The new season of The Simpsons continues, and this Sunday, January 17th, 2016, Fox aired “Much Apu About Something”, the 12th episode of Season 27, and the 586th episode to date. This Episode Fact File will recap the episode with pictures, video clips and more. Get the scoop right after the jump!
Much Apu About Something
Sanjay passes his stake in the Kwik-E-Mart to his millennial son, Jay, who turns it into a hip, health food market against Apu‘s insistence on tradition. Bart, whom Homer had convinced to give up pranking, is called upon to return to his trickster life and take down the new store.
Episode Details: ‘Much Apu About Something’ is the 12th episode of Season 27 as well as the 586th episode of The Simpsons. The episode aired on FOX on January 17, 2016 and was written by Joel H. Cohen and directed by Timothy Bailey.
Springfield is having a parade in homage to Jebediah Springfield, the city’s founder. During the parade, Bart activates a fire engine’s water cannon, soaking Chief Wiggum. As a result, the Police Department get into a battle against the volunteer Fire Department, resulting in a SWAT tank losing control, destroying the Kwik-E-Mart, and injuring Apu and Sanjay. At the hospital, Sanjay reveals that he wants to retire form his job at the market and give his share of the store to his son, Jamshed Nahasapeemapetilon.
Seeing the consequences of Bart‘s prank, Homer decides that Bart has gone too far, and makes him promise to never prank again. Milhouse tries to bring the old Bart back, but he resists dropping a bee hive on Superintendent Chalmers‘ crotch and releasing the handbrake on Skinner‘s cherry-picker. But his new personality comes with benefits, as he’s now getting better grades, and as result, he’s having a closer bond with his younger sister Lisa, as now he understands her point of view for not having any recognition at all for her achievements.
Six weeks after the incident, Apu goes to see what they’ve done with the Kwik-E-Mart, only to find in it’s place the Quick & Fresh, a store that sells natural products run by Jamshed (who’s now called Jay). In the store’s restroom, Jay explains that Apu has an addiction for scatching tickets, and because of that, he’s the owner of 80% of the store. Later, Moe and Apu talk about what happened to his store, but Jay, who’s already angry at his uncle for being a stereotype, fires Apu from his job. Apu is so depressed that he goes to Moe’s Tavern, where Moe convinces Homer to turn Bart back into a prankster for him to pull a prank on Jay so Apu could have his store back.
Bart, who turns back to his old pranking ways a. la. A Clockwork Orange, decides that the best prank would be to turn the Quick & Fresh light switch off for thirty seconds. As none of the products have preservatives, everything will rot, but he’s interrupted by Lisa, who reminds him that after he stopped pranking, they love each other even more, but Bart misinterprets the expression “unconditional love” as a sign he can do anything he wants and still be loved by his sister, so he cuts the store’s power for a few seconds.
Inside the store, all the products start deteriorating, scaring the customers away, but when he turns the power back on, two hot massage stones collide on top of Apu‘s jacket, producing a spark that leads to a major fire. As the fireman used all their water and foam against the police on the parade, they have nothing to extinguish the fire with, and the store is completely destroyed by the flames. Later, Apu apologizes to Jay, but he also finds another The Big Bang Theory scratcher ticket in the middle of the debris. He scratches it and wins a million dollars, enough money to buy his store back and rebuild the Kwik-E-Mart.
PRODUCTION!: Coming soon.
TIE-IN!: A tie-in for The Simpsons: Tapped Out has been released, with Jay, the Quick & Fresh and the Police Tank. Lincoln Memorial, Liberty Bell, Lisa Statue of Liberty, Cool Brown House and Cool Homer were available again.
TITLE SCREEN!: Shary Bobbins flies around and gets swallowed by the O.
- The title of the episode is a reference to the season 7 episode “Much Apu About Nothing“.
- One of the scratchers is a “The Big Bang Theory” one, with images of Sheldon Cooper and Howard Wolowitz.
- Wiggum makes reference to Grand Theft Auto.
- Homer references Al Pacino.
- The Lincoln Memorial, the Liberty Bell, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and Mount Rushmore appears.
- Apu references Gunga Din and Archibald Cutter from the movie Gunga Din.
- Jay references Dr. Jones and the Temple of Doom from Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and Apu references Steven Spielberg.
- Bart sings a doxology after he says that without Homer strangling him, his throat is finally healing.
- A Clockwork Orange: When Bart decides to return to his prankster ways, he puts on spiked eyelashes that resemble Alex’s. Homer then laments buying Bart the video for his fifth birthday (he thought it would help Bart learn how to tell time).
- The cover of the song “The Best” by Tina Turner is played when the Springfield Fire Department is getting away after failing to extinguish the fire from the Quick & Fresh.
- According to this episode, Apu worked on the movie Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (refered by Jay as Temple of Doom) for three months, and only his hand appears in one shot.
- All the volunteers and the truck of the Springfield Fire Department appears. (“Homer the Heretic“)
- A gay parade was done previously. (“Jaws Wired Shut“)
- Bart wears A Clockwork Orange eyelashes again. (“Treehouse of Horror III“)
- Lisa refers to her imaginary friend Rachel. (“Today I Am A Clown“)
- In a scene, Sanjay wears a Kwik-E-Mart employee T-Shirt and then his usual clothes.
- When Manjula was presenting the Quick & Fresh to Apu, the workers push the Kwik-E-Mart picture to Apu‘s right, but a few seconds later, he jumps to the left to hug the picture.
- When the Police Tank is first seen, Ralph is in the same hatch as Lou, but in later scenes, Ralph is gone.
- Sideshow Mel was shown at the Quick & Fresh when the products start going bad, but a few seconds later, he appears as a firefighter on the firetruck dancing and his skin is yellow.
- When Bart pulls down the switch for Quick & Fresh, the food in the store goes bad immediately, when logically, it would actually take 24 hours for the food to go bad.
- Snake Jailbird‘s prisoner number is “7F20”. Snake made his first appearance in the episode “The War of the Simpsons“, which has the production code “7F20”.
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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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