Talking Simpsons #470: Please Homer, Don’t Hammer ‘Em

Please Homer, Don’t Hammer ‘Em, the 3rd episode of season 18 and the 381st overall, was first broadcasted on September 24, 2006 with a script by Matt Warburton and directed by Mike B. Anderson & Ralph Sosa.

Marge takes an interest in carpentry after reading some books on the subject meant for Homer, but when everyone in town declines Marge’s services (because they believe that women cannot be carpenters), Marge uses Homer as a front. Meanwhile, Bart discovers that Principal Skinner is allergic to peanuts and uses his allergy to do his bidding.

Season 18 has definitely been a vast improvement on season 17 so far, hasn’t it? The first two episodes were really friggin’ funny and this is yet another really friggin’ funny episode. I can not remember laughing as hard as I did watching this episode for the first time and 11 years later, it still managed to make me laugh hard.

The whole plot of Marge becoming a carpenter and Homer taking most of the credit leads to a great hilarious bit towards the end where Homer’s ego gets the best of him and it leads into some of the funniest bits of dialogue Dan Castellaneta has ever done as Homer.

But the highlight is the subplot with Bart and Skinner leading up to this great Star Wars-esque parody battle where they are using their allergies against each other and it’s really entertaining to watch. Hell, I would even argue that these are better than some of the prequel fights themselves, that’s how impressive this is and Bart having one of the funniest ending lines ever.

The animation is great, the writing is top-notch, the comedy works, this is yet another winner for the young 18th season of the show.

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