The Fabulous Faker Boy

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"The Fabulous Faker Boy"
The Simpsons episode
Episode no. 528
Prod. code RABF12
Orig. airdate May 12, 2013 (2013-05-12)
Showrunner(s) Al Jean
Written by Brian McConnachie
Tom Root (couch gag)
Directed by Bob Anderson
Chalkboard gag The school is not falling apart (the blackboard crumbles)
Couch gag In a stop-motion gag animated by the Robot Chicken crew, Homer wakes up and realizes he is an action figure and can do multiple things, such as firing his fists as projectiles and transforming into a donut. He then decides to get into a race with Otto and they both drive extremely fast. Homer ends up catapulting the family into the Simpson living room, where the chicken from Robot Chicken awaits.
Guest star(s) Justin Bieber as Himself
Bill Hader as Slava
Jane Krakowski as Zhenya
Patrick Stewart as Nuclear Power Plant Worker

"The Fabulous Faker Boy" is an episode of The Simpsons. It is the twentieth episode of the 24th season and the 528th episode overall. It aired on May 12, 2013.[1] Justin Bieber (as himself), Bill Hader, Jane Krakowski, and Patrick Stewart are credited as guest stars.[2] The name is a pun on The Fabulous Baker Boys.

Plot[edit]

Marge has a parent-principal conference with Principal Skinner, who tells her that Bart could practice a musical activity to improve his academics. Marge agrees, and she tries giving Bart a musical teacher, but he turns all of the offered options (Sideshow Mel, Comic Book Guy, and Professor Frink) down. Then, he falls in love with Zhenya, a Russian woman, whom Marge agrees to have be his piano teacher. Soon, Bart becomes a genius after he slips a CD into the piano. When Zhenya reveals the actual reasons of her music lessons (to help her father learn how to drive), Bart begins to feel neglected, and during a recital, he admits his fault. Marge is enraged with him until Zhenya's father shows up and says he actually obtained his driver's license by bribing Patty and Selma with counterfeit jeans. After that, she forgives Bart, saying she is proud of him for having told the truth.

Meanwhile, Homer loses his two last hairs on his head and becomes totally bald. He tries to hide it by using different hats and a wig, but these attempts fail to work. He then meets a man at the power plant, who gives him precious advice. When Homer admits to Marge that he has no hair on his head, she comforts him. After that, Homer's hair miraculously grows back.

Reception[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

Robert David Sullivan of The A. V. Club gave the episode a C–, saying "The relationship between Marge and Bart is actually one that hasn’t been done to death on The Simpsons, but it comes up too half-heartedly and is resolved too quickly in this episode."[3] Teresa Lopez of TV Fanatic gave the episode two and a half stars out of five, saying "Not only was the mother-son dynamic shoved into the narrative late in the game, but Marge's disappointment was easily waived away by her Russian driving student saying Bart cheated for love and for his mother. Kind of a simple rationalization, right? The B-plot involving Homer's loss of his last two hairs did lead to some hilarious The Simpsons quotes and an amazing guest appearance by Patrick Stewart (I could see your belly), but it was mostly a distracting vehicle that allowed Homer to try on various hats."[4]

Ratings[edit]

The episode received a 2.0 in the 18-49 demographic and was watched by a total of 4.16 million viewers. This made it the second most watched show on Fox's Animation Domination line up that night, beating The Cleveland Show, Bob's Burgers and American Dad! but losing to Family Guy with 4.82 million.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Simpsons Episode Guide 2013 Season 24 - The Fabulous Faker Boy, Episode 20". TVGuide.com. Retrieved 2013-05-14. 
  2. ^ 3 DAYS (2011-11-17). "Justin Bieber to Appear on 'The Simpsons'". Hollywoodreporter. Retrieved 2013-05-14. 
  3. ^ David, Robert. ""The Fabulous Faker Boy" | The Simpsons | TV Club | TV". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 2013-05-14. 
  4. ^ "The Simpsons Review: The Piano Boy". TV Fanatic. Retrieved 2013-05-14. 
  5. ^ "Sunday Final Ratings: ‘Survivor’, ‘Once Upon a Time’, ‘The Simpsons’ & ‘Revenge’ Adjusted Up - Ratings". Tvbythenumbers. 2012-12-15. Retrieved 2013-05-14.