The Simpsons

Season 21 Episode 17

American History X-cellent

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Apr 11, 2010 on FOX



  • Trivia

  • Quotes

    • Homer: The war's over and the future won. The past never had a chance, man.

    • Moe: Hey, if wishes were horses, I'd be eatin' wish-meat every night.

    • Bart: Lisa, you take the fun out of everything. I am so glad I'm not your kid.
      Lisa: Well, I'm so glad I'm not your mom.
      Bart: You should be. If I was in your tummy, I'd poo in your throat.
      Lisa: Eww! Ew! I'll never get that image out of my head!

    • Prison Guard: Meet your roommate.
      Cellmate: Hiya, pal. They put two harmless white collar criminals in the same cell.
      Mr. Burns: What luck. I was afraid you'd be some tattooed bruiser.
      Cellmate: Well, they don't turn out too many of those at Dartmouth.
      Mr. Burns: (pounding on gate) Dartmouth?! Get me away from this hideous brute at once. At once! Do you hear me?!
      Cellmate: Got my Master's from the University of Virginia, the public Ivy.

    • Marge: Every time this town riots, the malls are empty. You stay here.
      Bart: Oh, I hate being stuck at home!
      Marge: Play with Lisa.
      Bart: Mom, you don't play with Lisa. You play despite her.
      Lisa: Bart, I'm not thrilled either, but one day we might need each other for organ transplants, so we'd better keep the lines of communication open.

    • Bart: (regarding the ant-farm that Santa's Little Helper ate) It was an accident! I didn't mean to kill our ants!
      Homer: (overhearing in hallway, busts into room)
      Patty and Selma are dead? Woo-Hoo! A double funeral! Please tell me they suffered!
      Homer: (sees Patty and Selma alive and in his hallway) G-g-Gh-HAGS!

    • Lenny: (Smithers has taken over the plant and introduced things like 'healthcare that covers illness')

      I agree things are a lot nicer around here lately, but I think I speak for many of us when I say ... what's the catch?
      Smithers: Well, the catch is, happy workers are productive workers.
      Homer: (seething) There's always a catch!

  • Notes

    • Show Title: Daredevil Lance Murdock, performs a jump on a motorcycle into the sky, enthusiastically yelling "Yee-Haw!"
      Billboard Gag: Duff 200. Nothin' but booze (with Duffman pictured).
      Blackboard Joke: Hot dogs are not bookmarks.
      Couch Gag: The Simpsons sit on the couch, but it's outside as a mock backdrop of the house falls in their path. Luckily, they escape unscathed as they were under a square hole serving as a window.

  • Allusions

    • The Shawshank Redemption
      The prison warden resembles the prison warden in the 1994 film The Shawshank Redemption.

    • The Green Mile
      Mr. Burns' cellmate performs a miracle to heal him from evil in the fashion of the character John Coffey from the Stephen King novel The Green Mile and and the subsequent 1999 film starring Tom Hanks and Michael Clarke Duncan.

    • American History X
      The title of this episode is a play on the title of the 1998 Edward Norton film American History X.