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S29.E21: Flanders' Ladder 2018.05.20

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Bart is struck by lightning and is visited by ghosts seeking closure only he can provide.

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Title: Dunking into the O!

Couch Gag: Amish! Tis a fine barn, but not a couch, English.

I immediately knew Lisa was getting caught in a Screamer trap the second I saw that maze. Man, the memories. Speaking of which, it's so weird to see the Simpsons being exposed to a VCR for the first time. I'm old. 

And now it's Bart's turn to be in a coma. Man, this was SUPREMELY fucked up, especially Milhouse's shrink committing suicide before Bart showed up. This was essentially a half hour Treehouse of Horror episode, but I didn't mind that. Man, it was a trip seeing EVERY dead character, even all of the Snowballs. Mrs. Glick is dead again, and Jimmy The Squealer's dead, too. And Man, Jackie Mason sounds OLD. 

Of course (coma)Milhouse would be in to Jesus for the abs.

"I need to get revenge on the man who killed me!"
"The writers who killed you off because you asked for too much money?"
"NO!"

Heh, we finally get some (non-satisfying) closure on Maude's death. I did like how Bart just HAD to remind her that Ned remarried (but don't worry, Edna's dead, too. And now I'm sad again). This was kind of freaky. Coma!Homer was actually Bart, and Lisa was in Bart, telling him to hang on. Man, when Futurama did this, it was less confusing. And what a way to end a season: is Bart still in a coma, and if so, is he still aware? Well, no. But we see how everyone else dies. Except for Maggie, she becomes immortal. I loved that Bart still became Chief Justice in this timeline, and Ned managed to remarry (and outlive) SEVERAL more wives. I caught Mrs. Quimby on that wall.

It's been fun folks. See you in the fall.

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9 minutes ago, Galileo908 said:

and Ned managed to remarry (and outlive) SEVERAL more wives. I caught Mrs. Quimby on that wall.

I saw just about every female on that wall, from Cletus' wife to Dr. Hibbert's to Patty (or was it Selma that has multiple husbands) to Seymour's mother to even one of the twins in Bart's class-- now grown up.

Was is it about Flanders???

Homer:  Stupid sexy Flanders.

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This was a surprisingly fun one, in a fucked-up sort of way.

Future Marge remarrying Future Ned isn't shocking. Those two self-righteous mealy-mouthed twits deserve each other. But I'm too jaded on this show to consider anything from that ending canon -- except for Maggie being immortal. That I will happily accept. 

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1 hour ago, Galileo908 said:

Well, no. But we see how everyone else dies.

That segment was done in the style of the ending of Six Feet Under, even the music was the same.

Homer died robbing a food bank.  Hah !!
 

1 hour ago, Galileo908 said:

Man, it was a trip seeing EVERY dead character, even all of the Snowballs.

That was pretty good, there have been so many Snowballs.

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On the topic of dead characters, was Grimey the only one we didn't see?

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Board games burned in the fireplace:
-- Scribble (Dumb!)
-- Don't Lose the Pieces (Useless)
-- Oligopoly (Piece Missing)
-- Needless Operation (So Flammable)
-- Mouse Trip

Homer's VHS Collection
-- Homer/Marge Personal
-- Wasps' Nest in Dryer
-- Bart's First Steps/NBA Pre-Season
-- Wedding Video/Alaska Speech
-- Video of Baseball Card Collection

Alaska Speech ?? Is that from the Simpsons Movie ?

Homer: "Classic moments from a time when people used to tape the shows they loved then never watch the tape again."

Other TV show tapes: Family Matters (it certainly does), the Tracy Ullman Show (well I've had my fill), Saved by the Bell (the hit show that launched no ones career) 

While watching the exercise tape, the case on the VCR says "Homer's XXXercise Tape"

Homer (after bending the ladder rung): "Who's this ladder made for  -- babies ?"
Bart points to sign on the ladder -- Caution - Elephant Strength Circus Ladders

When Homer climbs the ladder, the first 2 rungs are pushed into the ground.

When Homer types 'ambulance' into Oogle.com, the pop-ad he gets states "You may have won $5000.  Take this 100-question quiz."
Of course Homer, presses 'Ok'.

Springfield Hospital -- Come for the -oscopies, Stay for the -ectomies

The right half of Bart's brain was filled Bart-ified versions of famous paintings, including 'The Scream', art accesories, music-related items, and a lot of hearts while the left half of Bart's brain contained complex math equations (Roots of Singh, what looks like Maxwell's equations, force of gravity, etc.), large math symbols, chemistry items and a globe.

Milhouse: "Look at those abs.  The secret is less loaves, more fishes."

Moe: "I don't know what's wrong, I served them all lager".  And points to a lacquer bottle.

Before Smithers commits suicide by leaping off the top of the cooling tower, he's reading Peephole magazine about the 'Mr. Burns - Angelina Jolie Wedding Shocker !'

Flanders' wall of dead wives also included (there were 47 in total):
-- Agnes Skinner
-- Lunch Lady Doris
-- Luann van Houten
-- Patty Bouvier
-- Manjula Nahasapeetapetilon
-- Brandine Spuckler
-- Eleanor Abernathy (Crazy Cat Lady)
-- one of Terri or Sherri
-- Cookie Kwan


Apparently Ralph Wiggum was King of North America -- I'm basing that on the circular stained-glass window of North America behind the throne.
Exactly how North America reverted to a monarchy, we will never know.  He was poisoned by his son who looks just like him.

Ralph's son: "Now I'm the evil king."

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1 hour ago, ottoDbusdriver said:

That segment was done in the style of the ending of Six Feet Under, even the music was the same.

I loved the Marge-Flanders scene recreating Brenda dying while listening to Billy drone on. 

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That ending, that was awesome.  They're sticking to the canon of Bart becoming Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, love it.  Also, that they continue the continuity of Maggie having an important future.  She's immortal, the voice of a generation, and she was the gem child.

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This actually wouldn't have been a bad series finale, really. 

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I saw this and I liked it. Also how did Milhouse knew about the sweater that Bart wore in his dream?

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I could have watched more of Bart helping the ghosts. I like how it was petty stuff. The guy who talks about his Tesla too much. 

Skinner makes it to 119 though. Good for him. 

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On 5/20/2018 at 8:12 PM, ottoDbusdriver said:

Homer: "Classic moments from a time when people used to tape the shows they loved then never watch the tape again."

I can relate to this so much!  (Though there have been some I've rewatched.)  It was even funnier for me because I was actually watching this episode on VHS (not to save though).

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On 5/20/2018 at 10:04 PM, ottoDbusdriver said:

Man, it was a trip seeing EVERY dead character, even all of the Snowballs.

I thought Snowball I was white so I don't remember seeing her. Of course there were several other Snowballs in that one episode too (I think technically we are on five).

It was interesting to see both Family Guy and the Simpsons have characters in a coma. But, for this one it seemed like that had this idea that would sort of work for a TOH, but decided to make it a dream episode. I enjoyed it.

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