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Mothers and Other Strangers

Season 33 Episode
714 "Portrait of a Lackey on Fire"
715
"Mothers and Other Strangers"
"A Made Maggie" 716
"Mothers and Other Strangers"
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Episode Information
Episode number: 715
Season number: S33 E9
Production code: UABF02
Original airdate: November 28, 2021
Title screen: Shary Bobbins flies around and gets swallowed by the O.
Couch gag: The Simpson family is placed all together in the shape of the couch, with grunts they separate and run out of the room.
Guest star(s): Rachel Bloom as Annette
Glenn Close as Mona Simpson
Showrunner(s): Al Jean
Written by: Al Jean
Directed by: Rob Oliver


"Mothers and Other Strangers" is the ninth episode of season 33 of The Simpsons and the seven-hundred and fifteenth episode overall. It originally aired on November 28, 2021. The episode was written by Al Jean and directed by Rob Oliver. It guest stars Rachel Bloom as Annette and Glenn Close as Mona Simpson.

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Synopsis

"Teenage Homer and Grampa go on a road trip to ease their sorrow."


Plot

Bart is browsing scenes on TV, when he stumbles upon Muttflix, peaking Santa's Little Helper's interest, and he invites She Biscuit over since it's Mother's Day.

Bart and Lisa gift Marge mugs they made from school, gifting her the same gift they gave her previously, while Maggie gives her a baby's kiss, while teasing them for their lame gifts.

Meanwhile they notice that Homer is sad over hearing it's Mother's Day. After gifting Marge a framed picture of the kids, he continues crying remembering his mother, Mona.

Lisa suggests him to use the app Nutz for therapy on his loss and they bring him back 30 years ago to the day that Abe got notes from Mona that she's wanted by the FBI and was leaving them, and to avoid having to explain it, Grampa told a 9-year old Homer she was dead.

After learning how to drive at 16, after having a crash while driving with Hans Moleman and meeting a just hired Wiggum, he received a post card from Utah from Mona, while being monitored by FBI and Wiggum was checking donuts at Lard Lad Donuts.

In the present, Homer gets a better consultant on his case and returns to memory to the time he confronted his father about the truth on her death, with Grampa informing him of the truth, realizing he never gave her what she needed, to leave him.

But Homer wasn't satisfied and one day departed from home to go to Utah and find out once and for all, with Abe on the backseat and followed by the FBI. After bonding over the drive, they stop at the Latter Days Inn, where the waitress identifies Mona over the picture that Abe shows her and they start driving again.

They arrive at Texxon, where they spot Mona, but the moment she was coming to meet them, she spot the FBI agents and excaped, they start chasing her but Abe gets stuck and Homer decides to help him out since he never left him. Mona manages to escape in the van of a hippy and leaves for San Francisco.

Back in the present, Grampa tells them they never found her again. Satisfied over the therapy working, Homer uninstalls the app, getting the therapist fired over concluding the problem too quickly and tells another untold story.

When Bart was born, Homer had trouble cutting the umbilical cord and tore it off. That night, in the room with Marge, while she was asleep, a doctor come in the room to look for the baby, and reveal it was really Mona, checking his new born grandson, and as she's leaving she kisses Abe goodbye too.

In closure, with Santa's Little Helper bringing a dead bird to his mother and the closure of the past being achieved, Homer brings the family to dinner at The Gilded Truffle where he ate like it was a buffet, to the point the restaurant had to change their sign to avoid bankruptcy.

Production

An outtake cut shows teenage Homer and Grampa singing about drinking on top of the car.[1]

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