The Simpsons are back after a month pause, for this Sunday, February 12th, 2017, Fox aired “Fatzcarraldo”, the 14th episode of Season 28 and the 610th episode to date. This Episode Fact File will recap the episodes with pictures, video clips and more. Get the scoop right after the jump!
When all the fast food restaurants in Springfield become healthy, Homer turns to the last bastion of greasy food for comfort – and digs up some childhood memories along the way. Meanwhile, Lisa must find a good news story when the future of her school radio station is in jeopardy.
Episode Details: ‘Fatzcarraldo’ is the 14th episode of Season 28 as well as the 610th episode of The Simpsons. The episode aired on FOX on February 12th, 2017. It was written by Michael Price and directed by Mark Kirkland. The episode was dedicated to Sooan Kim who passed away on January 20th, aged 62.
TITLE SCREEN!: Two athletes on poles meet and kiss at the center and the text “Happy Valentine’s Day!” appears.
BILLBOARD TEXT!: Kwik-E-Mart. Your 2 days to Valentine’s Headquarters.
BLACKBOARD TEXT!: If we’re so good at predicting how come my dad bet on Atlanta.
After setting out a domino all over the Power Plant and activating it, endangering the core in the process with a imminent meltdown, Homer wins a challenge by Mr. Burns, giving all employees the rest of the day off but it’s revealed its just a plan to hide some bodies in Christmas decoration boxes, including Smilin’ Joe Fission‘s.
Homer wants to celebrate, and comes home only to find Patty and Selma at home, ruining his perfect day, ready to take the whole family to the 38th annual DMV Awards at Aztec Theater. After escaping from the boring ceremony, he goes to Krusty Burger, but finds out their corporate parent from Japan changed all of the food to Japanese food. After praying to God, Homer finds himself at Deuce’s Caboose Chili Dogs, and eats hot dogs till morning. Coming back home, he tells the family about where he went and Grampa tells the story of how Homer went there with him and Grandma Mona every week in his childhood, but Homer says he haven’t gone back there for 30 years.
Having spent too much on the Awards show, Patty and Selma settle themselves at home. To relieve himself from the stress of the news he comes back to the caboose and eats some more hot dogs, asking the owner if he remembers him, but he doesn’t. Meanwhile, in Willie’s shack, Martin, Milhouse, Database, Janey, Lisa and Wendell have a reunion for their local radio, WSES Radio, about being beaten by Jimbo, Kearney and Dolph‘s broadcast. The meeting is cut short by Willie having to use the shack, while Homer escapes the Power Plant and goes to the caboose to eat more, and finds Krusty too, depressed about people not eating at his place anymore.
Back at the school, while Lisa was interviewing Nelson, Skinner informs her that the funding for her radio station were cut. After Lisa‘s disappointment, Homer has one too when, bringing Lisa with him to cheer her up, he finds out that the caboose is closed and sold permanently to new owners, Krusty. Homer can’t stand this and steals the caboose with his car, followed by the police, but is helped by them communicating with other greasy food lovers, that help him once the car finishes the fuel. At the end, after crashing the barrier made by Lindsey Naegle and Krusty, the caboose goes over the bridge and Homer is in danger, when the owner helps him out, telling him he remembers, and saves him.
PRODUCTION!: The episode was originally WABF03, but then was moved to WABF07 and WABF03 became “The Last Traction Hero“.
- The title of the episode is a reference to the 1982 movie Fitzcarraldo.
- In the movie, a steamship is pulled up a mountain; similarly, the Springfielders later pull Deuce’s Caboose up a steep hill.
- The blackboard text makes reference to the various predictions the show has made on many things, like Super Bowl LI‘s Lady Gaga performance in Lisa Goes Gaga. In the text, Bart says Homer bet on Atlanta‘s win and he lost the bet. In the Super Bowl LI Atlanta lost to the New England Patriots.
- Dominoes pizza boxes are a reference to Domino’s Pizza and its Simpsons commercial.
- Homer eats a box of Cracker Jack. The box references the disappointing prizes that can be found inside.
- Patty references James Bond and the movie Licence to Kill.
- Homer mentions Macy’s, saying “It’s like if Macy’s didn’t sell mace.”
- Kentucky Steamed Chickpeas is a reference to Kentucky Fried Chicken.
- Tofu Bell is a reference to Taco Bell.
- The food chain Arby’s is seen.
- Homer says “Chewie, we’re home”, referring to his mouth. He’s quoting Han Solo from the Star Wars film Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
- Homer imagines Bart as a Butterfinger bar, a reference to how Bart used to be star in its commercials.
- Bart says Fatman Begins, a reference to Batman Begins.
- Deuce says he can barely remember the starting lineup of the 1961 Chicago Blackhawks and then names several players.
- Deuce and Homer sing “Hot Dog” from The Archies album Everything’s Archie.
- Deuce opens a package of hot dogs labeled “Anthony’s Wieners”, a reference to scandal-plagued politician Anthony Weiner, which despite different spelling is pronounced as “wiener.”
- The music that plays when Homer begins remembering the chili dogs is the “Flower Duet” from the opera Lakmé.
- The time-lapse photography outside the Aztec Theater and the music heard is like that in the movie Koyaanisqatsi.
- The music heard as Homer is driving away from Krusty Burger is the Janet Leigh driving music from the movie Psycho.
- At the end of the episode, the theme from the movie Chinatown plays.
- When Colonel Sanders says “This aggression will not stand” he is quoting a line from the film The Big Lebowski.
- The episode was dedicated to Sooan Kim who passed away on January 20th.
- In the Destination Springfield event of The Simpsons: Tapped Out, Krusty was asked by Quimby for Krusty Burger to help the city create a Japanese atmosphere by serving sushi. In the episode, the Krusty Burger now has Japanese corporate parents.
- One of the bodies thrown in the Christmas decorations box by Smithers is Smilin’ Joe Fission. (“Homer’s Odyssey“)
- For some reason, on Hulu, when Skinner tells parents to pick up kids in South Springfield, the subtitles say Chinatown instead of South Springfield.
- When Krusty shows off his new menu items, he butchers the pronunciation of banh mi and pho.
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