5 Replies to “Like Father, Like Clown”

  1. I haven’t watched this episode in ages so I don’t know if it’s ever mentioned, but in Jewish folklore, cheeky trickster characters that make fools of demons and oppressors through wits and shenanigans alone are a recurring element. I feel like linking being a clown to that tradition would’ve been a better swing for that angle.

    A good read, cheers, Gabe.

    1. It was just a really bad choice to make it a debate. I mean, 30-40 years of not seeing your son is an emotional issue, you aren’t just gonna roll up with a formula that makes them smack themselves on the forehead. Emotional appeals can be cheesy. but they’re also what happens in real life.

  2. As, ostensibly, an adult I, too, found the Sammy Davis Jr quote to be very weak as a turning point. It’s not very profound or well spoken and this kind of sours me on the episode, one of my favorites as a child.

    The way Bart shouts “No!” as Noah with the pop up book has stuck in my head for a couple decades now and I find myself sometimes saying it in a similar way when I wish to feign playful malevolence.

    I believe this is probably the first episode that Mr Teeny is in as well, he is one of my favorite Krusty side characters

    1. In the director’s commentary for “Once Upon a time in Mexico”, Rodriguez mentions that he wrote himself into a hole by having his villain, played by Willem Dafoe, find a lookalike to swap identities with. Great idea, until you realise you now have to find a goddamn Willem Dafoe lookalike. One wound up working on his crew somewhere, but its’s still a good example of writing yourself into a hole.

      There was little, really nothing, that could have filled that gap in a satisfactory manner, so the story should have been restructured. It sucks to undo a bunch of work but it beats a flimsy ending.

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