The Simpsons "He Loves to Fly and He D'ohs"
King of the Hill "Suite Smell of Success"
Family Guy "Blue Harvest"
Original Air Date: September 23, 2007
Jeff L - TwoCents Staff Writer
The Simpsons: "He Loves to Fly and He D'ohs".
Hilarious new opening segment picks up where The Simpsons Movie left off. With Bart promising not to wait 20 years to make another movie and then skateboarding through the rubble of the giant dome all the way to the being rebuilt Simpson house where Spider Pig waits for Homer -- his summer love. Homer sort of saves Mr. Burns from drowning in a wishing well at the mall and Burns rewards Homer by flying him to Chicago in his ultra-luxury jet. Homer loves the good life aboard the plane including in-flight entertainment by Lionel Richie who performs Say You Say Me but makes it about beer at Homer's request.
After returning to Springfield, Homer vows to find a job that will allow him the chance to live the high-lift aboard a corporate jet and turns to life coach Stephen Colbert. Colbert is hilarious as the coach who gives lessons not just in falling down stairs and bowling but also landing a plane on the verge or crashing. The funniest moment of the show comes when Homer lands the plane he's chartered after the pilot passes out only to drive it over a cliff when he attempts to taxi the plane to the gate. 3.5 out of 5 stars.
King of the Hill: "Suite Smell of Excess"
The 12th (yes 12th) season begins with Bobby Hill (that boy STILL aint right) finally taking an interest in football. Hank, Bill, Boomhauer and Dale take Bobby to a Texas vs. Nebraska football game in an effort to solidify Bobby's new football interest. The gang end up sneaking into a VIP suite belonging to retired Nebraska quarterback Jake Middleton. After some mistaken identity the Nebraska assistant coach phones the box for a play from Middleton and Hank brings down the wrath of the entire state of Texas when the play he thinks will win for the Longhorns goes bad and Nebraska wins the game. 2.5 out of 5 stars.
The Family Guy: "Blue Harvest"
The highlight of the night was the Family Guy episode titled Blue Harvest (a nod to the code named used when Lucas was shooting the original Star Wars film). A power outage puts Peter into storytelling mode where he shares a story of love and loss, fathers and sons and the foresight to retain international merchandising rights. The story of Star Wars.
This episode is an instant classic with hilarious parodies of not only Star Wars but also golf announcers, George Bush, Deal or No Deal, Grey Poupon commericals, Dr. Who, the Astroids video game, Rush Limbaugh (in a hilarious voice cameo) Dirty Dancing, Shopping Malls, Magic Johnson, Hollywood gift baskets, Sanford and Son, Red Buttons, Simply Red, National Lampoon's Vacation, Airplane! and Robot Chicken. I believe the funniest moment, in a show that was FULL of funny moments, was R2D2/Cleveland displaying not only Princess Leia/Lois' "Help Me Obi Wan" message but also an advertisement for Darth Harrington's Intergalactic Proton Powered Electrical Tentacled Advertising Droids and Moonbase. 5 out of 5 stars. Instant Classic Episode.