The Simpsons

Pokey Mom

Season 12, Ep 10, Aired 1/14/01
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  • Episode Description
  • Marge feels sympathy for an inmate she meets at a prison rodeo, vouches for him at his parole hearing and tries to assist his reentry into the real world. Meanwhile, Homer starts his own chiropractic office.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Julie Kavner

    Marge Simpson, Patty Bouvier, and Selma Bouvier

  • Harry Shearer

    Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders, Principal Skinner, Waylon Smithers, Kent Brockman, and others

  • Dan Castellaneta

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

  • Nancy Cartwright

    Bart Simpson, Nelson Muntz, Ralph Wiggum, Todd Flanders, and others

  • Yeardley Smith

    Lisa Simpson

  • Fan Reviews (7)
  • terrible

    By futuramarama, Jul 10, 2011

  • It was alright.

    By Sami5118, Aug 10, 2010

  • Marge finds an inmate with some talent in art.

    By Hornets3, Sep 07, 2009

  • The "b" stroy made this episode what it is, and gave this episode a grea rating. The "A" story not so much

    By Iverson82094, Jan 26, 2008

  • By orallukeaplacia, Jan 17, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (25)

    • Skinner: The shapely female form has no place in art!

    • Homer: You brought a convict to stay with us? Near my unpatented idea? Jack: I seen your idea, and I don't want it.

    • (Homer visits a chiropractor for the first time as he sits on the doctors' table.) Dr. Steve: (cheerfully enters) Hello, Homer. I am Dr. Steve. Please lie down. (He begins feeling Homer's back for the problem, and Homer falls asleep. Dr. Steve: Wake up, Homer! Homer: Huh? Less yakking, more cracking. Dr. Steve: (chuckles) Now Homer, we don't actually "crack" backs; it's merely an adjustment. OK, you're going to hear a loud cracking sound. (cracks Homer's back) There we go. Homer: Hey! It feels a little better! Dr. Steve: Mm-hmm, I thought it might. Now, I need to see you three times a week, for, uh… (checks his clipboard) …many years.

    • Wiggum: My wife and I like watching that Oz show on HBO. Uh, is … is prison really like that? Jack: Wouldn't know. We only get basic cable. Wiggum: Ouch. I also like that Sex in the City. None of those girls looks like my wife. (laughs) Jack: Sports Center's not bad. Wiggum: Yeah, I never got that show. Jack: What's to get? They just tell the scores. Wiggum: Yeah, I suppose, yeah. Hey, ya meet any Mob guys? Are they really like the Sopranos? Jack: I told you, we just get basic cable. Wiggum: Oh right, right, right. Listen, if I'm getting too chatty, just, uh, just tell me to shut up. Jack: Ah, I'm enjoying it. Hey, you ever watch them strongman contests? They're pretty good. Those guys look strong. Other guys in prison say they're gay, but I don't know; they look strong to me.

    • Skinner: That felon could have torched the whole school, were it not stuffed with asbestos. Wiggum: We'll catch Crowley. And then he'll learn the fine art of police brutality.

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    Notes (1)

    • Blackboard Joke: I will not let the dogs out. Couch Gag: After the family runs into the living room and sits down, the couch turns around and it shows an evil scientist with Ned Flanders chained to the wall and hung upside down. Ned screams as the evil (Vincent Price-like) scientist laughs maniacally.

    Trivia (6)

    • Sideshow Bob is one of the convicts during the prison rodeo. His face is in gypsum.

    • When Wiggum is adjusting his hat while talking to Jack in the police car, one of his eyes overlaps the brim of his hat.

    • At the begining of this episode, Marge's neck is the same colour as her jacket for one frame.

    • Some recent versions of this episode edit the dialogue between Jack Crowley and Chief Wiggum. Originally, Crowley and Wiggum talk about HBO shows like Sex and the City, Oz, Arli$$, and The Sopranos. The edited versions have Crowley talking about the tough guys in prison.

    • Closed Captioning Error: At one point, the convict next to Jack says, "Can I smell your clothes?" The closed caption reads "Will you hold me close again?"

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    Allusions (6)

    • Michael Keaton's vocal performance as Jack Crowley is similar to his portrayal of sociopath convict Peter McCabe in the 1998 film Desperate Measures.

    • Jack Crowley wants to call his painting "A Time To Kill." This is a line from the Bible, Ecclesiastes: "To everything there is a season ... a time to kill and a time to heal." Given the legal storyline, though, this is probably a John Grisham reference. A Time To Kill was Grisham's first novel and one of his many bestsellers. It was eventually made into a movie starring Samuel L. Jackson, Matthew McConaughey and Sandra Bullock.

    • Rodeo Announcer: (about Jack Crowley) Bob Dylan wrote a song to keep him in prison! This is probably a reference to Bob Dylan's song "Hurricane," written to protest the wrongful conviction and imprisonment of boxer Rubin "The Hurricane" Carter. Carter was innocent and he was eventually freed. Jack Crowley, on the other hand, has earned no sympathy whatsoever from the legendary folk singer.

    • The title obviously refers to the 1998 cartoon on WB, Pokemon.

    • The scene with Moe and Homer, "This is Chirotown" spoofs the final scene of the Roman Polanski film Chinatown.

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