The Simpsons has went over 600! This Sunday, October 23rd, 2016, Fox aired “Trust But Clarify“, the 5th episode of Season 28 and the 601st episode to date. This Episode Fact File will recap the episode with pictures, video clips and more. Get the scoop right after the jump!
Trust But Clarify
Lisa and Bart investigate Krusty‘s suspicious new “Krustaceans” candy. Meanwhile, Homer wants a promotion at the nuclear plant and asks Marge to help him dress the part, and news anchor Kent Brockman struggles to find his feet in the changing media world.
Episode Details: ‘Trust But Clarify’ is the 5th episode of Season 28 as well as the 601st episode of The Simpsons. The episode aired on FOX on October 23rd, 2016 and was written by Harry Shearer and directed by Michael Polcino.
BILLBOARD TEXT!: “Beware rigged voting machines”. After some buzzing the text changes to “All voting machines fine”
BLACKBOARD TEXT!: The first episode of the second 600
Marge and Lisa force Homer to visit the Springfield Museum of Art where a special exhibit is on. Upon entering Homer starts hallucinating, seeing Marge and Lisa as paintings. He comes out of the museum and sees Bart, Santa’s Little Helper and the whole Springfield as paintings too, he arrives home and sits on a couch with Maggie. The whole house is a painting too so he tries to change himself in a painting, but becomes a pois stile comic instead.
Bart and Lisa are watching Krusty‘s show, and after showing The Itchy and Scratchy Show‘s episode Mousetrapping a Murderer, Krusty introduces his new product, Krustacean, a candy that even Krusty likes, which Bart already recieved thanks to Krusty Prime.
Meanwhile, at the Power Plant, Homer finds out that Tibor Jankovsky, an employee that barely speaks english, just got a corner office, with many commodities, and thanks to his Ambition, having freed itself in his brain from being held in a cell by Apathy and Alcoholism, Homer is pushed to change to get a higher chance of a promotion, by changing his clothes.
Grampa was watching with other war veterans at a bar The Late Late Late Night with Jimmy Jimmy, with special guest Kent Brockman, where Kent starts telling false war stories. However, a Iraq War veteran unveils his lies and get him to apologyse on Channel 6 News for all the lies he has told in his carreer. This was however his last news report, as he was fired and replaced by Arnie Pye, and thrown out of Channel 6, losing his phone and his car too.
Meanwhile Homer asks Marge for help on changing his clothes, with Marge being surprised by this sudden change and agreeing to help him. In the School Bus, Lisa finds some strange behaviour in kids eating Krustacean, and convinces Bart to take a look at the factory producing it.
Marge and Homer enter the Springfield Mall and Rod Lewin’s “Restricted”™ Lifestyle Gallerium, where Homer completely changes his style to look completely new. After coming out of the mall, they meet Kent, which tries to interview them but Homer refuses.
Kent is depressed and asks his agent for a new job but he fails to take on an offer. Homer meanwhile successfully presents himself to Lenny and Carl in the new suit and prepares himself for the next step.
Bart and Lisa take the samples to Professor Frink that identifies they contain Formaldehyde. Lisa brings them to Channel 6 for them to make a story out of it but they refuse, with Krusty being one of their biggest star and Formaldehyde being one of their biggest sponsor.
Kent keep trying to find a new job, but even BizzFad is a fail when they declare bankrupt after talking to him. Meanwhile Homer goes to Mr. Burns to ask for the promotion but Burns doesn’t like the new style and refuses to, kicking him (and Smithers) on the jacket too.
- The episode title is a reference to the phrase “Trust, but verify“.
- The Late Late Late Show with Jimmy Jimmy is a parody of the Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel Live! shows. His name is a reference to both Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel.
- Grampa references the USO Show, Rob Schneider and Charles Kuralt.
- Kent Brockman mentions Nelson Mandela, Berlin Wall and Bill O’Reilly.
- Marge reads a book titled Potboiler! The Thrilling Art of Making Great Soup, a reference to Potboiler books.
- Marge references Mad Men.
- Dancing with the Press is a reference to Dancing with the Stars.
- Lenny references Katy Perry.
- BizzFad is a parody of BuzzFeed.
- An article writer at BizzFad references 100 actors who were never considered for James Bond.
- “This Town” by Frank Sinatra plays when Homer and Marge walk inside Springfield Mall.
- The cause of Kent Brockman getting fired is a reference to NBC chairman Brian Williams‘ firing for his misrepresenting events which occurred while he was covering the Iraq War in 2003.
- In the Former Anchor Support Group meeting, one of the former anchors speaks in a manner very similar to former NBC Nightly News anchor Tom Brokaw (the one talking about “elocution exercises”, a reference to the fact that Brokaw’s voice sounded a bit slurred at times.) Dan Rather is also at the meeting: his time as CBS Evening News anchor ended when a story he did alleging that George W. Bush had not reported for his National Guard service used documents that appeared to be faked.
- Homer asks if Anderson Cooper was fired. (“The Kid is All Right“)
- Stretch Dude and Clobber Girl appear in the opening sequence. (“Treehouse of Horror X“)
- Kent Brockman was already fired before. (“You Kent Always Say What You Want“)
- Tibor Jankovsky was previously mentioned as a Power Plant employee who couldn’t speak any English. (“Marge Gets a Job“) This episode shows that Tibor has learned some English since that episode.
- Both Nelson and Milhouse mention that they’ve kissed Lisa. (“Lisa’s Date with Density“, “Homer Scissorhands“)
- The blackboard text makes reference to the episode being the 601st episode of the show.
- When Homer puts his suit in the closet, his shirts went from white to gray.
- The vials inside the box Lisa stole from Krusty‘s factory change between scenes.
THE ITCHY & SCRATCHY SHOW EPISODE!:
Itchy slices him with a knife and puts his pieces on sale, including his head, changing the sign to “Fresh Cat Meat” and places a “Cruelty-free” sign on his eyes.
BEHIND THE LAUGHTER:
- The episode is a parody of Netflix’s series Making a Murderer.
- The story is a reference to Steven Avery, a man arrested for the murder of a female photographer in 2005.
Previous Episode: Treehouse of Horror XXVII
Next Episode: There Will Be Buds
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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