The Simpsons

Season 21 Episode 19

The Squirt and the Whale

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Apr 25, 2010 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Homer decides to circumvent the power company and erects a wind turbine on the backyard for electricity. Meanwhile, a powerful storm leaves a 150ft. blue whale beached in Springfield.

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  • Ok episode.

    Homer decides to build a wind turbine in his backyard so that he doesn't have to pay for electricity. Then a windstorm pops up and a huge whale ends up on the beach and Lisa tries to save it. It ends up dying and she finds the whale's babies.

    This episode wasn't really that funny at all. I think it could have been alot better than this. 6/10
  • The Simpsons go green (For about two minutes.). Also, a powerful storm beaches a female humpback whale on the shores of Springfield. Lisa leads an effort to return the whale to the sea.moreless

    Of recent episodes, "The Squirt and the Whale" is one of the stronger ones. It's not perfect, but it is one I recommend. The whole part of the story where Homer buys the wind turbine is just presented as a throwaway. He buys the turbine, then shortly afterwards it's destroyed in the storm and the Simpsons are back on the grid. What was the point? On the more positive side, the episode does have a good amount of laughs in it to make it worth your time. The best laughs are when the whale retaliates against Bart's mistreatment. Good episode.moreless
  • Best. Episode. Of the Season.

    After Homer gets the electricity bills he tries to find a new source of electricity for the family, and Lisa suggest going to the Alternative Resources Festival. There we get 2 good laughts Barney's "burp power" and Raplh's "kid power". Heheh..but Homer settles for eolic energy, and erects the turbine in the backyard. But he discovers that the nucleat plant is stelaing part of its energy, so he calls Lenny and tells them to stop. He realiuzes that now they will only have energy when windy. But when a big storm destroys thir turbine, they get back to nuclear energy (I guess, it was never mentioned). Elsewhere a blue whale was beached during the storm, waking up Lisa's concern. Homer tries to help but the whale is just to heavy. After some weeks, the whale dies, crushing Lisa emotionally, and the police blowed it up.

    A lot of the citizens were benefitiated by the whale fat, but Lisa wasn't. She suddnly finds the dead whale's kids, being attacked by sharks. Homer appears out of nowhere to help her. At the scene, he falls from the boat, asnd greenpeace arrives to save the sharks. They give Homer a bucket of blood to evade them, but Homer spills blood on himself. Apparently going to die, he is saved by the whale calves dad, who fights against the sharks. Lisa ends up happy that the family is almost complete

    This episde was funny and it had heart, and some recent episde don't havemoreless
  • Such an awful episode. Sad for no good reason and seems to be trying cram emotion in as much as possible.

    Another one of the Simpsons eps that start with one story and run through a bunch of other stories before getting to the real one.

    Starts off with the Simpsons going for green power to save money. Then Homer cuts the actual power and Bart is forced to move the wind mill by hand. Bart prays for more wind, which causes a huge storm and causes a whale to get beached.

    A few good laughs here and there, but none that had anything to do with the actual story. Honestly one of the worst Simpsons episodes I've seen. And it really pains me to write that.moreless
  • Great episode.

    When The Simpsons decide to go green, they get a new energy source. A giant electric wind mill thing. But when the wind stops, they decide to live "intermidenatly." But the wind becomes too strong, and a whale washes up on the shore of a beach. Lisa must save it, but Homer has many failed attempts. So the city decides to blow it up, and make clothing from the blubber.

    Comic Book guy: Look at me, I'm Captain Kirk from Star Trek 1, 5, 7, Generations, Boston Legel.

    This is a great episode with many great Homer quotes: "I got you an invisible dog". No! No! Stop peeing on the carpet.", :Stupid enviormentalists, using words to talk."

    Overall Grade:B++++/89%moreless
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Lisa Simpson

Hank Azaria

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Harry Shearer

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

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


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  • QUOTES (4)

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    • Show Title: The Fox Network satellite flying over defectively making mechanical noises.
      Ralph: "Nighttime!"
      Billboard Gag: Text me your lunch money. (with an angry Jimbo Jones pictured promoting his web business,
      Blackboard Joke: South Park-We'd stand beside you if we weren't so scared.
      Barney: "Hello!"
      Couch Gag: Just as the family approaches to sit on the couch, it comes to life and runs off, leading to a chase. The scene suddenly switches to the main headline in the Springfield Shopper, first as "Couch Flees Family, Hides in Newspaper". The pages are turned as it stars in other articles, including "Couch Wins Big Game" in the Sports section, "Couch Visits N.Y.S.E. (New York Stock Exchange)" in the Business section, "Sofa Sale" in the Sales section, "Couch Gag" in the Comics, and upon seeing "Yellow Family seeks couch. All is Forgiven" in the Classifieds, it has a change of heart and gets hugged by the family when they finally reach it. Afterward, the next day's Shopper has the headline "Family Reunited with Couch, Sits" with the Simpsons happily sitting on the couch.


    • Cool Hand Luke
      When Homer comes up with a movie idea, he writes down Cool Hand Fluke. This is a play on the title of the 1967 film Cool Hand Luke

    • South Park
      The blackboard joke, "South Park, we'd stand behind you if we weren't so scared," is a reference to the 201st episode of South Park that caused controversy because of its depiction of the Muslim prophet Muhammad. Interestingly, the South Park episode originally aired only 4 days earlier than "The Squirt and the Whale."

    • Nintendo Wii
      Lisa and Bart are playing the Funtendo Zii video game system, an allusion to the Nintendo Wii.

    • The One Hundred and One Dalmatians
      Lisa names the beached whale Bluella de Whale, a play on the name of the villain, Cruella de Vil from the 1956 book and subsequent 1961 Disney animated film adaption, The One Hundred and One Dalmatians,

    • Banana Republic
      The name of one of the whale themed stores that pop up after Bluella dies is Blowhole Republic. A play on the clothing store Banana Republic.

    • Abercrombie and Fitch
      The name of one of the whale themed stores that pop up after Bluella dies is Abercrombie and Fish. A nod to the clothing store Abercrombie and Fitch.

    • The Squid and the Whale
      The title of this episode is a play on the title of the 2005 Noah Baumbach film The Squid and the Whale.