“If you watch even one second of PBS without contributing, you’re a thief! A common thief!” – Betty White. To be fair, PBS didn’t take the greatest show on television, drive it into the ground, and keep digging for twenty years afterward. I might slide them some cash.
Airdate: February 20, 2000.
Written By: Ron Hauge.
Plot: Homer’s excitement over PBS’s airing of laddish Britcom Do Shut Up is doused by one episode being interrupted by a pledge drive for $10000. Homer, naturally, fake-donates the money to try and get the episode back on the air. However, PBS merely uses this as an excuse to film him handing over the money… and chasing him down when he can’t come up with it. Facing certain death at the hands of the Sesame Street muppets (…yeah…), he manages to get driven to safety by Rev. Lovejoy. The cost, however, is that he must do time as a missionary in the Pacific Islands. As you can tell from the above screengrab, it goes over well.
Last time on Scullyfied Simpsons, I was left floored at the greatest bit of television incompetence I’ve seen ever.
No, seriously – barring some sort of anti-miracle, I honestly think that with “Alone Again, Natura-Diddily”, the Mike Scully era of The Simpsons officially bottomed out. For every bad episode that follows, nothing will be quite as destructive to what was once the greatest TV show of all time as Ian Maxtone Graham’s utter debacle of a half-hour that sent Maude Flanders off in the most humiliating way possible. Between that and “Saddlesore Galactica”, the show’s characters and reality have formally collapsed into an element of nothingness.
What I’m trying to say is that virtually anything, anything would have represented an improvement over the disaster area that has been the last two-three episodes of The Simpsons. Yes, even if the episode consisted of a test pattern all while the audio from Cartoon All-Stars to the Rescue aired.
So, what about “Missionary: Impossible”? Can this possibly surpass my rock-bottom expectations? Or at least, come close? Continue reading