Episode 12 – Marge vs. the Monorail
Couch Gag – This time we have the whole town join them on the sofa.
Plot Synopsis – After receiving a considerable donation of money, the people of Springfield decide what to spend it on. Enter Lyle Langley, a jocular salesman who gets Springfield hooked on a monorail system. After the monorail is up and running, and with Homer as the conductor, it’s time for the maiden voyage. Little do the people know they have just boarded a one-way train to Hell.
What is going on really – We start with my favourite opening sequence as Homer becomes Fred Flinstone singing his own song before crashing into a chestnut tree.
We see how Mr Burns gets fined for dumping toxic waste with the town getting $3 million to spend leading to a town meeting to decide where Lyle Lanley enters the picture to give a song and dance about building a monorail.
Homer gets hooked on the idea of becoming a conductor for the monorail and he pass the test becoming a conductor. Marge on the other hand decides to investigate Lyle and his past attempts of selling the monorail as it turns out he is a giant con-artist going town to town ruining them.
Final Thoughts – This is of the most famous episodes of the series, it has the song and dance number which is one of the best in the show, it also shows how a town can be tricked by a con-artist instead of being sensible with the money.