Children of a Lesser Clod

Trivia, Quotes, Notes and Allusions

Quotes (32)

  • Lugash: (To Lisa) How old are you?
    Lisa: Eight.
    Lugash: Eight?! Too old. Go home, grandma!

  • Lugash: I'm sorry, little girl. Lugash must go next door to anger management class… worthless anger management class! I HATE IT SO MUCH! I SPIT ON IT!

  • Homer: I'll call. Moe: Three nines. Homer: Oh, I almost had a straight. Moe: Come to new pappa! (rakes in Maggie)

  • Bart: Hey Homer, I thought you were only going to do this day care thing 'till your knee was better. Homer: Yes, but then I discovered the joys of raising children. Lisa: But what about us? Homer: Don't worry honey; you'll have children of your own some day. Then you'll know my joy.

  • Ned: So, did you boys have a good time? Rod: Yeah, Mr. Simpson was really funny. Todd: He told us how the world keeps screwing him over.

  • Flanders: Would you mind watching the kids? I'm kinda in a pickle here. Homer: Well, they would keep me company … and this pickle you're offering only sweetens the deal.

  • Homer: Ugh. Well, I can still hang out with you guys. Bart: Sorry, I've got a baseball game in fifteen minutes. Lisa: And I've got a rally for "Take Back the Afternoon". Grandpa: Heh, heh, heh, so the tables have turned! Now you're the shut-in, and I'm the hip young dude. (cracking noise comes from Abe's finger) Oops, there goes my wagging finger.

  • Hibbert: Oh, you're also responsible for this hefty hospital bill. You shouldn't have ordered all those hospital haircuts and porno films. Homer: But "Doctor Screwlittle" sounded like a delightful romp. Well, you don't have to worry about the bill; we've never welched on a … look, a bear! (pointing off screen) Run! (Homer gets up to run but his knee gives way, everyone - including the bear look at him disappointed).

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Notes (2)

  • Blackboard Joke: Today is not Mothra's day. Couch Gag: The Simpsons run in dressed as crash test dummies. When they sit on the couch, it speeds forward and runs into the TV and then moves back again. Then Homer's head falls off.

  • The alternate title to this episode is: The Kids Stay In The Picture.

Trivia (5)

  • When the basketball hoop smashes on Homers leg, if you watch it in slow-motion, nothing actually happens, the glass backboard just smashes.

  • When homer is putting the kids in the back of the paddy wagon, he puts Ralph in there too. But seconds later, Ralph is sitting on the passenger side.

  • When Bart and Lisa show the film of the real Homer, Homer lost Maggie to Moe in poker (I think). But Maggie still lives at the Simpson house.

  • When Homer goes on his morphine high and imagines himself flying to space to shoot a basketball, the moon originally says (from the captioning and lip sync): "Crater-riffic". However, the moon's voice said: "You go, Homer!"

  • At the end of the scene where Bart finds out that Homer gave Milhouse his jacket, one frame of the story was left unfinished. It will appear as a flash, but those with a freeze-frame can find that the frame is an original pen and paper drawing of the picture.

Allusions (5)

  • The Jetsons The Hanna-Barbera series, The Jetsons is referenced when George Jetson, who briefly appears when Homer, doped out on morphine, imagines himself jumping into space, slam dunks a basketball through a ring planet, and celebrates his achievement before George collides into his knee with his space car. Homer reacts by yelling at him by last name the same way as his boss Mr. Spacely.

  • The title is a parody of the 1986 Marlee Matlin film Children of a Lesser God.

  • The scene where Abe and Mr. Burns are playing basketball with an old-fashioned peach basket is very similar to one of the "Heritage" moments (Canadian commercials about Canadian history) with James Naismith teaching his students how to play basketball.

  • The scene of Ralph getting his hand sucked in by Homer's scabby knee is from two movies: one is the scene in The Matrix where Neo (Keanu Reeves) gets his arm sucked in a mercury mirror. The other reference is from the scene in the anime movie Akira where Akira's powers go berserk and his body ends up sucking his girlfriend inside.

  • Rainier Wolfcastle: ...where I will hunt the most dangerous game of all... man. "The Most Dangerous Game" is a short story by Richard Connell where men are hunted.