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The Road to Cincinnati

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"The Road to Cincinnati"
The Simpsons episode
Episode no.Season 32
Episode 8
Directed byMatthew Nastuk
Written byJeff Westbrook
Production codeZABF20
Original air dateNovember 29, 2020 (2020-11-29)
Guest appearance(s)
  • Jason Bateman as himself
  • Hannibal Buress as Finch
Episode features
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"The Road to Cincinnati" is the eighth episode of the thirty-second season of the American animated sitcom The Simpsons, and the 692th overall. It aired in the United States on Fox on November 29, 2020.[1] The episode was directed by Matthew Nastuk,[2] and written by Jeff Westbrook.[3]

Hannibal Buress guest-stars as Principal Finch and Jason Bateman appeared as himself.

The episode featured Superintendent Chalmers and Principal Skinner going in Cincinnati. It received mixed reviews and was watched live in the United States by 1.63 million viewers.

Plot[edit]

When Superintendent Chalmers is selected to give the keynote speech at an administrator's convention in Cincinnati, Principal Skinner takes some advice from Bart and replaces favored Principal Finch as his superior's plus-one, hoping he can get to know Chalmers better during their 800-mile journey to get there.

Production[edit]

Casting[edit]

Hannibal Buress guest-stars in the episode as Principal Finch and Jason Bateman appeared as himself.[1]

Release[edit]

The episode was originally scheduled to air on November 8, 2020,[4] however, due to being preempted by "The 7 Beer Itch", which was preempted by "Treehouse of Horror XXXI", which was preempted by game seven of the 2020 National League Championship Series, the episode was rescheduled to air on November 29, 2020.[1]

Reception[edit]

Viewing figures[edit]

In the United States, the episode was watched live by 1.63 million viewers.[5]

Critical response[edit]

Tony Sokol with Den of Geek said, "As god as my witness, I thought turkeys could fly, and believe one of the good things about choosing Cincinnati as the setting is the excuse to hear the two WKRP in Cincinnati theme songs. Sadly, that’s a highlight of a fairly lame trip. This is what remote learning does to The Simpsons. “The Road to Cincinnati” is paved with too many good intentions. The Springfield faculty gets to get out of town but ultimately there’s nowhere to go but Cincinnati." He also gave the episode three out of five stars.[6]

Jesse Bereta with Bubbleblabber said, "The most exciting thing to come out of this episode was that it allowed the supporting characters the full run-time to tell their story. We have become accustomed to two-plot episodes that feature characters like these having their adventure whilst something else is occurring in the Simpsons home. Not surprisingly, this was preferable." Bubbleblabber's Review System gave the episode score 9/10.[7]

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "(SI-3120) "The Road to Cincinnati"". The Futon Critic. November 4, 2020. Retrieved November 5, 2020.
  2. @AlJean (May 4, 2020). "Matthew Nastuk" (Tweet). Retrieved October 15, 2020 – via Twitter.
  3. @AlJean (November 18, 2019). "Jeff Westbrook" (Tweet). Retrieved October 15, 2020 – via Twitter.
  4. "(SI-3120) "The Road to Cincinnati"". The Futon Critic. October 15, 2020. Retrieved October 15, 2020.
  5. Metcalf, Mitch (December 2, 2020). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Sunday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 11.29.2020". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved December 2, 2020.
  6. "The Simpsons Season 32 Episode 8 Review: The Road to Cincinnati". Den of Geek. 2020-11-30. Retrieved 2021-01-11.
  7. "Review: The Simpsons "The Road to Cincinnati" | Bubbleblabber". www.bubbleblabber.com. Retrieved 2021-01-13.


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