"How I Spent My Strummer Vacation" is the second episode of the fourteenth season of the American animated television series The Simpsons. It first aired on the Fox network in the United States on November 10, 2002. It was intended to be the season premiere, but "Treehouse of Horror XIII" was moved ahead for Halloween.
This episode was heavily promoted due to its list of high-profile guest stars, and is the last episode written by Mike Scully. Production-wise, this episode is also the last to use traditional cel animation. Three weeks later, "Helter Shelter" became the last traditional cel-animated episode to air.
The performers, feeling sorry about their actions, offer Homer an opportunity to perform at another benefit concert (for the victims of the recently messed-up gig), but he declines and prefers to perform at home instead. However, at the end of the episode, he replaces his car with the big devil's head (given to him by the band) using it to take Bart and Lisa to school. Principal Skinner tells Homer that he is not allowed to stop his car in the school bus zone. In retaliation, Homer activates the devil's fire breath, burning off Skinner's clothes, much to the delight of the kids.
The cab videotaping Homer is a parody of Taxicab Confessions. The title of the episode is a play on words, referencing Joe Strummer of The Clash; in something of an unfortunate coincidence, Strummer would succumb to a sudden, fatal heart attack just one month after the episode's original airdate. The couch gag is a visual pun of the slang term "jump the shark", which describes when a TV show has reached its creative peak and is slowly declining in quality.
The same year, writers of Entertainment Weekly listed it as the twenty-second best Simpsons episode of all time. They elaborated that "You've gotta admire a show that lands the greatest names in rock and then gives them as much respect as a brown M&M. [...] While rockers have always shone in 'Simpsons' solos, the Stones so giddily mock their hall-of-fame status it makes "Strummer" the series' Woodstock: a classic-rock show even Disco Stu could get behind."
Robert Canning of IGN in a Flashback Review gave the episode an 8.6 saying it was "Great" and also stated "In a season that I generally see as ho-hum ("Pray Anything" is the only other episode I rate highly), "How I Spent My Strummer Vacation" simply rocks". In 2007, Simon Crerar of The Times listed Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Elvis Costello and Lenny Kravitz's performances among the thirty-three funniest cameos in the history of the show.
I never watch intervention for some reason I watched the Katie episode it was so sad. I was really happen when they showed her at the rehab. It was sad hear that she relapsed again. I wish her well. Wilkes Barre is out of hand and has been for a while.
Such a beautiful girl. Such a sad story. However I think in some sense the unique context of this episode is important. Regardless of being lovely, talented, intelligent, had a family that loved her and NO childhood traumas, she -still- managed to go down this road. It just shows nobody is exempt from addiction regardless of your background.
The smirk. I felt hope and then I saw the smirk when she agreed to go. I watch Intervention frequently, but had somehow missed this episode. I wonder if Katie has subsequently passed away since these posts or if She well. I wonder if the sisters and samilybahave found some peace with Al-non or the like. Anyway, Prayers.
As someone with major depressive disorder all I can say is I would bet my next months paycheck that Katie has it and as so many others on here have said, BPD. I also want to point out that in so many of these episodes the families will say they do not get why she started using, while they are drinking alcohol and smoking cigarettes. According to a HArvard MIT study about 5-8 years ago Alcohol is far and away the most destructive drug on Earth.
This season featured the 200th episode. This episode was extremely controversial as it focused around the prophet Muhammad. "200" and "201" were eventually censored and are no longer available for streaming on South Park Studios. It also revealed that Cartman's true father is Jack Tenorman, father of Scott Tenorman.
Snakes Are Misunderstood... We Have an Understanding NowEpisode InformationVersionUnited StatesSeasonFijiEpisode Number2/15 (202)Original ReleaseFebruary 15, 2007Viewership (in Millions)16.08Ratings/Share (18-49)5.6/15Episode ChronologyPrevious"Something Cruel Is About to Happen... Real Soon"Next"This Is Not Survival... It's a Thrival"SubpagesTranscriptGallerySnakes Are Misunderstood... We Have an Understanding Now is the second episode of Survivor: Fiji. 041b061a72