The Simpsons

Simpsoncalifragilisticexpiala(Annoyed Grunt)cious

Season 8, Ep 13, Aired 2/7/97
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  • Episode Description
  • The Simpson family is watching a Krusty special when Lisa notices that Marge's hair is falling out. The reason, says Dr. Hibbert, is stress. Homer vows to do whatever it takes to get her back to normal. Marge wants him to hire a nanny. They interview nannies, but Homer keeps accusing each applicant of being a man. No one seems to be qualified until Shary Bobbins arrives. She has an instant rapport with the children. They sing songs as they do chores. Everyone else in Springfield loves her, too. Shary is about to leave, but realizes that the Simpson family still needs her. She stays and they become more and more dependent upon her. Eventually her songs stop working, Bart whips cupcakes at the wall and Lisa sits around watching TV. When they tell her that they are happy just the way they are, Shary Bobbins leaves (only to be sucked into a jet engine).moreless

  • 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 (9)
  • this was a good ep

    By cube2k8, May 23, 2010

  • Not even gonna try the title

    By futuramarama, Jan 20, 2010

  • The Simpsons get a nanny.

    By Hornets3, Aug 30, 2009

  • What's not to love?

    By mobbs456, Feb 10, 2009

  • The Simpsons are evil

    By twilightboy, Apr 28, 2008

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (35)

    • Homer: Shary Bobbins, I need another beer! Shary: Well you know, Homer (singing) If there's a task that must be done, you'll find it's much more fun -- Homer: You'll find it's even MORE fun if YOU get the beer for ME! Shary (singing): But the beer will taste more sweet, if you get up off your seat! Bart: Lady, the man asked for a beer, not a song.

    • Marge: Ah, that poor woman. Lisa: We've crushed her gentle spirit. Bart: You people should be ashamed of yourselves. (Whips another cupcake at the wall.)

    • Shary: Bart Simpson, this room is a frightful mess. Bart: I'll get right on it. (hurls a cupcake at the wall) Shary: Bart, don't you remember? Cleaning up can be a game. Bart: I got a better game. It's called "whipping cupcakes."

    • Shary: Lisa, don't sit in front of that telly like a fly stuck on a toffee. It's a great big world out there. Lisa: Been there, done it. Shary: I know, we could have a tea party on the ceiling. Lisa: Shh. TV!

    • Shary: I believe my work here is done. Marge: Thank you for everything Bart & Lisa: We'll miss you, Shary Bobbins. Homer: You've changed me as well. I'm no longer the money-driven workaholic I once was.

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    Notes (6)

    • This episode was nominated for the 1997 Emmy Award for Outstanding Music Direction.

    • This is the 1st episode that Al Jean & Mike Reiss wrote for since Season 4's "Treehouse of Horror III". They did come up with the story for Season 6's "Round Springfield".

    • Blackboard Joke: I will not hide the teacher's Prozac. Couch Gag: The family isn't in the living room. The shot cuts to Homer trying to get in the locked house while everyone waits for him.

    • This musical episode in the tradition of Mary Poppins, ties The Flintstones in total number of episodes for an animated prime time television series.

    • Maggie Roswell stepped in to do the voice of Shary Bobbins, when the guest star the production team wanted, Julie Andrews was unavailable.

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    Trivia (7)

    • The song used during The Itchy and Scratchy cartoon is Stuck In The Middle With You by Steeler's Wheel in 1973.

    • An entire song was cut from the episode before it first aired. It featured a scene where Shari, Bart and Lisa visit Patty and Selma. Patty and Selma smoke a large amount of cigarettes and sing a song called "We Love to Smoke," grossing out Shari, Bart and Lisa. The song is a parody of "I Love to Laugh." This can be seen as a deleted scene on the DVD.

    • The kid selling the newspaper is from Oliver.

    • Krusty's Komedy Klassic has the initials KKK in large white letters, a reference to the Ku Klux Klan.

    • There are dozens and dozens of references to Mary Poppins. Here are the main ones: Obviously, the nanny Shary Bobbins. The episode title is a pun on the song, ''Supercalifragilisticexpealidocious''. Request for a nanny through song. Shary Bobbins' entrance, flying with an umbrella. The walk in the park, meeting a one-man band, and flying kites. A tea party on the ceiling is mentioned. The songs, ''Cut Every Corner'' and ''A Boozehound Named Barney'' parody ''Spoonful of Sugar'' and ''Feed the Birds'' respectively.

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    Allusions (9)

    • Mary Poppins Willy is dressed with musical instruments and dancing in the park is similar to Bert from Mary Poppins (played by Dick Van Dyke).

    • Speed When the Simpsons are interviewing Sherry Bobbins, Bart starts a question with, "Pop quiz, hot shot" and ends it with, "What do you do? What do you do?" This is a reference to the 1994 film Speed where Dennis Hopper says the same thing to Keanu Reeves several times.

    • Homer: Wait a minute, Marge. I saw Mrs. Doubtfire. This is a man in a drag!
      Mrs. Doubtfire is about a guy (played by Robin Williams) who dresses up as a nanny to be with his kids.

    • Principal Skinner: Boy for Sale! The Boy for sale scene is a spoof from the 1968 musical Oliver!, where young orphan Oliver is being sold to the highest bidder.

    • :
      The song 'Hair' from the musical of the same name was played during Marge's hair loss: Gimme head with hair Long beautiful hair Shining, gleaming, Streaming, flaxen, waxen Give me down to there hair Shoulder length or longer Here baby, there mama Everywhere daddy daddy Hair, hair, hair, hair, hair, hair, hair...

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