Recap: The Simpsons S 13 E 7 Brawl In The Family

During an acid rain storm, the Simpsons decide to play a game of Monopoly — only to end up arrested on domestic disturbance charges. While in jail, a social worker helps the family get back on track to being functional, which is put to the test when Homer's and Flanders' Vegas wives from "Viva Ned Flanders" return.

  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: A lot of Simpsons fans have claimed this episode is an allegory of how Mike Scully's reign as Simpsons showrunner has ruined the show (represented by the Republican Club's decision to pollute the environment, causing acid rain to destroy the town and The Simpsons' fighting during a game of Monopoly) and Al Jean (represented as the allegedly angelic social worker) is brought in to fix the show's past mistakes (represented by the social worker observing the family's behavior and calling them out on their unhealthy actions and the Vegas wives from season 10's "Viva Ned Flanders" returning)note 
  • Hope Spot: The Simpsons seemingly have resolved their issues...Then Homer's Vegas wife shows up.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: As the Simpsons are going home, having seemingly settled their conflicts, Lisa wonders "Will this be the end of our series... of adventures?"
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: The social worker when he sees Homer's Vegas wife.