I'm Dancing as Fat as I Can
|"I'm Dancing as Fat as I Can"|
|The Simpsons episode|
|Episode no.||Season 30|
|Directed by||Matthew Nastuk|
|Written by||Jane Becker|
|Original air date||February 10, 2019|
Ted Sarandos as himself
|Couch gag||The family arrive at the couch, where a heart shaped chocolate box is located, and fill the spot in it. Mr. Burns grabs Homer and tries to eat him, just to spit him out in disgust and Homer D'ohes.|
Bart phones Homer at night while at a sleepover because he has had enough of Milhouse's antics, but Homer refuses to go over. Another call comes in and Marge gets the news that her aunt Eunice is dying and that she must fly to visit her. Before leaving, Marge makes Homer promise to not watch the new season of Odder Stuff (a parody of Stranger Things) on Netflix without her.
Marge, Patty and Selma go to Eunice's house and Patty and Selma start deciding what they want to inherit, but Eunice finds out, gets mad, and smashes a lamp. While looking after Maggie, Bart and Lisa start watching Odder Stuff.
Ted Sarandos convinces Homer to watch it, but as he reaches the end of the season, Marge returns home and gets angry at him for breaking his promise. Meanwhile, Krusty hosts an essay-writing contest called Hello Krusty's: Krusty's Toy Trample!, with the prize being a five-minute dash in his toy store, after which the winner gets to the toys they looted.
Homer has a nightmare, finding himself trapped in vines in the underworld. He asks for Reverend Lovejoy's help but, because Homer spoiled the ending of The Crown, Lovejoy sends him to Hell. Ted Sarandos offers Homer advice, telling him that Marge loves watching dance shows.
Following this advice, Homer goes to the 'Some of That Jazz' dance studio to start learning to dance. His instructor Julia has trouble teaching him, so she calls in Sweet Sal, a much tougher instructor. As a cover story, Homer tells Marge each night that he is going to Moe's Tavern.
One night, Marge doubts Homer's story, and tells him to sleep on the couch. Bart, Milhouse and Ralph Wiggum are announced as the finalists at the Toy Trample. The contest is close between Bart and Milhouse, but in the end Ralph wins by grabbing both of their carts.
Homer invites Marge out, saying he'll make it all clear at The Snow Ballroom, and they reconcile by dancing together. Ralph gives Lisa a toy pony, as a thank you for writing his essay for the Toy Trample.
During its first broadcast, the episode attracted 1.75 million viewers with a 3 share.
This episode was the first episode to have fewer than two million viewers. However, the audience for this episode may have been impacted by the simultaneous broadcast, on CBS, of the 61st Grammy Awards ceremony.
Dennis Perkins of The A.V. Club gave the episode a B-, stating "'I'm Dancing As Fat As I Can' works refreshingly well otherwise, as long as the episode sticks to the story it’s designed to tell...The episode is written by Simpsons first-timer Jane Becker, who's got some Rick And Morty under her belt, and who exhibits a promising understanding of what makes a Marge and Homer story tick, something that’s a lot trickier than it looks."
Tony Sokol of Den of Geek gave the episode 3 out of 5 stars, stating "The issue of binge-watch bonding is a deeply personal one, and Lisa's very moving reaction to her parents having a moment is very effective. But we've seen it before, just a few weeks ago. One of the best things about Marge and Homer's marriage is that it is constantly on the verge of collapse. This offers a multitude of opportunities for redemption, something Homer usually does with a grand gesture. Some of his grand gestures have been completely accidental, such as when he landed at Marge's feet in a hail of roses. Homer studies hard to make this particular gesture. It is a true work out that works out. Things didn't always work out for the Simpsons even in their happiest of endings and I miss the ambiguity."
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- Perkins, Dennis. "Netflix proves the near-final straw for Marge on a sweet Simpsons". Retrieved 2 February 2019.
- Sokol, Tony. "The Simpsons Season 30 Episode 13 Review: I'm Dancing as Fat as I Can". Retrieved 16 May 2019.