Moe Baby Blues
Couch gag: The Simpsons are made of gingerbread and Homer takes a bite out of Bart.
Director: Lauren MacMullen
Joe Mantegna as Fat Tony
Synopsis: After catching Maggie from a car accident, Moe bonds with her.
Discussion: Aww, Moe finally has some meaning to his life and it’s in the shape of a little baby named Maggie Simpson.
Whilst this episode doesn’t compare to the early episodes, there’s a sweetness to it, plus it’s quite surprising that someone like Moe can bond so effectively with Maggie. There are some hilarious visual gags in the ep: when the Simpsons are first entering the Botanic Gardens and Lisa cracks up at the garden (also the title of this blog post), Moe playing bar with Maggie instead of the traditional tea party, and the orange wedges that ultimately give away the fate of little Maggie.
The storyline declines when the Mafia get involved and turns this ep into another “WTF?” moment. However the quip made by Homer makes up for it:
Moe: We have to go into Little Italy.Homer: I’ll get our little passports.
It’s not a particularly strong finish to the season but it is highly enjoyable. There’s a certain poignancy to the Moe-Maggie relationship, although we know Moe has a heart; we’ve seen him reading Little Women to homeless people before. Poor Moe does seem to be continually left out and ridiculed so it’s nice to see something good happening to him.