Sunday's Rankings (5-3-2-1 scoring)
(1) The Simpsons ("The Color Yellow") - Best. Episode.
(2) The Cleveland Show ("The Curious Case of Jr. Working at The Stool") - Maddeningly inconsistent from week-to-week, this was one of those episodes that's given me false hope all season long. The younger Cleveland's subtle, meticulous sabotage of his father's life was a splendid array of sight gags – and for my money the non-alcoholic beer bit was better than the shaved 'stache gag. Not everything worked, as Madonna-bashing was played out 20 years ago and David Lynch's voiceover work as Gus the Bartender was awful, but then again, I'm guy that was laughing at Junior's fright-induced "moo", so what do I know?
(3) American Dad ("The Return of the Bling") - In an accidental bit of nice timing, this hockey-themed episode aired the same night as the United States vs. Canada Olympic hockey clash. According to ESPN.com's Bill Simmons (on Twitter) the U.S. win is the first time his "Stomach Punch" level of losing applied to an entire country. Speaking of things that don't make no damn sense: I've never seen any of the Lord of the Rings movies, so all the references were lost on me. And, is there a point to the "Reginald" character? He's written exactly the same as The Cleveland Show's "Rallo", but he's a koala bear. A "Ko-Rallo" Bear? A "Ko-Rallo" Bear! Feel free to use that.
MVP: Ian Maxtone-Graham and Billy Kimball…the writers for "The Color Yellow". For real, y'all…I could've had a half-dozen quotes of the night from that episode alone.
Quote of the Night: "Take it outside, Lassie. We've still got three 'Jackie Robinsons' and a 'Tuskegee Airman'. And, SO many 'Obamas'." - Groundskeeper Willie, backstage at Springfield Elementary's Black History Month pageant.
The Simpsons – 50
The Cleveland Show – 43
American Dad! – 30
Family Guy – 26