The Simpsons


Season 4, Ep 16, Aired 2/18/93
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  • Episode Description
  • Lisa conducts a secret experiment for the Springfield Elementary School science fair to see who's smarter, Bart or a hamster. Meanwhile, Homer is forced to swear off beer after being arrested on a D.U.I.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Jim Reardon

  • David M. Stern

  • Conan O'Brien

  • David Silverman

  • Frank Mula

  • Fan Reviews (9)
  • A clever title goes here!

    By BharadwajJaye, Nov 26, 2012

  • perfect

    By futuramarama, Aug 19, 2011

  • this was a good ep

    By cube2k8, May 16, 2010

  • Homer stops drinking for a month!

    By gamernut, Apr 06, 2009

  • great episode

    By freakmanseven, Mar 17, 2009

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (23)

    • (1960 Duff Beer commercial)
      Announcer: And now a word from our sponsor.
      John F. Kennedy: I would like to take this opportunity to express my fondness for Duff Beer.
      Richard Nixon: I'd also like to express my fondness for that particular beer.
      Homer: The man never drank a Duff in his life...

    • Principal Skinner: Over, under, in and out, that's what shoe tying is all about.

    • Marge: Homer, I want you to encourage Lisa with her science fair project. Homer: Yes, syrup is better than jelly.

    • Marge: I don't know if I like you experimenting on your brother. Lisa: Please, mother, it's purely in the interest of science. Lisa's Brain: That'll learn 'em to bust my tomater.

    • Lisa: What have you done with my report? Bart: I've hidden it. To find it you'll need to decipher a series of clues, each more fiendish than… Lisa: Got it! Bart: D'oh!

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    Notes (3)

    • First Appearance: Sarah Wiggum

    • Stanley Kubrick was especially fond of this episode after one of the lesser known references to his film A Clockwork Orange.

    • Blackboard Joke: Goldfish don't bounce. Couch Gag: Maggie gets to the couch first while the rest of the family run out of the film frame.

    Trivia (9)

    • In this episode, we learn that Hans Moleman is 31 years old, and his older appearance is due to alcohol having "ruined his life."

    • Ned Flanders claims he has not drank alcohol for 4,000 days. This means that he last had a drink about 11 years and 348 days ago.

    • According to Homer's License: Homer J Simpson 742 Evergreen Terrace Springfield, NT 49007 Ht: 6' Hair: None Eyes: Blue DOB: 5/12/56 Class C license Number C4Q43243

    • Things found in bottles of Duff, by Phil, the quality-control guy at the Duff Brewery: Mice, rat, syringe, and a nose. Things he didn't find: Dentures, a fish, a broken bottle neck and Adolf Hitler's head.

    • A McCarthy-era sign reads: "I Knew He Was a Commie 'Cause He Didn't Drink Duff Beer"

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    Allusions (9)

    • Bewitched The signs some of protesters use have the names McMahon and Tate on them. McMahon and Tate Advertising is from the classic TV show Bewitched and is where Darrin Stephens worked at during the series.

    • Tupperware Patty and Selma hold a Supperware (an obvious spoof of Tupperware) meeting in the Simpson home.

    • Historical References
      The references throughout the years at the Duff plant include Prohibition in the 20's (Dr. Duff's Health Tonic), Amos 'n' Andy. in the early 50's (the Q-Zone commercial), McCarthyism in the 50's ("I knew he was a COMMIE"), and the presidential debateof 1960 between John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon.

    • The Three Stooges While trying to pick up the cupcakes the first time, Bart does a few impressions of Curly from the The Three Stooges. He also does this when agreeing to hold Lisa's tomato when she goes to retrieve her math book.

    • Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid Just before the end credits, we see Homer giving Marge a bike ride as she sits on the handle bars, as we hear in the background the song "Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head" performed by B.J. Thomas, which continues through the end credit sequence. The scene is almost a carbon copy of the scene in the 1969 film, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, where Butch (played by Paul Newman) is giving Etta Place (played by Katherine Ross) a ride in a bicycle while the same song plays.

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