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King Leer 

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Homer and Marge attempt to reunite Moe with his troubled family.


Matt Groening (created by), James L. Brooks (developed by) | 4 more credits »





Episode complete credited cast:
Dan Castellaneta ... Homer Simpson / Barney Gumble (voice)
Julie Kavner ... Marge Simpson (voice)
Nancy Cartwright ... Bart Simpson (voice)
Yeardley Smith ... Lisa Simpson (voice)
Hank Azaria ... Moe Szyslak / Carl Carlson (voice)
Harry Shearer ... Dewey Largo / Lenny Leonard (voice)
Ray Liotta ... Morty Szyslak (voice)
Debi Mazar ... Minnie Szyslak (voice)
Jonathan Schmock ... Salesman (voice)
Pamela Hayden ... (voice)
Tress MacNeille ... (voice)
Chris Edgerly ... Marv Szyslak (voice)


Homer and Marge attempt to reunite Moe with his troubled family.

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Animation | Comedy


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Release Date:

15 April 2018 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


King Leer, seems to be a play on words, namely King Lear by William Shakespeare, which is a stage play about a King who is trying to divide his kingdom amongst his children. See more »


Homer's car disappears from Moe's Tavern's parking lot when Marge comes to pick him up. See more »


References The Godfather (1972) See more »


Dies Irae
Composed by Giuseppe Verdi
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Great episode for a great character.
17 April 2018 | by leolinsimpSee all my reviews

King Leer is a really great episode, one of the best this season. I really liked that they went more in-depth with Moe's family and that we finally get to see his father.

The first act was very much unrelated to Moe's plot and it was just about a single act thing that hasn't even been brought up further into the episode, something Selman usually does though. Its not an interesting plot and I don't like the thought of Marge imagening Bart doing horrible things using instruments. A single good joke where Bart says that music is only being made by computers, and I guess when Large comments that kids will suck at playing instruments anyway so it doesn't matter which they pick. Homer being tortured by Bart really seemed out of place, considering Homer can just punish Bart when he damages the violin or Marge could've stepped in when she sees what Bart has been doing. For some reason Homer has had no spine at all. The ''torturing'' scenes weren't so bad and I liked how this act ended with Homer being very upset that the violin caused his beer glass to break, and the way he reacts when he is finally ''free'' from the violins grip. I really liked Homer telling Marge that be's going to do to his brains what he just did to her dreams for Bart, which leaves a sad expression for Marge. So now this story is over and we don't get to see the results of the broken violin..

At least the real plot kicks in where it gets good. Its actually a bit unusual that the first act is the weakest. I liked Moe's talk and reaction on the phone and everyone thinking its one of Bart's prank calls. The drunk dog was also very funny and probably one of the episodes best gags. We finally see Moe's dad after a bit of tracking and he turns out to be a decent character, where for some reason the Szyslak family likes to hit each other with their shoes. I don't think they showed why Morty would call Moe, especially after them being disconnected for so long. Fun gag with the drunken dog returning. We get to see some backstory of Morty's mattress shops, really liked how they made these ads look old and how the kids are involved as actors. Good to see Moe holding honor after deciding not to release the bed bugs, with the little twist that the happily looking family is actually doing the exact same. Would've been fun to see how this same family is doing in the current time. Some good gags during the car ride with the kids asking about all the matress stores , and noticing that these shops are all over the palce when you really need one. The Marv and Minnie siblings brought in some extra dynamic for the Szyslak family, adding some some extra rivalry for Moe.

I like how Homer is holding his ''I told you so'' for so long in several scenes. Marge having bad ideas is not actually that uncommon in the show. A good gag with Homer not being able to tell anything good about Bart and wants to tell about Lisa instead. The Szyslak get back together with rewatching another ad which is apparently good enough for them. Then the final act has Moe beginning his own matress store after his dad retired, yet after the opening its all just about the rivalry with his siblings. I do like how they edited the footage of Moe's ad with badly edited corpses piled on each other. Loved the ending of Homer's own little ''I told you so'' arc. For some reason they added a quick scene of Homer throwing paint to Patty and Selma during the rivalry montage. Marge continues playing the voice of reason and gets Morty back to deal with his kids, I'd say the finals cenes were really good where Morty is actually proud of Moe almost releasing the bed bugs. And then having Moe hold his honor yet again, reminding himself that he doesn't want to go the Szyslak way.

The ending felt very abrupt though. Moe accidently releases the bed bugs, everyone runs out of the building and it just ends there. I would've liked to see an extra gag where Bart is working in the mattress store as punishment for breaking the violin, so that the first act plot kind of has an ending aswell. I'm not sure if Moe still owns a mattress store but I guess he gave it back since he's no longer interest to work with his family.

This episode did a really good job establishing Moe's family. The chemistry between the father and siblings is generally done really well. The story as a whole is alright with Moe trying to connect back to his family and taking over a store, but finding himself rivaling with his brother and sister. The jokes are on the lower side though, there were not so many good jokes to speak off. My favorites were the drunken dog and Homer holding himself from saying ''I told you so''. The first act is the weakest part of the episode and felt very disconnected from the main story, kinda reminiscent to a lot of Scully episodes where the main plot always starts in the 2nd act. I'm used to much better pacing from Selman episodes where he tries to cut stuff that would hold the episodes running time back for to long, most notably the absence of couch gags. Nonetheless its a good episode and one of the better in this season. A proper portrayal of Moe without him acting to sad or even suicidal.

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