After a parasailing attempt that goes amok, Homer
meets Kim Basinger and Alec Baldwin. He becomes their personal
assistant before turning on them and their friend Ron Howard...
You Dish Upon A Star
is probably the best episode in this collection. Kim Basinger,
Alec Baldwin and Ron Howard all poke fun at themselves, and
the Hollywood star system. Classic moments include the three
guest stars chasing Homer in a high speed car chase that involves
them having to jump onto Homer's vehicle. It couldn't possibly
be that dangerous they do it in the movies all the time. A
impersonating a pilot and wrecking a plane, Homer wins the
entire family free air travel, driving Marge into the clutches
of a mysterious childhood phobia....
Of Flying starts
off on the right note with Homer having to look for another
bar after being bared from Moe's after a practical joke oversteps
the boundaries of good taste. But it never really takes off
(no pun intended) as well as it should do - although, the
conclusion is satisfying enough.
Krusty's sway over television kiddie-dom looks unbreakable...
but then comes Gabbo! A waywardly instructive celebrity-studded
saga of pride destroyed, friendship deployed and redemption
enjoyed, in which Bart finally proves that two wrongs do,
in fact, make a right...
is a pretty interesting episode which sees Bart and Krusty
attempting to get Gabbo's show cancelled in order to get Krusty
back in the limelight. While this episode is a little slow
in places (mainly the comeback special sequences) it is still
Moe steals Homer's secret drink recipe and claims it as
his own, turning his tavern into a towering triumph in the
process. Homer sets out to reclaim his invention, and the
fortune that comes with it, at any cost...
is another cracking episode - a classic in fact - which has
Moe and Homer at each other's throats. There is also a great
Bart phone prank where he rings Moe's and asks for Hugh Jass,
only to discover that a Hugh Jass is actually drinking in
Moe's that night.
For those who can't wait for the season box sets to be released
then these are perfect little stop gaps. And at £13
for four episodes it's not bad value for money.
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