Margical History Tour
Couch Gag: The Simpsons are flat on a tray which is placed in a microwave and they rise into people-shapes.
Director: Mike B. Anderson
Synopsis: With the library out of books and the kids of Springfield having reports about famous people to write, Marge tells them three stories of famous people from history.
Discussion: You’ve never seen history like this. It’s famous dead people, Simpsons-style, and it’s hilarious.
First, Marge tells the kids about Henry VIII, most famous for beheading a few wives and being a glutton (obesity was a sign of wealth). Homer portrays the infamous king, with Marge as Catherine of Aragorn (named here as Margarine). Of course, this differs a lot from reality but this is far more entertaining. It also contains some of the best lines in the episode.
Lisa’s report is about Sacagawea and Lewis and Clark’s expedition to discover the Pacific north-west. Lisa, as Sacagawea, does what she does best: look down her nose at people and point out their flaws.
Bart’s report turns out to be Mozart, and Marge’s story is basically a retelling of the film Amadeus, which was a great movie but shouldn’t be relied upon for facts. All through the story, I had this song running through my head, which kinda ruined it a bit, but any excuse to listen to great songs from the 80s. Bart is Mozart, a child prodigy and ultimate brat. His opera about musical fruit appeals to anyone who enjoys toilet humour and even if you don’t, you have to admire the writers for placing these words into an iconic piece of music. Go on, laugh. You know you want to.
The episodes containing three mini-stories are always good. I guess it’s because the writers are forced to tighten their words to fit into the five minutes or so for each segment. It works well, and is also a good break away from the normal episodes.