Hello globe trotting adventures! It’s Friday and that means it’s time for another Around the World in 10 Days post with today being the 7th in the 10 post series.
‘Travel episodes’ have become a big part of The Simpsons and a lot of them I thoroughly enjoy watching them BUT there is the odd, random, unmemorable or just boring travel episode. So far we’ve only had 1 that, in my opinion, was lacking compared to the rest and today we travel to China with the Simpsons family in a sweet but comedy lacking episode.
So … Enjoy your ride to China
Today we are looking at “Goo Goo Gai Pan” which is S16 Ep12. Enjoy …
Episode Synopsis (from Simpsons Wiki):
“Selma has a severe hot flash while giving Mr. Burns his driving test. Dr. Hibbert explains (with help from a video starring Robert Wagner) that Selma is experiencing the onset of menopause. Selma chooses that she wants a baby rather than grow old alone. Adoption is suggested, but the Springfield orphanage is empty. Lisa suggests adopting a baby girl from China. One problem is that the Chinese government only allows married couples to adopt. No problem; Selma writes down a name for her husband – Homer’s – and “The Simpsons are going to China!” (with Marge acting as Bart and Lisa’s nanny) so Selma and Homer can pick up the baby together.”
When I finished watching this episode, I was confused. Not because of the plot – because that’s super easy and followable – but confused about what I thought about the episode so sorry if this review is hard to follow …
As you may or may not know but I really like Patty and Selma and I think they are quite underated so any plot or side plot involving them, I often enjoy (yes, I can think of many meh plots as well) so I actually thought the plot idea was great – original and huge potential: Selma adopting a Chinese child but Homer needs to pretend to be the husband due to Chinese adoption laws – can’t you see the potential? But the episode, I think, didn’t live up to that and I bet in a couple of months I would have forgotten this episode. It felt empty, like it was missing something, and unmemorable.
Yes, it was sweet – in places – and the layout and story progression was very organised and well delivered but the episode was full of intended jokes that just weren’t funny so the balance between laughs and sweet moments was quite unbalanced.
Conclusion: A sweet episode with a good plot idea but lacked comedy and plot execution was missing something
I was tempted to give this episode a 2 or 2½ but there was something that made me want to give it higher – there was something THERE in the episode that I can’t put my tapping finger on! Also, I felt like it definitely wasn’t at the same level as ‘Simpsons Safari’ as that plotline was just unorganised and it annoyed me.
Content they could have added:
(See gallery for images of most items mentioned)
- Ice Hockey costumes for Bart and Milhouse
- Robert Wagner *
- Consulate of China
- Madam Wu
- Temple Monks
- Chinese Theatre
- Krusty Fried Chicken
- Bart disguised Spy
- Beijing Orphanage
- Buddhist God costume for Homer
- Panda NPC
As always items that I think have a VERY slim chance at entering the game (eg. Guest stars) are with a *.
Content they have added (from this episode):
No new content in this event is from China but before this event we did get a Lunar New Year update with content from this episode so that content does return and many of the Japanese crafting items fit with the Chinese style areas so more China was suitable to take up a whole act.
Well thank you very much for reading this week’s installment in Around the World in 10 days.
Want to know what country we’re visiting next? Then check out the map:
We’re off to Japan next week.
But until then, let me know what you think of the post, “Goo Goo Gai Pab” and tell me which episode is your favourite out of the ones we’ve covered so far in the comments below. Your support by leaving a like and a comment is hugely appreciated 😁.
Enjoy the event and Happy Tapping …