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A blog dedicated to the popular mobile game, The Simpsons: Tapped Out

Category Archives: Television

The Saddest Chalkboard Gag

While I knew that FOX was airing a classic episode in honor of Marcia Wallace, I didn’t expect the tearjerker during the opening credits of tonight’s new episode.

The episode itself was nothing spectacular, but at least we’ll be getting new episodes every week this month. Hopefully one of those episodes will include some sort-of cross-promotion with Tapped Out as we haven’t had one since the beginning of the season.

At the end of the episode there was also a short little clip of Mrs. Krabappel’s famous laugh. “Ha!”

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New episode tonight, plus a tribute to Marcia Wallace

Tonight will be the first new episode of the show to air since the Treehouse of Horror XXIV special premiered. The episode is titled “Four Regrettings and a Funeral” and it features two celebrity guests, political commentator Rachel Maddow and football legend Joe Namath.

Even though the episode features a funeral, it is not the focus of the episode. The four regrets refer to the regrets of four different characters: Homer, Marge, Mr. Burns, and Kent Brockman.

The episode meant to kill off a beloved character, likely isn’t this episode. Earlier in the year when this story first dropped, producer Al Jean had said that, “the story will be produced this year though it may air in season 26.” Keep in mind, we have are only a few episodes into season 25 at this point.

Whomever the character is, it won’t be as tragic as the recent passing of Marcia Wallace, the voice of Edna Krabappel. As a tribute to her, “Bart the Lover“, the episode in which she won an Emmy will be broadcast prior to the new episode.

As Seen on TV, the Community Prizes

Now that all of the community prizes have been unlocked, now seems like the perfect time to take a look back and see just where the inspiration for all of these items came from.

First Church of Lard Lad

In the season 23 episode “Holidays of Future Passed”, we take a look into the future for the fourth time in the history of the series. The First Church of Lard Lad is just one of the many buildings showcased in this episode, but it is the only to be introduced into the game. In the episode itself, the building serves no other purpose than to establish the fact that the future is different, and that this once humble donut shop has now become something of a cult.

Howard’s Flowers was one of the buildings introduced during the Valentine’s Day update, but it wasn’t a skyscraper. I guess in the future the horticulture business is very profitable. Given the dystopian atmosphere of the city, I can see why. Don’t you think the future could use a bit more greenery?
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Inspiration from the Past

bad-dream-houseThe Treehouse of Horror Halloween specials go almost as far back as the series itself, with the first special premiering during the second season of the show. Since then, these classic tales have become a staple of The Simpsons, often representing some of the best the show has to offer.

Unfortunately, that isn’t true today. Most of the best specials are from the earlier seasons. In fact, the game gets a lot of ideas from the past as well.

Below is a brief list that seeks to identify which Treehouse of Horror story the various in-game items were sourced from. Many of the earlier specials were so good, that all three stories were used as inspiration for content in the game.

After reading this post, you may want to go back and watch some of these classic episodes.
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Treehouse of Horror XXIV Episode Discussion

Now that the Treehouse of Horror XXIV has aired, what did you think of it? The story that had the most impact on the game was the final story, “Freaks no Geeks”, as this is the story where the Strongman Homer costume originated. There were a surprising amount of references to the in-game content, even some direct quotes. As a whole it was one of the weaker Halloween specials, but at least we got a lot of great content added to the game because of it.

Since this is a discussion post, I’ll leave more of my thoughts on the episode in the comments. If you’ve seen the episode, I encourage you to share your thoughts as well.

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As Seen on TV: Hi-Glow Waste Barrels and Three-Eyed Sushi

Thanks creators of The Simpsons for making this easy by placing both of the new in-game items together in one frame. In case you missed the season premiere, below is a screenshot from the episode. It features the Hi-Glow Waste Barrels and Three-Eyed Sushi, items that are only available to acquire for one more day. Once the Treehouse of Horror update rolls-out on Tuesday, you can be sure your chance to grab these items will have passed.

The Three-Eyed Sushi restaurant cannot be purchased, it must be earned by completing the “Conventional Wisdom” quest that triggered on Thursday. If you haven’t completed this quest line yet, make sure you finish it up today. The only characters you need free for this quest line are Homer and Lisa, so if you’ve got them running other tasks, finish them and get to work on this one before time is up. This building won’t be available for much longer.

As for the Hi-Glow Waste Barrels, if you’re still undecided as to whether or not to purchase them for 40 donuts, below I’ve posted a screenshot of what they look like in-game alongside a piece of debris, as well as the Three-Eyed Sushi restaurant for size comparison.
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