Pork & Burns, the 11th episode of season 28 and the 607th overall, with a script by Rob LaZebnik and directed by Matthew Nastuk.
Marge is inspired by a Japanese book on minimalism to adapt to a new way of living, so the Simpsons have to part with items that no longer bring them joy, which includes Homer finding a new home for the family pig, Plopper.
Yes, Plopper returned in this one and they actually give him a sideplot in this one to work with and once again, it’s so fun to watch Homer continue this bizarre but funny relationship with Plopper and a lot of that helps carry the episode through because the jokes do work with the two of them. The other plot with Marge, I don’t know, it just doesn’t come through as well as I think they were expecting it to.
One of the oddest things about this episode is that Michael York returns as Dr. Lionel Budgie, the second time he’s return as the character when he made his first appearance in Lisa The Veterinarian and the third time York has guest starred on The Simpsons, it just seems bizarre that they would take such a distinguished actor like York and make him a recurring character. Not that there was anything wrong with that character, it just felt weird.
Overall, this is a decent episode, not the best, not the worst, just kinda down the middle.
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