A Midsummer's Nice Dream

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"A Midsummer's Nice Dream"
The Simpsons episode
Episode no. 480
Production code NABF09
Original air date March 13, 2011 (USA)
June 17, 2011 (UK)
Showrunner(s) Al Jean
Written by Dan Castellaneta & Deb Lacusta[1]
Chalkboard gag "Daylight Savings" is not a failed bank.
Couch gag The Simpsons run to the couch and a spring throws them off.
Guest star(s) Cheech Marin
Tommy Chong

"A Midsummer's Nice Dream" is the sixteenth episode of The Simpsons' twenty-second season. It aired on the Fox network in the United States on March 13, 2011. The episode name is a play on the Shakespeare play A Midsummer Night's Dream and the Cheech & Chong movie Nice Dreams.

Plot[edit]

The Simpsons are at a live Cheech and Chong show when Chong, upset by the act's repetitiveness, begins to improvise and ultimately leaves the stage. Homer is encouraged to take Chong's place on stage, and recites the "Dave's not here, man" act from memory. Cheech is impressed, and asks Homer to join him for the rest of the tour under the name "Cheech and Chunk." Homer is disillusioned to learn that Cheech and Chong's lives are different from their stoner personae. Meanwhile, Chong has replaced Cheech with Seymour Skinner, forming a duo called "Teech and Chong," but the team proves unsuccessful. Homer eventually convinces Cheech and Chong to reunite.

Meanwhile, Marge discovers that the Crazy Cat Lady is a hoarder. In an effort to help, Marge has the clutter removed from her home. But after loading the waste disposal truck, Marge begins removing items she sees as unique and non-disposeable, eventually causing her own home to become cluttered. To cure Marge's new obsession, Homer brings back the Crazy Cat Lady, who ends up becoming a hoarder again after seeing all her old items.

In an epilogue Bart, posing as Puck, tells the audience the epilogue as well as that they can watch the show the next day on Hulu.com.

Reception[edit]

In its original American broadcast, "A Midsummer's Nice Dream" was viewed by an estimated 5.448 million households and received a 2.5 rating/8% share among adults between the ages of 18 and 49.[2] This means that it was seen by 2.5% of all 18–49 year olds, and 8% of all 18–49 year olds watching television at the time of the broadcast. This episode fell 11% in the ratings from the previous episode, making it the lowest rated episode of the season.[2][3]

The Parents Television Council named "A Midsummer's Nice Dream" its Worst TV Show of the Week for the week ending March 18, 2011, for its subject matter; it was the first Simpsons episode to be so named. The PTC stated "The Simpsons may have been on the air for 22 years now (and counting), and while there are plenty of adults who watch the show, no one can deny that there is also a sizable audience of children. Since Cheech is portrayed as a straight-laced stick-in-the-mud, the subtle anti-drug messages in the show are completely lost. In the end, sober still equals boring."[4]

Cultural references[edit]

In the opening, Lisa plays the trumpet instead of the saxophone in the opening scene, but still has the saxophone in her bike basket on her way home.

Lots-O'-Huggin' Bear from Toy Story 3 makes an appearance when showing in the Crazy Cat Lady's hoarded items.

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