I sure enjoyed both of those episodes! And plus, maybe it'd be easier if they tried using CDs or even digital audio files instead of records (as there'd be a much smaller risk of breakage or skipping!)
I love the contrast of the episodes. Dexter's problem was his own arrogance, while Jon's fate was in the hands of Garfield. Both Jon and Dexter found success as a direct result, but the paths differ as Dexter's was self defeating, while Jon's problem was always present with or without the record help.
Okay, but Milhouse is suppose to be the tormented character of the show. I did like A plot of the episode.
I just wished the crossover with Family Guy should have had Meg team with Milhouse than Lisa, as she turned out of character and became a brat to Meg after she found out that Meg is a better sax player than her.
I like Milhouse and all, but I really hated when they made him regress, agewise, and then it started to affect Bart. I can see him regressing into comfort zones because of his parents' divorce, kinda like how Flanders gets more radicalized once his wife dies and it's a coping mechanism. But I HATED that one episode where he saw the beginning of Finding Nemo and he didn't know that death existed. Come on. Bart probably showed him a crapton of horror and action movies.
That was back when the show was completely grounded with the occasional slightly cartoonish or characteristically unrealistic thrown in for good measure. The crayon in the brain thing was when the show was a parody of a parody of itself and constantly cartoonish and self aware. Plus, the mixed up self help tapes thing was the B story to a really good A plot where Milhouse is actually written like a character instead of a cartoonish loser.
Wasn't the crayon in the brain supposed to be kind of a retcon of the "Simpson Gene"? Never liked that revelation, as it implied that Bart would be doomed to failure throughout his adulthood, D-minus in American history be damned. And sure, Herb getting his half brother to design a car was a major lapse in judgment, but he at least bounced back with the baby translator. And let's not forget Abe's heroics in WWII.
The Simpsons is all about inconsistency, yet they managed to reference the Armin Tamsarian in another episode despite promising they wouldn't. But nothing infuriated me more than a recent-ish episode where they basically referenced the Kamp Krusty episode... without being arsed to actually watch the episode they were freaking referencing. NO! Sideshow Mel was not there. NO! Jimbo, Dolph, and Kearny were the aggressors, NOT the kids that wanted to leave. Seriously? Why make a follow up episode if you get even the most basic plot points of the episode, which could be described in 2 sentences, completely and utterly wrong? It's not even a weird, obscure episode that was collectively forgotten by even the die hardest fan, it's Kamp Krusty! It has merchandising and crap! I can take the several different inconsistent marriages between Homer and Marge. You kind of have to, it's a MAJOR detail in the movie. But don't crap all over one of the most memorable episodes because you want to make a follow up to something you couldn't be arsed to look up a Wikipedia article , let alone sit through a 20 minute cartoon during a break.
When I was younger, I had trouble sleeping because I had a ringing in my ears, so I used to listen to the radio on the lowest audible volume. Took me forever to get a station I liked. Anyway, one time it was on the soft rock station (same one that dentists use in their offices), and it was playing the pop ballad version of "A Whole New World" came on. While I was sleeping. So basically I had this weird-ass dream about Aladdin and a camel that was part piano that was flying away. Changed it to classic rock and never had that problem ever again.