The Simpsons continues as this Sunday, April 2nd, 2017, Fox aired “The Caper Chase”, the 19th episode of Season 28 and the 615th episode to date. This Episode Fact File will recap the episodes with pictures, video clips and more. Get the scoop right after the jump!
The Caper Chase
Episode Details: ‘The Caper Chase’ is the 19th episode of Season 28 as well as the 615th episode of The Simpsons. The episode aired on FOX on April 2nd, 2017. It was written by Jeff Westbrook and directed by Lance Kramer with Al Jean as the show runner.
TITLE SCREEN!: The “The Simpsons” text is upside down. Once the title crosses the middle, God‘s hand tilts it back normal.
The Simpsons family arrives as the X-Men (Homer is Professor X, Marge is first Krusty then transforms into Mystique, Lisa is Storm, Maggie is Wolverine and Bart is Angel). Then Stan Lee arrives and says “There is nothing too short I can’t cameo”.
A softball match between the Indian Point Nuclear team and the Springfield Nuclear team is being prepared. After Homer collapses on the field, Mr. Burns and the other coach talk about the nuclear energy and how it is never going to end.
Mr. Burns goes to Yale University to collect new generation of workers for the Nuclear Plant, however they refuse because they say their students are highly entitled wusses. Burns finds out that running an university can make a lot of money and refuses to fund it. From a member of the Skull and Bones society, Bourbon Verlander, he discovers how much a university can make, and makes a deal with him.
Back at the Power Plant, Burns burns all of Yale University stuff and says to Homer, Lenny and Carl he’ll start a new university. The teachers he choose to run the university are the Power Plant workers.
Homer and the others start working as teachers, but Homer is not doing so good with his students and Lisa offers him a DVD box set of inspirational teachers DVDs. ispirational teachers dvd. After watching them, he gets better at teaching and Mr. Burns sells Homer to Bourbon.
Homer meets Neil deGrasse Tyson, Ken Jennings, Suze Orman and Robert McKee, being introduced to the people that they have to teach, clones of LadyBot. They start teaching the robots, Sallys, how to be students. 6 months later, Homer ruins Bourbon’s integration of the robots at Yale University and makes them explode, then the teachers then start teaching Lisa, Marge and Bart.
- The episode title is a reference to the 1973 film The Paper Chase.
- The story’s plotline is a satire of Donald Trump and Trump University.
- The couch gag is a reference to X-Men:
- Homer is Professor X.
- Marge is Mystique.
- Lisa is Storm.
- Maggie is Wolverine.
- Bart is Angel.
- Stan Lee makes a cameo during the couch gag.
- Yale University is visited and its mascot Handsome Dan is seen.
- William Shakespeare is mentioned on a banner.
- The Cappella group are The Whiffenpoofs and they sing “The Whiffenpoof Song“.
- Mr. Burns visits the Skull and Bones society, an undergraduate senior secret society at Yale University. He and a member hold a replica of the skulls of Martin Van Buren, a reference to the fact that the society is accused of possessing said skull.
- The University of Phoenix is mentioned, also referencing the fact that its campuses are located all around USA.
- The Full Monty is referenced in the spot for Burns University, and Smither imagines Mr. Burns dancing like the movie.
- Del Taco is a reference to Taco Bell.
- Comic Book Guy wears a Starfleet Academy shirt.
- Lisa hands to Homer a DVD box set of inspirational teachers DVDs. The DVDs include Dead Poets Society, Stand and Deliver and
- The main characters from all three movies John Keating, Jaime Escalante and John Kimble all make voiced appearances in their respective movies.
- Homer makes a note of John Keating, played by Robin Williams, being like Patch Adams minus Mork from Happy Days and Mork & Mindy.
- After, Homer says he cries after watching Goodbye, Mr. Chips.
- A female student says she finally realizes why Gamma radiation turns Bruce Banner into The Hulk.
- The scene where Homer is taken to the compound is a reference to the film Ex Machina.
- On introducing Ken Jennings, him being a Jeopardy! champion is mentioned. The LadyBot clones are then taught stuff with Jeopardy!.
- The male robots are called “Sullies” and they’re modeled as Captain Sully who successfully landed on the Hudson River in 2009.
- Homer shows the students the scene from the HD opening sequence in the Power Plant, with him, Lenny and Carl.
- Homer imitates his voice from the old classic seasons.
- Robert McKee breaks the fourth wall by talking about the time cut that happened after the introduction to the clones.
- Part of the Springfield Nuclear softball team that played in the Shelbyville game is playing a softball game. (“Homer at the Bat“)
- Professor Frink‘s robot, LadyBot, appears, with clones of itself. (“Love Is in the N2-O2-Ar-CO2-Ne-He-CH4“)
- Suze Orman as Herself
- Neil deGrasse Tyson as Himself
- Robert McKee as Himself
- Jason Alexander as Bourbon Verlander
- Ken Jennings as Himself
Previous Episode: A Father’s Watch
Next Episode: Looking for Mr. Goodbart
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!