With a Nielsen rating of 8.6, "Pokey Mom" tied with an episode of 60 Minutes for the 38th place in the ratings for the week of January 8–14, 2001. Oh, like much of Season 12, it keeps us interested, but that’s not exactly a strong endorsement. In the episode, Marge befriends Jack Crowley, a convict who she believes has some artistic potential. "Pokey Mom" was written by Tom Martin and directed by Bob Anderson as part of the twelfth season of The Simpsons (2000–2001). He swears to her that he did not start the fire. Around 8.79 million American homes tuned in to watch the episode during its original airing, and in 2009 it was released on DVD along with the rest of the episodes of the twelfth season. The family takes a road trip … ... an authentic muffuletta sandwich … Everyone hates the taste of tomacco, but because of how addictive it is, they keep eating it. Meanwhile, Homer suffers a back injury by a bull from the rodeo and sees a chiropractor, but does not follow his instructions. In other news, it looks like a potential spin-off to The Simpsons could be on the cards. Look back at our favorite moments throughout the year, from award shows to up-close shots of celebrities. Jack reluctantly gives in to his wishes; however, upon its unveiling, the new mural is panned by everyone in town. She later teaches a class on being an artist to the prisoners and befriends Jack. They decided to explore one of Marge's attributes that had been seen in earlier episodes, eventually choosing her interest in art. In the episode, Homer Simpson and Lisa Simpson’s flight to Gainesville, Florida, gets rerouted to New Orleans due to a Homer-related incident. On January 17, it was chiropractic's turn. [...] Dr. Steve on The Simpsons corroborates this stereotype when telling Homer that he will need to see him 'three times a week for many years. Homer: 14 carat gold! The Simpsons Treehouse of Horror is an annual special episode of The Simpsons consisting of several parodies of horror movies, TV shows, novels, and other horror elements.  Actor Charles Napier voiced the prison warden that commentates the rodeo at the prison and later grants Jack his parole. ), Bart, and Homer.In this episode, "Selma's Choice," after their Aunt Gladys died, Selma decides she may want kids after all. (Source: Youtube ) Season 20, Episode 17: Corn on the cob in one hand, meaty chicken wing in the other, Homer doesn't have a care in the world. They gave "Pokey Mom" as an example of how "chiropractors on sitcoms pok[e] fun at themselves as they prescribe the duration of a course of care. This is a reference to the fact that Vilanch has written comedy material for actress Whoopi Goldberg. That being said, Selma did have highlights, but so did Lisa (a naked one! I guess it is because I'm not too fond of Selma and Patty, and I don't like episodes based around them. The episode was written by Tom Martin and directed by Bob Anderson, and it features guest appearances from Michael Keaton as Jack, Charles Napier as a prison warden, Robert Schimmel as a prisoner, and Bruce Vilanch as himself. Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? "Pokey Mom" is the tenth episode of the twelfth season of the American animated sitcom The Simpsons. They became violent, and would do anything to get it. When the plants started sprouting fruits, the family initially assumed they were just regular tomatoes until Bart bit into one (and later became addicted to them).  He has said that the "heart" of that story is that the chiropractors in Springfield become opposed to Homer's method of healing people and try to stop it after losing business, in reference to how chiropractors in real-life "are a bit hated by the AMA (American Medical Association)" and how the AMA has tried to restrict their businesses in the past. Notice when Homer first swallows the psychotropic pepper, he says, "More, please" — the exact line he's now using in the new movie's trailer.  The February 26, 2001 issue of the magazine Dynamic Chiropractic featured an article about the episode that noted: "[The Simpsons] has poked fun at numerous people, and about every institution and profession imaginable. Homer Simpson Tie, Simpsons Christmas Tie, The Simpsons Tie, Simpsons Necktie, Cartoon Tie, Bart Simpson, Homer Simpson, Matt Groening, OrchardVintageShop. Keep track of everything you watch; tell your friends. He makes a business out of his discovery, which proves to be a successful method of solving problems with pain, causing the chiropractic business to decline. Refusing to admit that he forced Jack to create it in the first place, Skinner instead blames Jack and fires him. With Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith. After Homer gets ill from eating a decayed sandwich, Marge volunteers to take Lisa and Bart to Duff Gardens, an amusement park. You must be a registered user to use the IMDb rating plugin. 'Mom' provides a watchable show but nothing more.  Martin conceived of the sub-plot surrounding Homer following a visit to a chiropractor.  Martin has also noted that the episode shows how "a lot of chiropractors are these great healers and they do great work, and then there's some that are crooked. There are some hilarious moments, especially when Lisa drank the water at Duff Gardens and became a paranoid girl. Sandwiches that fell behind the radiator weeks ago. " Den of Geek critic Matt Haigh wrote that the episode "starts well, but begins to feel tired and drawn out, and there just doesn't seem to be much of a story there. Marge believes him and distracts Skinner and Chief Wiggum so he can escape, but he instead sets fire to Skinner's car and dances around it laughing maniacally, revealing his true nature.  On August 18, 2009, "Pokey Mom" was released on DVD as part of the box set The Simpsons – The Complete Twelfth Season. Selma starts to feel broody, but after taking Bart and Lisa to Duff Gardens, she changes her mind.  There, Principal Skinner jokes to the audience that "when Superintendent Chalmers suggested a school mural, I almost thought he said a 'school Muriel'," referencing Chalmers' sister Muriel. The animated journey through some of New Orleans’ most iconic eats comes to an end when Homer walks out of Commander’s Palace, but later in the episode the whole Simpsons family chow down on some beignets at 24-hour institution Cafe Du Monde. This is the thirteenth episode of the fourth season of the Simpsons. 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