"The Simpsons" The Last of the Red Hat Mamas (TV Episode 2005) Poster

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10/10
Hands down one of the best
rightaboveit01115 December 2013
I've been watching The Simpsons since I was about 6 years old (I was born in 1992) and I have to say this is one the classic episodes and defining moments in my history of watching this show. Comedy in television is held to a high standard these days. To be truly hilarious almost every line that's delivered needs to be a hit and this episode more than any other of The Simpsons achieves this. Right from the start with some classic Mayor Quimby jokes and with the revelation of Milhouse's Italian background, the writing does not fall short of brilliance. The main plot revolves around Marge joining a group of women, a parody of the Californian Red Hat Society ("not only do I have friends, I now have a hat to prove it") with a plot element revolving around Mr. Burns coming into the mix. Milhouse's attempt to win over Lisa returns as an important plot element. The focus is away from Homer, but each time he does appear it is absolutely random and absolutely hilarious. The jump to his imagining of a possible best friend for Marge is to die for. Chief Wiggum and Lou have a classic moment where we learn how the two really feel about each other. I won't ruin the episode by referencing all the lines - I'll leave their brilliance is to be discovered by the viewer.

If you ever want to convince someone that The Simpsons is a show worth watching, look no further than this episode. Bravo.
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5/10
On form
studioAT2 May 2017
Warning: Spoilers
Even in Season 17 'The Simpsons' can still produce great episodes. Not perhaps as often, and the humour in them is far, far broader than it ever was back in the so called golden era, but it's still a darn sight better than other things that pass for being comedies on TV.

The plot is simple, the jokes come at a quick fire rate. Mayor Quimby's office alone is full of jokes. Ralph with his Easter basket was another fun joke.

I thought this episode was a return to form, and was enjoyable throughout.
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