Marge Simpson, Patty Bouvier, and Selma Bouvier
Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders, Principal Skinner, Waylon Smithers, Kent Brockman, and others
Homer Simpson, Grampa Simpson, Barney Gumble, Krusty the Clown, Groundskeeper Willie, and others
Bart Simpson, Nelson Muntz, Ralph Wiggum, Todd Flanders, and others
Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, Moe Szyslak, Chief Wiggum, Comic Book Guy, Lou, and others
Agnes Skinner, Brandine Del Roy, Dolph and others
Martin Prince, Sherri, Terri and others
Maude Flanders, Helen Lovejoy, Miss Hoover, and others
Marge stating that she has lived in Springfield for 37 years is very inconsistent. Throughout the series, her age has been given as 34 and in a Season 7 Episode, she states that her family moved to Springfield instead of Stenchburg.
A character modeled after John Swartzwelder can also be seen in the burlesque house.
The Springfield Town Hall sign reads:
"Tonight: Town Meeting.
Tomorrow: Town Meeting Bloopers."
Princess Kashmir, from 7G10 "Homer's Night Out" dances at the Maison Derriere.
Bongo from ''Life In Hell'' (the Groening comic strip) can be seen in the audience in the Itchy & Scratchy cartoon.
Homer: (Reading a picture frame) 'President Eisenhower celebrates 40th wedding anniversary. Not pictured: Mrs. Eisenhower'
Belle: Oh, I agree, kids need rules and boundaries.
Homer: (Busy looking at dancer) Yes, everybody loves rules.
Belle: It's so tough to be a parent these days, what with all the gangs, and the drugs.
Homer: Oh yeah, drugs, you gotta have drugs.
(Kids discuss the burlesque house)
Nelson: I heard a witch lives there.
Ralph: I heard a Frankenstein lives there.
Milhouse: You guys are way off. It's a secret lab where they take the brains out of zombies and put 'em in the heads of other zombies to create a race of super zombies.
Nelson: That's the house?
Homer: If Homer Simpson wants his ten year old son to work in a burlesque house, then Homer Simpson's ten year old son is going to work in a burlesque house. That...
Homer: Ha-ha...hi! Now Marge, you're going to hear a lot of crazy talk about Bart working in a burlesque house.
Homer: Awww. This isn't about going to be about Jesus, is it?
Reverend Lovejoy: All things are about Jesus, Homer.
TV Announcer: We interrupt this cartoon for a special report.
Homer: (gasps) Someone found my keys!
Marge: Springfield doesn't want places like this.
Belle: I think I know what Springfield wants, sugar.
Marge: Oh? I've lived in this town for thirty-seven years.
Belle: I've lived here fifty-two years.
Marge: I'm third generation.
Marge: Get out of my town!
Homer: Where is Bart, anyway? His dinner's getting all cold and eaten.
Belle: Your son was trespassing on my property and destroyed a very valuable stone gargoyle, and ... are you wearing a grocery bag?
Homer: I have misplaced my pants.
Bart: Dad, do I have to brush my teeth?
Homer: No, but at least rinse your mouth out with soda.
Marge: Now the cat needs his medication...
Homer: No problem...
Marge: ... every morning and the furnace has been putting off...
Homer: Can do. Right. Uh-huh.
Marge: ... a lot of carbon monoxide, so keep the window open.
Homer: Gotcha. Cat in the furnace.
Marge: Ah, you know, I think we'll take Maggie with us.
Kent Brockman: Kent Brockman at the Action News desk. A massive tanker has run aground on the central coastline, spilling millions of gallons of oil on Baby Seal Beach.
Lisa: Oh, no!
Homer: It'll be okay, honey. There's lots more oil where that came from.
Marge: I'm here to share my moral outrage. But this time it's not about that giant inflatable "Dos Equis" bottle. It's about a certain house in our town.
Moe: Yeah, well what's wrong with this house? Is it the plumbing?
Marge: No. It's a house of ill fame. A house of loose ethics.
Kent Brockman: Is there a building code violation? A drainage issue? A surveying error?
Marge: (Getting angry) The house is perfectly fine!
Chief Wiggum: Well, then quit bad-mouthing the house!
Otto: Yeah, leave the house alone!
TV: It's eleven o'clock. Do you know where your children are?
Homer: I told you last night, no! Where is Bart anyway? His dinner's getting all cold and eaten. (takes a bite out of Bart's TV dinner)
Belle: When you work the door, the main things are to greet the visitors and toss out the troublemakers.
Bart: Ah, the ol' greet 'n' toss. No problemo.
Belle: How did I ever get along without you?
Mr. Burns: I don't like being outdoors, Smithers. For one thing, there are too many fat children.
Bart: Dad, I think I need some fresh air. Can I go to the park?
Homer: Do I have to sit up?
Homer: Knock yourself out.
Marge: And if anything happens, just use your best judgem--Just do what I would do.
(Bart, Lisa, and Homer are watching The Itchy and Scratchy Show when the TV goes blank)
Bart & Lisa: Dad! V-chip, v-chip!
Homer: Sorry, sorry, my fault.
(Townspeople consult Homer on the fact that Bart has been working in a burlesque house.)
Reverend Lovejoy: Your son has been working in a burlesque house.
Helen Lovejoy: Principal Skinner saw him with his own eyes.
(Principal Skinner appears from behind Reverend Lovejoy.)
Principal Skinner: That's true, but I was only in there to get directions on how to get away from there.
(Bart works the door at the Burlesque House.)
Grampa: (Peeks through the front door tentatively) Is your name Bart?
Grampa: Wha--? Does your father know you're working here?!
Bart: It was his idea.
Grampa: (Enters and hangs up hat.) In that case, I'll have a whiskey sour.
(Bart works the door at the Burlesque House.)
Principal Skinner: Is Roxanne back?
Bart: (Taking his coat) Yup.
Principal Skinner: Did she get my flowers?
Bart: She did.
Principal Skinner: (Realizes Bart is the doorman.) Hello, Bart.
Bart: Hello, Principal Skinner.
Principal Skinner: This is the National Air and Space Museum, isn't it?
Principal Skinner: Ah, there's no justice like angry mob justice.
"We Put the Spring in Springfield" (lyrics)
Homer: You could close down Moe's,
Or the Kwik-E-Mart,
And nobody would care,
But the heart and soul
Of Springfield's in
our Maison Derriere!
(Homer holds the "ere" as the music starts...)
Belle: We're the sauce on your steak,
We're the cheese in your cake,
We put the spring in Springfield.
Dancing Girl 1: We're the lace on the nightgown,
Dancing Girl 2: The point after touchdown,
Belle & Dancing Girls: Yes we put the spring in Springfield.
Belle: (to Ned and Maude) We're that little extra spice
That makes existence extra-nice,
Belle: (to Rev. Lovejoy and Helen) A giddy little thrill
At a reasonable price.
Reverend Lovejoy: Our only major quarrel's
With your total lack of morals.
Dancing Girls 3 & 4: Our skimpy costumes ain't so bad,
Dancing Girls 1, 3, & 4: They seem to entertain your dad!
Belle & Dancing Girls: The gin in your martini,
The clams on your linguine,
Yes we keep the
(Belle flicks Bumblebee Man's antenna)
Chief Wiggum, Krusty & Principal Skinner: We remember our first visit,
Mayor Quimby: The service was exquisite!
Mrs. Quimby: Why Joseph, I had no idea!
Mayor Quimby: Come on now, you were working here!
Grampa & Jasper: Without it we'd have had no fun,
Since March of 1961!
Bart: To shut it down now would be twisted,
Jimbo, Dolph & Kearney: We just heard this place existed!
Dancing Girls: We're the highlights in your hairdo,
Apu: The extra arms on Vishnu,
Dancing Girls: So don't take the
(Barney opens a jack-in-the-box)
Mob: We won't take the
(Sideshow Mel blows on his slide-whistle)
Everyone: Yes let's keep the
(Moe crashes two garbage can lids together)
Bart: If there's a bad book keeping joke, I haven't heard it.
In 1997, this episode won an Emmy for 'Outstanding Music and Lyrics', for the song "We Put the Spring in Springfield." The song was also a part of the album Go Simpsonic with The Simpsons.
Blackboard Joke: None.
Couch Gag: In a parody of the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper Album, the Simpsons are dressed in full Sgt. Pepper uniforms, running to their couch in front of a backdrop of secondary characters that have appeared on the show.
This is the first episode that Mrs. Hibbert speaks in.
Exxon Valdez Oil Spill
The oil spill is a reference to the Exxon Valdez oil spill which occurred on March 24, 1989. It is considered one of the most devastating man-made environmental disasters ever to occur at sea. The Sea Captain was shown to be drunk at the helm, which is a reference to Joseph Hazelwood, who was the captain of the Exxon Valdez and was accused of being drunk.
The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas
Much of the plot is based on the musical and film The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas by Larry L. King.
Reverend Lovejoy: This house is a very, very, very fine house.
As the town reverses its stance on the Maison Derriere, the reverend references a lyric from the Crosby Stills and Nash song, "Our House."
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