TV Recap: “The Simpsons” Adopt Wayward Soccer Player in Season 33 Episode 11 – “The Longest Margin”
Hello and welcome to Laughing Place’s regular recap of new episodes of The simpsons on FOX. This week’s episode, titled “The Longest Marge” (a reference to the 1974 prison football movie The longest yard starring Burt Reynolds), is the 11th episode of the long-running animated sitcom’s 33rd season.
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âThe Longest Margeâ begins at an empty Springfield nuclear power plant, where it is revealed that all the workers have gathered in the break room to watch the Atoms football team sign a new player with their first draft. Fans across town revolt in response to the draft, and Mr. Burns watches from his office window, where Smithers reports that revenues are down thanks to Mr. Gentleman of Burns sipping brandy, which is not encouraging. not actually drinking the product. A hip publicity man (guest star John Mulaney) is brought in to help and suggests celebrity endorsement by Springfield Atoms new star Grayson Mathers (Beck Bennett), who is already facing criticism for his direct public demeanor . . “I wish I was half as myself as him,” Lenny said. The publicity man says people look for authenticity, so Burns orders Smithers to hire Mathers and throw the publicity manager into a trap.
A new ad is created showing Mathers drinking Mr. Burns brandy brandy and, in celebration, the football player kisses his new boss, making him dear to Burns. The Simpsons attend an Atoms game in the arena, where Bart notices Mathers looking hungover after his night out at “The Hay” and “The Sack” (where the afterparty). Grayson drops an easy pass and gets angrily booed by the crowd. “The 22-year-old I’m betting my happiness on is nothing but a fiasco,” complains Homer. Mr. Burns is offended by the boos, and Mathers literally gets “Haterade” thrown at him by his teammates, followed by an endless pile of memory-laden thunders and nachos. “There are worse things to be buried under,” says Mr Burns, unusually optimistic.
Later, Burns and Mathers take an ice bath (which Monty calls body temperature) next to each other, and Mr. Burns promises to help the footballer earn the respect of others by bringing him to the table. elementary school in Springfield to talk to children. “I have a question: you suck!” Nelson Muntz said, followed by more insults. “The kids are destroying it with their hot holds!” observes Mr. Burns. Mathers throws a book and breaks the tank containing the Madagascar whistling cockroaches, the school pet. Grayson passes out after drinking too much brandy (âMy urethra is on fire!â) So Marge tries to comfort him in the nurse’s office, telling him to slow down. âI know what’s wrong with you: not enough Ferraris! Burns says, but Marge offers to deal with Mathers at the Simpsons. He has dinner with the family and Lisa asks him what he majored in at college. âThey never told me. “Oh, that means Communications.”
We get a montage of Mathers’ youth and how he was recruited into college receiving a huge award, but couldn’t spend much time with his parents growing up. He and Bart are fighting over a pork chop, so Marge yells at him for stealing food. “In a family, don’t you do yourself, you do the others? Grayson sleeps on the floor in Maggie’s bedroom and asks Marge if he can stay there for a while. “I’m a lot of work – I need 9,000 calories a day or I’m going to die.” “My husband too.” Another montage shows Mathers life around the Simpsons house, then he goes to church with the family, giving Reverend Lovejoy a wad of $ 100 bills for “some fuel for his private jet.” Burns and Smithers visit Grayson for his birthday barbecue and offer to take him for a night on the town with Duffman, who has been renamed “Brandyman”. Marge refuses to let him go, but Burns complains, “You mollycoddling will have dire consequences!”
In the next game, Grayson scored 53 live points, to the point where the other team retired to try their hand at Canadian football. Mathers refuses to speak ill of the other team to the press, instead proclaiming himself a “mommy’s boy” thanks to his love for Marge and his life-changing efforts. Burns storms the Simpsons house and asks Marge to take back control of the football player: “You have to choose, my boy: me or her?” Grayson leaves the room crying and drives off in his six blue Ferraris. Days later, Homer says neither the NFL nor ESPN have heard from the player, and Marge worries he’ll never see him again. A fancy invitation arrives for Marge to attend the âSportswardsies,â where she will be Grayson’s plus-one. Arriving at the awards show, Marge discovers that she has been “a parent trick” to sit next to Mr. Burns instead, and toasts the billionaire that they will be “enemies forever.”
Homer, Bart, and Lisa watch the show from their home, and a player accepts an award thanking the assistant he had to hire to carry all of his awards for him. After sharing a few drinks, Marge and Monty state that they will try to be better fake parents for Grayson, together. When Mathers wins an award, he shockingly thanks his fiancÃ©e Katelynn, an Instagram model and yogurt entrepreneur and his new business leader. “She’s taking me out of the brandy business and getting me started on something healthier: our new line of hard sodas for all ages.” In the audience, Burns and Marge bond more as they mourn their mutual loss. And in the coda, we see more Sportwardsies, including a promotion for the “Least Racist Team Name” and “Hall of Fame Dullest Speech” awards.
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