S2, E6: “Dead Putting Society”

“Homer, I couldn’t help overhearing you warp Bart’s mind.” – Marge.

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Written by: Jeff Martin

The simmering tension between Homer and his perfect neighbor Ned Flanders boils over into all-out war. Well, kinda: the war is actually played out via a miniature golf tournament pitting Bart against Todd Flanders.

The father of the boy who doesn’t win has to mow his law wearing his wife’s best Sunday dress. ¬†Bart and Todd, who aren’t enemies, though they aren’t really friends, either, decide to call it a draw rather than cope with the pressure put on them by their fathers.

Don’t have a whole lot to say about this episode, other than during the mini-golf montage one of the holes as Itchy & Scratchy, which is to be expected, but for some reason, Scratchy is hurting Itchy, instead of the other way around.

Don’t know if this is an animation error or reflection that maybe originally Scratchy was going to inflict as much carnage as Itchy, and then they decided it was funnier to make Scratchy the Washington Generals.¬†

In any event, the Flanders family wasn’t yet quite the comedic goldmine they would be in future episodes – hell, Ned was even drinking microbrew and had a game room – but you could see the writers figuring out who they were.

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