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Gorgeous Grampa

Season 24 Episode
521 "Hardly Kirk-ing"
522
"Gorgeous Grampa"
"Black-Eyed, Please" 523
For the costume in The Simpsons: Tapped Out, see Glamorous Godfrey#The Simpsons: Tapped Out.
"Glamorous Godfrey was the most famous wrestler in the world! And you are he!"
Mr. Burns, to Grampa
"Gorgeous Grampa"
Gorgeous Grampa promo 2.jpg
The Simpsons learn of Grampa's pro-wrestling past.
Episode Information
Episode number: 522
Season number: S24 E14
Production code: RABF06
Original airdate: March 3, 2013
Couch gag: Homer Shake (only in the original airing)
Showrunner(s): Matt Selman
Al Jean
Written by: Matt Selman
Directed by: Chuck Sheetz


"Gorgeous Grampa" is the fourteenth episode of season 24 of The Simpsons and the five-hundred and twenty-second episode overall. It originally aired on March 3, 2013. The episode was written by Matt Selman and directed by Chuck Sheetz.

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SynopsisEdit

"Homer's addiction to the show Storage Battles leads to the family finding a storage locker filled with Grampa's old wrestling memorabilia. After confronting Grampa with it, Mr. Burns brings Grampa back into the world of wrestling, with Grampa becoming Glamorous Godfrey once more. But, the effect it has on Bart starts to eat at his conscience."


PlotEdit

Homer and Lisa are flicking through TV shows trying to find a reality show to watch when Homer comes across Storage Battles. After becoming obsessed with the show, Homer decides that he wants to become a pro-bidder too. He takes the family to a storage locker auction where he bids against other Springfieldians for a locker, winning the auction for $1,000. Upon opening the storage locker, the family finds that it's full of boxes that belong to Grampa. Opening the boxes, the family finds women's clothing and fitness magazines and work out that Grampa must be secretly gay.

At home, Homer and Marge talk it over and decide to support Grampa and decide to help him be who he is. The family go to the Retirement Castle and tell Grampa that they found his storage locker. Grampa tells them to go as the contents of the locker was his private business. The Simpsons then put an advert on the Internet to find Grampa a date. They set up a blind date where Smithers comes along and asks if Grampa is his date. When Grampa gets confused by this, Marge comes out and tells him to be happy who he is, as a gay man. Grampa gets shocked by this accusation and tells the family that he is straight. As Homer puts the wig on Grampa, Mr. Burns comes along and recognizes Grampa as Glamorous Godfrey, a former professional wrestler.

Mr. Burns takes the Simpsons back to his mansion and shows them all his room filled with Glamorous Godfrey articles, photographs, posters and other memorabilia. Grampa then told the family about his past as Glamorous Godfrey and how he put on an act that led to him being hated, which Grampa grew to dislike. So, he gave up the wrestling life and put everything in a storage locker as he thought that being despised was no way to live. Mr. Burns takes offense to this as he thought of Glamorous Godfrey as his hero. Bart becomes a fan from his story and Mr. Burns asks Grampa to tell him stories.

Burns takes Grampa and Bart to The Coot Society where he sings "High to Be Loathed" to Grampa, to convince him to take up wrestling again. The song works and Grampa accepts. Bart becomes an even bigger fan of Grampa and starts to emulate Glamorous Godfrey's behavior, which makes him hated in town. Homer and Marge tells Bart to stop acting the way he is and Homer goes to Grampa and Burns to tell them about how Bart is copying Grampa's behavior. Burns then asks Grampa if he and Bart could team up for a wrestling match, which he accepts.

Grampa gets Beautiful Bart ready for his match as Marge goes to Grampa and tells him that she doesn't want Bart to become a bad person. In the tunnel on the way to the ring, Bart is approached by a fan and carries on with his heel act. Grampa gets concerned and tells Bart to leave the attitude to the ring. Before the fight begins, Grampa changes his outfit to become Honest Abe and turns Bart into Laddie Liberty, to Bart's shock. Mr. Burns gets annoyed at this and insults Bart. Grampa then starts to wrestle Mr. Burns, with Bart joining in. Mr. Burns then puts all of Glamorous Godfrey's memorabilia in a storage locker whilst Storage Battles crew fill up a storage locker with valuables.

ReceptionEdit

This episode gathered 4.76 million viewers on its original airing, up 150,000 viewers from the previous episode, "Hardly Kirk-ing".[1]

Robert David Sullivan of The A.V. Club gave the episode a B-, praising the song "High to Be Loathed" in particular.[2]

As of April 2020, the episode has a 6.0 rating on IMDb[3] and a 7.1 rating on TV.com.[4]

International airdatesEdit

Country Date Channel Note
Hispanic America.gif Latin America June 23, 2013 Fox Latin America
800px-Flag of the United Kingdom.svg.png United Kingdom November 17, 2013; 6pm Sky1 Gathered 723,000 viewers
Spain flag.png Spain January 5, 2015 Antena 3

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