Talking Simpsons – Brother From The Same Planet

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This is one of the weirdest episodes of the fourth season, and secretly sorta about Tom Cruise! This is a classic episode of Bart getting his first replacement father. Learn all about Corey, the Big Ear Family, and how something can be even more painful then it looks on this week’s podcast…

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7 thoughts on “Talking Simpsons – Brother From The Same Planet

  1. Funny, y’all putting Wings on blast — Steven Weber did a solid Random Roles for the AV Club the day before this episode posted that I think actually acquitted the show’s reputation succinctly and nicely. http://www.avclub.com/article/steven-weber-wings-party-down-and-why-studio-60-su-245546

    Also, it might not have been that Tom Cruise was too good for The Simpsons, but more TV in general. Recall that was still a time when a movie actor doing TV was very much considered slumming, and rather than take the Sam Etic route he may have just decided to avoid the baggage of a TV role altogether.

    1. I don’t think any of us have any particularly strong opinions on Wings. We were mainly pointing out how it seemed to be a pretty big punching bag for other shows.

  2. lol, Chris: “like how South Park is written in 5 weeks!”
    Bob: “uhh…”
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    I agree that South Park is poorly written. But I also feel that way about SNL…..

  3. Fun fact: the short “Zoo Story” is named for a bizarre one-act play by Edward Albee, who also wrote WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF? So it’s a double meta thing, probably unintentional!

  4. I had sort of forgotten about this episode, but not a lot of its jokes – I just hadn’t attributed them to the same episode. In any case, this is a pretty great episode. I love Homer being so oblivious to all the “BART” calls, the fight between Tom and Homer, and of course the Lisa B-plot (especially that Psycho bit).

    It’s crazy that this was meant to be for Tom Cruise and I never knew that, but it makes A LOT of sense.

  5. Whenever i read the woman-homer joke is that bart is so focused on waiting for his dad he can only spot out cars and features that resemble homer. like if you were lost in a supermarket and trying to find your parents, you’ll end up seeing people with similar features or hair.

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