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Moe becomes a poet with Lisa's help.
When Homer forgets Moe's birthday, Moe's anger inspires Lisa to write about him for her school report. She finds a poetic side to Moe and helps him get published in "American Poetry Perspectives." However, when Moe is featured at a literary conference where he encounters celebrated authors Gore Vidal, Michael Chabon, Tom Wolfe and Jonathan Franzen (all guest-voicing as themselves), he takes all the credit despite Lisa's feelings This episode is not as bad as it sounds! Moe having a poetic talent was a great idea. I found the ending of this episode heart-warming and all in all the whole episode kept me laughing all the way through. Watch this episode!moreless
Season 18 first non-suberb episode, but that doesn't mean that this episode is horrible.
While doing a school report on Moe, Lisa discovers his dark poetic talent and helps get him published in "AMERICAN POETRY PERSPECTIVES". The poems earn him and the Simpson family an invitation to a literary conference in Vermont where rather than be considered a hack by his peers, Moe marginalizes Lisa's contributions. Moe is later unable to assemble a poem to recite and ends up saving face with Lisa by reciting a sentimental piece about their friendship that bombs his career. As I said before this episode was not the cream of the crop of season 18, but it is without a doubt not mediocre or horrible.moreless
I think I liked this episode more than a lot of others.
Well basically I thought this was really funny, and has great morals. Funny moments. Numerous. When Homer insults Moe for being a poet and then falls down and calls him gay I laughed really, really hard! It's one of the few Moe episodes I see, and it's really nice how Moe and Lisa have the interaction. How Moe gets so selfish and worried but in the end pulls out for Lisa. It was also nice to see Homer and Bart caring for Lisa when Moe insulted her- I think. I thought it was a really great episodes hope to see more like it I guess.moreless
This episode definitely had it's moments of humor, as most Simpsons episodes do, but again they're giving us the "We're smarter than you" episode. I mean, yeah, I guess you might as well try to educate the denizens of TV land, but I don't know who half these people are. Gore Vidal and Tom Wolfe I know by name only, I've read Maya Angelou and Anne Rice, and everyone else you might as well make up names because I have no idea who they are. They did this same thing before with the one where Homer became a artist, throwing out other names of modern artists who a lot of us might not know. So... it's funny, but you proabbly don't appreciate the jokes as much if you don't know who these people are.moreless
Works a lot better than it sounds
I was a little dubious when I heard this episode was about Moe becoming a poet, although the depressed suicidal person would be the obvious choice but he doesn't seem to be skilled enough to write poetry. Of course as the title shows, Lisa does most of the work with scraps lying around Moe's place and the friendship actually seems believable, even more so when Moe stabs her in the back to be popular.
While this is neither the best Lisa oriented or Moe oriented episode, it is still quite entertaining with great scenes and jokes and shows a lot of heart.moreless
After reading some of moes depressing scribbles on the wall, Lisa manages to convince him to put them together as a poem. The poem becomes a massive hit and Moe reaches the top, but blanks Lisa out of the picture.
Jesus christ, how the hell are they still on the air. I used to be a massive Simpsons fan, but I have not been amused for so long, that it feels like I\\\'m watching scrubs. The Simpson\\\'s now obviously lacks what South Park and Family Guy now have, the ability to appeal to the youth as well as older people. This episode is feeble and exactly the same as what we have seen so many times before. The typical Simpson\\\'s story follows this structure, and this time it is not different:
1) The family go out somewhere and are exposed to half a plot
2) This plot is then taken over by another sub-plot, in which the characters either feel obliged to help someone, or get pulled into a situation themselves
3) They work to achieve a goal, it gets messed up and someone is left feeling guilty
4) The character/s learn a lesson and everything goes back to the way it was, or something insignifficent changes
It is starting to become pathetic.
The morales supposedly \\\'hidden\\\' in the plot, are so in your face and cheesy that they have overtaken South Park in that area, and are now rapidly dropping down the charts, when it comes to comedy.
I\\\'m not saying that I want them to stop, but maybe they could follow Family Guy by recruiting some experienced comedians, rather than depending soley on Groening to provide all of the material. If this episode is anything to go by, they desperately need to do something.moreless
Turns out Moe's got talent... well... sort of
The Senior Olympics were pretty amusing, they just didn't belong out there, but it would've been funnier if Abe had a heart attack. Also, Moe got depressed because he was supposed to go fishing with Homer, but Homer forgot, and Marge made Homer go to the old people olympics. It's kinda Marge's fault because Moe would've called Homer and Homer would've remembered, and they probably would've had a good ole time. Then Moe starts vandalizing the house, which was laugh out loud funny. He was pretty ticked at the situations. Then his sad poems got to Tom Wolfe, and he started hanging with the writers. Then he finally mentioned Lisa at the way end, after she had a couple of hissy fits, what a baby!moreless
Lisa discovers Moe's hidden talent for writing and helps him getting popular. She makes his poetry published and brings him to an authors metting. Then, Moe enjoys his popularity and grants no more credit to Lisa. The scenario of Lisa who gets forgot after helping someone to suceed was used some others times in the series in different contexts but is not that repetitive. The episode is not the funniest one but is not bad. That's a pretty nice episode for a 18th season. So, even if the scenario had been used many times in the series, it's well written for this situation and brings us another nice Simpsons episode.moreless
A return to one of the filler episodes
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Positive: A greater look into Moe\'s home / private life. Mini \'crab\' scene (where they\'re trying to hide from Moe). Tom Wolfe appearance not too bad.
Negative: Generic Spiderman references. Olympic scene with virtually no story. Homer not drinking AND driving mini-scene drawn out too long. Drawing out a 5-minute story into over 20 minutes is painful. Nothing is made of Homer\'s maple syrup-tastingsequence during end credits. Jokes lacking in quality and quantity.
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Another disappointing episode from a show that has lived far beyond its expiration date. Also does a great disservice to the early Simpsons episodes.moreless
I thought that this episode was good. I liked it a lot more than I liked last weeks episode. Some of the things in the episode that I liked were when Liss helped Moe compose his scraps of paper into good poems that real poets liked. I also liked the guess voices on this episode and some of the jokes that they used. The jokes I liked were the opening part of the episode with the don't forget signs and the snior olympics with Grandpa running away from Willie who was dressed up as what looked like the grim reaper. Overall I liked this episode and thought that it was good.moreless