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S28.E11: Pork and Burns 2017.01.08

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Marge becomes obsessed with the Japanese way of life; Homer must find a new home for the family pig and Lisa must say godbye to her saxophone.

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46 minutes ago, Galileo908 said:
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Homer must find a new home for the family pig

The Return of Spiderpig ???

ETA:  Yes !!!!!!

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Spider-Pig/Plopper brings more joy as a cameo character than Marge ever does as a main one.

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Intro: Goodbye and Good Riddance 2016!

Couch Gag: Merch that Bart can't buy! That's great.

Heh, so the Simpsons car is a Plymouth. An 86 Junkarola to be exact.

Spider-Pig returns! No surprise everyone forgot about him. You know, I LOVED Homer gleefully getting into van with a gimp rather than having to give the pig to Snake.

"We'll take good good care of Spider-Pig."
"(gasp) You know his secret identity?!"
"And your son is El Barto. These things are very easy to figure out."

Also, loved Burns falling for Spider-Pig, and that the relationship was clearly one-sided. You can't separate Homer and the pig, you can't.

The Mayo Clinic stuff was great, just lots of great silliness.

5 minutes ago, Spartan Girl said:

Spider-Pig/Plopper brings more joy as a cameo character than Marge ever does as a main one.

It WAS weird that Marge couldn't bring herself to throw anything away. She's always the one who wants to toss everything. It was like her to find the book at the Car wash, too.

I am so like Bart when he has to throw things away. Everything KIND OF brings him joy. Except Milhouse. And, like Lisa, nothing gives me joy, either.

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The ER (er, Mayo) tag was brilliant. So what if that show was so 1990s. Its opening credits will always be iconic.

Loved how the snake kept bouncing around after Homer threw it into the bounce house.

This was a fun episode. It was great seeing Spider Pig again. I had often wondered what happened to him. 

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Other books at the Car Wash
-- Eat, Pray, Love, Divorce
-- You'll See Me Later, by Joyce Carol Oates (turns out it was true)
-- No One Edits Me, by Stephen King
-- Killing Hannity, by Bill O'Reilly 

Marge: "Oooh, a best seller.  And nobody goes to Heaven."

Enough can't be said about buying sushi from a car wash.  Or a convenience store.  It's basically food poisoning roulette.
Kind of like the hot dogs at the Kwik-E-Mart.

Homer: "I thought your mother was going to tell us that Grandpa died."
Grandpa: "The meeting ain't over yet."

Homer: "I'm not giving him to you.  You make guys with a windowless van look bad."

Marge: "Wow Homey, gravy is one of your top 3 strangulation triggers."

Wilhelm scream during Burns' football flashback.

I don't think Maggie will be too happy that the Elf on a Shelf was saved by Marge.

Romeo Brand Window Tapping Pebbles.

I thought that was actually a pretty good episode.  The writing was sharp with lots of references -- like the 3 different versions of Maibu Stacy.

I liked Homer's Mayo clinic dream and nightmare.   Fruit !!!!

We even got Plopper's squeal over the credits instead of the shushing.

ETA: 
Homer: "To a less secure man, being mistaken for a pig would be a wake up call."

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1 hour ago, ottoDbusdriver said:

Other books at the Car Wash
-- Eat, Pray, Love, Divorce
-- You'll See Me Later, by Joyce Carol Oates (turns out it was true)
-- No One Edits Me, by Stephen King
-- Killing Hannity, by Bill O'Reilly 

Only caught Killing Hannity. Say what you will about the quality of the story writing, but the background gags are still great.

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The display of Simpsons merchandise was on sale 3 for $1 as part of a Close Out Sale, and consisted of Simpsons-branded Couch gag play sets, trucker hats, snow globes, briefcases, individual action figures of Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and the Couch, the Simpsons Video Game, and standalone versions of the Simpsons on the couch.

The Amazon delivery drone beheaded one of the fairies that boxed up the Japanese Warrior Monks' book.

Japanese Translation sub-titles:
Supervisor: "Attention ! America has ordered our book. We need to make one million copies."
Worker: "One Million ?! That's Dilbert Territory"
Supervisor: "The hell with fine work. We're going mass market."

The robot that committs sepuku after accidentally producing a book with two front covers has a spider-bot heart that crawls out after the robot carves his torso open with a sword.

Sign at the Springfield Car Wash -- Workers Now Have New Employee Smell
Also seen at the Springfield Car Wash -- a Buzz Cola machine and Burly paper towels.

Homer: "Marge, before you go cuckoo for cleanliness and throw everything out think of the kids.  The kids working in overseas factories to make this crap."

Comics Seen at The Android's Dungeon
-- The Incredible Mulk
-- Radioactive Man vs. the Kansas City Royals 
-- Zebra Girl
-- From Heck
-- Radioactive Man vs. Libby

Marge has no less than 15 Japanese Warrior Monks' 1000 sock boxes in her closet -- that's 15000 pairs of socks

Marge: "We've had him since you found him, but I'm the only one who takes cares of him."
Homer: "How hard can it be to clean up after a pig."

Which is particularly funny since it was that silo of pig crap that helped cause Springfield to be encased in a dome in the Simpsons movie.

Gregslist Springfield -- I guess the Simpsons' writers didn't want to sully Craigslist's good name. </snark>

Dr. Nick: "How many opioids would you like ?"

Carl: "Is that Homer or a pig that looks just like him ?"
Lennie: "Sounds like Homer but smells like truffles."
Carl: "Toss in a bag of chips." (watches pig devour chips) "Yep, that's Homer."

Springfield Nuclear Family Day -- part of the settlement for your sterility program

Homer: "Everybody's looking at us. It's like bringing Elizabeth Taylor to the Oscars."

Doctor: "The dogs contused his baby back ribs, of course there is the luau option."
Homer: "I will not subject him to something that has 3 vowels in a row."

Smithers: "Uh sir, I'm kind of worried a lawsuit. Our Lloyd's of London policy excludes the hounds."
Burns: "Damn that Lloyd. He's worn a grudge ever since I took his girl to see Lunardi's balloon."
Homer: "What are talking about ?"
Burns: "I'm not sure myself."

Turns out Lunardi's balloon launch was a real thing -- in 1784. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vincenzo_Lunardi -- I did not know that.

Marge: "You were imagining a clinic full of mayonnaise doctors, weren't you ?"
Homer: "Some were just interns."

During Burns' football flashback:
Burns: "Yay ! Yale wins and only 3 killed."

Of course old Gil is getting married in a self-storage unit, heck he probably lives there.

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23 hours ago, Galileo908 said:

It WAS weird that Marge couldn't bring herself to throw anything away. She's always the one who wants to toss everything.

I was actually reminded of the episode where Marge discovers that she has a hoarding compulsion.

(The Crazy Cat Lady takes over the Simpson house).

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I agree, it was a better-than-usual episode than what we've been getting the last few (or more) years. 

Smithers' clenched fist of agony at his unrequited love for Burns (right after Burns unknowingly mooned all as he searched for Plopper) made me cackle. Give it up, Waylon, just let it go!

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I finally have a chance to reply for this episode. First I couldn't watch it live but I was able later to watch it and I liked it. At first, I thought that the story will be all about Marge's new found craziness about cleaning but instead that was literally put on the backburner for the c plot. Although, it all fitted in nicely, IMO, especially when Marge wanted Homer to get rid of Spider-Pig and Homer became dedicated to finding Plopper a good home (and also a home that won't eat him). The Craiglist parody (I think it was called, "Greglist") was hilarious and yes, meeting those people can be scary. 

I also liked that it was Burns who fell in love with Plopper/Spider-Pig and that Smithers knows that Plopper is Spider-Pig and El Barto is Bart (and even did a meta joke about it all being obvious and easy to figure this out). I also liked that Plopper became Homer's very own support animal.

 

The only thing that I really didn't like was Lisa's story about being depress and why/how did she become so depress?

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