"Opposites A-Frack" is the fifth episode of season 26 of The Simpsons and the five-hundred and fifty-seventh episode overall. It originally aired on November 2, 2014. The episode was written by Valentina L. Garza and directed by Matthew Nastuk. It guest stars Jane Fonda as Maxine Lombard and Robert Siegel as himself.
On March 4, 2014, writer and producer Matt Selman leaked a part of the storyboard for the episode via Twitter. In the image, a part of the episode name is cut off by the camera. However, the episode's full name was found in the United States Copyright Database. The storyboard image shows Lenny with a giant calf muscle bulging on his leg. The scene is part of act 2. The Original Title for this episode was "Fracking Day".
"Opposites A-Frack" is the fifth episode in the twenty-sixth season of the American animated television series The Simpsons, and the 557th episode of the series overall. It first aired on the Fox network in the United States on November 2, 2014.
Mr. Burns says to Maxine Lombard that she was the best woman he had ever been with, including Nellie Taft, the wife of President William Howard Taft. The episode "Homer the Smithers" had previously revealed that Burns' mother had an affair with President Taft himself.
Examples: Armor-Piercing Response: It takes Homer a long while to understand Marge telling him that water being on fire is NOT a good thing until things threaten to destroy his neighborhood, though he comes to the erroneous conclusion fracking is great but must only happen in other people's towns. Belligerent Sexual Tension: Burns and Maxine, who, despite being a corrupt conservative and a die-hard liberal respectively, have a fine sexual relationship. Brain Bleach: The sight of a rain-soaked Patty and Selma's unsightly, jiggling features through wet see-through clothing is enough for Homer's pupils to shatter and need a janitor to swept them up inside his eyes. Dating Catwoman: Burns and Lombard become lovers despite being political rivals. (Probably not a good idea to think about it that much.) Epic Fail: Patty and Selma's first attempt to convince the Simpsons that they can stop smoking consists on taking off their cigarettes and stomp on them. Once they finish, each one is already smoking another cigarette. Exact Words: At the plant's kitchen, there's a box of donuts and a sign reading 'take one'. Homer sticks them to make a giant donut and takes it. Fan Disservice: Patty and Selma's Sexy Soaked Shirt. Their clothes are drenched in the rain and become see-through which does not look flattering on their bodies. Funny Background Event: Patty and Selma put out their cigarettes on a fishbowl, and as the scene progresses you can see the smoke taint the water and the fish go belly up. Insane Troll Logic: To get Homer to agree to let Patty & Selma stay, Marge tries to butter him up by making his dinner extra-special. Homer tries to protest once he finds out, but Marge wouldn't have it because he already ate the porkchops with gravy and looked at the mirrors showing the football game. Jerkass Has a Point: Homer just wants an excuse to kick his sisters-in-law out of his home but nobody challenges his point about the danger they pose by smoking near kids. Not Me This Time: Bart and Lisa assume it was oil tycoon Rich Texan who was behind the fracking, but he says he's not interested in drilling for gas because you can't dance around a gusher of gas like you can with oil. Only Sane Man: Marge has to repeatedly point out that water being on fire is not a thing anyone in their right mind should try to justify or overlook. Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: "Our. Water. Was. On. FIRE!"note The third time Marge had to remind Homer.Rule of Three: Marge says the sentence "Our water was on fire!" 3 time throughout the episode, the third time was Punctuated! For! Emphasis!. Self-Deprecation: Homer claims that Marge is against fracking because she's been brainwashed by liberal-minded TV shows where fracking is the villain, which is exactly what this episode is. Smart Ball: Homer, twice. First he gets rid of Patty and Selma by exploiting their nicotine addiction. Later he solves the crisis by lighting a match in his bathroom to destroy the fracking plant. Smoking Is Not Cool: It's doubtful many viewers sympathized with Patty and Selma here. Spanner in the Works: Marge prevents fracking from happening on Evergreen Terrace by not signing her name on Burns' release form, which requires all of the street's residents to sign. Tempting Fate: Patty and Selma say they don't mind not being allowed to smoke indoors because they can smoke outdoors. It rains right after they try. Wingding Pupils: Seeing Patty and Selma in wet, see-through dresses makes Homer's pupils shatter and drop to the bottom of his eyeballs, where a janitor inside sweeps them up.
The Simpsons of my youth was mainly about making comedy out of everyday situations and issues that can affect any family. This is just another heavy handed attempt at provoking debate allied with the cliched opposites attract romance.
Sorry for the long comment but has there been any articles about how ZS tried to make Marge a sex symbol? You remember there was a Playboy spread, an episode focused on Marge getting breast implants, and finding excuses to put Marge in skimpy outfits.
Well, that was a rather disappointing episode. I don't mind when The Simpsons takes on a serious environmental issue, but this is a sitcom and it's still supposed to be funny. Sadly, The Simpsons Season 26 Episode 5 was pretty low on the humor.
Jane Fonda stopped by Springfield this week to lend her voice to Assembly Woman Maxine Lombard. It seemed like the show was really trying to emphasize that opposites attract by drawing parallels between her affair with Mr. Burns and Homer and Marge's relationship. I wasn't buying it though. Marge and Homer have a relationship that's built on much more than just passion which is all we see shared between Burns and Maxine.
At least Maxine held her ground against Burns on the fracking issue and put a stop to his operation. It was basically women against men this week as Homer joined Mr. Burns and Marge and Lisa fought against them. How many times did Marge repeat "Our water was on fire" during this episode? That could have made a dangerous drinking game.
Tonight's episode was certainly not the greatest installment of The Simpsons, and I would go as far as to say it was the worst episode of the season so far. It got a couple of chuckles out of me when Homer had to "trap door" himself and got hit by the wrecking ball. That at least was a nice throw back to the movie.
What did you guys think of tonight's episode? Was the subject line too serious? Did you find the jokes lacking as I did? Let me know in the comments and don't forget you can watch The Simpsons online any time or visit The Simpsons quotes page.
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