The Simpsons come back after a week pause, for this Sunday, December 4th, 2016, Fox aired “The Last Traction Hero”, the 9th episode of Season 28 and the 605th episode to date. This Episode Fact File will recap the episode with pictures, video clips and more. Get the scoop right after the jump!
The Last Traction Hero
A workplace accident leaves Homer in a cast, and in a position to sue Mr. Burns. This leaves Marge unfulfilled, so she turns to an unexpected source for romance. Meanwhile, Lisa is made “Bus Monitor” and tries to keep the peace.
Episode Details: ‘The Last Traction Hero’ is the 9th episode of Season 28 as well as the 605th episode of The Simpsons. The episode aired on FOX on December 4th, 2016 and was written by Bill Odenkirk and directed by Bob Anderson.
TITLE SCREEN!: Chazz Busby walks on a high-wire doing his jazz hand across the screen
Homer arrives at the Power Plant parking lot, but can’t find a parking spot, all occupied by cars place in weird positions, a hole, or even the episode credits, and he decides to park on Mr. Burns‘ spot. Since he’s on a hunting trip with friends, he realizes that he can live his life for a bit, and goes around the plant wearing his clothes, and playing golf at Burns‘ office. However, while he’s playing, Mr. Burns returns from his trip with Smithers.
Homer gets scared and hits the ball, that bounces all around the room hitting the trapdoor button, and he falls. However, it’s under renovation, and is not safe, and he hits many objects and constructions stuff and lands on a cement mixer full of concrete. The accident causes him to have to wear a cast. At first it seems to work out fine but he gets bored since he can’t do anything as he can’t move his arms, including not reading what Bart writes on the cast.
At the school bus, Dolph creates chaos when trying to hit Milhouse he hits Nelson, and a fight starts. Otto can’t do anything and Lisa decides to record the fight on her smartphone and shows it to Skinner, who recognizes Lisa‘s bus problem solving and promotes her to “bus monitor”.
At Mr. Burns‘ office, the Blue-Haired Lawyer informs him that the trapdoor is illegal and doesn’t meet modern standars, and Homer is able to sue him and the plant. Fearing it, Burns sends Smithers to convince him not to do so. The visit however has the opposite effect of reminding him he can.
Smithers becomes friends with Marge, even bringing them a cake to sign, and they end up talking about their love (Homer and Mr. Burns). The talk begins to get awkward to the point that Marge starts thinking about kissing Smithers, but Burns calls him. Soon after, Homer having recovered from the injury, she goes to him and they have sex, while Burns get angry at Smithers for not getting Homer to sign the paper that relieves him of all possible sues.
At the bus, Lisa organizes the kids sits, and quiet them down, and starts making more plans, getting overzelous, for the whole school, but the kids get angry at her and rebel against it. When the bus arrives at the school its a wreck and on fire. Lisa is left confused while the kids leaves laughing and Milhouse explains that the bus rides are supposed to be crazy, which relieves her.
Homer soon realizes Marge is hanging out with Smithers a lot, and that to stop it he needs to give up on the lawsuit, making his lawyer sad. To make him feel better, he tries to roll down the courthouse stairs, but Marge tries to save him and both fall and get run over by a truck and they get back home both in casts, bringing them close together.
PRODUCTION!: WABF03 was originally “Fatzcarraldo“, which is what WABF07 became.
- The title of the episode is a reference to the movie Last Action Hero.
- The tableau of the Simpsons in the couch gag is an homage to the painting The Third of May 1808 by Francisco Goya.
- The song playing after the black and white scene with the puzzle is We’ll Meet Again by Vera Lynn.
- The book Callback Mountain is a reference to the book On Call Back Mountain by Eve Bunting.
- The Rich Texan refers to Mr. Burns as Davy Crockett.
- The sequence that ends with Bart‘s throwing a sledgehammer at the screen showing Lisa‘s face as “Big Brother” is a reference to the commercial 1984, aired during the Super Bowl XVIII that introduced the Macintosh computer.
- The music heard during the “Tragic Bus” montage and again during the end credits is “Night on Bald Mountain” by Modest Mussorgsky.
- The song the parrots sing in Mr. Burns‘ office is “Wiki-Waka Liki-Laka“, written by Bill Odenkirk with lyrics by Chris Ledesma. The song is a parody of the theme for the Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room, “The Tiki Tiki Tiki Room“.
- Lisa‘s uniform as bus monitor is a reference to Tilda Swinton‘s character Minister Mason in the movie Snowpiercer.
- Mr. Burns tells his lawyers that being told to omit mention of his hounds is like “telling Three Finger Brown he can’t play for the Brooklyn Tip-Tops“.
- Lisa‘s American History answers to (inferred) questions at the end refer to:
- As of this episode, Kevin Michael Richardson is credited as also starring, having been credited as special guest voice previously.
- The title of the episode is also a reference to the The Itchy & Scratchy Show‘s episode with the same title.
- Instead of on TV after the couch gag, the credits for the episode were shown as signs on spots at the Power Plant parking lot.
- When Homer sings sUe S.A. sUe S.A., he’s holding an American flag with Damages written on it. In the trailer for the episode it wasn’t shown.
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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!