The Simpsons: Season 20, Episode 14

In the Name of the Grandfather (22 Mar. 2009)

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The Simpsons take Grandpa to Ireland so he can go back to visit a pub he went to during the war, but Grandpa and Homer get suckered into buying the bar.

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Homer Simpson (voice)
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Marge Simpson (voice)
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Bart Simpson (voice)
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Lisa Simpson (voice)
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Moe Szyslak (voice)
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Ned Flanders (voice)
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Feeling bad because they were too busy enjoying their new hot tub to remember to support Grampa at the Retirement Castle's sports day,the Simpsons take him to Ireland to revisit Tom O'Flanagan's pub where he had many a happy drink during the war. Unfortunately the new Irish are too busy making money to visit traditional pubs and the bar is empty. However Tom gets Abe and Homer drunk and the morning after they find they have bought the pub. To discover ways of drumming up trade they fly in Moe,who has the perfect answer. Permit people to light up in defiance of the No Smoking ban. The customers pour in. But then so do the police... Written by don @ minifie-1

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This marked the first time in show's history where it premiered outside the US. This was on the satellite channel Sky1 in the UK. See more »

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When Grandpa Abe Simpson smashes the hot tub, it not only breaks into pieces -- the pieces disappear entirely. See more »

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[the whole family is in the hot tub]
Marge Simpson: I feel like we should get out.
Homer Simpson: Interesting proposal. And now, with a opposing point of view, bubbles!
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Referenced in The Simpsons: Tapped Out (2012) See more »

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Music by Alf Clausen
Lyrics by Matt Marshall
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Not the best, not the worst
18 March 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Since the ninth series the Simpsons has sadly been going downhill to the point where the new episodes are nearly impossible to watch. This episodes adds Ireland to the Simpsons international trips which have included England, Australia, Canada Italy, Japan, Brazil, India, Tanzania/Kenya and China (the worst of the Simpsons' foreign trip episodes) and Bart going to France.

The episode starts with the Simpsons buying a hot-tub and becoming increasingly lazy and forgetful, leading to them forgetting to visit Grandpa and his family event at the retirement home. Grandpa lays a guilt-trip on the family and shows them his list of things he wants to do when before he dies. Homer takes him to do the one he thinks is easiest, to go to a pub, but guess where it is? When in Ireland Homer and Grandpa get drunk at the pub and get conned into buying the pub, they try to make it successful. At the same time the rest of the family go site seeing in Ireland and Northern Ireland.

The plot is similar to the Regina Monologues, the one where the Simpsons go to England (and it wasn't a good episode). They are some stereotypical jokes about Ireland, but also shows the modern Ireland. Some jokes work like Bart in Blarney Castle, some don't, like Grandpa's dream sequence. This also suffers from the Simpsons lack of originality now and it seems that the writers just have a map of the world and point to a random place. What next, Germany? Syria? Laos?

It's a hit and miss episode.


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