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Pixelated and Afraid

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Season 33 Episode
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"Pixelated and Afraid"
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"Pixelated and Afraid"
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Episode Information
Episode number: 718
Season number: S33 E12
Production code: UABF04
Original airdate: February 27, 2022
Title screen: The sky, the clouds and The Simpsons logo appear in black and white.
Showrunner: Matt Selman
Co-showrunner: Carolyn Omine
Written by: John Frink
Directed by: Chris Clements

"Pixelated and Afraid" is the twelfth episode of season 33 of The Simpsons and the seven-hundred and eighteenth episode overall. It originally aired on February 27, 2022. The episode was written by John Frink and directed by Chris Clements.


"When Homer and Marge are lost in an icy wilderness, they must push themselves to their limits to survive."


Lisa, Marge and Homer are watching a black and white movie, where Mick invites Moira to The Golden Gimlet for their anniversary, and Lisa hopes she'll have the same kind of relationship as the people in the movie when she gets married, but Marge and Homer tell her that in ten years she'll probably have the same kind of relationship as they do.

Shortly afterwards, Lisa goes to bed while they enjoy another show. The next day, Bart is playing VR with Milhouse and Lisa comes into the room to discuss her concerns about their parents' love life, scaring him with the thought of how they'll treat his future girlfriend, obese on the couch, grabbing her with mechanical hands.

To remedy the situation, they have a talk with them, with Lisa proposing to use their voucher for The Saffron Togetherness Center on top of Honeymoon Mountain. After discussing the center's amenities on the way, they tell each other that they didn't want to go, and Marge tells Homer to turn the car around.

Homer tries to do so but ends up skidding on the ice and going off the road, breaking the ice on a frozen river and going down it. They swim to safety, while the car is floating down. They're left stranded with no phone and no car.

Destroying the phone, they start a fire and hang their clothes out to dry. After climbing a tree to assess the situation, Marge finds something red in an opening nearby, but as she comes down the branch breaks and the clothes burn down to ashes.

Afterwards, they reach the red thing, which is a heart-shaped bathtub, and uncover the sign of The Cabins at Honeymoon Mountain. They use a matchbook to start a new fire with the bathtub full of leaves and branches, and start making new clothes and a shelter from pieces they have collected around the woods, not noticing that a wolverine is hiding in the shadows, watching them.

Time passes and they get hungry, but can't find any food, not even fish. They eventually catch a fish to cook, but the smoke from the fire attracts the wolverine. To get Marge safe, Homer climbs a tree and uses himself as bait, but the wolverine reaches him.

Marge courageously gets out and hands Homer a stick with a statue head attached to defend himself, and he kills it. They passionately kiss under the moon. The next day as Homer goes out to collect moss, he finds a park ranger on a bike, but can't decide whether to stay. He screws up and the ranger leaves.

Marge suggests following the tracks, so they pack up their stuff and say goodbye to the shack, and pass through the forest until they get to the ranger station. The episode ends as they enjoy the sunset and embrace.




"Pixelated and Afraid" was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program in the 74th Primetime Emmy Awards. However, it lost to "When These Walls Come Tumbling Down" from Arcane.[1]

"Pixelated and Afraid" was nominated for a 2023 Writers Guild of America award in Animation, but it lost to "Rectify" from Undone.[2]


Promo videos[edit]

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