The Great Simpsina

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"The Great Simpsina"
The Simpsons episode
Episode no. 482
Directed by Chris Clements
Written by Matt Warburton
Showrunner(s) Al Jean
Production code NABF11
Original air date April 10, 2011
Guest appearance(s)

"The Great Simpsina" is the eighteenth episode of The Simpsons' twenty-second season. It originally aired on the Fox network in the United States on April 10, 2011. It was written by Matt Warburton and directed by Chris Clements.[1] It is the second episode to have no blackboard nor couch gag added on the opening credits, with the first being "Sideshow Bob Roberts" from seventeen years earlier.[2] Following its broadcast, the episode received mixed reviews from critics.


The Simpsons go peach picking. They come back home with too many peaches, so they eat only recipes with peaches. After a while, all the family except Marge get tired of eating peaches. In an attempt to get rid of the peaches, Homer takes Marge to get a massage. Meanwhile, Bart, Lisa, and Maggie take the peaches to different locations. But, Bart no longer has his peaches when the school bullies take over. Lisa is then lost in a deserted area. A raccoon chases Lisa inside an illusionist's house. When the illusionist called "The Great Raymondo" finds her, he questions her and teaches her some magic tricks.

Lisa starts presenting magic tricks to the school, and to "The Great Raymondo". Eventually, Raymondo becomes fond of his apprentice and entrusts her with his most shielded secret, the trick of "The Great Milk Can Escape". Lisa presents this act at school and while signing autographs she meets a flattering boy who charms her into explaining the act. Shortly, it is revealed that the boy is the son of rival illusionist Cregg Demon, a parody of real illusionist Criss Angel, and merely used her to steal the secret of the Milk Can act. After Demon states that he is going to present it at his next show at an upcoming magic convention (he claims that he learned the trick after being met by the ghost of the trick's creator, Harry Houdini), a betrayed Raymondo rejects Lisa's apology and orders her to leave his home. Lisa, saddened with guilt, tries to stop doing magic; however, Homer, saddened by his daughter's melancholy, marches over to Raymondo's mansion to demand he forgive his daughter. After some thinking, Raymondo decides to offer Lisa a chance of redemption by helping him stop Demon from performing the Milk Can act. At the convention, Demon gets trapped inside the milk can and risks being drowned. Lisa tries to step in to save him, but is confronted by real-life magicians Ricky Jay, David Copperfield and Penn & Teller (in their second guest appearance on the show), who reveal they replaced the fake milk can with a real one so that Cregg Demon cannot escape, thus eliminating him as competition. After a magic battle, Raymondo saves him by making a girder fall onto the magicians, and Cregg Demon decides to quit magic. At the end, Raymondo and Lisa do their act, with Lisa wowing the audience and Raymondo attempting to get high from inhaling enough ether to see a hallucination of his late wife and former assistant Esther.



In its original American broadcast, "The Great Simpsina" was viewed by an estimated 4.996 million households[3] and received a 2.3 rating/7% share among adults between the ages of 18 and 49,[4] marking an eighteen percent drop from the previous episode. The episode was ranked as the lowest-rated of the series, until the airing of the twenty-third season episode "Ned 'n Edna's Blend" which received 1.9.[5]

Critical reception[edit]

Eric Hochberger of TV Fanatic gave the episode a rating of 3.8/5.0 stars, writing "From [the opening], The Great Simpsina because [sic] a typical Lisa episode of The Simpsons. You know you're in for a clever storyline with plenty of heart, but not so much in the humor department...Overall, the episode was entertaining and flowed nicely throughout, but just lacked the funnier moments I've become accustomed to during this strong season".[6] Rowan Kaiser of The AV Club rated The Great Simpsina a B-, the second lowest rating of the Animation Domination block after the C given to The Cleveland Show's Ship'rect. He said "Tonight's episode was an almost Platonic example of the modern Simpsons trying to recreate the glory years and not quite getting there. It has all the ingredients: a weird, irrelevant opening act, an investigation into a quirky aspect of American culture, and a single new character/guest star altering one of the Simpsons' lives temporarily...the jokes generally landed when they were made, and the ending was surprisingly sweet. It was just unfortunately non-essential".[7]


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