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The Simpsons Review: "Stealing First Base"

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This week's episode of The Simpsons was all about the kids and that's a nice change when the show usually revolves around Homer.  This week the two stories were given to Bart and Lisa, with Homer and Marge only being minor supporting characters.

Bart's title storyline of "Stealing First Base" was a commentary on our over-litigious society that blew Bart's "stolen" kiss with Nikki (voiced by our crush Sarah Silverman) way out of proportion. 

Nikki Steals a Kiss

Maybe it's because we're still on our first cup of coffee or our memory doesn't serve us right, but we're pretty sure this is the first time The Simpsons have covered this issue at the school. Maybe it's because the ever-amazing Lionel Hutz was retired years ago. 

Either way, the plot line was decent enough and served for plenty of laugh-out-loud moments and featured a really fun skateboarding montage that only the newly computer-generated animation could have done justice for.

The second story about Lisa was really just a weak excuse to bring the First Lady, Michelle Obama (voiced by Angela Bassett) on the show.  Surprisingly?  We were okay with it.

While her appearance itself was little more than yet another attempt to kiss up to her, it did provide a few solid "political" jokes including "he's our Joe Biden" and making fun of the obsession with Michelle's arms.  Yeah, we're on a first name basis.

Really though, how could we not give a good review to an episode with two incredible sets of Ralph Wiggum quotes?  Or a mockery of the new 3-D obsession using a Koyaanisqatsi-esque Itchy & Scratchy movie?

We were definitely fans of the episode, how about you guys?  Be sure and comment after our favorite Simpsons quotes beyond the jump.

Ralph: I cheated wrong. I copied the Lisa name and used the Ralph answers. | permalink
Superintendent Chalmers: By now you've haard that one of our fourth graders did something that 100 years ago would have been completely innocent but in today's over litigious society has been blown completely out of proportion. | permalink
Michelle Obama: That's right, Lisa, as an avid organic gardner I've read your blog.
Lisa: Flotus1 is First Lady of the United States, one.
Michelle Obama: Yes, I wanted just flotus, but someone had it.
Ralph: That's me because I swim with my flotuses on. | permalink

Review

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Rating: 4.4 / 5.0 (15 Votes)

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skateboard scene music looks like "Giorgio Moroder - From Here to Eternity" this song i remember by GTA Liberty City Stories videogame.

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Flat Nenders, that theme is Chase by Giorgio Moroder

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Yea right michelle obama an overachiever!? somehow i seriiously doubt that, everything shes got in life is not a result of hardwork but simply of marrying a black guy who managed to get voted president by the dumbest nation in the world

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This episode was awesome. Just like when bart wanted a brother. I just like him so much and god, I wish I had the same youth as him xD God that girl is cute:P

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One of the best episodes, for sure. Another clip in the kissing sequence was from "gone with the wind". This is a great season altogether.

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I'm in India and don't get the Simpsons anymore on a regular basis. Seeing this episode just spur-of-the-moment delighted me to no end. I loved how intense the animation sequences got when they did. And the music was amazing. And the jokes. I couldn't stop laughing.

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does someone know the music on the skateboarding scene ?

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It was an homage to the end of the Italian film "cinema paradiso" where the local priest censors all the kisses out of the movies of the 1940's -- 1960-'s. When the projectionist dies he leaves behind a roll of all the censored kisses for the film's projectionist who had become a famous film director. It spoofed film and tv--"beauty and the beast" and archie bunker "all in the family" films included godfather part 2, star trek, aliens 3, planet of the apes, from here to eternity, on golden pond, also the itchy and scratchy bit was an allusion to phillip glass' koyaanaqatsi film.

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Looking for a video to that kissing sequence! ANyone???

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when niki was reviving bart he had visions of a bunch of movie kiss scenes. Does anyone know all of the names of each movie he visioned?

The Simpsons Season 21 Episode 15 Quotes

I cheated wrong. I copied the Lisa name and used the Ralph answers.

Ralph

Bart: Where's Mrs. K?
Principal Skinner: Mrs. Krabappel had to go to Portland. Apparently the people she hired to deprogram her sister from that cult were an even worse cult.

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