The Simpsons’ Season 29 continues, as this Sunday, December 10th, 2017, Fox aired “Gone Boy”, the 9th episode of Season 29 and the 627th 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 show will return on January 7th with Haw-Haw Land!
Episode Details: ‘Gone Boy’ is the 9th episode of Season 29 as well as the 627th episode of The Simpsons. The episode aired on FOX on December 10th, 2017. It was written by John Frink, and directed by Rob Oliver.
TITLE SCREEN!: Santa flyes by on a Self-Flying Sled and says “Oh oh oh!”
BLACKBOARD TEXT!: Snow Angels are not frozen hobos
Sideshow Bob and Himself are collecting trash for community service with other men, but when they finishes the work, the Simpson family runs over it with a rental car. After finishing up the rental time and fuel, Homer goes with Bart to play, but Bart needs to pee and goes in the forest, falling down a manhole.
The family and cops start searching the forest, but the cops fail as usual. Bart finds himself in some kind of bunker, where he finds electronic equipment, which appears to be a military installment. People start looking for him, including Sideshow Bob, Shaquielle O’Neal and the other detenees.
Bart tries to escape, but the ladder gives up, he finds a phone but instead of calling for help he calls Moe for a prank. Milhouse finds the entrance, but fails to help him. The news gives up hope saying he’s dead, but Milhouse fails to bring the good news, in favour of Lisa‘s affection.
Sideshow Bob is having issues accepting it, and Bart phones Marge confirming he’s alive. When Milhouse leaves the house, Bob appears, convincing him to bring him to Bart, with the family right behind. Bob shoves Milhouse down the manhole and then following immediatly. Homer and Grampa fail to find them once again, while Bob ties them up to a missile and tries to launch them and kill both, but he’s having regrets, and saves them, before retiring to a lighthouse, to still go crazy over killing Bart, even after saving him.
OPENING SEQUENCE FACTS!:
- Milhouse is dressed as Linus van Pelt from Peanuts.
- Patty and Selma are dressed like Elsa and Anna from Frozen respectively.
- Mr. Burns is dressed as the White Witch from The Chronicles of Narnia.
- Tom Petty appears as an angel playing a guitar. He died 2 months before the airing of the episode on October 2nd, 2017.
- The Grand Pumpkin appears. (“Treehouse of Horror XIX“)
- The Gnome in Your Home appears. (“The Nightmare After Krustmas“)
- The title of the episode is a parody of a book and a film Gone Girl.
- On the title screen, “Deck the Halls” plays.
- “Once in Royal David’s City” plays during the couch gag.
- Milhouse mentions Harry Horse.
- When the 1962 film clip begins to play in the bunker, “The U.S. Air Force” song plays.
- The general in the clip says that casualties of 200 million are an acceptable loss, a number greater than the entire population of the United States at that time.
- 1962 was the year of the Cuban Missile Crisis, during which imminent thermonuclear was a real fear.
- Grampa recognizes the sound of the ignition sequence of the LGM-25C Titan II missile.
- The vinyl collection in the bunker has:
- Frank Sinatra‘s Sinatra Ruins Dylan, a reference to Bob Dylan‘s Triplicate album, in which he sings covers of Frank Sinatra’s songs.
- Elvis Presley‘s Doin’ It for the Money, a reference to his song “Doin’ the Best I Can“.
- Calvin and the Hipmunks, a reference to both Alvin and the Chipmunks and their robotic dopplegangers Calvin and the Hip Munks. The Hipunks then sing “God Bless America” by Irving Berlin.
- Squeaky-voiced teen brings Sideshow Bob The New Yorker. Bob also mentions the New York magazine.
- Sideshow Bob mentions William Shawn.
- Sideshow Bob sings “I Have a Song to Sing, O!” from The Yeomen of the Guard by Gilbert and Sullivan.
- Homer mentions that Shaquille O’Neal has a Superman tattoo on his arm.
- The picture on the wall behind the Prison psychiatrist is of the Yosemite Valley.
- When Sideshow Bob tells the psychiatrist “Evil is not a choice,” he is alluding to the same statement made regarding homosexuality.
- Renter-Prise Dent-a-Car is a reference to Enterprise Rent-A-Car.
- The fibers of the mophead in the bunker form the shape of Sideshow Bob’s hair.
- Bart loses his lucky red hat again. (“Bart Gets Famous“)
- Sideshow Bob steps on a rake repeatedly by himself. (“Cape Feare“)
- In the shrine to Bart that Marge makes is a picture of a young toddler Bart banging pots together. (“Lisa’s First Word“)
- Also, a picture of little Lisa putting an adhesive bandage on little Bart’s knee. (“Lisa on Ice“)
- A pillow with Mr. Sparkle‘s image is on Lisa’s bed. (“In Marge We Trust“)
- Kelsey Grammer as Sideshow Bob
- Shaquille O’Neal as Himself
- Valerie Harper as General Hospital nurse
- John F. Kennedy as Himself (archive footage)
Previous Episode: Mr. Lisa’s Opus
Next Episode: Haw-Haw Land
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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