Woo hoo! So Level 48 dropped in the midst of all our holiday fun and this fuzzball was pretty stoked. Not only was it more Simpsons fun for all of us, but I got things I mentioned in other posts. Add to that some extra goodness and let’s just say there’s a walking carpet in Southern California with a big smile on his furry face. But enough about me… I’ve got a job to do and you know what that is… let y’all know (or remind you) just where THAT comes from. Before I begin, let me apologize for the delay in the Level 48 posts. They were written up but delayed by all the holiday madness. For this Level 48 edition, we’ll take a look at the Barbecue Pit.
For $100,000, the barbecue pit can be added to your Springfield. It adds to the vanity rating of your town and is a nice little addition. To find this beautiful brick grilling pit, we head to “Mom and Pop Art” (S10:E19).
Homer is being his usual lazy self on a Saturday (albeit this time with a straw hat, Hawaiian shirt and coconut for his beer) but Marge is not amused. She convinces him it’s time to do some home repairs so Bart and him are off to the hardware store to buy bolt cutters or wire cutters or something to get the lock off his toolbox.
While there, Homer comes across BBQ Pit Kits and an instructional video from Chip, the tool for Global Dynamics Corp. Installing your own barbecue pit is a snap. You can cook chicken or wild boar or swordfish or even hippo… mmmmm… hippo.
Of course… yet another attempt at masonry by Homer fails and his barbecue pit looks nothing like the box. I’m with Homer though, what the heck is Les Grille? The instruction video did say that building your own BBQ pit was as easy as installing an aviary or Olympic-size swimming pool. Both of those are easy, right?
Even though the BBQ pushed Homer over the edge, his failed pit turns out to be “outsider art” and appreciated by art nuts including Mr. Burns. (Note: outsider art is apparently made by hillbillies, mental patients or chimpanzees lol). The rest of the episode revolves around Homer’s “art”, a great cameo by a kleptomaniac Jasper Johns, an epic nightmare including art masterpieces and Springfield becoming Venice without the bubonic plague.
So there you go my friends. The origin of the barbecue pit. In the TSTOniverse, it got built the right way. Everything’s coming up Milhouse!
TTFN… Wookiee out!