As a conclusion to one of the best seasons of The Simpsons in the last few years, the series delivered a clunker. There was little to get excited about in "Judge Me Tender," an episode whose main storyline focused on Moe and fellow Fox series American Idol. Had this been a half-hour stuck in the middle of the season, I might not have been so disappointed, but choosing to end the year with it, especially after last week's great Sideshow Bob episode, one can't help but feel robbed.
Besides, Lost was on. The Simpsons didn't hide the fact they were airing opposite an event night on ABC, specifically going up against the Lost retrospective. Bart's chalkboard tried to spoil the whole thing for you: "End of Lost: It was all the dog's dream. Watch us." But the episode they were trying to win you over with was less than compelling. If there were any bright spots, it was the first act. The Springfield Pet Fair offered up a number of great visual gags and one-off bits. Drederick Tatum shopping for monkey diapers that wouldn't upset his tiger's stomach if the tiger ate the monkey was hilarious. "It's a great time to be a tiger." Moe trying to find a seat at the Ugly Dog Contest was also a highlight.
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