I missed it, but one of our reporters notes that plastics health and safety issues were highlighted in the B story on last night's episode of "The Simpsons." Here's the context: Marge's attempts to placate the oversensitive mommies in her mommy circle ended with her making a non-fat, all organic muffins, only to have the mommies get enraged that she used Teflon-coated bakeware. Then they started to panic when they noticed a No. 7 resin code on the plastic sippy cups -- beware of bisphenol A! Cue the other mommies going insane and taking their babies into a passing ambulance. A.V. Club TV reviewer Todd VanDerWerff has this to say about the program:
I ... liked the B story, wherein Marge gradually became aware of all of the dangers she faced in junk food and common plastics thanks to a baby play group that Maggie was a part of. The show's portrayal of hyper-vigilant mothers who worry too much and the sorts of inane baby activities that occur at these groups was spot-on, and Homer and Marge's junk food binge made up for some of the sloppiness in the main plot.Is "The Simpsons" dealing with BPA and fluoropolymer safety yet another sign that these issues are now in the mainstream public eye? I suppose so -- although I like to think that "The Simpsons," like Mad magazine, are always a bit more intellectually advanced than they appear.