Remember us? Okay, sorry for falling offline halfway through our rundown of Simpsons episodes. Going back to this briefly, if only because we’re about to upgrade the BrokenTV computer to one that (hopefully) doesn’t slump into an electronic coma each time we ask it to do more than three things at once (yep: grr), here’s the rest of the rundown.
Admittedly, we’d hoped to write full details for each episode stating why they’re so great and why you’re wrong if you don’t agree with us, but there’s no time. So, here’s the rest of that list.
12. 22 Short Films About Springfield
Season 7 episode 21
original airdate 14 April 1996
"Aurora Borealis? At this time of year? A this time of day? In this part of the country? Localised entirely within your kitchen?"
11. Bart on the Road
Season 7 episode 20
original airdate 31 March 1996
“"Well, you sure don't look 25, but your unlaminated, out-of-state driver's license is proof enough for me."”
10. Homie the Clown
Season 6 episode 15
original airdate 12 February 1995
"There's your giraffe, little girl." "I'm a boy!" "That's the spirit. Never give up."
9. Homer Bad Man
Season 6 episode 9
original airdate 27 November 1994
"Now, here are some results from our phone-in poll: 95% of the people believe Homer Simpson is guilty. Of course, this is just a television poll which is not legally binding, unless proposition 304 passes. And we all pray it will."
8. Bart Gets an Elephant
Season 5 episode 17
original airdate 31 March 1994
"Those clowns in congress did it again. What a bunch of clowns."
"How does it keep up with the news like that?"
7. The Front
Season 4 episode 19
original airdate 15 April 1993
"Dear Mr. President. There are too many states nowadays. Please eliminate three. I am not a crackpot!"
6. Homer's Triple Bypass
Season 4 episode 11
original airdate 17 December 1992
5. Lisa on Ice
Season 6 episode 8
original airdate 13 November 1994
"Oh my God, Marge. A penalty shot with only four seconds left. It's your child versus mine! The winner will be showered with praise; the loser will be taunted and booed until my throat is sore!"
4. Marge vs. the Monorail
Season 4 episode 12
original airdate 14 January 1993
"Oh, Andy Capp. You wife-beating drunk."
3. Mr. Plow
Season 4 episode 9
original airdate 19 November 1992
"There's a $10,000 bill in it for you." "Oh yeah? Which president's on it?" "Uh... All of them. They're having a party. Jimmy Carter's passed out on the couch."
2. You Only Move Twice
Season 8 episode 2
original airdate 03 November 1996
"Oh, my God, the 59th Street bridge!" "Maybe it just collapsed on its own." "We can't take that chance." "You always say that. I want to take a chance."
1. Homer vs. the Eighteenth Amendment
Season 8 episode 18
original airdate '16 March 1997
Yes, a season eight episode is the best of the lot. Why? Technically, it shouldn’t quite work – Homer acts out of character for much of the episode by suddenly being clever enough to evade capture, for one thing – but when it’s as brilliantly plotted, utterly packed with killer jokes, and sees Homer revert to dumb at all the right moments (“oh, nothing Marge, it must have been that bean I had for lunch”), it’s our favourite Simpsons episode ever.
Oh, and it ends with possibly the best closing line to any episode of anything ever.
"To alcohol! The cause of and solution to all of life's problems."
Okay, there’s the vastly-delayed list. Disagree with any of it? Of COURSE you do – feel free to leave a comment detailing exactly why we’re wrong, and (PC upgrade permitting) we’ll explain our reasoning on why Last Exit To Springfield is so vastly overrated.
Yes it is.