At the A.V. Club, I review the latest episode of The Simpsons, which features a story about bedbugs worthy of the Treehouse of Horror, unfortunately interrupted by a character study of boring Reverend Lovejoy. An excerpt:
The montage of Springfieldians freaking out includes Moe roaming the streets and yelling “Bring out your bed!”, Salvation Army workers packing heat to ward off unwanted donations, and Ned Flanders being accosted and stripped of his wool sweater, which is thrown onto a bonfire. In a scene reminiscent of that cute old couple drowning together in bed in Titanic, Carl and Lenny hold hands while bedbugs fill up their hazmat suits.
Panicked, the townspeople congregate in church, where Lisa has some words of encouragement: “In the Middle Ages, people took refuge in church to escape the bubonic plague—but that made the bubonic plague spread faster!”