ÿAfter their 450th episode focusing on Krusty and a celebratory special spreading the love, it was nice to have things get back to the familiar with “Million Dollar Maybe.” And by familiar, I mean watching Homer do what he can to make his family happy, while screwing it up as he tries. Sunday night’s episode had Homer letting down Marge, winning a million dollars, spending it all without her knowledge and still finishing the half-hour in the arms of the woman he loves. All this and laughs, too psp games.
Things started with Homer and Marge preparing a musical toast for a cousin’s wedding. But on the day of the wedding, Homer opened a fortune cookie stating this was his lucky day. At first, Homer blew off the fortune: “Any part of a cookie you can’t eat is just a waste of time.” But his luck did indeed start to turn as crashing into a vending machine resulted in its contents raining down for Homer’s enjoyment. Instead of heading straight to the wedding, Homer stopped to buy a lottery ticket and got stuck a very long, very slow line. It was a fun set up, leaving Homer feeling guilty about missing the toast and unable to tell Marge that he was instead buying a winning lottery ticket. It was a nice touch to have Lenny and Carl help convince Homer that the fortune cookie may be right. I especially loved the headline from the Beijing Daily Worker: “New Fortune Cookies Vaguer, More Accurate.”
Homer used Barney to pick up his winning check, a good majority of which went to Uncle Sam: “This money will go to partially cover the cost of a study to decide what to do with the money.” Unable to tell Marge about the money, Homer instead bought things anonymously for his family. Watching the various ways in which gifts were discovered was quite fun, starting with Homer throwing Bart into bushes disguising a new washing machine, and ending with Marge pulling a new pearl necklace out of Maggie’s diaper. But the ruse couldn’t last, and soon Bart discovered Homer’s secret money tree. This included a randomly hilarious scene with Moe showing up out of nowhere, menacingly stating “Don’t forget my cut.” When questioned about it, Moe responded, “I just go around saying that and hope it’ll be applicable.”
Bart first convinced Homer to indulge a little with the cash, resulting in rides on a zero gravity plane and a personal concert from Coldplay. Fittingly, Chris Martin was the only band member to get lines. Though the scene had some chuckles, Martin’s appearance could have been replaced by any number of celebrity rock stars. The good times didn’t last, and soon Bart was threatening to tell Marge Homer’s secret. To keep him quiet, Homer basically became Bart’s slave. This was reminiscent of Homer becoming Patty and Selma’s slave for a similar secret-keeping reason in “Homer vs. Patty and Selma.” But since this was only a small focus of this episode, with an entirely different viewpoint, it didn’t feel like a retread.
Filling out the episode was a decent plot with Lisa buying the retirement home a Funtendo Zii. She got the idea in a great scene with Mr. Burns trying out the videogames at the store: “Wait. I’m shooting at Nazis? That’s not how I remember it.” This was an adequate B storyline, with enough laughs to keep things interesting, but never getting too complicated and taking the focus away from Homer and his predicament. Ultimately, in the main storyline, Homer told Marge the truth and everything returned to the status quo. Homer’s cherry blossom testament of love was yet another sweet ending to a long line of Simpsons sweet endings, punctuated with a very funny “Phew!” visual gag. This was a fun and funny episode focused on Homer and his always dysfunctional relationship with his family — just what we’ve come to love and expect after 20 years.