“Take it easy folks, it’s snow picnic out there.”
“I snow what you mean.”
Hey hidey ho friends! Wookiee back with another WDTCF for your reading enjoyment. This one is a two-fer because both character skins I’m gonna lay down come from the same episode, Season 4, Episode 9. The episode is aptly titled Mr. Plow.
This episode starts off with Springfield undergoing one heck of a blizzard. The snow is so thick that Homer can’t see a thing while he’s driving home from Moe’s. I’m sure the resulting accident was caused by the weather and not his activities at Moe’s. The Simpsons would never make light of drunk driving, right?
Ouch… Homer takes out both of the family’s cars (which STILL aren’t in the game! Come on EA, these should be around already). I love Homer’s conversation with the insurance adjuster.
Not an All State Agent: “Now before I give you the check, one more question. Uhhh… This place Moe’s you left just before the accident, this is a business of some kind?”
Homer: (Thinking in his head) “Don’t tell him you were at a bar. Huh? But what else is open at night?”
(What he says after thinking) “It’s a pornography store. I was buying pornography.”
With his insurance check, Homer and the family are off to the Springfield Auto Show. I love how it just happens to be conveniently held when they need a new car. Now, if you’ve read some of my posts before, you know I am so in love with this segment of the episode. SOOOOOOO many cars that could be added to the game. I want the Bonnie and Clyde death car!
At the auto show, Homer finds a snow plow truck being sold by Kumatsu Motors. The beauty of its expense, that Homer can make the payments easily by plowing all of Springfield. With his new truck, Mr. Plow is born. Springfield’s roadways and driveways are now cleared for all to enjoy. Good news for the old folks’ home although they’re cold and scared, but bad news for Bart at Springfield Elementary. Call Mr. Plow, that’s his name, that name again is Mr. Plow.
Homer is doing very well, but alas, Barney isn’t. His current gig dressed as a big baby for Lullabuy$ is not the most pride forming enterprise. With the success of his plow business, Homer encourages Barney to go into business for himself. Of course, Homie didn’t count on Barney buying his own snowplow truck and creating a competing business. (Cue the music as we meet the Plow King and his bigger and better truck.)
Don’t worry Homer, there’s nothing wrong with a little healthy competition. Unless that healthy competition ruins your business by making you seem like a dope. How can you compete with Barney considering he apparently is close friends with country singer Linda Ronstadt?
“When the snow starts a fallin, there’s a man you should be callin,
That KL, 547… 96… let it ring
Mr. Plow is a loser and I think he is a boozer,
SO you better make that call… to the Plow King”
Poor Homer… Linda’s even considering doing a Spanish version. (Senor plow no es macho, es solamente un boracho). How can you compete with bilingual competition? Of course, Homer is not to be outdone so he makes a phony call to Barney’s business sending his doom via an avalanche on Widow’s Peak.
True friendship. What is that you might ask? Well, it’s a good question for an in-depth discussion but I find a great example in Homer sending his bestie to his demise and then realizing it was too much and going to save him in his own truck. Homer’s truck is as sure-footed as a mountain goat which as it turns out, aren’t very sure-footed at all. So funny. Of course, Homer saves Barney and they make up. They decide to work together and not even God can stop them. Wrong again, never tempt the ire of the creator/mighty sky finger. All the snow melts and the episode is over.
Not a complete loss. Marge is very fond of Homer’s jacket and the future forecast calls for “flurries of passion followed by extended periods of… getting it on.” I guess we should just be happy Homer’s 24 hour Mr. Plow task is an indoor task.
Speaking of tasks, for completeness sake, here are the task lists from the Mr. Plow and Plow King skins.
|Break into the Brown House to Watch his Commercial||Inside||Inside Brown House||60 min||$105||26 XP|
|Eat the Key to the City||Outside||N/A||4 hrs||$260||70 XP|
|Sing Mr. Plow Song||Outside||N/A||6 hrs||$350||90 XP|
|Clear Snow||Outside||N/A||8 hrs||$420||105 XP|
|Wear Jacket to Bed||Inside||Inside Simpsons House||12 hrs||$600||150 XP|
|Attempt to Melt Snow||Outside||N/A||24 hrs||$1,000||225 XP|
|Print Off Flyers||Inside||Inside Brown House||60 min||$70||17 XP|
|Drop Off Flyers Around Town||Outside||N/A||4 hrs||$175||45 XP|
|Record A Commercial||Inside||Req. Channel 6 (Level 23)||8 hrs||$275||70 XP|
|Print Anti-Mr. Plow Lies||Inside||Inside Brown House||12 hrs||$420||100 XP|
|Drink To Success||Outside||N/A||24 hrs||$600||150 XP|
Both are available through Krusty’s Holiday Wheel and free really is the Best. Number. Ever. Before I get a disgruntled comment or two, I am completely aware that if you haven’t bought Barney and the Bowlarama with precious donuts that the Plow King skin will just sit uselessly in your inventory. I wish there was something I could do about this, but EA is a money-making organization and not completely benevolent. Ultimately it is up to you whether you want to spend the donuts on the bowling alley. If it makes an difference, buying the Bowlarama iss now a better buy than it was before and the alley is a cool looking building with an awesome character that adds a certain something to any Springfield.
Before I run off to do whatever it is I do when I’m not posting here, I wanted to post a couple observations from this episode besides the fact I think it’s a classic and you should build a time machine to watch it LIVE in 1992 like a certain 12-year-old Wookiee.
1) Marge and Homer have a very HEALTHY relationship in at least one department.
2) Adam West was on the Simpsons when Seth MacFarlane was making awesome Cartoon Cartoons. Take that Foxtrot Golf!
3) The letters K + L = Klondike… mmmm… I want ice cream.
4) Barney probably isn’t the better pick when it comes to doing anything involving driving.
5) Who knew Linda Ronstadt spoke Spanish?
6) I am officially calling the brown house Plow Headquarters from now on.
7) It is pretty awesome to get two character skins for the low, low price of Free 99
8) TSTO needs more cars… Wookiee out… THE END.