Episode 447, LABF18, written by Jeff Westbrook, directed by Chuck Sheetz
Not a great episode - in fact the opening “12 Days of Christmas” sequence might have been the best part - but it did get me to do something I hadn’t done before: enjoy Jonah Hill. I’ve never been a fan. Overall I found it an odd episode. Bart going out of his way to help someone was a little too Marge-like for me, and I saw the ending coming from a mile away.
On the other hand I liked the B-plot, with Marge trying to keep the family eating healthy (okay, we’ve seen that before) and keep up with the latest baby health panic fads. The Whole Foods parody was a bullseye. I especially enjoyed the resolution to that story, both with Marge finding Homer’s stash and the line “From now on, we’ll just make the kids eat healthy.” “Hard pour corn” was also clever.
As for Andy’s ultimate prank? Brutal, but I think Bart’s done better. I love the pranks we’ve seen in recent years, and this episode reminded me that I’d really like to see Topher Grace’s Donny character come back some time.
Other than “nine Lennys leaping,” the highlight of the episode for me was Lisa riding past Bart and Andy with the ‘L’ symbol on her forehead.