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Moho House

"Moho House"
The Simpsons episode
Episode no.Season 28
Episode 21
Directed byMatthew Nastuk
Written byJeff Martin
Production codeWABF14
Original air dateMay 7, 2017 (2017-05-07)
Guest appearance(s)
Episode features
Couch gagThe Simpson family's heads as Chia Pets
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"Moho House" is the twenty-first episode of the twenty-eighth season of the animated television series The Simpsons, and the 617th episode of the series overall. It aired in the United States on Fox on May 7, 2017.

Plot

The Simpson family is waiting for Homer to come home for Sunday dinner, but he arrives after hitting Flanders' mailbox and sending it crashing it through the window, leaving Marge to reflect silently her frustration with her husband's behavior. At the power plant, while Homer, Lenny and Carl discuss how Marge didn't react badly to what happened, Mr. Burns introduces to them Nigel and his wife. Marge tells Homer their marriage is "on E, but there's still a little gas left" when she shows up with a picnic lunch, where Homer amazes her by actually eating a carrot. Nigel decides to offer Mr. Burns a wager of five million pounds that he can destroy their marriage, and Burns gleefully accepts.

After work, Nigel pressures Homer into breaking his plans to go home to Marge by stating that Homer needs to go to Moe's with him or else Mr. Burns will be mad. A lingerie-clad Marge doesn't understand Homer's "Drinking with a British Guy" emojis, and she's angry after looking out the window for Homer and only seeing Disco Stu with a woman dancing, Wiggum giving Sarah jewels from the evidence box, and Ned giving harps to the ghosts of Maude and Edna. Homer and Nigel are at Moe's Tavern and Nigel keeps pushing Homer to ruin his marriage, but Homer's love is too strong and he goes back home to her, after punching Moe when he finds out that Marge is the "Midge" Moe always refers to. Nigel then explains that he has a way for Moe to break up the Simpsons and make money in the process.

Back at home, Marge refuses to listen to Homer and goes to bed, crying all night. In the morning, Marge is still angry and tells Homer to go to a ballgame with Ned because she doesn't want to talk to him. Homer is on his way back from the game but notices Moe's Tavern is closed. Moe arrives in a fancy car and tells them he got set up by Nigel at a new 104th-floor super-exclusive bar called MoHo House. At the grand opening of MoHo House, Homer and Marge split up at the center, and Nigel raises up the bet, betting his entire fortune against the rights to an aghast Smithers and Burns accepts. Moe manages to charm Marge and dances with her, while Smithers gives Homer a gift he'd been planning to give to his mom in order to keep Nigel from winning the bet. Moe runs away when it seems like Marge might be interested in him, but a bartenders' advice to Marge about how Homer treats her the same way over time because he likes the way their relationship is backfires when Marge misinterprets Homer's offering of Smithers' gift.

Homer tries to give her the gift but Marge sees it’s not for her (Homer didn't change the card which wished Happy 81st Birthday to Smithers' mom), and ignores Homer's pleas to forgive him. At MoHo House, Moe listens to a blues pianist who says via song that his effort to end the Simpsons' marriage is wrong. Moe later texts Marge to meet him at the place, and then Homer, who shows up angry but then listens to Moe's message (after Moe apologizes to an angry Marge for always calling her Midge): Moe will never steal Marge from Homer, but someone else will if Homer doesn't start treating her well consistently. Homer offers a cute cartoon of him and Marge, and she's won over again. The two make peace, and Mr. Burns wins the bet but Smithers (who was furious at being wagered again by Mr. Burns) lies that Nigel is a figment of his imagination and that the check was a fro-yo coupon, leading Mr. Burns to tear up the check. To thank him, Nigel gives Smithers a kiss on the lips. As the story ends, Moe returns to his old dive tavern and an elated Barney, while Mr. Burns agrees to a new fairer employee contract with Smithers.

Reception

Dennis Perkins of The A.V. Club gave the episode a B+, stating "Luckily, 'Moho House,' the name of the upscale high-rise bar an eccentric billionaire chum of Burns’ buys for Moe as part of a bet to break up Marge and Homer—well, you can see that plot kicking in right there. But seriously, credited writer Jeff Martin knows this world like the back of his five-fingered hand, having penned some genuine classics in his day. True, his one foray back into the showafter a few decades’ absence didn’t quite reach those heights, but it came close, rooting a Marge-Lisa story in some pretty deep character stuff. Here, it’s the same story (if a different plot), with the storied Homer-Marge dynamic actually feeling like it has some stakes."[1]

Tony Sokol of Den of Geek gave the episode 4/5 stars, stating "Tonight is a tour de force for Moe, though. Between the vaguely British knockoff he touts his upcoming conquest to Sideshow Mel to the way he breaks into a grittily hysterical realism on the line 'yeah, well Midge, I don’t know what my deal is with that,' he uses all his voices tonight...Also, that line, and the delivery, humanizes Moe more than his standing down and telling Homer what’s what. He’s got a problem, just with remembering her name."[2]

"Moho House" scored a 1.0 rating with a 4 share and was watched by 2.34 million people, making it Fox's highest rated show of the night.[3]

References

  1. ^ Perkins, Dennis (2017-05-07). ""Moho House" · The Simpsons · TV Review Marge and Homer's relationship troubles resonate in a well-plotted Simpsons · TV Club · The A.V. Club". Avclub.com. Archived from the original on 2017-05-12. Retrieved 2017-05-13.
  2. ^ Tony Sokol (2017-05-07). "The Simpsons Season 28 Episode 21 Review: Moho House". Denofgeek.com. Archived from the original on 2017-05-13. Retrieved 2017-05-13.
  3. ^ Porter, Rick (May 9, 2017). "'The Simpsons', 'NCIS: LA' and other originals unchanged: Sunday final ratings". TV by the Numbers. Archived from the original on May 11, 2017. Retrieved May 9, 2017.

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