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Four Great Women and a Manicure

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Four Great Women and a Manicure
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Episode Information
Episode Number: 440
Production Code: LABF09
Original Airdate: May 10, 2009
Couch Gag: A sculptor scuplts the Simpsons out of rock, but then changes it to a horse.
Special Guest Voices: Jodie Foster as Maggie Simpson
Written By: Valentina L. Garza
Directed By: Raymond S. Persi
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"Four Great Women and a Manicure" is the twentieth episode of season 20, which aired on May 10, 2009. Valentina Garza wrote the episode, while Raymond S. Persi directed. Jodie Foster guest starred as the voice of Maggie. It should also be noted that this is the first episode where Bart is not seen, nor mentioned.

Synopsis[edit]

"A "quad-rilogy" episode featuring Simpsonized versions of history and popular cinema and literature. Selma stars as Queen Elizabeth I, Lisa stars as Snow White in a parody of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Marge stars in Lady Macbeth in a Macbeth parody, and Maggie stars as the Howard Roark character in a spoof of The Fountainhead."


Plot[edit]

Marge takes Lisa to a salon for her first manicure, where they engage in a debate as to whether a woman can simultaneously be smart, powerful and beautiful. They tell four tales of famous women featuring Simpsons characters in various roles.

In the first tale, Marge recounts the story of Queen Elizabeth the First. Various royal suitors wish to win the hand of the Queen (Selma), including a flamboyant King Julio of Spain. The Queen rejects his advances, especially when he attempted to walk away with her jester, and King Julio vows revenge on England, summoning the Spanish Armada. Meanwhile, Sir Walter Raleigh, (Homer), falls for Queen Elizabeth's Lady in Waiting, (Marge). He leads a British naval offense against the Armada, defeating them by accidentally setting the lone British warship on fire, which then spreads to the entire Spanish fleet. Queen Elizabeth knights him, and then proclaims, "I don't need a man. I have England."

In the second tale, Lisa tells the story of Snow White, with herself in the title role. Her version features the dwarves Crabby (Moe), Drunky (Barney), Hungry (Homer), Greedy (Mr. Burns), Lenny (Lenny), Kearney (Kearney) and Doc (...tor Hibbert) because the Blue-haired lawyer appears and tells her that Snow White and the seven dwarfs belong to Disney; Lisa corrects him that Snow White is a classic children's fairy tale. When a wicked queen learns from her magic HD television that Snow White is fairer than she, the queen dispatches her huntsman (Groundskeeper Willie) to murder the young maiden. Willie the huntsman cannot commit the deed, nor kill anything else, though, and Snow White runs away to the forest, seeking shelter in the dwarves' cottage. She keeps house for them while they work in the mines, but the wicked queen, disguised as an old woman, forces Snow White to eat a poisoned apple. In Lisa's version, Snow White doesn't need a man to wake her, but is brought back to life by a female doctor.

In the third tale, Marge relates a story of ruthless ambition, embodied by Lady Macbeth. Lady Macbeth (Marge) is frustrated that Homer does not have the titular role in a Springfield production of Macbeth. She convinces him to murder the lead actor, Sideshow Mel. Homer follows her command and then assumes the role of Macbeth, however Homers terrible acting receives unfavourable reviews. Furious, Marge orders him to continue his killing spree until he is the only actor left. The ghosts of the other actors come to Marge, blame her for all of their deaths, and kill her. In the end, Homer as Macbeth gives a soul-stirring rendition of a soliloquy to an empty theatre. He then commits suicide when Marge's ghost tells him to be in more plays.

In the final tale, Maggie is depicted as "Maggie Roark," representing Howard Roark from Ayn Rand's The Fountainhead. Maggie's architectural brilliance is quashed by an oppressive teacher (Ellsworth Toohey) who encourages only conformity. She builds multiple structures out of blocks and other toys, but they are destroyed by Toohey. Maggie (voiced by Jodie Foster) rallies her classmates with a stirring speech about injustice and creativity, and grows up to be a wildly successful architect, and uses the top floors for child's care, where kids can build as tall as they want them to be.


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