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Havana Wild Weekend

"Havana Wild Weekend"
The Simpsons episode
Episode no.Season 28
Episode 7
Directed byBob Anderson
Written byDeb Lacusta
Dan Castellaneta
Peter Tilden
Production codeVABF19
Original air dateNovember 13, 2016 (2016-11-13)
Guest appearance(s)

Stacy Keach as H.K. Duff
Deb Lacusta as Isabella

Episode features
Chalkboard gag"Being right sucks"
Couch gagThe family flies to the couch on top of Mount Olympus, but Lisa is missing. She comes out of Homer's head, and Homer steals Maggie's pacifier to close the hole in his head.
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"Havana Wild Weekend" is the seventh episode of the twenty-eighth season of the animated television series The Simpsons, and the 603rd episode of the series overall. It aired in the United States on Fox on November 13, 2016.

Plot

When Grampa accidentally urinates on the carpet, the Simpsons try to get him medical help but find the nursing home has no resources or personnel at all, and the Veterans Administration tells Abe they can't see him for an appointment for 23 years. On the advice of another elderly ex-soldier, the family goes to Havana, Cuba to get Grampa cheap medical care. As they arrive there a friendly doctor sadly says there is nothing that can be done to help Abe, but the sights of cars and music from the 1950s leads to him feeling much healthier.

While the family enjoys the sights of Havana, including Homer making a drinking game out of old speeches by Fidel Castro, Grampa meets a bar matron, Isabella, whom he fancies. He also runs into an old friend of his, a pilot who was thrown out of the Air Force for nearly detonating an atomic bomb by accident and stayed in Cuba after hijacking a plane and diverting it to there in the 1970s. He brings Grampa to a plane hidden in the jungle which he turned into a secret nightclub, where such nefarious types as drug lords and the founder of Ticketmaster (who is the only person everyone immediately punches in the face) are enjoying their exiles. Seeing how much fun life is there Grampa decides he wants to stay in Cuba. The Simpsons family tries to talk him out it. As they all board the plane it turns out that Isabella is a C.I.A. agent who tries to search for and arrest American refugees and transport them back to the U.S. Thus, Grampa and the family are brought back home but Grampa does retain some better feelings when he's back in the U.S.

Production

The chalkboard gag in this episode is a response to the unexpected victory of Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election. The season eleven episode "Bart to the Future", an episode set in the future, jokingly mentions Trump as being president.[1]

Reception

Tony Sokol of Den of Geek gave a positive review of the episode, giving it a 4/5, adding, "'Havana Wild Weekend' is a fun episode in what is shaping up to be a far better than average season. The jokes come fast, there are a few great setups and the locations are great. The Simpsons have visited almost-countless countries in their time. (We recently went over a partial list a few weeks ago when they visited Boston, but still refuse to count). There, as here, well, not here but in Cuba, the Simpsons fall in love with the locations and are far more respectful than they have been in the past."[2]

Dennis Perkins of The A.V. Club gave the episode a C+ stating, "in the long and storied history of Simpsons travelogues, 'Havana Wild Weekend' is as sure to be forgotten as is poor old Abe." [3]

"Havana Wild Weekend" scored a 3.1 rating and was watched by 7.13 million people, making it Fox's highest rated show of the night.[4]

References

  1. ^ White, Jamie K. (November 15, 2016). "'The Simpsons' respond to Trump victory prediction: 'Being right sucks'". CNN. Retrieved December 14, 2016.
  2. ^ Tony Sokol (2016-11-14). "The Simpsons: Havana Wild Weekend Review". Denofgeek.com. Retrieved 2016-11-19.
  3. ^ Perkins, Dennis (2016-11-13). ""Havana Wild Weekend" · The Simpsons · TV Review The Simpsons head to Cuba for some forgettable medical care · TV Club · The A.V. Club". Avclub.com. Retrieved 2016-11-19.
  4. ^ Porter, Rick (November 13, 2016). "TV Ratings Sunday: '60 Minutes,' 'Simpsons' and 'Sunday Night Football' spike: Sunday final ratings". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved November 14, 2016.

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