They threw continuity out the window ages ago. Ten years ago, Flanders was simultaneously in his 60s, and raised by beatniks in the 60s. Whatchoo talkin' 'bout?
I imagine it's pretty hard to keep continuity correct when you haven't aged characters in 20 years.
If a few geeks on a website can, the writers should.
And it's not like the Simpsons nerds have kept their lists of this crap off the internet, making it hard to find.
It's kinda like when I was reading the Hush storyline (the last Batman story I read), and Clayface II (the one with actual morphing powers) was suddenly back, and it was apparently because the writer somehow missed that he'd been dead for more than 20 years, and the other Clayfaces (all of whom couldn't morph aside from Lady Clayface) had made a big deal about his being dead in multiple popular and well-received storylines.
I thought it was another good episode of the Simpsons Sunday. There was a couple of laugh out loud moments. Hopefully, this is a sign of things to come.
Loved the footnote part (even better when you can pause it and read at your leisure)!
Was this week's prankster-from-the-past episode new? One time, my TV's guide said it was from 2009, then from 2010, then no year. How odd...
BTW, has anyone slo-mo'd the new opening credits, specifically the fast pan across the town? There's some funny stuff (Fat Tony's boys burying a body, God next to the Devil, etc.).