The Simpsons “Exit Through the Kwik-E-Mart” Review

This week’s episode of The Simpsons got off to a great start as the town of Springfield payed homage to the amazing HBO show, Game of Thrones. Indeed, if Springfield is Westeros it is only fitting that The Simpson’s couch would be the throne. Hopefully that does not make Bart and Lisa the Jamie and Cersei Lannister of Springfield. Ick.

Bart’s graffiti tagging alter ego returned tonight in a take on the Banksy-centered documentary “Exit Through the Gift Shop.” El Barto takes to the streets and tags the town with less than flattering images of his father as payback for being unfairly punished for giving Marge a thoughtful gift. As usual, Homer is the last to know that the images are of him. Poor Homer.

Although I enjoyed the cameo appearances by Shepard Fairey, Ron English Kenny Scharf and Robbie Conal in the main plot, I actually found the subplot with Apu and Trader Joe’s Sweeper Jack’s much funnier. A new health food store in Springfield, Swapper Jack’s, promises customers white wine, grass fed lettuce and a whopping six aisles of olives. Apu’s regular customers begin to stray but it is Homer’s betrayal that drives him over the edge. The sword toothpick fight between Apu and Homer was pretty funny and quite fitting for both men.

The funniest moment of the night was when a desperate Apu decided to rob the Swapper Jack’s and he finally gets an opportunity to pull a gun on Snake, a new cashier at the health food store. For all the build up, the story quickly comes to an end with Swapper Jack’s closed and Apu struggling to bounce back at the Kwik-E-Mart.

Although not as thrilling as the Game of Thrones opening sequence, the episode was solid and had some pretty funny moments.

Favorite Lines:

“You may have thumbed your nose at the police and made yourself into a combination of Robin Hood, Luke Skywalker, and, well, every rapper ever, but unless you prove that this wasn’t just a one-time spree and take your controversial artform to the next level, I am not impressed.” – Chief Wiggum’s reprimand to a then unknown El Barto.

Mr. Smithers: “He just said the show is a sham!” Ron English: “Oh, it is. And I’m just a guy sitting at a table. The only thing that’s real is the sign that says, ‘No Refunds.’”

Bart to Lisa: “Fine, fur is murder. Everything is murder!”

Sound off below on this week’s episode of The Simpsons and the return of El Barto.