When (hopefully not "if" ) The Simpsons has a teachers' focus DVD, this episode should be the first one included. For anyone who knows the absurdity of standardized testing, this was both humorous and disheartening. I see the new intro as more like Futurama's. Was surprised that the Homer-getting-hurt montage didn't include his stint on Hullabalooza being shot with the cannonball.
The Ned-as-landlord plot worked fairly well. I chuckled a couple times. "Detroit Lions Fan" t-shirt: semi-topical, current, sadly funny.
Despite the clues directed at the audience, I liked this one. Wondering if it's meant to parody The DaVinci Code.
Nun pirate ship was funny, those visuals are stuck in my head.
Seems like the writing has changed with the animation, like they're going a little more family guy without missing the point.
Have they actually hired writers again? There have been a few really funny episodes lately.
No, same writers and directors for the most part.
I didn't think about it, but they've added 2 new rotating elements to the HD opener, a billboard and Ralph Wiggum's response to having the statue head fall on him.
I missed the opening credits (turned it on when the family was in the couch gag dog show). The overall episode was pretty good; one where I smiled often, but no LOL.
Must've been one hell of a learning curve, then. It's like a totally different show from the embarrassment that's been on for several years now.
Looks like maybe they transferred all the "suck" to King of the Hill. Last night's episode was one of the least funny sitcom episodes I've ever seen.