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Old 05-11-08, 10:22 AM
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The Simpsons -- "Mona Leaves-a" -- 05/11/08

"Mona Leaves-a"
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After Mona, Homer's mother, passes away unexpectedly, Homer feels guilty for not getting the chance to tell her how much he really loved her.

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Old 05-11-08, 08:00 PM
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Could there be a more depressing episode topic on Mother's Day?
Old 05-11-08, 08:12 PM
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Loved the dig at "Scrubs." That show is so awful.
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Holy shit. This was the best episode of The Simpsons in years. Perhaps even the last decade. Seriously. It had everything - even a plot.
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"Snow day"
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Originally Posted by Shazam
Holy shit. This was the best episode of The Simpsons in years. Perhaps even the last decade. Seriously. It had everything - even a plot.
I'd say it was on par for most of this season, which has been the best season for the Simpsons in at least 8 years.
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Originally Posted by slop101
I'd say it was on par for most of this season, which has been the best season for the Simpsons in at least 8 years.

I agree, this season as been quite great. My friend and I were just mentioning that while watching this episode.
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Why is it that Mommy Simpson episodes are sad and touching. Like the first one with Homer staring at the stars, this one had the bit with him and the sugar. That was very moving. Still morbid for losing Mona on the Mother's Day episode.
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A very depressing cut to commercial "Mommy, mommy?" It's something I never thought I'd find in Simpsons.
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Originally Posted by MechanicalMan
Loved the dig at "Scrubs." That show is so awful.
Um I think you misunderstood the joke. It wasn't a "dig at" Scrubs but rather referencing the fact that NBC is constantly shuffling its timeslot and new episodes that finding a new episode can be a daunting task - like when Homer's mother will show up...
Old 05-12-08, 09:34 AM
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Here's the quote:
Originally Posted by Homer
Mom, I can't believe you're here! You keep disappearing and reappearing and it's not funny! You're just like that show Scrubs!
Seems like a dig to me.
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Sad that she is dead

But I don't like that they are portraying Homer as an over eating kid.. Homer was an athlete in high school (shock-put). It wasn't until he had Bart that he started to loose his hair, and become fat.
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Originally Posted by rfduncan
Um I think you misunderstood the joke. It wasn't a "dig at" Scrubs but rather referencing the fact that NBC is constantly shuffling its timeslot and new episodes that finding a new episode can be a daunting task - like when Homer's mother will show up...
I'm sorry that you misunderstood the joke. But if you did understand humor, then I guess you wouldn't be a fan of "Scrubs," would you?
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Originally Posted by MechanicalMan
I'm sorry that you misunderstood the joke. But if you did understand humor, then I guess you wouldn't be a fan of "Scrubs," would you?
I understand humor just fine and still enjoy Scrubs. Sorry not everybody finds the same style of humor funny (You have to remember, the utterly terrible (read: obvious and horribly unfunny) Two and a Half Men is the most watched sitcom on television.)

Okay episode overall, had a few decent lines and an enjoyable enough spoofy plotline. Sort of a downer for Mothers Day, but I know what they were getting at.
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Not the funniest episode, but a good one. Totally different direction then the show normally takes and I think it worked rather well. Now I just need a religious episode and I am set.
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Originally Posted by slop101
I'd say it was on par for most of this season, which has been the best season for the Simpsons in at least 8 years.
I just thought this episode had a bit more "oomph" than the rest of the episodes this year. The religious jokes between Flanders and Apu were hilarious, for instance.
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Originally Posted by CPA-ESQ.
Sad that she is dead

But I don't like that they are portraying Homer as an over eating kid.. Homer was an athlete in high school (shock-put). It wasn't until he had Bart that he started to loose his hair, and become fat.
The Simpsons rarely follows its own continuity. If they can make a joke out of it, pretty much anything goes.
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Originally Posted by Shazam
I just thought this episode had a bit more "oomph" than the rest of the episodes this year. The religious jokes between Flanders and Apu were hilarious, for instance.
Agreed that sequence was great! I will now secretly call Flanders Joe Jesus Jr. (along with a co-worker or two) from now on.
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I liked the episode but it was kinda creepy with the situation in which Mona died. My mom died earlier in the year at my parents house in her sleep in a chair in front of a fireplace (albeit an electric one). Luckily I wasn't the one to find her like Homer did Mona but still it was very eerie.

Other than that downer, it was good.
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Another great episode from this great season. Glad to see people actually praising the Simpsons again.
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Any thoughts on why this season has been stronger than usual? Has their been a change in writers or producers or show-runners?
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Originally Posted by CharlieK
Any thoughts on why this season has been stronger than usual? Has their been a change in writers or producers or show-runners?
they are done working on the movie, so they can focus all of their energy on the show mabey?
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Originally Posted by CharlieK
Any thoughts on why this season has been stronger than usual? Has their been a change in writers or producers or show-runners?
Yup, new writers this year. Basically everybody got sacked last year.
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Yeah, actually.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simpsons_movie

producers James L. Brooks, Matt Groening, Al Jean, Mike Scully, and Richard Sakai began development of the film in 2001.
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Just finished this one. Good episode, but man what a sad one..especially for it being Mother's Day.

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