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    The Simpsons "Old Yeller Belly" Episode Review (Spoliers)

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    There's a new Simpsons episode on tonight on FOX on 8:00 p.m/7:00 p.m eastern/standard time. For the first time since Season 8, it's a Santa's Little Helper Episode, about said dog becoming Duff's new Spokesdog, and then being hunt down by his original owner (The owner of the dog race track from "Simpsons Roasting On An Open Fire") due to his new fame. It should at least be a more back to basics episode then last week's dud "Dude, Where's My Ranch".

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    Definitely back to basics. The first act started off "we're SOOOO WACKY!!" which annoyed the hell out of me, but the second and third acts were surprisingly great. The emotions are pretty much superficial at this point, but at least the pace was contained and the silliness restrained. It reminded me of seasons 6-8 where there would be a serious story with wacky jokes FROM TIME TO TIME. In this case, the wacky jokes were funny (the homeless person thinking he was Jesus, and Homer trying to scare Lisa (until the third time he did it)).

    And a normal ending? Crazy.

    I think it would have been better if:

    - Santa's Little Helper were replaced by a certain slug from Futurama at the end.

    - The Duff spokesperson were voiced by the VA who plays Duke Phillips (trust me, it wasn't him in this episode. I would know).

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    Ugh...

    I finally thought we'd get a Snowball II episode and we get another Santa's Little Helper episode. I know we haven't gotten a Santa's Little Helper episode in a while but have we EVER gotten a Snowball II episode?

    And since when is Snowball II a guy? Talk about inconsistensies...

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    Not perfect, but definetally better than last weeks. The episode started out wacky fast with the whole treehouse bit, but as Matt said, some of it was funny (such as the one Amish guy fighting the devil with a pitchfork, Snowball's rise to fame). And it was good to see Snowball II to get some screen time in an episode.
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    The bit where at the ending was hilarious.

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    What a rebound. I thought this was a great ep. The best I've seen in a very long time. Except for the treehouse part, it felt like a classic ep to me. It was focused on the characters. The characters didn't act all weird. They didn't say stupid things. There was even random/normal humor like when Homer came out to pick Maggie from the trash can or when Snowball II sat in Moe's dinner. I'll agree with Matt, in that the emotions are kinda superficial now, like I didn't really buy into Bart's crying, but it's good that the ep was at least addressing them. I think the best part about this ep is that I want to watch it again. It's been a while since I've felt this way.

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    Maybe its because I haven't been keeping up with the new episodes and my expectations are too high, but I didn't like this one. The first act was just way too wacky and random, as mentioned. The only good part was the Amish part, which was probably the funniest part of the episode. Act II got slightly better, with a few good jokes here and there, but still nothing great I can remember. Act III was alright, mostly because of Duffman and an actually funny ending.

    Despite some good parts, I still didn't like it (I have a feeling other episodes this season, such as the one last week {which I didn't see, but read the talkback thread}, were a lot worse).
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    This felt like a classic episode. So many characters had screen time and it didn't have that "starts out good and goes downhill" vibe that I got from episodes like last weeks. I definitely didn't expect to see so much Duff Man in one episode, but it was a cool surprise. Very good episode with Santa's Little Hipper, "Frank Lloyd Bright",and the rest of the cast. And the best part: TWO Batman jokes (and not in the same scene).


    Overall grade: A- What a great show.

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    Looks like this Dog has learned some new tricks, and I'm not talking about the writers. Or am I? The Simpsons "Old Yeller Belly" Episode Review.

    If they was any episode this season that described the Simpsons going back to their roots, it was this one. Not only was this a Santa's Little Helper Episode, there were other parts that felt like the older eps. I don't know why, but the Bart's group spying on Lisa's felt more like something from earlier years, and yeah sure the tug of war was a bit wacky, but not totally unbelievable. I also liked the part where Milhouse got scabs on his hands and said "Yes Pity!" and cried to his mom. The rest of the act had some good laughs (The train flipping around in the air, Homer and Bart's tool fight, how the treehouse got lit on fire, and Homer falling without a net). Yeah there were some stupid jokes (The amish, Marge identifying the family by hair shape) but they weren't too much. The second act had probably the most Snowball II on this show...ever!! And to see the cat actually get some respct (sleeping on dinners, being cated around by Homer, and having a park named after it) was a refreshing change of pace. Also nice to see Santa Little Helper feeling unwanted and hated, which actually shows a bit of emotion (yeah, some of it feels fake, but there seems to be a bit of real on the top). The Beer tie-in was handled fairly well (I liked the photographer having a one and a million shot with SLH balancing the beer on hindlegs and then the can falling over and him putting back on saying a million and one shot again) and the commerical was also funny ("How come he has human girlfriends?"). Then comes the real kicker: The dog being reclaimed by his owner, someone we haven't really seen since "Two Dozen and One Greyhounds" establishing a plot point not seen in over 300 episodes and 10 years. Too bad that jerk owner got the rights to the dog. The third act had some good parts (Drunk shark, Duffman sober ((This is his third name. First he was Larry in "Pygmoeilan" and then Howard in "Hungray Hungray Homer" and now Barry. Well since Duffman never dies (((only the actors who play him ((((as refrenced to in "Jaws Wired Shut". Boy, this is a lot of parantesis isn't it?)))) and Duffman one couldn't breath due to a sticker on his mouth and Duffman 2 was probably fired for throwing the manager out, this is the new one) and the ending with everyone against Homer) which makes me give this episode an A-.

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    What the HECK?! This was a HORRIBLE episode!

    Seriously, I just can't comprehend how anyone could see this as a huge improvement over last week. The plot was slightly more on-track (anyone who thinks this is as cohesive as a "classic" Simpsons plot must be insane), but... it just wasn't funny. I'm pretty sure I didn't laugh once. Can someone please tell me where the funny stuff was? Just a few examples? I really just... it didn't do much for me.
    I mean, last week's episode was only SLIGHTLY funnier, but it still actually made me laugh. I'm just all outraged because I don't see how this could be perceived as a "great" episode, or even a good episode. It was just such a dud.


    I laughed a heck of a lot more at the first 3 minutes of "I'm Spelling As Fast As I Can," which aired right after this one.
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    Definately an improvement over the dude ranch stuff. The jokes were well delivered like an old-school episode. The commercial and the gameshow things were hilarious.
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    Has anyone else noticed that they've been resurrecting a lot of ancient characters this season? Seeing SLH's former owner was almost as surprising as Governer Bailey's appearance a few episodes back.

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    This episode had the potential to be a classic, but it fell short, once again. However, it was still a good episode and a huge improvement over last week's episode and most of the other episodes of the past three years. The off-the-wall silliness was restrained, Homer wasn't a stupid oaf, and it focused on "real" emotions for the first time in a long time. That, and more backstory on Duffman. What more could you want?

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    hmmmmm...

    I guess I'm the only one that's pissed off about them changing the sex of Snowball II.

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    It's great having an episode focusing on the pets and Duffman, along with Snowball II doing more than sitting around! I don't think there's ever been an episode focusing on her for more than two minutes, unless I am mistaken.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SirLemming
    What the HECK?! This was a HORRIBLE episode!

    Seriously, I just can't comprehend how anyone could see this as a huge improvement over last week. The plot was slightly more on-track (anyone who thinks this is as cohesive as a "classic" Simpsons plot must be insane), but... it just wasn't funny. I'm pretty sure I didn't laugh once. Can someone please tell me where the funny stuff was? Just a few examples? I really just... it didn't do much for me.
    I mean, last week's episode was only SLIGHTLY funnier, but it still actually made me laugh. I'm just all outraged because I don't see how this could be perceived as a "great" episode, or even a good episode. It was just such a dud.


    I laughed a heck of a lot more at the first 3 minutes of "I'm Spelling As Fast As I Can," which aired right after this one.
    Jeez, another person stating their opinon as fact. If you didn't like it, fine, but you don't say that it is the definite truth that it sucked.

    Anyways, I liked it. The jokes were fine and some hilarious (SLH with Regis and on Pryamid [which is current, unlike last week's Maggie Spears]). By the way, if anyone thinks that the Simpsons ripped off Futurama with Spuds McDuff/Slurms McKenzie, just put the first name of Simpsons', and the last with Futurama's...and that was what they were satrizing. I wouldn't remember that much (only being around four at the time), but it was a dog that promoted Bud Light in the late 80's...

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    Finally, a good episode. I've been really disappointed with almost every episode this season and I really liked this one.

    And I'm glad someone pointed out that Duffman has multiple names.

    I still think the best part in the ep was the way homer looked when he was trying to scare Lisa. Someone here had it in their post. Maybe it's because they showed his gums, but it just struck me as hilarious.

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    Seriously, I just can't comprehend how anyone could see this as a huge improvement over last week. The plot was slightly more on-track (anyone who thinks this is as cohesive as a "classic" Simpsons plot must be insane), but... it just wasn't funny. I'm pretty sure I didn't laugh once. Can someone please tell me where the funny stuff was? Just a few examples? I really just... it didn't do much for me.
    It WAS as cohesive as a classic Simpsons plot. Perhaps you need to watch a classic Simpsons episode some time. They're not about putting as many jokes into 22 minutes as possible, they're about telling a story, expanding character relationships. That's what this episode did. It wasn't meant to be a full-on comedy episode, much like the old episodes never meant to be. The Simpsons never tried being full-on comedy until an episode like.. say.. Thirty Minutes Over Tokyo or Homer Vs. New York, which didn't have much conflict or lessons to learn.

    If you want a show that's about fitting as many jokes in 22 minutes as possible, watch Family Guy. After all, that's what The Simpsons is trying to emulate now.

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