So Season 26 of The Simpsons ended on 17 May… Boooo! Not too bad now though since Season 27 premiered 27 September… semi-yay… you’d have to read the episode 1 recap to understand that response. Anywho… here on the site we love to give you episode recaps for all those who can’t watch the show or those who like our crazy summaries of all the goodness. Of course, then real life happens and a certain walking carpet falls behind on doing his recaps… Booo-urns! But wait, two boos?
I came up with an ingenius idea (to me at least) to write up the recaps over the summer so everyone could enjoy some Simpsons during the break between new episodes. I got 3 out of 4 done (just more proof that I’m not just good… I’m good enough) but somehow never finished the last episode in Season 26. Then it’s months later, I’m writing the painful recap for the premiere of Season 27 and I remember I never finished this post and it’s still sitting in drafts… D’OH!
So long story made short… I stink and am finally writing this one. No clue when it will be posted so Happy Hallothanksgivahannufestikwanzachrismaramadanster everybody! Hope you enjoy this look at Season 26, Episode 22: “Mathlete’s Feat”.
This one starts with a shortened intro but it was necessary for the long Rick & Morty couch gag. Not a show I watch but it was interesting. There are a few cool Futurama references, Kang & Kodos as well as awesome items stolen items by Rick. Can you name them all? (answer at bottom of post)
The Springfield Elementary Action Fractions are off to a mathletics competition against the Waverly Hills No Equals. Gotta love the math joke as Homer entered the competition: √-1 2^3 Σπ (i 8 sum pi) and it was delicious. Gary, Doug and Benjamin from “Homer Goes to College” (S6:E3) are celebrity guests and Krusty is also there to support the fine student scholars. He thought they said meth lol.
Introductory Videos: “Springfield Elelmentary (Where Excellence is in the Dictionary) was originally designed as a storage facility for salt pork. At some later point it was turned into a school. Chalmskinn.” The one for Waverly Hills features movie genius Michael Bay. “Quadratic equations are hotter than a million Megan Foxes. Math on!”
Lisa proposes that her “plucky little school” is going to surprise Waverly Hills in the competition. The 0-30 defeat certainly surprises Super Nintendo Chalmers.
Not a complete loss though. As graduates of Springfield Elementary, Benjamin, Doug and Gary (who became rich tech entrepreneurs with an app that helps you find other apps on your phone) decide to help out the school by buying every student a tablet computer and upgrade the entire school with cloud-based technology. Springfield Elementary is going completely digital.
Digital chalkboards make Bart happy.
The school also gets 3D printers, digital sheet music for the band and a digital flag that alternates between the US flag, Chinese flag, pirate flag, Starfleet Federation, anarchy symbol, Red Sox Nation, Reunite Pangea and Blockoland.
Heck, the school can finally even afford good-looking teachers even if they do have to lay off Ugo, the only teacher who understood osmosis. You think they went too far when they burned all the old books with their state of the art digital book burner after digitizing their library?
Problem is that it all goes up in a massive meltdown. Springfield Elementary is now worse off than they were before and that’s saying something. Miss Hoover struggles.
You try teaching Typing 101 without even typewriters. Nothing oven pans with marshmallows can’t solve. At least Nelson can pretend he’s eating steak. Miss Hoover figures out how to teach and uses her tiny phone to show an educational video to her class. Lisa can’t see so she heads outside and finds Willie measuring sod with a stick and a string.
Willie is using a rummlie scob, “a measuring stick dating back to the ancient druids”, to do his gardening. It uses the lengths of a sheep’s bladder to measure things. Lisa is inspired by Willie’s Scottish tool to turn Springfield Elementary into a Waldorf school. It would focus “on hands-on activity and creative play.” You get your “hands dirty and learn by doing.” Kids don’t raise their hands but ask any question they want and every child wears a hat based on the seasons. Sounds like a different way to do things but it works for the children of Springfield.
Homer isn’t thrilled when he finds out the teaching technique also includes weekly parent meetings but comes around when he enjoys singing along to the new school song sung to the tune of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9.
Every single living creature, Every cat and every flea;
All things with a facial feature, have the right to smile at me.
Every family is a unit, sometimes yelling, sometimes mad.
Divorced or gay or even foster, even Billy, with three dads.
Homer brags about the school to his barfly buddies. Heck, Bart is doing his homework there by helping Moe pour beers.
Willie is chosen to be the coach for the school mathlete team. After Bart helps Willie track down Chalmers (he was shortchanging the Scotsman’s pay) by throwing an egg “at a most efficient 45 degree angle”, Willie makes Bart the Math Team Captain… uh oh… maybe not the best idea for the rematch with Waverly Hills.
The action between the two schools is pretty intense. It all comes down to one last question. “Drawing three straight lines, create nine non-overlapping– that’s non-overlapping, not overlapping, but non-overlapping– triangles.” Somehow Bart knows the answer because of growing up with his dad and his hair made of M’s. I love Homer’s reaction: “Woo hoo! I’m a solution!”
So all ends well thanks to lowered standards even if Willie completely failed to mention that the rummlie scob “wasn’t invented for science. It was used for hanging sheep stealers. The wee knots kept them alive longer to make the punishment more cruel.” And that’s that, other than a weird yet funny ending with the Simpson family performing in a jug band.
All in all a good episode with a solid plot, some laughs and a funny ending. Al Jean actually stated this episode was written just so the writers could include as many math jokes as possible. Whenever an episode seems to be over before I even realize it’s started, I tend to enjoy it. Of course, others might have hated it. What did you think of the episode? Did you like the episode tie-ins for TSTO? Sound off and stay classy.
TTFN… Wookiee out!
As promised… here’s the items I identified that were stolen by Rick:
Marge’s Pearls, Bart’s slingshot, Lisa’s sax, the Evil Krusty Doll, Bobo, Madam Bunny aka Lisa’s stuffed bunny aka Bongo from Life in Hell, a happy Little Elf, and Bart’s skateboard.