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Homer Simpson, Grampa Simpson, Barney Gumble, Krusty the Clown, Groundskeeper Willie, and others
Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, Moe Szyslak, Chief Wiggum, Comic Book Guy, Lou, and others
Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders, Principal Skinner, Waylon Smithers, Kent Brockman, and others
Marge Simpson, Patty Bouvier, and Selma Bouvier
Bart Simpson, Nelson Muntz, Ralph Wiggum, Todd Flanders, and others
Maude Flanders, Helen Lovejoy, Miss Hoover, and others
The train moving outside advertises "Krusty's Sulfuric Acid" and "Emil's Fluffy Pillows."
Goof: When Herb's talking to the bums, he said he gave his cars Japanese names. But in "Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?," he said he gives them vicious animal names.
A sign at the baby expo reads: "Tu-Fr: Twin Convention No Triplets!"
Herb uses an ''Oscilloscope 4 Less'' oscilloscope.
One of Homer's sperm has three eyes, just like Blinky the fish.
A notice at the power plant physical says: ''No Jokes!''
Lisa: Why didn't you write Unckie Herb?
Herb: Hey, if I wrote to you what was I suppose to say? "Dear Lisa, last night I used a rat for a pillow thanks to your pop?"
(After being thrown upside down into a trash can.)
Barney: Alright, a peanut!
Homer: Herb, this is the stupidest thing I've ever seen. I can't believe we blew 2,000 bucks on it when right now rollers could be kneading my buttocks.
Herb: Homer, could you stop thinking about your ass?!
Homer: I tried, but I can't.
Homer: Give me full power.
Salesman: But, sir…?
Homer: Damn it! I said full power!
Herb: Lady, you just gave me the idea of a lifetime! How do I thank you?
Woman: Please don't hurt me.
Herb: Consider it done.
Homer: Marge, there's an empty spot I've always had inside me. I tried to fill it with family, religion, community service... but those were all dead ends. I think this chair is the answer.
Homer: Why did this have to happen now during prime time, when TV's brightest stars come out to shine?
Hobo: I used to be rich. I owned Mickey Mouse massage parlors and those Disney sleaze balls shut me down. I said "Look, I'll change the logo, put Mickey's pants back on." Some guys you just can't reason with.
Herb: Maggie...who brought me my fortune. I'll give you anything you want in the world
Maggie: -(machine)- I want what the dog's eating
Herb: I'll get you something nice.
Professor Frink: This radio controlled plane gives your baby the chance to fly, just like my son here, he can execute the barrel roll, loopy loop, and bring it in for the perfect landing *smash*. Oh dear... my wife is going to kill me.
Maggie: Blablueeeh. (with the machine Herb invented) I have soiled myself…how embarrassing.
Herb: (On his back, holding Maggie up) The pitch is insufficient for "burp me", and this jigsaw motion is something I've never…(Maggie throws up on him) Eureka.
TV Announcer: Except for huge gaps in the western states, "Hands Across America" was a complete success.
Doctor: This can't be right; this man has 104% body fat! Hey, no eating in the tank!
Homer: Go to hell!
Lisa: This award is the biggest crock I ever saw.
Bart: What about the Emmys?
Lisa: I stand corrected.
Homer: I miss my couch.
Joe Frazier: I know how you feel, you lost the couch, I lost the heavyweight championship.
Homer: Pfft…Heavyweight Championship, there's like, three of those!
Homer: All right, Herb. I'll give you the money, but first you have to forgive me and treat me like a brother.
Homer: All right, then just give me the drinking bird.
Marge: How was your day at work, dear?
Homer: Oh, the usual...stand in front of this, open that, pull down this, bend over, spread apart that, turn your head that way, cough...
Bart: Unckie Herb, what advice would you give to a young boy who would most likely become a bum like yourself?
Herb: Discarded pizza boxes are an inexpensive source of cheese.
One of Bart's original lines was that he was a part of the Soviet Union. But the USSR had broken up before this episode aired. The line was taken out and changed to the "Stain-Master" line.
When Joe Frazier and Barney go outside to fight, Barney was originally going to win, but Joe Frazier objected. Therefore, it was changed so that Barney lost.
Blackboard Joke: I will not fake seizures.
Couch Gag: Everyone cartwheels onto the couch and sticks their hands out. Maggie falls so Bart and Lisa help her onto the couch as she sticks her hands out.
Episode Title: Brother Can You Spare Two Dimes?
The episode title is a parody of the film title Brother Can You Spare A Dime?
Davey and Goliath
Flanders' doorbell plays the song "A Mighty Fortress Is Our God", which is the opening theme for the show Davey and Goliath.
Television: That's right... I shot J.R!
A quick and funny reference to one of the greatest storylines in television, "Who Shot J.R?" from the show Dallas.
Hands Across America
When Homer is reliving his memories of the couch, we see him not participating in Hands Across America. Hands Across America was a benefit event staged on May 25, 1986 in which millions of people held hands in a human chain for fifteen minutes along a path across the continental United States. Participants paid ten dollars to reserve their place in line; the proceeds were donated to local charities to fight hunger and help the homeless.
Homer: There's no vibrating chair in that bag for me?
A quick and funny parody of the line "There's no brain in that bag for me?" said by the Scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz.
Homer: Now s'cuse me while I kiss the sky!
A quick and funny reference to the song "Purple Haze" by Jimi Hendrix.
The Gold Rush
In the scene below the train bridge, hobos are sitting in a circle reminiscing. One of them who looks like Charles Chaplain is eating a boot like The Little Tramp did in a scene from the 1925 film The Gold Rush.
2001: A Space Odyssey When Homer is sitting on the vibrating chair and the attendant turns it on full power, Homer's eyes become colored and change with every blink. This happens to Dave Bowman in his journey 'Beyond Jupiter' in the 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey.
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