437. The Good, the Sad and the Drugly

The Good, the Sad and the Drugly(originally aired April 19, 2009)
Alright, what old episode are we rehashing this week? Oh, “Bart’s Girlfriend,” except if the first act was the entire episode with no interesting twist? Or anything interesting whatsoever? Greeeat. So here’s the story: Bart meets this girl Jenny, who’s a goody two-shoes good Samaritan, and must pretend to be good to get her to like him. That’s the episode. That’s it. In “Girlfriend,” we saw similarly with him trying to win over Jessica Lovejoy, but then it actually went somewhere. Here, it’s just… nothing. But I’m not even going to try to compare these two, because it would be way too unfair. So who is Jenny? Why, another celebrity-voiced one-off with zero personality to speak of, of course! She’s voiced by Anne Hathaway, and again, mighty fine actress, nondescript, forgettable performance. You could swap dialogue tracks with Natalie Portman from a few seasons back and I wouldn’t be able to tell the difference. It’s just another throwaway role.

The “conflict” occurs when Milhouse discovers the two together; he had previously taken the fall from a massive prank at the school and gotten suspended, and finds Jenny is the reason Bart stopped visiting him. He then goes into creepy stalker mode, which totally fits him, as Bart gets more and more nervous that his mischievous past will come back to haunt him. So, build-up, build-up… and then Bart just comes clean with Jenny. Then he makes up with Milhouse and the episode ends. It’s astonishing just how uneventful these shows are getting; there’s barely anything to speak of because barely anything happens. There’s a B-story featuring Lisa’s pessimistic world view being quelled by happy pills, reducing her into a whacked-out stupor where she can only see smiley faces… and then in the end, she stops taking them. Like, stuff will start happening… and then they’ll stop happening. Stories used to have arcs that made sense and were impacting. Now we’re lucky if we even get one at all.

Tidbits and Quotes
– Last season we had Skinner and Chalmers go through absurd, ridiculous lengths to get Bart suspended. Here, they’re so dumb they can’t figure out who Milhouse’s accomplice was. Whoever could it be? Ridiculous.
– Ignorital: more obvious product names. Also, it’s not a lot of fun to see Lisa completely out of her gourd, and is a very, very subtle satire on mind-altering medication.
– Lenny visits his grandmother’s grave, which reads… “Lenny’s Grandma.” They already have the joke with him bringing the Duffman standee there, couldn’t they have just put a frigging name?
– I’m really at a loss here, this is one of the most empty, boring episodes I’ve ever seen. It may trump the astronomy show, actually.

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16 responses to “437. The Good, the Sad and the Drugly

  1. mmmforbiddendonut

    DeadHomerSociety pretty much covered the Bart’s Girlfriend comparison: http://deadhomersociety.com/2009/04/20/just-another-telling-example/.

    And the happy drug-induced hallucinations was already done a lot better in Weekend at Burnsies.

  2. The scene where Homer hits his head on a dinner plate to kill a fly is up on YouTube as “Funniest Simpsons scene ever.” There is no hope for humanity.

    • Even Peter Griffin isn’t that fucking stupid…

      • I can think of BILLIONS of Simpsons moments that are funnier than that, and that includes stuff from the ZS era.

      • Alpha Blondy

        To be fair Homer does actually get the fly and with minimum food spillage.

        (I agree though, it’s a dumb gag. They handled Homer’s reaction to getting a fly on his food much better in Homer’s Triple Bypass)

  3. Sad state of affairs, guys, lol. Anyway, good review as always Mike, shortest review yet and shortest “Tidbits and Quotes” you’ve ever done. But keep up the great work, over a little more then a handful of episodes to review and your done! p.s. Astronomy episode?

    • Is it that one from season 14 your on about?

      • Yes, he’s referring to “Scuse Me While I Miss the Sky”. He’s brought it up a good three or four times by now as precedent as one of the most boring episodes of the series. Personally, I didn’t think it was that bad, although it goes without saying that it isn’t classic era quality.

  4. Anne Hathaway then returned the following season to voice a love interest for Krusty.

  5. I’ve not seen this episode, but didn’t Lisa already “ascend to a higher plane of existence” way back in Selma’s Choice?

  6. That has got to be the laziest done drug trip in the history of the show…

  7. Also about the school falling apart at the beginning sure not everything there is just screwed in??? also the 3 Z’s does not work as the school’s name only has 2 N’s… EPIC FAIL!

    • One of the Z’s is from half of the M that broke apart. If you look closely, you can see it’s shaped differently. But that’s certainly the least of our problems…

  8. I honestly can’t remember if I’ve ever seen this episode or not, and what is worse I really don’t care.

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