The Simpsons

Season 18 Episode 22

You Kent Always Say What You Want

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM May 20, 2007 on FOX
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You Kent Always Say What You Want
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When Homer buys the 1,000,000th ice-cream cone at a local shop, he ends up on Kent Brockman's news program. When Brockman swears on live TV after coffee is spilled in his lap, Ned Flanders leads a crusade to clean up Springfield's airwaves, starting with getting Brockman fired. Then Homer once again saves the day.moreless

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  • not great, not horrific

    7.5
    For the 400th episode, they did an episode on Kent Brockman. Interesting. But the lead up was bad. Homer buying the 1,000,000th ice cream cone?! Seriously?



    After Kent swears and everyone hates him the episode becomes better.



    There were some good jokes scattered around, and some jokes that went on too long {as to be expected with 400 episodes} and some jokes I didn't like.



    But for a 400th episode the plot wasn't the greatest. It should have been about the family or something.



    But, overall, I can see some good out of this episode. Nowhere near the worst/best. A C+/B- is what this episode getsmoreless
  • In the 400th episode of the show, Kent Brockman says a swear on TV and gets fired from his job.

    9.5
    At the Simpsons' annual dental check-up, Lisa gets an education in dental hygiene from a video starring Ludacris as Luda-Crest, a tube of toothpaste with a talent for rapping. The Simpsons stop for ice cream on the way home from the dentist, and when Homer purchases the 1-millionth ice cream cone, he is featured on Kent Brockman's nightly news program. However, the innocent interview turns into trouble when Brockman uses a shocking expletive and Ned Flanders wages an anti-indecency campaign. The Simpsons take in the dejected Brockman, and he and Lisa begin to devise a scheme for the anchor to make his comeback. Always like this episode because I could always appreciate jokes about Fox programming. I loved this episode and it was a strong way to end a topsy turvy season. Long live the Simpsons, the greatest show on TV past or present!moreless
  • the 400th episode... was not that good...

    5.0
    when i read the plot of the 400th simpsons episode. I was excited. the plot was original and it sounded interesting. But when i watched this episode. I was not really satisfied. It had some classic simpsons moments, such as the dentist scene. But then they ruin the whole episode in the end. the first 15 minutes was going steady and paced in a good way. But they ruined it like the few episodes of the simpsons they always do. And what did Kent say ???? i thought it would have been better if they BLEEP out the swear word, or just let it be uncensored for a 400th episode surprise. i liked the classic episode beginning where they show the old version of the simpsons 20 years ago.



    overall, disappointing season eight finale, but has its great simpsons moments during the first few minutes.moreless
  • 400 EPISODES!!!!! O yeah... A milestone that probably mosy shows will never see... Great job Simpsons...

    9.1
    At the Simpsons' annual dental check-up, Lisa gets an education in dental hygiene from a video starring Ludacris as Luda-Crest, a tube of toothpaste with a talent for rapping. The Simpsons stop for ice cream on the way home from the dentist, and when Homer purchases the 1-millionth ice cream cone, he is featured on Kent Brockman's nightly news program. However, the innocent interview turns into trouble when Brockman uses a shocking expletive and Ned Flanders wages an anti-indecency campaign. The Simpsons take in the dejected Brockman, and he and Lisa begin to devise a scheme for the anchor to make his comeback.moreless
  • For a 400th, this was pretty bad.

    4.5
    This is it! It's the 400th Episode of The Simpsons. And pretty bad for a 400th. The beginning of the episode was pretty funny and what an episode should be like, but then it starts to suck.



    In the first part of this episode, it's a flashback to the Tracy Ullman version of the show and Homer is trying to take a family photo of The Simpsons. They keep failing to make the perfect photo and during the last shot, Bart is making funny faces and Homer ends up strangeling him in the photo. Pretty funny I thought. The next scene is at the dentists, Homer is screaming really loud during his check-up while a little kid is next to the door, starting to get worried that he might have the same. After the dentists, they all get an Ice-Cream. When Homer gets a cone, he finds out he's the One Millionth person to buy a cone.



    This part is the turning point of the episode. Homer is on the news being interviewed by Kent Brockman. After accidently spilling coffee on Kent's lap, it causes Kent to swear on TV (censored obvoiusly). Kent gets fired from his job and lives with The Simpsons for a few days. Cliched yet? I'm gonna conclude this review by saying, worst Simpsons ending ever!!!! I'm dead serious....

    6.5/10moreless
Dan Castellaneta

Dan Castellaneta

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

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

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

Ludacris

Ludacris

Himself

Guest Star

Karl Wiedergott

Karl Wiedergott

Additional Voices

Recurring Role

Maggie Roswell

Maggie Roswell

Maude Flanders, Helen Lovejoy, Miss Hoover, and others

Recurring Role

Pamela Hayden

Pamela Hayden

Milhouse Van Houten, Rod Flanders, Jimbo Jones, and others

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (9)

    • On Homer's "Wall of casual acquaintances who came to stay for a while," Benjamin, Doug, and Gary (Homer Goes to College) were not recognized on the wall even though they stayed at the Simpsons household.

    • On one wall of Kent Brockman's office is a picture showing him on the Berlin Wall. One of the writings on the wall is German for "Kent was here".

    • Music from this episode
      "Celebration" by Kool & The Gang.

    • The following candy toppings are mentioned by Homer with the likely real life equivalent in parentheses:

      Snickels (Snickers)
      Gooey Bears (Gummy Bears)
      Charlottesville Chew (Charleston Chew)
      Nice & Many (Good & Plenty)
      Kat Kit (Kit Kat)
      Hershel's Smooches (Hershey's Kisses)
      Mrs. Badbar (Mr. Goodbar)
      Milk Dudes (Milk Duds)

    • The Simpsons have a "Wall of casual acquaintances who came to stay for a while" which lists Artie Ziff (The Ziff who came to Dinner), Apu Nahasapeemapetilon (Homer and Apu, The Two Mrs. Nahasapeemetilons), Krusty the Clown (Krusty gets Kancelled), Groundskeeper Willie (My Fair Laddie), Nelson Muntz (Sleeping with the Enemy), Robert "Sideshow Bob" Underdunk Terwilliger (The Great Louse Detective), Otto Mann (The Otto Show), Kang (or Kodos) (Who have not stayed with them although they are on the picture), Gil Gunderson (Kill Gil Volumes 1 and 2) and Stampy (Bart Gets an Elephant). Kent Brockman (This episode) will be added to it. Kodos eventually stayed with the Simpsons for a while in "Treehouse of Horror XVIII".

    • When Marge and Maggie run through the park full of dogs, one of the dogs is Laddie, the expensive dog Bart bought in "The Canine Mutiny."

    • The evil Leprechaun made another appearance in the St. Patrick's Day parade when Marge stole his beer.

    • This episode isn't the first time Kent has dropped the F-bomb. He said it in the season 5 episode, "Bart's Inner Child", although it was bleeped out.

    • This is the second time that Kent Brockman utters a swear word on live TV, and gets in trouble for it. The first time was in "Krusty Gets Kancelled" when he calls the viewers SOBs, while the camera is still rolling.

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Rod: (to Ned) Daddy, what are you doing?
      Ned: Imploring people I never met to pressure a government with better things to do to punish a man who meant no harm for something nobody ever saw, that's what I'm doing!
      Rod: (after exchanging a worried look with Tod) Daddy, we think you need a new mommy.
      Ned: First things first!

    • Marge: (to Homer) We have to take in Mr. Brockman. He wouldn't be in this mess if you hadn't dumped coffee on his lap.
      Homer: Oh, sure! Put down a simple guy like me who works hard and plays by the rules!
      Bart: Dad, you barely go to work at all.
      Lisa: And you're constantly flouting the law.
      Homer: I'm willing to change my mind and that makes me great.

    • FOX Newscaster: It seems liberals want to give NASA the right to abort space missions whenever they feel like it!

    • Homer: Marge, the couch is lumpy!
      Kent: That's because you're sitting on me, you lummox!

    • (At the dentist)
      Homer: Aaaah! It hurts so much!
      Dental Hygienist: I haven't even started yet!
      Homer: I know, but a breeze from that window went in my mouth!

    • Homer: Hey suckers, check it out! Marge is taking me to ride dirt bikes at the cemetery.
      Lisa: You're going to the dentist too, Dad.
      Homer: (Thoughtfully) Why the cemetery? I wondered. But my dreams were too strong.

    • Lisa: One thing I've always wondered… How can Fox News be so conservative when the Fox Network keeps airing raunchy shows? They don't fit together.
      (Lisa then proceeds to flips channels between Fox News and Fox Network until Kent Brockman takes the remote control away from her.)
      Kent: Fox deliberately runs shows that will earn them huge fines which are then funneled through the F.C.C. straight to the Republican Party. Everybody in the media knows it, but no one has the guts to say it.

    • Homer: Apu sang a song, what are you gonna do?

    • Homer: I'm sorry Lisa, but I won't live under the same roof as a member of the liberal media!
      Lisa: You'll have to excuse him, he's been watching a lot of Fox News.
      Homer: Did you know that every day Mexican gays sneak into this country and unplug our brain-dead ladies?

    • Marge: (Trying to start the car) It won't start! I'll have to use Homer's AAA card. (Looks at the card) "American Applesauce Association"?

  • NOTES (2)

    • Itchy and Scratchy: Scratchy is walking down the street and sees a lady made out of dynamite. Apparently not realizing this, he kisses her and she explodes and dismembers him. Itchy picks up the pieces and juggles them, entertaining a crowd of passers-by.

    • In lieu of a blackboard or couch gag, one of the original shorts from almost 20 years ago on The Tracey Ullman Show is shown featuring Homer trying to get everyone to pose for a family picture. This short originally aired in the second season of Tracey's show on 6 Mar 1988.

  • ALLUSIONS (8)

    • Abe has a long list of things that people supposedly couldn't say on TV in his day. One of them is "LBJ," the initials of Lyndon Baines Johnson, the President of the United States from 1963 to 1969.

    • Midnight Cowboy
      When Kent is packing up after being fired from his job, the music playing is reminiscent of the scene in Midnight Cowboy where Joe and Rizzo are wandering the streets.

    • Star Wars
      On one wall of Kent Brockman's office is a picture showing him interviewing R2-D2, known from the Star Wars movies.

    • Menance II Society
      The video shown at the dentist titled "Menace Tooth Society" is an allusion to Albert and Allen Hughes' Menace II Society (1993). The video itself has numerous rap references from the 80's and 90's, including:
      "Baby got Bacteria" a parody of "Baby got Back by Sir Mix-a-lot; "I'm down with O.P.P." a parody of "O.P.P." by Naughty by Nature; and Ludacrest toothpaste, a reference to the rap artist Ludacris.

    • Rush Limbaugh
      While not mentioned by name, the liberal-hating commentator on "Fox News" is clearly based on Rush Limbaugh, who frequently appears on that channel.

    • Raising Arizona
      Marge's adventurous run through Springfield, especially the music, is reminiscent of this 1987 Coen brothers' film.

    • Good Night and Good Luck
      The scene where Kent rants on the web about the government is an allusion to this film.

    • The episode title is a play on the Rolling Stones song, "You Can't Always Get What You Want."

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