‘The Parent Rap’ is a really funny episode with a good set up, strong character moments, and some of the best one-liners and laugh out moments the show has done for years.
‘The Blunder Years’ is a really memorable episode that references iconic 80s coming of age films in a major way and manages to tie plots together smartly. It has big character moments for Homer, Burns and Smithers, and is the show at its ‘parody’ best.
Overall, this season was quite a strong return to form, feeling almost closer to the golden years of the early 90a where the episodes feel fresh and particularly characters focused, with changes to the character lasting long-term (i.e. Lisa’s religious journey that really launches here).
Really good stuff.
Rating = 4/5