The Last Traction Hero, the 9th episode of season 28 and the 605th episode, was written by Bill Odenkirk and directed by Bob Anderson.
Homer gets hurt in a workplace accident, and Marge turns to an unexpected source for romance. Meanwhile, Lisa is made “Bus Monitor”.
When you watch this episode and realize that it’s written by a long-time Simpsons writer of this last decade where the golden age of the series has been long passed, I honestly felt like I was watching an episode from that golden age. Odenkirk does a great job writing this Simpsons episode that allows the series to return to its’ older roots by coming up with new punchlines for old jokes, creating emotional setpieces for these characters that actually work really well, and just overall making a much more enjoyable and more well put together episodes than ones of recent memory.
This episode was a really solid well put together episode, you do get a lot of enjoyment and good laughs from the beginning to the end and it never feels like at any point that the episode is just a filler show so you can say that we’ve complete another episode, add it to the roster. Actual effort is put into this one and a lot of it does work. It’s no classic by any means but it definitely brings the series back to roots that have been missing for several years now. Let’s hope they keep this pace up going forward for the rest of the season.
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