Reading Digest: ‘And Maggie Makes Three’ Echoes Through the Ages Edition

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“Thanks for giving me my old job back.” – Homer Simpson
“I’m afraid it’s not that simple.  As punishment for your desertion, it’s company policy to give you the plague.” – C.M. Burns
“Uh, sir, that’s the plaque.” – Mr. Smithers
“Ah, yes, the special de-motivational plaque, to break what’s left of your spirit.  Because, you see, you’re here forever. . . . Don’t forget, you’re here forever.” – C.M. Burns

This week we’ve got two fans, one brand new, one an old veteran, who agree that “And Maggie Makes Three” is as good as anything can possibly be.  They’ll get no arguments from me, and to make the whole thing even sweeter, there’s also a guy who’s just getting his own daughter into The Simpsons.  (Awww.)  There’s also some excellent usage, two comparisons of the show to Family Guy ( one low brow, the other high), a sad TV openings entry, and Zombie Simpsons showing how little they pay attention to detail last Sunday. 

The Best Bootleg Bart Simpson Shirts – Smooth Charlie’s Link of the Week is this collection of old Bart shirts.  There are some great ones here, including a few I don’t think I’ve ever seen before.  The MC Hammer one is especially early 90s.

Top Five Simpsons Episodes – This is a great list with no Zombie Simpsons, but it’s made even better by the fact that it’s a father introducing his daughter to the show and there’s a picture of his splendid Flanders Halloween costume from last year.  Excellent.

Do it for her – A Simpsons newbie falls for “And Maggie Makes Three”.

Why ‘The Simpsons’ is the Greatest TV Show Ever – The beauty of this is that is makes its point without even writing a word.  That’s how good the ending of “And Maggie Makes Three” is. 

"Across the UM System" – During the poker montage in “Gone Abie Gone”, Lisa pulled on a sweatshirt for “University of Missouri at Rolla”, but it turns out that isn’t the school’s name:

Lisa Simpson must have gotten her sweatshirt at a second-hand shop because it still shows the school as being the University of Missouri at Rolla.

The writers of The Simpsons, no doubt, do their homework before creating the show, so it’s interesting that they opted to use the former name. Maybe they didn’t think a national audience would recognize the Missouri S&T name?

I don’t think thought entered into it, and I assure you, “homework” isn’t something they do anymore.

Universal Studios Florida – The Simpsons Ride at the Universal theme park in Florida may be getting expanded:

New rumors about the Simpsons themed land are now growing in size and scope. The latest word around the park is that not only will we see a new Krusty Burger and Moe’s Tavern, there may also be a Kentucky Fried Panda (Finger Ling-Ling Good!) and possibly even a mini Duff Brewery bar set up on the lagoon edge.
    The Simpsons expansion wont be limited to new restaurants either, as I’m told that we may also see other classic icons and building facades put in for Lard Lad donuts, the Comic Book Guy’s shop, and even some kind of new flat ride that may be themed to the aliens: Kang and Kodos placed near the bridge on the MIB side of the Simpsons ride building. I doubt Universal would install one of these, but a Gravitron could be perfectly themed to Kang & Kodos don’t you think?


bart simpson – If you’re going to get a Bart Simpson tattoo on the side of your ass, that’s a pretty good one.

After nipple slip, Rita Ora plays it safe in tum-flashing crop top – There is also a photo of her wearing a Bart Simpson jacket.  Cool.

Things I learnt from CosmoCosmo is indeed awful, and this guide to why is chalk full of Simpsons:

I have decided to convey what I learnt from this month’s Cosmo in the form of Simpsons analogies. Why would you do that?, you ask. A good question. The answer: there is basically a Simpsons example for any argument or topic you want to discuss. And The Simpsons (series 2 – 10) is pretty much the best thing and Cosmo is pretty much the worst.

Well done. 

Rage Across Springfield, Preliminary – I will freely admit that I don’t get this, but some of you might:

For anyone who hasn’t played Werewolf: The Apocalypse, this isn’t going to make much sense. If you have, here is the work in progress.

Mr. Burns is the Pentex Executive in charge of a Nuclear Power Plant under Endron International that spills its radiation out to Gaia, though the men of Ardus Enterprises would beg to differ. Mutating the animals and people in the city. He controls his ‘hounds’, which are a pack of Black Spiral Dancers.

Hi! I’m Troy McClure! – Great YouTube video of McClure clips.  Also the blog is titled “Man Versus Nature: The Road to Victory”.  Heh.

The Spice Draw – Excellent usage:

This last line of this scene from an episode of the Simpsons is one I use a lot. I find it useful when describing those moments in life when you realise how fundamentally different from someone  you can be.

Marge: So… you want to go on tour with a traveling freak show.
Homer: I don’t think I have a choice, Marge.
Marge: Of course you have a choice.
Homer: How do you figure?
Marge: You don’t have to join a freak show just because the opportunity came along.
Homer: You know, Marge, in some ways, you and I are very different people.

I have these moments with my husband often, particularly when he wants to explain things like ‘how the moon works’ to me.


Family Fight: Simpsons vs. Griffins – Who would win in a fist fight?  A detailed imagining.

Postmodernism And American Animation – A long, academic analysis of The Simpsons and Family Guy.

Duff McKagan Regrets Not Receiving Royalties from ‘The Simpsons’ Beverage Duff Beer – The Duff beer was named after Duff McKagan thing was making the rounds again this week.  Just a reminder, this isn’t something that’s been the least bit confirmed and seems more than likely not to be true quite the way Duff remembers it.

The Bachelor Panel: Week 7, Take 3 — What to make of this girl-on-girl hate? – Excellent usage:

Grampa Simpson once compared watching “one of those TV shows where they show a bunch of clips from old episodes” to being in a coma. Nineteen years later, that joke has fresh perspective. I’m going to guess this week’s installment is injected into the Bachelor season  because everyone needs a little closure, and what better way to do that than have everyone air their grievances all over again on a stage of precarious chairs? It was like a weird kind of Bachelor Festivus where the only feat of strength is whether you can manage to sit through the whole hour.

Perfectly quoted and very apt.

Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2…In 10 Words – We’re not saying the people behind this are inhuman monsters like the wolfman, but they very well could be.

Disney Buying Star Wars…In 10 Words – Episode VII is intriguing, but all I want to know is if they’re finally going to release the original movies on Blu Ray. 

Homeland…In 10 Words – Remember those self hypnosis classes we took to help us ignore Grampa?

Skyfall…In 10 Words – Yes, yes, that wasn’t so bad.

sickeningly sweet Simpsons goth daisy crop top – Recycled Simpsons fabric (I’m guessing sheets, but who knows?) used for a shirt.  (via)

Official “The Simpsons” USB Flash Drives Launched – If the picture is anything to go by, looks like Maggie got passed over.

Funny Commercials – Church’s Chicken – The Simpsons – ‘Picnic’ / ‘Piggy-Bank’ – YouTube of a couple commercials the show did in the late 1990s.

The Night Phil Hartman Died…. – This is mostly just information from the Wikipedia article, but it does contain this:

For those not in the know, “further altercation over the issue” translates into Jon Lovitz beating the everlasting shit out of Andy Dick. According to Laugh Factory owner Jamie Masada:

    Jon picked Andy up by the head and smashed him into the bar four or five times, and blood started pouring out of his nose

Oh man, I’d pay to see that.

Whenever someone tells me an “awesome” story – Animated .gif of Homer’s reaction to Flanders jury duty story.

There’s only one Lisa Simpson – Animated. gif of Lisa’s lizard queen declaration.

Top 5 Pop-Culture Toasters – Yup, toasters.  Good list.

The 10 Best TV Show Title Sequences – Sadly the show comes in at a lowly #5, and they used the new opening instead of the one that’s actually good.  As we all know, the new one doesn’t hold a pixel to the old one.

pastelization – Scroll way down for a picture of a very old commemorative plate the show put out.

The Simpsons: Still funny, but just not as sweet… – And finally, someone who kinda agrees with us:

…or maybe I’m just becoming a grumpy old bitch

No, you’ve got it right.

10 Responses to “Reading Digest: ‘And Maggie Makes Three’ Echoes Through the Ages Edition”

  1. 1 Anonymous
    16 November 2012 at 3:55 pm

    I’m sorry, but Maggie would totally kick Stewie’s ass (and I say this as a Family Guy fan (well, the old stuff, at least). Stewie is all talk – sure he’s beat up a few kids, but he’s a lousy shot. Maggie ain’t afraid to use a broken baby bottle. Maggie. Hands-down. She would win by tapout.

    And Brian’s a wuss. Maybe he’d put up a fight, but his hormones would get in the way

  2. 16 November 2012 at 4:15 pm

    I just heard that a Phil Hartman marriage counseling service is opening. It is down the street from the Douglas Adams Cardiology hospital, the Ted Kennedy Neurology Institute and the Princess Di driving school.

  3. 16 November 2012 at 4:36 pm

    Star Wars VII in 10 words: “…Back to my roots: Stealing from war…and samurai films!

  4. 16 November 2012 at 4:39 pm

    Twilight in 10 words: Christians are idiots: They believe in a talking dead guy!

  5. 5 Patrick
    16 November 2012 at 9:04 pm

    krikensworld.blogspot.com/ you guys at DHS should check this site out and add it to the side as this website is freakin’ awesome with the ZS episode reviews and the video reviews and you guys will love it xD

  6. 7 Ask A Great Dad
    16 November 2012 at 11:21 pm

    Thanks for including my post. Even though I thought my Flanders was spot on, most people just thought I was a creep with a mustache and glasses.

    • 9 Monty Python Forever
      17 November 2012 at 1:57 am

      I never noticed that mistake, which I know has been made on this website before. Who writes this: Cyril Lachel?

  7. 10 abra cadaver
    17 November 2012 at 2:39 am

    Those simpsons shirts rule! Always been surprised the the “nazi Bart” shirts that Groening sued over have never popped up. Must be the most successful suing ever, when the actual image itself doesn’t seem to be on the internet at all. Oh well. I can only imagine. I’d do anything for the TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA SIMPSON shirt, btw.

    oh and “YO, WHERE’S THE PEROGIES, DUDE?” Hilarious. Bart Simpson would never say that.

    ….As much as I love the Simpsons opening, I think the best opening credits sequence ever is probably Six Feet Under’s.

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