Monday, September 25, 2006

The Simpsons: "Please Homer, Don't Hammer 'Em" Review

With a title that references MC Hammer, the episode in question certainly seemed "2 Legit 2 Quit". It was funny and had genuine laugh out loud moments.

The story goes as many Simpsons' stories have gone before. Homer tries to do something, fails, and Marge picks up the slack. Not exactly new. But in this case it was fun. Marge becomes a carpenter, but has to use Homer as a front because no one will hire a woman carpenter. Or as Krusty says "A lady carpenter? What if you get pregnant and I'm left with half a hot tub? And don't tell me you're infertile, I've fallen for that before". As Homer gets more and more credit for Marge's great work, a rift occurs and Homer is left doing a job he can't possibly accomplish. Homer does it anyways, endangering his life, only to be saved by Marge.

The secondary storyline has Bart finding out Principlay Skinner is allergic to peanuts. Bart uses this info to control Skinner, running him through his paces. In the end, Skinner finds Bart is allergic to shrimp, and the two duel ala Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan in Revenge of the Sith (though with "Duel of the Fates" from the first Star Wars prequel playing).

There were some great gags in this episode. When Marge is going through Bart's lunch box for any peanut items she lists peanut butter and jelly, trail mix with peanuts and then exclaims "Good Grief! More Peanuts!", to which a collection of the classic Shultz series is shown. Marge gets the idea to use Homer as carpentry front from Homer's butt crack. Marge is mistaken as a power drill by Lenny and Carl when she is hiding from them. And many more great little gags.

This episode was probably the best episode so far this season. Unfortunately The Simpsons won't return until after the baseball playoffs. See you in November, Simpsons!

4 1/2 Donuts out of 5


Blogger Homer Cubed said...

Although I loved the Charlie Brown joke, I don't think this episode is up to par (even with the first episode of the season). You can read my review at, but it basically says that I don't think the Simposons are using their original "episode formula" if you know what I mean.

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