The new season of The Simpsons continues after a one week pause, and this Sunday, December 6th, 2015, Fox aired “Paths of Glory“, the 8th episode of Season 27, and the 582th episode to date. This Episode Fact File will recap the episode with pictures, video clips and more. Get the scoop right after the jump!
Paths of Glory
Lisa sets out to restore the tarnished reputation of Springfield’s first female inventor. To find her invention, she scours an abandoned asylum and a restaurant that caters to men. Bart joins Lisa at the asylum, stealing one of the homicidal patient’s notebooks, and bragging to the boys at school that he wrote the entries himself. This revelation causes Homer and Marge to believe he is a sociopath, which Bart decides to use to his advantage until things go too far.
Episode Details: ‘Paths of Glory’ is the 8th episode of Season 27 as well as the 582th episode of The Simpsons. The episode will air on FOX on December 6, 2015 and is written by Michael Ferris and directed by Steven Dean Moore.
Lisa participates in a Alternative Energy Derby with a car moved by sun light, but the Duff Blimp flies passes over, making her car stop inches from the finish line. She’s mocked because of this, and that’s when the Old Jewish Man comments about Amelia Vanderbuckle, a Springfieldian inventor who lived in the 19th century and was committed to the Springfield Asylum, where she continued to make her inventions. Lisa realizes that the only way to bring her reputation back is to break into the asylum with Bart and find one of her inventions.
At the asylum, Bart finds the diary of Nathan, a sociopath who lived there. He decides to take the diary to school and show it to his friends, terrorizing Ralph, who later tells about Bart‘s diary to Chief Wiggum. Wiggum informs Marge about Bart‘s condition of sociopath, making Marge and Homer worried. They decide to do a sociopath test with him, disguised as a “Jet Sky Dude or Motocross Maestro” test, but the label fell off and Bart discovered their parents’ intentions, and decides to answer all the questions as if he was the worst sociopath that ever existed.
This makes Homer and Marge even more worried, and they decide to take Bart to an asylum. As all the kids there have no reactions, an army general says that they’re perfect to test U.S. Air Force Drone Simulators. Bart manages to destroy all targets, but later the kids are informed that they were actually controlling a real drone, killing real people. Bart is the only kid who gets worried about it, so he’s diagnosed as being sane and is free to go back home.
Meanwhile, Lisa pairs up with Milhouse to find Amelia’s invention, that’s buried under a feminist club, which is now a Hooters-like restaurant. The kids ask Groundskeeper Willie to help them drill the building’s basement and find her invention. They’re successful and find what at first glimpse looks like a loom, but it’s actually the first computational device ever invented. Lisa accomplished her objective and Amelia’s invention is donated to the museum, even though nobody but Lisa is interested in seeing it.
PRODUCTION!: Coming soon.
RECEPTION!: The episode was watched by 8.20 million viewers making it the most watched episode of Season 27 (to December 6, 2015).
TITLE SCREEN!: A three-eyed crow flies by.
COUCH GAG!: A Simpson family member throws dices with Sideshow Bob, Patty, Lisa, Dewey Largo, Willie, Bart, Sherri, Terri, Nelson, Marge, Patty, Ned, Maggie, Wiggum, Crazy Cat Lady, Homer, Grampa, Moe, Mr. Burns, Duffman, Dr. Hibbert, Luann, Miss Hoover, Barney, Mr. Teeny and Professor Frink‘s faces on them. Homer‘s dice lands on Mr. Burns and Homer d’ohes. The other four dices lands on Bart, Lisa, Maggie and Marge.
- The title of the episode is reference to the 1957 Stanley Kubrick film Paths of Glory, starring Kirk Douglas.
- Bart wears a Napoleon hat.
- A Susan B. Anthony statue is seen.
- Marie Curie and Velma Dinkley from Scooby-Doo are referenced by Kent Brockman.
- The “Hello, World!” program was referenced by Amelia Vanderbuckle‘s computational loom.
- Punched cards are used by Lisa on the loom.
- Suburban Dictionary is a reference to Urban Dictionary.
- Crazy Train by Ozzy Osbourne was used in this episode.
- Bart mentions the Banana Cabana, a hotel from the TV series, Almost Naked Animals.
- When Lisa was researching Amelia Vanderbuckle, she was using Wikipedia.
- When the general was listing what the asylum kids blew up, he said Kabul Starbucks.
- Groundskeeper Willie references “tossing the caber”, while he is brandishing a bundle of dynamite sticks.
- Knockers is a parody of Hooters.
- The children’s menu at Knockers is shaped like knockers.
- Carl mentions the Green Bay Packers and puts a cheesehead hat, which is what Packers fans wear at the games.
- Ralph previously went to tap dancing lessons. (“Last Tap Dance in Springfield“)
- The label-maker is used by Homer. (“Radio Bart“)
- A moonbounce is used by Marge and Homer. (“The Bart Wants What It Wants“)
- Due to President Obama‘s presidential address about San Bernardino shooting, the episode was delayed by 15 minutes.
- Homer broke the fourth wall when he said “we did everything we could do for him during the commercials.”
- When Lisa comes down to announce her achievements at the end of the episode, Bart‘s hair is overlapping with Marge‘s arm.
Previous Episode: Lisa with an “S”
Next Episode: Barthood
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.
Till next time, Happy Tapping everyone!