Episode Fact File: Walking Big & Tall

Hello fellow Tappers!

We just had a shiny NEW episode of The Simpsons! This Sunday Fox brought us Walking Big & Tall. Today I’ll analyze this episode with pictures, videos and facts, right after the jump!
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Walking Big & Tall

Episode Description: When Lisa learns Springfield’s anthem was stolen from another town she writes a replacement. Meanwhile, Homer learns the meaning of “Wide Pride”.

Episode Details: ‘Walking Big & Tall’ is the 13th episode of Season 26 as well as the 565th episode of The Simpsons. The episode will air on FOX on February 8, 2015 and is written by Michael Price.

COUCH GAG!:

People start to eat each Simpson off of a sushi plate that is sitting on a moving boat except for Homer who falls into the water and gets eaten by a fish after the boat flips over.

TITLE SCREEN!:

Cupid (Ralph Wiggum) shoots an arrow through the “o” in “Simpsons”, turning it into a heart.

EPISODE FACTS!:

  • The title of the episode is a possible reference to the 1973 American action Buford Pusser semi-biopic film Walking Tall. In 2004, a remake of the film was released, starring Dwayne Johnson.
  • Bart Simpson in one of the promotional screen is holding a Game Boy Advance, already appeared in 20×05 Dangerous Curves. Horatio McCallister, the Sea Captain, also had a Game Boy that is now beneath the sea, mentioned in the issue #13 of the comic “Bart Simpson’s Treehouse of Horror”, in the story “Gnaws”. Bart and lisa also played with a Game Boy in the episode 16×13 Mobile Homer.
  • On the list of things that never trended:
    • #BringBackLeno
    • #TappedOutWorkingProperly.

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  • Pharrell Williams starts to sing “Happy” before he is put on a horse and sent off.
  • Marge’s scrapbook website is called scrappedout.com, referencing The Simpsons: Tapped Out.

    scrappedout

    scrappedout

  • In the list of names Homer tells his friends they can’t call him:
    • Michelin Man
    • Papa Grande
    • Augustus Gloop from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
    • Blob Saget, referring to Bob Saget.
    • Manfred Manboobs, referring to Manfred Mann.
    • 21 Lump Street, referring to 21 Jump Street.
    • Harvey Milk Chocolate, is a reference to Harvey Milk.
    • Obese Want Canoli, referring to Obi-Wan Kenobi from Star Wars.
    • KFC and the Sponge Cake Band, referring to KC and the Sunshine Band.
    • The Foody Blues, referring to The Moody Blues.
  • Albert getting off his scooter references Jurassic Park.
  • One of the posters at Big is Beautiful is a diced up snake with the words “Put bread on me” below it, referencing the Don’t tread on me image from the revolutionary war.
  • Barts appearance in the final scene parodies Robocop.
  • When Marge points out that Albert never stands up,Homer points out that Charles Xavier from Marvel Comics never does this. Marge then points out that the character is paralysed (although he regained his ability to walk a few years back).
  • “Why Springfield, Why Not?” mentions that they finally outlawed snake whacking. (Whacking Day)
  • Bart mentions writing a song for Lisa’s birthday with Leon Kompowsky. (“Stark Raving Dad”)
  • The song references Hurricane Barbara. (“Hurricane Neddy”)
  • In the transitions from 30 years ago to the present, Rabbi Krustofsky disappears. He died in “Clown in the Dumps”.
  • At the end of the episode when time is advancing and Homer’s weight keeps changing, he wears his muumuu. (“King-Size Homer”)
  • Several of the people at town hall in the past appear as they did in other flashback episodes.
  • One of the scrapped lyrics from Bart and Lisa’s song referenced the shooting of Mr. Burns. (“Who Shot Mr. Burns?”)
  • In the scene set 30 years in the past, a young Seymour Skinner is seen wearing a sailor outfit. This outfit was mentioned in “Brother from the Same Planet”. Additionally this proves that “The Principal and the Pauper” is non-canon.
  • Hans Moleman was a previous mayor of Springfield approximately thirty years in the past but in “Duffless”, he says he’s 31 years old.
  • The quote on the banner ‘This Revolution will not be Televised’ is a reference to Gil Scott-Heron’s song “The Revolution will not be Televised”.

GOOFS!:

  • Bart loses his mouth for a second at the first seconds of “Why Springfield, Why Not?”.
  • Milhouse’s bowtie changes colour from black to red during “Why Springfield, Why Not?”.
  • When the camera pans over to Hans Moleman in town hall, Rainier Wolfcastle has the colors of Mr. Mackleberry.

SPECIAL GUEST!:

Pharrell Williams (born April 5, 1973), also known simply as Pharrell, is an American singer-songwriter, rapper, record producer, and fashion designer.

COUCH GAG!:

People start to eat each Simpson off of a sushi plate that is sitting on a moving boat except for Homer who falls into the water and gets eaten by a fish after the boat flips over.

TITLE SCREEN!:

Cupid (Ralph Wiggum) shoots an arrow through the “o” in “Simpsons”, turning it into a heart.

Promotional Images:

Episode Clips:

Previous Episode: The Musk Who Fell to Earth

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Next Episode: My Fare Lady

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That is all from this week’s Episode Fact File and I would like to thank WikiSimpsons for the information for this post and Nathan for the base design of it. The next post will be covering the episode ‘My Fare Lady’ until then, Happy Tapping everyone!


100px-fox_broadcasting_companyThis pictures and videos are from the “Walking Big & Tall” episode of FOX show The Simpsons. Their use is believed to qualify as fair use under United States copyright law.

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