The Simpsons: Season 23, Episode 5

The Food Wife (13 Nov. 2011)

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Homer is worried that he is no longer the cool parent after Marge becomes a foodie with Bart and Lisa.

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Marge takes Bart and Lisa on a weekend excursion, but when an unexpected restaurant detour awakens their taste buds, fellow foodies Amuse Bruce and Fois Garth inspire them to start their own food blog, "The Three Mouthketeers." They score an exclusive reservation at Springfield's premiere modern restaurant, but Marge has an unsettling dream during which Anthony Bourdain, Gordon Ramsay, and Mario Batali lead her to reconsider extending the invite to Homer. Later, Marge directs Homer to a different type of cooking lab where he gets into a bind with law enforcement authorities. Written by Fox Publicity

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Marge Simpson: And here's a marble for Lisa for cleaning her room. And a marble for Bart for not trashing Lisa's room. The jars are full! So, you've earned your Saturday Surprise Dad Day!
Lisa SimpsonBart Simpson: Yay!
Homer Simpson: This Saturday, from the dad who brought you cemetery paintball, and go-karts on real roads, comes the greatest activity yet...
Lisa SimpsonBart Simpson: Video game convention!
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Foodies beware, The Simpsons are here
27 December 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Couch gag rating: N/A Unfortunately the credits were shortened again.

The episode: After the car breaks down, Marge, Lisa, and Bart find themselves stranded in Little Ethiopia until the tow truck gets there. They decide to bide their time and get something to eat. Marge reluctantly orders the most exotic dish on the menu at Bart's and Lisa's urging.

It's a big hit at the table. A bunch of foodies, led by Comic Book Guy, come there to eat. Marge, Bart and Lisa have such a good time that they become foodies and start their own food blog. Marge has suddenly usurped Homer's position as 'Fun Dad.' Favorite moment(s): Sherbet and the Empire State of Mind foodie rap song spoof.

This episode was excellent. It really gets to the core of how Homer and Marge vie for the affection and approval of Bart and Lisa. We see how selfish they can become when the title of 'Fun Mom' or 'Fun Dad' are at stake, and we ultimately see how they overcome that and become better, more united parents as a result.

Overall rating: This episode is a strong 9/10. The kind of overblown foodie culture showcased in this episode is rife with comedy gold and The Simpsons do a wonderful job of skewering it.


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