[As you probably already know, starting on Thursday, August 21, FXX is running the Every Simpsons Ever Marathon, running through all 552 episodes of "The Simpsons," plus "The Simpsons Movie." To aid in your viewing process, Team HitFix is selecting our favorite episodes from each day, plus an episode or two that you can skip and use as a bathroom or nap break.]
Day 4 of FXX's Every Simpsons Ever Marathon really is where the show hits its peak. It's possible that it can't equal the heights of Day 2 and Day 3, but there's a depth to the episodes between "Round Springfield" and "Grade School Confidential" that no other day can top.
How good is this day? I even like the big Abe episode, "Raging Abe Simpson and His Grumbling Grandson in 'The Curse of the Flying Hellfish.'"
How good is this day? We didn't even consider "Homer vs. the Eighteenth Amendment" and it includes the immortal line, "To alcohol! The cause of, and solution to, all of life's problems."
And we considered, but didn't write up "Homer's Phobia," with John Waters in one of the show's best guest vocal turns.
And nobody even mentioned "El Viaje Misterioso de Nuestro Jomer (The Mysterious Voyage of Homer)" even though Homer's Guatemalan insanity pepper hallucination is an aesthetic highlight.
It's so good that we even let Drew write up a third favorite, because otherwise "Lisa the Vegetarian" wasn't gonna make our recommendations and that would have been sad, though his blurb doesn't mention any of my three favorite lines from that episode, which only goes to show how many great episodes are in Day 4 and how many great lines there are in some of these episodes.
But don't worry. We still found at least one episode for you to skip if you want to nap.
Check out our recommendations for Day 4 and chime in with your own favorites...