Talking Simpsons – Mother Simpson

It’s perhaps the most heartfelt episodes of Simpsons ever as we take a trip back to the 1960s to find out about Homer’s mom. After faking his own death, Homer learns that his mother did the same thing for surprising reasons, and we learn all about the Underground. Laugh and cry as we explain everything about Mother Simpson it in this week’s podcast!

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12 thoughts on “Talking Simpsons – Mother Simpson

  1. This is the first time since listening from the beginning that I had watched the episode before listrning. It made the episode even more enjoyable!

    I’m confused by one joke. What did you mean by the Edgar Allan Poe joke? Someone who couldn’t ever have died in America? He’s American.

  2. Lovely episode. It really is one of the all time greats looking back on it. Big points to Bob, I totally agree on Jurassic Bark, that is episode is definitely manipulative. This episode is quiet and very real in it’s tragedy.

    And Correction: the Hippie Awakening song for Mona was “Sunshine of Your Love” by Cream.

  3. FYI: Song during the SB 3 flashback with Namath is “Sunshine of Your Love” by Cream not “All Along the Watchtower” by The Joni Hendrix Experience.

  4. I concur with you three. The episode is solid from start to finish, but that ending just hits you at your core. I think the only other time I’ve found Homer really humanized was back in Season One when he attempted suicide after he’d lost his job and went as far as breaking into Bart’s piggy bank. Just to see him end up at such a low point, particularly when you’re out of work, is hard to watch. But seeing Homer just by himself watching the stars, coupled with that amazing score- I try to go out of my way to NOT re-watch this moment because I know I’ll get choked up watching it.

  5. The writers try really really hard to not make us not judge Homer’s Mom’s too harshly for abandoning him. “You had to protect your family!” But at the end of the day, she had a very little boy who looked up to her, loved her and (with a father like Abe) desperately needed her in his life. And she choose to take an action that, however noble she might felt it was, had a high risk of her going to jail and being separated from her boy for years or decades. And you know? She had to know that Abe was a horrible father and that if she went away no one would be around to protect Homer from him. And she made that choice anyways. Idealist? Sure, if you agree with her you can even call her a noble idealist. But in her own way she was as bad a mother as Abe was a father. And Abe is a horrible horrible father.

  6. Good review. I would suggest that Burns arriving in a tank and playing “Ride of the Valkyries” is not a reference to Michael Dukakis riding in a tank but rather the helicopter raid scene from “Apocalypse Now”. Or at least it tries to be before Smithers taped over the cassette with Abba.

  7. Abe really is an ungodly piece of shit. I could easily be forgetting whether or not his first episode answers this, but does Mona know that Herb exists? Obviously she’s not his mother in any shape or form, but it’s interesting to think about given the loose continuity the show plays around with.

    1. It’s been a while since I saw the episode, but I recall in the flashback where Abe describes the circumstances of Herb’s conception and birth that Mona specifically told Abe not to mention Herb to Homer just after Homer was born, which led to the joke of Abe suddenly realizing he was breaking his oath of silence and just started telling Homer to pretend he hadn’t said anything.

      So yeah, she definitely knew he existed.

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