So It's Come To This: A Simpson's Family Podcast
By Bryan Budnik
So It's Come To This: A Simpson's Family PodcastMay 04, 2023
Episode 74: Black Widower or Brother That Ain't Ketchup
Cori picked this one and we see Sideshow Bob try to redeem himself and even find love with Aunt Selma. Bob's charm might fool most in the family, but Bart stays apprehensive and finds out that Bob has some other things in mind. Come along for the ride and listen as:
- Cori forgets about Richard Gere and provides us with a Scandoval update.
- Patrick takes the Vanderpump Rules Quiz and makes a timely Mac Tonight reference.
- Bryan points out times this episode pushed the boundaries and he still can't speak French.
- The shocking truth behing MacGyver's first name.
- Is this a 4 act episode?
- Remember the tv show Dinosaurs? We do.
- Tragic story telling that turns into another "Hello Therapist" segment.
- The problematic aspects of the song "Something Stupid".
- DMV hacks.
- Disagreements over Doogie Howser M.D.
- Sideshow Bob comparisons to Michael Caine.
- Muppet talk.
- And so much more.
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Episode 73: The Crepes of Wrath or The Internet, giver of all that is great but also provider of all that is terrible
We go all the way back to everyone's favorite, season 1, for this episode to see if it still holds up. The gang was a bit split about this episode but we certainly appreciated the nostalgia trip. Bart participates in a foreign exchange program with a Albanian boy named Adil that has something to hide. Come to see the fun associated with full language emersion, child abondonment, child labor, underage drinking and espionage. All that and so much more including:
- Cori's rage over the Vanderpump Rules Scandavol and adds a new segment, which at Patrick's request ends at the 13:36 mark
- Bryan has news about new Futurama episodes, and needs help with his French pronounciations
- Fun facts about Albanian dictator Enver Hoxha
- Did the events of this episode led to Agnes Skinner's mean streak
- Hatred towrds Simple Plan
- Patrick's has a suggestion for a new type of wine
- Event television and what we did to make sure we didn't miss out
- John Mulaney bits
- What happened to Bart's friends Richard and Lewis
Bryan also mentioned that he is participating in the 11 Day Power Play an 11 day hockey game fundraiser to help raise money to fight against cancer. If interested in donating please visit: https://communityshift.11daypowerplay.com/bryanbudnik No donation is too small and all are appreciated! Thank you as always for the support!
Episode 72: Radioactive Man or Generations from now no one will ever say I'm going to quote Fred Durst
In this episode we welcome back Steve Lewis to take a deep dive into this episode that takes a look at Super Hero movie making before the boom of Super Hero movies. We were astonished at the very reasonable cost for making a film back then and compare that to the cost of some actual blockbusters from that time. So don't just sit there, up and atom and listen to this absolute fan favorite!
Join us as we also discuss:Breaking the fake Avril Lavigne conspiracy wide open Cori's frantic plea to our listeners, and her look at the history behind the band Fallout Boy and how they chose their name. As well as a bunch of other Simpsons inspired name band names Steve needs to know what Nick's superpower is, and sets the record straight about Raul Julia Bryan tells us who originally auditioned for Batman 1989, and tells of the scene that made his brother and him laugh so hard it brought them to tears Patrick pleads for the Radioactive Man Movie: Snyder Cut and impresses once again with his knowledge of old timey media Discovering new jokes in the episode We learn about the real Alfalfa's untimely death The goggles do nothing, but in real life The love of Spirograph and the trauma that came along with it Mickey Rooney and Andy Rooney confusion
Episode 71: Lady Bouvier's Lover or It's So Dark and Terrifyingly Libertarian
For this episode it was Cori's pick and she went with the Grandpa centric episode Lady Bouvier's Lover. In this episode we discuss the following:
- Fine Foley work that no one asked for
- Cori's new found appreciation of Megan fox
- Patrick impresses with his knowledge of old timey music
- Cori's familial connection to Check Norris
- Patrick sees moments of the episode through different eyes as an adult then he did as a kid
- Problematic ad lyrics
- The beef between Maggie and Gerald
- Novelty telephone talk
- Timely Judge Reinhold references
- Cori's childhood vs. Bryan & Patrick's
- Cori has another "Hello Therapist" moment with her experiences as a "weird" kid
- Bryan and Cori find a way to alienate Patrick
- An MMC and Kids Incorporated mash up?
Thank you as always for listening and for the support!
Episode 70: Simpsoncalifragilisticexpiala(Annoyed Grunt)cious or Is That You Samantha?
In this episode we introduce our new co-host and friend of the show, and to the family, Patrick. We discuss this musical classic parody of Mary Poppins and how this episode holds up. Patrick tells us all about his experiences directing the stage version of Mary Poppins and how we was able to make the magic happen. Cori does her best Natasha Lyonne is she is still struggling with the cold that just won't go away. And Bryan does his best to keep it all together. Along the way we also bring up the following inportant topics:
- Could Avril Lavigne and Gwen Steffani have been replaced?
- The important question that Chad Kroeger from Nickelback asks.
- Where we stand on the Sheetz vs. Waa Waa War
We hope tha that you will join us on this splediferious ride and as always thank you for the support!
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Episode 69: Krusty Gets Kancelled or She's Sitting Right There and She Knows How to Spell
We made it, it's episode 69, dudes! In this super sized episode we welcome friend of the show and our pal, Steve Lewis. We take a look back at this seminal celebrity packed episode from season 4. Fans of the show have always loved the cameos in this one but we discuss which cast members were not so happy about it and how the producers dealt with their non-involvement. Brenden delivers a heartfelt apology and makes a big announcement that will impact the show going forward. We also discuss:
- The initial storyline for Johnny Carson
- Another discussion about Small Wonder
- Bryan gives a brief history of Late Night TV
- Hollywood Squares content
- The sad realization about most of the guest stars in the episode
- Cori's fear of dummies rears it's ugly head
- Timely 60's tv show spoilers
- Brenden brings in the youth audience in a discussion about Victorious and gets salty about Marvel
This was one for the ages and we hope that you enjoy it! Thank you as always for the support!
Episode 68: Skinner's Sense of Snow or You'll Be Coming Down to Chimney Town
In this Christmas Eve blizzard episode we take a look at "Skinner's Sense of Snow" and make comparisons to the episode to our real life. B has a freak out and Bryan and Cori are left to deal with the fallout, but get saved by returning co-host London. Along the way we also discuss:
- Problems with punctuation
-Cori's new lyrics to the Holiday Season song
- Coming to Cardi B's defence
- Snow day stories and who likes a snow day more the students or the teachers
- The future of the show
We hope you had a great holiday season and that you enjoy this episode! Thank you as always for the support!
Episode 67: Bart Sells His Soul or I Believe in Sky Daddy.... HBU?
In this episode we take a look and 2 separate stories from the same episode. Bart has a crisis of faith and sells his soul to his buddy Milhouse and Moe has a crisis of finances and decides to rebrand his bar as a family restaurant. We each have different beliefs in regards to Religion and use these beliefs to break this one down. But that isn't all we also discuss the following:
- Cori gives out some new nicknames to some of our listerners.
- Brenden tells us his thoughts on the recent Drew Barrymore cameo.
- Who needs Miss Piggie when you can have Madam Pig?
- Once again we bring you more timely references.
- Cori's connection to Inda Gadda Da Vida and her Sabres game bag trauma.
- How do you pronounce Will Ferrell?
-Bryan teaches Brenden about Pogs, and there is some confuison beteween Alf and Elf
We'd love for you to join us for this one!
Episode 66: Treehouse of Horror II or All Otters Matter
Alright this was a great one! We were having so much fun discusisng Treehouse of Horror II with our good friends Mike & Maurice form the Bogeyman's Closet that this turned out to be one of our longest episodes yet. Don't let that turn you away though, we had a ton of laughs on this one and hope that you'll enjoy listening to it as musch as we had recording it. This time we discuss:
- Our favorite Haloween costumes
- Mike tells us about EC Comics
- Brenden gets upset with our relationship to memes and he makes us all feel old
- Older Trick or Treaters yay or nay
- CORRECTION: Older trick or treaters are not Dolph and Kearney, but rather Jimbo and Kearney
- Bryan just discovered deeper meaning in a classic Simpsons joke
- Brenden does some dream analysis
- Cori discusses her "I Frakenstein" trauma
Our special thanks to our friends Mike & Maurice from the Bogeyman's Closet for helping us out with this one! Please check them out at https://thebogeymanscloset.podbean.com/ and on Twitter: @BogeymansThe or check out all of Mike's other work (art and other shows) on Rad Pantheon (https://linktr.ee/radpantheon)
Episode 65: Treehouse of Horror IV or You Get It, I'm Wine, Checkmate Christians
It's spoopy season! It what better way to kick it off then with this classic Treehouse of Horror offering. It all starts off with Homer selling his soul for a donut, then shows Bart's run in with a gremlin and then finish it off with something thrown together about Vampires.
We hope that you'll join us for the following:
- We're exicted to share an email
- Brenden hits us with some truths about Blackbeard
- A deep dsicussion on the Twilight Zone, and correction that we realized after recording, the window was in fact opened, on the airplane, in the original Terror from 20,000 Feet.
- Our connection to the Simpsons Family and their trip to, Pennsylvania
- Bryan and Cori confuse Brenden again, this time it has to do with Jerry Springer
- We discover a new word to describe elderly vampires, "Vampa"
This is by far one of the best Treehouse of Horror offerings there is so don't listen to that old War of the Worlds broadcast on NPR, join us for a ghoulishly good time!
Episode 64: Eternal Moonshine of the Simpson Mind or How Many Cockles is Too Many Cockles?
So sorry for the delay but we're finally back! Some have said that this episode from Season 19 would have been the perfect way to end the show, I guess they didn't realize it would still be going strong 15 years later with no signs of stopping. The episode places Homer in a precarious position where he doesn't remember a seemingly traumatic experience from the night before. As he tries to put the pieces back together he realizes what a lucky man he truly is.
We were a bit torn over this one and go deep, not only in our thoughts of the episode as a whole, but how we would feel if this would have been the final episode of the show. Along the way Cori tells us about her chiropractor and the connection between Jack the Ripper and H.H. Holmes. Bryan fears that due to the time away that she might have developed a case of the yipps. He also announces some Season 34 news and Brenden is not happy about it. They then go on to debate the appeal of "newer" Simpsons episodes. Can an epiode that is over 10 years old be considered new? We increase our online impact with our first Instagram comment and reveal the results of the Ewan McGreggor mullet poll.
We also discuss our favorite donuts, Brenden learns what nighttime minutes are and searnades us with a song from his 4th grade musical. Lastly Cori and Bryan discuss their My Chemical Romance experience with Lu. This was a good one and we hope that it was worth the wait!
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Ep. 63: Behind the Laughter or If You Cut This Out We're Through Professionally
In this episode we see the real story of everyone's favorite Northern Kentucky family, The Simpsons (warts and all) ala a parody of VH1's seminal hit Behind the Music. Bryan tells us about the origins of the episode as well as other places the Simpsons are reportedy from. Brenden learns about Tiger Beat and VH1, and tells us why they call him the Apple Meister. Cori is shocked to find out that VHS tapes still existed in the early 2000's and discusses a few more crushes. We also talk about big budget music videos, all the Tiger Beat worthy boys from back in the day and come up with some new prank show names. Even Dean makes a brief but memorable appearance, our apolgies if you can hear is collar during parts of the episode. We had a lot of fun with this one and for the first time ever all seem to agree on our thoughts about the episode. We hope you enjoy it!
Ep. 62 The Italian Bob or Donezo: The Longest Goodbye Ever
This is the second of two Sideshow Bob episodes as we see what happened to Sideshow Bob after his last attempt to get Bart, when the family meets up with him unexpectedly in Italy. Brenden had to set this one out due to scheduling conflicts so Cori and Bryan take it over. Cori gets upset over the dumming down of the Italian language for this episode and she may have her own vendetta against Disney? Bryan tells the truth behind Veggie Tales and discusses the joys of the tv cart being rolled into your classroom. Lastly, Cori tells us that she had a shot to be on the Mickey Mouseclub, if only she lived in Orlandon in the 90s. This was another fun one and we hope that you can join us.
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Ep. 61 The Great Louse Detective or They know that we know, that they know, that we know, ya know?
In this episode we have the first of two upcoming episodes featuring the the triumphant return of fan favorite Sideshow Bob. This episode shows us the importance of backdoor deals and Bob helps the Simpson family discover who is trying to kill Homer. He is actually an huge help and puts his hatred of Bart on the backburner, with a little persuasion from an electric zapper.
For the first time in a long time we do talk about Twitter, as it is brought up a few times in the Eye on Springfield segment. London makes a brief appearance to tell us all about Charley DiMillio. Brenden thinks that Frasier and Kramer are the same person and is told all about George Foreman and his famous grill. Bryan looks back fondly on RC Cola and has to set Brenden straight on the difference between it and Crown Royal. Is Milwaukee a state? We take a moment to discuss. Cori also tells us about a true to life experience inspired by Wayne's World and involving the band Reel Big Fish.
That trip to the Swordfish Museum can wait listen to this episode now on Spotify, Stitcher, Apple and Google Podcasts or wherever you find your podcasts.
Ep. 60 The City of New York vs. Homer Simpson
On this episode we take a look at the Simpson family trip to New York City and discuss how this eisode had a lot of funny moments but realy doesn't offer much in the way of story. Brenden tells his story of getting his first speeding ticket while weighing in on Billie Ellish and is shocked to find out how long ago Ferris Bueller was released. Bryan pitches some new story ideas that might have improved the episode and discusses a joke from the episode that doesn't really hold up. Cori tells a story about having to pee during her sonogram and announces that she is retiring the News and Views segment. We also argue about the timing of the Trump/Simpsons connection and it's contribution to the Simpsons prediction phenomenon. So sit back, relax, pour yourself a tall glass of crab juice and enjoy the ride.
Ep. 59 New Kids on the Blecch or What if Loopey and Coughy Carry this Episode?
Do you like Boy Bands? Well if so have we got a doozey for you! In this episode we see a government conspiracy lead to the formation of Springfield's first boyband the Party Posse. And let's not forget about the special appearance by N'Sync. Cori has a lot to say about boy bands and sends us down an extensive boy band breakdown, as well as telling us which band she met at a local K-Mart in her youth. She also ranks her favorite members of N'Sync. Bryan tells us who the Simpson's creators originally wanted instead of N'Sync and the joke that they played on Justin Timberlake. Brenden learns about VJs and asks if this episode ripped of the Josie and the Pusscats movie that came out around the same time. So come kick it with us old school, Word!
Just a quick disclaimer Cori was feeling better but was still not 100% so we did the best we could to edit out her coughing but a few may have still made it in.
Episode 58: The Itchy, Scratchy & Poochie Show or Who's Dons Cordoroy?
Oh how we've missed you! Have you missed us? So sorry for the delay but with coflicting scedules and sickness that ran rampant through the house we had a tough time getting this one out for you but here it is in all of it's glory! In this episode we see Krusty try to pivot to stop the bad ratings of Itchy and Scratchy by introducing a new character, everyone's favorite half Joe Camel and a third Fonzarelli, kung fu hippie from Gangsta City, the rappin surfer whose fool he pities, everyone's favorite Poochie.
We were just coming back from a road trip to Pittsburgh so we were all a little bit punchy but think the episode turned pretty good, even if we went multiple days from watching the episode to recording the podcast. Cori sings some Nelly and has a question about Luther Vandross. Bryan tells us of the connection between Poochie and a certain character form Growing Pains, all while trying to discover the meaning of "debu." Brenden leads a discussion of fan boy culture and gets very upset over the concept of painting bricks. But through it all the family can at least agree on one thing, Roy's our boy! So join us for this deleriously delusional ride, you'll be glad you did!
Episode 57: Boy Meets Curl or A Dream Come True Maker
Hot off the 2022 Winter Olympics, we bring you this travel episode, where Homer and Marge compete for Olympic curling glory during the 2010 Winter Olympics, in Vancouver, Canada. Lisa also develops an addictive habit until Bart helps her kick it. Cori discusses the origin of the Romper Room Shout Out and reveals the shocking truth, that she was originally left handed. Brenden is alientated once again, this time it's about Tom Brokow and he helps us to discover that Alaska is further away then we thought. Bryan gets annoyed with the inconsistencies of animated curling and we end the episode talking about funeral potatoes. So get out your brooms and get ready to be swept up in a really fun episode.
Episode 56: I Love Lisa or Should Have Kept Pee Wee in the Playhouse
We choo-choo-choose you to listen to this classic episode where we take a look at I Love Lisa. Ralph Wiggum falls for Lisa but his interest is not reciprocated. Brenden helps us look at this episode in a different light by not only looking at things through Ralph's eyes but rather through Lisa's eyes. We question Ralph's actions and think that Lisa may not be completely in the wrong. Cori has us play a game where we guess which breakup lines she has used from the show. We also answer listener emails and tell childhood Valentine's Day stories. You might not have asked for it but we also bring you some great nose picking content and make sure to stick around for Cori's bold Super Bowl predictions. This is an all time great episode of the Simpsons and we had a blast recording this one, we hope you enjoy it as well!
Episode 55: The Fear of Flying or Couches are for Louses
For this episode we decided to give Marge some love and go back to the hey day of the show as we look at the season 6 episode, The Fear of Flying. In the episode Marge reveals that she has a deeprooted fear of flying and gets some help to try to overcome it. Our hosts break it all down for you with a lot of fun along the way. Cori says hello to some ball playing boys and asks the age old question are you Team Dylan or Team Brandon. Brenden and Bryan also discuss the history of the couch gag and whether it should be changed. They all talk about the similarities between the songs, It's Raining Men and Bodies, as well as having a discussion about a real dog wedding. We hope that you will send your tots and pears for Dean, and hope you enjoy the show!
Episode 54: Frinkcoin or All I want for Christmas is you? There is no you.
Well we admittedly made a mistake with this episode as there was some confusion between the episode that Brenden wanted and the episode that we took a look at. The episode shows Professor Frink develop his own cryptocurrency and becomes quite wealthy as well as finding some new friend. Not willing to become the second richest man in Springfield Mr. Burns decides to make his own and ultimately usurp Frink of his postion. This episode starts of with just Bryan and Brenden, as Cori was not feeling up to recording but she realizes that she couldn't stay away and shows up halfway through to defend Mariah Carey. Cailin also makes a brief appearance to give you a recommendation.
The episode was the most cryptocurrency episode that ever cryptocurrencied. Along the way the gang is rather critical of this modern episode, but they do find their way to some high points. Bryan loves the Jim Parsons cryptocurrency bit, while Brenden has the realization that this episode is rather similar to a Dhar Mann video. After having a heatfelt moment Cori has another Hello Therapist moment as well as professing her love for googly eyes. Brenden ends the episode with a rant on cryptocurrency and apologizes for the confusion in selected this episode. I guess that's what we get for selected a current one.
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Episode 53: The Fight Before Christmas or I Didn't Say Stop
The Budnik-Scarupa family is back with this holiday themed episode from Season 22. Not going to lie it’s a weird one as we see the Christmas dreams of 4 of the family members. The segments are disjointed, nonsensical, end abruptly and at times are just straight up disturbing, maybe like some of your holiday plans this year. Brenden sat this one out because he wasn’t feeling well, but Bryan and Cori try to keep with the holiday feel. Cori loves Spiderman spoilers, but don’t worry she doesn’t say any and brings us a festive hello therapist session. She us gives us her top 3 Christmas songs, and boy do they run the gamut. Each of them have sing along segments as well as detailing their top Christmas movies. They discuss Katie Perry’s very off putting closing comment, but they don’t let that bring them down. So put on your favorite ugly Christmas sweeter, sip some hot cocoa and buckle up for a rather interesting conversation about this krazy kaladescope of an episode. Thank you always for your support and don’t forget you can reach out and like and subscribe our show on our social media platforms:
Episode 52: Who Shot Mr. Burns Part II
In this episode we reach the conclusion of the biggest mystery in Springfield's history, as we fond out who shot Mr. Burns. Everyone is a suspect and the Budnik/Scarupa family discusses their thoughts on the final reveal. Brenden comes up with a rather interesting proposal for 1995 Matt Groening. Cori and Bryan both look back on this episode and reveal that they have different impressions of this episode now that they had back in the day. We also reveal, which of our lucky listeners is the winner of the custom made Treehouse of Horror XVI poster. This one's a doozey and we hope you come along for the ride!
*Audio note, Brenden had his mic muted for a small portion of the episode, so our apologies for the any audio issues you may encounter.
Bonus Episode: 51 Treehouse of Horror VI
Happy Halloween everyone!!! Oh wait Halloween already happened? Well true to Simpsons form we are posting this Bonus Super Sized episode after Halloween, so deal with it. We are joined by returning guests, Suzie, Mike and Maurice from The Boogeyman's Closet to discuss 3 of the greatest Treehouse of Horror segments of all time (Attack of the 50 Ft. Eyesores, Nightmare on Evergreen Terrace and Homer_3). There is so much to say about this episode and we had a ton of fun recording it! We hope you absolutely love it! Thank you again to Suzie, Mike and Maurice for coming back and make sure to check out their podcast here: https://thebogeymanscloset.podbean.com/ or wherever you find your podcasts, well that is if you are over 18 :-)
Episode 50: Who Shot Mr. Burns Part 1 or Mr. Nether Regions
In this episode the Budnik-Scarupa family sees Mr. Burns turn maniacal in his plot to block out the sun, in order to force the residents of Springfield into using more energy from his plant. Of course the residents don't take this lightly and someone takes matters into their own hands, but who was it? Along the way we discuss the popping collars trend, alienating Brenden, once again, with timely references and Cori has trouble pronouncing certain words. She also accuses Bryan of forcing her to record even though she is sick, so we'll let you be the judge of that. This is an episode that we think will really blow smoke up your dress! Please be advised if you don't know how the Mr. Burns saga ends there is a spoiler at the end that you may want to avoid. Thanks for listening!
Episode 49: Homerpalooza or Goth with Color
Months ago our friend Jessica Alvarez mentioned that she was watching Homerpalooza and was having a tough time accepting the fact that the then current bands, shown in the episode, are now the "old people" bands. She requested we take a look at this episode which we not only did but but one better and invited her to join us to get her take on it. Like Homer in the episode, we struggle with accepting that the bands shown are no longer relevant and wonder if the same can be said about us? Cori reveals a musical secret that she has held on to for may years. Bryan reveals the one concert he regrets not going to. Jess even comes up with a fantastic description of Emo music that we are still laughing about! This episode was a long time coming but we think it was well worth the wait and hope you enjoy it!
Episode 48: The Mysterious Voyage of Homer Simpson or The Popes of Chilitown vs. the Chilitown Popes
In this episode Homer stumbles upon a Chili Cookoff where he eats some insanity peppers that cause him to hallucinate. During his trip he meets a spiritual guide voiced by the late great Johnny Cash and heads out on a quest to find his soulmate. Along the way the Budnik Scarupa family welcomes in friend of the family Don Johnson, no not that Don Johnson, Buffalo's own Don Johnson. They discuss Chris Pratt (again) and Brenden is obsessed with bringing up the newly announced Mario Bros. movie and needless to say he is not too happy about it. Cori lets us in on a little secret and Brenden shocks them all with the realization that there is a connection to oranges and smoking cigarettes. Don really helps to bring the laughs on this one and we hope that you enjoy it! So grab your chili eating spoon, put on that Time for Chili hat and strap yourself in for a wild ride!
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Episode 47: How I Spent My Strummer Vacation or Just a Guy Who Works at a Place
In this episode we see Homer go on a wild ride from saying some rather upsetting things about his family to rocking out with a bunch of rock and roll legends, which ultimately ends in a riot. Would you expect anything less from the citizens of Springfield? The Budnik-Scarupa family also discusses their non existent Patreon levels and a HUGE announcement about everyone's favorite show, Manifest. They also debate whether or not Nick Jonas is a rock star and how to determine the difference between average and slightly above average. And who could forget yet another timely reference as Cori goes on a rant about Lancelot Link Secret Chimp. We bet you'll be singing the theme song when we're through. So did this episode really happen or is it all part of Homer's drunken hallucination? Either way, you should come along for the ride, because it may only be rock and roll but we like it!
Episode 46: Lisa's First Word or There Were a Lot of Bits and Moments
In this episode we take you all the way back to 1984 and Brenden is totally alienated with all of the references as Bryan and Cori reminisce. The cookie butter ghost returns and the family gets confused over the difference between Rod and Todd. Brenden gets offended over one of Homer's lines which leads to a discussion on some of the problematic jokes in the episode. The family is split on their feelings on this episode but we still had a great time and we hope you will too!
Episode 45: Bart of Darkness or It's Not a Stork
Hey, we're back! Did you miss us? We missed you! It might be hot during these dog days of summer so cool of with a dive into our newest episode Bart of Darkness. We discuss what is to come with the upcoming Season 33, and the fact that Disney might not ever let the show die! Cori inadvertently starts a "Hello Therapist" segment as she shares the horrors of swim class, and the ingenious way she got out of it. Bryan becomes the King of Timely references, Micro Machines anyone? Oh come on you remember Micro Machines, right, right? Brenden has, let's call it a freak-out, as Cori sets up a cliff hanger during our Act 4 segment. So go ahead grab your swim trunks, bag up that cast and grab your telescope (how else are you going to spy on the neighbors) and join us for a great time!
Episode 44: Bart Gets Famous or Karaoke Korner
In this episode the Budnik-Scarupa family takes a look at this oldie but a goodie that surprisingly Cori and Brenden have never seen. Bryan fawns over the inclusion of Conan O'Brien while Cori and Brenden tell stories of their own boring field trips. We get musical in this one as Cori sings several different songs throughout, I hope we don't get sued! So sit back, relax grab a delicious danish and get ready to look back on Bart's wild ride through celebrity.
Episode 43: The Day the Earth Stood Cool or The Mother of Hipsters
In this more recent episode (is within the last 10 years recent?) we take a look hipster culture taking over Springfield. Cori hand picked this one as she has a lot to relate to as the self proclaimed Mother of Hipsters. Bryan talks about the surprise and consequent freak out over the inclusion of one of his favorite bands, Screeching Weasel. Brenden learns about Alaska and is critical of the episode as he says that he thinks it is ironic and even out of touch in it's critique of millennials and hipsters. This is another episode filled with laughs, some tears (a SICTTASHP first) and some great conversation, we hope you will join us!
Just a quick note, we ran into a slight technical mishap at the end of the episode as it ends rather abruptly. Our wrap up did not record properly, but luckily the rest of the episode was unaffected. Thank you as always for the support!
Episode 42: Bart Gets an F or Just a Whole Lot of Hate, Resentment and Chris Evans
In this episode the Budnik-Scarupa clan takes a deep dive into this episode from Season 2. Along the way they make connections to their own school experiences. Cori brings the hate during her News and Views segment & discusses some of the horrors of her school days, some that she is still dealing with today. Bryan relates to Bart's procrastination and Brenden tries to wrap his head around how cable works. We had a great time with this one and we hope that you join us for the ride!
Episode 41: Homer's Enemy or You Wanna Know My Secret, I'm Always Stabby
In this episode we meet none other than Frank "Grimy" Grimes and take a look at the divisive episode from Season 8, Homer's Enemy. Many consider this to be one of the finest Simpson's moments while others argue that it is too dark. We take a look at both sides. Brenden grows to like the episode as we discuss it and he and Bryan discuss whether The Simpson's should be considered a satire or not. Brenden also questions if maybe a "raving lunatic" Homer is the best Homer. Cori tells some more fun stories and all we can say is we hope that you keep track of any stray forks. If you haven't done so, make sure to subscribe on Spotify, Stitcher, Apple & Google Podcasts or wherever you find your podcasts. Thank you for listening and as always thank you for your support!
Episode 40: She of Little Faith or Hi Ontario
So we've heard that it takes about 40 episodes to get good at podcasting, well here we are number 40. So that being said we needed a special episode with a very special guest star, so we looked to this episode from Season 13 due to the involvement of friend of the show, Richard Gere! Bryan makes the mistake of asking if his co hosts have any life experiences that they would like to share and Brenden and Cori say hello therapist as they each dig deep to talk about things that are bothering each of them. Brenden also gets philosophical as he shares his beliefs on organized religion and a debate ensues. We made it to 40 and we would love for you to join us on the ride! Thank you as always for the support!
Episode 39: Bart the Daredevil or I Hope You're Happy, Champagne Lady!
Oh boy this is a good one! The Budnik-Scarupa family digs deep into the vault for this Season 2 classic, Bart the Daredevil. Cori and Brenden play a Simpsons storyline game and have to decide if it is real or if Bryan made it up. Brenden takes a turn to have a bit of a therapy session as he admits to some wrongdoings in the past, and Bryan realizes that he was being duped. After countless threats by Cori in previous episodes we finally have a listener email and we happily review it. Cori doesn't stop there so make sure to listen through to the end as she also offers up what could be seen as a threat to our listeners. Do you think it's a threat? Only one way to find out and that's to listen! Thank you as always for the support!
Episode 38: Weekend at Burnsies or Come for the Foley Work, Stay for Therapy Sessions
So we wanted to post this a few days ago but we totally spaced on the date! Join the Budnik-Scarupa clan as they discuss this groovy episode where Homer is prescribed medicinal marijuana. They discuss the different opinions people have taken on this natural substance since this episode aired almost 20 years ago. Bryan brings a lot to the Eye on Springfield segment as they discuss Hank Azaria's apology as well as the singer Morrisey's reaction to his portrayal in a recent episode. Cori puts the ow in the word now and Brenden gives his take on the marijuana vs tobacco debate. This is one of Cori's favorite episodes and we hope you enjoy it too!
Episode 37: Homer Badman or Not a Fan of the Old Timey Bikes
In this episode the Budnik-Scarupa clan takes a look at Homer Badman with modern eyes. They realize that there are aspects of the episode that some might find problematic as it doesn't quite hold up through modern eyes. Brenden leads the discussion and helps Bryan and Cori to notice some aspects that they haven't noticed before. We really had a great time discussing the good and the bad with this one and hope that you enjoy it to! So fill your candy pockets, hop on your old timey bike and make sure your robe is cinched tight for a heck of a good time! And yes, even if you are from Missourah.
Episode 36: Lisa the Vegetarian or a Ripping Lentil Soup Recipe
In this episode the family takes a look at a classic from Season 7, Lisa the Vegetarian. Bryan helps celebrate 700 episodes of The Simpsons by compiling a bunch of interesting facts about the show that just won't quit. Brenden is vindicated when he finds out that Matt Selman, one of the Simpson's producers, agrees with a stance Brenden took on the show a few episodes ago. Cori relives more childhood trauma surrounding petting zoos and they talk about what brought Paul and Linda McCartney to the show as well as the one change to the show that they helped institute. So grab a big bowl of gazpacho and fire up the grill because it's time for some more fun! Thank you as always for your support and don't forget to like and subscribe.
Episode 35: Stark Raving Dad
In this episode the Budnik-Scarupa Clan tackles this controversial episode, from Season 3. The family has an disagreement over a missed casting opportunity for Starlord from the Guardians of the Galaxy films and Bryan brings some rather interesting and weird tidbits about this episode. This episode has been increasingly difficult to find due it being pulled from syndication as well as streaming services. This is due to the involvement of Michael Jackson, after allegations against him surfaced after his death. The family has discussions on cancel culture as well as how they feel about the episode being pulled from circulation. That being said they decide to look at the episode first without considering the allegations and then take some time, near the end, to look at how many feel that the episode has been tainted due to these allegations. Please be advised that some may find these discussions disturbing, but we provide advance warning when these discussions begin, for those that may be sensitive to topics such as this.
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Episode 34: Mr. Plow or Yule Be Walking in Snow Shoes Yule Log
Returning guest Patrick Goatseay had one demand to appear on this episode, to bring back the Useless Weather Update. Well we heard him as well as many of you, and are happy to announce the return of Cailin to the show, to bring us our much missed weather and pollen update. Join the Budnik-Scarupa clan, along with family friend Patrick, as they go back to Season 4, to take a look at this winter themed classic, Mr. Plow. Find out who was originally meant to be Homer's rival as the Plow King as well as the real reason Adam West was brought in as a guest for this episode. Brenden gets a little confused about the use or non use of yule and the others set him straight. Patrick brings some fantastic insight into the breakdown and asks where that car that Crazy Vaclav was trying to sell, is actually from. Cori gives you some more true crime recommendations and helps the others to continue to confuse Brenden with dated references. So put on your winter jackets, dance the batusi and put it in "H" for a fun and engaging look at this fan favorite. Thank you as always for your support!
Episode 33: E My Sports or Email and Fight Me
In this episode the family takes a look and another more recent episode, from Season 30, E My Sports. This is no love fest as they breakdown this episode with a more critical eye than you are used to hearing. The episode is praised for it's attempts at trying something new and for it's realistic portrayal of the E Sports community but that might have left some gaps in other areas. Brenden is able to bring some expertise to a topic that Bryan and Cori know little about. So put on that headset, settle in to your favorite gaming chair and get ready for some great discussion. As always thank you for the support and don't forget to subscribe.
Episode 32: Podcast News or Hello Skarsgards
In this episode the Budnik/Scarupa Clan takes the show into unchartered territory, Season 32?!?!?! That's right The Simpsons is still making new episodes and we take a look at this episode that checks so many of Cori's likes. This episode has everything; Grandpa, True Crime podcasts, Karen and Georgia, Lisa and Marge bonding time, and yes even Skarsgards. So put down that shrimp from that shrimp tower and listen in as the family breaks down this recent episode.
Episode 31: Lisa on Ice or The Teeth Collectors
In this episode the Budnik/Scarupa clan tries something new as they welcome a special, virtual, guest Rich Budnik. Not only is Rich, Bryan's brother but he is a long time, die hard Simpsons lover (up to Season 13 that is) that brings a fresh voice and a lot of knowledge to the discussion of this absolute classic from season 6. Hear the brothers talk about some of their experiences growing up together through their shared love of hockey and The Simpsons. Cori brings up the horror of collecting baby teeth and Bryan is shocked to hear that this is more commonplace than he thought. Brenden give us a hot take on Snow Days and the rest of the gang regales him of stories of what life was like "back in my day." We might not be a regular Harvey Globetrotter but we do bring a lot of laughs, just watch out for the Shaq Attack! As always thank you for your support and don't forget to like and subscribe on Spotify, Stitcher, Apple and Google Podcasts or wherever you find your podcasts.
Episode 30: Grift of the Magi or In Conclusion, I Hate Furbys
Happy Holidays from the Budnik-Scarupa clan. It's still the holiday season in this Christmas themed episode from season 11, hear the family discuss the old adage of Die Hard being a Christmas film or not. Cori regales us with stories of "working" at Toys R Us back in the day. The family also discusses memories of their favorite gifts and so much more in this holiday themed episode. Thanks for coming along for the ride and don't forget to like and subscribe on Spotify, Apple and Google Podcasts, Stitcher or wherever you find your podcasts. Whatchu talkin' about everyone!!!
Episode 29: Marge Be Not Proud or More Clapping
In this episode we look at a Christmas classic from season 7: Marge Be Not Proud. We also discuss unwanted presents, creepy Santa pics, and the sporting event of the century known as Slippery Stairs. Cori continues her clapping to the annoyance of Bryan and threatens him to not edit them out, so sorry dear listener if they are annoying! We had a lot of fun on this episode and it shows by all of the laughter on this one. If you're, "Looking for excitement?!?!?!" You've come to the right place. Thank you as always for your support!
Episode 28: Sideshow Bob Roberts or ....And His Name Was St. Elmo's Fire
Fresh off the never ending 2020 Election season, the Budnik/Scarupa family brings you an election inspired episode from Season 6: Sideshow Bob Roberts. See one of the best political candidates of all time, no not the water cooler, Sideshow Bob, work his way to the top. Listen in as the family treads lightly on the politics but still finds similarities to this episode and this year's Presidential Election. We were so happy to take a look at another Bob episode and we would love for you to come along for the ride!
Episode 27: Treehouse of Horror III
Happy Halloween everyone! The SICTTASFP family brings you Cori's favorite Treehouse of Horror. This is one of the best from a doll set to evil, a King Kong parody and a great zombie spoof!!! Cori finds it odd that Treehouse of Horror episodes don't bring out her childhood traumas. The gang discusses all of the things that this great episodes parodies. The episode pretty much speaks for itself so listen up an enjoy!
Episode 26: Treehouse of Horror XX
The whole gang is back for this episode to start off the spooky season with a look at Treehouse of Horror XX. This episode contains an Alfred Hitchcock parody, a zombie story and lastly a Sweeney Todd influenced theatre production. With everyone being back that leads to the triumphant return of the Useless Weather Update. We also answer some viewer email, and recast 2 horror themed films. Come along for the ride and as always thank you for the support!
Episode 25: Mountain of Madness or Nancy Drew Schmancy Who
In this episode the Budnik/Scarupa clan takes a look at a quarantine inspired episode from Season 8, Mountain of Madness. Cailin sits this one out again but the rest of the family tells stories about their life during quarantine. Cori gets a little too close to some of the members of the Mickey Mouse Club, while giving us her take on what makes a children's book. Brenden feels alienated from some more "timely" references but shares his excitement over the upcoming release of the Playstation 5. Bryan tries his best to keep things on track but alas this train goes off the rails, once again. If you love the New Mickey Mouse Club (from the 90's) you'll love this episode! If you didn't like it, well listen anyways because you like The Simpsons, after all. If you don't like The Simpsons well that's ok listen to an entertaining and fun discussion! Thanks as always for your support and don't forget to give us a review, tell a friend and hit that subscribe button to be kept up to date on new episodes.
Episode 24: Lisa the Skeptic or Facts Schmacks
In this episode the Budnik/Scarupa family takes a look at the decades old battle of science vs. religion when they breakdown Lisa the Skeptic. Brenden takes one side in the discussion while Cori takes the other, and shares some experiences she has had with the spiritual world. Cailin sits this one out and it is too bad she did as there are many fantastic Moe lines in this one. Bryan leads the discussion on the status of certain outdated characters and if they should be retired or not. The family also mentions how this episode holds a mirror (and no not Cori's Romper Room Mirror) up to society and how it still holds true today. It may be 2020 but there is talk about Smashmouth and how the Heavenly Hills Mall looks oddly familiar. If you like what you hear tell a friend and don't forget to rate and subscribe. Thank you for the support!
Episode 23: Summer of 4 ft 2
In this episode the Budnik/Scarupa clan takes a look at this fantastic, Lisa-centric episode. Along the way they discuss a little bit of controversy in regards to some comments by Simpsons voice actor Harry Shearer as well as their feeling on cancel culture. Brenden wants our Inbox to be filled with middle finger emojis and Cailin tells of a story of tricking a substitute teacher. Bryan and Cori talk about stories of previous vacations and Cori teaches us that if you are going to try to reinvent yourself make sure that it is no more than a week. Bryan switches up the format a bit to try to get everyone more involved in the conversation, so feel free to tell us how we did! Thank you for your support and for checking us out!
Episode 22: Mayored to the Mob or Bad Decisions and Peppermint Schnapps
In this episode the whole family is back together again after some brief time away. Just in time (well a week late) for Comic Con they bring you a great one from Season 10 guest starring Mark Hamill. We answer some forgotten listener emails and Bryan talks about Mark Hamill's feelings on being asked to be on The Simpsons as well as a recap of the Simpsons panel from Comic Con at Home. Cori gets emotional saying goodbye to Regis but balances it out with some hilarious talk about Weekend at Bernies. Listen in as Cailin and Brenden are alienated from some conversation as Bryan and Cori talk about references from way before they were born. Cailin also tries to justify her love for Moe, once again. We really enjoyed recording this one for you and we hope you enjoy listening to it! Thank you for the support!
Episode 21: Homer at the Bat
It's summertime and what goes well with summer? Baseball of course! In this episode the gang decides to dive into this baseball themed episode from Season 3, Homer at the Bat. Cailin sits this one out so no Useless Weather Update, how will we survive without a pollen count? Bryan brings us a ton of behind the scenes information as well as how the creators were able to land all of these baseball greats in this classic episode. See if you can count how many times Jose Cancesco is mentioned, hint it's a lot! Find out what unexpected, real life place, Homer Simpson landed in, years after the creation of this episode. Listen in as Cori brings us another therapy session, with a baseball theme. Brenden does some more research for us and as always keeps us on our toes. So throw back some Nerve Tonic, throw on your cleats and don't forget to shave those side burns while you join us for this super sized episode. Don't forget to subscribe, write us a review and if you like the show, please tell a friend. As always thank you for the support!
Episode 20: Flaming Moe's
It's Cailin's turn to pick and to the surprise of no one she chooses a Moe-centric episode. This time we breakdown this absolute classic from Season 3. Brenden sits this episode out but Cori tries to pinch hit in his absence. The rest of the family reminisces about spending time at Moe's Tavern and drinking Flaming Moe's at Universal Studios. Cori calls her therapist again, at Cailin's request, and they discuss if Moe has any redeeming characteristics. Bryan provides an depth look at the creation of the episode including how Aerosmith got involved. Episode is available NOW on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher or wherever fine podcasts are found. Thanks for listening and for your support!
Episode 19: Homer's Phobia
In this episode the Budnik/Scarupa Family tries to celebrate the beginning of Pride month with this great episode, co starring John Waters, from Season 8, that helped Homer lesson the stigma around homosexual themes in Springfield. Listen in as the family discusses the importance of this episode as a television touchstone that helped, pave the way for a greater understanding and visibility of the LGBTQ movement within media. Cori continues her "therapy sessions" and Bryan introduces the family to the horror that is real life renderings of The Simpsons. Cailin argues for the freedom to eat where she wants and Brenden continues to share his love of all things Magic the Gathering. London also stopped in a few time, even though she refuses to come on mic, lol. This episode available now on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher and wherever fine podcasts are found.
PLEASE NOTE: This episode was recorded right as the reaction to the death of George Floyd was starting so yes his death was discussed, briefly, but not to the level that this subject deserves as it was all still unfolding at the time.
Episode 18: King Size Homer
In this episode the Budnik/Scarupa clan is back to tackle this episode from Season 7. Cori continues to wonder about Gigi Hadid and uses this episode to deal with some childhood trauma ("Hello therapist?"). Cailin tells an inadvertent Haiku during the Useless Weather Update and can't stop laughing at Cori. Bryan tries to hold everything together and mentions how Simpsons creator Bill Oakley finally admits that the show can tell the future. Brenden continues to question everything and is very excited to talk about the terrible idea of having children on a reality show. So grab your best rag on a stick and set up the drinking bird because it is time for a new episode!
Episode 17: Bart vs. Australia
We're back (even if it is a little delayed due to scheduling conflicts) and we are excited to bring our newest offering to you. In this episode we give one of our loyal listeners, Timothy, the opportunity to choose, and he did not disappoint in his selection of a classic from Season 6, Bart vs. Australia. Listen in as the family takes a look at this episode with current eyes to see if this episode holds up and if it should be seen as offensive to our friends from down under. Bryan gives us an update on the lawsuit by Alf Clausen and Cori is still trying to figure out who Giggi Hadid is. Cailin brings something new to the Useless Weather Update and where else are you going to hear conversation about Yahoo Serious in 2020? Listen to our newest episode now and thank you, as always, for the support!
Episode 16: Last Exit to Springfield
We're back with a classic from Season 4, Last Exit to Springfield. We answer a listener email. Bryan gives some updates on The Simpsons on Disney+ while Cori brings her love of nonsense, even if she did mute her mic for a bit. Brenden helps with some quotes and Cailin gives us yet another Useless Weather Update and and the ever important pollen update. Listen in to hear who the Producers originally had slated to be on the Smart Line panel as well as who they had in mind for the Dentist Dr. Wolfe. Thanks for listening and for the support!
Episode 15: Raging Abe Simpson and His Grumbling Grandson in "The Curse of the Flying Hellfish"
In this episode our gang starts off on a serious note, as they discuss how they are dealing with the early days of quarantine due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Get everyone's perspective on their feelings and surprisingly they aren't killing each other... yet. They discuss The Simpsons possibly joining the Marvel Universe as well as Simpsons writer and producer Bill Oakley's, response to the another Simpsons prediction. Cori says her goodbyes to an American Treasure. It's Cori's turn to choose again and she chooses a great one from episode from Season 7: Raging Abe Simpson and His Grumbling Grandson in "The Curse of the Flying Hellfish." Listen to all of Grampa Simpson's nonsensical ramblings in the action packed episode. Thank you for listening and stay inside, stay safe and be well!
Episode 14: Homer the Moe
We're not going to let COVID-19 get in our way to bring you our newest episode. Cailin has the reins for this one and she chose an episode from Season 13 featuring her favorite character, Moe. Find out which Simpsons cast member could be creeping on your Instagram. We've gone International as we welcome some new listeners to the podcast as well as discovering where you would end up if you dug a hole straight down. Cailin gives us some not so great weather advice, while Cori mentions some dread that can come from a 2020 Wolf Calendar, of all things. We might not have any gorilla concerts this time but we do have an update on Dean. This episode brought to you, as always, by Anchor. Thank you for your support!
Episode 13: A Star is Burns
Our previous episodes have some great moments but this one has a football in the groin. In this episode we welcome in our close family friend and fellow Simpsons aficionado Mr. Patrick Goatseay for a discussion about his pick from Season 6: A Star is Burns. Patrick comes in very well prepared to discuss this controversial episode, that Matt Groening refused to be associated with. Bryan discusses if The Simpsons may have predicted the future again and talks about misheard lyrics. Cori discusses a crooner that will be performing in front of gorillas as well as a celebrity that recently crashed a wedding. Brenden leads us through our Act 4 discussion as we discuss what we are excited about this week. Cailin brings us another Useless Weather Update with the all important pollen update and mentions a Con she is interested in going to, as long as she can figure out where it is. Stick around as the group has a great time listing off the many quotable lines, a deep dive on the making of the episode as well as the connection to the under appreciated animated show, The Critic, starring Jon Lovitz. We hope you have as much fun listening to it as we did recording it! As always thank you for your support!
Episode 12: 3 Men and a Comic book
The whole gang is back to discuss this week's episode, 3 Men and a Comic Book. They also welcome a very special guest; comic book aficionado, the host of The Devil's Due Podcast and long time friend, Mr. Carl Doody. Carl brings his expertise of comic book culture to the discussion to find parallels to the episode and real life. The gang discusses the changes to the comic book scene and the evolution of the Comic Shop. Cailin gives us another of her Useless Weather Updates as well as her newest Cosplay. Brenden learns to scale it back a bit and leads the gang through the fourth act. Cori adds some new shout outs, and some from beyond the grave, as well as providing an update on the family's cat Dean. Bryan tries to give a Tapped Out update before being interrupted and gives the latest in Simpson's news. They also talk about the Bartman phenomenon and tell an amusing story involving Cyclops. Stick around to hear them discuss another classic. Thank you as always for your support!
Episode 11: Lemon of Troy
When life gives you lemons you should listen to this week's episode Lemon of Troy. The kids sit this one out so Cori and Bryan are tasked with holding this one down. Cori gives us an update on Dean and Bryan finds a name for the Simpson's News segment as he discusses Hank Azaria's announcement that he is stepping down from playing Apu. He also discusses that the Simpson's might have predicted the future again as well a new guest voice that will be on a future episode. Cori sends out some more shout outs and breaks some sad news as they both find out about it at the same time. Stick around to hear them breakdown another classic episode with their usual wit and and humor.
Episode 10: Marge Vs. The Monorail
The family is back and they just didn't want to stop talking about this fan favorite picked by Brenden. He leads the episode break down this time, and can't hold it together by the shear mention of Bart's nickname "Hoju." They start the episode with some discussion on the fate of the show that just won't quit, 31 seasons and counting! However it appears that Fox is preparing for life without The Simpsons. Cori brings us some more "News and Views" and give us more listener shout outs including a few new celebrities. And who could forget about Cailin's "Useless Weather Update?" They also discuss the tragic Australian fires and have posted a series of links below for ways to help the cause. Bryan also provides a bunch of behind the scenes information about the making of the episode as well as some of Conan O'Brien's antics as a writer on the show, and some monorail facts. As always thank you for the support and for listening!
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Episode 9: Brother from Another Series
The drudgery that is Season 1 is now OVER!! In this episode the gang changes up the format and Cori chooses a doozey, Episode 16 from Season 8, A Brother from Another Series. Kelsey Grammer and David Hyde Pierce do what they do best, playing brothers, not as the Cranes but this time as the Terwilligers, Sideshow Bob and Cecil. Listen to our group as they breakdown yet another Sideshow Bob, diabolical scheme, but this time perhaps, Bob is innocent. The gang discusses their experiences over the holidays and Brenden mentions how things are, not quite the same as they used to be. Cori gives some shout outs to some celebrity listeners, while Cailin stays fairly quiet, but still reminds us that, "We're going to get sued!" Bryan brings us another Tapped out update, to the delight of everyone else, and even London makes another brief appearance (even it if was off mic). Listen in as Bryan and Cori toss up some salad and make some scrambled eggs through their discussion and feelings about Frasier and how it relates to this episode. Cori upped the ante and did her research for this one. She brought in some great behind the scenes tidbits and interesting facts about this episode from what many would call the heyday of The Simpsons. You don't want to miss this one! Thank you, as always, to our sponsor Anchor, and of course you for listening!
Episode 8: Krusty Gets Busted
In this episode the gang welcomes a very special guest, the family's oldest child, London. She's back from college and she makes her triumphant debut on the podcast. We learn about London's feelings on The Simpsons and she brings her unique perspective to the episode Krusty Gets Busted. We cut out the discussion about The Simpson's Tapped out in order to, FINALLY address some listener mail. Be a fly on the wall as we draw the curtain back on some of the inner workings of this wacky family. Hear the horror as they discuss the origins of Krusty the Clown and the joy of the addition of Kelsey Grammer to the show, and a surprise when it is revealed who was originally tapped to play Sideshow Bob. This will be the last episode from Season 1 as we switch the format after this one. This is a lengthy one, but we had a ton of fun recording, and hope that you'll have fun listening to it as well. Thank you, as always, for listening!
Episode 7: Life on the Fast Lane
In this episode the whole family is back together, again. For this one they take a look at another one from Season 1, Life on the Fast Lane. They discuss the importance of fostering relationships. Cori is excited as she discusses a new vaccine, Brenden is fed up with the constant mention of one of the "listeners" to the podcast. Bryan talks about the Thanksgiving update to the mobile game The Simpsons Tapped Out and Cailin is still worried about getting sued. Hear the kids feel alienated as Bryan and Cori make mention to references that are well before their time, can any one say, CONNIE CHUNG!!! Thanks for listening!
Episode 6: The Telltale Head
The Budnik-Scarupa Family is back from a wedding weekend several hours from home, Congratulations Rich and Amanda! They try to shake off the effects of the travel as they take a look at one of their favorite episodes from Season 1: The Telltale Head. Cailin sits this one out but, listen in as the rest of the family discusses how mob mentality rules Springfield, the role of religion in the show as well as a brief analysis of the cultural ramifications of Apu Nahasapeemapetilon. As always, a lot of fun discussions and witty banter between the group. Thanks for listening and for your support!
Episode 5: Moaning Lisa
In this episode we make a decision on the direction of the show. Cailin is still worried that we are "going to get sued," Bryan talks about the Halloween update for The Simpsons Tapped Out. Cori does a little more singing, and Brenden is being Brenden. Hey Brenden, what is that Twitter handle again? We also have some serious talk about anxiety and depression while discussing our newest episode, Moaning Lisa. If you are dealing with anxiety or depression please know that you are not alone and that there are many resources out there that can help. One such resource is https://feelingkindablue.org/ check it out for help and resources.
Episode 4: There's No Disgrace Like Home
The whole family is back again, but they switch things up a little bit. No Simpson's Tapped Out discussions this week so instead the kids play a game against each other and try to decide which Simpson's story lines are real and which ones are made up. Hear about some of the family's celebrity listeners that they alienate them almost immediately. Cherish the memories as they "Look at this photograph" with yet more singing all the while Cailin worries about getting sued. Stick around as they breakdown The Simpson's family classic, There's No Disgrace Like Home, from Season 1. Lastly weigh in on a potential new direction that the show may be heading in. Could we be nearing the end of Season 1? Brende sure hopes so! As always thanks for listening!
BONUS Episode: Treehouse of Horror
With Halloween quickly upon us we decided to switch things up and go off script a bit. For this episode we decided to jump ahead a bit to Season 2 and take a look at the first Treehouse of Horror episode. We have a lot of fun on this one and have a hard time finding anything wrong with this episode.
Not only that but we welcome our friends from the Bogeyman's Closet, Mike, Suzie and Maurice to help us out. Make sure to check out the links below to interact with them and to also check out their own podcast, The Bogeyman's Closet, where they have hilarious and frank discussion as well as reviews about all types of horror movies. You can find them on iTunes, Google Play and most places you find your podcasts.
*A quick aside, the audio quality is a little different than what we are accustomed to as we ran in to some technical difficulties with so many people involved, but we had so much fun on this one that we wanted to post it anyways. Enjoy!
Episode 3: Homer's Odyssey
Brenden couldn't join us for this one but listen to the rest of the gang keep the show on track as they breakdown Season 1 Episode 3: Homer's Odyssey. Bryan discusses the Cathulu update on the mobile game The Simpsons Tapped Out while Cori gives some breaking news about a Trump-Nickelback throw-down. Yes you read that right! We get an update on the family's cat, Dean, more banter between the family, and oddly enough, more singing. Join them as they breakdown the episode and have a lot of fun doing it!
Episode 2: Bart the Genius
The Budnik-Scarupa family is back with yet another episode. This time they tackle the 2nd episode of Season 1: Bart the Genius. Listen as they make connections to their time at school as they discuss the anxiety surrounding standardized tests. Bryan gives his thoughts about the end of the Krusty's Last Gap update on the mobile game The Simpsons Tapped Out. Cori discusses her top 5 TV show theme songs and expresses her concern over the family cat, Dean. Brenden and Cailin debate Bart's apology and much, much more. Thanks for giving us a listen!
Episode 1: Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire
In this first episode of So It's Come To This: A Simpson's Family Podcast, meet the Budnik Scarupa Family as they discuss the very first Simpson's episode released, way back in 1989. Along the way listen to Bryan (the dad) talk about his love of the mobile game The Simpsons: Tapped Out, while Cori (the mom) looks for other things to talk about. Listen to angsty teenager (Brenden) hate on everything Season 1 related but balance that out with the youngest (Cailin) and her optimistic attitude. Hear the gang discuss whether or not Die Hard is a Christmas movie and whether or not time is wasted going to school pageants. Stick around for their breakdown of the very first Simpsons episode and learn some little known facts about the show. You'll leave feeling like everybody knows your name!
So It's Come To This: A Simpson's Family Podcast (PREVIEW)
Meet the Budnik/Scarupa Family. The Dad, Bryan, tells you where the idea for this podcast came from and how he first came to hear of this little show called The Simpsons way back in 1990. The Mom, Cori, tells you about her love of nonsense and one ups Bryan as her interest goes all the way back to the Tracy Ulman Shorts. The Son, Brenden (16 years old), or the "Crazy One" as he refers to himself, tells us how his love of The Simpsons goes back to The Simpsons Video Game on the PS2. The Daughter, Cailin (12 years old), tells us that she is "kinda all over the place" and that she has been watching the show for as long as she can remember.
Listen as they set the tone and the structure for the podcast going forward. We learn more about this family unit and they discuss their favorite characters. Hear how they enthusiastically start this path towards viewing and analyzing The Simpson's episodes, starting with episode 1. There are over 700 episodes to look at so they hope to be at this for a while!