The new season of The Simpsons continues, and this Sunday, April 24th, 2016, Fox aired “Fland Canyon”, the 19th episode of Season 27, and the 593rd episode to date. This Episode Fact File will recap the episode with pictures, video clips and more. Get the scoop right after the jump!
Homer recalls a tense family vacation to the Grand Canyon with the Flanders family. At first, the Flanders‘ perfection puts the families at odds, but when they get stranded and Ned and Bart go for help, the families finally bond.
Episode Details: ‘Fland Canyon’ is the 19th episode of Season 27 as well as the 593rd episode of The Simpsons. The episode aired on FOX on April 24th, 2016 and was written by J. Stewart Burns and directed by Michael Polcino.
Homer tries to put Maggie to sleep, but fails multiple attempts. Maggie tries to make him read Little Red Riding Hood as a bedtime story, instead Homer starts telling her the story of their vacation at the Grand Canyon with the Flanders. The story starts two years earlier, with church people volunteering to clean Springfield skid row on a Saturday, with Homer protesting for the church making people work for it on Saturdays. At the end, Ned wins a family trip to the Grand Canyon for being the most selfless cleaner. The vacation was a trip for two families, so he tries to invite the Lovejoys, but with Helen refusing, Reverend Lovejoy convinces Ned to take the Simpsons with them to the trip.
At the Canyon, after Homer and Bart fight with a snake and scorpions, they admire the great view, with Homer commenting that they say America run out of room for garbage, while the Flanders arrives singing Go Tell It on the Mountain.
The two family are not getting along very well, after Maude comments on Bart‘s bad behavior at the dinner, the prank on the bridge and with her kids while riding the mules along the Canyon. During the trip on the mountain, a group of millionaires passes by to go camping and using the Canyon as they want, and the tour guide falls off the cliff with most of their supplies, leaving the two families stranded.
Maggie is exhausted and finally falls asleep, but Lisa surprises Homer from behind and says she wants to know the rest of the story. Ned and Homer decide to search around for supplies and arrive at the millionaires’ camping site. Around the site, replete of tents from various TV companies, Homer convinces Ned to steal some of the supplies and escape using a raft. After the ride back, they wake the family up with a rich banquet, including Lisa eating meat. Lisa comments to Maggie that it was before she became vegetarian.
At the end of the vacation, Homer and his mule say good-bye to each other, after the mule took his heavy weight through all of the journey, and Homer and Ned comment on their friendship. Back in the present, Ned speaks through the window, having heard the whole story, and Homer reminds him that he still owes the Flanders a trip.
Homer manages to get Maggie asleep with the story, but Lisa wants to know what happened next, so Homer continues telling the story. At the Canyon, Ned and Homer decide to look for supplies when they found the millionaires’ camping site. Homer convinces Ned to steal their food and supplies and escape down the river using a raft. They manage to reach their camping and surprise everyone with a breakfast with caviar and bacon. Later they were rescued and Homer and Ned talk about their friendship.
BILLBOARD TEXT!: Assistants wanted. Must be pretty and soft slapper. No dudes.
BLACKBOARD TEXT!: Dad swears he’ll get his taxes in soon
Maggie enters in the room and everything turns into a black and white Walt Disney style, and Maggie and the forniture starts dancing. The scene switches to Snowball II and Santa’s Little Helper pulling Lisa in the pumpkin, Lisa comes out of it and transforms into Cinderella. They get transported to Snow White Marge‘s house, where Snowball II and Santa’s Little Helper are cleaning the dishes and Marge cleans Lisa and Maggie up. At the forest they meet Humphrey the Bear Homer that grabs some food from a bush, before Fantasia‘s Mickey Mouse Bart arrives and with a magical tide, brings everyone back to Springfield, making them protest while he laughs.
- The title of the episode is a portmanteau combining “Flanders” with Grand Canyon National Monument in Arizona.
- Ralph is seen in the title screen wearing a Charlie Brown shirt, flying a kite, and saying “Take that, Kite-Eating Tree“, all references to the Peanuts comic strip.
- The couch gag’s style, character designs and music are based on Disney cartoons, in particular Mickey Mouse‘s black and white cartoons, Cinderella, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, The Jungle Book and Fantasia. It was animated by Eric Goldberg who has been an animator for several Disney films.
- Homer sings to Maggie his rendition of Brahms lullaby by Jewel.
- Maggie holds the Little Red Riding Hood book for Homer to read.
- The Flanders sing Go Tell It on the Mountain.
- Two movements from the the Grand Canyon Suite by Ferde Grofe are heard:
- The music heard as Homer and Ned look up at the stars is “Clair de lune” from Suite Bergamasque by Claude Debussy.
- TV companies camped in Grand Canyon:
- The Car Chase Channel, in a tent with 2 side-by-side entrances.
- Channel Ocho.
- Netflix, their “tent” looks like the Taj Mahal, right down to the avenue approach and the minarets.
- Tragedy Central, a parody of Comedy Central.
- NBC, the only regular network channel among them, in a much-patched pup tent.
- Lisa is shown to be eating and enjoying bacon, and tells Maggie that it was before she becomes a vegetarian. (“Lisa the Vegetarian“)
- One of the rangers who stops Homer mooning is Ranger McFadden. (“Mountain of Madness“)
- Homer previously referred to Lisa as “Big Maggie” in “Wild Barts Can’t Be Broken“.
- In the official synopsis, Bart goes with Ned instead of Homer to find supplies.
- Homer shows to Maggie real life-like toys of 8-Year-Old Bart and 6-Year-Old Lisa that says “as seen in this episode” and “collect every age”.
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Next Episode: To Courier with Love
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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