After the excitement of last week’s live episode, Simprovised, the 27th season of The Simpsons comes to an end, when this Sunday, May 22nd, 2016, Fox aired “Orange Is the New Yellow”, the 22nd episode of Season 27, the 596th episode to date and the Season 27 finale. This Episode Fact File will recap the episode with pictures, video clips and more. Get the scoop right after the jump!
Orange Is the New Yellow
When Marge gets arrested for letting Bart go to the park unsupervised, she serves time only to realize that prison is a welcome break from the demands of her life as a mom and wife. In her absence, Homer struggles to manage all of the parenting responsibilities that Marge usually handles.
Episode Details: ‘Orange Is the New Yellow’ is the 22nd episode of Season 27 as well as the 596th episode of The Simpsons, and is the Season finale. The episode aired on FOX on May 22nd, 2016 and was written by Eric Horsted and directed by Matthew Faughnan.
Homer was leaving the Power Plant on Thursday and recieved a phone call from Marge, promising her to come home for dinner, however he’s stopped by Mr. Burns asking him to fix a gas leak by covering it up with a “safety first” poster. However, Homer gets delayed by Mr. Burns requiring its level to be measured with a plumb bob (procedure that takes three hours to complete).
At home, Marge has trouble with the kids, and when Lisa asks for her help dressing her as a male seahorse while feeding Maggie, Maggie spills her food all over. Bart offers to clean up, but combines chemical products creating a hole in the floor. Marge sends him to play outside while she cleans the mess, and Bart goes to Springfield Park, where Martha Prince sees he’s unattended and calls the police. Taking Bart back home, Wiggum arrest Marge for leaving him alone outside.
At the trial, after trying to convince the judge, with the result of her mother being arrested too, Marge is sentenced to ninety days at the Springfield Women’s Prison. In jail she realizes that she can have time for herself away from the chaotic home. Meanwhile, Homer is helped by Ned Flanders and the other neighbours to deal with being alone dealing with the kids.
In the prison, Marge fits in well, uses her hair to fight against bullies and attends flowers in the garden, and being happy there, she refuses to be set free when the Blue-Haired Lawyer finds a loophole to get her out and fires a guard’s gun and gets two more months in jail.
Parents become overprotective over their kids after what happened to Marge and starts walking them on a leash, with Homer as a sitter. Having had enough of their attitude, the kids decide to break from Homer‘s care and go to the park, where they end up finding themself in trouble when a tornado forms. Back at the prison, Marge sets the other on prison break by mistake, and in the middle of the chaos, Homer, undercover as a prison guard, helps her escape to safety, her hair ricocheting a warning shot from a guard to stop her from breaking.
TITLE SCREEN!: Cupid flies over the screen with a banner that says “Season Finale”. A dragon appears and burns him and the banner.
BILLBOARD TEXT!: Wiltered Mother’s Day roses. 1% off
BLACKBOARD TEXT!: Milhouse does not live below the puberty line
Homer crashes in the door with a Couch building manual. The manual opens and Marge asks Homer to build the couch. Homer calls Shøp to get the materials and asks Bart to build it for 1$ but Bart refuses. Homer throws the manual in the trash bin and collects all he needs: instruments, 3 cans of Duff beer, 3 donuts and 5 hours of time. Homer starts building it, not without accidents, and 10 hours later, Marge enters the room to find him having made no real progress and demands Homer to do something. Homer proceeds to collect a rock to break Flanders‘s window, steal his couch and bring it home, much to Ned‘s rage.
- The episode title is a reference to the television series Orange Is the New Black.
- The show was previously referenced in the comic story Yellow Is the New Black.
- Wiggum makes a pun on Silvester Stallone‘s name, Silvester Alone.
- Marge reads a book by James Patterson.
- The title of the book, Bishop takes night, is a reference to bishop takes knight in chess.
- The black and white scenes with Homer as homemaker are a reference to Donna Reed.
- The couch gag is inspired by the style of IKEA‘s manuals.
- The scene where “neighbors with appetizers” show up is like the ending of the 1946 film It’s a Wonderful Life, when the townspeople show up: both show neighborly support and refer to the main character as being “the richest man” while the same carol is heard in the background: “Hark the Herald Angels Sing.”
- Marge is sent to jail in the Springfield Women’s Prison. (“Marge in Chains“)
- In the opening scene, Lisa plays a theremin. (“Homer Scissorhands“)
- Homer dresses up as a prision guard. (“The Wandering Juvie“)
- Ned references losing Maude. (“Alone Again, Natura-Diddily“)
- Mr. Sparkle‘s face appears on laundry detergent. (“In Marge We Trust“)
- In the opening sequence:
- The bear in Mr. Burns‘s office is shown to be a real bear.
- Before the couch gag, Homer is already holding the manual when he gets run over by Marge and Maggie in the Orange Station Wagon.
- At first, Marge needed a phone to hear Homer through the bulletproof glass in the Prison‘s visiting room, but later, Homer is able to talk to her without the phone.
- When Marge fires the prison guard’s gun, the guard has long sleeves. However, the sleeves become short once Marge is handcuffed. When Marge is escorted out of the visiting room, the guard’s sleeves are long again.
- Kevin Michael Richardson as security guard
Previous Episode: Simprovised
Next Episode: Monty Burns’ Fleeing Circus (Season 28 Premiere)
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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