Stark Raving Dad

Trivia, Quotes, Notes and Allusions

Quotes (24)

  • Marge : I told you kids you were going to send your father to the crazy house!
    Bart: No, Mom, you said "poor house".
    Marge: I said "crazy house"!

  • (Mr. Burns and Smithers review the security camera footage at the power plant.) Mr. Burns: Wait a minute. Go back. (Tape rewinds) Mr. Burns: Zoom in. (Screen zooms in to Homer.) Mr. Burns: Why is that man in pink? Smithers: That's Homer Simpson, sir. He's one of your boobs from Sector 7-G. Mr. Burns: Simpson, eh? Well, judging by his outlandish attire, he's some sort of free-thinking anarchist. Smithers: I'll call security, sir. Mr. Burns: Excellent.

  • Bart and Michael Jackson (Leon)'s song to Lisa: Lisa, it's your birthday. God bless you this day. You gave me the gift of a little sister, and I'm proud of you today. Lisa, it's your birthday. Happy birthday, Lisa. Lisa, it's your birthday. Happy birthday, Lisa. I wish you love and good will. I wish you peace and joy. I wish you better than your heart desires. And your first kiss from a boy. Lisa, it's your birthday. Happy birthday, Lisa. Lisa, it's your birthday. Happy birthday, Lisa.

  • Bart: Milhouse can you keep a secret? Milhouse: No. Bart: Oh well who cares, Michael Jackson is coming to my house!!

  • Bart: Things change when you hit the big 1-O. Your legs start to go, candy doesn't taste as good anymore.

  • Marge: (about Homer being in a mental institution) Oh my God, Mother was right!

  • Guy with Mustache: Then one Monday morning, I got up. I got up, I couldn't leave the house. I just couldn't. Homer: Was the door locked? Guy with Mustache: No, I just couldn't face what was out there. Homer: Was it raining?

  • Bart: (Answering phone) Joe's Taxidermy. You snuff 'em, we stuff 'em! Homer: Boy! When I get home, I'm going to wrap my hands around your neck-- (The mental doctors suddenly gasp and look at Homer.) Homer: --and smother you with kisses. Bart: Dad, whatever they got you on, cut the dose!

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Notes (10)

  • At one point Leon Kompowsky was going to come back to Springfield, but this time he thought he was Prince. Prince rejected the script and the episode was never made.

  • It was Michael Jackson's idea to have the scene where Bart and "Michael" stay up and write the song for Lisa.

  • Michael Jackson was credited as "John Jay Smith" due to contractual obligations. He did do the voice, however the singing parts were done by Kipp Lennon.

  • Before this episode was released various Simpsons eternal media such as books, magazines, Arcade Games etc. had Lisa's age printed as Age: 7, and in this episode Lisa celebrates her 8th birthday, thus this episode is the only time in the series where a member of the Simpsons family officially ages.

  • With this episode, Hank Azaria is added to the show's regular ensemble, thus establishing what some fans call the "big six."

  • Itchy & Scratchy: "Bang The Cat Slowly." Itchy gives Scratchy a bomb inside a box, and ties the box with Scratchy's tongue. When Scratchy swallows the box, the bomb blows his head off. As Scratchy's head falls to the ground, it is impaled on a pointy birthday hat.

  • Originally there was a joke about Prince in the episode, but Jackson wanted it changed to Elvis. To keep him happy, it was done. Another script change was in the original, Homer was taking Barney to the asylum, but the staff mistook Homer for the crazy one based off his attitude.

  • On November 20th, 2002, on Late Night With Conan O'Brien, Dan Castellaneta and Harry Shearer told a story which confirmed Michael Jackson REALLY was the voice in this episode, but singing was done by his stand-in, Kipp Lennon.

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Trivia (7)

  • Snake's prison uniform number is 7F20. The number is the production code for episode 2-20, "The War of the Simpsons." From which this footage of Snake is taken.

  • Some of the Springfieldians waiting for Michael Jackson: Mayor Quimby, Moe, Dr. Marvin Monroe, Chief Wiggum, Helen Lovejoy, Apu, Skinner's mom, Groundskeeper Willie, Dr. Nick, Kearney, Grampa, Wendell, Sherri and Terri, Patti and Selma.

  • An add appears on the box of Krusty Flakes for the "Krusty Hotline--1-909-O-U-KLOWN".

  • When Marge calls the New Bedlam Wrongly Committed Hotline, she is put on hold to the Muzak version of Patsy Cline's "Crazy."

  • Signs at the mental institution include: "You don't have to be crazy to be committed here, but it helps!" and "Your mother isn't committed here, so clean up after yourself!" The front entrance says "New Bedlam Rest Home For The Emotionally Interesting."

  • Maggie has a doll of Binky, Matt Groening's character from Life In Hell.

  • Goof: When Homer is shown on Mr. Burns' security camera, he isn't wearing his tie and plant ID.

Allusions (5)

  • Bang the Drum Slowly The title of the Itchy & Scratchy cartoon, "Bang The Cat Slowly," is a parody of the title to the 1973 film Bang the Drum Slowly.

  • The Silence of the Lambs The man with a leather mask over his face is a parody of the Hannibal Lecter character from the 1991 film The Silence Of The Lambs.

  • America's Funniest Home Videos The TV show Homer watches, where viewers send in their home videos, is a take on the Bob Saget hosted show, America's Funniest Home Videos.

  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
    Several of the elements, characters and scenes that take place in the asylum are lifted directly from the 1975 film, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, which was originally a novel by Ken Kesey published in 1962.

  • Rain Man The idiot savant Homer meets at the asylum, who can multiply large numbers in his head, is a parody of the Dustin Hoffman's character in the 1987 film, Rain Man.