it and asks "is this a joke?" Homer responds "Son, I'm afraid the Uralarm Whizznomore 9000 is no joke."

The Bottom Line: The writers once more just copy someone else's idea rather than try to do something with it.



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  • Yes I will definitely stick to that from now on...

    Posted by The G Man, 21/03/2012 11:39am (7 years ago)

  • I thought you were going to wait for my score first :-)

    Posted by The TV Critic, 21/03/2012 11:39am (7 years ago)

  • Seriously some of the worst TV ever made. When episodes are so so so bad, it puts me off watching the show ever again in case I ever have to sit through something like that again. Let the Simpsons end already, although there's nothing to salvage of the show's reputation anymore.

    Posted by The G Man, 21/03/2012 11:38am (7 years ago)

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