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    The Simpsons - "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire" - Talkback [4/22]

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    Broadcast Order: Season 1, Episode 1
    Production Order: Season 1, Episode 8

    Writer: Mimi Pond
    Director: David Silverman

    A classic episode airs tonight at 7:30 PM Eastern. Originally, FOX was going to air the 500th episode for the 25th anniversary of the network. Then they realized that if they were going to air the first episode of Married with Children, then they might as well do the same for The Simpsons. Technically, this is the 8th episode produced but the first episode broadcasted. Anyway, let's watch for the memories. Here is the synopsis:

    While Christmas shopping, Bart sneaks off and gets a tattoo.

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    The "Batman smells" jingle will always be a classic to me.

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    "Ow, Quit It!"

    "Ow, Quit It!"

    "Ow, Quit It!"

    Can't beat classic Simpsons.

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    “Don't worry you guys, if he ever runs away he'll be easy to catch!”

    Oh man, currently having a nostalgia attack with this and Married with Children.

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    "Copyright 1990" at the end.....shouldn't it say 1989?
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    Just for the sake of reference, the last time Fox aired this was in December of 1994. Almost 18 years ago.

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    As with most season 1 episodes, this one's just OK, but parts that still make me laugh:
    -"Ow! Quit it." (repeat numerous times) "Hey, what's with this?" (pokes it) "OW! Quit it."
    -Homer failing to memorize the reindeer's names ("Donna Dixon?")
    -"I'm Bart Simpson. Who the hell are you?" "(angrily) I'm Jolly Old St. Nick."
    -The receptionist explaining why Homer's paycheck is so low
    -"I don't want to leave until our dog finishes." (waits for a few seconds) "Aw forget it, let's go."

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    So many touches that make them feel like a real family.

    It's strange how Lisa is the only one that stands out as a character that could only be the product of a writers imagination.

    I'm always struck by the background music.
    Especially in Moe's. Bars without music would be really depressing. But then again, this is Moe's.

    I remember being a bit shocked by the $75 Christmas trees price. I guess I live too close to the tree supply that I still wouldn't pay that much for a tree.

    You know, if they were that strapped for cash, I think they should have just left Bart keep the MOTH tattoo.

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    I watch this one every Christmas, and I still love it to death. It's a surprisingly strong "pilot," especially considering the general "rough-ness" of season one. It's got a ton of great quotes (which everybody has already pretty much already covered), and I like how there's some genuine drama here. I always love the act break with Homer standing out in the snow hopelessly looking down at the ground. No music, no cheap joke, just complete silence. It really makes an impact. I can't remember the last time we saw a recent episode of the show do something like that.

    It's got some great visual gags, too, like the birdhouse in the family's Christmas tree. My personal favorite is when Homer's "inspecting" the meters at the power plant, which are obviously reporting some sort of danger or meltdown, yet Homer just keeps calmly checking off his list and walking to the next one. "Mmm-hm, Mmm-hm, Mmm-hm..."

    I'm pretty sure it aired uncut, too. Props to FOX for that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Paltridge View Post
    "Copyright 1990" at the end.....shouldn't it say 1989?
    It was like that even in the original airing.
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    ​Love the end card

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    We still love you.*

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    Didn't rewatch this one, but I did watch it when it debuted on Fox, erm, a zillion years ago by now...

    Favorite line (and one of the all-time favorite Simpsons lines):

    MARGE: YOu are *not* getting a tattoo for Christmas.

    HOMER: Yeah, if you want one, you'll have to pay for it out of your own allowance...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aquadementia View Post
    You know, if they were that strapped for cash, I think they should have just left Bart keep the MOTH tattoo.
    Marge only had the tattoo removed because she was depending on Homer's christmas bonus to make up for the money she had to pay for the removal. If she'd known Homer's bonus wasn't coming, she probably would have waited until after the holidays to have it removed.

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    I caught the last few minutes of this when it aired. Having never watched a classic Simpsons episode, I was shocked at how mellow Homer's voice sounded. For those of you who are knowledgable about the show's history, how long was his voice like this before it morphed into the much dumber-sounding one Dan Castellanata uses now?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aquadementia View Post
    It's strange how Lisa is the only one that stands out as a character that could only be the product of a writers imagination.
    I'm sure she still is (rimshot)

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    Quote Originally Posted by CyclonatorZ View Post
    I caught the last few minutes of this when it aired. Having never watched a classic Simpsons episode, I was shocked at how mellow Homer's voice sounded. For those of you who are knowledgable about the show's history, how long was his voice like this before it morphed into the much dumber-sounding one Dan Castellanata uses now?
    Castellaneta changed Homer's voice with the second season, stating (IIRC) the newer voice allowing Homer to be more expressive, etc. (The first season was shooting for an imitation of actor Walter Mattheau's voice.)
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