The second thing I did like dealt with Marge being upset with the banners she made being used for a 10 second joke. No resolution for Lovejoy, no final statement about any of the spiritual themes or meanings behind this two episode opus, just absolutely nothing. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. Ladies and gentlemen, that was the spine-tingling conclusion of “Borin’ Priests!” See you all next week for ANOTHER episode where Lisa Simpson makes a new friend voiced by a celebrity! An episode-by-episode retrospective of a truly cromulent show. Is it just because the writers keep forgetting that there’s more to Christianity than the staunch Fundamentalists these days, or do they just not care? Sure, he gets back his church and his congregation, but the town goes back to ignoring him, and he most likely goes back to giving the same old, tired speeches about sin and damnation that the townsfolk have long droned out of. Also I am now looking at the five star Amazon ratings for the book and I’m getting sad so let me just close out this window…. Lovejoy is so excited to find “the smoking gun” to ruin this man’s life, but again, the first part firmly established that he’s terrible as a priest and the spark is long gone. As such, I figured I’s start talking about what I liked in Part 2. The Extremesons" couch gag was animated by Michał Socha and produced by Ron Diamond. But, no. As usual, when this show does direct callbacks, it is always something from the show’s most respected years, and it’s always the clearest indicator of how completely disposable and forgettable the last twenty years of the show have been. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. The Chinese Proverb relayed by Bode about Heaven and Hell: ... Couch Gag: The Simpson's clothes gather on the couch while off-camera, the Simpsons huddle without their outer clothing. Brockman is … Create a free website or blog at WordPress.com. It guest stars Pete Holmes as Bode Wright . All Rights Reserved. Season 31 was under development before Disney even bought Fox. As for the “trial” scene, it just felt like “Shit, we need status quo back and fast!” Like Lisa doesn’t even get the crowd to listen to Bode’s side of the story or even ask Lovejoy to actually show the footage of him burning the bible (Heck, she and Lovejoy barely give Bode the time and day at all during the scene). Absolutely NOTHING happened in this entire episode. Did I miss a scene where Ned challenged Bode to a duel in his home at a certain time? A wholly unremarkable outing. Backstage, the family is shivering in their undies. Incredible Lightness of Being a Baby" is the 18th episode of the thirty-first season of the American animated sitcom The Simpsons, and the 680th episode overall. Marge trying not give hope to Lisa… Man, She really wants to destroy Lisa’s dreams. There are so many! What a completely flaccid outing. Episodes like this and “Much Apu About Something” present the same problem; the status quo is presented as tired, old, and shitty, with them spending all their time bitching and moaning about how miserable it is to still be doing this, and then something newer, and younger, comes along that presents something different that gives this podunk inspiration, and their reaction is… unbridled rage. A much better series would have him reflect on whether or not he should do this, as the Bible itself reflects on stories of those who seek revenge, to which he certainly would know (at least, we’d hope), thus setting up the emotional climax and perhaps the first real change in ages. It is the third two-part episode of the series, after "Who Shot Mr. Couch gag: A parody of the opening title sequence from HBO’s Succession, ending with Homer telling his family they won’t inherit anything because he doesn’t have anything. The episode was written by Pete Holmes and directed by Matthew Nastuk. Any readers out there big “Succession” fans? It just goes to show the writers are too afraid to make any ever lasting changes to the status quo and that’s fucking ridiculous when you are in Season 31! It was a tad saddening, but I did like the delivery of the line. Lisa’s Wiccan friends? Warrin Priests (Part Two) 1 Title Screen Gag 2 Billboard Gag 3 Chalkboard Gag 4 Instrumental Gag 5 Couch Gag Add a photo to this gallery Add a photo to this gallery Add a photo to this gallery Add a photo to this gallery Add a photo to this gallery ( Log Out / – Lovejoy’s trip to Michigan takes him to the doorstep of the megachurch Bode previously worked at, which only served to remind me of the wonderful HBO series The Righteous Gemstones, a very biting and truly brilliant satire on televangelist empires. !” When I was a kid, my conservative father got me the best-selling book “The O’Reilly Factor For Kids,” and in a rare act of teenage rebellion, I burned it in a bonfire with some of my friends. As to next week’s thrilling conclusion of “Warrin’ Priests.” I won’t be here, sadly, as the A.V. I didn’t even have to try, the originality in this show is so painfully removed. Season 31 has truly toppled Season 28 as the most abysmal of Simpsons seasons. Absolutely no episodes in 2020 with any good moments whatsoever. Wow, this is getting insane. – One bonus tidbit: balking at Bode’s Bible burning, Lisa comments, “Why couldn’t you have burned one of Bill O’Reilly’s books? On it are photos of characters and moments from previous episodes: Mr. Bergstrom, Princess the pony, Bleeding Gums Murphy, Lisa teaching Mr. Burns about recycling, and Jesse Grass. A wholly unremarkable outing. and Season 28's "The Great Phatsby". Instead, their showdown in church is interrupted by a musical number from Lisa about how much she loves Bode, more fluff to pad the runtime out. Tune in for “Where the Bart-Fullo Roam”, where Homer caves in and buys Bart a buffalo named Matt, Lisa protests, and Marge strains her poor voice again while Disney tries to make Hudson x Maggie work! ( Log Out / The couch gag remains at the opening of this episode of The Simpsons! I eventually surmised this must be a parody of a show I wasn’t familiar with, but “thankfully” the show just flat-out told me that, showing a Kent Brockman report with the on-screen title “SHOW PARODIES OTHER SHOW.” Afterward, I figured out this was their tribute to the opening title of HBO’s “Succession,” and once again I’ll say for the ten millionth time that a) recreating a thing doesn’t count as a parody if there’s not a lick of satire to be found, and b) a good parody should still play to the people who don’t specifically know the source material. It aired in the United States on Fox on March 8, 2020. In a parody of Succession, the Simpson family stand still in front of the house door, just then to switch to a pool where Bart comes out of and places his swim shorts on Homer's face.. Lisa is walking a horse but a man and a woman takes it, taking Lisa to the family table and the horse to the horse table. In the beginning, it made some sense since Marge herself was a tragic character that had hopes and dreams but was forced to settle in to the traditional role of suburban housewife and likely wanted to prepare Lisa for a similar fate, but as the years have gone by, you’d think they would be more open minded given that Lisa is their favorite character to write for due to her being the vessel for their political and ethical views and America’s social climate have made women more influential than ever. Showing all 9 items. Hi!. That makes no sense either. You can watch full episodes of The Simpsons … Hell, the past 20 years or so have turned him into the worst kind of religious leader; he’s in it only for the money or the fame, and actually detrimental to the cause. And the fact they included a clip from Who Shot Mr. Burns in the intro just makes me wish that was the only two-part episode of the series. The Simpson family sits on the couch. Warrin Priests (Part Two) “I know this is a weird thing to say in church, but we need proof!” Luann Van Houten "Warrin' Priests (Part Two)" is the twentieth episode ofSeason 31. I just don’t get it. What was the point of Lovejoy saving the video to a flashdrive when he never even showed it to anyone? Because if they can barely make episodes last a full 22 minutes without pointless filler, dropped plotlines, and plot holes these days, then what chance do they have with a story that spans more than one of those epsidoes? The title "Warrin' Priests" refers to War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy. Turn's out it's from the HBO series Succession. Mike burning a Bill O’Reilly book on the other hand, sounds way more interesting and entertaining than this stinker two-parter. Where’s Laney Fontaine, the Broadway star Lisa went on tour with? While he rushes back home to reveal the truth, we get some time-filling fluff with Bode vs. Ned Flanders, which really doesn’t culminate to anything. Lisa … It's easy, free, and your work on the wiki can be attributed to you. They scratch the surface of what Ned’s gripes are, but he and Bode never have much of a back-and-forth that amounts to anything interesting. All but one of these moments are from the show’s golden era, with the lone outlier being from season 12, an episode that aired almost twenty years ago. And so, Bode just leaves town and the episode is over. It originally aired on April 26, 2020. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. This is 100% official from the series. Why would the townspeople, who at the start of part one couldn’t get the hell out of church fast enough, care so deeply now about burning a Bible? A couch gag from The Simpsons Season 31, Episode 19 - "Warrin' Priests: Part One", where the Simpson family's clothes (Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie) sit on the couch, while the actual family is in the backstage shivering from cold. No idea what it is from, but it was cool to listen to. 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