11 Replies to “Blood Feud”

  1. Also adding to the Homer pretending to be Mr Burns scene is the fact that as dumb and poorly thought out as the plan was, there is not a single trace of suspicion in the mail clerks voice, indicating the plan could have worked if Homer could have just gotten over one incredibly low hurdle .

    1. It’s got that great layered construction thing, like a symphony, where you can identify individual elements when you pay attention, but working together, the whole is amazing.

  2. This episode, more than any other this season, seems to escape my brain no matter what. I can remember a vague sense of the plot but most of the meat of it seems like a grey haze. Homer at the post office is the only bit that sticks solidly in the mind, and I’d put it up there with the best of this season, the rest of the gags seem to go forgotten about an hour after I see them.

    I had/have a Simpsons Treehouse of Horrors comic book collection that had the Xtapolapocetl head in a prominent role in one story. A bunch of Latinos bring the head food as an offering on Halloween. Homer obviously eats the food, causing zombies to appear and the only way to send them packing is to give the head some more food. I remember it being one of the weaker stories in the collection, then again it was competing with Homer literally becoming a human cockroach and an invasion of sentient Christmas trees that hippie Lisa has to prevent. The Halloween comics are weird in that they seem like test cases for future episodes, such as one comic where Sideshow Bob became the Blob leading to an episode where Homer becomes the Blob.

    Will you be doing a season retrospective like you did with the first season?

    1. Yeah, I’ll be doing a retrospective after every season. The story doesn’t have a hook which is why it’s hard to get it to stick. Xtapolapocetl is just an object among a few good lines, so it’s more an act of remembering a bunch of separate numbers than a chunked whole.

  3. Something I’ve noticed about Family Guy is people have their favoured cut away gags but no one can remember what episode they’re from because they have no context by design. I get that feeling with some of these early Simpsons because of the scattershot story lines sharing the same time as otherwise memorable jokes/lines that don’t have major relevance, good example being Homer at the post office. Great scene, I could never remember what episode it was in. From memory season 3 is where they start to get into their stride of intertwining plot and gags, so I’m looking forward to your upcoming write-ups on them.

    1. It’s akin to remembering single numbers vs chunking. The arc functions as a whole you can grab other memories from, without that you are just trying to remember dozens of individual pieces.

  4. ‘War balloon inventor’ is a beautiful string of words.

    “Isn’t Morton related to mortuaries or death” – Gabriel Morton [LDO Gabriel Knight: Sins Of The Fathers] (2014).
    Morton Name Meaning. English and Scottish: habitational name from any of the many places called Mor(e)ton, named in Old English as ‘settlement (tun) by or on a marsh or moor (mor)’.
    You’re welcome Mr MoorTown.

      1. You’re welcome.

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