The Real Housewives of Fat Tony
Couch gag: The family are pictured on the cover of a VHS video tape in a video store, which is then demolished.
Director: Lance Kramer
Joe Mantegna as Fat Tony
Synopsis: Selma married Fat Tony but is heartbroken when she discovers he has a mistress. Meanwhile, Bart has a keen nose for truffles.
Discussion: While the critics panned this episode, I actually quite enjoyed it. Just like Sideshow Bob stepping on a rake, Selma’s marriages are a running joke in the series, and this time she’s hit the jackpot with a marriage to mob boss Fat Tony. It’s a life she can quickly become accustomed to living, with daily manicures, spa treatments and assorted other perks.
Naturally, all Selma’s marriages must come to an end and this one ends when she discovers she’s not actually his wife, just a mistress. It still seems like a good life for Selma, lots of mistresses snuggle in luxury with none of the wifely responsibilities. Seems like a win-win to me.
Anyhoo, the subplot of Bart finding truffles is weak. There’s no plot other than Lisa eating the truffles because vegetarian food is so boring. Big deal.
Although there’s no memorable jokes or scenes, it’s an episode worth watching just to see the interplay between Marge, Homer and Selma (especially when Homer tries to sneak a perve on Selma’s boobs). The family dynamic could have been a little better thought out, but overall it’s a fairly solid episode (relatively speaking, of course).