Often with animation, due to the lengthy production process, it's tough to be topical. Because of that, The Simpsons usually steer clear of of-the-moment humor. When a topical reference does get through, it will often bomb, or at the very least date when production on the episode likely took place. If they do get topical, they do so in broad strokes, like in Sunday night's "Boy Meets Curl." It was an episode about the Winter Olympics, just days after the opening ceremonies in Vancouver. It was a safe bet the scheduled start date of this major sporting event would not change, and The Simpsons took advantage.
Not that this episode needed to air during the actual Olympics, but it did help add a bit of knowing familiarity to the comedic references of the Canadian-based event. But we're getting ahead of ourselves. The episode began with Marge and Homer separately preparing for a night on the town. Instead of making it on time, Homer got stuck at work. This opening act moved fast and had lots of laughs. The fact that Homer prepared for date night in the same fashion as Marge was a good chuckle. Funnier still was their experience at the movie theater. Folks were so loud, Marge couldn't even hear the ad telling everyone to be quiet. Homer declared, "We came here to enjoy the movie, and we're going to enjoy the movie," until "starring Ben Affleck" appeared on screen and the couple walked out.
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