Peter, Not Joe (joeshlabotnik) wrote,
Peter, Not Joe

Making Four Hearts

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Originally uploaded by Joe Shlabotnik.
Forest Hills, Queens, January 1, 2005 - Well, that's when the picture was taken. More recently, Sue and I and loads of fans around the world were happy to learn that The Simpsons were picked up for an incredible 19th season. (We were also pleased that King Of The Hill was picked up for an 11th - that's one of the most underrated shows on TV, but that's a side issue...)

Anyway, also recently, we both agreed that "The Seemingly Never-Ending Story", was probably the best new episode we've seen in a long time. The short synopsis: Lisa tells a story about Mr. Burns telling a story about Moe telling a story about his (Moe's) ill-fated relationship with Mrs. Krabappel. At one point in the story, Moe has decided that he wants to leave Springfield with Mrs. Krabappel, and, well, let him narrate:

I had to get Edna outta Springfield. Make a fresh start in a new town far away. A place where we can play bridge with our neighbors.

Right then I paused the show (hooray for DVRs!) and Sue and I shared a little cheer. You see, we do live in a place where we can play bridge with our neighbors. Sue used to play all the time in college, and we've been teaching two of our neighbors to play too. So we get together about once or twice a month to drink wine and play bridge (and drink more wine). Very neighborly, and always a great time.

Well, I rewound the show (hooray for DVRs!) to hear the line again, and this time we heard the whole quote:

I had to get Edna outta Springfield. Make a fresh start in a new town far away. A place where we can play bridge with our neighbors. And if they're interested in wife-swapping, who am I to say no? I mean, I'm just the new guy!

I had to pause again. I mean, I had no idea that the quote was going to get that much better! I love The Simpsons. Well, I'm not the new guy (they moved in about two years after we did), but I'm with Moe - if it comes up, who am I to say no? Sue pointed out that our neighbors aren't married yet, so technically it wouldn't be wife-swapping. Yet they're getting married this fall - so I can wait until October.

Trouble is, it has to be a unanimous decision. Just like in bridge, one, two, or three hearts isn't enough - you need four hearts to make game. And it's not always easy...

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