The new season of The Simpsons continues, and this Sunday, after a month pause, February 14th, 2016, Valentine’s Day, Fox aired “Love Is in the N2-O2-Ar-CO2-Ne-He-CH4“, the 13th episode of Season 27, and the 587th episode to date. This Episode Fact File will recap the episode with pictures, video clips and more. Get the scoop right after the jump!
Love Is in the N2-O2-Ar-CO2-Ne-He-CH4
Lonely Professor Frink uses science to turn himself into a man whom women find attractive. Then, overwhelmed by the attention, he invents an algorithm to perfectly pair the lonely men and women of Springfield, realizing that scientific exploration is his true love. Meanwhile, Marge, Bart, and Lisa visit Grampa for Valentine’s Day and try to rescue the old folks from a drug-induced hallucination that allows them to relive their happiest memories.
Episode Details: ‘Love Is in the N2-O2-Ar-CO2-Ne-He-CH4’ or ‘Love Is in the N2-O2-Ar-CO2-Ne-He-CH4‘ is the 13th episode of Season 27 as well as the 587th episode of The Simpsons. The episode aired on FOX on February 14, 2016 and was written by John Frink and directed by Mark Kirkland with Al Jean as the show runner.
Smithers reminds Mr. Burns about Valentine’s Day and tries to convince him to let the employees leave early to stay with their loved ones. Mr. Burns refuses, but Smithers convinces him to host a sweethearts dance. While enjoying the party with Marge, Homer gets a phone call from Grampa, saying that he’s alone and scared that a cat who can smell death is staring at him.
Homer and Marge decide to visit Grampa, spending the rest of Valentine’s Day with him, but at the Retirement Castle, a nurse gives a pill to the elders, making them hallucinate and start dancing with the ghosts of late loved ones. Marge thinks it’s not fair to do that with the old folks and decides to do something about it.
Meanwhile at the party, Professor Frink is alone because he’s not good in getting a girlfriend. The next day, Homer discovers him sleeping in one of the Power Plant‘s rooms. Frink confesses that Valentine’s Day is a difficult day for people like him. Homer explains that love is a matter of trial and error, and Frink gets the idea of determine what girls like on a man and use science to become that person.
Frink replaces his glasses with invisible blue contact lenses and uses shoe lifts for him to look taller, but even a droid that he programmed to say only “yes” still think he’s not attractive. Homer suggests it could be because of his voice, so Frink decides to use a chip under his tongue to make his voice more attractive.
To test his new self, Frink goes to a Yoga class. He manages to impress all the girls in there, but he soon notices that he can’t handle his new life and decides to hide inside Moe’s Tavern, where he realizes that most men there are lonely. He brings all the women he dated to the Springfield Observatory, but instead of telling which woman he has chosen to be his girlfriend, he pairs them up the lonely men of Springfield, and decides to go back to his life as a single scientist.
At the Simpsons’ house, Marge discovers that Bart is taking advantage of the old people’s hallucinations to win money on gambling. She takes them back to the Retirement Castle only to discover that the nurse gives powerful drugs to them only to ease her job, and manages to convince the nurse to stop medicating them.
The next day, Marge realizes that the elders are extremely depressed. The nurse says that she hid the drugs in the library, but Abe found the pills and took them so he could start hallucinating and win Mona back. During his hallucination, Marge, Bart and Lisa convince Abe to leave the past behind and live in the present, where there’re people that still love him.
PRODUCTION!: Al Jean said on Twitter that a Valentine’s Day-themed episode will air in February 2016. Its plot will involve Professor Frink.
TIE-IN: Two item have been released as a tie-in in The Simpsons: Tapped Out in the Valentine’s Day event, the Valentine’s Cooling Towers, the Coconut Babaloo, Mona and the Starline Commander.
TITLE SCREEN!: An airplane flies around the screen spewing out smoke to form a heart with the pilot saying “I can’t see!”.
BILLBOARD TEXT!: Tired of flowers? This year, send her fish!
BLACKBOARD TEXT!: Hershey kisses do not drop from Cupid’s butt.
The Simpsons family goes to the couch only to find a letter in its place. “By the time you read this I will be gone. It’s best this way. -C”. The couch is seen driving in a taxi toward the Springfield International Airport, where the family is rushing to through the traffic.
The couch is passed through the scanners where one of its cushions contains a Duff Beer, a Bart Simpson school paper with an F and the skeleton of Snowball I. The Simpsons rush to Gate 10, where they find out that couch has already taken flight, sitting next to Gil, squishing him.
The couch arrives to the French Foreign Legion HQ, where it serves as a couch for the officers in their tent. The family travels through the desert on camels and reach the legion, only to find out it has been captured and whipped.
They go to the rescue, but then Homer wakes up from the dream, patting on the couch only to find himself in another nightmare as he finds another letter, this time from Marge, “You spend too much time on the couch. Goodbye, Marge.”, which shocks him even more.
- The name of the episode is a reference to the song “Love Is in the Air” by John Paul Young.
- N2 (Nitrogen), O2 (Oxygen), Ar (Argon), CO2 (Carbon dioxide), Ne (Neon), He (Helium) and CH4 (Methane) are the main gases of the earth’s atmosphere.
- The wide shot of the couch gag in which the Simpsons are crossing the desert on camels shows Homer in white as Lawrence of Arabia in the eponymous film, with the soundtrack very like Maurice Jarre‘s of that film.
- Mr. Burns associates Valentine’s Day with the Chicago Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre.
- Homer has bought day-after-Valentine’s-Day candy on sale at a CVS Pharmacy, which he facetiously says stands for “Cheap Valentine’s Surplus.”
- As he passes out the candy he says “You get a box!” “You get a box!” imitating what Oprah Winfrey says when she gives prizes to her entire studio audience.
- Professor Frink sings “Stardust” by Nat King Cole.
- In Professor Frink‘s lab in the the Springfield Heights Institute of Technology are found:
- A cabinet labeled “Love Potions” containing flasks numbered 1 to 9, the last being a reference to the song Love Potion No. 9.
- A copy of Auguste Rodin‘s statue The Kiss.
- Writing on the blackboard, “Love = Never Having to Say You’re Sorry”, tagline from the movie Love Story.
- A classic movie poster of The Outlaw, with Homer taking a caliper to Jane Russell‘s breast, a reference to the furor caused by her ample bosom.
- A wedding photo of Frankenstein and his Bride.
- A drawing in a heart of the 2 children from the comic strip Love Is….
- The radio plays “I’ll Never Smile Again” by Frank Sinatra.
- Maggie interprets Dolly Parton.
- Cupid is referenced in the blackboard text and appears shooting hearts but is shot by Cletus.
- M&M’s are referenced by the Retirement Castle nurse.
- The Retirement Castle nurse is binge-watching Boardwalk Empire and Marge spoils the ending.
- Downward Doghouse Yoga Studio is a reference to the downward dog asana.
- One of Mona’s hallucinations is her as Betty Boop.
- Professor Frink refers to the music of the spheres, Batman and Batman Begins.
- Professor Frink’s robot, LadyBot, looks like the robot Ava from Ex Machina.
- Marge mentions the reality television show The Bachelor.
- To Professor Frink‘s right as he sits in front of the mirror are boxes labeled “Attempts to play God” and “Genetic Oopsies.”
- This episode is in memory of David Kavner, Julie Kavner‘s father.
- The skeleton of Snowball I is seen in the couch cushion. (“Bart Gets Hit by a Car“)
- Springfield Heights Institute of Technology changed appearance. (“Simpsorama“)
- Hershey is mentioned in the blackboard text. (“Homerland“)
- Dean Martin appears as an hallucination. (“Thank God It’s Doomsday“)
- Miss Hoover enters Moe’s looking to date Frink, the two previously got together during “Grown-up Halloween”. (“Halloween of Horror“)
- During the scene where Marge is concerned about the Retirement Castle residents being depressed, three of the residents sigh. One of the residents has an electrolarynx and uses it. However in an earlier scene, when Old Jewish Man turns the radio on to “Prairie Home Companion”, the man who later uses the electrolarynx has a voice.
- This episode is in memory of David Kavner, Julie Kavner‘s father.
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