The Simpsons’ Season 29 is finally starting, as this Sunday, October 1st, 2017, Fox aired “The Serfsons”, the 1st, and premiere, episode of Season 29 and the 619th episode to date. This Episode Fact File will recap the episodes with pictures, video clips and more. Get the scoop right after the jump!
In a magical medieval world, Marge’s mother is turned into an Ice Walker and the only way for Homer to afford the cure is to force Lisa to use illegal magic. When the King discovers this, he kidnaps Lisa, and Homer must lead a feudal uprising to save her.
Episode Details: ‘The Serfsons’ is the 1st episode of Season 29 and its Season Premiere as well as the 619th episode of The Simpsons. The episode aired on FOX on October 1st, 2017. It was written by Brian Kelley and directed by Rob Oliver with Matt Selman and Al Jean as the show runner.
TITLE SCREEN!: The title of the show is written in a medieval font and says “The Serfsons”, while a dragon flies across the screen.
In the kingdom of Springfieldia, the Serfsons receive a visit by a noble passing through the house on horse, after which Milhouse invites the family to the city walls where new severed heads are being added. The family visit Jacqueline Bouvier at The Webs at Giant Spider Acres, a retirement forest, and then go to the city walls Marge discovers her mother’s body is freezing over.
At Barber Hibbert’s Surgery, Krusty is found with genital Snerfs, while Jacqueline is found with progressive frozen mortification, having being bitten by an icewalker. To save her he proposes a treatment, buying an Amulet of Warmfyre. However, the family is unable to afford it, and Marge tells Homer to raise the necessary money.
At Moe’s, Moe receives a message attached to a crow, which turns out to be a prank from Bart. At the Springfieldia Human Power Plant, Homer and the others are working as slaves for Lord Montgomery, pushing a manual power generator wheel. Homer sneaks away to ask for money from Montgomery, however he is refused.
Lisa takes Homer down an alley to tell him that she has a solution. Using magic she turns a lead piece into gold, however she can’t use her powers or the King will take her away and turn her into an evil wizard. The King is then seen with his evil wizards scolding them for creating an All-Smelling Tower instead of a all-seeing eye. Bart is then seen killing Milhouse clones with a ball and chain just for fun.
Back at home, Marge gives the amulet to her mother, but she tells Marge that she just wants to die. In the end, she agrees to live and they celebrate, eating Hobbits. The family is reunited and happy, until Sorcererintendant Chalmers comes in demanding they hand over Lisa to the king, as she’s a witch. Lisa is taken away to the King, while leaving Janey behind. Homer is willing to get her back and groups up the people of Springfieldia to revolt.
They arrive at the walls of the castle, but are stopped when the door gets closed. Treestache, and other walking and talking trees, agree to help them by tearing down the walls, however they’re chopped down to make ladders to scale the walls.
A big fight starts, and many people die, before Jacqueline sacrifices herself to extinguish the fires in the dragon, removing the amulet, transforming into an ice walking statue and melting inside it.
The people discover that extinguishing the dragon’s fire removes the magic from the world, to the people’s dismay, including magical creatures. Unwilling to bring science to the world, Homer relights the fire in the dragon’s mouth, which then burns the village.
GAME OF THRONES CULTURAL REFERENCES:
- King Quimby, the First of His Name is a reference to Tommen Baratheon who was also a “First of His Name”.
- The Three-eyed crow is a reference to the Three-Eyed Raven.
- The heads on pikes are a reference to the ones in the show, with Ned’s a reference to Ned Stark.
- The Icewalker is a reference to the White Walkers.
- Markery is a reference to Jaime Lannister, who was in an incestuous relationship with his twin sister Cersei. Markery was voiced by Nikolaj Coster-Waldau who also played Jaime Lannister.
- The Strangler and Milk of the Poppy in Dr. Hibbert’s office are potions in the show.
- A doomsday prophet looking Martin walks outside of Moe’s with the sign, “The end is not nigh, I’ll tell you when it’s nigh.” It’s a reference to George R. R. Martin having not finished the series’ books yet.
- Homer mentions that he could be sleeping on the “Iron Couch”, a reference to the Iron Throne.
- Victarion’s Secret is a reference to Victarion Greyjoy.
- The dragon is a reference to the dragons in the show.
- Goblin Milhouse is as disposable as the orcs in the movies.
- The Ent-Draught is a potion in the movies.
- The man in a cloak with a pipe at Moe’s Tavern is a reference to Aragorn.
- The All-Smelling Tower is a reference to the All-Seeing Eye of Sauron, also referenced by Homer.
- Treestache and the other trees are a reference to the Ents.
- Peter Jackson and the The Hobbit trilogy are referenced in a dinner ticket.
- 3 Hobbits are sitting in a cage to be eaten.
- Billy Boyd sung the end credits song, “The Perfect Tale“, a reference to “The Last Goodbye” from The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.
THE LEGEND OF ZELDA CULTURAL REFERENCES:
- Dr. Hibbert is selling potions. The potions and their effect reflect the ones in all the games:
- Rupee is the currency in almost all of the games.
THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA CULTURAL REFERENCES:
- The Lucy’s Cordial potion is a reference to the Queen Lucy’s Cordial potion.
- Azzlan is a parody of Aslan.
HARRY POTTER CULTURAL REFERENCES:
- Bart tries to cast a spell using a stick similar to how Harry Potter uses his wand.
- The Polyjuice Potion appears.
OTHER CULTURAL REFERENCES:
- The title is a wordplay on The Simpsons and the word “serf”.
- The Mundane potion is a potion in Minecraft.
- The Barksin potion is a reference to the Barksin spell in World of Warcraft.
- The Elixir of Madness is a potion in the game Zombidle.
- The Tenth Level Fighter is a reference to the game Pathfinder.
- The head of Toothless from How to Train Your Dragon is seen at Moe’s Tavern.
- Duffman plays the character of Man-At-Arms from He-Man and the Masters of the Universe.
- The Gelatinous Cubes are enemies in the game Dungeons and Dragons.
- Chalmers references Magic: The Gathering, saying the “Magic the Gathering” act, referring to gathering up people with magical powers.
- Fresh krullers is a reference to the movie Krull.
- Victarion’s Secret is a reference to Victoria’s Secret.
- Genital Snerfs are parodies of The Smurfs.
- Amongst the severed heads are:
- The same night, Family Guy‘s episode (Emmy-Winning Episode) referenced the White Walker and a dragon from Game of Thrones was featured too. The episode also referenced The Simpsons and the cross-over episode “The Simpsons Guy“.
- An appeal for @UNICEFUSA, #OneAmericaAppeal and @SaveTheChildren was included in the credits, for the #PuertoRicoRelief. To fit it in, the Gracie Films gag was removed.
Previous Episode: Dogtown
Next Episode: Springfield Splendor
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!