TV Club: The Simpsons premiere threatens Marge and Homer’s marriage, our good will

“Marge, after all my divorce-worthy statements and actions—many of which you don’t know about—how can you kick me out now that I’m sick?”

These days, The Simpsons has a habit of trying to come out big in a new season, employing stunt casting or a supposed shocking plot development to generate ratings-worthy buzz. (Remember when Krusty’s father died in last year’s opener? Anyone?) “Every Man’s Dream” doubles down, bringing in guarantor of hashtags Lena Dunham as Candace, Homer’s new girlfriend. Yes, girlfriend. As the quote above states, Marge finally throws Homer out, only for Homer to take up with the millennial pharmacist who dispenses the medication for his just-diagnosed narcolepsy.

Just to be clear, there’s nothing inherently wrong with any of those things. The problem with this disastrously misguided season premiere is that the episode (credited to J. Stewart Burns) botches …

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