The Simpsons Season 21, Episode 5: "The Devil Wears Nada" - Review


I enjoyed the first act of "The Devil Wears Nada." I think it's because that's where all the potential was. Carl got promoted and went from Goofus to Gallant. This left Homer and Lenny to toil under his supervision. There was a lot to play with there. Likewise, having Marge drunkenly pose for a pin-up calendar that the entire town got their hands on offered up loads to work with. After all, there are a lot of residents in Springfield, and their reactions to Marge's pictures could have been priceless. But the potential was wasted as the stories converged and took an unexpected, fairly boring route.


Instead of playing up the goings on at the nuclear power plant, with Homer and Lenny left behind and Carl joining Mr. Burns in the executive rung of the business ladder, we were given a more singular and separate tale. Carl promoted Homer to become his executive assistant and a very loose reinterpretation of The Devil Wears Prada took off from there. It's a role we've seen Homer take on before as he was briefly Mr. Burns' assistant in "Homer the Smithers." Here, the The Devil Wears Prada spin meant that Homer was overworked and over-utilized for various demeaning tasks, most of which we only hear about and don't actually see. All of that executive assisting left Homer exhausted and useless to Marge in the bedroom.


Marge, meanwhile, had somehow become intensely aroused by the town's polite reaction to her pin-up calendar pictures. The calendar was meant to be a fundraiser organized by the Springfield Charity Chicks. Instead, after several glasses of wine, it became 12 months of scantily clad Marge. At first I thought the episode might be trying to tie in with Playboy's recent Marge pictorial, but it soon became clear that the calendar was just a means to get Marge horny while Homer remained exhausted. This was another case of the series returning to familiar storylines. It's tough to get away from this one -- trouble in the bedroom -- as they are a married couple and this is, essentially, a sitcom. Unfortunately, "The Devil Wears Nada" doesn't give the story anything new.


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