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” Your no-frills, fumbling sales pitch has won me over.”
I was for a short while surprised by the big, vibrant” TELEVISION-14″ content warning before the start of tonight’s Simpsons After relaxing myself with the idea that no, there wasn’t a rogue Household Man episode coming, I kept in mind that tonight’s 2020 episode of The Simpsons was venturing out into the rainy, controversial waters of … the pot. More particularly, the growing nationwide motion toward marijuana legalization and the proliferation of cannabis-related legal organisations (no longer called head stores, thank you quite), a civic improvement that has actually brought untold decades of generational warfare and unfruitful hyperbolic debate strategies right into the mainstream. When, one year, parents are informing their kids about the risks of cigarette smoking dope (while moving their eyes in grudging acknowledgment of their own younger leisure usage), and the next they’re driving previous 3 chipper-looking dispensaries with names like “Relaxing Harvest” on the method to Arby’s, it’s reasonable game for a show like The Simpsons to see simply how Marge and Homer will approach the concern.
Still: Big, scary content caution. Evaluation ranked AV-14 Proceed at your own threat.
In the past, The Simpsons‘ weed jokes have actually mainly centered on Otto, Springfield’s most stoned school bus motorist, so it’s natural he ‘d show up as driver for a second-act plot twist here. Once Marge innocently lucks her way into a sales task at Drederick Tatum’s post-boxing cannabinoid empire, thanks to her wholesome probity providing a comforting face to the glossy, Apple store-esque Well Great shop, Springfield becomes so weed-friendly that Otto’s buzz is seriously harshed. Mumbling his way through a tried Well Excellent purchase with beaming shop supervisor Desmond (a crisply funny Billy Porter), Otto’s usual allusive asides and winks are welcomed with more tinctures, lotions, edibles, and other shiny cannabis items than he might have ever dreamed of, although he finds himself switched off when his talk of the police officers sees Springfield PD officer Eddie making his own recommendations.
Just Like the majority of its audience, the entire marijuana issue’s been considered as a wry joke on The Simpsons considering that the start, with reactionary, exorbitant enforcement contrasted versus mostly safe stoners and law enforcement types who are just too ready to partake when no one’s looking. Now that the legal pot business is here to stay (at least for the mostly white, upwardly mobile types who can look to cash in), that the Simpsons (family and series) would incorporate it into the sweep of shenanigans, experiences, and whatnot feels, well, organic. And the script for “Highway To Well,” credited to the always-welcome Carolyn Omine, does an admirable task of making the cannabis element (underrated dispensary name) feel right at home as simply another excuse for Homer and Marge’s distinctions to bubble to the surface, instead of reeking with “extremely unique episode” staleness or sensationalism. As things end up, legalized pot is simply another new advancement in American society that reveals the characters, in a basically gratifying way.
For Marge, the hurting, hidden requirement to feel valued and special is a defining characteristic. As much as her Pleasant enjoys her, he’s awful at revealing his partner those things, except in the sort of grand, typically deeply careless gesture that pacifies an episode’s marital dispute. At Well Good, Drederick, Desmond, and pink-haired saleswoman Lauren (Chelsea Peretti) are all using Marge for her guileless suburban sheen on their blossoming business, but they also seem to like and appreciate her, and she gradually pertains to see how her distribution of mood-altering gummies and $30 bottles of CBD soda make her clients’ lives a little much better. (Even Mrs. Skinner returns happily praising kid Seymour for being a huge offer principal, which is the episode’s most convincing case for legalization and prevalent use.) The issue for Marge is that, at first, she doesn’t know what she’s been offering, which is troublesome on any number of levels. (Not an excellent try to find the Well Excellent personnel, in that Marge is unsuspectingly distributing a sense-altering drug to individuals who likewise don’t know what they’re taking.)
Still, after a talk around the Simpsons’ table, Marge decides to return to the task, a choice provided as thought about, adult, and even admirable, which is most likely why the episode got that network cautioning more than any old stoner gags. The central adult predicament is nicely summarized in Homer’s turn-on-a-dime encouragement/admonition, when he informs the leaving Marge, “Now go sell that safe, legal drug our kids need to never ever use!” As far as a TELEVISION organization like The Simpsons deciding on cannabis, pointing out that Marge’s new job (” legal in this state” is said several times for focus) is compared reasonably to her working in a liquor store is a likewise logical paradigm shift. Later on, Moe– bummed about the rise of pot over his preferred legal and financially rewarding intoxicant– regrets the old days before these “tie-dyed bong-monkeys,” when individuals just drank themselves into alarmingly needless fistfights, which doubles down on the joke.
But Marge isn’t going to be working at a cannabis organisation come episode’s end, so the test remains in what dispute will ultimately bring her out of the weed biz. And there, there’s one hit and one miss out on, although the miss out on is the funnier of the 2, as Homer’s Otto-pleasing rely on the old-fashioned backroom weed-dealing business (although prefaced by a disclaimer that everything about to happen is now legal) sees him changing Moe’s storeroom into a humorously observed simulacrum of every dingy, wet-bathing-suit-smelling den any self-respecting pot lover acknowledges just too well. Otto’s delighted, what with Homer dressed like a “cool toddler,” unused hand weights, an unique animal, and Lenny as “the weird friend who never acknowledges you,” sullenly playing “a (legal parody of) Goldeneye on a (legal parody of) a N64,” according to Simpsons EP Matt Selman’s Twitter.
Narratively, the couple’s last clash is managed with complicated however understandable motivations. Homer’s seedy side-hustle expenses Marge her ability to predict the squeaky-clean image Tatum requires to front his broadened, star marijuana medical spa expansion, so she accepts a deal to rat Homer out– to the health department, for serving food while running a legal business. It’s a sly method to a minimum of nod toward thew backdoor ways lawmakers and law enforcement have chosen to come after legal things they don’t like (cough– abortion– cough), although, like the completely unmentioned concern of the lots of, many, primarily non-white pot culprits still in jail, the episode does not truly look into the politics.
Instead, there’s a cheese-balls sting as the conclusion of the “drug war” Bart and Lisa call their parents’ dueling pot company squabble, with Homer left on the hook for a $25 fine. Of course, betrayal is a bigger penalty, with Marge’s late effort to warm Homer about the sting still seeing Homer (having actually made his way past security by declaring to be other guest voice Kevin Smith’s daddy) turning up drunk at Marge’s big opening. (Thus shocking the gathered, vaping celebs in presence. See Selman again for hints– apart from Rainer Wolfcastle and McConaughey, I’m lost.) Homer’s right to feel hurt– not to come down on Homer’s side too hard, however him doing something independent of Marge that he could not have envisioned would injure her new profession is pretty short on the list of awful Homer-isms. Still, it’s narratively fitting but quite extreme for the intoxicated Homer to lash out with the one piece of info that will entirely tank his partner’s profession– Marge has never attempted marijuana. (Here, having searched my thirty years of Simpsons memories, I acquiesce the commentariat on whether that’s canon.)
With Marge’s apt switcheroo of a demonstration, “I can begin anytime I desire!,” one drop of what Homer calls her “oils and goos” sends the neophyte Marge, to take a phrase, tripping balls. (Regretfully, both the chicken pot pie and napkin she tries to clear her taste buds with are both heavily weed-infused.) Here, Omine’s script strolls a primarily effective line– Marge has to be genuinely disconcerted by her experience, while, at the very same time, Desmond, Lauren, and everyone else’s good time is revealed to be similarly likely and valid results. Again, for anybody worrying about the Disney-fication of The Simpsons ought to take comfort in that “Highway To Hell” takes a middle roadway on the whole pot subject, the middle road being more daring than one may anticipate under the situations. And if the Homer-ex-machina of the CBD oil conflagration that toasts the medical spa thwarts a substantive resolution of Homer and Marge’s main conflict, it does show a peaceful sophistication in how rapidly Homer casts aside his sort-of made anger as quickly as he spots simply how gone crazy Marge is by her first-ever drug experience. Acknowledging that he is happy she discovered a location that made her “feel special” (even as he inadvertently burns it to the ground), Homer talks down the jittery Marge with the knowing recommendations, “You’ll be great in two hours– that’ll look like 12.” All in all, a Simpsons handle legalized cannabis could have been disastrously squarer.
- Speaking of observations, the episode pops with amusing offhand references the characters keep tossing at each other. Desmond reassures the wheeling-and-dealing Otto with the admonition, “Pump the brakes, jorts.” And in the smoky after-effects of the health club’s damage, Moe and Tatum sympathize, Moe telling the champ, “Cheer up, neck-face,” and Tatum returning a weary, “Thanks, monster-man hallucination.”
- Marge, on discovering what her task actually entails: “Pot is for Cheeches! And Chongs!”
- Lisa drops in one line about the tax income Springfield will now lose after the fire spooks the town into banning weed once again.
- That will likewise cost Maggie her brand-new, progressive “pre-toddler” learning center, where, as we see in some subtitles I could use assistance in translating, she’s learned Mandarin.
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