The Simpsons

A Fish Called Selma

Season 7, Ep 19, Aired 3/24/96
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  • Episode Description
  • Selma, desperate for male companionship, falls for washed up actor Troy McClure, who uses his new relationship with Selma to drum up some publicity and put a boost into his struggling career.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Mark Kirkland

  • Jack Barth

  • Jeff Goldblum

    MacArthur Parker

  • Dan Castellaneta

    Homer Simpson, Grampa Simpson, Barney Gumble, Krusty the Clown, Groundskeeper Willie, and others

  • Hank Azaria

    Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, Moe Szyslak, Chief Wiggum, Comic Book Guy, Lou, and others

  • Fan Reviews (9)
  • Great

    By Southparkfa, Aug 18, 2010

  • this was a good ep

    By cube2k8, May 21, 2010

  • A Fish Called Selma

    By futuramarama, Jan 20, 2010

  • Selma gets her own episode.

    By twilightboy, Apr 12, 2008

  • Why haven't I seen this before as far as I know?

    By joeyissoweird, Apr 11, 2008

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (32)

    • Selma: Is this a sham marriage!? Troy: Sure, baby, is that a problem-o?

    • Selma: Er… why don't you come over here, and make yourself more comfortable? Troy: No… why don't you come over here and make yourself comfortable? … I'm sorry; this whole concept's foreign to me. Who knew a baby would be so much work? Selma: Having a baby isn't supposed to be work; it's supposed to be an expression of the feelings we're supposed to have for each other. Troy: Oh. Like how we built that snowman together in that Newport ad, remember how alive with pleasure they said we were?

    • Troy: Sure, you'll be a sham wife, but you'll be the envy of every other sham wife in town!

    • Parker: Okay, then get this… I think they want you to play McBain's sidekick in… brace yourself, the new McBain movie! Troy: McBain's sidekick? Hot damn! I'm going to Sea World!

    • Marge: It was a beautiful wedding. I've never seen Selma happier. Homer: That reminds me, Troy said something interesting last night at the bar. Apparently he doesn't really love Selma and the marriage is just a sham to help his career. Well, enough talk… let's snuggle.

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    Notes (3)

    • Jeff Goldblum appears on the DVD commentary for this episode.

    • Fat Tony was voiced by Phil Hartman in this episode where it is usually Joe Mantegna that does the voice.

    • Blackboard Joke: None. Couch Gag: The family are broken wind-up dolls.

    Trivia (3)

    • As the newlywed McClures drive off, the message on the back of the Troy's DeLorean is ironically misspelled, "Just Marred."

    • In the restaurant, The Pimento Grove, some of the celebrities’ pictures on the wall include Krusty, Kent Brockman, McBain, Bette Midler, Leonard Nimoy, Adam West, Barry White, Sting, Tito Puente, James Woods, Dr. Demento, and Birch Barlow; all of which have starred in the series.

    • Goof: McBain 4: Fatal Discharge would actually be the fifth McBain movie. The previous McBain movies appeared in "The Way We Was," "Oh Brother, Where Art Thou," "Saturdays of Thunder," and "Last Exit to Springfield".

    Allusions (7)

    • Planet of the Apes The musical in this episode is an obvious take-off of the 1968 film Planet of the Apes.

    • Troy's Movies: The movies Troy McClure claims to have starred in mock real titles: The Greatest Story Ever Told as "The Greatest Story Ever Hula'ed", Give My Regards to Broadway as "Give My Remains to Broadway", Meet John Doe becomes "Meet Joe Blow", The Verdict Was Guilty becomes "The Verdict Was Mail Fraud", Angels in the Outfield becomes "Leper in the Backfield", Stop the World, I Want to Get Off becomes "Stop the Planet of the Apes, I Want to Get Off", American Gigolo as "Electric Gigolo". The movie he is up for – "McBain IV: Fatal Discharge" references Fatal Attraction.

    • MacArthur Park Troy's Agent is named MacArthur Parker, an oblique reference to this infamous song written by Jimmy Webb and sung by noted screen actor Richard Harris. While a hit at the time of release, it became so loathed it won humorist Dave Barry's Bad Song Contest.

    • Visa Troy, refering to Jub-Jub, says, "He's fantastic. He's everywhere you want to be." This is in reference to Visa's famous advertising slogan.

    • Stop The World I Want To Get Off! The musical that stars Troy McClure is called "Stop The Planet Of The Apes, I Want To Get Off!". This title is a take-off on the 1962 musical, Stop The World I Want To Get Off!, which starred Anthony Newley. "What Kind Of Fool Am I?" was its most famous song.

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