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Eat My Shorts 4: Our Top 5 Episodes of Season 2

Finally, the episode you’ve been waiting for - the one based on the SEO principle that ‘top 5′ lists are a good way of driving audiences towards your thing! We take this process very seriously (well…some of us) and ultimately produce the only two top five lists you’ll ever need. If you only ever watch five episodes of The Simpsons…consider the episodes on these lists, uh, potential contenders. Look, season 2 was very good and we have plenty to say about our favourites. Our top choices might...

Duration: 00:18:30

19: Three Men and a Comic Book / Blood Feud

We’re wrapping up the second season of The Simpsons! The season ends fairly strong with Three Men and a Comic Book - a throwback to when comic conventions were just a bunch of 10 year olds in a small room - and Blood Feud, which has that great bit where Homer tries to retrieve that letter, but doesn’t know Mr Burns’ first name. In this one we dig into Lisa’s Richie-Rich/Casper the Friendly Ghost theory, prattle on about Hercules and the Nemean Lion a bunch, discuss the album Revolver a...

Duration: 01:14:33

18: Lisa’s Substitute / The War of the Simpsons

Lisa’s Substitute! That episode everyone loves! The one where Lisa falls in love with Dustin Hoffman, which, uh, we recorded well before all that stuff came out about Dustin Hoffman. Is the episode still good? More or less. Meanwhile, in The War of the Simpsons, Homer gets catfished. That’s the term when you get dragged around an ocean by a giant catfish, right? Thanks for tuning in, as always. FB: Twitter: @KeySpringfield

Duration: 00:55:29

Eat My Shorts 3: Deep, Deep Trouble

If The Simpsons is the defining pop-culture of 90s America, then Deep, Deep Trouble is the foundation upon which that culture was built. In this very special episode of Pods in the Key of Springfield, Nicholas and James take an analytical perspective on Deep, Deep Trouble’s deeply, deeply troubling depiction of a young boy lost, cast aside by the father figure (his father), his tepid rebirth oscilating between being a moment of great desire and a painful milestone thrust upon him. Perhaps,...

Duration: 00:20:12

17: Old Money / Brush with Greatness

We’ve got two early-period classics here, folks. Old Money - in which Grampa Simpson falls in love with a lovely old woman who promptly dies - is a really undervalued episode, let me tell you. We loved it, even if the ending is a bit weird. Oooohhhh, Beeeeaaa. And then, Brush With Greatness. My goodness, what a wonderful episode. Another triumph! So, what do we get into? Nick talks about breaking his arm, James lists the specific elderly people we should treasure, we get deep into...

Duration: 00:38:01

16: Oh Brother, Where Art Thou? / Bart’s Dog Gets An F

This week, we’re all about Danny DeVito (as we, perhaps, should be every week, because he’s the very best). In Oh Brother, Where Are Thou, Homer discovers he has a half brother, and we discover that Danny DeVito is the best. Bart’s Dog Gets An F is pretty good too, but does not feature Danny DeVito, so there’s a limit to just how much we can enjoy it. Seriously, DeVito is so good in this. He’s wonderful. This week we talk about the proper conduct during a ‘sexy meeting’, talk about The...

Duration: 00:52:58

Eat My Shorts 2: Bart vs. the Space Mutants / The Simpsons Arcade Game

The Simpsons have popped up in a lot of videogames over the years, and as much as we kind of want to jump straight to Hit & Run we figured we should stay era-appropriate for the moment and look at some of the family’s first forays into the land of joysticks and D-Pads. Bart vs. The Space Mutants is a fairly forgettable title, but The Simpsons Arcade is notable for its weird twists on Simpsons lore and its willingness to outright kill one of the show’s main cast (how do we account for their...

Duration: 00:16:26

15: Homer vs. Lisa and the 8th Commandment / Principal Charming

Episode 15! Pods in the Key of Springfield! This time, Homer takes on Lisa and…one of the commandments (the eighth one, probably) and Principal Seymour ‘Skindog’ Skinner briefly dates a woman. Which one? You’ll have to listen to find out! Or, like, remember the episode. Or watch the appropriate episode of The Simpsons, I suppose. Nick edited this one! Give him a hand. He did it because I was too busy, and now I’m also too busy to write these notes! Please enjoy. Twitter:...

Duration: 01:19:33

14: One Fish, Two Fish, Blowfish, Blue Fish / The Way We Was

Here it is, the most poorly named of Simpsons episodes! A Seussian nightmare that, as James explains in this episode (of Pods in the Key of Springfield, the very podcast you’ve stumbled upon), turned us all off fugu for life. Two sweet eps this week, as we also check out The Way We Was, featuring that piece of s**t Artie Ziff. In this one James and Nick compare bucket lists, discuss the intricate rules of basketball, play some music, unpack Nick’s increasingly intricate Omlette Theory...

Duration: 00:53:40

13: Itchy & Scratchy & Marge / Bart Gets Hit By A Car

In this week’s very special episode of Pods in the Key of Springfield, everyone’s favourite special little guy - Bart, hellraiser, brother, son, underachiever and proud of it - gets hit by a car. Does he pull through? Is this the end for Bart, the tenacious little scamp we’ve come to know and love over the past 13 episodes of this podcast? Does he literally go to Hell for a while and meet the bloody Devil? Is the rest of the series…a death dream? Will, uh, Homer and Marge…*checks notes*...

Duration: 00:39:10

12: Bart vs Thanksgiving / Bart the Daredevil

It’s a Double Dose of Barty Boy! Today our good son Bart takes on Thanksgiving - a holiday that we, two Australians, obviously know a lot about - and Bart the Daredevil, the classic Marvel series where blind lawyer Bart battles the Kingpin on the streets of Hell’s Kitchen. We dig deep into the psyche of lil’ Bart, hellraiser, bad boy, skateboard pro, Thanksgiving non-observer, and his relationship with his terribly mistreated sister. The highlight of this one is probably Nick’s weird...

Duration: 01:30:52

Eat My Shorts 1: Do the Bartman

Hey. What’s happenin’, folks? This week we have our first EAT MY SHORTS episode, where we cover a smaller part of The Simpsons universe, another little piece of Springfield that has seeped deep into our brains. This time, we look at 90s phenomenon The Bartman, the hip dance number that we would have been setting clubs alight with the 90s had we been the right age for it. Nick doesn’t remember having ever seen it, while James is very impressed that director Brad Bird would go on to make The...

Duration: 00:29:39

11: Dancin’ Homer/Dead Putting Society

In this episode, James makes a bold proclamation: he’s finally figured out what this podcast is about. “This podcast is about what life looks like when you’ve based it entirely around The Simpsons”, he says. “When you have lived so deeply in the pockets of Matt Groening that every time you speak his lint falls out of your mouth”. What more is there to say, really? This week we watched Dancin’ Homer (where Homer dances) and Dead Putting Society (the 1989 Robin Williams film about Bart...

Duration: 01:18:36

10: Treehouse of Horror / Two Cars in Every Garage and Three Eyes on Every Fish

Welcome to episode 10 of the Internet’s only Simpsons podcast (we think?), which this week is largely about how much James enjoys ‘The Raven’ portion of the first Treehouse of Horror. It’s also about the 2016 election, which, whiff. James and Nick dig into the terrifying precience of that episode with the three-eyed fish and the sheer damn *quality* of Treehouse of Horror, which is really, truly wonderful. There’s also a bunch of David Lynch stuff in this one, because James keeps turning...

Duration: 01:18:27

9: Bart Gets An F/Simpson and Delilah

We’re on to season two now! Season two of The Simpsons, season two of our podcast. We made it, everyone. This time we scope out Bart Gets An F - in which Bart gets an F - and Simpson and Delilah, in which Homer gets a hairs. The DVD skipped a bit, but we weather it. Season two really ramps up fast - the first episode is more harrowing and confronting than we expected - and we’re ready to ramp up in turn. There’s a good little Harry Potter riff in this one. Nick laughs really hard about...

Duration: 01:08:00

8: The Simpsons Movie (First Viewing)

Having wrapped up the first season, James and Nick check out The Simpsons movie, which they intend to revisit after each individual season, because…I don’t know, it seemed like a fun gimmick until we had to actually watch the damn thing. It’s perhaps worth admitting that James and Nick end up not talking about The Simpsons Movie all that much. But next week, when season 2 starts back, your two new favourite podcasters (we assume) will be right back into it. Thanks for checking out the...

Duration: 00:27:44

7: Krusty Gets Busted/Some Enchanted Evening

In episode 7, we have some big shoes to fill. Big shoes to fill. Big shoes to fill. Big sh(etc.) It’s the end of the first season of The Simpsons! Krusty gets framed for a crime he very clearly did not commit by Fraiser from Cheers! The Rubber Baby Buggy Bumpers Babysitting Service’s tremendously relaxed hiring policies cause misadventures for Bart and Lisa! Naturally, we have a lot to say. In this one we try to get to the bottom of how illiteracy works, talk about Stephen King’s...

Duration: 00:39:18

6: Homer’s Night Out/The Crepes of Wrath

It’s episode six! Season one is nearly over! For the duration of this episode a security update threatened to reset the computer within an hour, lending an air of urgency to proceedings (because we could not be bothered getting up). In Homer’s Night Out, Homer, like, dances with a woman and his life falls apart, somehow. It’s not great, but we have a lot to say! Then The Crepes of Wrath, the family swaps little Bart for an Albanian lad, and it ends up being a good trade. Bring back Adil,...

Duration: 00:53:28

5: The Telltale Head/Life on the Fast Lane

It’s episode 5, and I’ve finally fixed the sound quality so there’s no irritating hum! Wonderful. Look, The Simpsons is great, but The Telltale Head is a bonkers episode. We discuss space mutants, the films of Sam Raimi/Chicken Ramen, Nick’s Simpsons hair idol, and, uh, the whole thing where Bart cuts the head off a statue and the town collectively decides to kill him. Meanwhile, Life on the Fast Lane has one of our favourite weird line readings of the whole series. There’s a lot of...

Duration: 01:16:42

4: Moaning Lisa/The Call of the Simpsons

Season one keeps on rolling, and thus so do we. In this episode, we tackle season highpoint ‘Moaning Lisa’, in which Lisa’s ’sadness’ is treated with surprising (by season one standards) respect and nuance by the writers, and ‘The Call of the Simpsons’, in which Homer gets mistaken for a Bigfoot for some reason? The Simpsons is weird. As always, there’s a lot to dig into. There’s a plagiarizing Jazzman, a neglectful school, a bunch of bears that may or may not eat a baby, a bunch of...

Duration: 01:05:41

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