Recap / The Simpsons S 20 E 20 Four Great Women And A Manicure

While at a nail salon, Marge and Lisa argue over whether or not a woman can be smart, beautiful, and powerful all at once, which leads to yet another Simpsons anthology show, featuring four stories of women trying to survive in a man's world: Aunt Selma defending England as Queen Elizabeth I, Lisa in a non-copyright-infringing retelling of Disney's Snow White, Marge pushing Homer to be a great Shakespearean actor in a modern-day version of Macbeth, and Maggie fighting against conformity in a parody of Ayn Rand's The Fountainhead.

Tropes:

  • Bait and Switch:
    • At the diamond mine, the dwarves use their pickaxes to hit the buttons of the panel that controls the mine's machinery.
    • The King of Spain justifies his interest on Krusty by claiming he likes a man that makes him laugh, but he'll open an exception for Krusty.
    • When Snow White is trying beds at the dwarves' home, she says the first one is too hard and the second one is too soft. Upon trying the third bed, she smiles and say it's just (her smile changes into a frown) as hard as the first one and settles for the too soft.
  • Daycare Nightmare: The daycare center on Maggie's short is run by a man who forces kids to conform to be all alike... that is, mediocre and accepting it. When Maggie wishes to keep making pretty art and structures with anything at hand, he goes to war with her.
  • Jerkass: The daycare center guy in Maggie's story decides to be a complete jerk to Maggie when she proves herself to be exceedingly talented unlike the other babies.
  • Lady Macbeth: Marge acts like this during her story. She wants Homer to succeed as an actor, but she encourages him to kill people to achieve that success.
  • Off with His Head!: One of Elizabeth I's suitors was Ralph Wiggum, who shouted "Off with my head!"
  • Riddle for the Ages: Lenny asks why Grumpy needs a pickaxe if he works at marketing. Grumpy says Lenny would know if he worked at marketing.
  • Shout-Out: While looking for the seven dwarves' home, Snow White sees a house of gingerbread and Grandma's house. The wolf is already at the second one. Later, when she's trying beds at the dwarves' home, she says the first one is too hard and the second one is too soft.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: While singing, the dwarves claimed that song wasn't like any the viewers heard before.
  • The Voiceless: Subverted with Maggie in her story. She has a scene where she actually speaks in fluent English. This is one of the few scenes where she speaks.
  • You Wanna Get Sued?: The last time the dwarves were heard singing a parody of the song sung by the Dwarves in Disney's Show White, they claimed they'd "claim fair use" "if Disney sues".
  • Writing Around Trademarks: The dwarves in Lisa's version of Snow White don't have the same names the dwarves in Disney's version have. There's a close call with Doc... tor Hibbert.
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