What whacky adventure will happen in 'The Homer Show' this week? Oh, he becomes a hippy. Hilarious.
Once again, Scully has a Homer-centred episode and although most of the time, this can deliver laughs and a fairly fun plot, we get no such pleasures this time.
The episode starts when Mr Burns is having lunch but can't get a jar of pickles open so all of his employees try to open it but fail leading to Homer and Carl and Lenny starring in a recruitment advert which proceeds to Homer wanting to join the actors guild which requires filling in a form which requires Homer to write down his middle name, which he does not know so he and Grandpa go to Homer's Mum's farm to try and find out. Long-winded I know although Lisa's comment 'Why would Lenny want to lose his legs?' was quite funny.
Afterwards, Homer discovers his middle name is Jay but that is completely irrelevant to the plot of the play as he wants to fulfill his mother's wish of letting his spirit soar and becoming a hippie. What follows is boring and uninventive. Homer gets a poncho, doesn't wash, tries to freak people out and wants to look after the planet (something that is completely uncharacteristic). I believe there was something about a juice business and people getting high in this episode as well but it was all just an uninteresting blur.
This is a dreadful episode with an awful plot that delivers a Homer Simpson that was so out of character, it wasn't funny. The whole episode runs along very humourlessly and gags (or at least funny ones) are in very short supply.
The worrying thing is that there are lots more episodes like this to come...