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Season 27 Episode
576 "'Cue Detective"
"Halloween of Horror" 578
Episode Information
Episode Number: 577
Production Code: TABF19
Original Airdate: October 11, 2015
Couch Gag: The Simpsons come in as cars: Homer as a caravan, Lisa as an electric car, Marge as a five doors van and Bart as a low-rider. Lisa connects to the charger, and when everyone gets on the couch, Maggie as a monster truck crushes them and sucks on her pacifer.
Title Screen: The Grand Pumpkin appears and walks to the left.
Special Guest Voices: Jon Lovitz as Selma's cigarette
Yo-Yo Ma as Himself
Show Runner(s): Al Jean
Written By: J. Stewart Burns
Directed By: Rob Oliver

"Puffless" is the 3rd episode of season 27. It aired on October 11, 2015.


"Upon learning that their father really died of lung cancer, Selma and Patty agree to quit smoking. When Selma relapses, an angry Patty moves in with Marge and Homer."


Homer, Bart, Lisa, Maggie and Grampa are watching television when Marge turns off the TV and tells them that it's her mother's 80th birthday and the family should visit her, but Homer doesn't want to go, claiming that the Bouviers hate him, but he ends up going anyway. At Jacqueline's house, she reveals that her husband, Clancy, died because of lung cancer. This information shocks Patty and Selma, who decide to quit smoking once for all.

At the DMV, Patty realizes how hard it is to quit smoking after years of addiction and having a stroke. She also realizes that Selma is not affected by the sudden change of habits and decides to consult Dr. Hibbert. At the hospital, Patty discovers that Selma relapsed 10 minutes after quitting smoking. They fight and Patty moves to the Simpsons' house for a while.

Homer gets annoyed by Patty's snoring and walks into the bathroom while she's taking a bath (which makes him spill bleach on his and Bart's eyes). At the apartment, Selma had to make a hard choice: Quit smoking and reconcile with Patty or carry on smoking and lose her sister's respect. She decides to quit smoking and they both reconcile.

At the end of the episode, it is shown that Patty and Selma started smoking again, as it's easier to cover the bad smell coming from the apartment than to clean it up.

On a secondary plot, Maggie befriends a squirrel, who introduces her to other animals, such as an owl, a possum and a parrot (which is revealed to be Duffman's parrot). Cletus captures the possum for dinner and puts the captive animal under a dog's surveillance. Maggie makes a plan (with a little help from Plopper, the Spider-Pig) to fight against the Spucklers and free the possum.


A large chunk of the episode involved Maggie meeting various animals after climbing onto the roof of the house. It appeared in a different animation style.


The episode was watched by 3.31 million viewers.[1]

International airdates[edit]

Country Date Channel Note
Germany.png Deutschland September 6, 2016 ProSieben
Hispanic America.gif Latin America April 10, 2016 Fox Latin America


Promo Videos[edit]


Season 27 Episodes
Every Man's Dream 'Cue Detective Puffless Halloween of Horror Treehouse of Horror XXVI Friend with Benefit Lisa with an "S" Paths of Glory Barthood The Girl Code Teenage Mutant Milk-Caused Hurdles Much Apu About Something Love Is in the N2-O2-Ar-CO2-Ne-He-CH4 Gal of Constant Sorrow Lisa the Veterinarian The Marge-ian Chronicles The Burns Cage How Lisa Got Her Marge Back Fland Canyon To Courier with Love Simprovised Orange Is the New Yellow