The Simpsons

Yokel Chords

Season 18, Ep 14, Aired 3/4/07
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  • Episode Description
  • Principal Skinner decides to allow Lisa tutor Cletus's kids instead of them enrolling into Springfield Elementary, but they end up on Krusty's show as a musical act. Bart sees a psychiatrist after telling a scary ghost story in the cafeteria in an unsuccessful attempt to get free food.

  • Cast & Crew
  • 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

  • Julie Kavner

    Marge Simpson, Patty Bouvier, and Selma Bouvier

  • Nancy Cartwright

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

  • Fan Reviews (23)
  • After telling a scary ghost story in the cafeteria just to get free food, Bart goes to see a psychiatrist

    By tigerdude22, Mar 04, 2012

  • Not that good.

    By Sami5118, Aug 03, 2011

  • Worst episode of the season, and one of the worst in Simpsons history.

    By simpsonian100, Aug 03, 2007

  • Cletus's kids become singers.

    By Hornets3, Sep 04, 2009

  • Just really hilarious, well until the musical parts came.... This had the potential to be a really good episode but once again the musical parts killed it......

    By Iverson82094, Sep 12, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (19)

    • (Bart tries to reject conversation with his therapist.) Dr. Swanson: Well, I get paid whether you make progress or not. Why don't we just kill the time playing video games? Bart: (Sarcastically) Yeah right. I bet you got a bunch of learning games. Why don't you go online and find a boyfriend, while I take a nap? (Bart turns over and lies down on the couch.) Dr Swanson: Actually, I just got "Death Kill City II: Death Kill Stories!" Bart: Whoa! You've got DKCIIDKS?! That one's rated bad for everyone!

    • Lisa: My name is Lisa. What are your names? Yokel Child: Whitney. Yokel Child: Jitney. Yokel Child: Dubya. Yokel Child: Incest. Yokel Child: Krystalmeth. Yokel Child: International Harvester. Yokel Child: Birthday. Jitney: Awwww, are we gonna do this much work every day?

    • Bart: Years ago, Stanley DeGroot was a cook here at school. All the kids made fun of him because he never graduated from college. Kids: Stanley, Stanley, no degree! Two credits short at MIT!

    • Skinner: Simpson, I know you're behind this! Well, you are going to get some counseling from the school psychologist! School Psychologist: DARK STANLEY'S GONNA EAT MY BRAINS! Superintendent Chalmers: Or from a qualified professional.

    • Bart: They hanged him for murder and buried him in an unmarked grave. When they came back the next day, the whole cemetery was missing!

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    Notes (2)

    • This episode won the 2008 Annie Award for Best Music in an Animated Television Production.

    • Blackboard Joke: None. Couch Gag: The couch is replaced by a vending machine filled with figurines of the family along the top row and the rest of the rows filled with various Springfield residents. Ralph Wiggum enters the living room and selects C5 on the machine, which dispenses him a figurine of Homer. He bites the head of Homer and exits.

    Trivia (10)

    • Dr. Swanson brings up Dark Stanley in Bart's session without any problem, but when she sees her therapist and he brings up Dark Stanley, she freaks out.

    • Cletus says that he teaches his older kids and they teach the younger kids, but that he himself wasn't properly educated. If that's the case it's strange that all the kids can read a fairly complicated TV promo without any practice, but Cletus can only pretend to read their contract.

    • In the scene where Brandine stops Cletus from letting the children go on tour, the box factory is visible behind Brandine. The box factory was featured in the episode "Bart Gets Famous", which was the first Simpsons episode that Susie Dietter directed.

    • Lisa says she sent Brandine an email to let her know what was going on with her children. But as indicated in episode #217 "I'm With Cupid" when she couldn't decipher a message consisting of 6 characters (I Love *), Brandine can't read.

    • Susie Dietter directed a Simpsons episode for the first time since "Lisa the Simpson" in season 9.

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    Allusions (12)

    • The Magnificent Seven The music that plays when Groundskeeper Willie is rounding up the children with a lasso is an original score from the 1960 western film The Magnificent Seven.

    • Krusty: …Appalachian Dumpling Gang… This is a reference to the Disney movie The Apple Dumpling Gang starring Don Knotts and Tim Conway.

    • Krusty's "No-Collar Comedy Tour" is a jab at the "Blue Collar Comedy Tour" created by Jeff Foxworthy and including Bill Engvall, Ron White and Larry The Cable Guy.

    • Krusty mistakes Stephen Sondheim for the creator of the musical Cats. It was actually written by Andrew Lloyd Webber, who also composed such hits as Evita, Jesus Christ Superstar, and Phantom of the Opera.

    • The scene at the end of the episode where Dr. Swanson is talking to a psychologist about Bart is an allusion to the popular HBO series The Sopranos. On that show Tony Soprano's therapist, Dr. Jennifer Melfi, talks to a psychologist (played by the actor who voices the psychologist in this episode: Peter Bogdanovich) about her feelings towards Tony.

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