In our silly lil game, we sometimes see things pop in that we have no clue as to their Origin. They seem familiar, but we just can’t pinpoint from where. So that is why we decided to make a fun lil reminder out of it. To let you know just Where did THAT Come From?
Hello hello friends! So EA dropped in and announced that Level 60 would be the last dedicated level with a new character and building. In true funny fashion, the building brought into our game was the Springfield Googolplex. A funny addition considering the levels beyond it don’t go on into infinity but cap at Level 939 (the area code for the Simpsons). A googolplex is “one, followed by writing zeroes until you get tired” according to Edward Kasner in 1920. Basically the largest number imaginable and just more proof of how much the writers of the Simpsons love math. I wrote a post about it once upon a time.
Anyhoo… the googolplex is just a big theater where you could go see some of the latest schlock that’s presented for the masses to consume. Most of us have a comparable theater in our neck of the woods and now TSTO does too. But where in the Best. Show. Ever. did this come from? Let’s check out the TV Series to find it.
“Colonel Homer” (S3:E20)
In July 2014, we held a contest to create a level based on an episode and this building was my top choice in my template for the contest. It’s where Marge upsets Homer while watching a “taut political thriller.” Homer ruins the ending causing Marge to yell at him propelling the plot to have Homer go to the Beer ‘N Brawl, meet Lurleen Lumpkin, become her country music manager and dress like a cowboy only to be wooed by his beautiful friend and thereby reinforce his love for the his gorgeous wife.
The theater has 28 theaters and originally was blue.
The next appearance is in “Bart’s Friend Falls in Love” (S3:E23). Bart steals Homer’s jar of pennies prompting a great homage to “Raiders of the Lost Ark.” A magic eight ball (remember those?) prognosticates the potential end to Bart and Milhouse’s friendship and courtesy of Samantha Stankey, it might be true. Oh the risks Milhouse is willing to take in an age of cooties. Meanwhile, Homer’s “gastronomic rapacity knows no satiety.” “Forbearance is the watchword. That triumvirate of Twinkies merely overwhelmed my resolve.” Basically Homer builds his vocabulary with subliminal messages he thought would help him lose weight while Bart and Milly’s relationship hits the skids. The new couple even ruin the movies for Bart. The trio watched Space Mutants VII at none other than the Googolplex.
The next appearance is many seasons later in “E-I-E-I-(Annoyed Grunt)” (S11:E5). Once again it’s shown at the beginning of the episode. This time the theater has expanded to at least 36 theaters.
In “Jaws Wired Shut” (S13:E9), the Gay Pride Parade hits Springfield and Homer decides he’d rather take his family to the movies after Santa’s Little Helper takes a particular liking to the Gay Dog Alliance. In this appearance of the Googolpex, it’s pink like our games.
I love Homer ranting about there being too many previews and being run off by the ushers with giant Kit Kat bars.
The Googolplex is still pink at the start of “The Ziff Who Came to Dinner” (S15:E14) too. Homer probably shouldn’t have taken the kids to see The ReDeadening.
Raphael aka Sarcastic Clerk was the ticket guy in this episode so it makes sense that he came with the building. My guess is the EA designers used this episode as part of their inspiration.
In “Mommie Beerest (S16:E7), Homer and Marge go to see a movie by themselves at the Googolplex. Well, sort of. Moe joins them after Marge sees him and invites him to sit down. Marge has been partnering with Moe at his new English pub that he opened after the former lackadaisical health inspector died eating one of his pickled eggs and the new guy closed him down. Homer remortgaged his home to provide the capital for the pub and Moe and Midge have become friends in the new venture, The Nag and Weasel. Marge has been spending too much time at the bar and it’s at the theater that Homer realizes he may need to work on his marriage. I’d think that too if my wife invited Moe to join us during a movie.
I like this building being added to the game obviously. The movies created for the theater make me giggle both in the show and in our games. I guess I should point out that the two movies shown on the marquee of the theatre in our towns (Sever V & The Diversity Kittens) were movies Bart went to see at the Aztec Theater in “O Brother, Where Bart Thou?” (S21:E8).
If you’re wondering what movies the Googlepex plays, here you go.
The Chair Couch Project – cost $50K – 5 Furniture
Cafeblanca – costs $75K – 5 Coffee
Yogan’s Run – costs $100K – 5 Yoga Mats
Black Snake Phone – costs $150K – 5 Smart Devices
Monorail Spotting – cost $175K – 5 Pharmaceuticals/Pills
Ad Boys – costs $200K – 5 Ads
The Return of The Titanic Ben-Hur – costs $200K – 5 Hollywood Trophies
Anyhoo… so basically this is a building in the show that’s used to start off the plots of episodes. Fitting since it was basically used in TSTO to start off a new way for the game to be played. What do you think of the new building? Do you like being able to spend cash to earn Springfield Heights currency? DO the movie names make you laugh? Sound off in the comments and happy classy tapping.
TTFN… Wookiee out!