"Thursdays with Abie" put a murderous twist on Tuesdays With Morie and the result was a fun and funny start to 2010 for The Simpsons. The episode used Abe Simpson's talent for telling tall tales as the starting off point and threw in Homer's jealously to move the story towards it's eventual, kind of sentimental ending.
Of course, like many good Simpsons episodes, we began in a place that had very little to do with the remainder of the half hour. The water park jokes at Wet 'N' Wack World (formerly the John F. Kennedy Naval Museum) were right on the mark. Homer: "Sure, they have worse rides than amusement parks and less fish than aquariums, but the parking is ample." The extended bit with Slimu (the octopus version of Shamu) was also quite successful. While the family was enjoying their water show, Abe was left alone on a shark bench until Marshall Goldman arrived. Goldman was a reporter specializing in human-interest stories, and he was happy to listen to Abe tell one of his nonsensical, unbelievable stories. ("Someone's listening to me! Now I know how a radio feels.")
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