Archive | Jul 26, 2014

S1, E8: “The Tell-Tale Head”

“Being popular is the most important thing in the world.” – Homer

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Written by: Al Jean, Mike Reiss, Sam Simon & Matt Groening.

While the first seven episodes were episodes of television featuring The Simpsons, “The Tell-Tale Head” is really kind of the first episode of The Simpsons. Everybody acts like who they are, and the plot balances equal amount of absurdity, pathos and satire.

It’s ambitious: it starts in medias res, with Bart & Homer fleeing an angry mob.

It has classic Simpsons tropes: Bart addressing the angry mob. Homer finding a parking spot right in front of the church.

It adds new characters: Jimbo, Dolph and Kearny – cool older dudes who Bart tries to impress by stealing the head of Springfield founder Jebadiah Springfield.

It has mythology: some of the origin of Springfield itself!

All that, plus Apu!