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Episode Number 377
Production Code HABF14
Original Airdate May 14, 2006
Chalkboard Gag “JE NE PARLE PAS FRANçAIS” (I don’t speak French)
Couch Gag A photographer takes The Simpsons' picture, which sets off a slideshow of events from 2006 to 2013 (Homer's death in 2008, the kids beginning puberty in 2009, Marge marrying Lenny in 2009 and Jimbo Jones in 2011, Marge leaving the family in 2010, Lenny and Carl caring for the kids also in 2010, Homer being remade as a robot in 2012, and The Simpsons becoming robots in 2013).
Special Guest Voices Melanie Griffith as herself
Larry Hagman as Wallace Brady
Written By J. Stewart Burns
Directed By Raymond S. Persi

"The Monkey Suit" is the twenty-first episode of Season 17.

SynopsisEdit

After Ned Flanders sees an exhibit on evolution at a museum, he and Reverend Lovejoy talk Principal Skinner into allowing the teaching of creationism in schools. When Lisa complains at a town meeting that there should only be one theory taught in schools, Mayor Quimby agrees - and teaching evolution is banned in schools, so Lisa decides to teach a secret evolution class which gets her arrested. Does Marge have something up where her sleeves would be if she didn't always wear a sleeveless dress to help Lisa?[1]

Full StoryEdit

Pressured by Ned Flanders and Reverand Lovejoy, Mayor Quimby is forced to allow the teaching of creationism in schools. Lisa is outraged and demands that the school only teach one theory of life, and unfortunately they choose creationism and outlaw the theory of evolution. Lisa tries to hold secret meetings to keep the theory alive in town, only to have the police arrest her.

At her trial, it is clear that the odds are stacked against Lisa, as she is assigned a hated New York lawyer opposed to the overweight beloved southern man promoting creationism and denouncing science. Marge, to better understand her daughter's point of view, finds her copy of the origin of species and becomes engrossed in it, finding herself in agreement with her daughter she comes up with a plan. At the trial, Marge gives Homer a bottle of beer. Homer is ecstatic, but becomes increasingly agitated when he can't open it, eventually acting like a monkey. This causes Ned to crack under pressure and call Homer a 'Monkey faced Gorilla' in front of everyone which Lisa's lawyer capitalizes on by forcing Ned to admit under oath that Homer does indeed look like the missing link that the prosecutors were basing their argument and the case falls apart.

In the end, Lisa comforts a dejected Ned by saying that she respects his beliefs but that science and religion should stay separate, and that she wouldn't want a scientist to teach religion anymore than a priest should teach science. Something which Ned can agree with. After that, Todd reveals himself to really be Nelson in disguise, by peeling a latex mask from his face, and the screen slowly fades to black.

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Season 16 Season 17 Episodes Season 18
The Bonfire of the ManateesThe Girl Who Slept Too LittleMilhouse of Sand and FogTreehouse of Horror XVIMarge's Son PoisoningSee Homer RunThe Last of the Red Hat MamasThe Italian BobSimpson Christmas StoriesHomer's Paternity CootWe're on the Road to D'oh-whereMy Fair LaddyThe Seemingly Never-Ending StoryBart Has Two MommiesHomer Simpson, This Is Your WifeMillion-Dollar AbieKiss Kiss Bang BangaloreThe Wettest Stories Ever ToldGirls Just Want to Have SumsRegarding MargieThe Monkey SuitMarge and Homer Turn a Couple Play

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