The Simpsons

Season 7 Episode 19

A Fish Called Selma

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Mar 24, 1996 on FOX



  • Trivia

    • As the newlywed McClures drive off, the message on the back of the Troy's DeLorean is ironically misspelled, "Just Marred."

    • In the restaurant, The Pimento Grove, some of the celebrities' pictures on the wall include Krusty, Kent Brockman, McBain, Bette Midler, Leonard Nimoy, Adam West, Barry White, Sting, Tito Puente, James Woods, Dr. Demento, and Birch Barlow; all of which have starred in the series.

    • Goof: McBain 4: Fatal Discharge would actually be the fifth McBain movie. The previous McBain movies appeared in "The Way We Was," "Oh Brother, Where Art Thou," "Saturdays of Thunder," and "Last Exit to Springfield".

  • Quotes

    • Selma: Is this a sham marriage!?
      Troy: Sure, baby, is that a problem-o?

    • Selma: Er… why don't you come over here, and make yourself more comfortable?
      Troy: No… why don't you come over here and make yourself comfortable? … I'm sorry; this whole concept's foreign to me. Who knew a baby would be so much work?
      Selma: Having a baby isn't supposed to be work; it's supposed to be an expression of the feelings we're supposed to have for each other.
      Troy: Oh. Like how we built that snowman together in that Newport ad, remember how alive with pleasure they said we were?

    • Troy: Sure, you'll be a sham wife, but you'll be the envy of every other sham wife in town!

    • Parker: Okay, then get this… I think they want you to play McBain's sidekick in… brace yourself, the new McBain movie!
      Troy: McBain's sidekick? Hot damn! I'm going to Sea World!

    • Marge: It was a beautiful wedding. I've never seen Selma happier.
      Homer: That reminds me, Troy said something interesting last night at the bar. Apparently he doesn't really love Selma and the marriage is just a sham to help his career. Well, enough talk… let's snuggle.

    • (Troy and Homer are drunk at Moe's)
      Troy: Yeah, it's a good idea, Homer, but they've already made some movies about WW II.
      Homer: Ah, Hell… Well, what about Dracula?
      Troy: Homer, I'm really touched you invited me out on the town. You're gonna be a four-star brother-in-law.
      Homer: Troy buddy, I gotta know. What's a great guy like you wanna marry a guy like Selma for?

    • Selma: It's so modern... it's ultra-modern, like living in a not-too-distant future.
      Troy: Now you make yourself at home here, I'll be sleeping downstairs in the visitor's center.
      Selma: Oh, okay.
      Troy: I'll see you in the morning. And get ready for tennis... it comes on at 10.

    • Parker: Troy, my man, it's MacArthur Parker.
      Troy: MacArthur Parker the agent? MacArthur Parker my agent?
      Parker: Heh heh, just checking in, my friend. So how's my favorite client?
      Troy: We haven't spoken in eight years…
      Parker: Yes… So I saw the papers today Troy, looking good that wholesome stuff really helps when I'm trying to find you work.
      Troy: You haven't found me work in twelve years!
      Parker: (laughs) Oh you, Jury duty is work.

    • Selma: All these celebrities on the walls, I just know a big star like you is up there somewhere.
      Troy: Uh, yes, I'm over there…
      Selma: (she browses the walls) Hmm… Uh… uh-uh. Hmm? (she finds Troy's picture on a doggie door)

    • Dr. Hibbert: Troy McClure? I thought he disappeared after that scandal at the aquarium.
      Louie: Hey, I thought you said Troy McClure was dead.
      Tony: No, what I said was: "He sleeps with the fishes". You see…
      Louie: Uh, Tony, please, no. I just ate a whole plate of dingamagoo…

    • Bart: Why'd they make that one Muppet out of leather?
      Marge: That's not a leather Muppet, that's Troy McClure. Mmm, back in the '70s he was quite a teen heartthrob.
      Homer: Yeah, who'd have thought he'd turn out to be such a weirdo?
      Marge: What are you talking about?
      Homer: You know, his bizarre personal life. Those weird things they say he does down at the aquarium. Why I heard…
      Marge: Oh, Homer, that's just an urban legend. People don't do that type of thing with fish!

    • Lisa: Dad, what's a Muppet?
      Homer: Well, it's not quite a mop, and it's not quite a puppet, but man… (laughs) So to answer your question: I don't know.

    • Homer: Guess what I snagged Marge, the candy bride and groom from the wedding cake... (swallows, almost chokes) Mmm... pointy.

    • Troy: Hello, Selma Bouvier. You might remember me from such dates as last nights dinner.

    • Grampa: (to Selma) Hello Marge… (to Patty) Hello Marge.
      Patty: Meh. How come no Chippendale Dancers ever come in to renew their licenses?
      Selma: They carpool. That's the problem.

    • (Troy and Selma are on their first date at Pimento Grove)
      Troy: So, working at the DMV must be very interesting.
      Selma: Well, uh, I think I'm getting repetitive stress disorder from scratching my butt all day. (embarrassed; coughs) Being a huge movie star must be good, too. What are you working on, now?
      Troy: I've been reading a lot of scripts, lately. You know it's cheaper than going to the movies.

    • (Troy & Selma are dining at UGLI)
      Selma: Having a child. That's a big step.
      Troy: You bet it is. Think what it'll mean. Not just the McBain movie, but maybe my own fragrance: "Smellin' of Troy"!
      Selma: (grunts) It is probably my last chance to be a mommy.
      Waiter: Cigarette, Mrs. McClure?
      Troy: You bet! From now on she's smokin' for two!

    • (During the musical)
      Bart: (in admiration) This play has everything!
      Homer: Oh, I love legitimate theater.

    • Troy: (talking about his new wife - Selma) That's right, Troy's back from the gutter, and he's brought someone with him!

    • Parker: For a role like this, you gotta pour it on. You and, uh, Wife have got to have a baby.
      Troy: A baby? What do I do?
      Parker: I'll send you over a pamphlet.

    • Selma: (to Marge) Remember when we were little and fantasized about our dream marriage? Well guess who's came true?
      Homer: I know, I know. It's Selma, right?

    • (Told by Marge and Patty that the marriage is a sham and Troy is wrong for her) Selma: Wrong for me? How? Oh, I get it. My sisters have come down with a case of the green-eyed gazungas. I guess I shouldn't be surprised. (to Patty) You're stuck in a menial job you'll be doing 10 years after you die. (to Marge) And you're tied down to a man who'd have to bathe to be a slob.

    • Selma: I'll always remember you, but not just for your films.

    • Lenny: Hey, Homer, isn't this your sister-in-law on a date with Troy McClure?
      Homer: Pfft… Troy McClure. He's a washed-up movie star; he could be dating washed-up supermodels.
      Lenny: Oh, I don't know. Maybe those rumors about his fish fetish weren't true after all.
      Carl: Ah, this changes everything; I'd pay to see him in a movie now. If only that were possible.

    • Parker: Ever hear of Planet of the Apes?
      Troy: Uh, the movie or the planet?
      Parker: The brand-new multimillion dollar musical. And you are starring… as the human.
      Troy: It's the part I was born to play, baby!

    • Selma: You're Troy McClure ... I remember you from such films as Meet Joe Blow and Give My Remains to Broadway.

    • Parker: They want you to star in a buddy comedy with Rob Lowe and Hugh Grant.
      Troy: Those sick freaks?!

    • Newscaster: Troy McClure has turned down the supporting lead in McBain IV to direct and star in his own pet project The Contrabulous Fabtraption of Professor Horatio Hufnagel.

    • Selma: Are you gay?
      Troy: Gay?! I wish! If I were gay they'd be no problem! No, what I have is a romantic abnormality, one so unbelievable that it must be hidden from the public at all cost. You see...
      Selma: Stop!

    • Homer: Marge, could you close your eyes? I'm trying to sleep.

    • Man: Excuse me, I ordered a Zima, not emphysema.
      Waiter: (to Selma) Please, don't smoke in our restaurant; we don't serve contemporary Californian cuisine in your lungs...

    • Troy: That's too funny! I can't remember when I've heard a funnier anecdote! Now you tell one.
      Selma: Well, not much happens to me. But I once had dinner with a movie star, and it was the most wonderful night of my life.
      Troy: Really? Who was it, George Segal? I hear he plays the banjo.

  • Notes

  • Allusions

    • Planet of the Apes
      The musical in this episode is an obvious take-off of the 1968 film Planet of the Apes.

    • Troy's Movies: The movies Troy McClure claims to have starred in mock real titles: The Greatest Story Ever Told as "The Greatest Story Ever Hula'ed", Give My Regards to Broadway as "Give My Remains to Broadway", Meet John Doe becomes "Meet Joe Blow", The Verdict Was Guilty becomes "The Verdict Was Mail Fraud", Angels in the Outfield becomes "Leper in the Backfield", Stop the World, I Want to Get Off becomes "Stop the Planet of the Apes, I Want to Get Off", American Gigolo as "Electric Gigolo". The movie he is up for – "McBain IV: Fatal Discharge" references Fatal Attraction.

    • MacArthur Park
      Troy's Agent is named MacArthur Parker, an oblique reference to this infamous song written by Jimmy Webb and sung by noted screen actor Richard Harris. While a hit at the time of release, it became so loathed it won humorist Dave Barry's Bad Song Contest.

    • Visa
      Troy, refering to Jub-Jub, says, "He's fantastic. He's everywhere you want to be." This is in reference to Visa's famous advertising slogan.

    • Stop The World I Want To Get Off!
      The musical that stars Troy McClure is called "Stop The Planet Of The Apes, I Want To Get Off!". This title is a take-off on the 1962 musical, Stop The World I Want To Get Off!, which starred Anthony Newley. "What Kind Of Fool Am I?" was its most famous song.

    • Falco
      The song "Dr. Zaius" is a shameless parody of Falco's 1986 hit dance song "Rock Me Amadeus".

    • A Fish Called Wanda
      The title of this episode sounds similar to the 1988 film A Fish Called Wanda, with John Cleese and Jamie Lee Curtis.