The new season of The Simpsons continues, and this Sunday, March 13th, 2016, Fox aired “The Marge-ian Chronicles”, the 16th episode of Season 27, and the 590th 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 Marge-ian Chronicles
Episode Details: ‘The Marge-ian Chronicles’ is the 16th episode of Season 27 as well as the 590th episode of The Simpsons. The episode aired on FOX on March 13, 2016 and was written by Brian Kelley and directed by Chris Clements with Matt Selman and Al Jean as show runners.
Homer was using the Flanders‘ leaf blower when it ran out of gas, so Homer decided to complain to him, only to discover that Ned got a chicken coop to get fresh eggs. He also discovered that his neighbour’s eggs are much better than the ones consumed by the Simpsons, so Homer teams up with Bart to steal eggs from him. But Ned discovered their plan and managed to caught them stealing, so Homer decided to create his own chicken coop to get his own eggs.
However, Homer and Bart realized that the stolen eggs taste much better than theirs, so they decide to get rid of their chickens and keep stealing Flanders‘ eggs. The family donates their chickens to Exploration Incorporated, a company that wants to make a Mars colony by the year 2026. After visiting their facilities, Lisa is interested in the project and decides to sign up. The family is highly against Lisa‘s choice, but Homer convinces Marge to pretend they support Lisa, so this way she will lose interest in going to Mars.
However, this proves to be inefficient, so the whole family signs up on the project to force Lisa to give up. During one of the tests, everyone failed, except for Marge and Lisa. However, Paul and Barry, the project’s ideologists announced that a rival project is almost in completion, so instead of 2026, the launch would be on Thursday. Most of the participants give up immediatelly, but Marge and Lisa decide to stay on the project, much to Homer and Bart‘s dismay.
During the launch, Marge and Lisa reconcile and decide that they do not want to go to Mars anymore, but they make their decision too late as the countdown just started. However, when the countdown reached zero, the rocket didn’t move an inch. Paul and Barry reveal that their spaceship was only the outside of a rocket and they did that only to inspire the next generation, and to provide a distraction as they drove away, which failed as their car wouldn’t start.
At home, Lisa comments to Marge that they almost went to Mars out of sheer stubbornness, to which Marge explains that this is what a mother-daughter relationship is. A fast-foward 35 years into the future (2051) is shown, with Marge and Lisa living on Mars, as Lisa says that she wants to leave Mars and move to Venus. The episode ends with Paul and Barry driving away from the fake launching site, planning their future business.
PRODUCTION!: Coming soon.
TIE-IN!: A tie-in for The Simpsons: Tapped Out has been released, with the Mars Colony, Yellow Submersible and Exploration Inc.. Number 51, Space Shuttle Simulator and Inanimate Carbon Rod Monument were available again.
- The title of the episode is a reference to Ray Bradbury‘s science-fiction book titled The Martian Chronicles.
- Regional Geographic is a reference to National Geographic.
- Mercury 7 Astronauts is a reference to the Mercury Seven.
- The Mars Colony is called Mars One.
- The sponsors for the Mars Colony and the buildings on it are:
- Blue Bronco Energy Drink
- Mega-charge batteries
- Trudge-rite Work Boots
- Fig Glutens
- Ashley-madden.com, a reference to the Madden NFL videogame series
- Simmer-Time’s Dinner sauces. Simmer-time is a real life restaurant.
- Duff Beer
- Gunk-monster Anti-gunk Engine Treatment
- Laramie Cigarettes
- Stuffer Family-Sit Lasagna.
- Game of Thrones the ride.
- ‘Zerz (‘Zerz America’s All-Appetizer Restaurant)
- Krusty Burger
- The Android’s Dungeon & Baseball Card Shop
- Gentle Jollies G-Rated Comedy Club
- Marge once went to a rock concert by herself, in the rain, it was Loverboy.
- Guests Tom Scharpling and Jon Wurster are a comedy duo who are the stars of the online radio show and podcast The Best Show hosted by Scharpling. The Best Show logo appears on the back of the car driven by their characters during the end credits.
- Homer previously tried to teach sex to Bart. (“All’s Fair in Oven War“)
- Barry references the time Homer went to space and Homer how he almost killed everybody. (“Deep Space Homer“)
- Homer‘s frisbee appears on the Simpson House‘s roof during the day. (“Treehouse of Horror XV“)
- Blue Bronco Energy Drink is one of the sponsors for the Mars Colony. (“Bart Gets a “Z”“)
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