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DFW Simpsons Ep Title Reference

This week's episode of The Simpsons is titled, "A Totally Fun Thing Bart Will Never Do Again".

Will it be more than just a title reference? Looks like I'll be watching The Simpsons for the first time in years this week!

[Thanks, Judd!]

Update: A family cruise? Thanks, @avi_kelin

Update: Home from work. I haven't watched the ep yet, just skipped through for these screen caps. Anything else? Let me know.


Nadir (5:54-ish)


DFW (Tuxedo T-shirt 10:05-ish)


Matt Rubinstein has a neat write up over at, check it out:

Even more piquant is this quick cameo of the man himself, sitting behind Bart in his celebrated tuxedo T-shirt:
The Fleet Bar was also the site of Elegant Tea Time later that same day, where elderly female passengers wore long white stripper-gloves and pinkies protruded from cups, and where among my breaches of Elegant Tea Time etiquette apparently were: (a) imagining people would be amused by the tuxedo-design T-shirt I wore because I hadn’t taken seriously the Celebrity brochure’s instruction to bring a real tux on the Cruise…

For what it’s worth, DFW might not have been entirely happy to be even further immortalised here. As he told Wisconsin Public Radio’s Steve Paulson in 1997:
I think The Simpsons is important art. On the other hand, it’s also—in my opinion—relentlessly corrosive to the soul, and everything is parodied, and everything’s ridiculous. Maybe I’m old, but for my part I can be steeped in about an hour of it, and I sort of have to walk away and look at a flower or something.




Last Updated on Monday, 30 April 2012 20:32  

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