"The Last of the Red Hat Mamas" is the seventh episode of Season 17.
Homer ruins Marge's chance to make friends and, just when she thinks she will never have friends, a woman called Tammy offers her to join a group called "The Cheery Red Tomatoes".
The Simpson children participate in the annual Easter celebration at Mayor Quimby's mansion. When Maggie is unable to gather any Easter eggs, Homer attempts to take the other children's eggs. Maggie is delighted, but Hugs Bunny, who is refereeing the egg hunt, voices his displeasure. Homer and Hugs get into a huge fight. Meanwhile, Marge goes on a tour of the mansion, led by Quimby's estranged wife, but matters quickly go downhill when the fight spills into Quimby's office. Marge is embarrassed by Homer's childish actions, and her friends determine she is bad news and shun her.
At home in bed that night, Marge tells Homer exactly how she feels, leading Homer to try to make amends by trying to find some new friends for Marge. He goes to the supermarket and begins pursuing a potential friend, but the woman (thinking she is being stalked) winds up running into a display of cans.
Where Homer fails, Marge succeeds. At a restaurant, she meets up with members of the Cheery Red Tomatoes. She quickly impresses the group's leader, Tammy, and - after participating in a few low-key meetings - is soon invited to become a member of the women's group.
However, when it comes time for the initiation, Tammy asks Marge to assist in their efforts to break into Burns' mansion to steal $1 million. They explain they are a group that raises funds for charity, and that Burns once promised them that amount to donate to a children's hospital; however, at a press conference, the selfish millionaire announced he plans to keep the money for himself (to undergo a procedure that will extend his life by ten minutes). Marge tells the Cheery Red Tomatoes members she can't go ahead with the robbery, however bad of a person Burns is, but when told her membership rides on her participation, she plans to cast her morals aside and proceed with the robbery.
At home, Homer finds Marge's Tomatoes folder laying around the house and after rummaging through it, learns about the group's plans to break into Burns' safe. He tries to warn the police, but they are too busy watching Officer Eddie direct traffic. Meanwhile, Marge is able to sneak onto Burns' grounds through an air duct and unlock a gate; from there, the women crack open the safe and begin helping themselves to the expensive jewels and other items that sit inside.
As the women are leaving, Chief Wiggum and Burns arrive at the mansion to arrest the women. Burns is disgusted by Chief Wiggum and Lou tiff over Wiggum's pants size. Homer arrives to prevent Marge from doing something she will regret, but finds himself a prime suspect in the heist. However, once the situation is explained, Marge realizes she doesn't need the group to make friends; after all, she already has one very special friend - Homer. Marge does, however, give the group a Fabergé egg she took.
Lisa is seeking summer opportunities and settles on traveling to Italy. When she goes to meet with Principal Skinner, it turns out that Lisa meets all the requirements except for one: you have to be fluent in Italian. Lisa tries convincing Principal Skinner that she's fluent in Italian, but the principal is skeptical. Rather than putting her on the spot, he decides to test Lisa later. This gives Lisa time to hire a tutor, who turns out to be Milhouse. Milhouse reveals that his grandmother lives in Italy and that ever since he was a baby, he spends two weeks out of every summer with his grandmother. Milhouse turns out to be an excellent tutor and, before long, Lisa's speaking fluently in Italian and ends up developing affection toward Milhouse. However, just as it seems that Milhouse's unrequited feelings for Lisa would be reciprocated, he is caught with a girl named Angelica and then Lisa starts beating him up like his grandmother did.
Behind the Laughter
1st Airdate: Sunday, November 27, 2005
2nd Airdate: Sunday, January 8, 2006
3rd Airdate: Sunday, April 16, 2006 (Repeated on Easter Day)
1st Airdate: Sunday, April 16, 2006 (Aired on Easter Day)
2nd Airdate: Friday, April 21, 2006 (Encore Screening)
3rd Airdate: Friday, May 26, 2006
4th Airdate: Friday, July 7, 2006
5th Airdate: Monday, August 14, 2006
6th Airdate: Tuesday, August 29, 2006
1st Airdate: Tuesday, April 4, 2006 (12 Days before Easter)