The Simpsons

Season 18 Episode 6

Moe 'N' a Lisa

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Nov 19, 2006 on FOX

Episode Recap

Opening Credits: Blackboard Joke: None Couch Gag: In the style of a computer program, each Simpson family member is clicked and dragged to the couch and then the couch is clicked and dragged into a trash can icon. An "Empty Trash" command is then executed.

Act One: Homer wakes up alone, and discovers a piece of string tied around his finger. He removes his pajama shirt and finds the phrase "Don't Forget" written across his chest. Homer is slightly miffed at the meaning of the messages, and they do not ring a bell with him. Downstairs at breakfast, the mysterious messages continue, as Snowball II and Santa's Little Helper have "Don't" and "Forget" painted on their bodies. Maggie even coughs up some of her alphabet soup, also spelling out "Don't Forget." Homer becomes alarmed and panics, as he can't remember what the messages are prompting him to remember. Marge suddenly announces that everyone needs to get ready so that they can all watch Grampa Simpson at the Senior Olympics. A dismayed Homer collapses and goes limp as he grudgingly realizes that going to the Senior Olympics is what he was supposed to remember. Marge and the kids drag the limp Homer out to the car and as soon as the Simpson family leaves, the phone rings. The answering machine picks up and Moe leaves a message for Homer reminding him that today is the day for Moe's big birthday fishing trip.

At the Senior Olympics, a small crowd gathers in the bleachers surrounding a track and field area. As Grampa warms up, he reminisces with Homer, Marge and the kids about the time he nearly won a gold medal at the 1936 Olympics in the javelin event, while nearly killing Hitler in the process. After Jasper lights the Olympic Torch in the opening ceremony, Marge sits in the stands with Lisa, who is feverishly writing in a composition book. Lisa explains that she has a dilemma; she must interview a "Fascinating Springfielder" and write a report, yet she hasn't found a suitable person to interview and the report is due the following Monday. Atop the high drive platform and accompanied by the Rocky the Flying Squirrel theme music, Old Jewish Man, swoops down to the pool below, assisted by his extremely flabby arms. Later, the Simpson family has grown weary of sitting through the numerous events, and not seeing Grampa win a single one. The next event is a hurdles race and Grampa brings up the rear of the pack, but when he mistakes a black-clad and hooded Groundskeeper Willie for the Grim Reaper, a frightened Grampa kicks it into an extra gear and wins the race.

At the end of long day at the Senior Olympics, the Simpson family make their way home. Just as Homer is about to pull into the driveway, he spots a sullen Moe waiting for him on his doorstep and he suddenly remembers about the big birthday fishing trip. Homer thinks fast and tells everyone to duck down and hide from Moe. Homer blindly maneuvers the car into the backyard and the family sneaks into the house, via the back door, undetected by Moe. A few hours later, Moe still waits for Homer outside and continually peers into the windows, while the family eats dinner and hides by scuttling around on the dining room floor like crabs. As Homer and Bart fight over a bag of popcorn, a brick with a note attached suddenly smashes through the window. An angry Moe peers through the hole in the window and informs Homer that the note is for him. The family gathers around to read Moe's painfully emotional note. Lisa comments on what a tormented soul Moe must be, and suddenly she realizes that he would be a great subject for her "Fascinating Springfielder" assignment. Moe tries to hitchhike a ride home in the rain outside the Simpson house, as Lisa approaches him and asks if she can write her report about him. Moe is taken aback by the idea of someone is actually interested in his life and he cheerfully agrees to Lisa's request.

Act Two: Homer accompanies Lisa, as she interviews Moe at his home, in a run-down sleazy hotel. Moe questions why Lisa would want to interview him and she explains that she suspects somewhere deep inside of Moe is an artist's soul. Lisa notices some small handwritten notes plastered all over Moe's walls. The notes all contain different emotional thoughts or fragments and Lisa realizes that if they were all put together, they could become a work of poetry. Lisa arranges some of the notes and fragments into a coherent structure and Moe marvels at Lisa's creation, titled: "Howling at a Concrete Moon."

The next day at school, Moe reads he newly formed poem in front of Lisa's class as a part of her "Fascinating Springfielders" report. Later at dinner, despite receiving a poor grade on her report, Lisa announces that she will send Moe's poem in to American Poetry Perspectives, a publication for notable American poetry. Parodying the character of J. Jonah Jameson from the Spider-Man films, the quick talking editor of American Poetry Perspectives approves Moe's poem submission and places it on the cover of the next American Poetry Perspectives publication.

A few days later, an excited Lisa rushes inside Moe's tavern, clutching the newest issue of American Poetry Perspectives. As she shares the good news with Moe, he receives a phone call from the famous American writer, Tom Wolfe, inviting him to the Wordloaf Festival in Vermont. Moe hangs up on the Tom Wolfe, but when Lisa explains that all of the great American writers meet at the Wordloaf Festival, Moe agrees to go, as long as Lisa accompanies him.

Homer drives Moe and the family to Vermont and they arrive in front of a stately building, hosting the Wordloaf Festival. Inside, elegant music plays, as fancy appetizers are being served. Tom Wolfe approaches Moe and introduces himself and proclaims his awe and respect of Moe's poetry. A crowd of authors gather around and eagerly listen to every word Moe says and pamper him with laughter. Tom Wolfe asks Moe where he came up with the brilliant title of his poem and everyone gasps as Moe begins to explain that he had help with his title. Author Gore Vidal interrupts the silence and confesses that he too has needed help with his book titles. The rest of the authors are taken aback at the revelation and they shun Gore Vidal and order him to leave the Wordloaf Festival. Tom Wolfe asks Moe the question a second time as Lisa eagerly awaits to hear her recognition from Moe. However, upon seeing what happened to Gore Vidal, Moe recants and explains that he came up with the title of the poem himself. Lisa is crushed, and Moe, Tom Wolfe and the other authors head outside for a hay ride, while laughing and cheering, causing Lisa further emotional pain.

Act Three: The next day, Moe joins authors Tom Wolfe, Jonathon Franzen, and Michael Chabon, as members of a panel, to answer questions in front of fans. An audience member asks the panel where their inspiration came from for being writers. After the other members of the panel address the question, Moe deflects the question by cracking a joke. However, Lisa, who is in the audience, raises her hand and presses the question again, insisting that there must be someone who believed in him when no one else did. Moe hesitates before answering the question and then flatly tells Lisa that there wasn't anyone that inspired him. Lisa is upset that Moe won't give her, her due recognition, and despite her protests, Tom Wolfe ends the panel discussion, letting Moe off the hook.

A depressed Lisa walks out of the discussion hall and informs her family that she won't be joining them as they take a small tour of Vermont. As the family takes off for their tour, a somber Lisa sits alone on a park bench and feeds some nearby geese in a pond. Moe approaches Lisa, and asks her to write a poem for speech at the Festival's farewell dinner. Lisa denies his request, calling him a jerk and she leaves him standing alone. Realizing that Lisa isn't going to help him, Moe pulls out some scrap notes from his hotel room home, and tries to construct a poem. Homer and Bart spot Lisa sitting alone on the porch of an old cabin. While sobbing, Lisa explains to them what Moe has done, and Bart and Homer quickly run off to exact revenge for her.

That night at the Wordloaf Festival dinner honoring Moe, Tom Wolfe introduces Moe and prompts him to give his speech. At the podium, Moe announces to the audience that he has a new poem and commences reading it. However, the crowd begins to murmur, as they realize that the new poem that Moe is reading is just the information from an elevator warning sign. Moe quickly tries to control the situation by reading a different poem. However, this time his poem the channel guide from his hotel room. The door opens in the back of the dining hall and Moe stops in mid sentence as he sees a sad and bitter Lisa walk through. Moe suddenly comes to his senses and in an original poem of his own, he credits Lisa for her influence and friendship. Lisa is touched by Moe's words and she forgives him. Just then, Homer calls out from a catwalk above Moe, telling him that he never should have made Lisa cry. Homer and Bart tip over a giant drum of maple syrup intended for Moe, but the extremely thick syrup flows so slowly out of the drum that Moe has plenty of time to get away before the syrup reaches him. As Jonathon Franzen and Michael Chabon squabble and engage in fisticuffs from an ongoing feud, Moe and Lisa walk out of the dining hall, hand in hand.

Meanwhile, in the continuing parody of J. Jonah Jameson, the editor of American Poetry Perspectives watches all the action unfold from a C-SPAN feed of the Wordloaf Festival. However, he dubs Moe and Lisa's story as too "sweet" and snaps at an intern, ordering him to find some photos and poems featuring Spider-Man.

End Credits: The credits roll as a scene plays out, featuring Homer test-tasting maple syrup in the same fashion as a wine taster would taste wine.
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