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Love Is in the N2-O2-Ar-CO2-Ne-He-CH4

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Season 27 Episode
586 "Much Apu About Something"
"Love Is in the N2-O2-Ar-CO2-Ne-He-CH4"
"Gal of Constant Sorrow" 588
"Love Is in the N2-O2-Ar-CO2-Ne-He-CH4"
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Episode Information
Episode number: 587
Season number: S27 E13
Production code: VABF07
Original airdate: February 14, 2016
Title screen: An airplane flies around the screen spewing out smoke to form a heart with the pilot saying "I can't see!".
Billboard gag: Tired of flowers? This year, send her fish!
Chalkboard gag: Hershey kisses do not drop from Cupid's butt.
Couch gag: Runaway Couch
Guest star(s): Glenn Close as Mona Simpson
Showrunner(s): Al Jean
Written by: John Frink
Directed by: Mark Kirkland

"Love Is in the N2-O2-Ar-CO2-Ne-He-CH4" is the thirteenth episode of season 27 of The Simpsons and the five-hundred and eighty-seventh episode overall. It originally aired on February 14, 2016. The episode was written by John Frink and directed by Mark Kirkland. It guest stars Glenn Close as Mona Simpson.


"Lonely Professor Frink uses science to turn himself into a man whom women find attractive. Then, overwhelmed by the attention, he invents an algorithm to perfectly pair the lonely men and women of Springfield, realizing that scientific exploration is his true love. Meanwhile, Marge, Bart, and Lisa visit Grampa for Valentine's Day and try to rescue the old folks from a drug-induced hallucination that allows them to relive their happiest memories."


Smithers reminds Mr. Burns about Valentine's Day and tries to convince him to let the employees leave early to stay with their loved ones. Mr. Burns refuses, but Smithers convinces him to host a sweethearts dance. While enjoying the party with Marge, Homer gets a phone call from Grampa, saying that he's alone and scared that a cat who can smell death is staring at him.

Homer and Marge decide to visit Grampa, spending the rest of Valentine's Day with him, but at the Retirement Castle, a nurse gives a pill to the elders, making them hallucinate and start dancing with the ghosts of late loved ones. Marge thinks it's not fair to do that with the old folks and decides to do something about it.

Meanwhile at the party, Professor Frink is alone because he's not good in getting a girlfriend. The next day, Homer discovers him sleeping in one of the Power Plant's rooms. Frink confesses that Valentine's Day is a difficult day for people like him. Homer explains that love is a matter of trial and error, and Frink gets the idea of determine what girls like on a man and use science to become that person.

Frink replaces his glasses with invisible blue contact lenses and uses shoe lifts for him to look taller, but even a droid that he programmed to say only "yes" still think he's not attractive. Homer suggests it could be because of his voice, so Frink decides to use a chip under his tongue to make his voice more attractive.

To test his new self, Frink goes to a Yoga class. He manages to impress all the girls in there, but he soon notices that he can't handle his new life and decides to hide inside Moe's Tavern, where he realizes that most men there are lonely. He brings all the women he dated to the Springfield Observatory, but instead of telling which woman he has chosen to be his girlfriend, he pairs them up the lonely men of Springfield, and decides to go back to his life as a single scientist.

At the Simpsons' house, Marge discovers that Bart is taking advantage of the old people's hallucinations to win money on gambling. She takes them back to the Retirement Castle only to discover that the nurse gives powerful drugs to them only to ease her job, and manages to convince the nurse to stop medicating them.

The next day, Marge realizes that the elders are extremely depressed. The nurse says that she hid the drugs in the library, but Abe found the pills and took them so he could start hallucinating and win Mona back. During his hallucination, Marge, Bart and Lisa convince Abe to leave the past behind and live in the present, where there're people that still love him.

The episode ends with Professor Frink watching the stars with his robot companion, only to get interrupted by her mother, another robot that Frink built.


Al Jean said on Twitter that a Valentine's Day-themed episode will air in February 2016. Its plot will involve Professor Frink.[1][2]

In other languages[edit]

Language Name Translation
Germany.png Deutsch "Liebe liegt in der N2-O2-Ar-CO2-Ne-He-CH4" Love lies in the N2-O2-Ar-CO2-Ne-He-CH4
Spain flag.png Español "El amor está en el N2-O2-Ar-CO2-Ne-He-CH4" Love is in the N2-O2-Ar-CO2-Ne-He-CH4
Hispanic America.gif Español "El amor está en la química" Love is in the chemistry
France.png Français "L'amour est dans le N2-O2-Ar-CO2-Ne-He-CH4" Love is in the N2-O2-Ar-CO2-Ne-He-CH4
Flag of Quebec.svg.png Français "Y'a de l'amour dans le N2-O2-Ar-CO2-Ne-He-CH4" There's love in the N2-O2-Ar-CO2-Ne-He-CH4
Italy Flag.png Italiano "L'amore è nell'N2-O2-Ar-CO2-Ne-He-CH4" Love is in N2-O2-Ar-CO2-Ne-He-CH4

International airdates[edit]

Country Date Channel Note
Hispanic America.gif Latin America May 15, 2016 Fox Latin America New episode air before Homer Live
Ukraine flag.png Ukraine December 28, 2016 NLO TV [3]



Promo videos[edit]

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