The Simpsons

Season 19 Episode 19

Mona Leaves-a

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM May 11, 2008 on FOX
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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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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

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Lance Armstrong

Lance Armstrong

Himself

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Tress MacNeille

Tress MacNeille

Agnes Skinner, Brandine Del Roy, Dolph and others

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Pamela Hayden

Pamela Hayden

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

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Karl Wiedergott

Karl Wiedergott

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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 (3)

    • This episode was dedicated to the late mothers of both Dan Castellaneta and Harry Shearer.

    • 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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