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The Simpsons Review: "The Color Yellow"

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On this week's episode of The Simpsons we were given the first black history month special we can remember in the show's 21 season history, yet some how the episode still felt a little rehashed.

"The Color Yellow" took the standard bit of dressing the Simpsons family in older clothes, smacking a new accent on them and giving them new names.  This time it we went back to the 19th century as Eliza (Lisa) helped one of Colonel Burns' slaves, Virgil, escape via the underground railroad.

Eliza and Virgil

Although the episode relied very heavily on the flashbacks and some of the plot elements, including all the Simpson ancestors being soundrals, being taken from past episodes, there were still plenty of laughs.

Whether it was Ralph giving the best Black History month presentation ever or the horde of unoriginal kids readying their Obama speeches, the presentation itself was funnier than any of the flashback stories.

However, we're going to give the joke of the week to Mr. Burns when he heard Lisa discussing Colonel Burns: "I haven't heard my father's name in years."  Those age jokes at Montogemery's expense kill us every time.

As loyal Simpsons fans for 21 seasons, we also have to give it up to the attic sequence with quick little references for fans including Mr. Plow.  Speaking of background jokes, anyone else notice Willie catching a fish from a hole he just filled with water?  Great stuff.

Overall, it was only a decent episode and quite the let down after last week's fantastic one.  Either way you know where to go to find the ultimate collection of The Simpsons quotes after each episode.  Our favorite ones from the episode after the jump.

Lisa: We're 1/64 black!
Bart: So that's why I'm so cool.
Lisa: And that's why my jazz is so smooth.
Homer: And that's why I earn less than my white co-workers. | permalink
Homer: If i were you I wouldn't take it to the past. I lived in part of that past, and I got out for a reason. | permalink
Ralph: Mr. Luther King had a dream. Dreams are where Elmo and Toy Story had a party, and I went there. Yay, my turn is over.
Principal Skinner: One of your best Ralph. | permalink


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this was a fun episode... i've gotta admit though that i would've guessed it.....


The Simpsons jumps the shark once again...Homer's ancestors were black?! Yeah, tell it to Armin Tamzarian...