I'm reading the book about the Simpsons, and don't understand what does the author want to say in this sentence.
'That episode, which had Rodney Dangerfield as the long lost son of Mr. Burns, also showcased the increasingly stupid and invincible nature of Homer. More than any previous year, Season 8 saw
Homer acting outrageously for the sake of being outrageous.
The third act of “Burns, Baby Burns” is Homer’s cartoonish efforts to stage a “phony kidnapping”, the purpose of which is to get Mr. Burns to admit he loves his son. It was the kind of frenetic scheme that sitcom characters have been doing since the days of I Love Lucy, but it wasn’t something Homer had done before.'
I suppose the author wants to say that Homer acting like not himself or maybe acting too far-fetched, but I'm not sure. What do you think?