The new season of The Simpsons continues, and this Sunday, April 10th, 2016, Fox aired “How Lisa Got Her Marge Back”, the 18th episode of Season 27, and the 592nd episode to date. This Episode Fact File will recap the episode with pictures, video clips and more. Get the scoop right after the jump!
How Lisa Got Her Marge Back
After getting into an argument, Marge takes Lisa on a touristy trip to Capital City, where, after attending a musical, they meet the show’s star, Andrew Rannells, who reminds Lisa how lucky she is to have such a great mom. Meanwhile, Bart is frustrated that everyone expects his pranks, so he teams up with Maggie to trick people.
Episode Details: ‘How Lisa Got Her Marge Back’ is the 18th episode of Season 27 as well as the 592nd episode of The Simpsons. The episode aired on FOX on April 10th, 2016 and was written by Jeff Martin and directed by Bob Anderson.
At breakfast, Lisa tries to impress Homer and Marge with a new sax solo, but Homer leaves for work, and Marge stays to listen to her playing. Later on that day, when she leaves for her room to fix one of her reeds, Marge confesses to Homer that she hates Jazz, even Lisa‘s. Lisa was, however, hearing from the steps and confronts her, avoiding her affection and calling her “Marjorie”.
To pacify things with Lisa, Marge takes her on a trip to Capital City, but her attemps makes it worse, and Lisa stopped wearing the pearl necklace Marge gave her on her first day of school. On a last attempt, Marge takes them to the Bad New Bears – The Musical. At the show, Lisa understands how Marge has different liking then hers, and pretends to like the musical, like Marge did with her till then.
At the exit, they meet Andrew Rannells, the show’s star, and invite him for dinner.
In Springfield, Homer gives Bart the responsibility over Maggie while Marge and Lisa were out. Bart realizes soon that playing with Maggie can be fun and includes her in his pranks. They begin by pranking Rod and Todd into believing Maggie was an angel and giving a fake glass Maggie to Gil, pranking him into thinking he broke a baby. When they try to prank Homer into thinking Maggie was a baby Bart, Homer tries to strangle her, ending their fun together.
At Capital City, Lisa discusses Andrew’s musical, saying that Marge, unlike her, thought he was amazing. After she complains about her family, Andrew points out that Lisa just ignored all reconcile attempts Marge did. Feeling bad, Lisa and Marge apologize to each other and Lisa sings “Don’t Rain on My Parade” on top of Capital City buildings.
At the end she joins Martin, Database and Milhouse on Bart’s Treehouse to play, while Homer takes out the trash full of Duff Beer bottles, as well as Grampa and the toy sax Maggie tries to play next to Marge.
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- The title of the episode is a pun on the film How Stella Got Her Groove Back.
- Characters from Archie Comics appear.
- When Jughead said he wishes Archie was still alive, following him, Moose, Reggie, Betty and Veronica entering the car with a photo of Archie on the side door, is a reference to the “Life With Archie” Issue #36 where Archie dies.
- Musicals for Paul Blart: Mall Cop, G.I. Jane and Men in Black are advertised on billboards.
- A prop for Avenue Q, and neon signs for King Kong Live From Skull Island (a play on Kong: Skull Island), and Ziegfeld Follies of 1936 fell down after the musical Marge and Lisa attend.
- A baboon and a baby lion acts Rafiki raising Simba scene in The Lion King.
- The homeless man plays Gerry Mulligan‘s Apple Core.
- The commercial song is a parody of Downtown by Petula Clark.
- The song that Lisa sings at the end is Don’t Rain on My Parade by Barbra Streisand.
- A musical called Spamilton is seen, a parody of Hamilton.
- A musical called Rats is seen, a parody of Cats.
- Cheney, Get Your Gun is a parody of Annie Get Your Gun and features Dick Cheney, who famously and accidentally shot a man on a hunting trip.
- Jesus Christ Supercar is a parody of Jesus Christ Superstar.
- Riddler on the Roof is a parody of Fiddler on the Roof and features The Riddler from DC Comics.
- Stinky Boots is a parody of Kinky Boots.
- Peanuts: One of the musicals advertised in Capital City is You’re a Good Witch, Broom Hilda. The poster is a sight gag on the poster for You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. The musical is a parody of Charlie Brown and features the character Broom-Hilda.
- Shary Bobbins appears in a commercial parodying Mary Poppins‘s Chim Chim Cher-ee song scene. (“Simpsoncalifragilisticexpiala(Annoyed Grunt)cious“)
- The England’s taxi license plate is VABF 111, a reference to this episode’s production code, VABF11.
- When Lisa comments “Is there nothing so beautiful that they won’t keep exploiting until its worthless?”, an advertising for the Season 17 DVD release flashes on the screen.
- Gil yells D’oh shortly before he drops the fake Maggie.
- This episode is one of the many that explain how Lisa got her pearl necklace, showing that Marge gave it to Lisa during her first day at school. However this is contradicted by many other episodes. For example, in Barthood, there’s a scene that takes place after Lisa‘s first month at school, and she’s not wearing her pearls yet. During Boy Meets Curl, Lisa mentions that her pearls were a gift by Marge when she could first read at twelfth grade level, and during Lisa’s First Word, baby Lisa is already wearing her pearl necklace.
- Many pictures of celebrities are seen at the restaurant; including:
- David Duchovny
- Gillian Anderson
- Tom Cruise
- Leonard Nimoy
- Woody Allen
- John Wayne
- Lucille Ball
- Brooke Shields
- William Shatner
- James Woods
- Humphrey Bogart
- Conan O’Brien
- Ron Howard
- Johnny Carson
- Jay Leno
- Bob Hope
- Mel Gibson
- Arnold Schwarzenegger
- Mickey Rooney
- John Travolta
- Tom Hanks
- Bette Midler
- Mel Brooks
- Bill Cosby
- Elvis Presley
- Elizabeth Taylor
- Don Knotts
- Marilyn Monroe
- Skinner is allergic to peanut and yet opens the Peanut Brittle. (“Please Homer, Don’t Hammer ‘Em“)
- During the flashback, there’s a picture of Lisa, Bart and Maggie on the wall, but it’s likely that Maggie wasn’t even born when the flashback takes place.
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