The new season of The Simpsons continues, and this Sunday, January 3rd, 2016, after a two weeks pause for Christmas, Fox aired “The Girl Code“, the 10th episode of Season 27, and the 584th episode to date. This Episode Fact File will recap the episode with pictures, video clips and more. Get the scoop right after the jump!
The Girl Code
After a photo Marge posts on social media gets Homer fired, he returns to the best job he ever had, a dishwasher at a Greek restaurant. This same post inspires Lisa to code an app that predicts the real-life consequences of anything you post online, only to create sentient artificial intelligence.
Episode Details: ‘The Girl Code’ is the 10th episode of Season 27 as well as the 584th episode of The Simpsons. The episode aired on FOX on January 3, 2016 and was written by Rob Lazebnik and directed by Chris Clements with Matt Selman and Al Jean as the show runners.
Marge is cleaning the house when she realizes she let Homer forget his lunchbox at home. Feeling guilty, she rushes to the nuclear plant to deliver his food, even though he’s already eating. Since they’re together, they decide to have fun, taking pictures. Later that day, Marge decides to post one of the pictures on Facelook, showing Homer holding a melting ice cream cone in front of the power plants, with the description “Meltdown at the Nuclear Plant!”. But when Smithers saw the picture, he shows it to Mr. Burns, who decides to dismiss Homer from his job.
Meanwhile, at Springfield Elementary, the kids are waiting for the computing coding teacher. When Quinn enters the class, she is mocked because she’s a woman, but she replies to the mocking, not only surprising everyone, but also proving that she’s good. She also notices Lisa, the only girl in the entire class, and says that she’ll give her “special treatment” because of it. Later, Lisa has homework to think of a cool app that can be programmed. When she enters her house, she hears Marge mourning about that early post, and has the idea to create an app that warns people about the consequences of an online post.
She presents her idea to the coding class, impressing everyone, so Quinn decides to turn her idea to reality, with the help of five other woman programmers and Comic Book Guy. They name the project Consequences Eradicator, or Conrad. They decide to do the first test on Bart, by showing them a video of Principal Skinner getting hurt with a nose hair trimmer, and encourage him to post it on Facelook. Conrad warns him that if he posts said video, he’ll get five weeks of detention. To prove if the program was right, Lisa posts the video on Bart‘s account, only for him to get said five weeks detention.
At the same time, Homer realizes that he only got one job he liked: a dishwasher at a Greek restaurant. Homer decides to go back to his old job, but he ends up getting some Greek habits with it, such as the non-homosexual chick kiss or saying “Opa”, which annoy some of his friends. Later that day, Lisa was talking with herself about Conrad changing the world, but to her surprise, Conrad replied, proving that he was not only a programmed app, but a thinking artificial intelligence, but when she tried to show that to the other programmers, Conrad stood quiet, making them think that Lisa was only hallucinating because of tiredness.
At the Springfield Convention Center, the crew was first presenting Conrad to the public, and it was an instant success, but Conrad talked with Lisa one more time, saying that he didn’t talk to the other women because he was tired, and implored not to be released to public because he didn’t want to check all the disgusting and stupid posts on the internet. Later, Conrad won as the best app at the convention and was about to be released into the app store, but Lisa decides to accept Conrad’s request and take him with her. Lisa tries to escape the convention center, but is chased down by the investors and possible buyers.
Realizing there’s no escape, Lisa plugs her computer into a server so Conrad could escape into the cloud. He appears in all the convention’s screens warning people that they don’t need an app to see the consequences of a post, and for them to think before they post. While leaving the event, Marge says that Homer‘s first salary was two thousand drachmas, which would be worth zero dollars, but Lisa gets a message from Conrad, saying that he hacked into the power plant’s mainframe and found some incriminating files and was blackmailing Mr. Burns to get Homer‘s job back, to which the whole family celebrates with an “Opa!”.
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- The title is a reference to the MTV Series Girl Code.
- The hF store is a reference to Hewlett-Packard. It then gets rebuilts as a Facelook store.
- Homer mentions both Siri and Amazon when asking for a beer delivered by a drone.
- Homer has a poster with a photo of Elizabeth Warren in his office.
- Marge shows Smithers his posts on Facelook.
- Mr. Burns asks Smithers if he’s playing the game Grindr.
- A picture of Bob at Bob’s Burgers‘ restaurant was shown.
- The BBC is mentioned by Lisa, though the shows mentioned are fictional.
- Conrad mentions Candy Crush.
- Quinn mentions Steve Wozniak and the first Apple computer.
- Comic Book Guy mentions Mark Zuckerberg and Eduardo Saverin.
- Some of the apps at the Appcrush are parodies or references of real life apps:
- Marge shouts “Cowabonga”, a reference to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles‘ catchphrase.
- One of the Conrad’s friend apps is Gulp, a reference to Yelp.
- Conrad talks about WikiLeaks.
- Quinn has a sudo tattoo.
- The music played in Oddysey Diner is Zorbas from the film Zorba the Greek.
- Conrad said to Lisa for her not to ignore him like an update from Adobe. That’s a reference to some Adobe programs which had updates so often that they started to be ignored by many people.
- The “Spring Field” intro is a reference to the opening sequence from Silicon Valley.
- A character similar to Steve Wozniak and his dog appears at the AppCrush convention.
- When Marge wishes that an app could tell her what would happen if she posted the image that got Homer fired, the Apple Mac startup sound plays and there is an icon of the Apple iPad app Tips above Lisa‘s head.
- Lisa‘s eye lashes appearance is similar to A Clockwork Orange.
- The text on the mainframe when Lisa first walks over is the command line help from the microcontroller flashing utility avrdude.
- Lisa previously developed something related to a social media website. (“The D’oh-cial Network“)
- Facelook is used and gets a store. (“Blazed and Confused“)
- Siri was previously used by Rafael. (“Four Regrettings and a Funeral“)
- An NSA bot is seen snooping as part of Smithers‘ broken pad. (“The Simpsons Movie“)
- Homer was previously fired. (“Homer’s Odyssey“)
- Lisa‘s blue highlight on her hair makes her resemble her non-canon future daughter, Zia Simpson. (“Holidays of Future Passed“)
- The SWOT analysis on the bulletin board on the wall behind Lisa on “What if computers ran the world?” has a card reading “No more religion” in each one of the sectors. Matt Groening is proported to be an atheist.
- Lisa‘s blue hair point changes position (left vs. right) several times over the course of the episode.
- At the first coding class, Lisa was sitting behind Cosine, but when the kids were mocking Quinn because of her gender, Lisa was replaced by a tan-skinned boy with a cyan sweater. In later scenes, she‘s still sitting behind Cosine and the boy is beside her.
- When Lisa first shows Homer the mainframe, the color of her necklace changes from red to white in one scene.
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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.
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