The Critic

Season 1 Episode 3

Dial M, For Mother

Aired Sunday 12:00 AM Feb 16, 1994 on FOX
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Dial M, For Mother
Jay is considered to be one of the most unpopular men on Earth ranking even worse than Adolph Hitler, so Duke attempts to spruce up the show to get more people interested. When this doesn't work, Jay decides to soften his image by going on the Geraldo Rivera Show with his mother but Jay gets an even worse reputation when his mother embarrasses him to the point where he tells her to shut up.moreless

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  • The first mother son story in the series.

    I think by this time the series had already gotten to the point when I thought wow, this is such a great series and this episode proved me none the wrong. I really enjoy watching this hilarious episode.

    The mother - son story in this episode was hilarious to me because I can relate to Jay and I really like Eleanor's actions they really are like my mother's.

    Oh, and the jokes. The most memorable to me is probaply the family watching the Simpsons. That was great. However it conflicts with the crossover episode, but that's fine.

    I love this episode it is a fine example of how funny this show can be.moreless
Dan Castellaneta

Dan Castellaneta

Voice of Homer Simpson

Guest Star

Geraldo Rivera

Geraldo Rivera

Voice of Himself

Guest Star

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (21)

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Jay: Will you come on my show with me?
      Eleanor: Son, I have no intention of parading around on the idiot box like some latter-day Al Jolson.
      Jay: (doing an impression of Al Jolson) Mammy, do it for your sonny-boy! (turns to Franklin) Pappy, talk to Mammy!
      Franklin: I'm not wearing pants. I split my pants and now I'm not wearing pants.

    • (Jay meets his focus group who are reviewing footage of Adolph Hitler)
      Guy: You know, that dude with the moustache is really gnarly!
      Girl: Is he in a band?
      Jay: That's Adolph Hitler! Don't you recognize him?!
      Guy: Oh, right. He played the mailman on Cheers!

    • Jay: (after being beamed in the head with some food by an old man) Nice arm.
      Old Man: Eh, you've got a big head.

    • Kid: Test audiences find me iwisistable.
      Jay: Well I find you wepulsive and wepugnant.
      Kid: Hey, that speech impediment shtick is copyrighted. You'll be hearing from my lawyers!

    • Jay: Dad, I've got to talk to mom.
      Franklin: She's in the hospital, son. Ever since that interview, she just lost the will to live. I haven't left her side.
      Jay: You're not with her now.
      Franklin: I'm not on trial here!

    • Jay: I'd like to thank my guest reviewer, my mom.
      Eleanor: Your welcome. (reading from the teleprompter) I...uh...what does that say? (pulls out glasses) Oh, I love you. Yes.

    • Doctor: The only problem here is a badly bruised ego.
      Jay: Well, that's a relief.
      Doctor: Oh, and there's a large shard of glass in your brain.

    • Jay: What is this? A stuffed bear?
      Duke: No, the animal rights people wouldn't allow that. We just doped him up and propped him against the wall.

    • (Geraldo Rivera is interviewing Franklin)
      Geraldo: Franklin, my name is Geraldo. Can you say Geraldo?
      Franklin: Geraldo.
      Geraldo: Good. I hear that you can say your name backwards. Is this true?
      Franklin: Nilknarf.
      Geraldo: What's your favorite food in the whole wide world?
      Franklin: Nilknarf.

    • Eleanor: (showing a home movie to Jay and a reporter) And this is when Jay tried out for the track team. (the footage shows Jay running with his stomach fat jiggling everywhere) And that's not in slow motion.
      Reporter: (puts his head in his hands) God, I still see it when I close my eyes.
      Eleanor: You're not supposed to look directly into it.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Jon Lovitz (the voice of Jay Sherman) does the voice of Michael Dukakis in this episode. Lovitz often parodied Dukakis on Saturday Night Live.

    • Movies Criticized on "Coming Attractions":
      - "Pride of the Yankees" (knock at 1942's The Pride of the Yankees)

    • Opening & Closing Gags
      Phone Call: "Hello Jay, this is your boss. I've just obtained legal permission to hunt men for sport and I wondered if you'd like to come to my ranch tomorrow. Bring your jogging shoes."
      Movie Parody: A man and women are dancing outside. The dance finishes and the man dips the woman. Out pops a Tyrannosaurus Rex and eats them. (parody of the movie Jurassic Park.)
      Response to Usher: "But I have nowhere to go."


    • Cheers
      The teenagers from the test audience mistake Hitler for the mailman from Cheers. Cheers was an American television comedy that spanned from 1982 to 1993. The mailman that the test audience members confuse for Adolf Hitler was actually played by John Ratzenberger, whose only similarity to Hitler is that they both had dark mustaches.

    • Vlada: (about Jay) Put the mother-hater between Nixon and Steinbrenner.
      Nixon was still hated in the public eye because of the Watergate scandal that took him out of office as President of the United States, and Steinbrenner was the owner of the New York Yankees who, at the time, were one of the worst baseball teams in the league and many New Yorkers blamed Steinbrenner for their losses.

    • Citizen Kane
      Citizen Kane is the only American film on Jay's list of films he loves. Citizen Kane (1941) is widely considered by many critics to be the best American film ever made and was even voted the number 1 American film of all time by The American Film Institute (AFI) for it's 100 Years 100 Movies list.

    • Eleanor: I have no intention of parading around on the idiot box like some latter-day Al Jolson.
      Al Jolson was a former vaudeville entertainer-turned radio/film personality that was very popular in the 30s-50s. He is often called "The World's Greatest Entertainer" and is famous for saying the first words ever heard on film, "You ain't heard nothin' yet!" in 1927's The Jazz Singer, the world's first talking film. He was known for a time to perform in "blackface" because of his "black-sounding" singing voice, as heard in his popular song "Mammy".

    • The Simpsons
      At one point, a family at home turns off Jay's "Coming Attractions" and turns to The Simpsons instead. The creators of The Critic also created and produced The Simpsons, which was a much more popular program.

    • Episode Title: "Dial 'M' for Murder"
      The title, "Dial 'M' for Mother", is a reference to Hitchcock's 1954 film, Dial 'M' for Murder.

    • Lorenzo's Oil
      In the "Pride of the Yankees" parody, Babe Ruth refers to the "miracle cure" as "Lou Gehrig's Oil". This is a reference to the 1992 movie, Lorenzo's Oil, which also became the basis of the episode "Dr. Jay".

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