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The Simpsons

Season 20 Episode 13

Gone Maggie Gone

3
Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Mar 15, 2009 on FOX
8.4
out of 10
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Episode Summary

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Lisa infiltrates a convent in order to steal back Maggie who was accidentally taken in by nuns. While in the convent, Lisa uncovers a series of cryptic clues leading to a hidden jewel in Springfield. With help from resident history buffs Principal Skinner and Comic Book Guy, Lisa sets off to find the coveted prize. But Springfield's Freemasons are also hot on the trail of the jewel, and Lisa must race against them to find the jewel and rescue Maggie.moreless

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  • It's alright but it's pretty odd if you ask me

    7.0
    Lisa infiltrates a convent in order to steal back Maggie who was accidentally taken in by nuns. While in the convent, Lisa uncovers a series of cryptic clues leading to a hidden jewel in Springfield. With help from resident history buffs Principal Skinner and Comic Book Guy, Lisa sets off to find the coveted prize. But Springfield's Freemasons are also hot on the trail of the jewel, and Lisa must race against them to find the jewel and rescue Maggie. I thought that this was a good episode of "The Simpsons". The storyline was... eh... entertaining. The main storyline doesn't catch your attention in the beginning but then it does catch your attention when Lisa tries to solve those clues to find Maggie and then it just loses your attention to the end.... not a bad storyline for the most part though. I did enjoy how Skinners and Comic Book Guy were on the search for the jewel as well. It's also very cool yet odd that Maggie is literally the jewel and brings peace to the world but I just don't like how the nuns worship Maggie and want to keep her just because of her being the jewel. I actually thought Lisa was the jewel at first but then it was quickly explained that Maggie was the jewel then I was like "oh okay". The episode also can be funny too but the most funniest part in this episode would probably have to be Homer using his arm to be Maggie and use his finger as Maggie's mouth, it was a little weird but hilarious moment. Also, good to see that Marge found Maggie and takes her home and it was very cute when Maggie took the bandage wrapped around Marge's eyes and smiles at here. I didn't really like the very ending of the episode with Bart bringing hell to the world instead of peace but his line "I am so staying past curfew" was kinda funny. Overall, a good/alright episode of "The Simpsons"... it was definitely not a bad episode but it's just odd and not really something I would expect. 7/10moreless
  • REALLY Overrated

    6.5
    OK, when this originally aired, it was my favorite of the 20th season, it was great, it was the best storyline. Maybe it still is, but wow, I notice a lot of flaws. For one thing, yea we know Lisa is smart, but she was able to figure out some of those clues in literally a second. This bothers me. I know she is smart, but to be able to figure out puzzles and stuff like that so quickly? Feels lazy, if this was ab hour it would be better IMO. Same thing about Marge just so happening to show up at the end. Feels lazy. Overall Grade- C+/B-moreless
  • Wolves are taking all our women

    10
    "Wolves are taking all our women"

    The best line i've heard in a loooong long time. Where did it come from? Who was deranged enough to come up with this awesome line?

    I want to shake the hand of the writer who thought of this line. All day long I find reasons to say: "Wolves are taking all our women"

    "Wolves are taking all our women"

    "Wolves are taking all our women"

    "Wolves are taking all our women"

    "Wolves are taking all our women"

    "Wolves are taking all our women"

    "Wolves are taking all our women"

    "Wolves are taking all our women"

    "Wolves are taking all our women"

    "Wolves are taking all our women"moreless
  • It wasn't that great.

    6.5
    Why do people like this episode? I think it was another bland season 21 episode. It was just only about Lisa exploring a church to find Maggie and there wasn't any humor. The only parts that were funny were when Marge's eyes got burned, that Tex Avery cartoon in the hospital, and when the men were kissing each other.But (sigh) every thing else can put me to sleep. This episode makes some mediocre King of The Hill episodes look cool (no offense fans), even my father was disappointed with this episode. Once again, another bland season 21 episode that had only a few laughs. Come on Simpson creators (Matt Groening) you can do better than this!



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  • This is about Marge being temporarily blinded by an eclipse and Homer losing Maggie to nuns.

    8.0
    This episode wasn't as funny as most episodes but was still pretty funny. This episode was more watching and suspense that funny. It reminded me of the Da Vinci Code which is pardonies. I think this episode is very clever how it goes from a church, to Homer's crossing the river problem, to the Springfield Sign, to a bell tower. I enjoyed the part where Mr. Burns tries to shoot Skinner and Lisa at the Springfield sign. I also enjoyed Bart ruling the church as the devil and how the church lights up when Maggie sits down which surprises me since she's shot people before. I give an overall 9.6.moreless
Julie Kavner

Julie Kavner

Marge Simpson, Patty Bouvier, and Selma Bouvier

Nancy Cartwright

Nancy Cartwright

Bart Simpson, Nelson Muntz, Ralph Wiggum, Todd Flanders, and others

Yeardley Smith

Yeardley Smith

Lisa Simpson

Hank Azaria

Hank Azaria

Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, Moe Szyslak, Chief Wiggum, Comic Book Guy, Lou, and others

Harry Shearer

Harry Shearer

Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders, Principal Skinner, Waylon Smithers, Kent Brockman, and others

Dan Castellaneta

Dan Castellaneta

Homer Simpson, Grampa Simpson, Barney Gumble, Krusty the Clown, Groundskeeper Willie, and others

Ed Begley Jr.

Ed Begley Jr.

Himself

Guest Star

Pamela Hayden

Pamela Hayden

Milhouse Van Houten, Rod Flanders, Jimbo Jones, and others

Recurring Role

Tress MacNeille

Tress MacNeille

Agnes Skinner, Brandine Del Roy, Dolph and others

Recurring Role

Karl Wiedergott

Karl Wiedergott

Additional Voices

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (9)

    • (Homer's buying rat poison at "Best Bye")
      Shop Clerk: Here you go, sir. These will take care of those dirty rats and the clean ones too.

    • (After Marge has gone blind from looking at the eclipse.)
      Dr. Hibbert: Now, Simpsons, I must warn you any stress can increase the blood pressure in Marge's eye-balls. Leading to what we call "Tex-Avery Syndrome."
      (He pops in a video, showing the wolf from the Tex Avery cartoons, with Little Red Riding Hood coming in dressed as a nurse. Exaggerated eye action goes on leading to the wolf's eye turning into bombs and exploding.)
      Homer:: Wolves are taking all our women!!

    • Homer:: (driving car with Maggie and SLH) Whoever is biting me, STOP IT!!

    • (As Homer goes careening off the Bridge)
      Homer: AHHHH! WHY DID I BRING THE BABY AND THE DOG TO THE POISON STORRRRREEEE!!?

    • Mr. Burns: Well well, if it isn't the Tardy Boys and Nancy Clueless!

    • (Arguing about Homer leaving Maggie on the steps of the convent and wanting to take her back.)
      Homer: Oh come on, I bet your husband does stupid stuff all the time!
      Nun: (angrily) I'm married to Jesus!
      Homer: Yeah, and I'm married to Wonder Woman...

    • (Homer places Maggie on the steps of a convent.)
      Homer: Now I need to leave you where you'll be safe: Under the watchful eyes of God. And I'll be watching you too, in case God's busy making tornadoes or not existing.

    • Kent Brockman: Today, Springfield will experience a rare total eclipse of the sun. A solar eclipse is like a woman breast-feeding in a restaurant. It's free, it's beautiful, but under no circumstances should you look at it. We recommend using a homemade "camera obscura", fashioned from an ordinary shoebox and paper towel tube.
      (Kent reaches under his desk and pulls out an unmade camera obscura)
      Kent Brockman: (fuming) This... was supposed to be pre-made. Fine, I'll do it myself. Where's the end of the frickin' tape?! Forget it! We'll do it next week!
      Cameraman: (off-screen) The eclipse is today.
      Kent Brockman: (shouting) There's an eclipse when I say there's an eclipse!

    • Nun: (singing to babies) If you're happy and you know it, that's a sin! If you're happy and you know it, that's a sin!

  • NOTES (1)

    • Blackboard Joke: None.
      Couch Gag: The couch hangs from the ceiling. Ralph Wiggum comes in wearing a blindfold and hits it with a stick like a pinata. The couch breaks and the Simpson family falls out from inside.
      Billboard Gag: None.
      Ralph: None.

  • ALLUSIONS (10)

    • Dora the Explorer
      The scene where Homer is trying to figure out how to get the poison, Maggie and the dog across the water, he looks into the camera and asks if the audience can help him. This is similar to what Dora does on the kids show Dora the Explorer.

    • The Da Vinci Code
      The scenes that give Lisa clues as to how to find Maggie in a Catholic church, and trying to find a truth hidden by the church are all allusions to the novel and movie The Da Vinci Code.

    • Bill O'Reilly
      The scene where Kent Brockman loses it on the air during his news segment is a parody of the infamous clip of Bill O'Reilly losing it on Inside Edition.

    • Philadelphia Phillies
      During the scene showing the nuns landing in Philadelphia the Phillie Phanatic, the mascot for the Philadelphia Phillies, can be spotted.

    • The Seven Year Itch
      The scene showing the nun's skirt blowing up is an allusion to the 1955 film The Seven Year Itch starring Marilyn Monroe. In it, there is a scene in which her skirt gets blown up while standing over a vent.

    • The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew
      When Lisa, Comic Book Guy and Principal Skinner get to the Springfield sign only to see Mr. Burns there waiting; he refers to them as "The Tardy Boys and Nancy Clueless." A reference to the mystery solving teens The Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew respectively.

    • Life in Hell
      The bunny toy that Maggie holds in Pest Bye looks like Binky, the bunny from Matt Groening's comic strip, Life In Hell.

    • Ratatouille
      The scene where Homer walks into the kitchen with all the rats, the movie he shows and the subsequent scene following it where he is being controlled by a rat are all allusions to the movie Ratatouille.

    • Best Buy
      Pest Bye, the name of the rat poison store, and its signage are parodies of the electronics store Best Buy.

    • Gone Baby Gone
      The title of this episode is a play on the title of the 2007 Ben Affleck film Gone Baby Gone.

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