The new season of The Simpsons continues, and this Sunday, January 10th, 2016, Fox aired “Teenage Mutant Milk-Caused Hurdles”, the 11th episode of Season 27, and the 585th episode to date. This Episode Fact File will recap the episode with pictures, video clips and more. Get the scoop right after the jump!
Teenage Mutant Milk-Caused Hurdles
After Bart starts drinking a milk substitute filled with bad hormones, he experiences early puberty and grows a little mustache — as well as feelings for Mrs. Berrera, his new teacher. Mrs. Berrera winds up in the middle of a romantic rivalry, as she also draws the attention of Principal Skinner. She feels Skinner is a wounded soul that she wants to take care of. She is a vet like Skinner, and that’s his attraction.
Episode Details: ‘Teenage Mutant Milk-Caused Hurdles’ is the 11th episode of Season 27 as well as the 585th episode of The Simpsons. The episode aired on FOX on January 10, 2016 and was written by Joel H. Cohen and directed by Timothy Bailey.
Groundskeeper Willie was trying to be a substitute teacher for the forth grade, but in order to make the kids quiet, he starts playing a bagpipe. Superintendent Chalmers enters the room and tells Willie to stop playing the instrument and leave the room because there was a new teacher: Mrs. Berrera.
Bart started acting weird when she first entered the room, and later realized that he has a crush on his new teacher. Meanwhile, Homer has to buy a healthy milk for the family, but Apu makes him buy a cheaper milk full of hormones made by Buzz Cola.
Homer drives Bart to school only to see her, and they’re surprised by other dads, also eavesdropping on her class. Later, Bart writes “Skinner is a wiener” on the school’s wall, but it’s surprised by Mrs. Berrera saying that she needs to see him after class.
At their meeting, she tells Bart that he’s way behind the class and need a tutor. When Seymour Skinner offers help on her class by pulling up her maps, Bart discovers that Skinner is also trying to impress Mrs. Berrera.
The next morning, the milk hormones started making effect on Bart (who now has a little mustache), Lisa (who now has an acne problem) and Maggie. Marge decides to help Lisa while Homer teaches Bart to shave his beard, where he discovers that he has to take the plastic cover off the blade for it to work properly.
At school, Bart pretends he’s hurt to draw Mrs. Berrera‘s attention and take her away from Seymour to help him with first-aid. At the watching crowd, Nelson discovers that Lisa is using makeup, which makes her popular enough to be invited to a third grade party.
Later at school, Bart sees Mrs. Berrera and Seymour kissing on the corridor. He also calls Bart for a meeting, saying that he knows way more things about Mrs. Berrera than Bart does, and that he doesn’t have a chance to win her.
Later, at the third grade party, Lisa realizes that it’s about to rain and everyone would see her acne problem if the makeup washes away, resulting on humiliation, but she decides to reveal her problem herself by taking off the makeup in front of everybody, but her skin is clean and she notices that the hormone effects are gone, so she decides to leave the party, embarassed for making an underwhelming announcement.
Lisa convinces Bart to give up on Mrs. Berrera and let Skinner have her as a girlfriend, but when he presents her to Agnes, she gets so disgusted about his mother that she decides to end her relationship with him.
At the next morning’s breakfast, Lisa‘s playing saxophone at the kitchen, claiming that she’ll never use makeup again, but Bart mocks her by saying “Carnegie Hall” out loud (which according to her, it would make her dream of playing there not come true).
Homer sits on the couch, puts sunglasses on and the couch is taken to a lower level via a hidden elevator. Then, a montage showing Joe “Kaz” Kazinsky (Homer) and his partner, a high-tech couch chasing down their enemy, Fernando Withmore (Ned) on Miami of the ’80s. In the end, it’s revealed that the scenes are a rerun from a 1980 show, to which Homer replies “Damn reruns”, only for the family to be surprised by Maggie imitating the show’s main heroes and setting the living room’s floor on fire.
- The title of the episode is a reference to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
- The couch gag is a reference to some 1980’s movies and series, such as Miami Vice, Kung Fury, Scarface and Knight Rider. Marty McFly and Doc Brown from Back To The Future also appear.
- The song played in the Couch Gag is called “Push it to the Limit” and was written for the soundtrack of the movie Scarface, one of the movies parodied.
- The “healthy sprinkling of transuranic elements,” each shown as in the periodic table with its name, atomic symbol, number, and weight, that are added to milk include:
- Bart imagines that he and Mrs. Berrera are traipsing over the globe while “Tuesday Afternoon‘ sung by the Moody Blues is played. Lands touched down on include:
- Wrestlevania, a reference to the annual WWE pay-per-view WrestleMania.
- Moon River, a reference to the song “Moon River” by Henry Mancini–but this Moon River is full of floating buttocks, that is, “mooning.”
- No Reading Railroad, a play on “Reading” as both a school subject and, pronounced as “redding” a reference to the Reading Railroad.
- Marge unhappily points out to Lisa that Lisa has become “a makeup expert, like Ace Frehley.”
- When the live school pets stream out of the candy box, Mrs. Berrera remarks dryly to Skinner “Your candy box is full of chupacabras“.
- Homer references Michelle Pfeiffer and Coolio, who sung “Gangsta’s Paradise” in Dangerous Minds, one of the movies she starred in.
- Skinner says that Mrs. Berrera has never seen an episode of Friends.
- Homer mentions Billy Zane when he shaved his beard.
- Principal Skinner mentions Mrs. Berrera has a cat named “Bowie” with different colored eyes, a reference to David Bowie‘s different colored eyes. Coincidentally, the day the episode aired, David Bowie died from cancer at the age of 69.
- Bart mentions Carnegie Hall.
- Milhouse mentions the movie American Sniper when asking Mrs. Berrera if she already killed someone with a sniper rifle.
- Groundskeeper Willie reads a Robert Burns‘ text in the poetry class.
- Eddie Muntz shows up and Nelson talks about him leaving his family, saying that he was going to the store for a pack of cigarettes. (“Sleeping with the Enemy“)
- Patty spies on Mrs. Berrera from the window, showing again she’s lesbian. (“There’s Something About Marrying“)
- Homer already taught Bart how to shave before. (“One Fish, Two Fish, Blowfish, Blue Fish“)
- Bart writes on a wall “Skinner is a wiener” (“Bart the Genius“), he says that is the first time after 30 years. However the episode aired in 1990.
- Homer shaved his beard and it immediately grew back on his face afterwards previously while getting ready for his date with Marge. (“Some Enchanted Evening“)
- Due to the NFL ending late, the episode was delayed by 20 minutes.
- Milhouse reveals that he had a crush on Edna Krabappel.
- Marge says to Lisa “A week ago, you’d never even worn makeup.”, but in the previous episode, “The Girl Code“, aired a week before this one, Lisa did wear makeup.
- In the middle of the episode the trio (Mrs. Berrera, Bart and Skinner) are in the playground and Skinner calls her Herrera, not Berrera. This is not only in the audio track but the captions on hulu also spell it with an “H” this one and only time on the episode (each and every other incident spells it with a “B”).
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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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