The Simpsons

Season 9 Episode 11

All Singing, All Dancing

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Jan 04, 1998 on FOX
out of 10
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Episode Summary

All Singing, All Dancing
Homer rents "Paint Your Wagon" and is put off by all the singing and dancing, especially by tough guys Clint Eastwood and Lee Marvin. The rest of the family reminds him via clips about the many times he and other members of the family and town have broken into song and dance.moreless

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  • 10, You Heard That Right

    Yep, I give this episode a 10, I really like musical/song type episodes, and to me, making one a clip-show wasn't bad at all. I know many people hated this one a lot, for one, not many people like clip-shows, for another, making one a musical one people also did not like. But I really liked this one, and I thought it was nicely written. My overall grade is an A+, call me crazy, but I really loved this episode, and the songs they reused were all great. But unlike other episodes, I can somewhat understand all the hatred. Oh wellmoreless
  • Worst episode of The Simpsons, but there is one interesting thing about it...

    "All Singing, All Dancing"

    Grade: F

    Urrgghh! I have big trouble watching this episode to the end, and besides, how many clip shows do we need? This is like the 4th one and by far the worst, because 75% of it is just songs from the past and the other 25% is The Simpsons singing in their house whilst Snake plans to kill them with his shotgun! I've only watched this episode twice and what's most interesting about it is not what happens in the episode, but the closing credits. Snake doesn't fire his gun until Phil Hartman's name shows up. Why is this creepy? Because this is the last episode he appears in before he was murdered! Other than that, All Singing, All Dancing has no redeeming parts to it and is definatly the worst episode ever!moreless
  • this was a good ep

    in this ep of the simpsons show homer deicded to rent a movie for the family and he takes it apon himself to rent a movie that has clinteastwood in it thinking its going to have shooting and vilence it in . thing is it turns out to be amucial and its about the past simpsons eps that had a music in them it was a great ep and featured old times of the simpsons and brougt back old memories of the show. and that is why i gave the show 8 like others who gave the show 6 or 5 or even lower .moreless
  • Very underrated

    This episode is very underrated. Me and a few other people's review say this is a good episode. And they're right! No it's not the best, but still, not that bad for a clip show.

    When Homer rents Paint Your Wagon starring Lee Marvin and Clint Eastwood, he expects a western bloodbath. But what he gets is a musical. He throws the tape away saying he hates Musicals. "Singing is the lowest form of communication" says Homer.

    Marge shows old video clips of Homer singing songs like Baby on Board and Spring in Springfield. Then, she shows clips of Bart singing Springfield, Springfield and other songs. Snake then comes in the rob the house, but is scared off by their singing.

    There are some very funny scenes in this epsiode, like the Paint Your Wagon movie and the part where they make fun of clips shows. Overall Grade:B+/89%moreless
  • I like some clip shows, but I really didn't like the idea of an entirely musical episode. Worst episode ever!

    This episode didn't make me think about anything, or to think about anything interesting. Some clip shows were good, but an episode that's all music? This is probably one of the worst ideas of The Simpsons so far. It's boring and not appealing at all.

    SEriously, I have seen several episodes that were dull or uninteresting, but this really is the worst they came up with. I like the way they sing (remember "dr. Zeus" when Selma married Troy? that's the best musical parody I've ever seen)in a lot of episodes, and this can't and should never be repeated, or touched or whatever. They were unique, and there's no need to listen to those songs taken away from episodes, and really, to be seen in another context.

    Awful idea, awful episode.moreless
Julie Kavner

Julie Kavner

Marge Simpson, Patty Bouvier, and Selma Bouvier

Harry Shearer

Harry Shearer

Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders, Principal Skinner, Waylon Smithers, Kent Brockman, and others

Dan Castellaneta

Dan Castellaneta

Homer Simpson, Grampa Simpson, Barney Gumble, Krusty the Clown, Groundskeeper Willie, and others

Nancy Cartwright

Nancy Cartwright

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

Yeardley Smith

Yeardley Smith

Lisa Simpson

Hank Azaria

Hank Azaria

Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, Moe Szyslak, Chief Wiggum, Comic Book Guy, Lou, and others

George Harrison

George Harrison


Guest Star

Pamela Hayden

Pamela Hayden

Milhouse Van Houten, Rod Flanders, Jimbo Jones, and others

Recurring Role

Maggie Roswell

Maggie Roswell

Maude Flanders, Helen Lovejoy, Miss Hoover, and others

Recurring Role

Tress MacNeille

Tress MacNeille

Agnes Skinner, Brandine Del Roy, Dolph and others

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • By eerie coincidence, the first shots by Snake are heard over Phil Hartman's name in the credits.

    • The end to "Who Needs the Kwik-E-Mart" can be seen on this episode, even in syndication, but not on the end of it in "Homer and Apu", the episode the clip was taken from.

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Homer: Singing is the lowest form of entertainment.
      Marge: Homer, you sing all the time.
      Homer: No I don't, I hate to rhyme.

    • Homer: Agh! They're singing! They're singing, Marge! Why aren't they killing each other?
      Bart: Yeah, their guns are right there.
      Homer: Wait, wait, wait: here comes Lee Marvin. Thank God. He's always drunk and violent.

    • Clint & Man: Gonna paint our wagon,
      Gonna paint it good,
      We ain't braggin',
      We're gonna coat the wood.

      All: They're gonna paint their wagon,
      Gonna paint it good,
      They ain't braggin',
      They're gonna coat the wood.


      Lee: I'm gonna paint this wagon,
      I'm gonna paint it fine,
      I'm going to use oil-based paint,
      Because this wood is pine.
      Women: Ponderosa Pine!

    • Lisa: You like musicals don't you dad?
      Homer: No, I don't, I think they're bad.
      They're fake and phony and totally wrong.
      Bart: Wake up dad, you're singing a song.
      Homer: I wouldn't, I couldn't, I hate that stuff.
      Marge: Now Homer, listen, I've had enough.
      In our family videos we have clearly seen,
      you're a singing, dancing, entertainment machine.

      Bart: Mom was right, your singing's a sin.
      You're as les misérable as Lee Marvin.
      Marge: Sure your dad's singing could make your hair curl,
      but you too Bart have sung and danced like a girl.
      Bart: Eep.

      Lisa: That was pretty bad Bart,
      but it could have been worse,
      you could have been carrying a sequined verse.
      Bart: I hate to dance, and prance and sing.
      That's really more of a Milhouse thing.
      Marge: I think you move like a young Baryshnikov.
      Snake: Nobody move, or I'll blow your heads off.
      All: Oooooohh.
      Snake: Oooooh.

      Marge: It's a desperate criminal on the run from the law,
      please spare my children.
      Homer: And their damp-trousered pa.
      Snake: A singing family,
      it's worse than I feared,
      for hostage purposes,
      you're just too weird. Bye!
      Homer: See? All this singing scared him away,
      if we just talked like normal he'd probably stay.
      Lisa: Many people in this town sing like we do.
      There's Mr. Burns, there's Krusty, and even Apu.

      Lisa: Because he was singing,
      we overheard his plan,
      and could save those dogs from that mean old man.
      Bart: It still wasn't worth,
      Burns' song and dance.
      Snake: I'm back so resume,
      wetting your pants.
      Homer: Okay.

      Snake: Because of you all I've got a tune in my head,
      and the only way to stop it is to make you all dead.
      Say your prayers, and then it's kablamo.
      Uh-oh, I'll be back when I get some ammo. Bye!
      Homer: Even the criminals are beginning to croon.
      Marge: Homey, this whole town runs on a tune.
      Our churches, our clubs, our government too.
      Bart: Springfield swings like a pendulum do.
      Lisa: We can't even get any local laws passed,
      without everyone a big broadway cast.

      Homer: All right Marge,
      you've convinced me,
      there are more terrible things
      than musical comedies where everyone sings.
      Lisa: There is something worse.
      Bart: And it really does blow.
      All: When a long running series does a cheesy clip show!
      Snake: I'm back to commit felonious assault,
      because your infernal singing,
      just would not halt.

  • NOTES (3)

    • This episode was nominated for the 1998 Emmy Award for Outstanding Music Direction.

    • Blackboard Joke: Unknown.
      Couch Gag: Homer is on a treadmill that goes out of control. He yells "Marge, stop this crazy thing" (A parody of George Jetson yelling "Jane, stop this crazy thing!")

    • Is a clip show from several episodes including "Bart After Dark", "Marge vs. The Monorail" and various others.


    • Lisa: Did you get Emma?

      Emma is the name of a 1996 film starring Gwyneth Paltrow and is based on a book by Jane Austen.

    • Homer: They put us on the Waiting To Exhale waiting list, but they said don't hold your breath.

      Waiting To Exhale is a 1995 romantic comedy starring Whitney Houston and Angela Bassett. Whitney also sings on the soundtrack.

    • There actually is a movie starring Clint Eastwood and Lee Marvin called Paint Your Wagon (1969), and it is a musical. However, it does not feature the songs used in this episode, and it is not about painting wagons.

    • Bart: Springfield swings like a pendulum do!

      "England swings like a pendulum do" is a line from the song "England Swings" by Roger Miller.

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