The Simpsons

Radioactive Man

Season 7, Ep 2, Aired 9/24/95
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  • Episode Description
  • A movie based on comic book character Radioactive Man is filmed in Springfield. The coveted part of the hero's sidekick, Fallout Boy, goes to Milhouse - much to the chagrin of Bart, who wanted the part for himself, and to the chagrin of Milhouse, who doesn't want to be a movie star...

  • Cast & Crew
  • John Swartzwelder

  • Susie Dietter

  • 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

  • Harry Shearer

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

  • Fan Reviews (10)
  • Film producers choose to film the new Radioactive man movie in Springfield. Unfortunately, Bart loses the role of Fallout Boy to Milhouse, who soon discovers that show-business is boring and hollow.

    By Scottstopher28, Jun 23, 2008

  • Good

    By futuramarama, Jul 02, 2010

  • this was a good ep

    By cube2k8, May 20, 2010

  • Another really good episode.

    By ctm723, May 29, 2009

  • Milkhouse under the spotlight for the first time ever!

    By twilightboy, Apr 08, 2008

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (30)

    • Bart: George Burns was right… show business is a hideous bitch-goddess. Lisa: Cheer up, Bart. Milhouse is still going to need a true friend, someone to tell him he is great. Someone to rub lotion on him. Someone he can hurl whiskey bottles at when he's feeling low. Bart: You're right, Lis. I can suck up to him, like the religious suck up to God.

    • Helicopter Pilot: Hurry, Mr. Rooney! We've got a disenchanted little girl in a Jell-O Pudding commercial! Mickey Rooney: I could play that.

    • Mickey Rooney: (in Fallout Boy costume) Jiminy jillikers. Jiminy jillikers. Jiminy jillikers!

      Director: (fed up) We're shutting down production.

      Assistant: Yeah, well, we only have $1,000 left anyway.

      Mayor Quimby: Uh, there's a $1,000 leaving town tax.

    • (In the editing room, following Milhouse's disappearance)

      Editor: Thanks to modern editing techniques, we can use existing footage to complete the film without Milhouse! (the director and assistant stare at him blankly) Watch.

      (Wolfcastle is in a cave surrounded by Road Warrior-like toughies)

      Wolfcastle: Looks like we're in trouble, Fallout Boy.

      (scene switches to Wolfcastle and Milhouse in a field)

      Milhouse: Jiminy jillikers, Radioactive Man.

      (back to cave)

      Wolfcastle: We'll have to fight our way out. Are you ready?

      (switch to Milhouse on a couch)

      Milhouse: Yes.

      (switch to Wolfcastle and Milhouse fighting alien slugs)

      Editor: Seamless, huh?

      Assistant: (pause) You're fired.

      Editor: And with good cause!

    • (During the film, Radioactive Man and Fallout Boy hang upside-down inside a wooden cage)

      Wolfcastle: Ach! I can't believe Silly Sailor beat us both up and imprisoned us in his floating Aquaworld.

      Milhouse: Jiminy jillikers!

      Wolfcastle: Uh, now there's no need for profanity, Fallout Boy.

      (The director and his assistant watch the clip inside the editing room)

      Assistant: Everyone in town has been gouging us silly, but it's worth it -it's all up there on the screen.

      Director: Yes. That Milhouse is going to be big - Gabby Hayes big!

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    Notes (2)

    • This was the first episode to be colored using digital ink-and-paint. The show would experiment with this color process on The Simpsons 138th Episode Spectacular, Tennis the Menace and Treehouse of Horror XIII, before finally completely replacing the traditional cel painting process during Season 14 with The Great Louse Detective.

    • Blackboard Joke: "Bewitched" does not promote Satanism. Couch Gag: The couch is a fax machine and the family is a faxed document.

    Trivia (5)

    • There are three inconsistencies in Moe's Little Rascals story:

      1. At the time this episode was made (1995), the surviving original Little Rascals were at least 70 years old, which Moe certainly isn't.

      2. The series was known as "Our Gang" until it started airing in syndication in the 1950s.

      3. The original Alfalfa was Carl Switzer, and neither was he an orphan nor did he die during filming of the series - he was shot dead in his early 30s, over a dispute about money.

    • Ad in Variety: "FLIM SPRINGFIELD"

    • This is the second time that someone messed up saying Radioactive Man's name, by saying "Radio Man." The first was Mayor Quimby in, "Three Men, and a Comic Book", and Principal Skinner in this episode. Also both are followed by the line "Radioactive Man, stupid!"

    • Bart wears platform shoes, a striped suit, and walks a chihuahua in an attempt to appear taller so he could get the role of Fallout Boy.

    • Springfield Shopper and Variety headlines following Milhouse's disappearance:

      "Milhouse Disappears! Movie On Hold"

      "Milhouse Meltdown. Ankles Pic - Flick Sick"

      "Spinning Newspaper Injures Printer"

    Allusions (4)

    • Waterworld The scene where Radioactive Man (Rainier Wolfcastle) and Fallout Boy (Milhouse) are hanging upside down in a cage as prisoners in "Aquaworld" is a direct reference to the 1995 Kevin Costner film Waterworld, at the time the most expensive movie ever made. The film's opening was highly anticipated, but it turned out to be a complete flop, mostly due to the fact that it had an incredibly bad storyline -- with a huge budget, nonetheless. Very much like the film being made in this episode of the Simpsons, making this a rather subtle double allusion.

    • Bart: Now is the winter of our discontent. This is the opening line of William Shakespeare's Richard III.

    • Batman The campy 70's Radioactive Man is identical to the campy 1966 Batman series with Adam West and Burt Ward.

    • The Brady Bunch Bart trying to stretch himself to become taller references The Brady Bunch episode "Big Little Man."

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