The Simpsons

Season 20 Episode 19

Waverly Hills 9-0-2-1-D'oh

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM May 03, 2009 on FOX

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  • Squatting in Waverly Hills

    As the twentieth season of The Simpsons begins to wrap up, it's just about time to be hit with the dregs of the lot-at least, the episodes that were low-key and middling enough not to be aired beforehand. Waverly Hills, which continues the series' infatuation with titles drawn with parody, is one of those "dregs" that doesn't necessarily do anything wrong apart from the little good that it does. This time we watch as Bart and Lisa are transferred school after Marge learns (for the umpteenth time) that Springfield Elementary isn't quite the prestigious institution she had hoped for her kids. What comes out of this is a pointless, go-nowhere story involving Bart and Lisa as they attempt to settle in to their new surroundings, and a much more lively and interesting side plot for Marge and Homer. Homer, who has to take out a cheap apartment in Waverly Hills in order for the kids to take up the school there, ends up living the life of a bachelor with Marge soon creeping her way in to his new-found life. It's a cute, lightly amusing segment that sees Homer abandon his recent ulta-stupidity of this decade's seasons and adopt his earlier personality. Overall however, with a lumbering central plot and the fact that each isn't given any amount of time to truly develop, Waverly Hills falls on a bum note with or without a few great gags and a nice Weezer and No Country for Old Men parody; enjoyable, but unremarkable all the same.