Sunday night brought to us the season 27 premiere of “The Simpsons,” and this is a story that has been teased for some time: The “end” of Homer and Marge as a couple. There was talk of divorce and other matters in the press, and of Lena Dunham playing a pharmacist who Homer would develop some feelings for.
It’s hard to really describe just what the end of this episode was, mostly for the reason that we’re not sure that even the show knows that. Was all of this really just about a Hannah Horvath tattoo, a dream of Homer’s, or something else entirely? This is an animated show, so with that in mind the simply answer here is that it doesn’t quite matter. None of it matters, really.
What we think that the show was trying to do through the pharmacist character Candace and the bizarre sequence of Marge dating her father was really show that much of the aftermath of marital problems is understandably nonsensical. You are so caught up in the emotion and minutia of every little part of what you are feeling to the point where you don’t even start to understand what you are thinking about. Sometimes the actual source of the marital problem (which was a little nebulous in this episode other than narcolepsy) is something that gets lost in the shuffle. The struggle sometimes can exaggerate it, but if you love each other deeply, you find a way to work past it.
This is why it really does not matter too much that this was all seemingly a dream. We knew that these two characters were never going to remain separated, mostly because that changes the entire fabric of the show. We think the show probably tried too hard to be artistic and different so that nobody accused them of dipping into the same well, but they almost went too far out of left field for their own good.
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