TV Club Classic: The Simpsons (Classic): “The Two Mrs. Nahasapeemapetilons”

The Two Mrs. Nahasapeemapetilons” (season nine, episode seven, aired 11/16/1997)

In which all of your plans involve some horrible web of lies…

Most of the characters in Springfield can trace their names to a real-life inspiration—more likely than not a location in Portland, Oregon—but few of them have as auspicious an origin as Kwik-E-Mart manager Apu Nahaspeemapetilon. Apu is named in homage to Satyajit Ray’s The Apu Trilogy, the critically acclaimed (and recently restored) coming-of-age saga of a young Benghali named Apurba Kumar Roy. The Apu Trilogy follows its Apu through childhood poverty, the loss of both his parents, an unexpected marriage, and parenthood he’s wholly unprepared to handle. It’s a series of films that our own Ignatiy Vishnevetsky dubbed “a national epic” and Ryan Vlastelica called “among the greatest made anywhere, tracking a life… through despair to triumph and maturity.”

It’s …

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