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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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