Hello and welcome to Laughing Place’s regular recap of new episodes of The simpsons on the FOX network. This week’s episode, titled “Wad Goals,” is the 13th episode of the long-running animated sitcom’s 32nd season.
Table gag: Nothing.
Gag on the sofa: Nothing.
The episode opens with Ralph Wiggum (voiced by Nancy Cartwright) believing himself to be the star of a parade down Main Street in Springfield, although he is actually just blocking traffic while he hallucinates. He crosses a large hedge to find “a secret,” then brags to his friends at school. The other kids argue over what’s in this mysterious place, then they all follow Ralph to check it out. “I saw my dad do this,” Bart (also Cartwright) says as he is slowly absorbed backwards into the hedge, referring to a popular The Simpsons same. To their shock, the friends meet on a chic golf course. “I’ve never seen a golf course anywhere except in these ads for pills that give life back to the elderly,” says Milhouse (Pamela Hayden).
Bart and Milhouse find Jimbo (again Hayden) shopping for Dr Hibbert (now voiced by Kevin Michael Richardson, succeeding Harry Shearer in this episode), who generously tips him when he claims to be ambitious in a career. in medicine. Understandably, the two friends want to participate in this money grab, so they look for shopping cart missions from the sarcastic man, who sets them up with Mr. Burns and Kent Brockman (both voiced by Shearer). “You know, I’ve never really fallen for anyone before,” says Bart, but Milhouse is a natural in this area, being a Van Houten. Brockman is quickly won over by Bart’s teasing, advice and compliments as they chat on the course, but Milhouse doesn’t have so much luck with Mr. Burns, who just wants him to muzzle. In a montage, we see Bart picking up bundles of cash as a tip, hence the title of the episode.
At home, Homer (Dan Castellaneta) is in awe of Bart’s quick success as a caddy, and the family are shocked to learn that Homer is filling his wad of cash with dryer sheets. The next day, Bart carted for the Texan Rix (also Castellaneta) and thanked him profusely for his insight into the oil industry, which earned him a $ 20 tip while Marge (Julie Kavner) spied on him behind a tree. “On the one hand, I’m glad you’re polite. On the other hand, yech, ”says Marge. Bart displays his ability to suck Marge off in an attempt to dissuade his disgust. Later, at the ice cream parlor, Marge brags to her parents about her $ 50 tip from Judge Snyder. Bart tips the counter staff who then sing a song to him while Marge and Homer argue outside about Bart’s new gig. “Sucking is the American way,” says Homer. “Of all the things Bart could do for money, this is by far the most legal.”
Marge says her motherly mind tells her that Bart needs to stop being a caddy, but at home, Bart bribes Homer to convince Marge otherwise. Bart buys his own above ground pool so that he and his friends can relax while they discuss possible investments. Bart dreams of buying an ATV and refuses to share it with his pals, while Marge rants like home from Lisa (Yeardley Smith), who says private golf clubs are pretty evil. Together they decide to shut down the club and go to town hall, but they become frustrated when they see that all the politicians are obvious golfers. During the course, Bart chats with Principal Skinner (Shearer), who also became a caddy for the summer, but even his own mother Agnes (Tress MacNeille) would rather not play than use him. Lisa and Marge are starting an online petition to close the golf course, which is drawing attention to local news because of Marge’s use of the abbreviation “SJW” (which she means Springfield Junipers Wealthy). “A signature is a signature”, defends Marge.
Kent Brockman says the golf club will have to pay high taxes thanks to the petition, but he’s also delivering a live editorial on how the club shouldn’t shut down. Bart is angry that Marge is trying to shut down the country club, but the next day he is drafted as the club president’s caddy (Radio Newsguest star Stephen Root), who asks him to convince Marge to cancel his campaign. Bart compares the golf club to a church, and this gives the club president an idea: ask Mayor Quimby (Castellaneta) to declare golf a tax-exempt religion: “Golf have mercy on us all. Marge tears off her famous red necklace with anger and one of the pearls slowly rolls into a hole, to the applause of the crowd present.
Marge invites a group of religious leaders to the golf course to condemn the new religion, where inside the clubhouse a gospel choir sings Kenny Loggins’ song “I’m Alright” from the film Caddyshack. “The Ten Commandments of Golf” are posted on the wall and an old lady lights a candle at “The Shark”. Reverend Lovejoy says that “this religion ticks all the boxes” and the others agree that “it is a faith”. Homer tries to console Marge to no avail, and Marge tries to identify with Bart, saying she is worried about his future. Bart says he only wants to suck off rich people until he is rich himself and the others start sucking him. The club president tells Bart that he will never be a caddy for him again now that his mother is no longer a problem. Bart says that one day he will be a member of the course and that he will be cool with the caddies, which makes the president and his usual caddy laugh: “There is no path between where you are and where you are. where I am. Once an aspiration, always an aspiration.
Bart quits his job as a shopping cart but on his way home he walks past the ATV store where he decides to say goodbye to the bundle of bills he earned as tips. In the golf course parking lot, Rabbi Marge invited her to help him accidentally smash the windshield of the Simpsons car with a stray car, prompting a furious tirade from Marge. Suddenly Bart crashes through the hedge on the ATV and wreaks havoc on the golf course, ruining the landscaping. Bart then reveals that instead of buying an ATV, he rented “a whole bunch” of them for himself and his friends, who also crash through the hurdles and start riding the entire course. “Look at me, I’m playing golf! Nelson Muntz yells as he sprays dirt all over the place. Marge reluctantly berates Bart over his destruction of property, though she smiles at his antics. The police show up and the club president assumes they’re there to arrest Bart, but instead Chief Wiggum (Hank Azaria) says he’s there to greet the president. “Like any new religion, sooner or later it turns into a sex cult,” says Wiggum, as the cops deploy several men in compromising positions. “In your case, it was really earlier.”
In the coda, Ralph Wiggum is the gopher of Caddyshack, dancing as the golf course explodes behind him as “I’m Alright” plays again on the end credits.
New episodes of The simpsons airs Sunday evenings on FOX.
Mike is the senior reporter for Laughing Place in Southern California, editorial director for Star Wars content and host of the weekly “Who’s the Bossk?” Star Wars Podcast. He has been fascinated by Disney theme parks and storytelling in general his entire life and resides in Burbank, California with his beloved wife and cats.