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S28.E03: The Town

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After Homer catches Bart rooting for Springfield’s football rival, the Boston Americans, he plans a family “hate-cation” trip to Boston in an attempt to show Bart that Boston is a terrible city.

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There wasn't a thread for some reason. 

Anyway, I quite enjoyed it. Sure, it had shades of The City of NY vs Homer Simpson (Homer brings the family to a city he hates, still hates it ,but he brought it onto himself) and You Only Move Twice (Homer moves everyone out to another town, everyone hates it but him), but seeing Bart hate "the Bart Simpson of cities" and Homer being won over from his Hate-cation via candlepin bowling were quite fun. There certainly was tons of care put into this episode, I think they brought back just about everyone who ever worked on the show that was from Boston to contribute to this one. Seriously, Dana Gould and Mike Mitchell (former PA, best known for The Birthday Boys and the Doughboys podcast) both voiced characters.

I visited Boston for the first time a few months ago and I can confirm that they drew Boston completely dead-on. Their version of Quincy Market even had the statue of that guy sitting on a bench. Also, so many cobblestones. I think they only aspect they didn't cover was the obsession with "Chowdah," but I think we all know they did that quite well back in season five. Homer thankfully never got to see the downside of Massachusetts's drinking laws (early last call, no beer buying on Sunday, no outside beer in hotels, etc).

I'm from NY and a lifelong Yankees fan, so I shared all of Homer's Boston pain/hatred in this one. Boston really was a neat city full of nice people, but I wouldn't be caught dead in a Red Sox or Patriots hat. So yeah I really loved how much they crapped on the Patriots, er, the Boston Americans (great name). I wouldn't be surprised if the real Patriots actually had their mascot on their roster. 

I also loved seeing all the famous Bostonians at the parade (the Cheers cast, the Dunkin Donuts guy, etc). I also loved the Quimby, MA bit. Definitely had shades of Bronson, MO, as in I wish we saw more but thankful that it didn't go on for very long.

"Mark Harmon, pure American elegance." 

"Can we afford to live in a city that has both a philharmonic AND a pops?!"

"It's like heaven for people who don't believe in heaven." I enjoyed Lisa's bit, here. If "You Only Move Twice" was missing anything, it was a Lisa bit that qas better than her allergies. I also liked how the tough Southies and even the school's leg-up program were too nerdy for Bart.

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The City of Er, Ah, Quimby, Mass. was pretty funny,

I loved 'The Amazing Maze' on the back of the box of Krusty-Os that was on the kitchen table.

Lots of other Boston-specific references spotted:

  • the crates of 'Finest British Tea' at the bottom of Boston harbor -- would those still be there ?
  • Duncan's Doughnuts -- I guess they couldn't get Dunkin as a sponsor
  • Spenser: For Hire's Gifts -- I remember watching Robert Urich on that show back in the day (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spenser:_For_Hire)
  • the nearby Dukakis Eyebrows cart when Homer knocked over the Beantown Bobblers cart
  • Noam Chomp-sky's Grinders and Frappes
  • Even a Whitey Bulger reference -- Bulger's Bowl-O-Rama
  • The Carl Yastrzemski mnemonic on the wall in the Lisa's classroom -- Yes ! America Slaughtered Tories, Redcoats, Zed-sayers, Englishmen. Massachusetts Shall Know Independence.
  • Today's Lunch sign in the school hallway -- Fenway Franks, TD Garden Salad, Gillette-o-fish
  • Robert's Parish -- complete with Robert Parish as the pastor
  • Bill "Spaceman" Lee Planetarium
  • They got the Rob Gronkowski knockoff (Bonkowski) about right
  • In the crowd scenes after Homer ripped the ballcap in half you saw the ghost of Paul Revere, a guy eating a Wahlburgers burger, Ted the stuffed bear (also eating a Wahlburger), Steven Tyler, Ric Ocasek of 'The Cars', Steven Wright, Conan O'Brien, Carla, Cliff and Norm from 'Cheers', The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Elizabeth Warren, Michael Dukakis (wearing a cardboard tank and Army helmet), Barney Frank, Bobby Orr, New Kids on the Block, and the Dunkin Donuts guy (correction, Duncan Doughnuts guy).  Amongst many others, and a lot of doctors.

Did they forget to take Snowball 2 to Boston ?  They only unpacked SLH covered in bubble wrap.

Deciphered the Cheers-iotic Table of the Elements -- Sam (Sm), Coach (C), Diane Chambers (Dc),  Norm ! (N!), Cliff Clavin (CC), Carla Tortelli (Ct), Woody Boyd (Wb), Frasier Crane (Fc), Rebecca Howe (Rh), and Lilith Sternin (Ls).

While Marge called dinner a clam bake, I'm pretty sure that was a clam boil.

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I enjoyed this. It was one of my favorite episodes in a while. 

Even though we saw the Cheers characters in the crowd at the parade, I'm a bit disappointed that we didn't see Homer at Cheers. 

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22 hours ago, Galileo908 said:

Homer thankfully never got to see the downside of Massachusetts's drinking laws (early last call, no beer buying on Sunday, no outside beer in hotels, etc).

We actually can buy beer on Sundays now (this was changed a few years back, but I do remember Sunday runs to New Hampshire all too well!). 

Even as a Bostonian and Patriots fan, I enjoyed this greatly. Bonkowski was pretty hilarious (though I won't get into the whole "cheaters" thing) and I really enjoyed how they turned the whole "tough Southie guys" thing on its head...most people can't even afford a condo in Southie these days and the Combat Zone is certainly a thing of the past.

Anyway, it was a fun episode and I was excited to hear Boston College's fight song being played during the parade.

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Did they forget to take Snowball 2 to Boston ? 

I noticed this too, but aren't they at Snowball III or IV now?  Maybe they used the Snowball II name again. I can't remember.

I like when they showcase other towns, but this episode was meh for me. I feel like a lot of the "fitting in" stuff has been done many times before, like the Hank Scorpio episode.

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On 10/11/2016 at 9:41 AM, Stacey1014 said:

I enjoyed this. It was one of my favorite episodes in a while. 

Even though we saw the Cheers characters in the crowd at the parade, I'm a bit disappointed that we didn't see Homer at Cheers. 

Homer did go to Cheers, back in "Fear of Flying." Featuring an oddly silent Frasier.

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8 hours ago, xander874 said:

I noticed this too, but aren't they at Snowball III or IV now?  Maybe they used the Snowball II name again. I can't remember.

I think you're right -- it's probably SnowBall N, where N approaches infinity or something, but yeah there have been numerous Snowballs.
I call the cat Snowball II because I think that one was around the longest.  :)

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I'm from Massachusetts and I live in NYC, yet I confuse Eli Manning and Tom Brady -- which tells you how much I care about football.  But they'll have to pry my Red Sox cap off my cold, dead body, so I sympathized with Bart and his stubbornness about the hat.

Loved seeing all the sight gags and references.  Man, do I miss Boston. Hey Lisa, let's ditch our families and move back together!

Lisa did revert back to the name "Snowball II" for the latest cat, part of the "let us never speak of this again" ending to that plot.

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In the crowd scenes after Homer ripped the ballcap in half you saw......

And the ducklings! 

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