The Simpsons

Season 25 Episode 3

Four Regrettings and a Funeral

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Nov 03, 2013 on FOX
7.4
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After a funeral, Homer, Marge, Mr. Burns, and Kent Brockman work to right past regrets.

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  • WORST. EPISODE. EVER

    1.5
    Seriously, this is just plain B-A-D
  • After attending a funeral, a few of Springfield's citizens, Homer and Marge among them, start to deeply regret certain events in their lives.

    9.0
    Who moved my desk?! Every so often it's terrific to see an episode that reminds me why I have been a fan of "The Simpsons" for its entire run. I was laughing so hard at this terrific episode that I almost fell off my chair. The laughs start right from the beginning and continue all the way up to the final scene. Liberal pundit Rachel Maddow was excitied as ever when she announced on her MSNBC show that she would make a guest appearance in this episode. I can see why. Her cameo was damn near perfect. Sharply written dialogue and some genuine laughs as well. She actually had a very good rapport with Kent Brockman which is just another reason why this episode scores a hit. The scene that takes place at the Fox News Studio is an all time classic. "The Simpsons" has taken numerous shots at Fox News, but the shot taken here was their best yet. In all fairness the shots taken at MSNBC and CNN were great also. Right on the money. This review would not be complete without mentioning the very touching tributes to Marcia Wallace during the opening montage and the closing credits. They were very fitting to a talented actress and comedian who gave life to one of "The Simpsons" greatest characters. Yet another reason why "Four Regrettings and a Funeral" is, at least up to this point, the best episode of season twenty-five.moreless
  • Abysmal

    1.0
    Time to stop
Dan Castellaneta

Dan Castellaneta

Homer Simpson, Barney Gumble, Hans Moleman, Krusty the Clown & Mayor Quimby

Julie Kavner

Julie Kavner

Marge Simpson & Patty Bouvier

Nancy Cartwright

Nancy Cartwright

Bart Simpson

Yeardley Smith

Yeardley Smith

Lisa Simpson

Hank Azaria

Hank Azaria

Moe Szyslak, Carl Carlson, Bumblebee Man, Cletus Spuckler, Luigi, Chief Clancy Wiggum, Lou & Professor Frink

Harry Shearer

Harry Shearer

Lenny Leonard, Reverend Lovejoy, Kent Brockman, Mr. Burns, Principal Skinner, Jasper, Ned Flanders, Waylon Smithers & Rainie

Rachel Maddow

Rachel Maddow

Herself

Special Guest Star

Joe Namath

Joe Namath

Himself

Special Guest Star

Pamela Hayden

Pamela Hayden

Milhouse Van Houten

Recurring Role

Tress MacNeille

Tress MacNeille

Agnes Skinner

Recurring Role

Chris Edgerly

Chris Edgerly

Various

Recurring Role

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  • NOTES (3)

    • The episode won an Emmy Award for Emmy Award for Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance - Harry Shearer.

    • This episode ends with a memorial bumper dedicated to voice actress Marcia Wallace (Ms. Krabappel), who passed away on October 25, 2013 prior to its airing.  It says "In loving memory of Marcia Wallace" just before she gives off her most famous laugh line "HA!"

    • Show Title:  Radioactive Man and Fallout Boy flying in the sky.


      Billboard Gag:  One more hour till milk expires;  Thank you Daylight Savings!


      Chalkboard (non) Gag:  A saddened Bart writing just once "We'll really miss you Mrs. K."


      Couch Gag:  This extended sequence parodies the Lord of the Rings saga where the family is on a journey to get to their coveted couch.  They look at a map featuring various locations like Springfield, Shelbyville, the Land of Chocolate, Critter Country, Funkytown, LAX Self-Parking, the James L. Brook, and the Comfy Couch on the center of the map.  As various LOTR characters, they being their journey under the title The Couch Gag: Part One of Six. After traveling through various weather patterns, they pass a cave where Moe resides, representing Gollum, is snubbed by a female version, who vanishes once he gives her a ring.  Lenny, Carl, and Barney are seen as giant Ogres who turn to stone when the sun rises (Barney crumbles afterward).  After some distance, the family passes a castle filled with treasure, some of which Homer tries to take before being attacked by a dragon resembling Mr. Burns.  They then encounter Jimbo, Dolph, and Kearney as warrior ghosts before Marge the Grey uses her magic to turn them into friendlier ones.  The family finally arrives at their destination where a tired dwarf Homer lies down, taking up the entire couch.  The Hobbit Bart asks "What about us, man?"  And Homer replies "Get your own couch!" before lying down again.

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • The name of the store where Homer bought his prize bowling ball, Alley McBalls, is a take on the television series Ally McBeal.  The series starred Calista Flockhart as a young lawyer working in a fictional Boston law firm.  The series ran on Fox from 1997 to 2002.

    • The title of this episode is a take on the 1994 popular British comedy movie Four Weddings and a Funeral starring Hugh Grant and Andie MacDowell.

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