The Simpsons “At Long Last Leave” Review


This week’s episode of The Outlands The Simpsons marks the 500th episode of the series. Congratulations! The opening sequence celebrated the special occasion with several funny bits including Milhouse taking Bart’s place at the chalk board because indeed, Bart had earned a day off. Viewers were also treated to a mosaic of opening couch sequences shown at rapid speed.

The Simpsons are duped into retreating to their emergency bunker while the town secretly meets to vote on whether or not to banish the family from Springfield. As a result of Homer’s drunken shenanigans, Bart’s pranks and Lisa’s environmental activism, the town decides The Simpsons must go. Even Maggie shares some of the blame due to her inability to cry. Maggie ‘s transition into a tattooed, mohawk-wearing, knife-wielding bad ass was pretty funny. She managed to be a highlight of the episode without uttering a single word. The “go to hell” parade float is one of the most humorously mean things I’ve seen since the episode where the town decided to place all of the world’s horrible people on a rocket to the sun.

The Simpsons finally settle upon a new home in The Outlands where watching “Fox” means literally watching a fox and Wikileaks replaces the Flanders as your neighbors. Wardrobe changes are seldom on The Simpsons so I liked the use of new clothes as a sign of how dire the family’s circumstances had become.

Unsurprisingly, the town becomes intrigued by The Simpsons new home. Lenny, Carl and Moe come to see what all of the fuss is about and before long, all of Springfield (except Skinner) has relocated to The Outlands. The episode reminded me a lot of the plot of The Simpsons movie, particularly in the way the entire town turned against the family. The episode certainly had its funny moments but was not the grand event one would expect for such a landmark occasion. I suppose after 500 episodes, The Simpsons are owed a bit of a break. After a television run this long, the expectation is perhaps better aimed towards consistency rather than novelty. Although The Simpsons have been relegated to social pariah status many times before, the episode was still funny and enjoyable.

A few funny quotes from this week’s episode:

>”I pick up books like you pick up beers.” Lisa to Homer
“Then you have a serious reading problem.” Homer’s response to Lisa.

>”Don’t worry, my last words will be ‘I can outrun that lion.'” Homer to Marge

>”Girling down.” A phenomenon that evidently takes place after a failed attempt to “man up.”

Sound off below on this week’s episode of The Simpsons. Was it episode 500-worthy?