Hi-Diddly-Ho, Simpsons fans! America’s favorite yellow family is back for the 12th episode of season 33 of The simpsonstitled “Pixelated and Afraid”. The title is a play from the show Discovery Naked and scared, finding Homer and Marge out of their element and struggling to survive…without clothes. Enjoy this week’s episode recap and expect to hear more now that there are no more NFL spoilers in Fox’s Animation Domination programming schedule.
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A black and white version of the clouds parting to reveal The simpsons logo turns into a movie Lisa is watching, a parody of The thin man with a romantic ending. As the camera rolls out of the living room TV, we see Lisa longing for a wedding that’s as glamorous and romantic as the couple onscreen. Marge tells her she hopes she has the kind of love she has with Homer and Lisa looks bac and is disgusted by what she sees. Marge is sitting on the couch with Homer on the floor between her legs. She cuts her hair (what little he has) while Homer eats Cheese Puffs and occasionally reaches out to give some to Marge, who uses a handheld vacuum to clean the hair and cheese dust.
Lisa goes upstairs to bemoan Bart, interrupting her VR video game with Millhouse, whom we hear getting beaten up when Bart stops playing. Lisa tells Bart that she worries about their parents’ relationship, saying “They have nothing to do with the couples in the movies or the prescription drug commercials.” She drags Bart downstairs to show him how their parents spend a Sunday night, finding Marge on the floor in homemade knee pads spraying bug spray (Ant-Pocalypse Now) while Homer is changing the light bulbs in the chandelier above. the kitchen table, a trash can strapped around his waist to catch his taco juices while he eats. Marge tells Homer not to move as she throws one of Maggie’s dirty diapers in the trash. Bart still isn’t convinced he should care until Lisa paints a picture of a future in which Bart has a date and Marge and Homer call him to bring him to the inside, visualizing his disgusted date with a vision of Marge and Homer being slobbered. on the couch.
Homer and Marge are sitting on the couch covered in blankets. Bart and Lisa pull up folding chairs and turn off the TV, sitting across from their parents. Lisa stars in the intervention, pointing out that there are nine cushions for two people and telling her parents that their love life is in a rut. She pulls out a certificate they won in a school raffle for a romantic trip to the Saffron Togetherness Center on Honeymoon Mountain, which is soon to expire. Marge and Homer each make excuses for why they haven’t left yet, lying and saying they’d like to go if the other is free. Hands tied, they reluctantly embark on a couple’s retreat.
On their way to Honeymoon Mountain, Marge reads the Saffron Togetherness Center brochure aloud, telling Homer that there are no televisions, phones are not allowed, and the menu is keto-based. All activities also take place at sunrise, for which Homer refuses to get up. They realize the trip will be miserable and decide to turn back, but their car spins, breaks through a guardrail, and lands in a frozen river. The ice cracks and they sail downhill, climbing onto the roof of the car and jumping on rocks, pulling themselves out of the frozen water in the middle of the wilderness.
Taking inspiration from the reality TV shows they talked about earlier in the episode, Marge tells Homer that they need to make a fire. He does this by smashing his waterlogged cell phone and when Marge asks where he learned of this, he confesses to never caring about the reminder letters that were sent for their phones, this being the known fault. Now that a fire is breaking out, Marge suggests they take off their wet clothes and hang them on a tree branch above to dry. Naked, their bodies become pixelated on their private parts (Homer’s nipples are also pixelated). Homer helps Marge climb a tree to see if there’s anything around. All she sees is wilderness, except for a red speck in the distance that looks artificial. They go for their clothes and the branch breaks, their clothes instantly turning to ashes on the fire. “Oh no, it’s worse than ‘Nude and Screwed’ Season 6 when howler monkeys came out and bit Jerry’s pixelated area,” Homer complains.
Naked, Homer and Marge walk to the red thing and find a heart-shaped hot tub full of leaves in the middle of the woods. Removing the brush, they discover they are standing in the ruins of a Honeymoon Mountain resort, the area littered with items. Homer finds a cigarette machine (brands include “Bronchial Burn”, “Cougin’ Nails”, and “Prescripto 100 – Doctor Recommended”) and pulls out a book of matches, starting a heart-shaped fire in the tub. They find a champagne glass jar and flip it over the heart-shaped jar to keep the fire going without interference from the wind. They get to work collecting things around them, making clothes out of curtains and rugs, and creating a shelter with TVs, mattresses, and a giant clamshell headboard for a door. That night, Marge fears that they will never be found. The house continues to add old broken televisions to the fire as kindling. The red eyes watch their shelter from the woods.
The next day, Marge and Homer unsuccessfully try to forage for food, going to bed hungry with their bellies growling at each other. The next day, Homer tries to fish using a hook he made from the tongue of a soda can and no bait. He wades in the river and catches nothing, but a fish lands in his wet pants on his way out. Marge and Homer cook it, savoring every bite, but the smell draws glowing red eyes out of the woods. The fish dinner puts Homer in a romantic mood, which has Marge dancing with him as he sings “Pretty World” by Sergio Mendes & Brasil ’66. Their dance is interrupted when something starts pushing on the clamshell door and they rush to hold it back. The animal trying to enter manages to break through the back of one of the televisions, appearing in the glass and growling at them. It’s a wolverine rabbit, going around and breaking through a mattress wall.
Homer lures the Wolverine out of their shelter to save Marge, climbing a tree and being chased by it. Marge rushes to Homer’s aid, pulling him to her as she holds a makeshift hammer Homer fashioned from the broken head of a Cupid statue and a staff. Homer climbs back down from the tree, breaking a large tree branch and pursuing to save Marge, pinning the wolverine against their shelter with the branch. Marge throws the hammer at Homer and he uses it to bludgeon the wild animal (off camera, but Cupid’s head turns red).
The next morning, Marge repairs their shelter as Homer romantically sneaks up behind her. Homer kisses Marge before going hunting, but he hears a mother and backs up a bush to see a ranger on an ATV. He has a moment of hesitation, looking at Marge as if planning to stay in the desert forever. By the time he decides to call for help, the ranger is out of sight. Homer tells Marge, who suggests they follow the tire tracks in the snow. Along the way, they enjoy beautiful and tender moments eating dried wolverine. When they finally see the ranger station, they start crying. Homer promises he’ll be more romantic in the future, but Marge tells him not to change anything. They decide to walk slowly. In the credits, Homer comes out of the station with a bag of chips. Marge doesn’t want to come in, saying her favorite show is on. She is sitting on a picnic table and Homer is sitting on the bench between her legs. They watch the sunset together as Homer alternates feeding and feeding Marge chips. Marge kisses Homer’s bald head and hugs him tight, sighing in contentment.
It’s all for this week. The simpsons will be back next Sunday, March 6, at 8/7c on FOX with an episode titled “Boyz N The Highlands”.
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