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My Fair Laddy

"My Fair Laddy"
The Simpsons episode
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Promotional artwork for the episode.
Episode no.Season 17
Episode 12
Directed byBob Anderson
Written byMichael Price
Production codeHABF05
Original air dateFebruary 26, 2006
Episode features
Couch gagFilmed in claymation, six balls roll in and bump into each other before turning into Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, Maggie, and Gumby
CommentaryAl Jean
Michael Price
Matt Selman
Carolyn Omine
Tom Gammill
Max Pross
David Silverman
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"My Fair Laddy" is the twelfth episode of The Simpsons' seventeenth season. It first aired on the Fox network in the United States on February 26, 2006. This is the first episode that centers on Groundskeeper Willie. The title and plot are based on the Broadway musical and film My Fair Lady.

Plot

When Mrs. Pummelhorst (the school gym teacher) announces that she will be leaving to undergo gender reassignment surgery and will come back as the shop teacher "Mr. Pummelhorst," Coach Krupt, a substitute, takes her place. Every gym class, he has the students play a game called "Bombardment," which consists of him throwing dodgeballs at the students.

When Bart gets sick of the constant bullying, he fills a ball full of water and sticks it in the freezer overnight. The next day, he tries to throw the frozen ball at Coach Krupt, who ducks; the ball crashes through the window and destroys Willie's shack. When Marge picks up Bart from school and sees Willie is homeless, she offers to let him stay at their house, and he eventually accepts. When there, Lisa has Willie realize that his life could be much better, and she decides to turn him into a proper gentleman. Bart, however, does not believe that she can do it, but Lisa bets that she can in time for the school science fair.

Meanwhile, Homer comes home with his last pair of blue pants ripped and torn after his seat breaks at the go-cart track. As he searches through town for a new pair, he finds no store that sells his favorite type of pants. When he goes to the factory that sells them, the manager tells him that they do not make blue pants anymore due to poor sales thanks to a disastrous Super Bowl ad. Homer tells him that he will get more customers. He does this by writing "Buy blue pants" on the back of his head. Homer's advertising campaign pays off and soon everyone is wearing blue pants. However, Marge is annoyed when Homer begins putting other advertisements all over his body.

Lisa struggles to teach Willie how to act sophisticated. On the day before the science fair, he is still his same old self, but when he sees how disappointed Lisa is, he suddenly surprises both Bart and Lisa by correctly (and with a 'proper' accent) saying a sentence she gave him. At the science fair the next day, he impresses everyone with his politeness and verbal dexterity under the guise of G.K. Willington Esq. No one actually knows that it is the old groundskeeper until Lisa announces it to everyone. Once again, she wins the science fair, and the bet along with it.

Even though he is respected by everybody, Willie misses his old life and feels out of place working as the maitre d' at a fancy restaurant; unfortunately, both his job and his shack were taken by the music teacher. He explains to Lisa that he wishes to go back to the way things were, and she understands. Soon, he is returned to his restored "crap shack", which Lisa has decorated with a new sign on the inside wall reading "Home Sweet Home." Willie, acting very grateful for the gift, asks to be alone. Lisa understands and promptly exits the shack. Upon her leaving, Willie takes the sign and smashes it on the ground, declaring that he liked his shack "the way it was".

Cultural references

The episode's plot is based on My Fair Lady and also features parodies of songs from the play such as "Wouldn't It Be Loverly", "The Rain in Spain", "I Could Have Danced All Night", "On the Street Where You Live", and (briefly) "Get Me to the Church on Time".[1]

The blue pants advertisement seen in the subplot of this episode is a parody of the 1995 Calvin Klein advertisements that were considered creepy by many for their leering, pornographic nature. The wood panelling and the ladder mimic the set seen in the advertisement.

Reception

"My Fair Laddy" was ranked as the twenty-fifth best The Simpsons episode by AOL.[2]

Robert Canning, Eric Goldman, Dan Iverson & Brian Zoromski of IGN named it the best episode of the seventeenth season, calling it a fun parody of My Fair Lady.[1]

References

  1. ^ a b Canning, Robert, Goldman, Eric, Iverson, Dan, Zoromski, Brian (January 8, 2010) [tv.ign.com] IGN Retrieved June 1, 2010
  2. ^ [television.aol.com]

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