The Simpsons

Season 21 Episode 7

Rednecks and Broomsticks

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Nov 29, 2009 on FOX
7.5
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After stumbling upon some teenage Wiccans, Lisa accepts an invitation to join their coven. Just before Lisa is inducted Chief Wiggum arrives and arrests the three teens on charges of witchcraft; Lisa becomes the chief witness in the trial. Meanwhile, Homer starts to hang out with his new pal Cletus after discovering the slack-jawed yokel makes moonshine.moreless

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  • This episode was boring...

    3.0
    After stumbling upon some teenage Wiccans, Lisa accepts an invitation to join their coven. Just before Lisa is inducted Chief Wiggum arrives and arrests the three teens on charges of witchcraft; Lisa becomes the chief witness in the trial. Meanwhile, Homer starts to hang out with his new pal Cletus after discovering the slack-jawed yokel makes moonshine. Meh...I thought this was a bad episode. Season 21 was kinda great, but I think this was one of the worst episode of the season. The reason why I didn't like this episode very much because Lisa's plot was very boring. If I remember seeing some of the parts (which I saw it on Nov 27, 2009), I don't think I ever laughed. At for Homer's plot, it did had some moments, but still boring. I did laughed at the references in this episode. Overall, a bad episode that was somewhat a waste of time. It didn't me laugh very much and I consider it one of the season's worst. 3/10moreless
  • This episode was OK. Definately could've been better.

    4.5
    After stumbling upon some teenage Wiccans, Lisa accepts an invitation to join their coven. Just before Lisa is inducted Chief Wiggum arrives and arrests the three teens on charges of witchcraft; Lisa becomes the chief witness in the trial. Meanwhile, Homer starts to hang out with his new pal Cletus after discovering he makes moonshine. What I liked:

    *Homer gets really drunk. (Like in other episodes, only it's not really beer.)

    *When they are in court and Wiggum was shooting at the stupid fly and it lands on his nose and he aims the gun right at it.



    What I didn't like:

    *The fact that it was all about Lisa

    *Pretty much the rest of the story because it was centered around Lisa.



    There wasn't a whole lot that I liked about it and I think that it deserves a D-. Especially because it was mostly about Lisa.moreless
  • Lisa tried out for witch and Homer tries out for moonshine-taster.

    7.5
    The Simpsons return from a skiing trip and in the way. the kids start playing "Bonk it!" which pisses Homer off and while trying to destroy the game the car ends up in the forest. They are saved by Cletus, and while the kids were playing hide-n-seek, Homer hangs out with Cletus and his hillbilly friends, learning they make moonshine. Meanwhile in the forest, Lisa was never found in the hide n seek game and while wandering though the forest, she stumbled upon 3 wiccans, and was offered to join. Excited she invesitgated a lot about wiccans on wiccapedia, and such. Homer and his new friends have to throw all their moonshine into the river because they heard the police was going to crash their boozo party, and that made everyone who drunk the water from the river turn blind. The town, freaked out, uses the wiccans as scapegoats, and Lisa comes before they hurt them and tells everyone the reason, and end. BLINKY WAS THERE. YAY I LOVE HIM!!moreless
  • Second Worst

    4.0
    This episode is the second worst of the so-far hilarious 21st season. It had some good comedy in the beginning, like the Bob-It toy parody, and the deer getting hit by the car, but at the beginning of the third act it dipped noticeably. It had little to no humor. I hated the "911" line by Kent Brockman. It had an interesting plot but it went to nowhere land and never fully came back.



    So, the first two acts of the episode were decent and get a 3.5/5



    The last two acts were very bad and get a 2/5 overall. Second worst so farmoreless
  • I the quality in this episode did not drop. It has by far been the funniest episode so far this season.

    9.0
    The Simpsons Season 21 has been a disappoint so far with the exception of "The Devil Wears Nada." But this episode was hilarious. When Lisa is looking up Wiccans on "Wiccapedia" and Flanders sees, he remarks about that being hell. One of the boys then remarks, "I think it says Dell." That was excellent comedy. This episode is hillarious. But this is my opinion. Homer hanging out with Cletus and creating moonshine isn't original and everything outside of the Lisa plotline was a disaster. But there was enough hilarity to keep this episode afloat so that makes up, in my opinion, for the cruddy plotline outise of Lisa's story.moreless
Julie Kavner

Julie Kavner

Marge Simpson, Patty Bouvier, and Selma Bouvier

Nancy Cartwright

Nancy Cartwright

Bart Simpson, Nelson Muntz, Ralph Wiggum, Todd Flanders, and others

Yeardley Smith

Yeardley Smith

Lisa Simpson

Hank Azaria

Hank Azaria

Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, Moe Szyslak, Chief Wiggum, Comic Book Guy, Lou, and others

Harry Shearer

Harry Shearer

Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders, Principal Skinner, Waylon Smithers, Kent Brockman, and others

Dan Castellaneta

Dan Castellaneta

Homer Simpson, Grampa Simpson, Barney Gumble, Krusty the Clown, Groundskeeper Willie, and others

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (2)

  • NOTES (3)

    • "Season Of The Witch" by Donovan is the song played over the end credits.

    • Show Title: A stork carries Maggie in its beak.
      Billboard: Springfield Retirement Castle (with a frightened Grampa pictured with bold red lettering pleading "Get Me Out of Here!)
      Chalkboard: Teachers' unions are not ruining this country.
      Couch Gag: The scene switches to the dinner table where the family (including Patty and Selma) has set Thanksgiving dinner onto the table. They then quickly place their food on their plates and move over to the couch, where they eat while watching a football game on TV.

    • Neve Campbell is no stranger to playing a Wiccan; she played Bonnie in the 1996 feature film The Craft.

  • ALLUSIONS (7)

    • Macbeth

      Kent Brockman: Double, bubble , boil and trouble?

      This is a play on the line, "Double, double, toil and trouble," spoken by the Three Witches from the William Shakespeare play, Macbeth.

    • To Die For
      The ending of the episode, which shows Lisa ice skating to "Season Of The Witch" is a reference to the last scene of the 1995 movie To Die For starring Nicole Kidman.

    • Bonk-It
      It's a clear reference of the toy 'Bop It'.

    • Sideways
      The montage of Homer and Cletus traveling and drinking moonshine is an allusion to the 2004 film Sideways.

    • Wikipedia
      Lisa was looking at a website called Wiccapedia to research Wiccans. The website design pays homage to the design of the Wikipedia home page.

    • Bambi
      As the Simpsons car skids on to a patch of ice, there is a rabbit and a young deer trying to get on the ice with the deer falling flat. This is a reference to a similar scene in the 1942 animated Walt Disney movie Bambi.

    • Bedknobs and Broomsticks
      The title of this episode is a play on the title of the 1971 Disney film Bedknobs and Broomsticks.

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