Bowling has been very good to TV. Much better than, say, soccer or rugby or even hockey. Here are some of the most memorable moments in bowling in TV history…including one moment that changed the very face of one sitcom.
One of the most dependable lines of humor running throughout the joke of Krusty’s line of products is that they seem to be parts of a fever dream of Republican politicians looking to do away with all business regulation. Krusty Eyewash proved to be such a toxic nightmare that even the often oblivious jester refuses to get near it.
Throughout these digressive episodes, the sea and lakes are transformed from mere bodies of water into inscrutable symbols of a foreboding netherworld populated by mysterious monstrosities and grimly fiendish ogres capable of ascending to the surface to the enact deadly violence upon humans seeking ultimate abomination of civilizing the world above.
Having now listened to every Simpsons episode commentary to date, I can declare with absolute…
The similarity between the Cyclops of “The Atomic Submarine” and the Rigel VII aliens who occasionally pop in for a visit to Springfield even extends to the deep, commanding voice that is tinged with just enough self-satisfied superiority to make it even more unwelcome and threatening.
Perhaps the most unlikely of Lisa Simpson’s boyfriends is Nelson Muntz. Until you start to peer past the fact that Nelson sure is ugly. The episode in which Lisa and Nelson dates is an all time classic, but the most interesting thing is that the temporary explicit connection between the smart girl and the dumb bully has been revisited implicitly several times.
Skinless in Seattle would not qualify as one of the best of the Itchy and Scratchy shorts on “The Simpsons” were it not for one specific element. The short is only tenuously related to the movie that provides the punny title and some may find the fact that the best joke in the short involves an utter lack of a violent outcome as Itchy’s ammo fails to hit Scratchy waiting down below the Space Needle.
The first ten years of “The Simpsons” saw Martin play a large part in several classic episodes. And then, like Mr. Burns, Apu and Barney, Martin just seemed to disappear into the background to be brought out only for a quip or one liner or when the bullies needed a punching bag.
‘The Man in the Blue Flannel Pants’ was ‘The Simpsons’ at their most lackluster, but it does point up the postmodern connection between Homer and Ozzie.
“Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)” has made an appearance in one form or another on three different episodes of “The Simpsons.”