The Simpsons “The D’oh-cial Network” Review


This week’s episode of The Simpsons began with the trial of Lisa Simpson. Based on the description of the episode, I wondered if this would be one of those rare episodes where there is a logical connection between the start of the show and the storyline we eventually settle into as viewers. Don’t get me wrong – I love the random start of an episode of The Simpsons. It is one of my favorite things about the show.

As someone who does most of their shopping online, The Simpsons trip to the upscale shopping center was a nice poke at the ridiculous offerings at the faux-town village malls with their hair feathers for sales and public massages. After being rejected by Sherri and Terri during the family shopping trip, Lisa takes to her computer and learns that she can discover her inner social butterfly by creating an online network – “SpringFace.” As soon as it was revealed that even Marge was on SpringFace, I knew that Lisa’s creation was moments away from spiraling out of control. The town becomes consumed by SpringFace. True to the title of the episode, Homer decides to update his status while driving and causes a massive multi-car pileup. D’oh-cial networking, indeed. In further tribute to the spirit of the parody, Lisa pulls the plug on SpringFace with a cover of Radiohead’s Creep playing in the background.

Although an episode based on The Social Network is not the most timely concept, The Simpsons still managed to deliver a few good laughs:

I never grow tired of Springfield’s version of the Apple store – the Mapple store.

“If you were married to Da Vinci, you wouldn’t tell him not to ‘Da Vinch.'” – Homer

Loved the “In Memoriam” tribute to the gift cards Marge had for businesses that are no longer open or faced recent financial problems, such as Circuit City and Blockbuster.

Ralph likes ice cream as a food and a pillow.

Patty and Selma’s creative use of a picture of an attractive woman in shades as a profile picture to dupe potential suitors was hilarious. They were truly the standouts of the episode. I loved how they antagonized the Winklevoss twins, voiced by Armie Hammer.

What did you think of The Simpsons perhaps untimely, but nevertheless funny take on The Social Network?