Welcome Addicts to a new addition to our posts. In this little game of ours, we tend to forget those characters that are few and far between. We get so involved in the game, so into the latest events…that we sometimes forget to pay attention to the little things. The little details that make the Springfield world go around. The thing that seems to be really lacking/missing from Springfield.
What exactly is it I am going on about? What is so terribly important to the game that would draw such attention. WOMEN OF COURSE! To be a bit more specific, The Real Housewives of Springfield (and maybe a mistress or 3. Gotta have the drama aspect in any series, right?).
So keep your eyes on our blog as we take you on a new journey into the lives of each of the women currently and NOT currently available in the game.
This week we’re talking about a character not in the game, but who should be. The wife of Chief Wiggum and mother of Ralph, Sarah Wiggum. I know I know she’s barely in many episodes & even when she is she barely says anything. BUT every good reality show needs the strong silent type right? So let’s explore the woman behind “Oh Clancy”….
Sarah Wiggum is definitely the strong silent type in Springfield. Although she’s very rarely heard from, her presence is known and it’s clear that both Ralph & Chief Wiggum wouldn’t survive without her. I’m amazed they haven’t blown up their house in Tapped Out yet!
Let’s start off by taking a look at the first time Sarah appeared in The Simpsons. To find this episode we’ll have to travel all the way back to Season4, E16: Duffless. While teaching a class about Drinking and Driving (to a room full of Spingfielders with DUIs) Eddie & Lou accidentally show one of Wiggum’s home movies. In it Chief Wiggum plays a little joke on Sarah and sprays the hose at her. This is the first time we catch even a glimpse of Sarah in The Simpsons, and first impressions are everything. So naturally Sarah doesn’t speak, or at least we don’t hear her, but it’s evident she is not amused.
Throughout the years we’ve been slowly let in on more details behind Sarah and Clancy’s relationship. The details are revealed, of course, with out Sarah saying much. We first learn of how Sarah and Clancy met in Season 14, E13: A Star Is Born-Again. While dancing at Jellyfish Festival Clancy tells Sarah she’s even more beautiful than when he arrested her. (Sarah’s response…of course…is “Oh Clancy!”) Shortly after we learn that Wiggum planted Crystal Meth so she would notice him. Good to know she wasn’t actually doing Crystal Meth…although that might explain more about Ralph!
We also learn of Clancy’s “pet name” for Sarah in Season 10, E14: I’m with Cupid when Sarah sees I LUV U Poppinfresh in Apu’s sky writing gone wrong (you can see more about this in Wookiee’s 2D post here), revealing that’s Clancy’s nickname for her…she then proceeds to giggle like the doughboy! (Bonus…we also learn where Ralph gets that great haircut from!)
So we’ve revealed a bit about Sarah’s relationship with Wiggum, but what about her strong side? Her independence? To take a closer look at this let’s travel back to Season 8, E14: The Itchy & Scratchy & Poochie Show we see Sarah in the audition room trying out for the voice of Poochie. Of course we don’t hear from her & she doesn’t get the part but we do learn that she does have a bit of an independent streak & is willing to try new things.
In Season 21, E18: Chief of Hearts we learn that Sarah does in fact have a life outside of Ralph and Clancy. In fact she not only has a life but it’s one that she doesn’t want Wiggum involved in. When Clancy calls her to let her know he won’t be home too late and maybe they could do something that night, Sarah reminds him of her Book Club meeting she has that night (they occur quite often). When Clancy suggests he joins her, she reminds him that there just aren’t “enough chairs” for him. This perhaps is one of the strongest examples we see of Sarah’s strong, independent side & of course it’s a completely one-sided phone conversation. We only see and hear Clancy on the phone, Sarah’s words are only repeated through him.
While independent we also see her devotion and love for Clancy later in the same episode. After he’s shot Sarah is at his bedside, worried & crying. This shows us that even though she’s got her independence, her devotion and love of her family is top priority in her life.
Sarah Wiggum has been in and out of episodes of The Simpsons since the early days. Often seen, rarely heard but we know she’s keeping Clancy and Ralph under control. We see her independence from her family & her time out with the girls when she goes Crazy Bowling (Season 21, E3: The Great Wife Hope):
But we also see her softer family side & just how much Clancy and Ralph need her throughout the years as well. Heck Clancy can’t even dial a phone with out Sarah’s assistance! (Season 8, E19: Grade School Confidential):
Sarah is the glue that holds the Wiggum family together! It amazes me that she hasn’t made it into Tapped Out yet. Of course I’m also amazed that Wiggum can remember to put his pants on with out her! Do you have a favorite Sarah Wiggum moment? Would YOU like to see her in Tapped Out? Do you think Clancy and Ralph are surviving ok with out her keeping them in check? Sound off in the comments below, you know we LOVE hearing from you!
Until the next episode of “The Real Housewives of Springfield”.
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