Happy Thanksgiving time travelers!
The American Thanksgiving has it’s origin all the way back to the year 1621 as you probably learned in grade school. NOW (as it was in this episode of the Simpsons) Thanksgiving is about family, gluttony, football, parades, discomfort, and guilt (but what they didn’t do then was get ready for Black Friday Sales – good times). But this isn’t about my thoughts about the more awkward of holidays, it’s about the Simpson family and their family awkwardness.
“Bart vs. Thanksgiving”
Bart’s poor behavior is the centerpiece to this Thanksgiving episode.
November 22nd 1990, which Was Thanksgiving Day and the first time THE SIMPSONS were represented in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade (with the Bart on a Skateboard Balloon)!! This is the 7th episode of season 2 and the 20th episode of The Simpsons.
FIRST TIME FOR EVERYTHING:
Jacqueline Bouvier as herself (not a young dream/flashback version).
There are also characters and items that appeared for the first time that Could come into TSTO in the future maybe. OH THE POSSIBILITIES:
previously requested Characters: Bill and Marty (their first physical appearance).
Possible Skins: Blue Suit Kent (but I don’t really want it), Bill and Marty’s winter wear (if they ever come into the game as characters, Come on EA, I’ll be Thankful :p )
Possible NPCs: Released hounds (independent from Mr. Burns’ 12 hr task)
Possible Events: Soup Kitchen event (with homeless type people as Event-Tappable-Critters, if EA wants to combine it with the Future Zombie soup kitchen that is fine). Thanksgiving parade mini-event, Guilt nightmare mini-event (with exaggerated nightmare skins of the Simpson family) or call it Skyfinger’s nightmare event with pointed fingers popping up in various places and you need to tap them away (I really love the unique animation in this sequence). Also I have mentioned Spy Camera events before and there is a possible decoration I’d like to see be apart of it (Mr. Burns’ security camera statue).
Characters and Things I didn’t mention because I personally have no interest in them joining the game Don’t Mention It: America’s Uncle Sam (though he is possible for July 4th), Retirement Castle’s administrator and oldies, people seen in the Tv football game (including Hooray For Everything and their Mini-Globe Set piece), Mr. Burn’s peacocks and Base Command security guys, Skid Row people and soup kitchen people, channel 6 crew. (Boy that’s a long list, but there are also buildings) Pawn shop, Mail Bonds and Billiards, Dentist and “Massage” Parlor, Liquor store, also Rich side of town houses/mansions, Springfield Plasma Center, and rescue mission.
Some other things to think about:
Homer mentions Tom Turkey, whom appeared in a THOH episode (later). Mr. Burns’ mansion is seen located on the corner of Croesus and Mammon. One of the Base Command security guards is reading “Les Miserables” which is a book Lisa has on her book shelf (side note: if you look at Lisa’s bookshelf throughout the episode you’ll notice some of the dolls and items change). Lisa has an “End Apartheid Now” poster on her door (four years later -1994- Lisa get’s her wish). Mr. Burns has high security and a large gate but Bart can sneak in through the bushes. There was a heavy handed joke about being on the wrong side of the tracks which is nothing but cartoon logic, why would a wealthy neighborhood be right next to the railroad tracks? Bart has a fake I.D. with Homer’s name. Officer Lou and Eddie switched voices. Patty’s dress turned blue (matching Selma’s) for a moment. All the toys on the Simpsons’ roof haven’t been seen in earlier episodes (to be fair it seems to be mostly the back of the house, which we don’t see as much). With all these nitpicks I’m going to forgive and forget and just be Thankful for this episode.
Do you remember this episode? What was your favorite moment? Any of the Possibilities that you Really do/don’t like? Do you like Thanksgiving (any memorable ones you’d like to share?)? Ever have meatballs, and trout almondine for Thanksgiving? Ever donate blood? Ever been to a soup kitchen (volunteering or there for the free meal?)? Any favorite Thanksgiving parade floats/balloons? What’s your favorite American football team? Do you know the number for 911? Can you imagine a world without Thanksgiving? Sound off in the comments and have a thankful journey back to your current space/time (why should you be thankful? Because there isn’t any left overs). :p