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The Simpsons

Season 21 Episode 13

The Color Yellow

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Feb 21, 2010 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Lisa presents the story of how her southern ancestors assisted a slave to freedom for Black History Month at school.

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  • Great episode

    Lisa presents the story of how her southern ancestors assisted a slave to freedom for Black History Month at school. I thought this was a great episode. It was better Boy Meets Curl. The storyline here was very interesting but it got dragged. I liked/laughed at Skinner's Car got destroyed by the tree stump, The room of Obamas, Mykia gag, "No one's allowed to be better than me, and I'm pretty bad,." and some other. Overall, this was a great episode of the Simpsons. 8/10moreless
  • Color Yellow

    Family Tree assignment! Lisa learns that her ancestor got a slave, but as the episode progresses, she learns that her ancestors helped the slave, Virgil, escape to freedom. Or did he? According to Milhouse this is the opposite of what happened. But wait- Grampa holds the truth! The Simpsons' ancestors DID help, and we also learn a surprising fact: the simpsons are black {which is either an error or a joke, take your pick}.

    I may be overrating this, but I loved it a lot when it aired, and my grade would be an A, one of the bests of the seasonmoreless
  • MYKIA!!!!!!! - Skinner

    Willie can't get a tree stump out of the yard, so Bart helps him with TNT. The stump falls on Skinner's KIA, making him yell MYKIAA, and Mrs. Hoover, after this, makes everyone investigate their family tree. Lisa finds out that every member of the family was either a gangster, or a thief. Except one, Eliza Simpson. She was a member of a family that rescued slaves and led them to freedom, and her diary tells the story of how se stuggled fto do that without Colonel Burns finding out. At the black history Presentation, Raph made one about Martin Luther King and Nelson and other kids about Obama. Lisa tells her story, but Milhouse continues the story, becuase his ancestor lived next to Eliza's. He witnessed hom Eliza's dad told Burns where the slave was. Lisa was crushed, but Abe told her the truth. Eliza's mom dumped her dad and fled with Virgil (the slave) to Alska and had Abe Sr. the grandpa of Grandpa.moreless
  • Lisa gets an assignment to tell about someone in her family tree. After first finding out everyone in her family history was a scoundrel she runs across some interesting discoveries about her ancestors from the Civil War period.moreless

    Sometimes when they do these Lisa shows things get a "little preachy". I think they manage to temper this one and keep that from happening. Overall a very entertaining story of a hiccup in the Simpsons family tree.

    So we find out that Springfield has some slaves during the Civil War and that Montgomery Burns father, yes his father, where everyone else is talking about Great, Great, Great, Grandfathers, was a slave owner.

    After uncovering the bad deeds of one Simpson after another, Lisa finally comes across a diary of a young Simpson girl like herself who might have done something heroic and selfless during the War.

    In the end we're not really sure of the final details as there are a number of changes to the stories ending, but we are left with a big surprise that I don't think anyone saw coming. It was very clever!

    Of course what was a descendant of Marge, who is of French decent as they pointed out, playing a Simpson's wife during the Civil War? It could be very confusing! But of course it is a cartoon so don't spend too much time on that.

    Entertaining and a fast pace plot made this a well done episode for this twenty first season. A little better than most unfortunately this year. Thanks for reading...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

Wren T. Brown

Wren T. Brown


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


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • When Virgil and Mabel reach Canada circa 1867 the modern Canadian flag is shown a few times. This however this not historically accurate as the current Canadian flag was first raised on February 15, 1965.

    • The accounts in the diary would have occurred at some point between 1867 - 1869. The date can be determined by two ways: Virgil makes a passing reference they live in the 60's (1860's), and they attempt to flee to Canada but Canada was not a country until 1867.

    • According to this episode, Lisa, Bart & Maggie are 1/64 black.

    • The footnote at the end of the recipe Marge reads from is as follows:

      After the patrollers left, the circus clown made the following comment, which suggests an unusual aptitude for predicting twenty-first century currency values: "Why do I always ask for a nickel? That's like twenty bucks in 2010 money." It may have been intended as humorous, although my daughter didn't mention anyone laughing. This clown seemed to say many things that were humorous to him, but not to those around him, nor to me. But since my daughter repeated them all, I thought I would record them here. Enjoy them, people of the future!

  • QUOTES (1)

    • (Bart helps Groundskeeper Willie blow up a stump at school.)
      Groundskeeper Willie: Well done, boy!
      Bart: Wait, here comes the mykia!
      Groundskeeper Willie: What's a mykia?
      (The blown-up tree stump falls on Principal Skinner's car.)
      Principal Skinner: My KIA!

  • NOTES (1)

    • Show Title: Agnes Skinner is riding a bicycle in the sky.
      Billboard Gag: None.
      Blackboard Joke: None.
      Couch Gag: Instead of running to the couch, the family goes on a swimming relay in a long-length pool. All make it to the couch except Homer, who's floating face down in the water not far from the starting position.


    • Ethel and Julius Rosenberg
      Ethel and Julius Rosenberg were found guilty of espionage for the Soviet Union and executed in 1953. Abe Simpson calls them 'Adam and Eve Simpson'. As it turns out, one of their two sons, Michael Meeropol, lives in Springfield, Massachusetts.

    • The Wizard Of Oz
      The familiar theme during the opening credits (along with Agnes riding a bike) is a reference to the witch's theme from the 1939 movie The Wizard Of Oz, based on the book of the same name.

    • The Color Purple
      The title of this episode is a play on the title of the 1982 Alice Walker novel The Color Purple, which was made into a movie starring Whoopie Goldberg in 1984.