Last Exit to Springfield

Trivia, Quotes, Notes and Allusions

Quotes (25)

  • Lenny: So long, dental plan! (Homer stares blankly as the words echo in his brain) Lenny's Voice: Dental plan! Marge's Voice: Lisa needs braces. Lenny's Voice: Dental plan! Marge's Voice: Lisa needs braces. Lenny's Voice: Dental plan! Marge's Voice: Lisa needs braces. Lenny's Voice: Dental plan! Marge's Voice: Lisa needs braces. Lenny's Voice: Dental plan! Marge's Voice: Lisa needs braces. Lenny's Voice: Dental plan! Marge's Voice: Lisa needs braces. (Charlie drops a pencil into Homer's butt) Carl: Bullseye! Homer: Thanks a lot, Carl, now I've lost my train of thought. (Homer stares blankly again) Lenny's Voice: Dental plan! Marge's Voice: Lisa needs braces. Lenny's Voice: Dental plan! Marge's Voice: Lisa needs braces. Homer: If we give up our dental plan... I'll have to pay for Lisa's braces!

  • Kent Brockman: Tonight on Smartline, the power plant strike, Arglebargle or Fufferella. With us tonight our plant owner C.M. Burns, Union Kingpin Homer Simpson, and talk show mainstay Dr. Joyce Brothers. Dr. Joyce: I brought my own mic!

  • Boy: You can't treat the working man this way. One day we'll form a union and get the fair and equittable treatment we deserve. Then we'll go too far, and get corrupt and shiftless and the Japanese will eat us alive! Mr. Burns' Grandfather: The Japanese!? Those sandal-wearing goldfish tenders? Bosh! Flimshaw! Years Later Mr. Burns: If only we'd listened to that boy, instead of walling him up in the abandoned coke oven.

  • Mr. Burns: Now, let's get down to business. Homer: (thinking) Oh, man. I have to go to the bathroom. Why did I have all that beer and coffee and watermelon? Mr. Burns: Now Homer, I know what you're thinking. I want to take the pressure off. Now, it doesn't take a "whiz" to know that you're looking out for "Number One". Well, listen to me, and you'll make a big splash very soon. Homer: Ooh, which way to the bathroom? Mr. Burns: Oh, it's the twenty-third door on the left.

  • Lisa: Do you really think you can get our dental plan back, dad? Homer: Well, that depends on who's the better negotiator, Mr. Burns or me... Bart: Dad, I'll trade you this delicious doorstop for your crummy old Danish. Homer: Done and done!

  • Dentist: I'm afraid Lisa is going to need braces. Lisa: Oh no! I'll be socially unpopular...more so!

  • Mr. Burns: Look at them all through the darkness I'm bringing, they're not sad at all, they're actually singing.

  • Kent: Homer, organised labor has been called a lumbering dinosaur. Homer: AAAAHH! Kent: Um, my director is asking me not to talk to you anymore. Homer: Woohoo!

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Notes (6)

  • In one scene, Lisa is seen playing a guitar. This marked the first time we see Lisa play another instrument besides her trademark saxophone.

  • The original panelist on Smartline was supposed to be O.J. Simpson, but he turned it down and Dr. Joyce Brothers was cast (much to the relief of the writers).

  • In January 2003, an "Entertainment Weekly" article looking back at the top 25 episodes of the series chose this episode as the show's greatest episode.

  • Anthony Hopkins was originally asked to guest star as the Dentist for this episode, but turned it down. Their secondary choice was Clint Eastwood, but he too turned it down. The part eventually went to Hank Azaria.

  • This was the last episode written by the team of Jay Kogen and Wally Wolodarsky.

  • Blackboard Joke: Mud is not one of the four food groups. Couch Gag: The couch turns into a tentacled brown monster that sucks the family in when it transforms.

Trivia (2)

  • X-rated clubs at the Springfield red-light district: "Nudes at Eleven," "Adam and Adam," and "The Horny Toad"

  • Dr. Wolfe's, Lisa's dentist from this episode, business is called 'Painless Dentistry: Formerly Painful Dentistry.'

Allusions (14)

  • Red River The union member and power plant worker Gummy Joe appears to be a homage to Nadine Groot, a character from this 1948 film.

  • Classical Gas Upon Lenny's request, Lisa plays this song by Mason Williams after her power plant ballad.

  • Eversmile, New Jersey Dr. Wolfe is a based on Daniel Day Lewis's character, Dr. Fergus O'Connell from this 1989 film.

  • Moby Dick Before Mr. Burns shuts off the power to the town in response to the strike, he says, "From Hell's heart I stab at thee." A reference to Captain Ahab's curse, from Herman Melville's classic novel.

  • Football player: (Trips over a buried body) This refers to famous president of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Jimmy Hoffa, who, according to the story, was killed by the mafia and buried in concrete during the construction of the New York Giants' football stadium in New Jersey.

  • Dr. Wolfe: Lisa, Marge, these braces are invisible, painless, and periodically release a delightful burst of Calvin Klein's "Obsession--for Teeth." These braces are based on Calvin Klein's perfume, Obsession.

  • Burns: It was the best of times, it was the BLURST is times?!?
    In 1909, statistician Émile Borel showed that an infinite number of monkeys hitting typewriter keys at random would produce entire works of actual literature. Mr. Burns is trying to do the same job with only 1000 monkeys, which "explains" the butchery of "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times"-- the first line of Charles Dickens' masterpiece A Tale of Two Cities.

  • Get Smart
    When Mr. Burns and Smithers proceed to the room with the master control for Springfield's power, they go through a series of odd-shaped doors. This is a spoof of the opening of the TV show Get Smart, where Maxwell Smart goes through a series of doors to get to his HQ.

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