Tonight’s new episode, The Town, was written by Dave King and directed by Rob Oliver.
Homer takes the family on a “hate-cation” to Boston when he catches Bart rooting for a rival football team, the Boston Americans (a spoof of the New England Patriots). But after discovering the appeal of candlepin bowling over his regular bowling, and finding a better safety inspector job at a candy factory, they agree to move there. Meanwhile, Lisa discovers how much Boston has to offer academically compared to Springfield. Bill Burr, Michael Chiklis, Rachel Dratch, Doris Kearns Goodwin, and Dana Gould guest star in the episode.
The episode overall is just meh, there’s not really anything about this episode that comes together, there’s interesting ideas here, the parody of the New England Patriots is a nice jab, especially since I’m against the New England Patriots as a football team too (welcome back, Tom), and I know that if I actually visit Boston, I would’ve acted exactly the same way Homer did. So, maybe there’s a point.
There are good ideas that could lead to something funny but the overall episode never really lives up to that full potential those ideas had. There’s a good gag every once in a while but not enough to recommend the episode as a whole.
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