Its the start of a new season, Woo-ooh! The Simpsons are ready to start their 28th season with a bang, and an episode tie-in to add to it as well! This Sunday, September 25th, 2016, Fox aired “Monty Burns’ Fleeing Circus“, the 1st episode of Season 28, the 597th episode to date and the Season 28 premiere. This Episode Fact File will recap the episode with pictures, video clips and more. Get the scoop right after the jump!
Monty Burns’ Fleeing Circus
Episode Details: ‘Monty Burns’ Fleeing Circus’ is the 1st episode of Season 28 as well as the 597th episode of The Simpsons, and is the Season premiere. The episode aired on FOX on September 25th, 2016 and was written by Tom Gammill and Max Pross and directed by Matthew Nastuk with Al Jean as show runner.
TITLE SCREEN!: Kodos flies on his UFO with a banner saying “Vote Kodos make the universe great again”
BILLBOARD TEXT!: Why are they hitting themselves? How to bully-proof your kid
BLACKBOARD TEXT!: This arm needs Tommy John surgery
COUCH GAG!: Simpsons Time Couch Gag sung by Pendleton Ward
On a walk through the town, the Simpsons find people looking at the sky terrorized, finding out that the statue of Lard Lad had vanished. After a riot-non riot between the citizen of Springfield resulting in no damage, the Lard Lad company announces that they have decided to rebrand with a new metallic statue. Robert Chang, inviting Laird Ladd, the model for the original statue, at the cerimony, inaugurated the new statue.
The new statue is presented, however Professor Frink points out that it being metallic it’d present a huge problem: it’ll reflect the light from the sun in a death beam all over the town. The town completely burns to the ground thanks to this.
Mayor Quimby announces that the citizens will rebuild Springfield, however six month passes and the town is still in ruins, with a billboard announcing how many minutes have passed since the broken promise.
The Simpsons go to Mr. Burns to ask him to fund the rebuilding of the town, however reclutant at first, he agrees at the condition that he can put a variety show at the Springfield Bowl. He starts the auditions, where he starts reminescing of his past with his mother at his performance there, at the 1913’s Pwee-Wee Pageant.
Later, at Springfield Elementary he is searching kids to perform on stage, and hires Lisa as his assistant after she help him with opening the clipboard where he was taking notes. Back at the Bowl, Burns is having bad flashbacks of people laughing at him at his performance, and his mother not helping him deal with the situation. He proposes to have someone being shot into a cannon, and when even Lisa laughs at it, Burns decides to cancel the show.
Without much success, Lisa goes to Burns’ Mansion to convince him to do the show. After wondering why he was upset at people laughing at his idea, Smithers shows her the recording in mute and black and white of what happened, when his suspenders snapped and his underwear fell, revealing his naked bottom, with everyone laughing. After seeing this Lisa manages to convince him to do the show.
Meanwhile at the Power Plant, in Mr. Burns absense, the employees transformed the plant in a resort, with pool and games. Back at home, Homer is preparing a prank for Lenny, however Marge remembers him that he’s the safety inspector of the plant, and that he should stop what was happening. Back at the plant, he manages to bring the situation back to normal, however some popcorn caused a fire inside the core, making what looked like fireworks come out of the cooling towers.
At the Bowl, after Burns and Smithers’ introduction, the show starts with Rod, Todd, Nelson, the octuplets, Sherri and Terri performing, however the show’s ending was interrupted by the fireworks, but Mr. Burns wasn’t done and he reenacted his presentation. During the act, the spotlight on him made him flinch back and hit some spotlights in the back that causes his pants to burn down, with the Bowl public laughing and leaving. Burns gets mad at Lisa for this, being she convinced him to do the show anyway, but ends up forgetting her and letting her play the sax for an empty Bowl.
At the end, back at home, Lisa asks Homer the reason why Simpsons always fail, and he answers that it’s a curse, telling of the story of how their ancestors didn’t let Joseph and Mary at their home at Jesus‘ birth, resulting in their home being burnt down by Mary. Lisa asks Homer if that’s what reall happen, skeptic, and Homer tells her they looked like them…
PRODUCTION: It is a flashback episode showing Mr. Burns‘ childhood.
- The episode title is a reference to the series Monty Python’s Flying Circus.
- On the title screen, Kodos flies across with a banner reading “Vote Kodos make the universe great again”, a reference to the presidential campaign of Donald Trump.
- The blackboard text references the Tommy John surgery.
- The couch gag is a parody of Adventure Time.
- Skinner and Chalmers walk the aisles of Springfield Bowl dressed as The Blues Brothers.
- The new Lard Lad statue destroying the town is a probable reference to 20 Fenchurch Street, a London skyscraper which has been in the news for reflecting sunlight in a similar manner which caused damage to the sidewalk and cars parked nearby.
- Ralph imitates Porky Pig from Looney Tunes saying “That’s all folks!” while in the fire of the New Lard Lad Donuts‘s metallic statue on Springfield Tire Yard.
- Homer mentions filling water guns up with iced tea and lemonade to spray Lenny with to make an Arnold Palmer drink and later Lenny and Carl spray Homer with these. The drink was named after US golfer Arnold Palmer who coincidentally died the same day this episode aired.
- Chief Wiggum compares the Lard Lad Donuts statue being missing like the time The Thinker was stolen.
- When Marge says “there’s only one man we can turn to”, Homer answers “Supergirl?”.
- In the couch gag, one of the Spucklers is wearing Mickey Mouse ears.
- The Channel 6 headline for the riot was Quiet Riot, the name of a heavy metal band.
- The song Because I Got High by Afroman plays during one of the Power Plant‘s “parties”.
- Crazy Cat Lady sings Un bel dì by Giacomo Puccini.
- Homer references Spider-Man saying “With above avarage height comes above avarage responsibility”, a reference to the Spider-Man‘s “With great power comes great responsibility”.
- Rod and Todd‘s performance is playing and singing Michael Row the Boat Ashore.
- The song playing during the end credits is “Oh, Dem Golden Slippers” by James A. Bland.
- The first film seen on the Mutoscope is The Kiss (1896 film).
- Rod and Todd, on stage with their instruments, are reprising the Smothers Brothers act.
- Todd’s line, “God always liked you best” is a riff on Tommy Smothers’ catch phrase, “Mom always liked you best.”
- In the couch gag several references to past episode appears:
- The Multi-eyed squirrel. (“The Simpsons Movie“)
- “H.J.S. + M.B.” initials written inside a heart carved in a tree. (“The Way We Weren’t“)
- Springfield Lemon Tree. (“Lemon of Troy“)
- Bobo. (“Rosebud“)
- Barney, dressed as Plow King, is driving his Plow King’s Plow. (“Mr. Plow“)
- Moe as a yeti. (“Moe Goes from Rags to Riches“)
- The Angel Skeleton on the ground. (“Lisa the Skeptic“)
- Homer is shown flying over a canyon on a skateboard, but he fails to make over to the other side and tumbles down the canyon. (“Bart the Daredevil“)
- Lisa plays the saxophone in a cave full of fireworks and with Linguo near her. (“Trilogy of Error“)
- The Olmec Head. (“Blood Feud“)
- The Grumple chases Rod and Todd on the road. (“Kill Gil, Volumes I & II“)
- A picture of Stampy on Bart’s Treehouse. (“Bart Gets an Elephant“)
- In the dump several items appear:
- A picture of nude Mr. Burns. (“Brush with Greatness“)
- A Funzo skeleton. (“Grift of the Magi“)
- Chief Knock-A-Homer. (“I, (Annoyed Grunt)-bot“)
- The Homer. (“Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?“)
- The Bear Buster 5000. (“The Fat and the Furriest“)
- Monorail train. (“Marge vs. The Monorail“)
- Mr. Sparkle‘s box. (“In Marge We Trust“)
- The Hive. (“‘Cue Detective“)
- Devil’s Advocate. (“Insane Clown Poppy“)
- The Inanimate carbon rod. (“Deep Space Homer“)
- Among the spectators laughing at young Mr. Burns is Itchy from Steamboat Itchy.
- Maude Flanders and Edna Krabappel appear as ghosts next to Ned. (“Alone Again, Natura-Diddily“, “The Man Who Grew Too Much“)
- In some frames in Burns’ Mansion, Maggie is swivel-eyed.
- At the first audition, Lisa‘s headset changes sides between scenes.
- Manjula changes clothes between two scenes.
- When Mrs. Burns was licking Mr. Burns at the pageant, a line appears through her face for a frame.
- Krusty‘s makeup turns yellow for a few frames.
- Apu is seen with the octuplets in baby carriers in the start of the episode, but a few seconds later, he appears with Manjula when the town of Springfield are looking up at the sky without wearing the octuplets in the baby carriers.
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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.
Till next time, Happy Tapping everyone!