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"Girly Edition"
The Simpsons episode
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Bart introduces his news segment, "Bart's People".
Episode no. 199
Prod. code 5F15
Orig. airdate April 19, 1998
Show runner(s) Mike Scully
Written by Larry Doyle
Directed by Mark Kirkland
Couch gag The family sits down and a live action hand spins the picture, causing it to blur.[1]
DVD
commentary
Matt Groening
Mike Scully
George Meyer
Yeardley Smith
Mark Kirkland

"Girly Edition" is the twenty-first episode of the ninth season of the animated television series The Simpsons, which originally aired April 19, 1998.[2] It was written by Larry Doyle and directed by Mark Kirkland.[2] In this episode, Lisa and Bart are in a news program, though when Bart is seen as a more successful news anchor, she becomes jealous and seeks revenge.

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Plot

After Groundskeeper Willie takes away Bart's skateboard, Bart fills up Willie's shack with creamed corn as he's sleeping, causing the shack to explode. As Willie is being taken away for medical attention, he swears revenge on Bart. Meanwhile, Krusty's show comes under criticism by the FCC for not being educational enough for children. The Channel 6 female executive proposes that Krusty cut ten minutes from his three-hour show to make room for a kids' news program, where children deliver and report news items. Lisa is recruited as a news anchor along with other Springfield Elementary School children (including Nelson Muntz, who was hired because Lisa once dated him and he threatened to beat her up if she refused). Bart is not chosen at first, but is made sportscaster after he complains to Marge.

Lisa is deemed to be boring by the channel's staff, though they are impressed by Bart's performance. Bart is then promoted to be the co-anchor, which leads to jealousy by Lisa. However, after Bart hears Lisa talking behind his back, he tries to improve being an anchor. He goes to Kent Brockman for advice, who teaches him about the power of human interest stories. Bart becomes successful after creating a segment called "Bart's People", which Lisa immediately disproves of due to its sappy, emotionally manipulative content. Out of jealousy, Lisa makes many attempts to copy it, but her filming is twice hampered by an insane woman who throws cats at Lisa. She eventually sends a letter acting as an immigrant who lives in a landfill who pleads to be on Bart's People, which causes Bart to rush to the landfill to do a live "Bart's People". However, he learns that the immigrant was Groundskeeper Willie, who wants to get revenge on Bart. Lisa sees that what she did was wrong, and rushes off to save him. She is able to reach him, and is able to change Willie's mind about killing him, using the similar techniques Bart used in his stories to stir up emotions. The two decide from then on to make a good educational news program, but Kidz News gets canceled and replaced by an action cartoon that shamelessly plugs toys from the Mattel company and candy by the Mars company.[2][3]

In the B-story, Homer obtains a monkey helper named "Mojo" after learning Apu has gotten one following a robbery that has left him in a wheelchair. Homer is initially refused one after openly admitting to the animal shelter clerk that he needs a helper monkey because he's lazy, but is able to use Grampa to get one (which Grampa wants to eat and never realizes that Homer isn't letting him keep the monkey). Homer initially uses the monkey to do housework, which frightens and disgusts Marge (after she drinks the orange juice Mojo made), but then uses the monkey to steal doughnuts from the Lard Lad Donut Shop. Eventually, Homer makes Mojo tired, weak, and overfed after making him eat junk food and drink beer. Marge pleads with Homer to take the monkey back to the shelter so it can be rehabilitated. Homer leaves Mojo on the doorstep, where the sickly simian is only able to type "PRAY FOR MOJO" on a special computer the animal shelter clerk gives him.[2][3]

Production

The episode was pitched by Larry Doyle to the writing staff. He came up with both the idea of the main plot and the subplot, and this was also the first episode he wrote for the show.[4]

One of the scenes involving the monkey and Homer that Eric Stefani animated.

The monkey that was in the subplot was inspired by the film Monkey Shines, as show runner Mike Scully had asked the staff to reference to the film when they were making the episode. The staff also studied the behavior of monkeys from other resources and researched the behavior of the animal to learn about the movements and how the animal reacts to humans.[5] Eric Stefani, who had then been a former show animator and was then with the band No Doubt, was called by episode director Mark Kirkland to come back and animate the scenes with Homer and the monkey. This was the final work Stefani did for The Simpsons.[5]

The Crazy Cat Lady was first introduced in this episode.[4]

Reception

The authors of the book I Can't Believe It's a Bigger and Better Updated Unofficial Simpsons Guide, Warren Martyn and Adrian Wood, thought well of the episode, calling it, "A great episode, full of more than the normal quota of good jokes, but best of all is Lisa's revenge on Bart, and the mad cat-lady who goes around chucking her cats at people."[1]

This episode is one of Yeardley Smith's favorite episodes. She claims that "I don't actually remember a lot of the episodes because they all blend in together for me, and I don't have a really good memory anyway, but I do remember this one and thinking that it was terrific."[6]

Third-wave ska band Mustard Plug got the title of their fourth album, Pray For Mojo, from this episode.

References

  1. ^ a b Martyn, Warren; Wood, Adrian (2000). "Girly Edition". BBC. http://www.bbc.co.uk/cult/simpsons/episodeguide/season9/page21.shtml. Retrieved 2007-10-28.  
  2. ^ a b c d Gimple, Scott (1999). The Simpsons Forever!: A Complete Guide to Our Favorite Family ...Continued. Harper Collins Publishers. p. 37. ISBN 0-06-098763-4.  
  3. ^ a b "Girly Edition" The Simpsons.com. Retrieved on October 28, 2007
  4. ^ a b Mike Scully. (2006). The Simpsons season 9 DVD commentary for the episode "Girly Edition". [DVD]. 20th Century Fox.  
  5. ^ a b Mark Kirkland. (2006). The Simpsons season 9 DVD commentary for the episode "Girly Edition". [DVD]. 20th Century Fox.  
  6. ^ Smith, Yeardley. (2006). The Simpsons season 9 DVD commentary for the episode "Girly Edition". [DVD]. 20th Century Fox.  

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