The Simpsons

Season 19 Episode 19

Mona Leaves-a

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM May 11, 2008 on FOX
8.4
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After Homer's mother, Mona, passes away unexpectedly, Homer feels guilty for not getting the chance to tell her how much he really loved her and embarks on a mission to fulfill her final wishes.

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • R.I.P. Mona Simpson

    8.0
    After Homer's mother, Mona, passes away unexpectedly, Homer feels guilty for not getting the chance to tell her how much he really loved her and embarks on a mission to fulfill her final wishes. I thought that this was a great episode of "The Simpsons". Honestly, I was expecting so much more from this episode and it could've been better but I still liked it for the most part. Mona Simpson who is Homer's mother was fantastic in all three episodes that she appeared and this final return for her was fantastic. It was sad to see Mona die unexpectedly because I really enjoyed her even though she only appeared in three episodes out of the whole 19 seasons. What my score low was how this episode wasn't really emotional, the writers still added tons of humor to this episode. I mean, come on Matt Groening, you add emotion to your other cartoon :"Futurama" but you can't make an emotional episode when it comes to Simpsons. Now I know that this is a comedy cartoon and the point of it was to entertain you and make you laugh but this episode could've been more emotional and less comedy then that would fantastic with me. Also, everyone except for Homer didn't really feel sad about Mona being dead. Homer seemed to be the only one feeling sad about Mona being gone and also because he felt guilty about what he said to her. Homer walking in the living room thinking Mona is sleeping with her eyes opened but realizes that she died was pretty sad to see. Homer fulfilling Mona's final wish by climbing on top of the mountain and releasing her ashes at 3:00pm was also nice as well. While this episode focused WAY too much on humor instead of emotion, I did laugh some of the time like when Bart told Homer that Mona said "Homer doesn't THAT bad" and then Homer feels better about it, Marge carrying Homer halfway to the top of the mountain, and some more. The episode started to get more dragged in the second half of the episode but it was still entertaining enough. My favorite part out of this entire episode, though, would have to be the montage with Mona and Homer at the very end of the episode. The montage was probably the most heartwarming and closest to emotional part of the entire episode and I really loved the very last scene of the montage with Mona hugging young Homer and saying "Because you're sweet enough" when young Homer wanted more sugar. Overall, it would've been perfect if the episode became more emotional and didn't focus on a ton of humor but it was still a great episode of "The Simpsons"... the end montage was the best part of the episode and R.I.P. Mona Simpson. 8/10moreless
  • predicatable and not funny

    2.1
    This episode was bad. Not many of the jokes were funny and i was watching it because i was too lazy to turn the channel. After homers mom died, i was like what are they going to do for the next 15 minutes, then homer had to put her ashes on top of the mountain and i had no idea it was a attempt to destroy some device. I mean it was such a big shocker! no seriously i hated this episode just like how i hate many other episodes of the new season. I just didn't like it. The only thing that really happened was homers mom died.moreless
  • Homer's Mother Mona returns, and she is no longer a criminal on the run. Homer gets angry at his mother and the night he wants to apologize to her she died. Homer feels upset, but Mona leaves a will and tells Homer to leave her ashes on Lake Springfield.moreless

    9.0
    A good episode, not as funny as the other ones, but a good way of Homer with his family. I think it's good that Homer and his Mother liked and cared about each other right when Mona died. It was funny how Homer had trouble getting her ashes to the lake, and that's how it had some funny in the episode. It is good that Homer loved, his family, and they loved him. It was good that in the end Homer was able to dump Mona's ashes over the lake. It was good in the end that The Simpsons Family was happy. All in all, it was a good episode and I give it a 9 out of 10.moreless
  • Mona is back, and when she dies its up to Homer to fulfill her legacy.

    9.0
    Well this episode was very funny as the usual simpsons episodes are, but this episode had something more then comedy, it was a real tearjerker. It was sad to see Homer's reaction when his mother died, and its always hard to lose a person that you love dearly just as Homer loved his mother. Maybe it wasnt the best way to kill off Homer's mother, but I think that this episode touched my heart and could even make me cry at times. It was a good episode. The reason why I love the Simpsons is because it has the ability to make me laugh, cry, and cherish life's ups and downs.moreless
  • Mona Dies.

    3.5
    This episode had loads of wasted potential, in my eyes. This episode could have been a very sad, emotional episode. In fact I was expecting this. But instead, they have a lot of cheap jokes, or at least they felt cheap to me. After she died I was expecting acts and 3 too be sad. How wrong I was unfortunately. It's not that the episode wasn't sad per se, because I see the jokes it has and I laughed a few times, it's just they treated her death, it seems, as a joke. The only parts I liked were most of the first act, and the end montage. Probably season 19's worst. Or one of them, for suremoreless
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

Glenn Close

Glenn Close

Mona Simpson

Guest Star

Lance Armstrong

Lance Armstrong

Himself

Guest Star

Tress MacNeille

Tress MacNeille

Agnes Skinner, Brandine Del Roy, Dolph and others

Recurring Role

Pamela Hayden

Pamela Hayden

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

Recurring Role

Karl Wiedergott

Karl Wiedergott

Additional Voices

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (8)

    • Marge burning her hemp purse to create "silly smoke" is factually incorrect. Hemp is made from a different subspecies of the Cannabis Sativa plant than the one used for the cannabis drug, and contains typically 0.6% THC compared to the usual 6-20% in the drug. Burning hemp will not induce a high.

    • This episode was dedicated to Elsie Castellaneta and Dora K. Warren.

    • Mona's hippie friends, Seth and Munchie, from season 10's "D'oh-in in the Wind" can be seen at her funeral.

    • This episode originally aired Mother's Day 2008, and FOX ran the end credits intact instead of squeezing them for upcoming show promos.

    • Goof: When Homer tells Bart to fetch "The Defender", he reaches inside the open door to get it. But in the next shot Homer has to kick open the closed door to get inside.

    • Music From This Episode
      "White Rabbit" by Jefferson Airplane (Heard when Marge and Lisa burn Marge's hemp purse to provide a distraction for Homer.)
      "Mother and Child Reunion" by Paul Simon (Heard at the end of the episode with the flashbacks of Homer and Mona.)

    • The topography surrounding 'Springfield Peak' (from which Homer disperses Mona's ashes) is uniquely found in and around SE Utah and Monument Valley Navajo National Park in NE Arizona. It could not geologically occur in Ohio or any other Midwestern state currently held as the mythical location of the show.

    • Homer buys a box of tissues, a six pack of Duff beer, and a tube of urn polish from the Kwik-E-Mart.

  • QUOTES (12)

    • (Homer walks into a toy aisle filled with stuffed recording hippos)
      Stuffed Hippo #1: (With Bart's voice) Homer has a lard butt!
      Homer: What did you say?
      Stuffed Hippo #2: (With Bart's voice) Homer has booger breath!
      Homer: It's a medical condition!
      Stuffed Hippo #3: (With Bart's voice) Homer is a big jerk!
      Homer: Who told you these things about me?!
      Stuffed Hippo #4: (With Bart's voice) Dung Muncher!
      Stuffed Hippo #5: (With Bart's voice) Stink Brain!
      Stuffed Hippo #6: (With Bart's voice) Cheese Wang!
      Stuffed Hippo #7: (With Bart's voice) Captain Crud!
      Homer: (Angrily) I don't want to get mad, but I will!
      (Bart's insulting recordings on the stuffed hippos begin to overlap)
      Homer: Oh, that's it!
      (Marge, Lisa, and Maggie are at the register counter)
      Lisa: Uh, Mom, we've got a Code Four!
      (Homer is seen ripping, tearing, and biting apart the still insulting hippos as Bart is laughing uproariously. Homer then grabs a stuffed unicorn and uses its horn to jab the hippos to stop the recordings)
      Homer: It didn't have to go down like this!

    • Mona: For Marge, I leave this handbag, made of nature's finest material, hemp.
      Marge: (Sniffs bag) Smells like concerts!

    • Marge: (To Bart) Say something comforting.
      Bart: Okay, comforting, comforting. Uh, Dad? Whenever I would hang out with Grandma she would always ask me about you and I'd say, "You suck." And she would say, "You don't suck that bad."
      Homer: She said I didn't suck?
      Bart: That bad.
      Homer: That bad. Wow.
      Bart: Yeah.

    • Marge: Homer, look what I found in your mother's things.
      (Marge gives Homer a DVD)
      Homer: A donut from the future?

    • Bart: (recording a voice for his stuffed hippo) Bart is awesome.
      Stuffed Hippo: Bart is awesome.
      Bart: This guy could put Milhouse out of business!

    • Carl: Yeah, you should always make peace with your loved ones.
      Lenny: I think I'll give my ma a call right now. (dials cell phone) Hey Mom, I just wanted you to know that you mean... Yeah, he's here... (looks disappointed, gives phone to Carl)
      Carl: Hey, Mrs. L! Those butter cookies you sent, were tasty. And the almond ones, oh! (pause) Aw, I wish I was your son, too. All right, I'm gonna pass you back... Okay, okay, I'll tell him. (closes cell phone) Uh, Moe. Lenny's mom says, she loves you.
      (Lenny makes disgusted noise)

    • Homer: Apu, what do you think happens after you die?
      Apu: Manjula will sell this store, dye her hair blonde and marry my cousin Jangelvar.
      Manjula: Yes, I will!

    • Homer: Mom, I can't believe you're here. You keep disappearing and reappearing and it's not funny. You're just like that show Scrubs!

    • Marge: My purse is made of hemp. If we burn it, the silly smoke will mellow out those guards.
      Lisa: We could ignite it with these crystal earrings Grandma gave me.
      Marge: I thought she gave you her rebellious spirit.
      Lisa: I found them on her nightstand.
      (Marge gives her a look)
      Lisa: What?! Bart got a Swiss army knife!

    • Homer: My mother's dead.
      Grampa: I'm still with you, son.
      Homer: Oh, it just gets worse and worse!

    • Homer: I don't even want your pie!
      Mona: But you already ate the whole thing.
      Homer: Well, I'm not going to digest it!

    • Moe: I like creating disappointment. You know that little moment when people's hope dies? I feed on that.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Blackboard Joke: This punishment is not medieval. (Written in medieval style of calligraphy.)
      Couch Gag: This extended version showcases the evolution of Homer Simpson, beginning as a single-cell organism which continuously divides to a more complex organism, first as a jellyfish, then a common fish that nearly escapes the clutches of an octopus that resembles Mr. Burns. Getting out of the ocean, Homer evolves into a prehistoric lizard that extends his tongue to snack on an insect that resembles Lenny. He then evolves into a slightly larger lizard with a scale on his back that sees a Pterodactyl resembling Agnes Skinner flying overhead. Homer then evolves into a rat that gets chased by a Tyrannosaurus resembling Bart, who then gets into a battle with a Triceratops resembling Lisa. Homer hides in a hole just before a large asteroid crashes on Earth, wiping out all dinosaur life. Homer comes out of the hole, passing the bony fossil of T-Rex Bart, before changing into a sloth, then a monkey as he approaches a jungle, becoming more apelike upon swinging through the trees. Leaving the jungle, a brief Ice Age occurs as he evolves from Neanderthal, to caveman, and passes caveman Moe (who gives a brief "Hey" hello) before he de-evolves into a rat. Homer continues evolving, morphing into period clothing with appropriate backgrounds from medieval, Spanish explorer, Pilgrim, English scholar, and finally to modern day Homer Simpson with the nuclear plant in the background as he finally reaches home and walks over Santa's Little Helper sleeping on the doorstep as he enters the house. With the rest of the family sitting on the sofa, Marge asks him "What took you so long?" Homer can only give an exhausted sigh of relief.

    • This is the third time an episode title is a take of da Vinci's famous Mona Lisa painting. The others are "Moaning Lisa" (Season 1) and "Moe 'N' a Lisa" (Season 18).

  • ALLUSIONS (6)

    • Bart's voice in stuffed hippo: B.O. Baracus!
      Bart's insult is a reference to Mr. T's character on The A-Team, B.A. Baracus.

    • Babe
      Homer's line "That'll do, brick. That'll do," is a take on the line "That'll do, pig. That'll do," from the 1995 film Babe.

    • James Bond
      Homer disrupting the launch of Mr. Burns' missile (while background music very similar to the James Bond theme plays) closely mimics Bond's exploits in two movies, Dr. No and You Only Live Twice.

    • Mr. Burns: I've seen your wife and she's no Mamie Van Doren.
      Mamie Van Doren (born Joan Lucille Olander) was a B-Movie "sex-goddess" in the late 1950s and early 60's who was linked to Marilyn Monroe and Jayne Mansfield as one of the 'Three Ms'.

    • Build-A-Bear Workshop
      The "Stuff and Hug" store is a parody of popular Build-a-Bear Workshop retail stores founded in 1997.

    • Mona Lisa
      The title of this episode is a play on the title of Da Vinci's famous Mona Lisa painting.

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