The Simpsons continues as this Sunday, March 12th, 2017, Fox aired “22 for 30”, the 17th episode of Season 28 and the 613th episode to date. This Episode Fact File will recap the episodes with pictures, video clips and more. Get the scoop right after the jump!
22 for 30
In this parody of a cable sports show, Bart goes from delinquent with detention to the star basketball player at Springfield Elementary. Lisa covers Bart‘s success for the school paper, and Homer becomes the team’s coach. Things go awry when Bart gets involved with the mafia.
Episode Details: ’22 for 30′ is the 17th episode of Season 28 as well as the 613th episode of The Simpsons. The episodes aired on FOX on March 12th, 2017. It is written by Joel H. Cohen and directed by Chris Clements with Al Jean as show runner.
The Simpson family arrives on the couch gag, handdrawn, but Bart is missing part of his head. A pencil draws it and reveals it’s Maggie correcting it. After, Lisa is seen drawing Maggie, Bart drawing Lisa, Marge drawing Bart and Homer drawing Marge, while eating a donut. Proceeding to eat the donut, he stabs himself in the eye with another pencil.
The story is a documentary about the rise and the fall of Bart on the basketball team of Springfield Elementary. It all started with a joke that got him in the longest detention in history, where he started shooting baskets in the detention room paper bin. He was made a starter of the team and started playing, receiving star treatments everywhere.
Bart became famous, and fame got on his head, and looked down on his team. Homer became the coach of the team while Bart got badly spoiled to the point of having a shelter built with TVs. Bart started disrespecting Homer badly and the latter had enough and sent him to the bench. Fat Tony caught on the fact and made a proposal to him at Luigi’s.
On the next play, Bart stalled for the last 2 minutes point shaving, winning the game but making sure the team didn’t cover the spread, making both the team and the gamblers happy. The story came out on the newspapers and Lisa began reporting it.
At the City Champions Final Four, Bart won the game after Homer choked him. However, Bart found out how much money Fat Tony was making, and then Fat Tony wanted him to lose the finals and the town hated him for that.
In the game, Milhouse fought Bart and stopped him and his intentions, including his reaching for the fame, and the team won the game. Fat Tony then wanted to shoot Bart and Homer, but Lisa saved them, relaying on a secret regarding Tony and basketball.
- The title of the episode is a reference to the ESPN documentary series titled 30 for 30.
- Air Dingus is a reference to Aer Lingus.
- Son Goku‘s Kamehameha is referenced on the typewriter text.
- ESBN is a parody of ESPN.
- Anger Watkins is a parody of ESPN commentator Stephen A. Smith.
- On Krusty‘s name jokes board, name of popular people appear:
- Homer breaks the 4th wall.
- “I Wish” by Skee-Lo plays when Bart is in detention.
- The song “Fight the Power” by Public Enemy plays when Skinner cuts the book Love cuts like a knife.
- “Basketball” by Bow Wow plays over the closing montage of the episode.
- Lisa spoke to Fat Tony like Porky Pig.
- The site BadaBing is a reference to the search engine Bing.
- Louie references Toy Story 2.
- The narrator, Nelson‘s dad, Eddie Muntz, mentions the Detroit Lions.
- In the facts at the end:
- This episode will be a bonus episode on The Complete Eighteenth Season DVD as a special feature, making this episode the first episode to be released on DVD after season 18.
Previous Episode: Kamp Krustier
Next Episode: A Father’s Watch
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!