April 19, 2024

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Simpsons Did It!: “Simpsoncalifragilisticexpiala(Annoyed Grunt)cious”

In which the Simpsons manage to drive the world's greatest nanny into a state of bleak despair.

It’s not every episode of The Simpsons that can feature parodies of both Mary Poppins and Reservoir Dogs.

That might be a good thing.

Marge Simpson has a very demanding family.  We’ve seen this before.  What we haven’t seen before is Marge losing her hair due to stress.  There’s only one solution:  hire a nanny to help out.  Sure, it means Homer will give up his beloved Civil War reinactors, but he’ll do it for Marge.  Now, if only he’d stop assuming every older applicant is a man in drag like Mrs. Doubtfire.

Just as things seem darkest, in comes Shary Bobbins, floating in with a magic umbrella.  She’s a totally original character, like Rickey Rouse and Monald Muck.  She’s hired, and soon has Bart and Lisa singing songs while cleaning their rooms.  Yes, the song may be about doing everything half-assed, but it worked to get Bart’s room clean for about a minute.

Yes, Shary Bobbins is perfect.  She even makes Mr. Burns smile when his heart starts beating again.  She sings songs and stuff that doesn’t translate well in these silly posts, and everyone loves her.

Well, not Groundskeeper Willy.  She broke off an engagement to him when she got her eyesight back.

Shary works out so well, she can leave the Simpson family as better people…until about five seconds after she walks out the door and the family reverts back to its old ways.  She’s stuck there.  Plus, Grampa accidentally got her flying umbrella.

She may have fixed the family before, but now Shary has just taken Marge’s old position as the heaped upon woman that no one thinks to help or even listen to.  Her songs aren’t working anymore.  She’s down in the deepest pits of despair, singing Jimmy Buffet songs with Barney.


So, the Simpsons let Shary know they’re happy just the way they are, and she’s free to leave.

Will the family see her again, Lisa wonders.  Homer is sure they will.  Then she gets sucked into a jet engine.

That’s some dark stuff right there.