The Simpsons

Season 22 Episode 19

The Real Housewives of Fat Tony

1
Aired Sunday 8:00 PM May 01, 2011 on FOX
7.0
out of 10
User Rating
95 votes
6

EPISODE REVIEWS
By TV.com Users

Episode Summary

EDIT
Fat Tony and Selma, Marge's painfully blunt sister, fall in love and get married after a whirlwind courtship. Marge has her reservations about the couple's marriage after Selma begins to prioritize her looks and ritzy new lifestyle over her family, so Fat Tony invites Homer and Marge to a weekend getaway at the Jersey Shore. Meanwhile, Bart discovers a special talent that allows him to detect the location of truffles by smell, and Lisa jumps at the chance to capitalize on the rare culinary treasures.moreless

Who was the Episode MVP ?

Today
6:30pm
MNT
Thursday
6:30pm
MNT
Friday
6:30pm
MNT
SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Fat Tony and Selma fall in love and get married

    8.0
    Fat Tony and Selma, Marge's painfully blunt sister, fall in love and get married after a whirlwind courtship. Marge has her reservations about the couple's marriage after Selma begins to prioritize her looks and ritzy new lifestyle over her family, so Fat Tony invites Homer and Marge to a weekend getaway at the Jersey Shore. Meanwhile, Bart discovers a special talent that allows him to detect the location of truffles by smell, and Lisa jumps at the chance to capitalize on the rare culinary treasures. I enjoyed the subpolot more than the main plot. Funny moments include a few parts in the main plots (the favor doctors being one of the funniest), and pretty much most of the subplot with Bart defect the smell of truffles. I usually don't anything to put besides those so I'll end my review very quickly. Overall, this episode wasn't the greatest by the way. 8/10moreless
  • Decent Episode.

    7.5
    This wasn't the greatest episode of the season since it wasn't all that funny. They decided to add in some Jersey Shore stuff which wasn't funny at all and it was just plain dumb and boring. The first half was actually pretty good, until they decided to throw in the JS stuff and made the whole rest of the episode seem really really stupid. Overall, I think it was an OK episode. 7.5/10moreless
  • Makes Mike Scully look like Shakespeare

    2.5
    In this episode, Selma and Fat Tony exchange vows after a brief (like, under 60 seconds) courtship and alienate Marge by putting the Simpson family in the ceremony's nosebleed section. Selma makes amends by inviting Marge and Homer to Fat Tony's Jersey Shore beach house, where they encounter a bunch of crudely rendered caricatures of Snooki, The Situation et al. There, Marge discovers that Fat Tony is seeing other women and informs Selma of this discovery. Even though this revelation is rife with all sorts of dramatic potential that could cast light onto Marge and Selma's relationship, Selma seems to buy it very quickly, without much explanation, and dumps Fat Tony.



    Meanwhile, entirely unaffected by all the foregoing (even though they're in basically all the scenes involving Selma and Fat Tony's union), Lisa and Bart basically turn into a dominatrix and slave-boy (I'd like to say I'm exaggerating, but she literally has him in a collar and gimp mask) when Lisa decides to exploit Bart's talent for sniffing truffles, which for whatever reason are abundant in Springfield. Lisa tells Bart she is going to sell the truffles to Luigi, who (extremely conveniently) is looking for truffles in the forest at the exact moment that Lisa finds out about Bart's talent.



    This episode is a sloppy, lazily-written, nonsensical and maddeningly unfunny embarrasment to what used to be an outstanding show. Its main problem is that so much action is crammed into a 24-minute time frame that there's no room for characterization or palpable storytelling. The idea for this episode probably sounded great at a pitch meeting - the potential to explore Marge and Selma's relationship is clearly there - but the writers pack this episode with so much needless junk that there's no time to explore it. Things just happen for the convenience of the plot. Marge and Selma's emotions go wherever the plot requires with no buildup whatsoever. Homer is at his stupidest here. Also, Lisa having Bart in a gimp-mask is wrong. Just plain wrong. It's like the writer took a good outline and just filled in the blanks. But it's not like you can blame the writer, because there weren't very many blanks in which the writer could play.



    More important to most viewers (the teenage crowd), though, the humor is flat-out lazy here. For example, the only "joke" in the very obvious reality TV references is, "Hey, 'the Condition' is supposed to be The Situation!'" or "Hey, this is a little like 'Mob Wives!'" There's nothing funny or rewarding about this kind of allusion, especially when we're all aware (too aware, even) of the shows to which they're alluding. Simply referring to something without giving the reference any dimension only works when the reference is obscure or academic, but even in those cases "The Simpsons" usally puts a funny spin on it, e.g. Homer wanting to go to Gropius' Bahaus Village but for the crowds, Lisa complaining that Gore Vidal has kissed more boys than she ever will, or the immortal "In this house we obey the laws of thermodynamics!" Again, so much had to happen so fast in this episode that maybe the writer had to cut (or never had the opportunity to write) something clever or funny or even mildly amusing. Still, I laughed (and it wasn't a very big laugh; more of a chuckle that was only semi-forced) exactly once during this episode, when Comic Book Guy explains to Marge how he got invited to Selma's ceremony.



    I know this is going back almost twenty years, but try comparing this episode to Season 4's "Selma's Choice," another Selma-centered episode. There, all the references were hilariously cruel to their subjects, especially Duff Gardens' (a kiddie theme park about alcoholism) sendup of Busch Gardens and Hooray for Everything (a parade float with a bunch of overenthusiastic actors dressed wild animals singing, "Hey kids! Take a walk on the wild side! And all the races sing doo-doo-doo-doo-doo-doo-doo-doo-doo...") lampooning shameless corporate pandering to kids and their parents and how it ruins everything cool (Lou Reed!). Try remembering how beautifully crafted Selma's character arc was; we actually ended up feeling for this character whose main feature is that she sucks the life out of everything. Think of how the uncomplicated, realistic and slow-moving plot allowed for so many hilarious little details (Lisa's hallucination, Homer and the moldy months-old sandwich, Homer and the kiddie placemat's maze, "I'm not crying; I'm mourning! Stupid dead woman," etc). Can you honestly say that this week's episode deserves to be in the same canon as "Selma's Choice?" I know a show is supposed to change over eighteen years, but this is just change in the direction of the stupid, lazy and crude. The writers don't seem to have any respect for the audience, as anyone with more than a puerile 12-year-old's sense of humor, intelligence or maturity would be downright insulted by anyone who thought s/he'd enjoy this garbage.



    I'm sorry. I know I'm sounding like Comic Book Guy here. I do like this show a lot. But this episode is such a slap in the audience's face that there's no way I can honestly defend it. It's embarrassing to say I like "The Simpsons" when they keep making episodes like this. 2.5 points for the aforementioned scene with Comic Book Guy, and quite frankly that's being generous.moreless
  • good

    7.5
    Fat Tony and Selma begin seeing each other and they even decide to have a wedding. But things do not go as planned when Selma fears Fat Tony is cheating on her, when in reality, he is not.



    Bart discovers he has an ability to sniffle out truffles and Lisa uses this to her advantage, pushing him to sniff out as many as he can.



    Good episode, for the most part. The last half, as well as most of the sub plot, was kind of boring but overall nice. Lisa annoyed me quite a bit with the sub plot and the Jersey Shore stuff was kind of dumb, but the rest of the episode, particularly the first half, was quite nice, I thought anyway. C+ or so as a grademoreless
  • Fat Tony: Call our doctor friend who owes us a favor. Louie: Actually we owe him a favor Fat Tony: Do him two favors and then remind him that he owes us a favor.moreless

    8.5
    Sooooo Homer got on the DMV line 2 go to the bathroom but his license expired while in line. but Bart comments on how there's an arcade across the orad and not all of them have to remain on the line, so Homer goes. Then Bart & Lisa don't give him the spot, but give it to Fat Tony (or is it Fit Tonnevermind). He gets taunted by Selma and she is later kidnapped. she is granted one last wish and asks for a lipo. After than Fat tony & Selma start dating, and then Tony proposes to her and she accepts. Meanwhile Bart discovers he can smell truffles, and Luigi pays them for each truffle they get. At the wedding, Marge & Homer get stuckon a sucky table becuase of Homer's behavour, which begns a fight between MArge & Selma. To make them bond again, Tony ivites them to JErsey Shore (can't belive I typed it). Bart then find out Lisa's been eating the truffles cause she "find vegetarian food boring", and they give the last truffle to Plopper, who ges mad and destorys the restaurant.



    There, we meet a cheesy ripoff of the Jersey Shore cast, and we see Selma saying how she may be mad cause she envied how Marge has had a sulmate for a loongtime, and bond again. But then M&H overhear Fat Tony talking abuot a mistress and tell Selma. Tunrs out, she is the mistress & they had a mistress wedding. The real wife (who was dead in Donnie Fatso. Oh no, that was FAT Tony's wife not FIT's.) comes in and she & selma have a catfight. homer & Margem ake out and we have a Bonzanza ending.



    Overall: Enjoyable episode. I love how Selma is now Selma Bouvier Terwilliger-McClure-Hutz-Stu-Simpson-D'Amico. Best moments: Homer at the arcade, Plopper w/the knife, the favors doctors, Bart with "more trufffles he can count" & "that's a lot of zeros!", the photgrahper following OFF to Krustyburger & the mafia snitch. 8/10.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

Chris Edgerly

Chris Edgerly

Unknown

Recurring Role

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

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

FILTER BY TYPE

  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (0)

  • NOTES (1)

    • Show Title: Maggie riding on a giant paper airplane.
      Billboard Gag: None.
      Blackboard Gag: None.
      Couch Gag: After the family sits on the couch, the scene zooms out to a Simpsons DVD season set on a shelf at the Million Dollar Video store bearing a "Gone out of Business" banner. Moments later, it's demolished by a wrecking ball.

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • The Munsters
      When Fat Tony asks for change of address and Selma tells him "Leaving Mockingbird Lane Mr. Munster?". This is the street name of the 1960s TV show The Munsters address.

    • The Real Housewives of Orange County

      The episode title is an allusion to The Real Housewives of Orange County as well the subsequent collection of series of the same name featuring wives from other cities.

More
Less