The Simpsons: Season 20, Episode 17

The Good, the Sad and the Drugly (19 Apr. 2009)

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Bart gets Milhouse to take the rap for a prank at school, and then blows him off when he falls for a cute 5th grade do-gooder, prompting Milhouse's wrath. Meanwhile, Lisa begins taking "happy pills" to improve her negative outlook.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Marge Simpson (voice)
Lisa Simpson (voice)
Jenny (voice)
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Bart gets Milhouse to take the rap for a prank at school, and then blows him off when he falls for a cute 5th grade do-gooder, prompting Milhouse's wrath. Meanwhile, Lisa begins taking "happy pills" to improve her negative outlook.

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Reused Ideas, Reduced Stories, Recycled Plots.
14 January 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This episode sees Bart get a new girlfriend. As such it is easy to compare it to season 6 classic "Bart's Girlfriend". The problem is that doing so only heightens how far the mighty juggernaut of 90s TV has fallen.

That episode actually had Bart trying to pretend to be what he wasn't to win over his love interest, Jessica, by making himself look like a good person but soon learn that she was pretending too. Here it reuses that for Bart but not for new girl Jenny: She's the real deal so a lot of the cleverness that made it work is gone. Not only that but both episodes even use the cartoon cliché of the heavenly light to show us 'look this girl is really nice' but while The Simpsons openly mocked it here we have Zombie Simpsons flat-out using it. Twice! There's also the issue of telling a story. Where that episode had Bart in trouble for a 'crime' he didn't commit, here there is no story development. At all. It looks like there might be at one point when Milhouse is about to expose Bart as the fraud he is but never really goes anywhere with it; Also it turns Milhouse into a crazy psycho in a series of 'jokes' that go on too long such as when he walks backwards at the church fête.

There's an unusual (that's putting it politely, trust me) subplot where Lisa grows depressed and is given Happy Pills (?) which make her see everything as cartoon smiley faces (?!) but eventually she gets into a dangerous situation where she starts kissing the faces (!!) so she stops taking them and... that's literally it. Did you ever want to see Lisa Simpson get high? No? Well that's tough! This plot is a very emptied version of season 13's "Weekend At Burnsie's" anyway but with Lisa in Homer's position and none of the fun parody elements or cold turkey scenes which made it enjoyable.

It's not actually too bad an episode, my problem is just that there's virtually no plot and all we have that comes even close to one is recycled-and-watered-down. It's not terrible just a bit... empty. Not enough material for a full half-hour-minus-adverts show but it's gonna get dragged out for that long anyway. 3/10

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