The Simpsons

Season 14 Episode 5

Helter Shelter

3
Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Dec 01, 2002 on FOX
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  • started good, got bad

    4.5
    what i liked- "We need a family who hasn't been on TV forever. Let's try The Simpsons", everyone being disappointed that the game was hockey and not basketball, the people in the skybox supposedly knowing who would win the game, the scene at lenny's place, "That's Lenny?! Oh, I wanted the black one!", the bullies thinking the simpson's home was a circus and are carried out, the King of the Hill reference to end act 1. Like i said up top, this episode started off pretty funny, but it got bad. The last act was random filler and not very funny. They should have come up with something else I think. It's pretty uneven because I really liked the first half, but what can you do. I'd have to give this a 1/5 or so, probably a D+/C-, that's how much I disliked the last half.
  • Helter Shelter

    8.5
    Walking through the plant, a section of pipe falls on Homer and damages his brain. Afraid he might sue, Burns offers him the company's skybox tickets for a hockey game. The Simpsons enjoy the luxuries of high sports life, including sushi, hot tubs and massages. Annoyed with the classism, Lisa heads down to ice level to watch the game. She advises a Russian player on how to beat the goalie. He scores and gives her his stick in thanks.
    At home, Homer nails Lisa's stick above her bed. During the night, an army of termites pours out of the stick. In the morning, the family finds their house falling apart. An exterminator fumigates the house and tells the Simpsons the house is uninhabitable for six months. Homer decides to move everybody into a hotel. Finding every room in town sold out, the family moves in with Lenny. But he shares a wall with a jai alai court, so they move in with Comic Book Guy. But he freaks them out, so they move into a house on a reality program that simulates life in 1895.

    The family has a rough time adjusting to the lack of modern day amenities, but Homer says they have to stick it out because they're on TV. They begin to bond and enjoy their new, austere lives, which TV audiences find boring. The network execs decide a guest star is necessary to revive the show, so they send Squiggy from Laverne and Shirley into the house. That doesn't do it, so the execs pick up the house with a crane attached to a helicopter and dump it into a fast moving river. Eventually, the house goes over a waterfall and washes up on shore. The Simpsons escape just before the house collapses.
  • The Simpsons go on reality TV.

    8.0
    When Homer injures himself at work, Burns and Smithers give the family free skybox tickets to a hockey game. Lisa gives one of the players a pointer which scores a goal. She is given the Russian player's termite-infested hockey stick which is hung on her bedreem wall. The next morning the house is falling apart and is to be fumigated for six months. Without a home, the family participate in a reality tv show in which they live in a house based around the year 1895. A ratings hit, the family soon find it hard to cope with the conditions. With some motivation they live their life best as they can, and ratings drop. The producers lift the house and dump it in a river. The house floats ashore on an island which is inhabited by the producers and a 'Survivor' group. The family and Survivor tribe join forces to attack the producers, and are sent home. A pretty average episode. Nothing special at all. Give it a watch.
  • Not my favorite episode...

    8.2
    Walking through the plant, a section of pipe falls on Homer and damages his brain. Afraid he might sue, Burns offers him the company's skybox tickets for a hockey game. The Simpsons enjoy the luxuries of high sports life, including sushi, hot tubs and massages. Annoyed with the classism, Lisa heads down to ice level to watch the game. She advises a Russian player on how to beat the goalie. He scores and gives her his stick in thanks. At home, Homer nails Lisa's stick above her bed. During the night, an army of termites pours out of the stick. In the morning, the family finds their house falling apart. An exterminator fumigates the house and tells the Simpsons the house is uninhabitable for six months. Homer decides to move everybody into a hotel. Finding every room in town sold out, the family moves in with Lenny. But he shares a wall with a jai alai court, so they move in with Comic Book Guy. But he freaks them out, so they move into a house on a reality program that simulates life in 1895. The family has a rough time adjusting to the lack of modern day amenities, but Homer says they have to stick it out because they're on TV. They begin to bond and enjoy their new, austere lives, which TV audiences find boring. The network execs decide a guest star is necessary to revive the show, so they send Squiggy from Laverne and Shirley into the house. That doesn't do it, so the execs pick up the house with a crane attached to a helicopter and dump it into a fast moving river. Eventually, the house goes over a waterfall and washes up on shore. The Simpsons escape just before the house collapses
  • reality and the simpsons a great combonation

    8.1
    the episodes starts off when homer is severly injured when a pipe falls on his head to insure that homer does not sue Mr.Burns gives homer skybox tickets to a hockey game while there lisa gets a hockey stick from a member of the team that hockey stick causes termites to swarm in house forecing the simpsons out of there home for six months they then take up a offer to be in a reality show where they live in a home made in 1895 for six months but once they adapt to the life style the producers start to get angry and then bring a even bigger twist
  • Not the best episode

    8.2
    this episode did have its moments with scenes such as the hockey match and homer mistaking the chamber pot for an army helmet aswell as the confession room and the termites but the rest of the episode wasn't that good. two exception are the scenes at lenny's house and moe's tavern, with a good homer-moe conversation:
    Homer: 1985? Forget it! We'd be too late to save lincoln and too early to save Kennedy
    Moe: You could save McKinley
    Homer: it's not a time machine moe.
    But most of the reality show scenes were sort of dull and the third act made no sense whatsoever but the episode did improve in the last minute or so with Elevator Inspectors Unit and spraying Homer with the hose but overall the episode was average.
  • Helter Shelter

    10
    This is my favourite episode of Season 14. It is entertaining and funny and it is real enjoyable to watch. I hope to get this episode on the Season 14 box set. I liked all the episodes of Season 14 but this one was the best. As I said above it is real entertaining.
  • A pretty average episode.

    7.2
    Another pretty average episode. It does start well, but the plot is very disjointed. We go from Homer getting injured at work a couple of seconds into the episode (loved the suddenness of it), to the family winning skybox tickets, to Lisa getting a hockey stick from a player, to termites invading the house, to the family being part of a reality TV show. And if that didn't stir you the episode has a very strange third act, not uncommon these days.

    In fact, the episode starts off with a very funny few seconds, then goes sharply downhill, then picks up in the middle sections, but as soon as the TV producers are stuck for ideas for the TV show, the episode gets worse again, as if the writers are stuck for ideas.

    There were some funny moments, but most of these didn't come until the second act. Good bits included the auditions, the confession room, the bullies wishing they had Bart's outfit, and the television show the family watch at the very end.
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