The Simpsons Review: A Regrettable Episode

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The Simpsons returned on a sad note this week, as the death of Marcia Wallace (Edna Krabappel) was marked with a Edna-centric episode and a tribute card at the end of the new installment.

The Simpsons Season 25 Episode 3, however, did not do much to lift the spirits of its grieving fans. Instead, viewers got a choppy, bland installment that had its best moments at the beginning and the end.

A Springfield Funeral

Tonight's couch gag delightfully re-imagined The Hobbit as the family's journey to their sofa.

From there, the episode moved to the funeral of Chip Davis, an apparently important Springfielder who's never been seen. Is this the show's way of joking around about the announced character death that was to happen this season? Or have they decided to forget about that idea after unexpectedly losing one of its cast members?

The funeral was merely a set-up for tonight's theme: regrets. Marge, Homer, Mr. Burns and Kent Brockman (oddly enough) all thought about what their greatest regrets would be if they died.

At first, I was confused about which of these characters would take the forefront, but then it became clear that the episode would follow all the characters as they explored and made peace with their regrets.

Sometimes this ensemble approach can work for The Simpsons, like in seventh season episode "22 Short Films about Springfield." But this time it felt rather disjointed and lacked any real humor.

In fact, the whole episode had an air of melancholy to it...which makes total sense given the loss of Marcia Wallace.

At least there were still some memorable moments as you can see on The Simpsons quotes page.

What did everyone else think?


Editor Rating: 2.5 / 5.0
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I do not get it know body even knows about that guy. And then they make it sound like every body knows that guy in the episode. And after that they show that guy in images that he was not even in burtending like he is a actual character.


I wonder if there's any connection to Chip Davis, the mastermind behind the "Mannheim Steamroller" musical group? Probably not, but it's interesting that they chose that exact name.


"Or have they decided to forget about that idea after unexpectedly losing one of its cast members?" Seeing as how these episodes are crafted over months, and Marcia Wallace had only died days earlier, the death of Chip Davis was obviously always the intent.

@ John David Stutts

"the death of Chip Davis was obviously always the intent." Please forgive me but I don't know who he is. What’s his connection with the show?
Thank you in advance!


I think the wisest thing for "The Simpsons" to do would be to let the kids get older. Let some time pass, so the kids can get new teachers, Homer can get a new boss, and Maggie can start school. That would get a lot of new stories.

@ Christine

I disagree. Animated shows are not usually for kids to grow up with the show. The Simpsons should end within a couple of years... whenever their contract ends. Maybe they can imitate Seth McDoucheLane and make The Carl Show.


I totally Agree, the show has hit bottom rock, no new plots, the writers are sick-joking with the viewers, to me , this is the end of the Simpsons.


It is disjointed.

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The Simpsons Quotes

Homer: (Wearing glasses) The sum of the square roots of any two sides of an isosceles triangle is equal to the square root of the remaining side!
Man: (From inside a bathroom stall.) That's a right triangle, you idiot!
Homer: D'oh!

Wow, now I see why they call you Miss Hoover. You must have been vacuuming for an hour.