TV Club: The Simpsons: “Let’s Go Fly A Coot”

At the end of tonight’s episode, Homer—having bonded with his dad thanks to Abe’s former military sort-of friends holding Homer at gunpoint—takes the steak he promised as a gesture of his love and purees, boils, and then transforms it into a vapor via the e-cigarettes Bart became briefly addicted to while pursuing Milhouse’s Dutch cousin Annika. The insubstantial steak-vapor Grampa exhales is the perfect metaphor for this overstuffed mishmash of an episode—a brief hit of the memory of pleasure, completely forgettable as soon as its enjoyed.

The biggest sin of “Let’s Go Fly A Coot” is that it never trusts any single story to carry the episode. Watching the first act, I was convinced that the promo materials had listed the wrong broadcast order, so long and convoluted is the introduction of the main plot. (Homer, seeing the absurdly expensive lengths Springfield parents …

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