Black Eyed, Please
Homer invites himself to Ned Flanders's house for breakfast and finds Ned's beatnik parents there. Flanders begins to feel uneasy when his parents begin to take a liking to Homer rather than him. After a morning jog, Ned comes home to find Homer and his parents smoking "medicinal" marijuana and watching TV. Flanders becomes so enraged he punches Homer in the face, giving him a black eye. Homer is furious at Ned, who does not know what he has to do in order to be excused. Ned eventually finds a solution in the Bible ("an eye for an eye"), and encourages Homer to punch him in order to make them even. However, Homer refuses to punch him, citing that he is the bigger man by not punching Ned and brags about it, causing Ned to punch Homer's other uninjured eye.
Meanwhile, Lisa learns that Ms. Hoover has taken leave due to a bout of severe depression, and the class gets another teacher, Mrs. Cantwell. Cantwell takes a liking to everyone in the class except for Lisa, whom she bullies by giving her below-average grades and taking the paper cutout joeys off the kangaroo-themed "good behavior" board. Homer and Marge try to get Principal Skinner to do something, but the bullying worsens. Homer eventually finds a solution to Lisa's dilemma and Ned's own: he will accept Ned's apology if his wife Mrs. Krabappel gives advice on how to get rid of the bullying teacher. Edna says the only way is the "nuclear option" - which means putting Bart in Cantwell's class. When Cantwell leaves to go to the bathroom, Bart brings chaos to the classroom and then shows Cantwell a compromising video of herself in the bathroom cursing Lisa and tells her he posted it online. The plan works in getting Cantwell to leave, but it does not get Cantwell to like Lisa. When Lisa tries to catch up to Cantwell before she drives off, Cantwell rants that pretty girls like Lisa have it easier than girls like Ms. Cantwell, who have to use their brains to get by in life. Lisa is ecstatic that Ms. Cantwell considers her pretty -- even after Cantwell splatters mud on her as she drives off.
The story ends with Homer having a barbecue with Ned and his parents and Ned's father revealing to Marge that he got Homer and Ned to be nice to each other by slipping marijuana in their food.
Robert David Sullivan of The A. V. Club gave the episode a C, saying that although the stories were "not bad", the script was filled out with "an unforgivable number of hacky jokes". Rob H. Dawson of TV Equals praised the "long, absurd riff on sports announcers" and wished that its silly tone could have been present throughout the episode.
The episode received a 2.2 in the 18-49 demographic and was watched by a total of 4.85 million viewers. This made it the second most-watched show on Fox's Animation Domination line up that night, beating American Dad!, The Cleveland Show and Bob's Burgers but losing out to Family Guy with 5.27 million.
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- "The Simpsons Season 24 Review "Black-Eyed, Please"". TV Equals. Retrieved 2013-03-12.
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