"The Squirt and the Whale" was an absolute gem. Like many of the classic Simpsons episodes, it was hilarious and heartwarming. In a time when many are saying the series has lost its magic, Sunday night's episode proved that even the old-timers can show you how it's done once in a while.
The episode was great right from the start, beginning with opening credits. Bart's chalkboard bit was a nod to the guys at South Park and their recent controversy with the depiction of Muhammad. "South Park-- we'd stand beside you if we weren't so scared." Since The Simpsons opened the doors for shows like South Park, it was nice to see the camaraderie. Follow that up with a clever and fun romp through the Springfield Shopper as the couch gag, and we had a few good laughs under our belt before the episode even started.
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