Mr. Rilch and I finally broke down and got the first season of The Simpsons on DVD. The commentary, plus the money-saving episode that was broadcast this evening, got me to wonder how many episodes have involved one, several, or all of the Simpson family being stranded somewhere and spending most of the episode getting back.
—The family takes their “RV” (remember those?) into the forest and get lost; Homer is mistaken for Bigfoot.
—They were stranded in the Everglades in that spring break episode or whatever you want to call it.
—They were stranded in Africa.
—Homer was stranded in the 3rd dimension…
—…and in a chile-pepper hallucination.
I don’t count the Japan sequence, since they weren’t lost, just penniless. Or the Lord of the Flies episode, because that focused on surviving, not getting off the island.
Oh, and Bart, Milhouse, Nelson and Martin were stranded in Knoxville.