The biggest asshole in cartoon history.
^^^ Like really, do you not have anything to drink at home
he literally lives IN WATER JUST SWALLOW YOU LAZY MOTHERFUCKER
It’s easy to forget that The Simpsons was once the best thing on television. That’s largely because it’s been cringe inducing viewing for about, oh, the last ten seasons or so. But back in its day… man, was this show good. It brought its A game for twenty two minutes once a week and rarely a week would go by when those twenty two minutes weren’t among the finest you’d slapped your eyeballs on in the last seven days.
Conversations with certain friends of mine will almost always at some point default back to quoting lines from an old episode - maybe just one or two words, maybe just a noise, sometimes an entire monologue. But it happens. It’s like a baseline for communication. Once you’ve exhausted all news, gossip, weather and the rest of the typical small talk we find ourselves in, the silence is broken when somebody chimes in with, “Argh! The goggles do nothing!”. And from there you can write off the next five minutes for references to Hank Scorpio, Sideshow Bob stepping on the rakes, whether Moe says “Oh jeez, it’s the feds!” or “Oh cheese it! The feds!”, and that incredible softball episode.
So ingrained are these cartoon moments in my upbringing that now simple words, phrases, or celebrities immediately conjure up a memory from an old episode in my mind. I get asked if I want sugar and recall Scorpio rifling through his pockets for a handful. I couldn’t ever ask for chowder without putting on a ridiculous French accent. I can’t see Mickey Rooney without thinking about him dressed up as Fallout Boy. I can’t hear the band Fallout Boy without thinking about how shit they are.
And so when somebody mentions the Northern Lights, what springs to mind isn’t the majesty of this beautiful natural phenomenon, but merely this exchange between Principal Skinner and Supernintendo Chalmers - one of my favourite Simpsons moments, and ergo, one of my favourite television moments ever.
Currently about to send out a group text that says merely “Aurora Borealis?”. I can guarantee I’ll get at least a couple of replies finishing the quote.