Lisa joins a nature documentarian membership to get additional credit score to make up for the C she acquired in gymnasium. Filming underwater, she discovers Molly, an octopus and grasp of camouflage, and makes her the topic of the documentary. “Cephalopod Soulmate” actually captures the creature beneath the batter within the marinara sauce. It is actually a tragic and exquisite quick, as touching as “Pukahontas,” the movie Barney made for the Springfield Film Festival within the episode “A Star Is Burns.”
Marge continues to be essentially the most consultant American mother on tv, all the time responding with a wonderfully skewered maternal intuition, like “I don’t like you hanging out with sharks.” Lisa’s coming-of-age arc stems from two moral issues she is vaguely aware of over the course of the sequence. Her new group’s motto is “never interfere,” as vital because the prime directive on Star Trek. Uncharacteristically, Lisa additionally imposes captivity on the animal for its personal good.
The episode does job at constructing Bart’s inexplicable strangeness. The youngsters can’t chuckle at buffoonery in the event that they’re involved concerning the clown, however blaming Skittles with “he couldn’t handle the rainbow,” is sensible.
While the episode doesn’t want the crush-on-the-teacher cliché, the scene the place Bart rips out the water fountain is Jack-Nicholson-in-One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest spectacular with out being a tribute. It additionally provides Homer an opportunity to do some actual parenting. His story of falling off the monkey bars simply to see the varsity nurse is kind of revelatory, and screaming into empty Pringles canisters is surprisingly sensible recommendation for stress reduction. As is Homer’s closing tip. It actually exhibits how a lot he’s retained.
The octopus’ escape section succeeds at being fairly scary, particularly when it results in Googling toxicology. The ending blends the 2 plots properly, however begs the query: What would Jesus the Redeemer do with the octopus in Lisa’s place? Probably flush it, Bart is her brother, in spite of everything. But she takes a better street, with a delicate undercurrent of commentary. When Lisa claims she is a part of nature, and disrupts the meals chain, it’s like placing down a digicam to assist a sufferer at the price of video.