The Simpsons’ Season 29 continues, as tonight, October 8th, 2017, Fox aired “Springfield Splendor”, the 2nd episode of Season 29 and the 620th episode to date. This Episode Fact File will recap the episodes with pictures, video clips and more. Get the scoop right after the jump!
Episode Details: ‘Springfield Splendor’ is the 2nd episode of Season 29 as well as the 620th episode of The Simpsons. The episode aired on FOX on October 2nd, 2017. It was written by Tim Long and Miranda Thompson and directed by Matthew Faughnan with Matt Selman as the show runner. The episode was dedicated in memory of singer Tom Petty, who died on October 2, aged 66.
After having a nightmare about lockers at school, Lisa runs to Homer and Marge‘s bed. Lisa has had the nightmare four nights in a row and due to Homer having used all their insurance-covered counseling sessions, they take her to the Springfield Community College, where the students practice on people for a fraction of the cost.
Homer takes Bart to get groomed like a dog, while Annette talks to Lisa, and she suggests art therapy, to draw a typical day for her in comic book form. Back home, Lisa is frustrated at her bad drawings, so Marge draws for her whilst Lisa tells her what to draw.
Lisa takes the drawings to the college, but loses them on the steps outside. Kumiko finds them and sells them at the The Android’s Dungeon & Baseball Card Shop as a graphic novel, called Sad Girl. Lisa and Marge complain to Comic Book Guy and Kumiko, but when they see that people are buying the books, Lisa is happy and stops Kumiko from burning them.
Marge and Lisa get commissioned by Kumiko to do a sequel and they bond over working on the comic. When Bart and Homer see this, they agree to bond too and they go fishing, however they steal the fishing poles from another father and son and are beaten up for it.
At the Bi-Mon-Sci-Fi-Con, a panel is held by Roz Chast, with Alison Bechdel and Marjane Satrapi. Marge and Lisa are also there to talk about Sad Girl. At the panel, Marge realizes that her work is underappreciated whilst Lisa gets all the fame. At home, Lisa and Marge argue with each other and decide to end their partmership. Upstairs they meet Guthrie Frenel, a theatrical director, and he offers to make a Broadway show based on Sad Girl.
However, the musical by Guthrie focuses on Marge’s art, with the story taking a back seat. Lisa is upset and goes back to her therapist, who has become angry and stressed due to her newborn child. When the play is on, Marge sees how sad Lisa is and draws her face on a spotlight and shines it on the stage, enraging Guthrie. Guthrie spins the light into the control room, blinding the operator, which causes a chain reaction that ruins the show and forces people to evacuate.
At Springfield Sardi’s, Guthrie reads a review of the musical to find it’s considered a disaster, while Bart is drawing mustaches on pictures of celebrities on the wall. Afterwards Marge presents Maggie her comic The Adventures of Sad Girl’s Mom, with everyone dancing at the end, but Maggie is disappointed of it, while Marge still thinks its good.
The episode was scheduled to be the season 29 premiere. However, “The Serfsons” will take its place and the episode will air the week after.
On October 12, Matt Selman tweeted a video of a cut opening scene from the episode. The scene sees a dream in Homer’s head where he’s on a show called “Dream Date”. He has three women to choose from; the friendly stewardess who winked at him 23 years ago, She-Hulk or the sexy ketchup bottle from the commercial he likes. Homer chooses the ketchup bottle, but then She-Hulk smashes her apart. Homer and She-Hulk then go out on a date, using the broken bottle of ketchup to dip food in.
- The story is inspired by Alison Bechdel‘s graphic novel Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic.
- The story of a writer-artist collaboration was inspired by the life of Harvey Pekar in American Splendor, which is also referenced by the episode title.
- Sad Girl is inspired by Daniel Clowes‘ Ghost World.
- Homer references Netflix.
- Little Lulu comics are sold at the The Android’s Dungeon & Baseball Card Shop.
- Comic Book Guy has bookends of The Hulk and The Thing.
- There is a statue of Krusty frozen in carbonite, similar to Han Solo from Star Wars in the Android’s Dungeon.
- The theme song of The Andy Griffith Show (“The Fishin’ Hole”) is heard when Homer and Bart go fishing.
- Guthrie Frenel references You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, the stage musical based on the Peanuts comic strip.
- Kipp Lennon performs a parody of Infatuation by Rod Stewart.
- The music playing during the Sad Girl musical is the score of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark.
- The episode was dedicated to Tom Petty who passed away on October 2nd, six days before this episode aired.
- A person is dressed as Groot and has Rocket Raccoon on a lead.
- Cosmic Wars is a parody of Star Wars.
- Klingon is a reference to the race in Star Trek.
- A poster of The Mummy is seen.
- Restroom of the Apes is a reference to Planet of the Apes.
- The “Build a Girlfriend Workshop” booth is a reverence to Westworld.
- A person is cosplaying Aquaman, dragging a tank with a person cosplaying the DCEU Aquaman inside.
- The TARDIS from Doctor Who can be seen.
- A poster for Guts of War XVII is seen, a parody of God of War.
- Chicks With Pix is possibly a reference to “Chicks With Dicks”, referring to Shemales.
- Roz Chast is holding a panel, showing her comics, joined by Lisa, Marge, Alison Bechdel, presenting her novel Fun Home and the Bechdel test, and Marjane Satrapi, presenting her comic Persepolis.
- The Simpson family goes to the Springfield Community College. (“Brush with Greatness“)
- Badgerine, a parody of Wolverine, appears in the Android’s Dungeon again. (“Married to the Blob“)
- The celebrities who appeared on the walls in Springfield Sardi’s are:
- Lucille Ball (“Little Big Mom“)
- Fox Mulder and Dana Scully (“The Springfield Files“)
- Conan O’Brien (“Bart Gets Famous“)
- James Woods (“Homer and Apu“)
- Ron Howard (“When You Dish Upon a Star“)
- Humphrey Bogart (“Natural Born Kissers“)
- Bette Midler (“Krusty Gets Kancelled“)
- Mickey Rooney (“Radioactive Man“)
- Tom Hanks (The Simpsons Movie)
- Leonard Nimoy (“Marge vs. the Monorail” and “The Springfield Files”)
- Barney Fife (“Simpsoncalifragilisticexpiala(Annoyed Grunt)cious” and “Pranksta Rap“)
- Jay Leno (“The Last Temptation of Krust“)
- Brooke Shields (“The Front“)
- John Travolta (“Itchy & Scratchy Land” et al)
- The Coolsville Comics & Toys shop appears. (“Husbands and Knives“)
- A poster for an Angelica Button movie is seen. (“The Haw-Hawed Couple“)
- Danger Dog and Stan Lee can be seen. (“I Am Furious (Yellow)“)
- People dressed as Trans-Clown-O-Morphs characters are seen. (“Apocalypse Cow“)
- Martin Short as Guthrie Frenel
- Roz Chast as Herself
- Alison Bechdel as Herself
- Marjane Satrapi as Herself
- Rachel Bloom as Annette
- Dan Harmon as Himself
Previous Episode: The Serfsons
Next Episode: Whistler’s Father
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.
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