The Simpsons

The Ziff Who Came to Dinner

Season 15, Ep 14, Aired 3/14/04
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  • Episode Description
  • Homer tries to take the kids (Bart, Lisa Rod & Todd) to a movie; meanwhile Ned has taken the seniors for ice cream to celebrate Jasper's birthday. With all the kid friendly movies sold out, Homer (on Lenny's recommendation – he's in the movie) takes the kids to see "The Re-Deadening" a horror film that really scares the children. So much so that Bart and Lisa begin hearing noises from the attic. They try to investigate, but their fears scare them out of the attic. They get Homer to lead an investigation into the attic and they find that Artie Ziff has been living there. Ziff tells them why he is living in their attic, his Internet business failed and he's lost everything. He wants to stay there and promises to be on his best behavior until he gets back on his feet. Artie stays, but Marge sees a news report that the SEC is looking for Artie Ziff. Meanwhile, Artie is playing poker with Homer and his friends. Artie puts up 98% of his remaining stock to make a bet and Homer wins the pot, just as the SEC sweeps in to arrest Ziff. Homer (as majority stockholder) is taken into custody. Homer is put on trial and sentenced to ten years in prison. Marge tells Artie that the only reason no one likes him is because he only thinks of himself, which he soon begins to realize and after a night of passion with the only Bouvier sister (Selma) he can have he Ziff turns over his corporate books and Homer is exonerated.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 (6)
  • The Ziff is back.

    By Hornets3, Aug 30, 2009

  • Artie Ziff strike back... Only this time as an attic bum....

    By Iverson82094, Dec 02, 2007

  • Artie Ziff! Pretty good episode here.

    By JohnnySeidz, Jul 11, 2006

  • The fine return of Artie Ziff. He went from billionaire to attic bum. How creative!

    By simpsonian100, Jul 07, 2006

  • Homer goes to prison again

    By jimbo_001, Jan 30, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (13)

    • Marge: (to Homer) You took young children to see The Re-Deadening? This is a rare lapse of judgment for you!

    • Marge: You only care about yourself. Artie: Don't be ridiculous. I care about more than just moi. (He daydreams) Artie look-alike can-can dancers: Artie! Artie! Artie! Artie! (The dancers clap and laugh and the daydream ends) Artie: Oh, dear God...

    • Guard: Sorry you were wrongfully imprisoned, Simpson. Homer: Can I apply my time toward a future crime? Guard: You can either steal a car or kick me in the crotch. (Homer kicks him in the crotch) Guard: Uhhh, no one ever picks the car.

    • Lawyer: You, sir, are a moron. Homer: A Mormon? But I'm from Earth!

    • Homer: Don't tell my kids I'm going to jail! Tell them I joined the Blue Man Group! I'm the fat one!

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    Notes (3)

    • This the third appearance of Jay Sherman. The first being in "A Star is Burns" and the second being in "Hurricane Neddy".

    • The couch gag offers more evidence that the family lives in midwestern America; however check out the Cultural References section for more on the origin of this couch gag.

    • Blackboard Joke: I will not speculate on how hot teacher used to be. Couch Gag: The family sits on the couch as normal and then the camera turns and tracks upwards through the ceiling, into the atmosphere and out into space with a view of the Earth, which is shown in its place in the solar system. The solar system becomes part of the galaxy, which in turns becomes part of the universe. The galaxies in the universe become parts of an atom, which in turn are part of a DNA molecule, which in turn makes a part of Homer's head. Homer then says, "Wow!"

    Trivia (5)

    • As the children grow suspicious of something being in the attic (accompanied by eerie music), Homer demands to find out what it is, because "No one plays my theremin" (referring to the electronic musical instrument often used to create such eerie incidental music in films). When they find Ziff in the attic, a theremin can be seen on the table behind him.

    • During the card game, Barney's hair is messy. But when the police drag Homer away, it's neatly combed.

    • Krusty is a member of the Congressional Committee investigating securities fraud. Ironic, since he was nailed for tax fraud in "Bart the Fink." Krusty was elected to Congress in last season's "Mr. Spritz Goes to Washington."

    • The poster for 'The Wild Dingleberries Movie' has the main characters standing around a dead zebra that is lying in a pool of blood. Springfield Church Movie Guide is named 'What Would Jesus View.'

    • On the Googoplex theater's movie sign, in 2 there is The Fashion of the Christ but in the other two at the right of the picture there is A Kiss Before B and it is cut off.

    Allusions (16)

    • Lisa's (as she believes) last words into the camcorder is a reference to the film "The Blair Witch Project", right down to the tears and snot running down her face.

    • When the repo men are taking Artie's stuff, one of them is loading Vincent van Gogh's Starry Night painting into a truck.

    • Homer: My Big Fat Greek Salad? Googolplex Employee: Not a movie. The movie Homer is thinking of is probably My Big Fat Greek Wedding.

    • The song playing during "The Re-Deadening" is similar to the song played at the beginning and end of the 1968 film "Rosemary's Baby."

    • Lisa: He's still looking for that chocolate factory. It consumes him.
      Lisa said this about Homer who had tried reading to her Roald Dahl's story "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" in which a underprivileged boy named Charlie finds a golden ticket to Wonka's Chocolate factory. In 1971 this story was released as the film "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory."

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