This week’s episode featured Cheech and Chong, who were the benefactors of a funny script. While there were a few dumb moments in the episode, it was an enjoyable experience.
The episode starts with Kent Brockman and ‘That’s Kentertainment.” I have never seen a show knock off its own material, but “That’s Kentertainment” was just an unfunny spoof of Kent’s other program “Eye on Springfield.” It featured various clips of Kent in movies like Pulp Fiction and Gone with the Wind. It was one of the dumb moments I mentioned earlier and served no real purpose.
“That’s Kentertainment” introduced Cheech and Chong, who were coming home to Springfield. Evidently, Cheech and Chong are Springfield natives and were weathermen before they got high for the first time. Why did we never know before that Cheech and Chong were Springfieldians? Probably because of poor writing this episode. The show could have simply introduced Cheech and Chong as coming to Springfield for a tour, but for some reason the episode chose to go the stupid route. Another dumb moment, as the plot had no need for Cheech and Chong to be from Springfield.
The stupidity ends there, as the rest of the episode made some kind of sense. While on stage in Springfield, Cheech and Chong break up. Cheech and Chong’s comedy show itself was decent, but the best part was seeing the tall guy from the small car in “22 Films About Springfield.” Eventually Cheech and Chong form two different comedy groups. Homer joins Cheech to form “Cheech and Chunk,” and Chong enlists Principal Skinner for “Teech and Chong.”
While all of this is going on, Marge helps the Crazy Cat Lady with her hoarding habit (no surprise there), but eventually becomes a hoarder herself while picking through the Cat Lady’s junk. Probably the best part of the episode was when Bart and Lisa enter their house to find it cluttered with junk. They walk further into the home and knock some piles of junk over to reveal Grandpa Simpson, who exclaims, “Who has disturbed my tomb!”
Eventually Cheech and Chong get back together and Marge is cured of her hoarding by the Cat Lady coming back for her stuff. The episode then ends with Bart’s impersonating Puck from ‘A Midsummers Night’s Dream.” It was a great ending to the show.
The episode delivered far more smiles than the ones listed here, and so is a recommendable episode. It had a fresh plot and good laughs, with a rare decent guest appearance. To watch clips of this episode and others, or to learn about upcoming episodes, go to thesimpsons.com.