- "I have a problem. So, I'm signing us all up for a month at that screen addiction rehab center."
- ―Marge Simpson
| Episode Information
"Screenless" is the fifteenth episode of season 31 of The Simpsons and the six-hundred and seventy-seventh episode overall. It originally aired on March 8, 2020. The episode was written by J. Stewart Burns and directed by Michael Polcino. It guest stars Werner Herzog as Dr. Lund, Dr. Drew Pinsky as himself and Dana Gould as himself.
"Screenless" was dedicated in memory of James Lipton, who died on March 2.
- "Marge implements a screen time limit for the whole family, all of whom easily adjust to the new lifestyle. However, Marge realizes that she is the one addicted - not her husband and children."
The family is watching Marketing a Murderer on TV. When Maggie tries to get their attention but they don't understand her, Lisa switches to Baby Ein-sign, a show teaching babies sign language.
Maggie was trying to tell them that Hans Moleman was stuck under a fallen tree in their yard but they don't notice. In the morning, they keep watching the show while Hans is taken into an ambulance.
The show is closing due to government stopping funding the show, and Maggie didn't learn to use the sign language, Marge gets frustrated when she doesn't stop her giving Maggie more cheerios, while Bart tricks her into losing on poker.
Marge stops Bart from watching Halfmonth videos on his laptop in front of Maggie, while she shows that she learnt how to sign. Afterwards, the family is playing on their devices, ignoring Maggie's development, so Marge stops them and limits their time on the devices to half an hour a week for everyone.
When they cheat on them by having Raphael reverting their screen time, he puts the devices away entirely. Bored at work, Homer becomes an expert in Jumble, Marge sees how it affects the lives of Patty and Selma, Bart starts to use his imagination when he recovers a rocket from the school's roof, involving Jimbo and Dolph too, and Lisa rediscovers the joy of finding books manually.
Marge can't find recipes on his books or getting help from Luigi Risotto, so when the family returns home they find her in her closet with phone and laptop, finding out she's the addicted one, but she signs all into Messages, though she's the only one with a real addiction to it.
The next day they arrive at the center, finding out its a paradise. The owner, Dr. Lund, shows them the various activities. They start healing but they can't hold for long, and find out the workers all use computers and devices and are evil, sending spam mails after stealing the patient's accounts. They manage to stealthily escape and get Dr. Lund arrested for his scams.
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