Marge Gamer, the 17th episode of season 18 and the 395th overall, was first broadcasted on April 22, 2007 with a script by J. Stewart Burns and directed by Bob Anderson.
Marge discovers the wonders of the Internet and becomes hooked on an online roleplaying game, where Bart is the game master. Meanwhile, Lisa resorts to cheating to score points with Homer (who is now a referee) during soccer matches.
The biggest downfall for this episode is that South Park literally beat The Simpsons to this plotline before with the Make Love, Not Warcraft episode that aired a good six months before this one did so the subplot about Marge getting sucked into internet games just seems like The Simpsons copying South Park, although to be fair, this was more than likely written before South Park’s episode considering the quick pace it takes for a South Park episode to get made.
The main plot has potential to it but it has to resort to Lisa not acting like her usual self, I mean, some of the stuff does in this episode is absolutely unlike her in any way and by the end of it, you really wonder to yourself what the whole purpose of this episode was because it literally ends on a copout where Lisa is literally like to her father “I can’t apologize to you because there’s nothing to apologize for,” because the thing that turns her around after Lisa gets mad at Homer is something that you would think she’d already know.
I know I’m overthinking this a lot but these are questions that I have about how this episode was written or came together, overall, I really don’t know how to feel about this one. I don’t hate it but I don’t like it either, I’m just sort of in the middle on this one where I can’t really give an honest review of whether you should watch it or not, this is one where I say make your own decision on this one.
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