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14 Classic Episodes from The Simpsons, season 5 (and 8 memorable ones!)

“Baby on board, something something, Burt Ward!”

I think it might be fair to say that the fifth season of The Simpsons is one of my favorites… Given that I’ve given 14 episodes “classic” status and 8 are at least “memorable” – meaning that none of them terrible and therefore forgettable. If you like coincidences and numbers, you may enjoy noting that my season 5 numbers are an exact reverse of my season 4 numbers in terms of “classic” and “memorable” Simpsons episodes. Anyway, here’s the list:

“Homer’s Barbershop Quartet”
When you talk about ALL TIME (and not just season 5) classic Simpsons episodes, you have to include “Homer’s Barbershop Quartet.” I love everything about this episode, but my favorite moment is when Homer gives the bellhop his Grammy as a tip and the kid is excited until he realizes it’s a Grammy and then throws it over the balcony. Somebody yells something about not throwing your trash down here and throws the Grammy back up to the hotel room, hitting Homer and knocking him to the floor – it is genius!
Another notable moment:
Manager: From now on, your name is Apu de Beaumarche.
Apu: That is a great dishonor to my ancestors and my God but okay!

“Cape Feare”
I know there’s a million of these Sideshow Bob tries to kill Bart episodes, but this one is awesome. You gotta love that rake gag and the singing of the entire score of H.M.S. Pinafore.
Notable quotes: “Use a pen, Sideshow Bob!” -Snake; “I shall send you to heaven before I send you to hell!” – Sideshow Bob

“Rosebud”
Any time you compare Mr. Burns to Charles Foster Cane, you’re doing a good job.
Notable quote: “Have the Rolling Stones killed.” – Mr. Burns

“Treehouse of Horror IV”
Like the Sideshow Bob episodes, the Treehouse of Horror episodes aren’t always gold, but this one lives up to expectations. The Devil and Homer Simpson, Terror at 5½ Feet and Bart Simpson’s Dracula are all fantastic shorts worthy of the Treehouse tradition.
Notable quote: “I do have a life outside this house, you know.” – Marge

“Marge on the Lam”
This is the antithesis of Family Guy parody, which is essentially just reading from another show/movie’s script and adding obnoxious comments – instead, “Marge on the Lam” gives you actual parody with jokes and makes a counterpoint on the original. Speaking of which, I really need to see Thelma and Louise. I love the car chase music gag – awesome!

“Boy-Scoutz ‘N the Hood”
Bart joins the Junior Campers, they go rafting… hilarious antics ensue.

“The Last Temptation of Homer”
This episode is sooooooo quotable!
“‘You will find happiness in a new love.’ Even the chinese are against me!”
“Hey, we’re out of ‘You will find happiness in a new love.'”
“So open up the ‘Stick with your wife.’ barrel.”

“I guess we’ll be getting off together – going down together…”
“That’s OK, I’ll just push the button for the stimulator – elevator!”

“Look, I’ll be using this bed for sleeping, eating, maybe building a little fort – that’s it!”

“Homer, why are you crying?”
“Because we’re gonna have sex.”
“Well, we don’t have to.”
“Yes we do! The cookie told me so!”
“Deserts aren’t always right.”
“But they’re so sweet!”

OK, this is getting out of hand. I’ll start speeding things along now.

“$pringfield (or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Legalized Gambling)”
So many good scenes! The Spruce Moose, Bart’s Casino and Milhouse getting hit in the face with the microphone, “Oh, I’m sorry, kid!” Maggie almost get’s eaten because of Marge’s gambling addiction, Gamblore!
Notable quote: “I said, get in!” – Mr. Burns

“Bart Gets Famous”
All you need to know about this episode is that it includes The “I didn’t do it” Dancers. It’s just as amazing as it sounds.

“Lisa vs. Malibu Stacy”
I submit the following for your approval:

“Homer Loves Flanders”
This episode has one scene that parodies the first big chase in Terminator 2 so brilliantly… here’s just a taste.

“Burns’ Heir”
In this episode, Bart tries to buy Milhouse’s company with a Bob Mackie jacket, and it is awesome.

“The Boy Who Knew Too Much”
I LOVE a good court room drama!

“Lady Bouvier’s Lover”
This episode includes an excellent parody of the end of The Graduate.

The rest of these episodes are totally memorable in their own way, but not up to par with the previous fourteen.

“Secrets of a Successful Marriage”
There are bits and pieces of this episode that I like, but ultimately, the third act kinda peters out. Not bad, just not great.

“Homer Goes to College”
Again, the third act just doesn’t have it goin’ on. Watch this one for the jokes.

“Bart’s Inner Child”
Another uninteresting third act… although there are some great gags at the Do What You Feel festival.

“Homer the Vigilante”
I just don’t care about the antics of the vigilantes, but the cat burglar is hilarious.

“Homer and Apu”
I hate to keep harping on it, but I just didn’t care about the trip to India or James Woods. It’s kinda downhill after “Who needs the Kwiki Mart?”

“Deep Space Homer”
I love the James Taylor scene, but other than that, it’s all downhill once Barney is out of there.

“Bart Gets an Elephant”
Like “Deep Space Homer,” I like the gags, but once the DJs disappear, I kinda lose interest in the plot.

“Sweet Seymour Skinner’s Baadasssss Song”

I guess this one is just a bit too much like “Homer and Apu” for me. And, I’ve never had much luck relating to Skinner, so there’s that, too. Still, there’s plenty of funny stuff here.

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About Jamie Insalaco

Jamie Insalaco is the author of CreativeJamie.com, BomberBanter.com and editor in chief of ComicBookClog.com

Posted on July 23, 2014, in lists, tv review and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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