The Girl Code
|"The Girl Code"|
|The Simpsons episode|
|Episode no.||Season 27|
|Directed by||Chris Clements|
|Written by||Rob LaZebnik|
|Original air date||January 3, 2016|
"The Girl Code" is the tenth episode of the twenty-seventh season of the animated television series The Simpsons, and the 584th episode of the series overall. It aired in the United States on Fox on January 3, 2016.
When Marge notices that Homer forgot his lunch and panics over the effect fasting would have on his work (a moot point since Homer has several frozen pizzas on hand for sustenance), she rushes to the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant to get it to him and after Marge distracts Smithers from putting Homer on overtime, the two end up having fun hanging out together. Marge posts a picture on Facelook (a parody of Facebook) of Homer eating an ice cream outside the plant with the caption of "Meltdown at the Nuclear Plant". Mr. Burns, furious at the wordplay and ignoring Smithers' view that it was simply a joke, fires Homer immediately.
Meanwhile, at school, Lisa is in a coding class led by a tough female coder named Quinn Cooper, who immediately decides to make Lisa her protege, mainly as she is the only girl in the class. Her first homework assignment is to pitch a cool idea for an app they can program. After Homer's firing, Lisa pitches an idea for an app that can predict the negative effects of a social media post. Quinn is impressed and, rather than allowing the rest of the unskilled class to work on the project, she and Lisa start an exclusively female coding company in the Simpson house, along with a token male hire in Comic Book Guy. The app is named Conrad (which is short for CONsequence eRADicator), featuring a British voice telling people what will happen badly if they post certain items. A successful experiment involving Bart, who gets the forecast five weeks of detention for sharing a humiliating video of Principal Skinner, leads to Quinn saying they'll make a fortune after Conrad debuts at an upcoming app design convention. As Homer panics at the project's presence in his house and the advancement of the digital age, he decides to go back to a world of simpler times and gets his old job back at a Greek diner he worked at when he was 14. He loves the simplicity of his dishwashing chores and the fun of Greek living, but his paycheck is for "2000 drachmas" which works out to $0.00.
As the app project nears completion, Conrad then starts talking to Lisa, convincing her he's actually alive. When Lisa tries to show this to Quinn, Quinn thinks that she's imagining it because of the sleepless nights. At the app convention, Conrad convinces Lisa that he's real and is panicking from the pressure he'll receive having to predict people's posts. Lisa decides to respect "his" feelings and releases him into the cloud. Before leaving, Conrad makes an improvised speech to an astonished crowd, including Quinn, telling them to be careful about what information they post on the web. Later on, as the family leaves the convention, Lisa receives a text from Conrad, who has hacked into the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant's files and learned of some incriminating information, which he is using to blackmail Mr. Burns into giving Homer his job back, much to the family's happiness.
During the end credits, Homer performs a Greek dance he learned at the diner back in his workplace as he envisions various Greek people either watching him or dancing with him. Watching this on the security footage, Burns jokes that Homer is having a meltdown, much to the shock of Smithers, to whom Burns reassures that it is funny, at least when he says it.
"The Girl Code" received a 2.0 rating and was watched by 4.41 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, "A quick pace, a brace of committed and funny guest actors, and a smidgen of heart combine to make 'The Girl’s Code' (sic) an unassuming but above-average episode of The Simpsons.
- Porter, Rick (January 6, 2016). "Sunday final ratings: 'Undercover Boss' adjusts up, premieres stay low". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved January 6, 2016.
- Perkins, Dennis (January 3, 2016). "Homer goes Greek, but two great guests make for a solid Simpsons". The A.V. Club. Retrieved January 4, 2016.