Hi folks and welcome to another Simpsons Sunday. It is just 4 days before Christmas and 4 days after the 25th anniversary of the premier episode of The Simpsons Simpsons Roasting On An Open Fire.
This episode see’s Homer as a mall Santa and only urning $13, after all the deductions. This upsets him because Marge had to spend all the remaining money from the jar to remove Bart’s “MOTHER tattoo, which only has the letters: M, O, T and H. Barney convinces Homer and Bart to go to the dog track and bet on a sure fire winner that he has picked out but at the last minute they decide to bet it all on Santa’s Little Helper. He looses and they also loose everything but just as they are leaving the dog runs up to them and Bart asks Homer if they could keep him. Homer is reluctant at first because he lost but when SLH jumps into Homer’s arms and licks him he decides to take him home.
When they get Home, the rest of the family have been waiting and they are surprised when just as Homer tells them about the lack of a Christmas bonus, Bart brings in the dog. Lisa asks what his name is and Homer tells her “no 8…. I mean, Santa’s Little Helper.” Marge thinks this is the best gift of all and at the end of the episode they all sing Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer, with some modified lyrics thanks to Homer, when he takes his solo. It also ends with Bart being strangled by Homer and so does the episode.
It isn’t my favourite episode but it is important because it is the first one which is show’n after the Tracey Ullman Shorts and some new characters are added and some of the main characters have been fleshed out a bit. For example: Barney, Mr. Burns, Smithers, Milhouse, Principal Skinner and Moe have been added as the new characters for the show. In the case of character changes: Bart is still the brat but we seee for the first time that he does have feelings for his Father, when after Homer found out that he only was payed $13.00 Bart says “ohh, come on Dad, let’s go home” in a sad tone of voice.
Lisa’s character is much less like she was in the shorts and more like she became later in Season 1 to present. Aunt Patty is trashing Homer and Lisa gives a speech which confuses Patty. I’m not going to try and quote it here but you can find it in Nancy Cartwright’s book My Life As A 10-Year-Old Boy, when she talks about the episode.
Before I forget, on Tuesday Harry Shearer turns another year older. He of course, voices many male characters on The Simpsons such as: Mr. Burns, Smithers, Ned Flanders, dr. Hibbert, Rev. Lovejoy, Kent Brockman, Dr. Marvin Monroe and still others. He is also Deric Smalls in Spinal Tap, among other acting and comedy work. Oh, let’s not forget that he is also a bass player.
Another birthday coming up is on Saturday, when Lars Ulrich from Metallica turns 51. Him and the rest of the current line up of Metallica guest starred in The Mook, The Chef, The Wife And Her Homer as themselves. Lars is also an actor and is about to star in a new movie as himself. http://www.antimusic.com/news/14/December/18Metallicas_Lars_Ulrich_Cast_In_New_Film.shtml?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed:+dayinrockfull+(Day+in+Rock+Report)
Simpsons principal cast member Harry Shearer has played on the same stage with Metallica a couple of times: at The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert and the Live Earth sho in London as a member of Spinal Tap in character. Also, Spinal Tap have given the gears to Metallica about putting out “The Black Album.” In the movie This Is Spinal Tap their album Smell The Glove was also a black album and well, Metallica just wanted to pay homage to Spinal Tap, I guess.
As usual to end each Simpsons Sunday post, I recommend checking out Chris Ladesma’s blog. He is the Music Editor for The Simpsons and has been since day 1.
I also recommend checking out Yeardley Smith’s blog at http://gobbingoff.tumblr.com
I should also mention Marchez Vous, which is her women’s shoe designer company, which she started earlier in the decade. You can check out their website at
For some strange reason everyone I know hasn’t heard of them yet. Hopefully I can change that.
You can also comment here or you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will reply as soon as I can to all messages I receive. I would much prefer getting an email so I can reply directly to you, but that’s just me.
One final thing to mention is that you can follow Simpsons Executive Producer Al Jean on Twitter and his Twitter handle is @AlJean.
He has ran the show since Season 13 and has ran it during Seasons 3 and 4.
Anyway, that is it for this weeks post. Talk to you again next week and I hope you all have a great Christmas and you get things you really want this year. I know what I want but I’m not sure I’ll get it. Anyway, talk to you next Sunday.