Episode Fact File: Puffless

The new season of The Simpsons just started and this Sunday, October 11, 2015, Fox aired “Puffless”, the 3rd episode of Season 27, and the 577th 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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Puffless

Episode Description:

Upon learning that their father really died of lung cancer, Selma and Patty agree to quit smoking. When Selma relapses, an angry Patty moves in with Marge and Homer.

Episode Details: ‘Puffless’ is the 3rd episode of Season 27 as well as the 577th episode of The Simpsons. The episode aired on FOX on October 11, 2015 and is written by J. Stewart Burns and directed by Rob Oliver with Al Jean as the show runner.

PLOT!:

Homer, Bart, Lisa, Maggie and Grampa are watching television when Marge turns off the TV and tells them that it’s her mother’s 80th birthday and the family should visit her, but Homer doesn’t want to go, claiming that the Bouviers hate him, but he ends up going anyway. At Jacqueline‘s house, she reveals that her husband, Clancy, died because of lung cancer. This information shocks Patty and Selma, who decide to quit smoking once for all.

At the DMV, Patty realizes how hard it is to quit smoking after years of addiction and having a stroke. She also realizes that Selma is not affected by the sudden change of habits and decides to consult Dr. Hibbert. At the hospital, Patty discovers that Selma relapsed 10 minutes after quitting smoking. They fight and Patty moves to the Simpsons’ house for a while.

Homer gets annoyed by Patty‘s snoring and walks into the bathroom while she’s taking a bath (which makes him spill bleach on his and Bart‘s eyes). At the apartment, Selma had to make a hard choice: Quit smoking and reconcile with Patty or carry on smoking and lose her sister’s respect. She decides to quit smoking and they both reconcile.

At the end of the episode, it is shown that Patty and Selma started smoking again, as it’s easier to cover the bad smell coming from the apartment than to clean it up.

On a secondary plot, Maggie befriends a squirrel, who introduces her to other animals, such as an owl, a possum and a parrot (which is revealed to be Duffman‘s parrot). Cletus captures the possum for dinner and puts the captive animal under a dog’s surveillance. Maggie makes a plan (with a little help from Plopper, the Spider-Pig) to fight against the Spucklers and free the possum.

PRODUCTION!: A large chunk of the episode will involve Maggie meeting various animals after climbing onto the roof of the house. It appeared in a different animation style.

RECEPTION!: The episode was watched by 3.31 million viewers.

TITLE SCREEN!: The Grand Pumpkin appears and walks to the left.

COUCH GAG:! The Simpsons come in as cars: Homer as a caravan, Lisa as an electric car, Marge as a five doors van and Bart as a low-rider. Lisa connects to the charger, and when everyone gets on the couch, Maggie as a monster truck crushes them and sucks on her pacifer.

EPISODE FACTS!:

CULTURAL REFERENCES:

CONTINUITY:

GOOF: Selma lost her sense of smell due to a bottle rocket accident as a child (“Black Widower“), but in this episode, it seems like she can smell.

TRIVIA:

  • Maggie‘s plan’s subtitles breaks the fourth wall: After securing the perimeter, the ground troops will advance and reinforce flanks, as the aerial units will soften their defenses. Then we shall advance in a pincer moment to infiltrate the compound and liberate our friend. If you’ve read all of this, congratulations, you’re a genius!
  • Whenever Homer used bleach it was never seen in the original airing on Sky1, nor Reruns.
    • Also Homer was never seen going in the shower with Patty inside.
  • It is revealed that Clancy Bouvier died of lung cancer. In Jazzy and the Pussycats, Homer makes a reference to Clancy Bouvier being dead by saying “I know I will use that white noise machine I got you, when your father died.” while he was in bed with Marge.

SPECIAL GUESTS!:

PROMOTIONAL IMAGES!:

EPISODE CLIPS!:

Previous Episode: ‘Cue Detective

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Next Episode: Halloween of Horror

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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.

WikiSimpsons: Season 27 Page, Puffless Page
TSTOTopix: Episode Fact File: Season 27 and 28: What We Know So Far!
(Part 1: 2015) (Part 2: 2016 #1) (Part 3: 2016 #2)

Till next time, Happy Tapping everyone!


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

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