What Won TV? – October 8-October 14, 2017

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In this feature, I look back at each day of the past week and determine what shows “won TV” for the night. That is, I consider every episode of television I watched that aired on a particular day and declare which was the best.

CREDIT: Bob Mahoney/AMC

This is going to be my last edition of “What Won TV?,” at least for a while. With the super-saturated nature of the television medium, there are just too many times now where I don’t catch all the shows I watch within the week they actually air.

Sunday – A guest star-strong Simpsons
Monday – Jeopardy!
Tuesday – The Middle
Wednesday – Mr. Robot
Thursday – Great News (Honorable Mention to Jeopardy!, even though Trebek claims he knows nothing about a dick tree)
Friday – Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
Saturday – Let me end by choosing Halt and Catch Fire.

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The Simpsons Season 28 Review

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Not a bad season. Not a bad season at all: http://www.bubbleblabber.com/season-review-the-simpsons-season-28/

The Simpsons 28.22 Review: “Dogtown”

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“Repeal the dog – (whispered) and child labor – laws.” https://www.bubbleblabber.com/review-the-simpsons-dogtown/

The Simpsons 28.21 Review: “Moho House”

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“She barely knows I exist, which is the best thing I got going for me.” https://www.bubbleblabber.com/review-the-simpsons-moho-house/

The Simpsons 28.20 Review: “Looking for Mr. Goodbart”

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“I wanted to make sure you remember that I think your job is stupid.” https://www.bubbleblabber.com/review-the-simpsons-looking-for-mr-goodbart/

The Simpsons 28.19 Review: “The Caper Chase”

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I had a bit of a computer mishap this Sunday, so there was a fill-in reviewer on Bubbleblabber: http://www.bubbleblabber.com/review-the-simpsons-the-caper-chase/

So now here are my thoughts:
I’ve commented multiple times this season how modern Simpsons has an annoying knack for stuffing into a single episode multiple plots that could easily stand on their own. “The Caper Chase” seemingly had a formula to avoid that problem, as it remained focused on Burns’ for-profit college – and college in general – throughout. But alas, it stuffed too many threads (liberal campus excesses, inspirational teacher homage, Ex Machina parody) within that main idea.
And now for some memorable quotes and other observations:
-Jason Alexander has a knack for playing paragons of pomposity like Bourbon Verlander, despite being miles away from George Costanza.
-I loved the one New Yorker randomly yelling “Verrazano Bridge!”
-“I’ll buy you a new library if you have them killed.”
-“Former Bonesman.” “Living or dead?”
-“University of Phoenix, Oklahoma, in Washington State”
-Somehow I was more charmed than offended by the TV recapper dig. Maybe it had something to do with not having to fully review this ep.
-“Well I, you know, the button stuff.”
-“Hey, you’re not the cop around here! I am!”
-Yale is not a Division III school.

The Simpsons 28.18 Review: “A Father’s Watch”

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“Moe says a third thing to feel a part of the group!” http://www.bubbleblabber.com/review-the-simpsons-a-fathers-watch/

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