The Simpsons Review: Lady Blah-Blah

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For a season finale that's been hyped so much in the past few weeks, "Lisa Goes Gaga" was a little underwhelming.

The series did make good use of their guest star instead of reducing her role to a small cameo. But that wasn't necessarily a good thing. The episode ended up turning into one long running gag about Gaga's eccentricities and a rehashing of all her most "shocking" moments.

Lady Gaga on The Simpsons

The Gaga Express is rolling through the countryside, affecting all those in its vicinity with strange side-effects like hens laying crystallized eggs. Gaga feels drawn to Springfield and its low self-esteem (since her music is all about inspiring self-confidence through gaudy shows of her own attention-seeking behavior), but she is especially moved by her odd psychic vision of Lisa in distress.

Lisa probably inspired the most sympathy from me in this episode because she actually lost the one thing she was able to retain through all the years of torment and alienation - her integrity. Her little faux pas with the school blog left her feeling hopeless, a trait that Lisa rarely displays. However, like Lisa, I wasn't sure that Gaga was the one to help her through her self-doubt.

My favorite moment was definitely when Lisa called out Gaga on her shameless self-promotion and semi-narcissitic theatricality. Her comments really zeroed in on all the criticisms of Gaga's constant performativity, especially the ridiculous heels!

The Gaga outfits were probably the only other part of the episode that was amusing. Sight gags of Gaga's hummingbird or meat dress (which Homer kept eating, of course) and the outrageously high heels really showed how comfortable Gaga must be with making fun of herself and the image she's cultivated. It was a nice little piece of satire, but it began to wear to thin towards the end of the episode.

Did you have any favorite Gaga jokes this evening?

Despite the lack of any really hilarious comedic moments, the episode did offer up some pretty funny The Simpsons quotes. I guess we'll see what next season (number 24!)holds for The Simpsons.


Editor Rating: 3.5 / 5.0
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Rating: 2.9 / 5.0 (211 Votes)

The week before this episode aired The Simpsons did a season finale. This was just a shameless ratings grab, and like many things the stage persona of Lady Gaga is involved in, this was so overdone I can't even call it satire. That and the four or five Apple computer adds make this the worst episode of the season.


As a huge Lady Gaga fan, I have to say that this is one of the weaker episode in season 23. Lady Gaga herself is a great voice performer, but it's the writers poor plot pacing and the abrupt end of Lisa's depression that lead this episode into a 'overhyped' zone. It could be better...


I've thought the Simpsons has been downhill for a year or two, but recently it's gotten unexpectedly better. The Gaga episode was actually FUNNY! I ROFL'd at many of the jokes and the outrageous Gaga train, complete with powerful afterbras, not to mention Ned's comments when Gaga turned on the boob-torches: "now unless you're gonna slap some wieners on those, turn 'em off!" Really, with all the sight gags, Gaga self-spoofing, and Lisa insecurity, plus the gratuitous sex between Marge and Homer after Gaga kisses Marge, what's not to like? Then we even got the Homer Face song! Dudes and Dudettes, this was a funny episode! Not a 5-star effort like the early days 20 years ago, but definitely 4-star. It immediately went on my favorites list.


Hey put a Zero in your star ranking please. This was without a doubt the WORST EPISODE IN SIMPSONS HISTORY! And those who disagree check out the No Homers club, the real fans. 0's all the way!


Not bad but I thought it would be better. I liked that Gaga had a big role but there wasn't much plot. Gaga did great.


I thought this episode was poorly written and was primarily aired to increase lady gaga's popularity. The simpsons should stick to pretend characters instead of having a full show with a celebrity in. Last week's episode should have been the final one.


I've never been a big lady gaga fan, so this episode didn't do much for me. It was good, but I felt that last Weeks episode would have made a better finale, you know, with the whole nedna story coming full circle. And they put a lot of twitter hashtags on this episode! That was different. Overall, it's the Simpsons, and I heart them, and looking forward to next season!


I thought the absolute best part of this episode was the closing credits with Homer singing "Homer Face." That was hilarious!

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The Simpsons Season 23 Episode 22 Quotes

Without awards show, how would I know what movie has the best beheading or that Glee is a comedy?


Ah he's a dumb kid, but he's an above average dog. Roll over, son!

Wiggum (on Ralphie)