Could you please help me understand this bold sentence? Or rephrase it? It's difficult for me to understand this part of the sentence word by word. I think that the author says the Simpsons screenwriters were using something like deus ex machina to fix their plot holes.
It’s not incidental that all three of those examples involve Homer. Season 9 saw the show drop him into any situation on the flimsiest of pretenses. He flies to Cuba with Mr. Burns. He climbs the tallest mountain in the world. He crashes Moe’s car into a river to collect the insurance money, swims out from the depths, and then breaks out of jail. Those episodes don’t so much have plot holes as they do plot canyons, where things that make no sense are either studiously ignored or conjured out of nowhere to drag things to a resolution.