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Holidays of Future Passed
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"Holidays of Future Passed" is the ninth episode of Season 23.

Sypnosis

At Christmas 30 years in the future, kids Bart, Lisa and Maggie bring their kids to Homer and Marge's house. When there, they learn about parenting and loving your family.

Full Story

Intro

After Thanksgiving dinner, Marge announces it is time to take the annual Christmas card family photo. When Bart and Lisa complain about the pointlessness of the photos, Marge tells them they will one day grow to appreciate the photos. We then witness a sequence of the the Simpsons' Family Christmas photos from the next 30 years. The sequence shows considerable changes, including Lisa potentially being bisexual, having relationships with 3 different women while she is attending a private college, and Milhouse Van Houten, whom she marries and has a daughter with. Maggie becomes a famous rock star when she is 22, and Bart, who flunked out of state college, is left at home until both Homer and Marge evict him out when he is 34. Homer and Marge are then seen enjoying Christmases alone together. Then, three separate photos of each of the children and their current lives are shown. Lisa is 38, appears to be a successful business woman, and is shown with her teenage daughter Zia and her husband Milhouse, now 40, Maggie is 31 and is shown performing with her formed band at a Christmas themed concert, and Bart and Jenda are 40 and now divorced, and are shown with their two sons. 

Yo mom

Act I

The sequence ends, and it is now 30 years into the future, the year 2041. Bart is now a deadbeat and living at The Lofts at Springfield Elementary, or formerly "Room 203". He watches The Itchy & Scratchy Show by hologram, but is then interrupted by Seymour Skinner, who reminds Bart he is two weeks on behind his rent. Bart assures him he will sell his good kidney with the belief they will grow back and will pay Skinner his rent soon. Then Bart's two children arrive on a teleportation device, where they accordingly express their disliking of him and the apartment. The youngest son says this Christmas is gonna suck. Bart says that they'll have the best Christmas ever, and he thinks to himself that he'll just "dump them at his mom's". His kids tell him that they heard him because they can now hear thoughts.

Lisa is seen in her new modern household, working on her MyPad at the kitchen counter, when Milhouse enters, suffering from hay fever, due to being allergic to Christmas related things. Zia Simpson, their daughter, enters, sitting down at the kitchen table. Lisa asks how she did on her math test, to which Zia replies "Gee I'm fine mom thanks for asking", and rolls her eyes.She then literally hooks herself online, leaving her unconscious. Lisa complains about how her daughter acts like her brother. Milhouse replies that when they had her they used only the best genetic material, which means that they used none of his genes, but Lisa says that he helped by parking the car. Lisa wonders if her mom has any advice on how to deal with Zia, and Milhouse suggests taking her to her(Lisa's) parents' house while he recovers from his allergies by going to one of the non Christmas celebrating states. The next scene is in London, England. We see Maggie in The Benny Hilton. She is pregnant and is getting a sonogram by a Medbot. Medbot reports she cannot make a sound until the birth. Maggie's Band protest, saying that she is their lead singer, Medbot says that new research has revealed that the umbilical cord is also a vocal cord. Medbot then asks of the father, but they refuse to answer and switch football on the Medbot's screen.

Grandpa

Homer and Marge, now 69 and 67, respectively, lay in their bed. Homer asks for 'future sex' before Marge receives a B-Mail of each of their children's arrival. Homer also receives one and opens it, despite Marge's warning of it being a virus. Homer suffers some sort of virus resulting in shaking.

When the family arrives, Lisa is impressed to see Homer building space ships in bottles. Homer expresses on how it helps him after becoming sober. The bottle flies to the ceiling and Homer says he would smash them all for one beer. Bart is downstairs with his children attempting to set up the Christmas Tree. He complains about tangles in the lights; they then mention how their mother's boyfriend is great at untangling Christmas lights. Bart asks why doesn't she just marry him; they confirm that she has in fact married him, upsetting Bart. Homer enters and Bart requests he take them out; he does so. Bart begins to complain to himself when Ned Flanders pops through the window expressing his sadness when Homer killed Edna. He then goes on to say he married Maude's Ghost; she then appears telling him that there is no God, with Heaven being "an empty meaningless void.

We see Maggie at Heathrow Teleport Departures. The worker tells her she cannot transport while pregnant, and must travel by air. We then see a largely outdated plane reminiscent of Madmax. Maggie boards the plane.
Madmax

Mad Max-esque.

In the kitchen,Marge is preparing food while Lisa works on her laptop. Zia enters and rejects Lisa's offer to 68% of a Cherlive show. Again she hooks onto the internet, making her unconscious. Lisa wishes it was still legal to strangle your kid (Homer's law made it illegal). Marge suggests that she helps her make Christmas Cookies with her and leave Zia alone. Lisa ignores it and says that she's trying to deal with her disrespectful daughter, and that Marge is too clueless to know what that's like, and she storms out of the kitchen.

We open to the airplane, where the inside looks like a subway train, the lights keep flickering and the plane keeps shaking, and the flight attendant is serving things such as dog food, suicide pills, and Mohawk gel. A man sitting next to Maggie orders dog food and tells the waitress he wants the whole can. As he eats, an annoyed Maggie checks her watch, while the other man she is sitting next to is sleeping and leans next to her. Lisa is sitting at the kitchen table, angrily eating a Christmas cookie and glaring at Zia, who is still plugged in. Homer enters with Bart's kids after Marge told him of the issues. Lisa complains that her daughter thinks that she's a ruthless tirant. Homer then leaves to take Bart's children to Downtown Springfield. Following is a sequence of Springfield. They visit the Kwik-E-Mart where Apu Nahasapeemapetilon and his children are robbed by a cyborg Snake Jailbird. They escape with Squishees. Homer throws a rock into Burns Manor. Charles Montgomery Burns orders the hounds on them and Waylon Smithers, Jr. empties a box full of dog bones before Homer and Bart's children. Maggie is in a taxi being driven by Kearney Zzyzwicz. He tells her they are almost at Evergreen Terrace, and he then asks if he went with her brother to jail. Maggie shakes her head yes, and she opens her mouth to speak, but she suddenly begins to suffer contractions. Kearney orders the computer in the car to take him to the hospital, but it takes him to Computer Hospital. He then gets out gloves and issues the command again, but the gloves themselves drive.

Act II

Lisa goes into the backyard glum with a bottle of wine and a wine glass. Advertisements of Buzz Cola and Cookie Kwan are developed in the sky. Bart invites Lisa to the tree house. A drunk Lisa asks Bart if she should have married Nelson, because they still talk on the phone. Bart and Lisa lamnent on how their children think they're lousy parents, and Lisa complains on how Marge took Zia's side and told her to leave Zia alone. Bart tells Lisa that Marge did the same with her, and she turned out great. Bart also admits that Lisa was the person he wishes to have grown into, and the two hug. Homer is then seen playing with Bart's Children in Bart's old bedroom. Bart says that he has to reconnect with his kids. Lisa leaves to apologize to Marge, causing the tree to come alive and lower to the ground — much like the trees from The Lord of the Rings.

Homer and Marge are sleeping in their bedroom. Lisa comes in, which wakes Marge up, and she tells Marge that she's the best, and they both hug, with Marge saying she's waited so long for Lisa to say that. Bart attempts to connect with his children by showing them The Krusty the Clown Show, yet the show's quality has declined and fails to impress them.

Hug

Adult Bart and Lisa hug

At the Springfield General Hospital (now next to the Montgomery Burns Institute For Soul Extraction), Maggie is in a wheelchair and is in labor. Kearney attempts to get her a room, but the receptionist refuses, revealing they're all filled. She eventually agrees after Kearney argues with her (while referencing the Christmas Story). It is now Christmas Eve. Marge, Lisa and Bart are in the living room and they converse. Zia is still hooked online, but Lisa tells Marge she is going to listen to her and do nothing. Bart is angry for Homer taking his children out, saying that he's a cool grandpa and a lousy father. Patty and Selma enter with their 'lovebots'. Selma's Lovebot then refuses her affections, saying not even a robot could love her. he then leaves with Patty's Lovebot. Back at the hospital Maggie is in her room and further in labor. The nurse asks Julius Hibbert if they should start the epidural, but instead they give Maggie a pacifier. This helps alleviate the stress of her labor with her childhood favorite pastime. At Apu's Taj Mahal, a Normal Marge visits Apu, Manjula Nahasapeemapetilon and the Octuplet's Octuplets. Marge leaves after receiving a B-Mail of Maggie's labor. Apu then tends to Sanjay (cow) — a cow which he has mistaken as the reincarnation of Sanjay Nahasapeemapetilon.

Back at the home Lisa is anxious about Zia, who is still online. Lisa chooses to go onto the Ultranet to check on Zia. Upon entry she is taken into a vast world. She enters Google to find Zia. Zia's door is visible, and Lisa contemplates entry. Bart is driving Springfield looking for Homer and his children. He passes District 9 and District 10. He is pulled over by a now police officer Ralph Wiggum, however it turns out it is his clone and he kills himself — followed by many other clones dying. At Moe's Tavern Bart sees Moe, Larry and Sam (barfly). Lenny and Carl then tell Bart where Homer is - they both swapped brains and therefore speak from different bodies. With their help, Bart deduces where Homer took his boys and realize he needs to grow up and be responsible for his actions.

Act III

Back at the Springfield General Hospital, Mr. Burns can be seen leading the Devil to his Soul Extraction facility. Marge arrives to Maggie's room. Back on the Ultranet, Lisa enters Zia's Ultranet Room. She is surprised to find the room is more than appropriate, dealing with studies and contains posters of: Joan of Arc, Queen Elizabeth I, Marie Curie, Empress Zimzam and herself. Zia is unimpressed with her intrusion. Lisa begins to say she was worried, but she is happy because she learned that her daughter looks up to her. Zia says that she looks up to both he parents , and then Milhouse briefly interrupts, dressed in a burqa, saying that someone needs to FedEx him a prayer mat. He then disappears, and Lisa and Zia hug. A door opens showing a club with people dancing, Zia closes the door without Lisa noticing.

Cryogenic Facility

Grampa frozen.

Homer and Bart takes the children to Springfield Cemetery to a grave leading to the Cryogenic Facility. Inside are hundreds of frozen people, including Abraham Simpson . He explains he had a disease with no cure and froze himself. They ask if there is a cure, Homer replies there is, but cryogenics is much cheaper than a nursing home. He unfreezes Grampa. Grampa begins to complain and Homer freezes him again. The two boys ask the reasoning for coming here, Homer answers that all fathers aren't the greatest, but as you grow older you appreciate them. Bart appears apologizing to the kids. They initially reject him, but eventually accept him when he teaches them the true meaning of Christmas which schools are not allow to teach anymore. Homer is inspired to reconcile with his father and eventually succeeds.

We see the entire family at the house on Christmas morning. Marge arrives with Maggie and her baby girl. Grandpa asks who the father is. Maggie opens her mouth to answer, but Grandpa interrupts, saying it doesn't matter and that if there's one day unwed mothers needs a break it's Christmas. Marge tells everyone the pets are going to take their picture. Santa's Little Helper and the cat (it is unknown what Cat, as Snowball II dies in earlier episodes) enter, and they both have human features, and large craniums. They take the photo, and the episode ends.

Behind the Laughter

Production

Holidays of Future Passed is the ninth episode of Season 23, the fourth episode set in the future, and 495th episode of the series. It was first announced at a Comic-Con Convention in San Diego, California on July 23, 2011. The episode was originally aired on the FOX network on December 11, 2011 in the United States.

Matt Groening himself provided voice acting. When Maggie's Band turn Medbot onto football, an announcer shouts "Goal!", which was Groening. He, however, is not credited for this role.
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Matt Groening[1]

Reception

Holidays of Future Passed has received highly favorable reception. Many fans and critics alike believe it is one of the best episodes in years of the series, and emits a surprising emotional plot and reasonable humor. It has been described to contain that 'Classic Simpsons'. The episode received a Nielson rating of 3.0. It is mentioned that 8.43 million people tuned in to watch the episode during its original broadcast.

Writing for HitFix, Alan Sepinwall cited "Holidays of Future Passed" as the best future-set episode of The Simpsons since the first one, "Lisa's Wedding". He noted that it was "the emotional side of things" that made the episode successful, such as Bart and Lisa not being satisfied with their lives because of their disconnection with the children, and also Homer's transformation into a "very wise, sweet guy after somehow surviving into old age." Sepinwall particularly praised the scene at the cryonics facility where Homer encourages the children to give Bart another chance as "really sweet", and he described the idea of a frozen Grampa as "a clever variation on the very familiar joke of how Homer and the family neglect Grampa because he's such a pain in the ass."[2]

Citations

  1. Askmen.com
  2. [ Review: 'The Simpsons' - 'Holidays of Future Passed': The darkest timeline?]

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