Episode Fact File: The Old Blue Mayor She Ain’t What She Used to Be

The Simpsons’ Season 29 continues, as this Sunday, November 12th, 2017, Fox aired “The Old Blue Mayor She Ain’t What She Used to Be”, the 6th episode of Season 29 and the 624th 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 Old Blue Mayor She Ain’t What She Used to Be

Episode Description:

Frustrated with the local government, Marge decides to run for Mayor. To win public support, she begins making Homer the butt of her jokes.

Episode Details: ‘The Old Blue Mayor She Ain’t What She Used to Be’ is the 6th episode of Season 29 as well as the 624th episode of The Simpsons. The episode aired on FOX on November 12th, 2017. It was written by Tom Gammill and Max Pross and directed by Matthew Nastuk.

TITLE SCREEN!: A plane flies across the screen by holding a banner with the text “This year a turkey will pardon the President“.

BILLBOARD TEXT!: Moe’s Tavern designated drivers drink free

BLACKBOARD TEXT!: I will not ask my guidance conselor why he couldn’t get a better job

COUCH GAG!: Another Couch Gag Classic

In a black and white mute movie setting, the Simpson family arrives at the couch gag and Lisa points at it and says “Look Father! A couch!”. Marge remarks “Proper young ladies don’t point!”. Homer checks his pocket watch and says “Now it’s 8 a.m. You kids get to work!”.

Bart and Lisa go to work at the Coal Mine (through the children’s entrance), but Marge follows them in saying “Kids! Kids! You forgot your sister!” and gives them Maggie. Descending the elevator, they find themself in Hell. Lisa exclaims “Uh-oh! Too far!”, while Bart goes on to dance next to the devils exclaiming “Well, I’m staying here.”. A final text onscreen says “Another Couch Gag Classic. Filmed in Simpsorama MCMXVII”.

PLOT!:

Kent Brockman is encased in a glass field while Springfielders throw stuff at him, reporting the celebration of the Springfield Skypark-Line, a project built on top of the Springfield Monorail.

The Simpson family tries it out, with Homer and Chief Wiggum trying to pass each other on a thin passage too, Homer ending up with Wiggum’s gun, and Wiggum ending up with Homer’s sandwich.

The opening cerimony however goes haywire, as the Monorail gets unstuck from its hiding place, and crushes and kills Sebastian Cobb and destroys the whole tracks, station, and a statue in memory of Leonard Nimoy.

At the Town Hall, a Monorail disaster inquiry is held by Mayor Quimby, he insults Marge and she gets angry. At home, Lisa tells Marge to run for mayor.

Her political campaign goes well, and her numbers raises, and at the debate at Springfield Elementary School, only Quimby and Marge remains the only contestants. Marge is having trouble and promises to put out the Springfield Tire Yard and wins the election.

At the cerimony to put out the fire, the tire fire souvenirs shop owner protests against it, and fails at her promise, with Kent adding salt to the wounds on the news. She tries to buy the stand, but ends up insulting the owner, a vietnam veteran, with her words.

The people’s opinion on her is dropping, and Lindsey Naegle proposes a live heart to heart with the voters, but Marge does a one-on-one live from the Simpson House. When she starts making Homer the butt of her jokes, the opinion raises, with highest approval ratings.

Homer however gets angry at a charity event with Krusty, misunderstanding him insulting Homer calling him a whale. At the Springfield Library, she keeps insulting him, and a Thanksgiving parade balloon was made, pooping confettis.

After seeing this, Marge goes to Quimby at the Quimby Compound, and asks for help, but he says to her that her marriage got better since he become a citizen. At the street manhole christening she refuses to insult him and returns to being a citizen. Eight years later, Marge visits the Marge Simpson Memorial Library, where a impeachment and disgrace section is also present.

PRODUCTION!: Frink Gets Testy was intended to air as the 6th episode of season 29, however this episode aired instead.

EPISODE FACTS!:

CULTURAL REFERENCES:

  • The episode title is a reference to the old folk song “The Old Gray Mare” lyric, “The old gray mare, she ain’t what she used to be.”
  • The Springfield Skypark-Line is a reference New York‘s High Line. Kent Brockman also references it directly.
  • The guy that ends up in the Springfield cactus patch does the Wilhelm Scream.
  • Lisa mentioned that Wonder Woman showed that if you’re a goddess with superpowers, there’s no limit to what you can do.
  • Homer mentions the women Ghostbusters from the 2016 Ghostbusters movie.
  • Luigi asks why people think he only wants to serve spaghetti to dogs who want to make out, a reference to Lady and the Tramp. When Marge asks him what he wants to do, he says he wants to carve a little wooden boy and make him come to life, a reference to Pinocchio.
  • When Lindsey Naegle says, “Just tell them [the voters] what they want to hear until you get to 51%. Then, you can govern like a right-wing nut job” she is referring to Donald Trump.
  • Watching Marge’s focus group ratings turn from abysmal to positive, Lindsey Naegle likens herself to Kellyanne Conway, who had been Trump’s campaign manager.
    • Referring to Kellyanne Conway, one of the focus group remarks it’s inspiring that “now a woman can be Joseph Goebbels“, who had been Hitler’s Minister of Propaganda.
  • Marge sings a parody of “Oh! Susanna” by Stephen Foster when her mayoral campaign is going.
  • Cletus belongs to the demographic “Yokel Objectivists“.
    • He calls Marge “The new John Galt“.
    • He holds up a copy of The Fountainhead, with its 3-D lettering.
    • He has a recognizable Ayn Rand scarecrow, whose visage is shown freaking out a crow.

CONTINUITY:

GOOFS:

  • Kent Brockman changes the name of the park from Sky-Line park to Skypark-Line.
  • John Galt wasn’t in The Fountainhead. He was in Atlas Shrugged.

PROMOTIONAL IMAGES!:

EPISODE CLIPS!:

Previous Episode: Grampy Can Ya Hear Me

Next Episode: Singin’ in the Lane

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.

WikiSimpsons: Season 29 Page, The Old Blue Mayor She Ain’t What She Used to Be

TSTOTopix: Episode Fact File: Season 29 and 30: What We Know So Far!
(Part 1: 2015) (Part 2: 2016 #1) (Part 3: 2016 #2) (Part 4: 2016 #3) (Part 5: 2016 #4-2017 #1) (Part 6: 2017 #2) (Part 7: 2017 #3) (Part 8: 2017 #4 and 2018 #1) (Part 9: 2018 #2

Till next time, Happy Tapping everyone!


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