February 9, 2023

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Simpsons Did It!: “Now Museum, Now You Don’t”

In which Lisa tells stories about famous artists for some reason.

So, fun fact:  this episode shares a title with an episode of The Venture Brothers.

I think I would rather watch The Venture Brothers version.

So, we have another anthology, and considering next week is the annual Halloween episode, well, expect short write-ups two weeks in a row because I never know what to say about these anthology episodes.  That’s especially true for one like this where we get a simple set-up (Lisa is home from school sick, so Marge gives her some books, one of which is a coffee table book on famous artists that Homer promises in an inscription will eventually go onto a coffee table once the family has one or Lisa has one or something along those lines and I figure at some point I should slap a second parenthesis on this statement so I can move on and say as little as I can because I am not sure what to say, like, at all because anthology episodes already do that to me as it is).

Anyway, Lisa opens the book and starts reading about Leonardo DaVinci and I was left to wonder if we were getting two episodes in a row recast the characters as people from times past.  And it is, but it’s also an anthology, so see above.

What that means is we get Lisa as DaVinci, but her secret book of weapons is what people end up taking a shine to over her artwork until she paints the Mona Lisa and The DaVinci Code.  That last one there, as Lisanardo believes that will get Ron Howard to direct, is maybe the best joke in the episode.

Then we have Bart as a kid in a French art school, encouraged by Moe as Toulouse Moetrec, to paint what he wants, a move that pleases the emperor and empress as it gets Skinner and Chalmers decapitated.

Maggie is a chubby flying baby from countless old paintings?  Check.

And then Homer and Marge as Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo.  It’s…Homer and Marge as Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo.  What else can I say?  It goes like countless other Homer and Marge stories, only this one is told over six minutes or so.

And as Moe sings a song about Vincent VanMoe, the episode ends.

And so does this write-up.

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