Short #22: The Pagans
There's not much I can say about this one. I wonder how much Matt Groening hated church in his childhood. That's the thought a lot of kids have with various different reasons. You're going to get a couple chuckles out of it as the kids goof off and anger Homer as he tries to fix a flat tire. Not to mention the first of ways to hide nudity, and one of Homer's recurring catchphrases, though the true phrase will show up a few shorts from now. Not great, but not bad either.
Score 6 out of 10
Short #23 Closeted
I would say kids still have chores today, but back in 1988, it seemed to be a bigger deal. Both Bart and Lisa hide from Homer, only for Bart to lock himself in his closet. It feels like a short that seemed to be a last minute idea. Like The Pagans, you're going to get some chuckles out of it. That's not to say these are bad by any means. It just seemed like, much like most TV shows in their first seasons, they were trying stuff that hopefully would stick and you would continue on with that concept. There will be another one of these in the season 3 set of shorts that actually was shown on an episode in the mid 90s. Once again, not great, but not bad.
Score: 6 out of 10
Next week, Bart swims in The Aquarium, and the family tries to get a good picture in Family Portrait.
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