Easter is over but a lot of us wabbit whackers and zappers should be finished with the Easter questline or really close and that means it’s about time this Wookiee got around to writing about an item available at the end of the Easter questline… the Fabergé Egg.
Oooooohhhh… pretty, I guess. I know a lot of you have seen this deco and wondered what the big whoop is about it. Well, it is from a Simpsons Easter episode and also, if it truly is a Fabergé egg, is a rare item.
You see, if we go back in time to Russia between 1885 to 1917, we’d find a company making eggs created by Peter Carl Fabergé. It is said only about 65 were made and that about 57 survive to this day. The most famous of his eggs were made for Russian Tsars Alexander III and Nicholas II as Easter gifts for their wives and mothers. These are known ad the ‘Imperial’ Fabergé eggs. Since then, the Fabergé company has sold the trademark and while eggs similar to this are made (as well as jewelry), they’re just imitators.
Which brings me to our decoration in the Best. Show. Ever. In Season 17, Episode 7: “Last of the Red Hat Mamas”, Marge is desperate for female friends after her tour of the Mayor’s Mansion was ruined by Homer battling Hugs Bunny. Homer tries to make her “friends”, but after he brings home the Crazy Cat Lady, it’s the last straw and Marge goes out for a long walk. She happens to stop a pink hat blowing away in the wind and finds some new friends, The Cheery Red Tomatoes.
Marge has some fun with the Tomatoes and is intiated into the group. Once she’s in, they let her in on their plans to steal 1 million dollars from Mr. Burns in the form of 12 Fabergé Eggs hidden in his vaults. Before we all assume that every special ladies society has a secret evil agenda, I think it only fair to say they are attempting to recoup their fundraising budget after Burns backs out of giving one million dollars to the Springfield Children’s Hospital (as simple as writing void on the giant check lol).
The Tomatoes succeed in getting to Burns’ vault and the eggs but are thwarted when Homer, trying to stop Marge leads the cops right to them. At the thought of jail, all the ladies start to cry, and uncharacteristically Burns lets them go as long as they give him back his eggs.
I’m so certain Burns would have the real deal and since 8 are missing in real life, I wouldn’t be surprised if only four of these were gotten the legit way by Burns. In a surprise at the end of the episode, Marge reveals she smuggled one of the Fabergé Eggs out in her hair. Good for the Tomatoes who thank her and then kick her out of the group but I’ll admit when I first saw this episode, I was a little bummed that Marge stole something to begin with, let alone, foiled Burns. He’s a bad guy but I love Marge’s innocence. Oh well.
Update by a humble Wookiee: In my haste to get this info out fast to you, I must admit I completely missed another reference to Fabergé Eggs. Reader isodore reminded us here that they also feature in the episode “Round Springfield” (S6:E22). This is the sad episode where Bleeding Gums Murphy passed on. In a flashback, Murphy tells Lisa that he blew his fortune from the hit album Sax on the Beach on his Fabergé egg addiction. He confessed that he spent $1,500 a day fueling the habit.
And there’s the exact egg used for our game. (thanks isodore!)NERD NOTE: One of the episode write, Al Jean, admitted later that at the time of writing this joke, he had no clue that Fabergé Eggs were much more expensive than $1,500. In real life, they have been auctioned for millions of dollars.
Like I said previously, you can win one of these beauties when you complete the Easter questline, you have the chance to randomly get one while bopping or electrocuting bunnies. The egg comes with a 3% bonus to cash and XP which is also pretty sweet. I strongly recommend not buying it as the chances are good you’ll get one the free way. Reader JJLeigh73 reminded me I forgot to mention the added bonus that when you get the egg, it goes great with Burns’ Manor and the egg has a funny animation when tapped. Silly bunny hiding in an egg.
Hope y’all are enjoying this event and until next time, keep on tapping in the free world. TTFN… Wookie out!