E My Sports
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"E My Sports" is the seventeenth episode of season 30 of The Simpsons and the six-hundred and fifty-sixth episode overall. It originally aired on March 17, 2019. The episode was written by Rob LaZebnik and directed by Rob Oliver. It guest stars Natasha Lyonne as Sophie and Ken Jeong as Korean monk 1 and Korean monk 2.
- "As Bart begins to excel in video game competitions, Homer discovers a passion for coaching him. Lisa attempts to bring Homer back to reality, but the plan causes chaos."
While the weather is rainy, with Ralph gulping down water from the rain gutter, the family is enjoying some board games. Homer is getting along with Patty and Selma which they all find weird till they notice the only reason it's happening is because there's no Bart, because he punished him by buying him a computer gaming rig.
Bart is playing Conflict of Enemies with Milhouse, Sophie, Nelson and Martin and wins. Next he's in the shower for too long, and was playing with the game in the shower, and when Homer, on Marge's insistence, tries to stop him, he announces the first prize in the tournament is $1000, which they play at Springfield Elementary School, The Evergreen Terrors vs. The Ogdenvillains, which they win and qualify for a $500.000 tournament.
Homer airs The Detonator to train the kids for world tournaments, but due to a miscalculation on his pee break, he dies and says he's out of business, so Homer starts coaching them. While sleeping he visits the club of dads that lived through their glorious athletic children where dads of famous children coaches him to be a good coach.
At the Capital City Civic Center, they go against Calgary Lames, where despite their deaths, they win, going to the World Championship in Seoul, South Korea. Back at home, Lisa wants to go to the Jogyesa Temple in South Korea, and sees the world championship as an opportunity to fulfill her desire, so Marge agrees to take her too.
In Seoul, Homer tells Milhouse that they've the chance to swap one player, and it has to be him cause of rejection muscle. Lisa then takes the family to the monastery, achieving Zen.
During the championships, Evergreen Terrors, strong of a new kid, a Faker-look alike, battle against the Brazilian Blowouts. Homer seems to reach illumination, when instead of staying with the kids as coach, he does the same thing as reaching Zen, destroys the competition, switching off all electricity in the stadium. The match is cancelled and chaos started in the arena.
In the flight back, the kids are throwing chips at Bart for having his dad ruin their competition, while Homer dreams again of the club, but gets refused due to blowing up Bart's opportunity.
In an interview with The Verge, Riot Games' co-head of e-sports Whalen Rozelle talked about the making of the episode: "As the show is a satirical comedy, we knew they would present their own take. While we were heavily involved as consultants, we were comfortable giving The Simpsons team full control over how they wanted to present e-sports in the show, given their tradition of excellence."
In the interview, Rob LaZebnik talked about the collaboration: "I remember reading that something like eighty million people viewed the 2017 Season League of Legends World Championship, which is more than the NBA finals. I also watched the Free to Play documentary, and it all felt ripe for Simpsonification.", and how they made it feel like the language and visuals feel "authentic", but also "to poke a bit of fun at some of the stereotypes people have about gamers.", like when the announcer talked about Bart not giving the GG to the other team.