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The Simpsons "Teenage Mutant Milk-Caused Hurdles" Review - AVClub

AVClub: In the long history of Springfield’s questionable milk products, “Teenage Mutant Milk-Caused Hurdles’” introduction of Buzz Milk, a hormone-heavy milk-like beverage from the makers of Buzz Cola, might not be up to the comedy standards of malk, or Squeaky Farms Brand Genuine Animal Milk, but the product’s effect of bringing “precocious puberty” upon Bart and Lisa is also the catalyst for a surprisingly sweet, funny episode. The idea of everyone’s favorite perpetual ten and eight-year-olds getting a patchy ‘stache (Bart) and pimples (Lisa) could have opened the door for a lot of the cynically “risqué” jokes late-run Simpsons has been known to throw around. (Bart making “beer goggles” jokes to a lady pig puppet comes to mind). Instead, while the episode does suffer from a nondescript guest star and could use more time to fill out Bart and Lisa’s adventures in temporary teenager-dom, Joel H. Cohen’s script makes the kids’ confusion about their new state both character-appropriate and charming.

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