YMMV: The Simpsons S 9 E 22 Trash Of The Titans

  • Strawman Has a Point: While he retaliates to a detrimentally spiteful level, Homer was entitled to be unimpressed by the workmanship of the garbageman. They brushed him off when he was in clear sight with his garbage, only coming back to threaten him after he snapped at them in response (and complain about his lack of civility after Love Day). Homer could have easily complained about the negligence to Patterson or outright charged for public assault, rather than following Marge's direction of apologising to them or his own direction of stealing Patterson's career.
  • Values Resonance: This episode still remains relevant in many ways. Besides its Green Aesop (which Word Of God says was unintentional), the episode seems like a satire of the Tea Party when viewed today without context, as Homer spews angry rhetoric at a respected politician with little thought of how he would do better if elected, and after being elected, messes up so horribly everyone hates him. Ray Patterson's lines "Nobody wants to hear the nonsensical ravings of a loudmouthed malcontent!" and "the American people have never tolerated incompetence from its elected officials." hit harder than ever in light of how badly-received the Tea Party-dominated US Congress has been, receiving the lowest approval rating of all time in 2013.
    • Similar to Being There, this episode satirizes the trend of style overwhelming substance in media and politics, as Homer is elected by making outlandish promises that are ultimately impossible to keep, which Patterson attempts to warn Springfielders of.