The Simpsons’ Season 29 continues, as this Sunday, December 3rd, 2017, Fox aired “Mr. Lisa’s Opus”, the 8th episode of Season 29 and the 626th episode to date. This Episode Fact File will recap the episodes with pictures, video clips and more. Get the scoop right after the jump!
Mr. Lisa’s Opus
As future Lisa writes her college application essay for Harvard, she recalls past disappointing birthdays that helped shape her.
Episode Details: ‘Mr. Lisa’s Opus’ is the 8th episode of Season 29 as well as the 626th episode of The Simpsons. The episode aired on FOX on December 3rd, 2017. It was written by Al Jean, the show runner, and directed by Steven Dean Moore.
The family arrives on the couch, then the scene transforms into a Lincoln Memorial statue, with “In couch gags we trust” written above it, which in turn turns into a bronze coin with “Vescere Bracis Meis” (“Eat my shorts” in latin) written under it. The coin is then shown given by Mr. Burns in his office to Homer as a raise, to which Homer shouts “D’oh”.
Seven even years ago, Lisa wakes up Marge and Homer, who admires how awesome she is, offending Bart, who stabs him in the leg with a pencil. In the present, Lisa is writing an Harvard College admission essay and she starts writing her past.
She begins with her 7th birthday, showing how Marge gets Maggie addicted to pacifiers. The family and Ms. Myles, her teacher, forget her birthday, with Ms. Myles sending her to the Principal too, after she gets sad on them celebrating Hubert Wong‘s birthday. Homer comes to get her and finally remembers it’s her birthday, and coming home they find out Ned didn’t forget and gifts her a tricicle. The family celebrates her birthday with a cake made of a cup of milk and some candles on it.
Next, Homer is working on a exercise bike and is having medical trouble, and Lisa shows how the marriage with Marge is troubled, that nearly fell apart when she turned 14. The family this time remembers, and brings Leon Kompowsky to sing new verses for Happy Birthday, Lisa, while Homer brings a cake with Happy
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Lisa returns home from school in the bus, and discovers a letter in a suitcase, while placing some packs in Marge’s closet, saying that she left him and opened a bed and breakfast with the other kids, and a tablet with Artie Ziff mocking him for it, however Marge hasn’t left yet.
At dinner, Marge gets angry at Homer for drinking in front of the kids, and tells him to go to Moe’s Tavern to drink. Marge goes to the kitchen to cry and Lisa is ready to take action. At the tavern, Moe now has artificial spider-like legs, while Lisa enters to tell him that Marge is going to leave him and makes him promise that he’ll stop drinking. He calls his sponsor to help him to stop, and it’s Ned. He succedes and the marriage was saved.
Harvard College sends in a drone to Lisa with her acceptance, and it destroys other similar drones from other colleges. She goes to college and sets up her room, but is not much happy in her first day. Bart cheers her up and then leave with the rest of the family, preparing for the new life, also meeting a new roommate that makes life in college better.
We get to see a collage of scenes through her life, back to the first scene, then Homer, Lisa and Marge sing a new version of Those Were the Days, and Norman Lear enters the house, saying he’ll see them in court. A final tour of Springfield is shown, with the Duff Blimp saying “Stay tuned for “Simpson and Son“.
It was previously announced that the episode could have shown a timeline where Lisa is married to a woman, but was cancelled.
- The title of the episode is a reference to the film Mr. Holland’s Opus.
- Homer imagines Albert Einstein inventing the Led light up shoes.
- The Devil mentions Universal Studios and references the Flaming Moe drink being expensive there.
- In the song “Those Were the Days“:
- The sign “Harvard College Even Our Dropouts Are Billionaires” is a reference to Bill Gates, who dropped out of Harvard to found Microsoft.
- Pictures of Presidents Franklin D. and Theodore Roosevelt, both Harvard graduates, are hanging on the wall in the Harvard Admissions Office.
- Homer sings “By the Beautiful Sea” by Harry Carroll and Harold R. Atteridge when he starts to act like Grampa.
- “Remembering You” by Roger Kellaway, the end theme for All in the Family, plays during the end credits.
- The title screen is a Christmas version of The Ned-liest Catch‘s.
- Lisa has a poster of the Doe-Eyed Boys on her bedroom wall. (“Friend with Benefit“)
- Leon Kompowsky appears and sings new verses of “Happy Birthday, Lisa” with Bart. (“Stark Raving Dad“)
- Grampa previously stated Homer stopped drinking in the future. (“Holidays of Future Passed“)
- In Homer’s vision, Moe brings back the Flaming Moe. (“Flaming Moe’s“)
- Homer and Marge sing a new version of “Those Were the Days“. (“Lisa’s Sax“)
- Kat Dennings as Valerie
- Norman Lear as Himself
- Kipp Lennon as Leon Kompowsky
- Jon Lovitz as Artie Ziff
- Valerie Harper as Ms. Myles
Previous Episode: Singin’ in the Lane
Next Episode: Gone Boy
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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