One more episode to the 600 episodes milestone! This Sunday, October 9th, 2016, Fox aired “The Town“, the 3rd episode of Season 28 and the 599th episode to date. This Episode Fact File will recap the episode with pictures, video clips and more. Get the scoop right after the jump!
Episode Details: ‘The Town’ is the 3rd episode of Season 28 as well as the 599th episode of The Simpsons. The episode aired on FOX on October 9th, 2016 and was written by Dave King and directed by Rob Oliver with Al Jean and Matt Selman as show runners.
After complaining to Marge about serving dinner slowly, Homer goes to Moe’s Tavern to watch the football match between Springfield Atoms and Boston Americans, where he meets Boston fans. The two fan groups start mocking each other, expecially after the mascot of the Boston team wins them the match by a touchdown, by cheating. After saying he’s going to lose it if he sees a Boston fan after the way they won, back at home he’s surprised by Bart wearing a Boston Americans hat.
Homer, trying to convince him to switch teams, take him around Springfield, but Bart refuses saying that the Boston people are his people. Startled, Homer starts hallucinating the Boston Americans team, and decides to take the family on a “hate-cation” to Boston, to show Bart how terrible the city is.
After the trip they arrive at Boston, where Homer starts provoking the people, but gets caught underneath a cart full of bobbleheads, and is saved by many doctors, learning of the healthcare in the city and being impressed by it. Afterwards, Marge, Lisa and Maggie explore the city on their own and learn about the beauty of the town, including an area for nerds that impress Lisa greatly.
Meanwhile, Homer and Bart go candlepin bowling, Homer being reclutant to try, but once he does he starts liking it more than bowling, and starts to see the good in Boston. Back at the hotel, happy with how the city turned out to be, the whole family decides to move to the town.
Homer finds a job at a candy factory that looks like the Power Plant and Lisa find herself liking the school and the teacher, however Bart finds out that detention in the school is not as much fun, as the kids in detention are seen singing instead of being the bad kids he expected. He finds out that the city is not made for him, but instead for intellectual and nerds like Lisa, so he tries to ruin the city for the family so they can move back home.
To do so, Bart takes the family on a parade for the last game won by cheating by the Boston Americans, where Homer tries not to get angry, but when offered a Boston Americans hat he couldn’t resist and snaps it in half and start calling them cheaters. The family returns back to Springfield, with Marge being mad for making them leave, but Bart has now changed sides, while Lisa is hallucinating being still at Boston‘s school.
PRODUCTION: The episode was originally titled “Patriot Games”, as seen in the script cover. However, the title was changed in January 2016 to “The Town”.
The episode was nominated for an Emmy Award in July 2017 for the Outstanding Animated Program category.
- The title of the episode is a reference to the movie The Town, which also takes place in Boston.
- Homer references the Aerosmith, and Ben and Casey Affleck.
- Marge references The Real Housewives.
- Bart references The Departed and its theme song is sung by the kids in detention and it is later played during the end credits.
- The song The Man in Me by Bob Dylan plays when Bart and Homer are candlepin bowling.
- Boston Americans is a reference to the former name of the Boston Red Sox baseball team.
- Bart (wearing a blue cap) being intimidated by Apu and Sideshow Mel (wearing red clothes) is a reference to the rivalry between the gangs Crips (identified by their blue clothing) and Bloods (identified by their red clothing).
- The Duck family from Robert McCloskey’s Make Way for Ducklings are seen when the Simpsons walk by Charles River.
- The Cheers (which takes place in Boston) theme is heard a couple of times during the episode.
- At the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, nerds are seen playing Magic: The Gathering and with Oculus Rifts.
- Bobbleheads of Aimee Mann, Steven Wright and Bell Biv DeVoe attack Homer.
- The Bill “Spaceman” Lee Planetarium is a reference to Major League Baseball pitcher Bill “Spaceman” Lee.
- Cumbies is slang for Cumberland Farms, a regional chain of convenience stores based in Framingham, Massachusetts.
- Dukakis Eyebrows sells eyebrows in the style of Michael Dukakis.
- Filene’s Basement’s Attic is a reference to Filene’s Basement, a chain of department stores.
- Lechmere’s was a real retail store chain.
- Nekco is a reference to Necco, the New England Confectionery Company.
- Noam Chomp-Sky’s Grinders and Frappes is a reference to Noam Chomsky.
- Robert’s Parish is a reference to former basketball player Robert Parish. The stain glass window features an image of him.
- Spenser: For Hire’s Gifts is a reference to the TV series Spenser: For Hire.
- A statue of Larry Bird is seen, parodying the Statue of Liberty.
- The statue of Paul Revere is seen.
- People appearing in the crowd scene at the Boston Americans parade:
- The cast of Cheers. (Cliff Clavin, Carla Tortelli and Norm Peterson)
- Noam Chomsky.
- Michael Dukakis.
- Carlton Fisk.
- Marvelous Marvin Hagler.
- Ally McBeal from Ally McBeal.
- The Mighty Mighty Bosstones.
- New Kids on the Block.
- Conan O’Brien.
- Bobby Orr.
- Ted and Mark Wahlberg, referencing Ted, which takes place in Boston.
- Steven Tyler of Aerosmith.
- Elizabeth Warren.
- Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss.
- Steven Wright.
- Two Boston Celtics jokes, as the Celtics are the city’s most victorious sports team with 17 championships as of the episode’s original 2016 airing, are shown:
- In the February 12th re-airing of the episode, a new hidden reference to the Patriots’ Super Bowl LI win was added. This scene replaced the Springfield/Boston score with the Patriots/Falcons Super Bowl score.
Massachusetts area references
- Mass. Ave is a reference to the Massachusetts Avenue and it spoofs The Town too with characters resembling Good Will Hunting cast members Ben Affleck, Matt Damon and Casey Affleck talking about robbing The Harvard COOP bookstore and drinking “Fribbels” beforehand.
- Newbury Comics-esque stickers adorn the wall of the tunnel and the neighborhood Lisa and Bart walk through.
- “Jordan’s Furniture & Motel”, complete with a poster for area UHF TV station WSBK-TV‘s The Movie Loft in their room.
- The town of Quimby is a parody of Quincy, Massachusetts.
- The Duncan Doughnut’s cup thrown at the Simpson’s car is a parody of Dunkin’ Donuts, with Fred the Baker appearing at the parade.
- Stores and kiosks at Faneuil Hall Marketplace include:
- The “Do your job, Homer” line the Handsome Quarterback says in Homer’s hallucination was a motto/tagline the Patriots used during their runup to Super Bowl XLIX. Further, the Handsome Quarter back is voiced by Michael Chiklis, who introduced the Patriots for Super Bowl XXXIX.
- “Lechmere‘s” was a Best Buy precursor.
- “Cumbie’s” is a regional convenience store chain throughout eastern Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and eastern Connecticut.
- “104 BCN” was an area radio station that Billy West used to work for as an on-air personality.
- The tunnel scene was slightly edited from the version on the trailer:
- Homer‘s line went from “Delicious, delicious rage.” to “I’ve never loved hating anything so much!”
- Smog was added to the background.
- This episode ended up airing on the Pacific Coast at 9:12pm PT due to overtime of the 2nd 2016 Presidential Debate, and other lead-out programs airing first.
- Inside the tunnel, a blue truck is behind the Simpsons family‘s wagon, after the townie throws a cup at them, there’s a car instead.
- The Boston Americans‘ mascot had no helmet, meaning that he wouldn’t be allowed to participate in the play even if he is one of the players.
- Homer apparently first learns of candlepin bowling in this episode, despite previously making reference to it in My Mother the Carjacker.
- Bill Burr as Boston fan 1
- Michael Chiklis as Handsome quarterback
- Rachel Dratch as Bostonian doctor
- Dana Gould as Boston fan 2
- Doris Kearns Goodwin as herself
- Mike Mitchell as Boston fan 3
- Jason Nash as Southie criminals and Philanthropic Southies
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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.
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