Episode Fact File: Mathlete’s Feat

Hello fellow athletes!

We just had a brand NEW episode of The Simpsons. On Sunday, May 17, 2015, Fox aired an episode called “Mathlete’s Feat”. It was the 22nd episode of Season 26, it’s Season Finale, and the 574th episode to date. This Episode Fact File will recap the episode with pictures, video clips and more. Get the scoop right after the jump!
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Mathlete’s Feat

Episode Description: 

When a modernized Springfield Elementary has a technical meltdown, Lisa transforms it into a Waldorf school. Meanwhile, Groundskeeper Willie becomes the coach of the mathletes. Lisa and other kids on the Springfield Elementary Mathlympics Team compete against Waverly Hills Elementary… Springfield has a natural genius… who uses ancient techniques to compute geometric figures… [and] helps the Mathletes.

Episode Details: ‘Mathlete’s Feat’ is the 22nd episode and Season Finale of Season 26 as well as the 574th episode of The Simpsons. The episode aired on FOX on May 17, 2015 and was written by Michael Price.

PLOT!:

The Springfield Elementary School Math team is competing against Waverly Hills Elementary’s math team, in an event organized by Benjamin, Doug and Gary. Lisa yells their poor school will surprise them all, which they do…by scoring no points at all. This makes her sad, because Waverly Hills Elementary is much richer than Springfield Elementary. Seeing Lisa’s sadness, the nerds decide to modernize Springfield Elementary School by giving each student a tablet connected to a school network, replacing the blackboards with a giant touch screen device, and even making a 3D printing lab.

Since all books are now digital, Principal Skinner decides to burn the “old” paper books. But when the students discover the password to get outside the school’s network, a meltdown in the server breaks every single digital device in the school. As all the paper books were destroyed, the teachers have nothing they can use to teach the students. Miss Hoover shows a movie on her cellphone, but Lisa can’t see it because other students are blocking her view. Unable to see the movie, she looks out the window and sees Groundskeeper Willie using a rope with some equally spaced knots to measure some grass patches. This gives Lisa the idea to turn the school into a Waldorf school, based on hands-on activities and creative play.

All the kids like the new system, and Willie is promoted to math team coach. While teaching the math team, Willie sees Superintendent Chalmers is abusing his services and tries to chase him down. During the chase, Bart throws an egg and hits Chalmers in the head, making him crash his car into a tree. Surprised by Bart’s capacity of calculating angles, Willie invites Bart to be the new math team captain. Later, the Waverly Hills Elementary and Springfield Elementary math teams have a rematch, but Bart didn’t know there would be math (even with Lisa saying there would be nothing but math). The new score is more balanced (29-29), even with Bart answering some questions wrong, but nobody knows how to answer the last question: in a M shaped figure, the competitors have to draw three straight lines to form 9 non-overlapping triangles. That’s when Bart remembers the “M” shaped hair on Homer’s head and finds out the solution to the problem, leading the Springfield Elementary’s Math Team to win the competition.

PRODUCTION!:

On September 26, 2014; while in a conference in the Science Museum of London, Al Jean told that there would be a future episode with the following plot: “It will have Lisa on a math team and features “the most complicated math jokes we [The Simpsons crew] can think of.”

RECEPTION!:

The episode received a 1.3 rating and was watched by a total of 2.82 million people. Dennis Perkins of The A.V. Club gave the episode a D, saying “as the final act of ‘Mathlete’s Feat’, the final episode of the 26th season of The Simpsons went to commercial, I was genuinely pissed at how disjointed, lazy, and downright lousy this season finale was.”

TIE-IN!: A tie-in for The Simpsons: Tapped Out has been released, with Anti-Gutenberg 3000, Holo-Flag and Waverly Hills Elementary.

THE ITEMS IN THE EPISODE:!

TITLE SCREEN!: Willie flies over the screen with a leaf blower.

COUCH GAG:! “Rick and Morty” couch gag.
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As the Simpsons sit on their couch a flying saucer piloted by Rick and Morty crashes into the Simpsons’ living room, liquefying all of them. After panicking, Rick takes a sample of the Simpsons and hands it along with a framed photo to Morty. He opens a portal to an alien marketplace where Morty will be able to get the Simpsons cloned to replace the ones they killed.

While Morty is ordering the clones, Rick steals various items from the Simpsons’ house, including Marge’s jewellery, Homer’s beer and Lisa’s saxophone. When Ned Flanders arrives on the scene Rick shoots him with a freeze ray.

Morty returns with the egg sacs containing the cloned Simpsons. On turning the house’s thermostat to 110 degrees the sacs begin to hatch, revealing mutant Simpsons-Rick hybrids. Rick notes that he shouldn’t have cleaned the test tube with his saliva, and he and Morty leave. Flanders shatters, and Bart moans, “No more guest animators, man!”.

  • It features a crossover with the Adult Swim animated series, Rick and Morty.
  • There are several references to Futurama in the portal Morty travels through.
    • The Planet Express ship flies away in the sky.
    • Slurm appears. Slurm is a popular drink in the Futurama world.
    • A Futurama style human is seen with a Brain Slug.
  • Kang and Kodos appear.
  • Things stolen by Rick that appears in the bag:
    • Bobo (“Rosebud”)
    • Killer Krusty Doll (“Treehouse of Horror III”)
    • Madam Bunny (“The Man in the Blue Flannel Pants”)
    • Happy Little Elf (“Scary Movie”)
    • Lisa’s sax
    • Bart’s skateboard and slingshot.

EPISODE FACTS!:

  • The episode name is a reference to the fungal skin infection athlete’s foot.
  • Benjamin, Gary and Doug, Homer’s nerd friends from Springfield University appear. (“Homer Goes to College”)
  • The clips the kids view on their Mypads use stock footage from previous episodes:
    • Joyce pulling off Sideshow Bob/Walt Warren’s face. (“The Bob Next Door”)
    • Wayne Slater training. (“The Falcon and the D’ohman”)
    • The Stradivarius Cain movie. (“The Spy Who Learned Me”)
    • The nude British scene from “Love Is a Many-Splintered Thing”.
  • The taxi Nelson arrives in at the beginning is driven by Slava. (“The Fabulous Faker Boy”)
  • Rick mentions that The Simpsons did a episode that George Bush was their neighbor (“Two Bad Neighbors”).
  • When Willie says his (pointed) hat is not a “sorting hat” he is referring to the hat in Harry Potter that tells new students to which House they are assigned. Willie then animates his hat to act like a sorting hat and spit out the name of a school.
  • The math joke seen on the board (√-1 2^3 Σπ) means “i 8 sum pi” (I ate some pie).
  • The film that introduces Springfield Elementary at the math competition is produced by Chalmskin Productions, introduced in Any Given Sundance, and last seen in Blazed and Confused.
  • Skinner burns a cart of books in a book burning machine called the “Anti-Gutenberg 3000”, the machine has a temperature display that says 451 degrees. This is a reference to the novel Fahrenheit 451, which is about a dystopian future where all books are burned, along with the houses they are kept in. The name Gutenburg is a reference to Johannes Gutenburg, the man who invented the printing press.
  • Despite Bart seemingly replacing Database as team captain, Cosine is the one not present at the last competition.
  • The BHO Now app that Nelson used is a parody of HBO Now.
    • He’s watching a parody of HBO’s Game of Thrones on it.

SPECIAL GUEST!: Justin Roiland

Promotional Images:

Episode Clips:

All videos were privated by Fox.

Previous Episode: Bull-E

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Next Episode: Every Man’s Dream (Season 27 Premiere)

That is all from this weeks Episode Fact File and I would like to thank WikiSimpsons for the information for this post and Nathan for the base design of it. Thanks for following us through this season and we’ll see you next season for more Episode Fact Files until then, Happy Tapping everyone!


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

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2 thoughts on “Episode Fact File: Mathlete’s Feat

  1. Boring trivia fact for the day: Not sure if you guys from outside the US know this or not, but over here “Mathletes” is a common term used in schools, especially elementary. I know the original pun is based on “Athlete’s feet,” but there is a double pun with the use of the term “Mathletes.” Mathletes is often used for a school club of high achieving Math students (Math + Athlete). I know, ho hum & yawn… 😝

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