Category Archives: Show

Episode 16 – Norwegian Government Collapse of Horror

It’s a spooktacular episode as we look at ‘Treehouse Of Horror’ and the collapse of the Norwegian Government. But don’t worry, we’ll still have time for digressions such as Brock not being canon, John Schwartzwelder’s ‘The Raven’, the Viking with the least threatening nickname and a horrible feeling of vu deja… https://media.blubrry.com/retrospecticus/p/dl.dropbox.com/s/igb4mn16bypm9u7/ep016.mp3Podcast: Play in new… Read More »

Episode 15 – Mikhail Gorbachev and Delilah

It’s a rather hirsute episode this week as we look at the Simpsons episode Simpson and Delilah, which features Homer acquiring a supply of Dimoxinil, growing a full head of hair and gaining a promotion eighties-style. We talk about his assistant Karl and the Simpsons first gay kiss (sort of). The episode first aired shortly… Read More »

Episode 14 – Transnistria Gets An F

Retrospecticus is BACK!!! It’s the start of season two and we’ve got “Bart Gets An ‘F’” and Transnistria to discuss. Along the way we take in our Christmas presents, camera angles in a cartoon, more Irish names than you can shake a stick it, the bad blood between the Moldovan Popular Front and the Popular… Read More »

The Flag Special

Hoist the colours for a very special episode! Garreth and Tom talk flags, both real world and Springfieldian. Along the way we’ll learn why it’s OK for ducks to be racist (sort of), get some tips on the practicalities of bondage, indulge in some more John Swartzwelder speculation and touch on a certain chemically-enriched cereal.… Read More »

Episode 12 – Krusty Gets the Singing Revolution

It’s a tongue twisting Retrospecticus this time, as Garreth discovers that “sideshow” and “slideshow” are a deadly combination in “Krusty Gets Busted”, and Tom tries to avoid Baltic names during The Singing Revolution. Plus: wacky early plans for Marge and Krusty, the least essential cultural artefact of the nineties, compound flags and the return of… Read More »

Episode 11 – The Crepes of Lothar de Maizière

It’s episode eleven of Retrospecticus, and we’re discussing Bart’s (first) trip to France in “The Crepes Of Wrath”. Tom tells the story of the election of the first democratically chosen East German prime minister, which hastened the end of the Cold War. We also tackle reds under the bed, laugh at Ian Maxton-Graham’s small automobile,… Read More »

Episode 10 – The Poll Tax Riot’s Night Out

This week on the show we discuss “Homer’s Night Out” and London’s Poll Tax Riots. Along the way we take in a schism in the world of international darts, a Simpsons character appearing in the flesh and whether or not anarchy was de riguer at the time (spoiler: it wasn’t). And after ten episodes, the… Read More »

Episode 9 – Imelda Marcos on the Fast Lane

This week on the show we discuss “Life on the Fast Lane”, an episode that sees Homer buy a bowling ball for himself as a Birthday present and Marge tempted by Jacques, a suave bowling coach with a French-ish accent. For the history we tell the story of Imelda Marcos, the former First Lady of… Read More »

Episode 8 – The Telltale Nicaraguan Election

This episode we talk about “The Telltale Head”, a Simpsons morality tale featuring bullying, stealing, terrible life advice and decapitation. For this history bit, we tell the story of the 1990 Nicaraguan election, the background of which contains revolution, counter revolution, hostage taking, dodgy CIA arms dealings, a highly successful literacy program and assassination with… Read More »

Episode 7 – Call of the Restoration of Diplomatic Relations Between the UK and Argentina

This week on the show we discuss Call of the Simpsons, the one where Homer buys an RV and eventually gets mistaken for Bigfoot. The discussion ends up meandering into a rant about Mr Blobby, so look out for that! For the history we talk about the UK and Argentina restoring diplomatic relations, but really… Read More »