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The Simpsons: Sex Pies and Idiot Scrapes review was previously published on Jupiter Beagle on September 29, 2008.
The Simpsons: Sex Pies and Idiot Scrapes is available on DVD and streaming services.
Primetime animation is commonplace today, but in the 1980s that wasn’t the case. The Flintstones aired in primetime, but it wasn’t until the breakthrough success of The Simpsons that primetime animation became the American television staple that it is today. True, the Simpsons no longer seem fresh or innovative, but it’s amazing that a show that is beginning its 20th year on television can still elicit laughs.
The 20th season premiere, Sex Pies and Idiot Scrapes, finds Homer once again trying a new profession on for size. This time, after being arrested for taking part in a St. Patrick’s Day brawl, Homer visits a bail bondsman to post his bail. After getting a taste of the life of a bounty hunter, Homer decides to become one himself. On his first hunt, Homer is accidentally saved by Ned Flanders, and the two decide to become a bounty hunting duo.
The unlikely pair unsurprisingly get themselves into some very funny situations while they attempt to catch crooks. Longtime fans of the series will be pleased to see a plethora of character cameos in this episode.
The side story has Marge also trying out a new profession. She meets an Irish baker and agrees to bake cakes for him at his bakery. I’m not going to ruin the twist, as this is only a 22-minute episode and I don’t want to give it all away in a review. But, Marge’s job turns out to be quite different from what she was expecting. I was very pleased to see that the side story actually worked well in this episode. It was also nice to see that the writers managed to mesh both stories together in a believable and in-character fashion at the end of the story.
This episode wasn’t perfect, but it was a good start to the new season. Some of the jokes fell flat, especially during the beginning of the episode, but I actually found myself laughing out loud at some points. There wasn’t any character development, but everyone stayed in character throughout the episode. It’s not a series classic by any means, but Sex Pies and Idiot Scrapes is an enjoyable, if somewhat average, episode.
Three and one half out of Five