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"Forgive and Regret" is the eighteenth episode of the twenty-ninth season of the animated television series The Simpsons, and the 636th episode of the series overall. It aired in the United States on Fox on April 29, 2018. The title is a play on "forgive and forget". The episode deals with the relationship between Homer and Grampa hitting rock bottom once again, the result of a secret that the latter held from his son.

"Forgive and Regret"
The Simpsons episode
Episode no.Season 29
Episode 18
Directed byRob Oliver
Written byBill Odenkirk
Production codeXABF09
Original air dateApril 29, 2018 (2018-04-29)
Guest appearance(s)

Glenn Close as Mona Simpson

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As of this episode, The Simpsons surpassed Gunsmoke to become the longest-running scripted American primetime television series by number of episodes.[1] This event was marked in the opening sequence by a gunfight between Maggie and Marshal Matt Dillon.[2]

PlotEdit

While trying to leave Moe's Tavern, Homer accidentally knocks over a streetlight. A man appears, asking Homer to sell his car for $500 to repair the damages to the streetlamp, which he accepts because his car will be used in a demolition derby. While at the derby, Grampa has a heart attack, and faced with the solution to either watch the rest of the derby and see his car win, or escort his father to the hospital, Homer agrees to help him. On his deathbed, Grampa makes a startling confession to Homer, whom he forgives.

However, Grampa ends up surviving, and Homer becomes uncomfortable over Grampa's statement, to the point of deteriorating their relationship even further. The family, surprised by Homer's "silent treatment", decides to make them bond once again, only leading to an altercation between both of them at Moe's and an unsuccessful session at an entertainment center (formerly a mall). Eventually, Grampa revealed what he told Homer. In Homer's youth, he and his mother Mona bonded over baking pies. After she left home, Grampa, in an attempt to forget about Mona, threw her recipe box off a cliff. The family turns against Grampa, and decides to condemn him for his actions at the Retirement Castle, only to find that Grampa, who now feels guilty of what he did many years ago, is going to the cliff to find the box. Homer plans to stop him because the recipe box is still resting on a cliffside, and Grampa could lose his life getting them. Homer helps him to safety and to get the recipe box, and for a minute Grampa looks like he is sacrificing himself so that Homer can reach it, but when Homer gets to it, Grampa lands on a bed he got rid of many years earlier. However, the box is empty.

While stopping at a nearby restaurant, Homer recognizes the taste of the pie he is eating as the same one he and his mother used to bake. The waitress tells him that she found the recipes falling down the cliff when Grampa tossed them out and gives them to Homer, wrapped in a bow, and Homer and Grampa make up and reconcile once again.

The tag features Homer buying his old car again, finding that Snowball II had been there the whole time.

ReceptionEdit

Dennis Perkins of The A.V. Club gave this episode a B-, stating, "To the show’s credit, the episode itself makes only passing mention of the at-least numerically impressive feat, with the cold open seeing a once-again pistol-packing Maggie gunning down Gunsmoke’s Marshall Matt Dillon. Credited to Simpsons writing stalwart Bill Odenkirk, ‘Forgive and Regret,’ instead, dedicates itself to telling a single story, once more revisiting the justifiably fraught (on both sides) father-son relationship between Abe and Homer Simpson."[3]

"Forgive and Regret" scored a 1.0 rating with a 4 share and was watched by 2.47 million people, making it Fox's highest rated show of the night.[4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "The Simpsons surpasses Gunsmoke to become the longest-running scripted prime-time TV series". National Post. Retrieved 2018-04-30.
  2. ^ "'Simpsons' to surpass 'Gunsmoke' with 636th episode Sunday night". Fox News. Retrieved 2018-05-01.
  3. ^ Perkins, Dennis (April 29, 2018). "Homer learns a secret as The Simpsons sets a hollow record, hollowly". Avclub.com. Retrieved April 30, 2018.
  4. ^ Porter, Rick (May 1, 2018). "'The Simpsons' adjusts up: Sunday final ratings". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved May 1, 2018.