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Changing of the Guardian 

Homer and Marge find the perfect young couple and ask them to be the guardians for the kids in case something happens to them.



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Episode cast overview:
Lisa Simpson (voice)
Herb Powell (voice)
Portia (voice)
Brandine Spuckler / Keith's Wife / Bernice Hibbert / Various (voice)
Terry Greene ...
Man Baby (voice) (as Terry W. Greene)


Having survived a tornado Marge and Homer ponder their mortality and consider who might be suitable guardians for the children should they die. However everybody they approach is unsuitable or unwilling - until they meet the cool and liberal Mav and Portia, who agree to have the children on a trial weekend. Unfortunately the pair want to keep the kids for themselves and Marge and Homer have to launch a rescue attempt. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Animation | Comedy


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27 January 2013 (USA)  »

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16:9 HD
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Fun episode,but One of the Weakest of the 24th Season,
24 December 2013 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

Changing of the Guardian is a great Simpsons episode with a lot of very funny scenes and a good storyline.However,I think most of the fun in this episode was in the first fifteen episodes,it started getting weak once Rashida Jones came along, the episode took a more serious turn and it wasn't as enjoyable.The start of the episode was certainly were most of the fun and enjoyment came from,with hurricane and Danny DeVito's first time voicing Herb since the third season and Marge and Homer looking for a guardian, it started off with tons of laughs, but once they found their guardians it just became more serious than you'd expect from this show.I like Rashida Jones,I think she is hilarious in many things I've seen her in,but the dialogue that was written for her character just wasn't funny,it wasn't really suppose to be most of the time.Changing if the Guardian is a lot of fun at the start, but once the guardians come along,the episode does get weak.

Marge and Homer worry about who would look after their kids if the worst were to happen after a deadly hurricane,so they decide to go in search of guardians for Bart,Lisa and Maggie.

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