Simpsons Did It!: “Haw-Haw Land”

Ok, so, time for another musical parody to show off Yeardley Smith’s singing voice.  What musical is it this time?  La-La Land?  OK, I have actually seen that one.

And, for the most part, it doesn’t parody that movie so much after doing their own take on the opening stuck-in-traffic song, though this one ends with God smashing the entire assembled batch of singers except for Lenny, possibly due to their forcing the Popemobile off the road.  Pope Francis is not that forgiving to song-and-dance men and women.

But that means the Simpsons are for some reason going to a STEM conference.  Lisa loves every second of it.  Bart hates it until he learns about chemistry and spends the rest of the episode conducting experiments.  Like, real ones.  He’s not doing anything wrong.

That should really be everyone’s first clue.

But Lisa also meets a young boy at the conference who’s playing the piano in a jazzy sort of way.  He’s really good, and she falls for a boy she can play jazz with.  His name is Brenden (guest voice Ed Sheeran).

Is Milhouse jealous?  Maybe a little.  He quickly goes off to help Bart.

In Nelson jealous?  Oh yeah.  And it seems Brenden is immune to standard bullying because he takes his pratfalls and musically turns them into strengths.  There’s only one thing to do:  Nelson learns to play music to compete for Lisa’s heart, and showing vulnerability works.  Lisa is torn between a talented new guy who can be a bit condescending and a guy she’s known a while who is trying and not a very good singer.  Who will prevail?

Neither.  After Brenden wows the audience at the school’s talent show, it is revealed he actually doesn’t live in Springfield since his house is just over the border and he has to go to West Springfield Elementary.  That means he’s gone.  Also, that means Nelson can quit music since he didn’t like it much anyway.

At the end of the show, Marge does more or less apologize for the episode not being that much like La-La Land, but they were supposed to do a  Moonlight parody instead.  The Simpsons have had that DVD for a while and haven’t seen it yet.  Homer says he’d rather see X-Men: Apocalypse, a sentiment Jimmy Impossible does not understand.  Lisa would still like to see Moonlight.

Lisa will probably do fine, but for now, she’s a bit of an outsider.  I’m sure it could be worse.  She could have stayed with Ed Sheeran.

I don’t think Jimmy understands that either.

By the by, Bart’s talent show act was a chemistry demonstration, and everyone thought it was going to be a prank and explode in a tidal wave of pink goo, but no, it was to actually to create a beautiful chemical reaction to wow the audience.

And then it exploded in a tidal wave of pink goo.

People should trust their instincts more.

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