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The MMA-Themed ‘Simpsons’ Episode Was Actually…Hilarious?

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With great hesitation and extremely low expectations, I decided to watch last night’s episode of The Simpsons, in which Marge Simpson tries to put a stop to Springfield’s new obsession with mixed martial arts, and ends up cage-fighting a male promoter in order to save her community. And yeah, it was pretty lame that MMA was referred to as "Ultimate Punching," and was portrayed as a referee-less bloodsport in which men can fight housewives in a septagon, of all shapes. But I have to admit I L’dMFAO, and if you have 20 minutes free during your workday, you should definitely check it out. Some things I liked:

— The KILL/SKILL bit at 3:22.

Chuck Liddell shows up at 4:12 and is thankfully given only one line.

— The writers went to great lengths to make sure that fictional MMA promoter Chet Englebret (a grey-haired, bespectacled southerner) was nothing like Dana White…though the gruesome battle-cry he lets out after declaring himself the public face of the sport seemed like a very subtle in-joke.

— Speaking of subtle in-jokes, that sequence at 18:34-18-37 has to be a shout-out to GSP, right?

— The cameos by the crazy cat lady, Mr. Burns, and Moe.

— The line "That woman has natural breasts…this can’t be good."

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M1-Grovel- October 13, 2009 at 10:04 am
Funniest part for me was when the guy snapped his own ankle
UFC fan- October 12, 2009 at 6:43 pm
......was that a Marge-cameltoe?
Shay- October 12, 2009 at 2:02 pm
I didnt get a chance to see this episode but lets fast forward to the part where I'm masturbating to Marge Simpson in Playboy.
ReDx- October 12, 2009 at 12:20 pm
It was a decent episode. The Simpsons are way past their prime. There were a few continuity problems as well, like Barney was showing saying something at the fight between Marge and the promoter then a minute later when Marge gets punched and Moe is telling her to get up, Barney is shown in the tavern trying to get up off the ground.
Douchey McDoucherton- October 12, 2009 at 12:11 pm
Things I learned watching this episode:
1. Marge is bringing back rhythmic aerobics like Machida is bringing back karate.
2. Bart is all ground game with no chin.
3. Lisa has some power in those fist and can Marquadt a motherfucker
4. Ether-weight will be the new weight class in the WEC.
ksgbobo- October 12, 2009 at 11:36 am
I enjoyed the episode last night. Especially when Bart was beating up Nelson at the playground. You could see where the episode was going, but it was classic Simpsons. Homer was hilarious as usual.
Shatski- October 12, 2009 at 10:50 am
Seems like it's bad enough that it's biting off of Family Guy now with the line being said, then daydreams and off topic crap happening for a second. Not great, but had some good inside jokes. Mixed Marital Arts and the SuperMarge punch.
J-Dog- October 12, 2009 at 9:44 am
Meh. Would have been a lot better with a spot-on DW impression complete with a lot of bleeping. That would have maybe made me at least crack a smile.

Family Guy would have made it a lot spicier and funnier I'm sure.
knucklesamitch- October 12, 2009 at 8:08 am
Burns was hilarious...calling out his moves while climbing on Marge's shoulders..."Grapple, grapple, takedown..." That and the fact that his legs were too skinny for his socks. Good stuff.
PhilDZnutts- October 12, 2009 at 7:47 am
Burns saying he wrestled at ether-weight gave me a good laugh. Otherwise, I thought it was so-so but I stopped watching the Simpsons years ago.
Adam Bomb- October 12, 2009 at 7:15 am
Not a bad episode in the least.
Fedor vs. Bas- October 12, 2009 at 6:26 am
I liked it. I still watch the Simpsons' every Sunday and I was glad I wasn't let down.

Homer's Boxing episode may have been better though.
Richard Tucker- October 12, 2009 at 6:24 am
"Maybe I was promoted to green belt too early."

Good episode.