Last of the Red Hat Mamas
Couch gag: The Simpsons sit in a nest and a mother bird feeds a worm to Homer
Director: Matthew Nastuk
Lily Tomlin as Tammy
Synopsis: Marge joins a society where ladies of a certain age dress the same, but their intentions are not as innocent as they seem. Meanwhile, Lisa hires Milhouse to be her Italian tutor in an effort to convince Skinner that she speaks the language fluently.
Discussion: Well, I still have my eyeballs. That’s always a good sign.
In case you haven’t heard of them, there’s a society of women all over the world who wear red hats. Marge, feeling lonely, is looking for new friends and stumbles across Tammy & Co, who are members of the Cheery Red Hats and is eventually accepted into their group for her “special skills”. Unfortunately, their big plan is to steal Faberge eggs from Mr Burns and sell them to raise money for the children’s hospital which Mr Burns was supposed to donate to but decided to use the money to extend his own life. Boo-urns!
Meanwhile, Lisa decides to spend the summer in Italy but has to convince Skinner that she can speak the language fluently. Cue an Italian tutor, who turns out to be Milhouse. Who knew Milhouse was part Italian??
So… the episode… Neither plot is fully developed and takes a long time to get to the point. Lisa picks up Italian quickly and easily and even begins falling for her tutor before angrily cursing him in a strew of Italian phrases. What? Did she get to go to Italy for the summer or not?? Marge’s friendship with the Cheery Red Hats is OK. It passes for a plot although breaking and entering Mr Burns’ mansion was a bit poor, as was Homer’s chase to stoop them, accidentally leading the police straight to the crime.
Lowlights include: Sherri and Terri’s secret twin language and the bizarre exchange between Chief Wiggum and Lou. Overall it’s an average episode- could have been better but certainly could have been a helluva lot worse.