The Simpsons

Season 18 Episode 1

The Mook, the Chef, the Wife, and Her Homer

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Sep 10, 2006 on FOX
8.4
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The Mook, the Chef, the Wife, and Her Homer
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At school, Lisa befriends a boy named Michael, who happens to be the son of mob boss, Fat Tony. Fat Tony is put out of commission by a rival family, and Homer and Bart get involved with the mob, when Michael, who is nothing like his father, is not interested in the “family business.”moreless

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  • This is my VERY favourite episode

    10
    A Trilogy Of Error is my second fave but seriously!!! this RULZ!!! Nelson as a crazy babbling scared idiot ("Fun is so fun" etc. )is... Funniest. Simpsons. Gag. Everrrr
  • LOVE this episode and it's easily one of my favorites.... excellent way to start off Season 18

    10
    At school, Lisa befriends a boy named Michael, who happens to be the son of mob boss, Fat Tony. Fat Tony is put out of commission by a rival family, and Homer and Bart get involved with the mob, when Michael, who is nothing like his father, is not interested in the "family business." I don't get why at least 25% of the TV.com users found this episode to be poor but oh well. At least this episode got more positive reviews than it got negative reviews. I loved this episode of "The Simpsons" and it's easily one of my favorite episodes. I remember when I watched this episode on the day that it premiered... I loved it right away. No flaws or anything. The storyline was terrific in my opinion and the humor was magnificent.... the humor was pretty random in some parts but that's a good thing. It's always nice to see Fat Tony make an appearance in this show even though some of his episodes can be a little meh. This Fat Tony episode, however, is easily one of the best episodes I've seen starring him. Season 18 definitely got off a magnificent start with this episode. The parts that did make me laugh was Bart stealing Otto's bus and driving it, Otto running into the metal rock band "Metallica" but then "Metallica" get a ride by another guy who is a true fan of them, Fat Tony's saying "Okay, now who is ready to sleep with the fishes?" (then the kids gasp) then Fat Tony says "Because I brought this Finding Nemo bed spread" (that part was hilarious yet random at the same time), the very ending of the episode, and many more. I also thought Fat Tony being shot was pretty intense and I also enjoyed the scene near the end of the episode with those men being poisoned by meatballs thanks to Fat Tony's son Michael. It was also great to finally see Fat Tony's son Michael since Fat Tony has mentioned him at least once or twice in the past seasons. Overall, this is easily one of my favorite episodes.... it had a terrific storyline, excellent humor, and everything was just executed very well in my opinion plus it was a terrific episode to start off Season 18. 10/10moreless
  • Eh

    4.5
    This episode was merely... alright. It had some good laughs {some of the first act, the schoolbus jokes were very childish but they were kind of funny}, but I just did not like the plot a lot. I know because it is a comedy you expect to laugh a lot and therefore if you do it is a good episode, but for me, plot is just as important, and this episode did not have a good plot in my opinion. I also thought the ending was weird and just there to be there. My overall grade would be a D+/C-moreless
  • Dreadful

    3.5
    People always talk about how The Simpsons have been going down hill... this episode is probably my favorite example of this. I don't watch newer episodes and have a negative bias right away, i give the episodes a chance. The start of this episode was just awful. The Otto part was just frustrating to listen to. Not funny at all, not to mention Otto is WAY out of character. The actual plot of the episode is also bad... Fat Tony having a son... WHY!? They ruined Fat Tony for me in this episode. Like Otto, Fat Tony was out of character. There were barely any funny moments in this episode and the plot was one of the worst I've seen. I hate when The Simpsons give random characters episodes for them selves. These minor characters are supposed to just have small roles in episodes and give the audience some comic relief. What's next, an episode where Sideshow Mel has a son??? Overall this is probably one of the worst episodes of The Simpsonsmoreless
  • Fat Tony's son practices the family business.

    9.5
    After Lisa befriends Fat Tony's son Michael, Fat Tony invites the Simpsons over for dinner as a sign of gratitude. Shockingly, Fat Tony is shot by a rival family moments after Michael admits he would rather be a chef than take over the family business. Fat Tony's main thugs want Michael to be the new kingpin, but when he declines, Homer steps up and leads the family on a major mob spree. This is a very under appreciated episode. I found it very funny because of Homer and Bart acting as mobsters. Pretty much any episode with Fat Tony is gold and this is no exception. A must see!moreless
Dan Castellaneta

Dan Castellaneta

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

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

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

James Hetfield

James Hetfield

Himself

Guest Star

Kirk Hammett

Kirk Hammett

Himself

Guest Star

Lars Ulrich

Lars Ulrich

Himself

Guest Star

Joe Mantegna

Joe Mantegna

Fat Tony

Recurring Role

Karl Wiedergott

Karl Wiedergott

Additional Voices

Recurring Role

Pamela Hayden

Pamela Hayden

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

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Fat Tony's son, Michael, first appears in this episode but was mentioned in episode 16-14, "The Seven-Beer Snitch".

    • In this episode, Lunchlady Doris has a speaking role for the first time since episode 7-13, "Team Homer."

    • Music From This Episode
      "Master of Puppets" by Metallica (Metallica plays this song as they ride away in the back of Hans Moleman's truck.)
      "Woke Up This Morning" by Alabama 3 (Also the theme song to The Sopranos, this song is heard while Fat Tony drives the school car pool.)

    • Headline seen in the Springfield Shopper newspaper: "Local Man Thinks Wrestling Is Real." Homer is pictured beneath the headline.

    • According to this episode, Metallica played a concert at the Springfield Arena in 1997. Otto attended the concert and sat in Row XX Seat 64

  • QUOTES (8)

    • (Homer is amazed at Fat Tony's home.)
      Homer: Wow, your paintings have brush marks. (Gasps) And your statues have weiners!

    • (On the way to school, Otto stops the bus and offers Metallica a ride; their tour bus has broken down.)
      Otto: So what are you waiting for? Hop in.
      James Hetfield: (Chuckles) Hop in what?
      (The school bus peels away with Bart at the wheel.)
      Bart: Look at me, I'm Otto! I'm a hundred years old and I drive a school bus!
      Otto: Oh, man. Maybe me and Metallica can go splitsies on a cab.
      (Hans Moleman slowly drives by in a pickup truck, with Metallica and their gear in the bed of the truck.)
      Kirk Hammett: Hey, loser, we got a ride from a real fan!
      Hans Moleman: I used to sleep with Lars' grandmother.
      Robert Trujillo: Never listen to our music again!
      (Hans Moleman pulls away as Metallica plays an instrumental from the song, "Master of Puppets.")

    • (Bart, Legs and Louie pay a vist to Krusty the Clown at Krusty Burger.)
      Bart: Krusty, Fat Tony hasn't received his weekly payment for keeping McDonald's and Burger King out of town.
      Krusty the Clown: Well, I'm a little short this week. Could I just pay you $5 to keep out Hardee's?

    • (Fat Tony drives the school carpool home.)
      Fat Tony: Milhouse, may I borrow your three-ring binder?
      (Milhouse holds up two binders.)
      Milhouse: Garfield or Love Is...?"
      Fat Tony: Uh, I prefer the cat. He hates Mondays. We can all relate.

    • (Michael and Fat Tony invite the Simpson family over for dinner.)
      Marge: We'd love to! You know, I've never met you wife.
      Fat Tony: Sadly, my Anna Maria was whacked by natural causes.
      Marge: Oh, you're a widower.
      Fat Tony: I bring flowers to her grave every Sunday.
      Marge: Ooh, flowers every week! I wish I was dead.

    • (Homer tastes one of Michael's soufflés.)
      Homer: Mmm. Oh, this must be what angels taste like!

    • (Nelson finds out Michael's dad is Fat Tony.)
      Nelson: Your dad's a mob boss? (Laughs nervously) Please don't have me whacked! I was just kiddin' around! We were all havin' fun. Wasn't it fun? (Laughs nervously) Oh, fun is so fun. (Laughs nervously) There is no Mafia!
      (Nelson pulls his own shirt over his face.)
      Nelson: Columbus Day is better than Christmas!

    • (In her car, Marge picks up Milhouse for school.)
      Milhouse: I brought my own car seat. Look!
      (Milhouse straps himself in.)
      Milhouse: Hey, Lisa, my safety bar matches your eyes. (Laughs)

  • NOTES (2)

    • This episode marks Fat Tony's 20th speaking appearance.

    • Blackboard Joke: None.
      Couch Gag: The family enters the living room, where the couch has been replaced by four chairs with music playing in the background. They play musical chairs and when the music stops, everyone has a chair except Homer.

  • ALLUSIONS (5)

    • When the Lunch-Lady opens the bean jar ghosts appear. This is obviously from "Indiana Jones - Raiders of the Lost Ark," when the Nazis open the Ark of the Covenant.

    • Fat Albert
      When Homer compares Fat Tony's Italian toast to "that guy from Fat Albert", he's referring to Mush Mouth (voiced by Bill Cosby) who had the habit of adding an extra syllable in his words.

    • Otto: Real songs are about deals with the devil, far-off lands, and where you'd find smoke in relation to water.
      Otto's description of "real" songs is alluding to, "The Devil Went Down to Georgia" by Charlie Daniels Band and "Smoke on the Water" by Deep Purple.

    • The Godfather
      Much of this episode is an allusion to the 1972 film The Godfather, such as the mob boss son's name being Michael. A woman trying to help Michael follow his own ambitions, instead of the family business. Also, the end is very similar, Michael telling Lisa to never ask him about his work and closing the door on her is exactly how The Godfather ends (minus the Hot Wheels).

    • The Cook, the Thief, His wife, & Her Lover
      The title of this episode is a play on the title of the 1989 film, The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover.

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