The Mook, The Chef, The Wife, & Her Homer is the 18th season opener and the 379th episode overall, first broadcasted on September 10, 2006 with a script by Bill Odenkirk and directed by Michael Marcantel.
Lisa becomes friends with Fat Tony’s son Michael, who would rather cook than run a crime ring, but when the Simpsons are invited over for dinner and Fat Tony is shot, Homer ends up being the town’s newest kingpin.
One of the interesting aspects about this episode is that it’s the first episode to feature Lunchlady Doris to a speaking role after her original voice actor Doris Grau died in 1995. The character is now voiced by Tress MacNeille.
The overall episode as a whole is genuinely really funny, I thought they did a good job with a lot of the jokes in this one, the early bit with Metallica was very funny, the Godfather parody was nicely done, Joe Pantoliano and Michael Imperoli have really good guest spots in this. I also thought Fat Tony’s son was a fun little addition to the show and I wished they could’ve have him show up more times in the series. As far as I know, this is the only time he’s shown up in the show but again, I could be wrong.
Overall, I did really enjoy this episode, I thought there was a lot of good laughs all throughout, the story works well, and the parody of The Godfather was nicely handled.
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