The Critic

Season 1 Episode 11

A Day at the Races and a Night at the Opera

Aired Sunday 12:00 AM Jul 06, 1994 on FOX



  • Trivia

  • Quotes

    • Psychiatrist: You sound like you need a vacation. May I suggest a Russian Pacific seaport, eleven letters.
      Jay: Vladavostok?
      Psychiatrist: Thank you!
      Jay: Wait! Are you doing a crossword puzzle?!
      Psychiatrist: does that make you feel?
      Jay: Irritated and outraged!
      Psychiatrist: Thank you and thank you again!
      (Psychiatrist fills in more words)

    • Jay: Mom. Dad. I never made you laugh.
      Franklin: Well, I did chuckle a bit when you tried to eat that bird and fell over the cliff.
      Eleanor: No Franklin, that was the Road Runner.
      Jay: (sadly) No, that was me.

    • Jay: Don't feel bad, son. I never won anything either.
      Ardeth: Oh yeah? Didn't you win "biggest breasts" in that wet t-shirt contest?

    • Jay: So you're not good at sports, we'll just have to find out what you are good at. In my case, it's complaining about movies that bring happiness to idiots.

    • (Duke and Jay are watching The Dryer Channel which features video of a shoe in a dryer)
      Jay: People watch this?
      Duke: They don't just watch it, they send it money.

    • Lawyer: Mr. Phillips, did you promise to pay a million dollars to whomever didn't laugh at Jay Sherman?
      Judge: You don't have to answer that question.
      Duke: I'll answer the question.
      Judge: Don't answer that question.
      Duke: Damn it, I'm gonna answer the question! Yes, I sold the mustard gas to Gadhafi!
      Lawyer: Sir, this is the Jay Sherman trial...
      Duke: I mean, uh, oh...mustard... gives me gas, as does taffy.
      Judge: I have the same trouble with fresh fruit.

    • Lawyer: (to Duke Phillips) You're refusing to pay the prize money you publicly offered. Isn't that just a tad disingenuous?
      Duke: I don't believe you've met my lawyer.
      Duke's Lawyer: Tad Disingenuous, attorney at law.

    • News Reporter: ...Duke Phillips now owes the public hundreds of millions of dollars. Perhaps this will finally excise this cancerous tumor Duke Phillips from the American media scene. Jack Peters, Phillips Network News.
      Duke: Hey, idiot, you're fired!
      News Reporter: I'm off like a prom dress. (runs away)

  • Notes

    • Opening & Closing Gags
      Phone Call: "Hoo-ha! Jay, it's Al Pacino. Hoo-ha! I can't stop saying Hoo-ha! Keep that in mind when you review my next movie, 'The Godfather Part Hoo-ha!' Hoo-ha."
      Movie Parody: An alien head with another alien head inside its mouth comes out to frighten a women. The alien kisses the woman and she smiles. (Aliens 3)
      Response to Usher: "But I have nowhere to go."

  • Allusions

    • The Lion King
      Jay reviews "The Maggot King." This is a spoof of Disney's 1994 film, The Lion King.

    • Episode Title: "A Day at the Races and A Night at the Opera"
      This is a combination of titles from two Marx Brothers films, A Day at the Races (1937) and A Night at the Opera (1935).