| Season 14, Episode 4A|
|Original Airdate:|| October 25, 2010|
January 24, 2011
|Written by:|| David Steven Cohen|
Peter K. Hirsch
|Storyboard by:|| Elise Benoit|
"The Play's the Thing"
"The Great Lint Rush"
At the urging of author Neil Gaiman, Sue Ellen tries her hand at writing and illustrating a graphic novel. When Sue Ellen needs inspiration and encouragement, she turns to Neil - who pops up in unexpected places! - and to the philosophy lessons of her local falafel vendor!
The episode starts with Neil Gaiman speaking at a book signing. Afterwards, he signs everyone's books.
At the park after Binky leaves, Sue Ellen goes to get a falafel from a food stand and the man who works there talks about how some people are round like falafel sandwiches and some are pointy like pizza slices. This inspires Sue Ellen with a plot for her graphic novel: a war between circles and triangles. Circles were happy, bouncy and whole, while triangles liked arguing and having a point. How can they get along? When she gets writer's block, her "inner Neil Gaiman" shows up and gives her inspiration to keep going.
At first, her friends don't get it, but at the Sugar Bowl, inner-Neil tells her that she should not write for other people, but for herself, and that her friends would come around in time. After much writing and imagination throughout the episode, she is left with a great graphic novel that her friends enjoy.
- Neil Gaiman
- Sue Ellen
- Grandma Thora
- Jane Read
- David Read
- Tibble Twins (fantasy)
- Mr. Contabulous
- Buster Baxter (Mentioned)
- Sue Ellen's story bears much resemblance to Harry Nilsson's The Point!.
- In Sue Ellen's story, she started a chapter by saying "On a night with no moon...", then later in the chapter, she said "The moon reminded him that much in the world is circular...", though she just wrote that there was no moon.