Teenage Mutant Milk-Caused Hurdles
"Teenage Mutant Milk-Caused Hurdles" is the eleventh episode of the twenty-seventh season of the animated television series The Simpsons, and the 585th episode of the series overall. It aired in the United States on Fox on January 10, 2016.
|"Teenage Mutant Milk-Caused Hurdles"|
|The Simpsons episode|
|Directed by||Timothy Bailey|
|Written by||Joel H. Cohen|
|Original air date||January 10, 2016|
|Couch gag||While sitting alone on the couch, Homer puts on his shades and descends into an opening sequence of "La-Z Rider" that pays homage to TV shows and films from the 1980s.|
Sofía Vergara as Mrs. Carol Berrera
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Groundskeeper Willie is trying to be a substitute teacher for the fourth grade, and reads the poetry of Robert Burns. In order to make the kids quiet, he starts playing a bagpipe. Superintendent Chalmers enters the room and tells Willie to stop playing the instrument and leave the room because there is a new teacher, retired Air Force Sergeant Mrs. Berrera. Bart starts acting weird when she first enters the room and later realizes that he has a crush on his new teacher.
Meanwhile, Homer has to buy a healthy milk for the family, but Apu makes him buy a cheaper milk full of hormones made by Buzz Cola. The next morning, the family discovers that Bart was the first to wake up and was already dressed for class. Lisa mocks Bart that he's only doing that for his new teacher, which is true. Homer drives Bart to school only to see her, and they're surprised by other dads, also eavesdroping on her class.
Later, Bart writes "Skinner is a wiener" on the school's wall, but is surprised by Mrs. Berrera saying that she needs to see him after class. At their meeting, she tells Bart that he's way behind the class and needs a tutor. When Seymour Skinner offers help on her class by pulling up her maps, Bart discovers that Skinner is also trying to impress Mrs. Berrera, and Skinner realizes that Bart is also trying to impress her.
The next morning, the milk hormones started making effect on Bart (who now has a little mustache), Lisa (who now has an acne problem), and Maggie (who now has a unibrow). Marge decides to help Lisa while Homer teaches Bart to shave his beard where he discovers that he has to take the plastic cover off the blade for it to work properly. Meanwhile, Lisa tries to hide her face with a hoodie, but Marge changes her mind by presenting her to makeup in order to hide her skin problems.
At school, Bart pretends he's hurt to draw Mrs. Berrera's attention and take her away from Seymour to help him with first-aid. At the watching crowd, Nelson discovers that Lisa is using makeup, which makes her popular enough to be invited to a third grade party. The next day, at breakfast, Marge discovers that the Buzz Milk is the one causing problems to the kids. They call the number on the box, but Snake picks up the phone in prison. Later at school, Bart sees Mrs. Berrera and Seymour kissing in the corridor. He also calls Bart for a meeting, saying that he knows way more things about Mrs. Berrera than Bart does, and that he doesn't have a chance to win her. Angry by Skinner's move, Bart decides to prank them by filling a chocolate box given to Mrs. Berrera by Skinner with class pets such as snakes and frogs.
Later at the third grade party, Lisa realizes that it's about to rain and everyone would see her acne problem if the makeup washes away, resulting on humiliation, but she decides to reveal her problem herself by taking off the makeup in front of everybody, but her skin is clean. She notices that the hormone effects are gone, so she decides to leave the party embarrassed for making an underwhelming announcement. Lisa convinces Bart to give up on Mrs. Berrera and let Seymour have her as a girlfriend. When he presents her to his mother Agnes, she gets so disgusted about his mother that she decides to end her relationship with him. At night, Seymour, Bart and Milhouse decided to roast marshmallows at the school, using Bart's permanent record as fuel to the fire, while Lisa plays saxophone inside the music classroom.
At the next morning's breakfast, Lisa's playing saxophone at the kitchen, claiming that she'll never use makeup again, but Bart mocks her by saying "Carnegie Hall" out loud (which according to her, it would make her dream of playing there not come true). They start fighting on the floor, but they're separated by Maggie who now has a huge mono-brow and super-strength due to the milk hormones.
"Teenage Mutant Milk-Caused Hurdles" received a 3.6/10 18-49 rating/share and was watched by 8.33 million viewers, making it Fox's highest rated show of the night.
Dennis Perkins of The A.V. Club gave the episode a B, stating "In the long history of Springfield’s questionable milk products, 'Teenage Mutant Milk-Caused Hurdles’ introduction of Buzz Milk, a hormone-heavy milk-like beverage from the makers of Buzz Cola, might not be up to the comedy standards of malk, or Squeaky Farms Brand Genuine Animal Milk, but the product’s effect of bringing “precocious puberty” upon Bart and Lisa is also the catalyst for a surprisingly sweet, funny episode. The idea of everyone’s favorite perpetual ten and eight-year-olds getting a patchy ‘stache (Bart) and pimples (Lisa) could have opened the door for a lot of the cynically 'risqué' jokes late-run Simpsons has been known to throw around...Instead, while the episode does suffer from a nondescript guest star and could use more time to fill out Bart and Lisa’s adventures in temporary teenager-dom, Joel H. Cohen’s script makes the kids’ confusion about their new state both character-appropriate and charming."
- Porter, Rick (January 12, 2016). "Sunday final ratings: 'Simpsons' still at a season high after downward adjustment". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved January 12, 2016.
- Perkins, Dennis (2016-01-10). ""Teenage Mutant Milk-Caused Hurdles" · The Simpsons · TV Review Bart & Lisa temporarily age up in a surprisingly sweet Simpsons · TV Club · The A.V. Club". Avclub.com. Retrieved 2016-07-15.