Love is a Many Splintered Thing
Original Air Date: Feb 10, 2013
Vincent C. – TwoCents Reviewer
Happy (almost) Valentine’s Day! Tonight’s episode features the return of Mary Spuckler, arguably Bart’s true love. By way of refresher, Mary first appeared in the episode “Apocalypse Cow,” when Bart joined the 4-H club and raised a cow. She returned earlier this season in the episode “Moonshine River,” in which Bart and Mary shared their first kiss. Even though the Simpsons characters seem to never age, I enjoy it when they bring back characters from the past and it seems like some amount of time has passed.
Onto tonight’s episode. An older Bart is flashing back to when Mary returned to Springfield. Bart and Mary reunite and seem happy. Bart even has dinner at Mary’s family’s place. There, he learns that Mary will enter the Hillbilly Talent Contest. Her family seems to have some musical abilities. Mary plays a blade of grass like a harmonica, and she plays it pretty well.
At the Hillbilly Talent Contest, Mary loses, but she only cares what Bart thinks. Bart is unable to console her. Mary is disappointed but tells Bart that “everything is fine.”
High in the tops of one of Springfield’s mountain is Make-out Point. Next to it is “Let’s Just Talk” Point, where Mary hugs Bart and pats him on the back. He finally realizes that she’s breaking up with him. He begs her to reconsider (picture above) but fails.
Bart arrives home to find Homer and Marge arguing. Marge says everything is fine. Frustrated Bart complains that women shouldn’t say that everything is fine if they are angry. Marge gets angry and boots both Homer and Bart out of the house, throwing a red suitcase and a Krusty the Clown suitcase out the door as well. It turns out the Krusty suitcase belongs to Homer. Bart wants a Krusty suitcase too. Maybe Homer will get a Duffman suitcase one day and hand his Krusty suitcase down.
Homer and Bart stay at “Brokewood Apartments,” a place full of husbands who have been booted by their wives. Homer appears to be a frequent visitor.
Bart calls Mary, who sings a break-up song about Bart. Taylor Swift would’ve been proud.
Homer and the Brokewood gang watch a British romance called “Love, Indubitably.” They learn that winning their women’s hearts back will require a “grand gesture.” This grand gesture is the men dressed up in tuxedos and singing an apology to their women to a Beethoven song. Homer wins Marge back, but Bart fails to win Mary back. Future Bart says that he got over Mary by playing video games. But he soon checks a facebook-esque site and finds that Mary is married. The status soon turns to “single” and Bart posts a message on her wall.
What did you guys think? I felt that Moonshine River had a happier ending and maybe was a better episode for Valentine’s. If Bart and Mary had stayed together, what would be a cute couples name? Marty? Simpckler?
As Valentine present, a bonus image of the cute couple. Enjoy!