Dethroning Moment: The Simpsons
"... What the hell was that?!"
Being a Long Runner
, it's only expected to have a few slip-ups
here and there.
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Seasons 1- 8
- Wildstar93: "Bart vs. Thanksgiving". Sure, Bart did do something stupid like ruining Lisa's project, but what does Marge do? Yells at Bart that he ruined Thanksgiving! And after that, instead of just explaining what he did wrong and trying to make things easier, Marge yells at him more to apologize. No. Just... no. No way am I ever watching that episode.
- rednessamon: I agree with you completely. Yes, Bart ruined the centerpiece Lisa made, but Marge should've at least explained what he should apologize for. And claiming that an entire holiday is ruined, just for a burned-up centerpiece? No wonder Bart ran away. That particular episode is always hard to watch.
- trinityb: My beef is how come none of the adults brought out the turkey. The turkey was obviously heavy and there was plenty of time for Marge or Homer to do something but everybody just stood there and watched them fight. I admit Bart was well rude but all Marge had to do was take the turkey, take the piece and put them somewhere. Heck, his little fantasy showed he realized what he did on his and it really was their reaction that caused him not to want to apologize.
- marioandsonic: I have to talk about a moment from one episode that really rubbed me the wrong way. In "Bart The Murderer", the episode begins with Bart waking up to what's supposed to be a great day: he has his homework done (which, knowing Bart, is very rare) and his school is going on a field trip to a chocolate factory. However, the entire first act pretty much makes Bart a Cosmic Plaything: he steps on a plastic dinosaur waking up, his dog eats his homework, he misses the bus and has to walk to school in the rain, gets hit with a ball during recess, can't go on the trip due to forgetting his permission slip, has to stay at the school and lick envelopes, and has to ride his skateboard home (again, in the rain). One of his skateboard's wheels falls off, and he winds up at the door to the Legitimate Businessmen's Social Club, where Fat Tony and his gang resides. Now, that's not what the DMOS is for me. The DMOS is how Lisa acts during this entire first act. During the scene where Bart misses the bus, as the bus drives away, we see a shot of Lisa waving goodbye to Bart with a smug grin on her face. She could have easily told the bus driver to wait for him, or at the very least, tell the driver to stop, but no! She doesn't do anything! Then, at the chocolate factory, Lisa says "I think is something Bart would've really enjoyed, but it's the only way he'll learn." Learn what?! What did Bart do wrong here? All the guy wanted to do was go on a trip! Ever since then, I couldn't stand Lisa anymore. And the newer episodes only make her worse in my eyes. I'd go into that further, but some examples have already been listed here.
- Mic1988: Grandpa's actions in "Home Sweet Home-Diddily-Dum-Doodily". Marge and Homer lose custody of the kids when they take a trip to the Spa and leave Grandpa at home to look after Maggie; being Grandpa he falls asleep instantly and when the Child Protection Agents come by and spot the mess that's been there (which it was due to projects Lisa was doing) he does nothing and lets them take Maggie and they take Bart and Lisa as well. When Homer and Marge get back and see what happens Homer rightfully calls him out on what happened. His response? "Oh bitch, bitch, bitch" and walks off.
- Kryz: Many of the take thats directed towards fans are especially mean-spirited, but none more so than the following exchange from "The Itchy And Scratchy And Poochie Show": "Last night's Itchy and Scratchy was the worst episode ever. [...] As a loyal viewer, I feel they owe me." "For what? They've given you thousands of hours of entertainment for free. If anything, you owe them." "Worst. Episode. Ever." The show wouldn't be the Cash Cow Franchise it is today without its fans, who are exposed to the ad-breaks that fund the show's initial run and who loyally purchase the DVDs, comics and other merchandise. The above dialogue is a disingenuous and ungrateful statement that downplays the fans' role in the show's success and its history, and as a stab at critics of later episodes' perceived decline in quality, accuses them of not being in a position to criticize a "free" TV show.
- Ciel12: For me, it's Season Seven's 'Lisa the Iconoclast'. As we all know, Lisa is a straight shooter, and if she cheats to get ahead, she invariably caves in and tells the truth. But this episode revolves around her trying to find proof that Jebediah Springfield, town founder, is a fraud, after accidentally stumbling on his confession. She gets her moment, then bottles it, merely telling the town that he was great and claiming to the antiquarian that the 'myth has value too' as it brings the community together. I hate this ending for two reasons: One, it's completely out of character for Lisa. She believes in the truth, in doing the right thing, and she is the voice of reason. Two, I think that that argument encourages illusions and delusions. It brushes over issues of historical accountability, and so much violence is caused by people's idealised concepts of their countries. Pride is good, yes, but the problem here is Springfield is clearly not a good town, and coming together for one day does not fix that. Bart even had to remind the townspeople in another episode that they took their heritage for granted! To me, the better aesop came in 'Lisa Goes to Washington'- she exposes the truth, learns the system isn't all bad, and we get the nice wrap-up of the competition winner thanking her, with the reminder that pride in one's country requires vigilance against injustice to balance it out. Potentially YMMV, but the OOC and accidental approval of the quick fix ruined it for me.
- 13thman: Homer's Enemy. For those who know, no explanation is necessary, for those who don't, none will suffice. However, since that doesn't qualify as a DMOS explanation, I will provide one. A hard working man named Frank Grimes moves to Springfield, is immediately shat on by the system, being passed over for an animal, despite having enough knowledge to be plant foreman or something similar. He is partnered with Homer Simpson, who is in fine form as a Karma Houdini in this episode. After a series of mishaps by Simpson, for which Grimes is blamed, Grimes goes crazy, accidentally kills himself. Everyone in Springfield laughs at Homer at Grimes's funeral. The way the whole affair was handled was basically Dude, Not Funny!, the episode. Most Simpsons episodes up to this point derived their humor from, among other things, lambasting problems caused by human arrogance and negligence - sins that we're all guilty of. They would take assumptions that we would make in real life, and then extend them out to ridiculous, but logical conclusions, to show the absurdity, and in some cases horror, of the things that we considered logical in real life (One example of this being Fat Tony's speech about bread and cigarettes in Bart the Murderer). This, combined with such things as contrasting what people in various positions thought in public vs what they thought in private, and showcasing the surprising amounts of ignorant faith we put in people of power, who may have been less competent than we ourselves, made the show a relevant, relatable parody and commentary on our own lives, and a classic for 7 years running. It's not a coincidence that the combined DMOS count for seasons 1-8 is less than almost every given season afterwards. This episode though... it wasn't clever, thoughtful, relatable, or anything. It was basically a Family Guy episode, powered by the main cast doing increasingly stupid and criminally malfeasant things, until someone is killed or injured, after which everyone has a laugh. Unlike other episodes such as Two Cars in Every Garage and Three Eyes on Every Fish, Homer the Vigilante, and Bart's Girlfriend, I couldn't relate to anyone in that episode. I didn't know anyone like anyone in that episode. I think that there's a lot to be said for how horrible society is deep down, but this episode didn't do a good job of describing that at all. Instead of pointing out society's actual faults, like earlier episodes, it basically stuck a Mary Sue into a Springfield that had been replaced with the cast of Idiocracy, and had horrible things happen to him until he died from them. Basically, as described before, a Family Guy episode. I don't know what the point of this episode was, but it surely wasn't to get laughs. Pretty much the last Simpsons episode I watched regularly - occasional viewings of later episodes confirm that I haven't missed much in the following 19 years.
- Chromesthesia: I think "The Principal and the Pauper" was when The Simpsons took a turn for the worse and went downhill from there. Just the whole concept of Seymour really being Armin Tamzarian was painfully dippy. Horrible story telling. You're better off just pretending it doesn't exist.
- Corn Cob Man: That's pretty much the common point when most Simpsons fans stopped watching the show. Even Matt Groening (the show creator) and Harry Shearer (the voice actor for Principal Skinner, and other characters like Ned Flanders, Dr. Hibbert, Smithers, Mr. Burns, Rainier Wolfcastle, and Lenny) don't like the episode and don't talk much about it.
- TT 454: I too was deeply disappointed by this episode. Skinner was a very well developed character and we learned a lot about him and his past, and this made us care about him. This ridiculous episode flushed all of that down the drain.
- Cannotrememberpasswords: Dear FSM Almighty, "Lisa the Simpson". Basic plot: Lisa finds out that the family has a gene that basically makes you go through Alzheimer's around 8 years old. At the end of the episode, it turns out that it's only on the Y chromosome, and thus, only men can get it. Let's disregard the incredibly faulty ideas about genetics this episode has, the continuity that prior showed Bart and Homer being Book Dumb and having a crayon lodged in his brain, respectively, as well as successful automaker and inventor Herb Powell being a Simpson, and Abe Simpson demonstrating extreme battlefield competence, and simply note that it ends on the note that all men in the Simpsons family are doomed to basically become drooling idiots and there's nothing they can do about it. But not Lisa, so apparently this is a happy ending. Yep, Bart is never going to have a decent career and he's probably going to fail at every endeavor, and Homer was destined to that fate from the start, but Lisa can solve that brainteaser. Whoop-de-friggin'-doo. The worst part is that they could have had it end with Lisa accepting the gene, and have Homer give it to her. But no-oo. Lisa must be Always Right.
- Bananaquit: "Saddlesore Galactica". Really, the whole episode, as it seemed cruelly calculated by the writers to raise the ire of anyone who criticized the show. However, I was willing to give it the benefit of the doubt; even though I didn’t laugh once during the first two acts. Then comes the third act, where it’s revealed that jockeys are really Keebler™-like elves who live in an underground cave beneath a tree. Who perform a horrid musical number.
- Philipthepatsy: "Alone Again, Natura-Diddily". Maude dies in a horrific, over the top manner, leaving poor Ned a wreck. Add on that the episode itself wasn't very funny, and you've got one of the most depressing episodes of the series.
- Adam Kalb: It doesn't help that the episode aired the day before Valentine's Day.
- Shadsie : What annoyed me most about that episode was how Maude wasn't even given a dignified funeral. The T-shirt canons that killed her were employed as a salute with tacky T-shirts and there were tacky racing-ad stickers all over the coffin. It's a wonder that everyone involved isn't being haunted.
- iansimsjam: I'm surprised no one has mentioned "Bart To The Future" yet. What's so bad about it? First of all, it makes Lisa president. Sure, Lisa is generally a smart character, but does she really need to be president?! I think the writers are exaggerating how successful Lisa is.
- "A Tale Of Two Springfields"
- Monsund: While most of the Homer getting mutilated jokes in the later seasons were pretty bad, Homer getting his intestines ripped out by a badger was just the worst in my opinion. This isn't South Park or Family Guy where characters can be messily killed only to come back later, Homer isn't Kenny, the regular episodes of the Simpsons are supposed to have some basis in reality. Keep the Happy Tree Friends type humor in The Itchy & Scratchy Show and Treehouse of Horror, don't let it bleed into the actual plot. I feel bad that The Who showed up in such an awful episode.
- Romanator X: Oh, lord I hate this episode. While there are worse episodes, the moment when the show that many regard as the greatest of all time pretty much crashed and burned was when Homer actually manages to make his Mike Scully persona look sane by attempting to blow up town hall. Over freaking area codes which only he had a problem with. He was about to commit an act of terrorism that would have killed hundreds just because he did not get the meaning of changing the numbers from 636 to 939. Not only is this selfish beyond even his normal standards, this is idiotic beyond belief. The worst part? Between that, and his other Jerk Ass behavior through the episode, he gets away with it all. Honestly, in the real world, he would have been imprisoned in a federal prison for fucking life for terrorism, conspiracy, and public unrest! It was at this point that Scully made Homer his Creator's Pet, where he can get away with everything despite being a borderline handicapped jackass. I can see why Matt canned Scully after this season.
- 32_Footsteps: "Homer vs. Dignity". The infamous scene in which Homer is anally raped by a panda bear. Not that the rest of the episode was any better (The Other Wiki even notes on the page for it that it's often considered one of the show's worst episodes), but that one scene made me so disgusted that I can't even go back to watch classics from the 90's, let alone anything made since.
- Smapti: "The Great Money Caper": There's a perfectly logical explanation for this, and that explanation is - Hey, everybody! SURF'S UP!
- A Justice: "Simpsons Safari". The family goes to Africa, gets lost, and winds up at a chimp preserve. It appears that poachers are stealing the chimps, but it turns out that the "poachers" are actually with Greenpeace and are saving the chimps from the scientist (a Jane Goodall expy) who runs the preserve: she's actually using them for slave labor to mine diamonds for her. When confronted, she bribes the family with diamonds, while cackling and sporting a crazed look (showing that isolation and greed has driven her over the edge). And what do the Simpsons do? Take the bribe and let the chimp-torturing nutjob go further down the goddamn chute (except Lisa, who just complains about it). You really gotta question their morals when they prefer getting rich over getting a person mental help.
- ergeis: The episode "I am Furious (Yellow)" where Bart creates a cartoon based on Homer, where Bart was inspired by a cartoonist who spoke at his school. What happened was that the cartoonist told Skinner and the kids that he didn't have to work hard in school because all he did was draw all day. I get that it was just a throwaway joke used to set up the actual plot of the episode and it's probably another case of self-deprecation by the creators but it's a DMOS (it wasn't horrible enough to make me swear off the show forever, I didn't know which DMOS I should talk about) to me because it reminded me that this is a very common attitude everyday people have about artists, that somehow it's an easy job that requires little skill.
- 'Blue Butterfly': "Strong Arms of the Ma" genuinely shocked me when I saw it for the first time. I can put up with plenty, but this episode hit a lot of points: unsympathetic degradation of Ranier Wolfcastle, while people ransack his home; the apparent need to get Homer out of the picture so that Marge can get mugged, as if his presence would have prevented it; the incongruously serious and sad suffering she goes though, including the heartbreaking moment of bursting into tears in front of her kids, and the family's anxious coaxing when she's trying to recover; the idea that you can cure agoraphobia with steroids; the unnecessary and OTT beating of her mugger, which the police just cheer at despite it being blatant assault; everyone criticising Marge for not being feminine or attractive, and the solution being a return to femininity... But worst of all, this is a family show, shown in the early evening in the UK, and my little sister was watching it with me when Marge raped Homer. He says he doesn't want to have sex with her and she tells him she wasn't asking and pushes him down on the bed. They cut away to him, dazed in the morning, and no mention is made of the fact. It's simply passed over as if it isn't a massive issue and horribly abusive. I expect such things from Family Guy and indeed Lois rapes Peter a few times over the course of the show, but this is The Simpsons and it's not okay.
- 'Shadoboy': Many of the tropers before have hit the nail on the episodes I have disliked, but there's one I'd like to add: "The Fat and the Furriest". During the episode, Homer is being labeled a coward and everyone makes fun of him because he was afraid... after being attacked by a grizzly bear. Seriously? What kind of person wouldn't be scared after being attacked by a 500 lb animal with huge claws and teeth? Specially hypocritical after how the whole town overreacted to the one harmless bear that strolled into town in "Much Apu About Nothing". It was around this time that I started to notice that Springfield was full of jerks.
- RAZ: Foregoing my previous entry on here, there's one scene in the series that I recently remembered that actually wound up angering me a lot more than several episodes combined. I'm referring to Matt Groening's shameless, self-indulgent cameo in "My Big Fat Geek Wedding" that's nothing but a 3-minute promo to get viewers to watch Futurama. I'm usually fine with the Creator Cameo if it manages to be genuinely funny or clever, but this doesn't even try to throw in a single joke, instead having Milhouse unsubtly scream "it's the creator of Futurama!" with emphasis added on it to make it clear that all this scene is doing is halting the flow of the episode all to give some spotlight for Matt Groening's other pet project. There's also the fact that Unfortunate Implications arise from it, considering that Matt protested about James L. Brooks sacrificing the show's integrity in his attempt to use it to try and advertise The Critic way back in "A Star Is Burns" but apparently it's completely okay if he does it himself for one of his own.
- "On A Clear Day I Can't See My Sister"
- Justin_Brett: At one point Lisa says if she can remember three moments where Bart was nice to her, she'll lift the restraining order. Well, no problem, right? Most fans could name three off the top of their head (including me: Lisa It's Your Birthday, the Hockey episode, and buying Bleeding Gums Murphy's record for her), then the character who experienced those things herself should have no problem, right? Nope. She thinks as hard as she can, and can only come up with two, both of which only came from that episode. Negative Continuity shouldn't count when it's only being used to let some poor kid be a punching bag for a little more.
- Meepymaybelle: Don't forget, the restraining order business was over some stupid prank, the same kind of dumb prank she had pulled on Sherri and Terri only a few episodes ago and for the entire episode, she makes Bart's life miserable (which itself bothers Marge not that she cares), is clearly enjoying it, forces him out of the house (which in a more realistic setting could have gotten him killed) and ignores everything Bart ever done for her. She suffers no repercussions or even a slight telling off or calling out at all for her inexcusable behavior and actually gets a happy ending out of it. Between this and "Lisa's Rival" it's no wonder I'd sooner side with the "bad guys" over Lisa in any situation now.
- Extreme Dinosaur: In "A Star is Torn", the family is in the Farmer's Market picking up organic food. When they're convinced to have it as dinner, Marge picks one up saying the cringingly bad line "Broccoli, you've just been promoted from side-dish to entree!", cue a very bad attempt at an Adam West Batman parody complete with a badly angled camera zooming out of from the very top of the dining family making the gag incredibly cringe worthy in its forced humor and awkwardness.
- The Chain Man: I have heard quite a few times Lisa was a Creator's Pet, and I thought these people were exaggerating, until I got to watch "Million Dollar Abie". So Grandpa becomes a bullfighter and Lisa, surprisingly, protests because that means he's murdering poor, defenseless bulls. So what does Grandpa do? Frees the bulls and lets them run wild on the city, San Fermin-style. The bulls wreck the city and hurt, kill and maim lots of innocent people and Luigi, but they aren't getting killed, so Lisa is happy! Didn't they use to lampshade this kind of ending rather than play it straight?
- Tropers/madhaxman. To me, the biggest problem with that wasn't the ending, it was Lisa's line about always supporting her grandpa. Abe has been the butt of all jokes for the family since the show's early days, Lisa included (minus an episode or two). They could have at least given us a scene between Abe and Lisa earlier on in the episode, but as it is, it just comes off as Lisa using emotional blackmail, and taking an episode that was focused on Grandpa making it about herself.
- ablackraptor: While the episode had a few laughs and the rest of Homer's plotline wasn't too horrible, but "Kiss Kiss Bang Bangalore" definitely deserves mention for two Black Comedy Rape jokes. First they joke about the sci-fi convention when Comic Book Guy announces to the crowd of nerds that there's a girl in the crowd. The crowd instantly turn to looking for said girl, and when they see Willy wearing his kilt, they declare he's 'the closest [they're] ever going to get' before pouncing on him. Just, what!? I hope I'm not just overthinking this, but the way that comes off is that the nerds are so desperate they're going to rape Willie. The fuck is up with that!? I'm usually OK with 'nerds are virgins' jokes, but this was just disgusting and offensive.
- Ken Shinn: "Jazzy And The Pussycats". That pointlessly long sequence where Bart just slavishly recreates the video to the White Stripes' "The Hardest Button To Button". Unfunny, tedious, and shamelessly shoved in to scream "Hey! We're still hip, you know!", it's the very essence of worthless padding.
- "G.I. D'oh"
- T Vs Tim 1: I can't even accurately describe just how bad this episode truly was, even by significantly lowered "Modern Era" standards. Between the heavy-handed political agenda to the appalling waste of guest-star Kiefer Sutherland's talents to the single-worst continuity error in the history of the series (in the third act, there's a scene with Lenny in his car talking to a soldier about the troops marching through Springfield when he's suddenly half-crushed by a tank. Then, in the very next scene with no indication that any time has passed, the same soldiers march into Moe's looking for Homer and find Lenny sitting at the bar with Carl and Moe without a scratch on him. Given the overall horridness of the episode, this was just the snot icing on the turd cake, but still. (And the animation on this scene was sub-Season One level, which leads me to believe that something else was cut at the last minute and this unfunny sight-gag was spliced in.)
- Doc Yoshi: I personally found the Looney Tunes "homage" rather funny and thought it the episode's saving grace. But as the "that's all folks" appeared on the screen (looking like something I'd see in a Youtube Poop might I add) it dawned on me that it's really out of place on this show. I'd expect such a moment on Family Guy but not on this show.
- "The Boys Of Bummer"
- Shining Armor 87: While I hate the episode as a whole, one part truly makes my blood boil. Since Bart is so down in the dumps from the town insulting him, Lisa decides to take him to a famous baseball player who similarly struck out during an important game as a kid to get some advice. The player at first acts nice to him, giving Bart the thought that there is at least one person not mad at him... that is, until Lisa tells him he's Bart Simpson, and he starts hating him like the rest of Springfield. By the way, if he was so upset at him, why didn't he recognize him? Various residents then come in to boo at Bart some more. The player's response? "Boo indeed." Not only did this make me want to punch the player out of anger until he died, it gives the message "If you are famous, and a kid seeks you for advice, pick at him all you want, he's not famous."
- Tropers/Iamabrawler: This episode is Clancy Wiggum's Dethroning Moment Of Suck, in my opinion. Not even any following episode trying to salvage him has succeeded. While the whole town was harassing Bart, he was literally inciting him to jump down. Seriously... fuck you, Wiggum, for this one. There's a damn limit that shouldn't be crossed, especially in the Simpsons (there are other controversial shows for the line-crossing), and it was crossed by the police chief of all people. I'd even go as far to say that this incitation to suicide alone is worse than anything Homer has done in this season.
- Warner14: Dear god, this one is unwatchable. The whole episode is horrible, but Bart's suicide attempt is what made me draw the line. The whole scene feels like something out of another show, not something The Simpsons would do. The townspeople sink to an all time low and essentially make the episode worse than it already is by driving a ten year old to suicide. It is one of the worst episodes I have ever seen and that scene cements my opinion.
- MrThorfan64: Ice Cream of Margie (with the Light Blue Hair) has a scene where Homer forces a lactose intolerent kid to eat an ice cream, claiming they should show it respect. When they collapse and tell him to call the doctor's number on their band, Homer starts mocking them about the band. That scene was just mean. I have a lactose intolerent friend and the scene feels offensive to those with allergies. Potentially killing someone just because... they can't have ice creams and then mocking them about it is such a Jerkass moment for Homer. It feels like something Family Guy would do.
- Illuminatus: The movie itself was the nadir of the Jerkass Homer era, already making him unlikable and annoying. But it piles on that by bringing together some of the poorest impulses of the series: needless celebrity cameos, Lisa finding young love, The Simpsons go to X, etc. But the most insulting was actually including Arnold Schwarzenegger as a character, because the writers didn't trust that the audience wouldn't get the reference even though Ranier Wolfcastle was on the show for 15 years.
- RembrandtQEinstein: For me it's a little throwaway line in "Little Orphan Millie" (which has a sub-plot of Marge being mad at Homer for not knowing the colour of her eyes) where Homer says "Give me a break! I don't notice people's eye colour, I just judge them on the colour of their skin." Okay, the line is a joke, Homer's a hypocrite, easy to get, yada yada yada. But it says that Homer, our formerly lovable schlub protagonist, is a racist who makes judgements on people based on their pigment. Just awful, and it shows the complete lack of quality control in the show now. And this is coming from someone who actually enjoys the newer seasons for the most part.
- Capretty: A lot of people hate "That '90s Show" because it fucks with canon, but I hate it because it made me unbearably angry with Marge. In the flashback we are shown that Homer worked a job he hated so that he could support Marge and pay for her to attend college. How does Marge repay him for this unbelievable kindness? She belittles him, pretty much cheats on him and then dumps him for her tool of a professor because "he embarrasses her". Now, she does see the error of her ways but she only returns to him after he becomes a rich and successful musician so we get the Unfortunate Implications that that's the only reason she is returning. Now, Homer Simpson is far from a perfect husband but he has made it clear over and over again that he loves Marge more than anything and this episode was the first I ever questioned: what does he see in her? You know you've made someone unlikeable when Homer comes across as more mature and responsible than them.
- Super Saiya Man: "Double, Double, Boy in Trouble", the one where Bart has taken his obnoxiousness Up to Eleven, then he switches places with a rich boy who looks just like him for a cheap Prince And The Pauper plot. When he literally has gone too far, after 1.) Losing his parents $50,000. 2.) Ruining Marge's best dress by shooting cat urine onto it. 3.) Starting a fight with Lisa in the car. He finally, during the party Lenny was throwing for everyone, unleashes an army of vacuum robots on the party patrons. After all this, he gets punished. Later in the episode though, when his doppelganger is at his place? Marge completely forgets that Bart is being punished. That's the moment right there—Bart gets off as a Karma Houdini yet again.
- Balmz: My dethroning moment in "Rednecks and Broomsticks" is when the Wiccans cast a spell that makes Miss Hoover have a stomach virus. Why would they do that? That's just evil and unneeded, they could have her at a meeting. Also if Wicca is not supposed to be evil why would they do such an evil thing? Lisa should have rejected the girls right away for that evil deed.
- Storm Kensho: The Simpsons 20th Anniversary Special – In 3-D! On Ice! and its potshots (most of them by Lisa) at Fox News. How original, guys. A left-leaning show making snark at the expense of a conservative news source? The same conservative news source that was ignored by such shows prior to its rise in the ratings? New and exciting! *facepalm*
- On Soaring Wings: "Million Dollar Maybe," the one with a subplot where Lisa buys a Zii for Grandpa and the other people at the Retirement Home. As a result of playing the Zii they start to get more energetic and demanding. So the Jerk Ass employees there "destroy it to make their own jobs easier". When Lisa calls them out on this they coldly tell her off, and then... Nothing! That's it! The subplot is dropped leaving a message of "Hey old people, this is what you have to look forward to, fuck you." I have never been able to enjoy a recent Simpsons episode since.
- thatsnumberwang: "The Greatest Story Ever D'ohed" was the moment I realized the lighthearted and funny comedy I grew up with had died forever. I'm of the firm belief that Lisa is possibly the vilest individual in Simpsons history - she makes Mr. Burns look like a kind, thoughtful and sensitive man (just read some of the other Lisa examples on this very page to further back up my claims). So basically, Bart ends up getting chased by a girl who watched him vandalize a sacred wall and ends up getting rather violently kicked in the groin; now, arguably he was being a dick and deserved it. Later on, however, Lisa, with full knowledge of this incident and the fact that Bart was probably still in pain despite not outwardly showing it, sadistically hits him in the groin again because she wanted his airplane seat. She shows absolutely no remorse and even laughs at the sight of her brother crumpled in pain on the floor beside her. Yes, she's eight years old and yes, that's what eight-year-old girls often do but we're talking about a character who used to be portrayed as a caring pacifist violently attacking a boy who, whilst frequently naughty, has been shown to genuinely love and care for her on a vast multitude of occasions.
- AB No 4: The episode was pretty awful thanks to all that stuff, but what really solidifies its place on this list for me is Sacha Baron Cohen's guest appearance. Nothing the character said was amusing with the unfunny shtick dragging on way too long, completely bombing as an Overly Long Gag. If they let him improvise, that was a mistake. If not, his lines desperately needed a re-write or two. There was simply too much of the character, which didn't help an episode that didn't have much going for it in the first place.
- Darth Megatron: "American History X-cellent". You know the part where Homer, Lenny and Carl make insulting comments directed towards Smithers behind Smithers' back? The comments about how Smithers is way too soft and letting them take advantage of him by actually being flexible and accommodating towards them, unlike Mr. Burns? Yeah. Ungrateful bastards.
- ccarlson85: "Stealing First Base": I thought the episode was alright, until its third act, in which first lady Michelle Obama comes in and gives a speech to Springfield Elementary, getting Lisa out of her depression. This moment essentially comes out of nowhere with no foreshadowing, has nothing to do with the main plot, and basically serves as a Deus ex Machina for Lisa. Unlike other real world political icons on this show, however, Michelle Obama is basically a Mary Sue. Not only does Lisa call her the greatest woman in the world, but also the entire school essentially kisses her ass. Then, she's strong enough to tear through the helicopter door, which may seem like a joke on her arms, but in reality, comes off as, "Look how strong she is!" Simpsons writers, we know you're liberal, but remember the times in which you'd poke fun at all political icons, regardless of which side they were on? The only thing that could have made it worse was if the first lady had actually been played by the real-world first lady.
- Alex*Sora*89: "MoneyBART" has an opening sequence directed by graffiti artist Banksy, who interpreted the usually-something-we-have-made-fun-of-thing, the Korean animating process, as a fucking sweatshop. The result is this utter clusterfuck. No matter what you may think of the Ke$ha opening, this one is the one to blame for being nothing but pointlessly depressing.
- Forced Dj 7: The way Lisa acts in this episode seems to, indeed, suck the fun out of the game. Sure, they won multiple times, but she acted worse than usual, and even fired her own brother just for scoring out of a different plan. What if the pitcher didn't do the 2-3 ball throws and threw strikes?
- Brainiac0982: In "Donnie Fatso", Fat Tony dies, which leads to his near identical cousin, "Fit Tony", to taking over the Springfield mob. He then proceeds to gain a lot of weight, turning him into the new Fat Tony. This has to be the laziest example of the Reset Button / Status Quo Is God I've ever seen. It's like the episode where Lisa got a cat which would be Snowball V, but they called the cat Snowball II to save on a new dish, except that time, the writers at least acknowledged the ending was a cop-out and had a joke about it.
- Luna87: I'm glad to see I'm not the only one who felt cheated by that episode. It was just entirely pointless; why even kill him off at all?
- Lucedo: Though that I have not payed attention to the recent episodes of this show, but the episode "Moms I'd Like to Forget" shows how Ralph Wiggum became "special" because his father dropped him when he was a baby which is not funny at all.
- cclosina: "Love Is a Many Strangled Thing". Bart was able to let to Homer die, without feeling any pinch of repentance. Bart is far from being a saint, but the fact that he was willing to let his father die, it's too much. Bart Simpson isn't Eric Cartman.
- Samuel: The episode "Holidays of Future Passed" had a part that made me outraged because of a plothole. In that part, Ned is now married to Maude's ghost. She tells Ned that there is no God or a Heaven, that it's all an empty void. Yet in Maude's previous appearance in "Bart Has Two Mommies", she was in Heaven and God was there too.
- 'No Spoilers Plz': I nominate "The Day The Earth Stood Cool", in which the town is overrun with hipsters. I dislike hipsters as much as the next guy, but then they have to take a potshot at Daft Punk when Disco Stu does an exaggerated, stilted walk past Homer and Marge while wearing Thomas Bangalter's helmet, saying, "Disco Stu has found a new thing". I don't know what irritates me more; the fact they pretty much called Daft Punk music for hipsters or how shallow and lazy the 'joke' was (despite the band's 'robot' personas, they still move and behave humanly and speak without a generic, robotic monotone).
- Shadow Of The Void: In the episode "Love Is a Many Splintered Thing," Bart was playing a fighting game where the game narrator said, "Remember, this game is for age 14 and under. If you are older than that, please get help. Get help. Get help." The insinuation that anyone of high school age or older that plays video games isn't just a "loser" or a "Basement-Dweller," but outright mentally deranged isn't some cute little joke. It's insulting to the show's targets demographic, who are mainly Gen X-ers who grew up playing video games and still play video games to this day. The writers are demonstrating that, even though their jokes are often based on popular culture, they're out of touch Baby Boomers who still think all video games are strictly kids stuff. I'm not going to swear off the show, but this was the first time a Simpsons joke came across as just plain mean-spirited without any attempt to be humorous.
- 'Roper Troper': Marge not only kicks Homer out of the house for how he views women, but also Bart. It's one thing for her to kick her husband out when he does something to make her angry, but to also kick her son out for the same reason, especially when she doesn't know where Homer will be staying??? That's just wrong.
- Austin DR: I for one never really liked Itchy and Scratchy, which is why I find the segment in "Labor Pains" infuriating. It starts out with Itchy going to his door and finding a baby Scratchy on his doorstep. So, for the next few years, Itchy raises him. Then comes his graduation and Itchy gives his son a present. Scratchy opens up the box and it turns out that there's a lit bomb inside which promptly blows his head off. I'm sorry, how was this supposed to be funny. They had a potentially heartwarming segment and show that Itchy wasn't that bad, but no; they just had to have Itchy kill Scratchy again. Again, explain to me why karma hadn't hit Scratchy yet?
- TT 454: Though I no longer watch new Simpsons episodes, and haven't done so since the movie, after finding out about a scene from the episode "Covercraft" I've finally found my absolute least favourite moment. In this music-themed episode, Homer forms yet another band. After Apu leaves the band, Homer claims the band will be like Genesis after the departure of lead singer Peter Gabriel. Bart responds: "You mean, more popular, but not as good?" to which Homer replies with the names of six of the most hated Genesis pop tracks. This, to me, is the most insulting exchange in the history of the show. To deliberately narrow the entire Phil Collins era down to just six pop songs (implying that the band never accomplished anything else during that era) is sickeningly ignorant. As a massive fan of all eras of Genesis, I'm very disappointed in the writers of the show for shaming the band in this way. Genesis arguably has the most Broken Base in music history, and untruthful exchanges like this, which pander to the "Phil Collins sucks because he ruined Genesis!" camp, only serve to make it even worse.