Sunday, January 10, 2010

"Rednecks and Broomsticks" Recap

This episode was really interesting. I haven't seen it in a while so this recap won't be too detailed, but it was haunting and mysterious....the way I like most of my stories (Lost, Harry Potter...). Well, the episode started with the Simpson children in the car playing "Bonk It!," a toy extremely similar to "Bump it!" The noise of the game annoys Homer so much that he takes it and throws it out of the car. But another father who also throws his children's toy out of frustration lands in the Simpsons car and they continue to play with it. Homer attempts to get rid of this second toy, but it accidentally lodges under the break pedal and they end up on a frozen lake.

They are saved by mystery man who turns out to be Cletus and they spend some time with him. While with the hill folk Homer learns a great deal about moonshine and becomes a judge of its quality. Meanwhile, Lisa gets lost in the woods and stumbles upon some Wiccans. She is very doubtful about their supposed magic, but after believing that they played a role in the fact that she doesn't get in trouble for missing an assignment she is convinced they are the real deal and joins their coven. The coolest thing about these Wiccans is that leader Cassandra is voiced by Neve Campbell and its pretty obvious because the character actually resembles her.

When Flanders finds out that Lisa has joined the coven, he puts the Wiccan girls on trial and has Lisa as the main witness. As the trial goes on many of the towns people go blind and they blame the girls. This is the craziest part of the episode. It was both shocking and funny as all the townsfolk started to exclaim how they had suddenly gone of my worst fears. The judge dismisses the case, but the people of Springfield decide to take the law into their own hands and plan on dunking the witches in water. Soon they discover that the townspeople have gone blind because the hillbillies' moonshine had gotten into the water supply.

Overall, I really liked this episode of the Simpsons. Neve Campbell was great and the story was really interesting and shocking...well at least to me.

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