The Booze solution

The Simpsons have taken a second look at St Patrick’s Day, this time the event is alcohol-free but the Pride of Ulster are holding their own parade with predictable results. Mayor Quimby remarks “Oh No! Without the booze these guys all remember how much they hate each other”. It was, of course, no surprise that it was the green leprechaun who threw the first punch to destroy the peace and quiet 😉

  • Mark McGregor

    Freaky. I was blogging Campbell’s response to this episode while you were putting it up. Wonder what the odds of that are?

  • eranu

    is that not an old episode? im sure ive seen it years ago.
    i think they are doing a new episode where they come to dublin to buy an irish bar.
    or maybe ive watched too much simpsons..

  • fair_deal

    “Wonder what the odds of that are?”

    At this rate I’ll win the lottery tonight

  • fair_deal

    eranu

    “is that not an old episode? ”

    No you’re thinking of the one were it ends in a riot becuase of drunkenness that leads to the reintroduction of prohibition.

    It has the classic line from Kent Brockman
    “Drink. Violence. Destruction of property? Are these the things we think of when we think of the irish?”

    It also showed a British pub being blown up (although that was sometimes censored in the UK)

  • RepublicanStones

    Ahh but FD why would the Green Leprechaun have so much pent up fustration?

    Anyone see the Catholic heaven V. Protestant heaven episode?

  • eranu

    ahh, i remember now.

    of all the so called comedy on tv. the simpsons is still the funniest. laugh out loud stuff 🙂

  • fair_deal

    RS

    “why would the Green Leprechaun have so much pent up fustration?”

    I think you should be maybe getting in touch with the Derry Journal 😉

  • RepublicanStones

    ‘It was, of course, no surprise that it was the green leprechaun who threw the first punch…’

    I didn’ think this was a cut and paste from the Derry Journal 😉

  • eranu

    didnt see it RS but i heard the catholics were having a good old knees up and the prods were a bit dour and boring.
    although the funny thing is that there arent any catholics in heaven! 🙂 (due to their false beliefs and all)

  • Greagoir O’ Frainclin

    That’s so hilarious and good to see that we can laugh at ourselves!

    It was rather an nice uppercut as well!

  • the oul leppy had an evil look about him prior to the punch…

    funny episode

    obviously the Parades Commission haven’t spolied the Party yet as those two parades would never be allowed to meet like that ‘over here’…

    the straight priests float was a goodin!

  • Greagoir O’ Frainclin

    “although the funny thing is that there arent any catholics in heaven! 🙂 (due to their false beliefs and all)”

    ha ha…….so the eternal knees up is in hell then folks!

    Woo hoo!…..Let’s Parteeeeeeeeeee!

  • smcgiff

    ‘Straight Catholic Priests’

    Funny cause it’s true! 🙂

  • Steve

    warmer down there anyways Greagoir

  • fin

    eranu, my thoughts too, I think Kenneth Brannagh is in the new one, they go to Ireland to buy a pub that granddad simpson use to drink in.

    I’d love to see the rest of this one its another classic, I find it hard to believe people can get stressed with the simpsons they’ve had several digs at the Irish and everyone else over the years as have futurama and south park, as for family guy the jokes as cartman explained are never in context and hence are interchangeable

  • Greenflag

    Humour once again masquerading as truth or is it the other way around ?

    It’s funny no question and what’s not so funny is it’s the truth . All the cultural no no’s were there the ‘straight priests’ ‘obesity ‘ ‘dhrink ‘

    I liked that green lep’s punch at the end . That was so ‘real’ .

    Perhaps we Irish (green ) are losing our ‘coolness’ now that we’re (or were) rich . The ‘orange’ lot were.are of course never cool 😉

    The langerland lads can find lodsa ‘material ‘ here for an upcoming ‘Fight of the Paddy’s Days ‘

  • PaddyReilly

    The trouble with the Americans is that they see the Irish and merely a subset of the British, along with Australians, etc, and the Orange brigade as merely a faction of the Irish.

    Whether they are right or wrong I cannot say.

  • Mike C

    Very funny (it made me laugh anyway)….although Homer et al appear to forget they too are Prods (unless Rev Lovejoy is some kind of strange type of American priest who gets married etc).

  • … Homer et al appear to forget they too are Prods …

    Indeed, and I’ve often wondered if they are not Scotch-Irish too. After all, the name Simpson is not entirely unknown in northern areas of our fair isle. Plus the Simpsons are, reputedly, a ‘North Kentucky’ family, and is that not the area most settled by the Scotch-Irish emigrants?

    Marge, on the other hand, is a Bouvier, which I would guess is an Acadian French name, and thus she may have more Catholic roots. But clearly she is currently a Prod (‘First Church of Springfield’ IIRC).

  • perry

    Apparentlt the First Church of Springfield is part of the Western Branch of American Reform Presbylutheranism.

    I think I’ve read that Matt Groenig’s a Unitarian although his wiki page just calls him an agnostic and a liberal (same thing?). Mike Scully’s from West Sprigfield, Massachusetts. Sounds catholic and Irish. Lot’s of Unitarians in Massachusetts though. It’s seems to be what you get when you mix a puritan with a good education – an atheist who stills wants to go to church on a Sunday rather than nurse their hangover.

    Hadn’t heard that Springfield was in Kentucky. Thought it was nextdoor to everywhere.

  • perry,

    Hadn’t heard that Springfield was in Kentucky.

    They let that out in one episode (can’t remember which). I’m sure some Simpsons fan knows more.

  • smcgiff

    Hey, Bart and Homer converted a couple of years back 🙂

  • fair_deal

    smgiff

    “Bart and Homer converted a couple of years back ”

    Monstrous lies 😉 they never went through with it

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Father,_The_Son,_and_The_Holy_Guest_Star

  • eranu

    is that the one where homer was trying to stop bart getting ‘baptamatised’?

  • perry,

    Yes, I’m that sad ….

    Re: Hadn’t heard that Springfield was in Kentucky.

    It’s in episode BABF19 ‘Behind The Laughter’ (season 11). As my source says: “In the first airing of this episode, the narrator gives Springfield’s location as northern Kentucky. For the second and some later airings, this changed to Southern Missouri. However, this episode is not canon.”

  • Steve

    It cant be in Kentucky as it has ocean front property.

    Its entirely vague for a reaon as that way it can be all things to all people

  • Its entirely vague …

    >b>Steve, this is one of the (many) hot issues in the world of Simpsonology. There are whole web-sites devoted to the analysis of every single episode to see if there are hints to the location of Springfield. Every (and I mean every) possible factor is examined in detail.

    In fact, as may have been pointed out before, the Simpson’s aren’t from north Kentucky. In fact they’re not from anywhere. They’re fictional, ffs.

  • neil

    The shop that was blown up during the saint paddy’s day parade was John Bulls fish and chip shop as I recall.

  • “although the funny thing is that there arent any catholics in heaven! 🙂 (due to their false beliefs and all)”

    No Prods either – South Park made it very clear at the Hell reception area that the Mormons populate heaven.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Probably_(South_Park)

  • Steve

    Yeah Horseman but could you honestly not see an american Mayor jumping at the chance to call its self the Home of the Simpsons?

  • Terrible Terri

    Simpsons was great back in the day. None of the writers are the same anymore it has been shite for awhile

  • Rory

    Oh, gee thanks, Terrible Terri, that’s really cheered us all up. Boy you sure try to live up to your pseudonymn.

  • Reader

    eranu: didnt see it RS but i heard the catholics were having a good old knees up and the prods were a bit dour and boring.
    Well, to fill in the detail from the episode, Marge was worried about Homer converting and eventually going to Catholic heaven. She visualised it as being full of drinking and fighting, while the Prods were following more peaceful and cerebral pursuits.
    So heaven is a bit like Belfast, then.
    (Keyword ‘although’ – is there some kind of AI behind the keyword selector?)

  • Ann

    Brilliant!!

  • Rory

    Who played the role of the “Irish Boy who looks most like a Potato”?

    Was it:

    a) The young John Taylor.

    b) The young Eddie McGrady.

    c) The young Brian Cowan.

    Calls cost no more than £8.99 per min. Lines close when all my debts are paid off.

  • Greagoir O’ Frainclin

    Definitely c …..The young Brain Cowan!

    ….although John Taylor has a fair sized turnip head too!

  • SDNY

    A family gu take on this would be waaaay funnier! South Park even more so.

    “Two kinds of Irish people?” Well said Bart, the rest of the world questions that too!!

  • ciaran

    The petrol bomber looked like gerry anderson from stroke city.

  • Gerry Anderson

    Posted by ciaran
    ‘The petrol bomber looked like gerry anderson’

    Moderator ? :o|

  • Greagoir O’ Frainclin

    Ah, if only we all had a sup (of the booze), especially the tight arsed, anal retentive religious types, perhaps it wouldn’t be as bad. We could all get along …..Hic!

    BTW, religious types, pray to jesus for me pleeze… so that I may see the light, for I am a sinner!

    GO ON, DO IT!

  • Yvette Doll

    “obviously the Parades Commission haven’t spolied the Party yet as those two parades would never be allowed to meet like that ‘over here’…”

    I think NYC is still pock marked with bullet holes because of Orange parades. We didn’t take that town by being nice to migrant Jaffas,

    I think the New York militia have have blasted a few thousands rounds into the green before the green tide became properly white.

  • ciaran

    moderator, Gerry anderson, radio ulster,after nolan.The petrol bomber in the simpsons cartoon. 🙂