On The Simpsons, Mona gave the show an engaging character that also brought out a truly vulnerable side of Homer.
The Simpsons he manages to mix comedy with pathos, having done so with incredible effectiveness for over thirty years. This extends to the backstories of just about every nominally goofy main character, including a tragic tale about the unintentional abandonment at the heart of one of the show’s main characters, Homer. Mona, Homer’s mother, became one of The Simpsons‘better characters and brought a new level of depth to Homer.
Mona Simpson appeared infrequently throughout the series, mostly played by Academy Award-nominated actor Glenn Close. After meeting Abe and falling in love with him while working near a United States Air Force Base (as revealed in season 26’s “Let’s Fly A Coot”), Mona married him and had a son: Homer. However, their marriage suffered over time, with episodes such as “Fatzcarraldo” from season 28 showing that their attempts to seek counseling failed. Season 10’s “D’oh-in ‘in the Wind” and season 17’s “Homer’s Paternity Coot” even hinted that he had affairs during this time.
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Despite this, Mona has always been portrayed as a loving mother to Homer, treating him with great kindness and sweetness. Season 7’s “Mother Simpson” delved into the subject fully, revealing that when Homer was still a child, she eventually became disillusioned with her husband and became part of the hippie movement. However, one of their protests destroyed Mr. Burns’ germ research lab. Mona was the only member of the group identified (because she stopped to help an injured Burns), forcing her to flee to avoid jail. Although she tearfully said goodbye to Homer while he slept, she left without good feelings for Abe and left for the night.
Furious that Mona was exhausted, Abe told Homer that Mona had died before revealing the truth. The loss of his mother affected Homer greatly, with season 29’s “Forgive and Regret” revealing that a furious Abe even tried to get rid of the cake / sweet note recipes that Mona had left Homer as a means of remembering her. . It has been suggested that Mona’s departure left Abe an increasingly bitter man, affecting his relationship with his son.
Homer would not learn the full story until he was well into adulthood. After faking his death to get off work, Homer was shocked to discover that Mona had returned to pay her respects to the son she thought had died. The two reconnect and Mona becomes close to Homer’s family. But Burns finally found out about his return and ran again.
Mona returned in season 15’s “My Mother the Carjacker” and was acquitted of her crimes after a passionate plea from Homer. But Burns was able to secure her arrest for a separate crime, leading to Homer desperate to help her escape. Mona apparently died in the incident, something Homer had trouble accepting. Actually she I had he survived and returned once more in season 19’s “Mona Leaves-a.” Having grown weary of the emotional roller coaster of reconnecting with his mother to watch her leave, Homer initially refused to accept her back into his life. But by the time he got over his complexes, she had perished sitting by the fireplace.
Homer scattered her ashes, inadvertently, helping her complete one last mission to hinder Mr. Burns. Homer finally got a chance to say goodbye to his mother in full in season 23’s “How I Wet Your Mother,” where Homer and the rest of the family used a device built by Professor Frink to take an Inception-inspired tour of the city. Homer’s mind. Along the way, Homer faced the memories of his mother and accepted that she will always be a part of him.
Following her introduction, Mona was one of the most tragic figures in the history of The Simpsons. “Mother Simpson” is often considered one of the most emotional moments in the entire series. The tragedy of Homer growing up without a mother, under Abe’s stern and openly grim care, may influence why he fights so hard for his own family. Mona even passed away in a way that Homer almost once did in season 2 “One fish, two fish, blowfish, blue fish”, sitting in front of the fire, alone but surrounded by family.
Perhaps most impressive is that Mona brings out a melancholy pain in Homer, who is usually portrayed as a comic lout. It’s rare for Homer to become the emotionally complex member of the cast, but his love for each other and mistrust in his mother’s ability not to hurt him gave him later appearances, which do not reach the same level of pathos as the first. emotional punch that is still effective. Homer’s complicated relationship with his mother shapes him as a father, hinting at an explanation for why wants be a good parent, even if you often fail.
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