The Simpsons - Next-Level Nitpickery

Please try to enjoy this frame from a recent episode of the Simpsons:

That's right - it's a blue moon on the 17th of a month. Which is, of course, impossible, since a Blue Moon is the second full moon in a single calendar month.

Why am I so annoyed by this error? Because it's so obvious a mistake and so easy a fix. There's no reason for the wrong number to be there beyond a complete lack of attention and interest in doing a good job.

The worst part? This isn't even an attempt at a joke, like a 'Smarch' calendar, or having the observance for a weird fictional event show up on the calendar. It's just yet another example of the main characteristic of late-model Simpsons: the habit of everyone working there to simply say 'you know what? Good enough, I'm going home.'


Denise said...

While I see what you're saying, I think the important thing there is that they visit Grampa "once in a blue moon." It is what is commonly referred to as a "joke."

Vardulon said...

Technically the term is 'attempted joke'.

Anonymous said...

Just saw this episode and pointed out the error to my kids. I'm glad I'm not the only pedant:)

Anonymous said...

It was probably in Smarch.

Anonymous said...

Blue moon also refers to the 3rd full moon of a season with 4 full moons (we get one about every 3 years)