The first episode of the year of The Simpsons is here for this Sunday, January 8th, 2017, Fox aired “Pork and Burns”, the 11th episode of Season 28 and the 607th episode to date. This Episode Fact File will recap the episode with pictures, video clips and more. Get the scoop right after the jump!
Pork and Burns
When Marge becomes obsessed with a Japanese style of living, the Simpsons must part with any item that no longer brings them joy. For Homer, this means finding a new home for the family pig. For Lisa, it means saying goodbye to her beloved sax.
Episode Details: ‘Pork and Burns’ is the 11th episode of Season 28 as well as the 607th episode of The Simpsons. The episode aired on FOX on January 8th, 2017 and was written by Rob LaZebnik and directed by Matthew Nastuk.
TITLE SCREEN!: An airplane flyes by with a banner saying “Good bye and good riddance 2016”
JANUARY 8TH, 2017
The Simpsons sit down on the couch that is revealed to be a sticker on a “Couch Gag Play Set”. The set is between other Simpsons merchandise (t-shirt, couches, snow globes, hats, stand-up figures and a The Simpsons Video Game). Bart asks Marge to get one, but Marge refuses, even if it’s 3 for $1.
AUGUST 28TH, 2017
Homer warns the viewers of the Solar eclipse of August 21, 2017, while Marge tells him it’s too late as it’s over. He is blindfloded, due to the damage to his eyes done by the eclipse, due to the fact that he used a beer bottle as protection, and beer as eye wash. Meanwhile, Bart sprays Loser on his shirt, and Homer says he won’t see the end of Game of Thrones and shouts No! angrily.
Several monks are handcrafting the book The Japanese Warrior Monks’ Guide to Tidying Up, a book to teach people to reach “the state of entidyment”, carefully when they were told that America had ordered a shipment of one million books. When they find this out, all the monks are fired and robots make the books in a factory instead. When one of the robots was told it had put two front covers on the book, it committed seppuku.
The family reunites at home and she makes the family follow its teaching, giving up everything that didn’t give them joy any more. Lisa gives up some of her Malibu Stacy dolls, Bart tells Marge all his stuff gives him joy, while Homer gives up his Mr. Plow‘s jacket.
Marge however tells him he has to give up Plopper, and to find him a new place to live, so he puts an announcement on Gregslist. The first one to offer it is Snake, but Homer refuses, getting on a window-less van to get back home.
Homer decides to make Plopper one, but Lisa gets worried of him getting in trouble and gets an ansiety attack, and Homer gets the idea to get a prescription for ansiety at Dr. Bud’s Medicinal Marijuana Clinic, but he’s found to be fake, so he turns to Dr. Nick, which gives him some pills.
Lisa gets rid of everything in her room, and finds out her sax doesn’t give her joy anymore. Meanwhile Homer brings Plopper at the Power Plant, placing him on his seat, and says to Marge that he’ll bring him everywhere he goes so she won’t see it for long anymore.
At the Springfield nuclear family day picnic, Lisa gives up her sax, while Plopper gets greased up by kids, and the Hounds attack him, biting his back’s ribs. Dr. Budgie visits him, and to avoid a sue, Mr. Burns and Smithers agree to take care of him.
Lisa has got her joy back, but is missing his stuff, so Marge takes her to Springfield Lock ‘N’ Leave Storage Facility and reveals she kept all the stuff there, and go and retrieve them, disturbing Gil.
- The episode name is a reference to Pork and beans.
- A Japanese book maker questions being told to make one million books, saying “That’s Dilbert territory!”.
- After being told that it has made a book with two front covers, a robot commits Seppuku.
- Amazon and its drones are seen.
- A book by Bill O’Reilly is seen.
- Gregslist is a reference to Craigslist.
- Bart mentions Lisa having Dean Cain‘s autograph.
- Homer mentions Elizabeth Taylor.
- Cartoon versions of Hellman’s mayonnaise are shown.
- Whitney Houston‘s “I Will Always Love You” plays when Homer reunites with Plopper.
- The label on Lisa Simpson Demo Track on the iPod says “If found please send to Wynton Marsalis“
- The sign outside Springfield Lock ‘N’ Leave Storage Facility saying “The Historic Site of the First Storage War” is a reference to the reality TV show Storage Wars.
- Robots similar to the ones in Them, Robot appear.
- Plopper returns. (“The Simpsons Movie“)
- The Spider Pig song plays when it appears.
- It’s revealed it has lived with them since the events of the movie.
- Homer throws away his Mr. Plow jacket. (“Mr. Plow“)
- The Gnome in Your Home appears in the garage with the other kept away stuff. (“The Nightmare After Krustmas“)
- Dr. Budgie appears. (“Lisa the Veterinarian“)
- An alternate “couch gag” aired on August 27, 2017; replacing the title screen, opening sequence and couch gag, referencing the Solar eclipse of August 21, 2017.
- Homer references Game of Thrones and its finale, that aired the same night.
Previous Episode: The Nightmare After Krustmas
Next Episode: The Great Phatsby: Part One
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!