The Simpsons 13th season was released in the United States August 24 on DVD and Blu-ray. The four-disc box set contains 22 episodes and features character Ralph Wiggum on its cover. Fans should watch for potential holiday Simpson merchandise deals, primarily on Cyber Monday.
The Simpsons 13th season episodes originally aired on Fox from November 2001-May 2002. At that time the show was facing brutal competition from other animated series like South Park and Family Guy. To counter this, Simpson creators produced what I believe is the show’s greatest season.
Although each Simpson episode in Season 13 is very well done, there are six that I believe stand out. Here they are in order of original air date, along with a brief synopsis of each.
“Brawl in the Family” (1/6/02)
The entire Simpson family is arrested in a Monopoly match gone wrong. They quickly bond under the guidance of a social worker. However, this is abruptly halted when a woman appears from Las Vegas claiming to be Homer’s wife. He must find a way to get rid of her and win his family back.
“Jaws Wired Shut” (1/27/02)
Homer smashes face-first into the fist of boxer Dredrick Tatum’s statue. This breaks his jaw and forces it to be wired shut. While not being able to speak, Homer learns to listen and becomes a calmer person. Strangely, Marge can’t adjust to the new harmonious atmosphere that this creates.
“The Bart Wants what it Wants” (2/17/02)
Bart begins dating the daughter of actor Rainer Wolfcastle. When they break up she tries making Bart jealous by faking a crush on Milhouse. The entire Simpson family goes with Bart to Toronto, following her and Milhouse to Wolfcastle’s movie set. Simpson creators included several friendly jabs here towards our neighbors to the north.
“Blame it on Lisa” (3/31/02)
The Simpson family goes to Rio de Janeiro to check up on an orphan Lisa has sponsored. In this episode, Brazil is portrayed using hilarious stereotypes of the country and other South American nations. This includes Homer being kidnapped for a large ransom. The Simpson creators actually faced some backlash from Brazil following this episode.
“I am Furious Yellow” (4/28/02)
Bart creates the Internet cartoon “Angry Dad” and bases it on Homer. Eventually Homer changes his demeanor and becomes more relaxed. However, this leads to an epic fit of rage when Bart sets him up to gain more material. Homer learns that bottling up all of his anger is unhealthy.
“The Sweetest Apu” (5/5/02)
Homer arrives at the Kwik-E-Mart to find owner Apu cheating on his wife. Later Apu’s wife Manjula also discovers his cheating and kicks him out of the house. The Simpsons invite Apu and Manjula over for dinner as a stunt to get them back together. The plan works, but only after Manjula makes Apu finish a list of incredible tasks to prove his love.
Those looking for Simpson gifts should watch for holiday deals on Simpson DVDs and Simpson merchandise. This includes DVD and Blu-ray seasons as well as the Simpsons Movie and Simpson toys. Many stores offer Black Friday specials and Simpson Cyber Monday deals.
Stores like Amazon and Best Buy are some of the best places to check online for Cyber Monday deals on Simpson merchandise.