The Simpsons

Season 11 Episode 2

Brother's Little Helper

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Oct 03, 1999 on FOX



  • Trivia

    • Clowns seen jumping out of Krusty's car: Noodles, Seesaw, Oopsie, Flopsweat, Hoohaw, Jitters and Sir Widebottom.

  • Quotes

    • Bart: You know how they say most people use 10% of their brain?
      Lisa: Yeah?
      Bart: Well now, I'm one of them!

    • Pharm Team Lady: This pill reduces class-clownism by 44 percent.
      Pharm Team Man: With 60 percent less sass-mouth!

    • Bart: Thanks for coming out here mom.
      Marge: No, thank you for stopping the tank!
      Bart: It ran out of gas!

    • Homer: My god is she brave. Standing up to that freaked out junkie.
      Lisa: Dad, that junkie is your son!
      Homer: Why don't you just tell everybody!

    • Wiggum: Shoot the tires out, Lou!
      Lou: Uh…it's a tank, chief!
      Wiggum: You know what? I'm getting real tired of your excuses!

    • Ralph: And I want a bike! And a monkey! And a friend for the monkey!
      Forest Fire Bear: You're not going to start any fires are you?
      Ralph: At my house we call them uh-oh's!

    • Skinner: Bart will you go bother someone else?
      Bart: (yelling) Look a fire!!!!…engine.
      Skinner: Stop that!
      Bart: (yelling)Help help fire!!!!…helmet.
      Skinner: Can't you do something constructive!?
      Bart: Sure, I can do something destructive!

    • Bart: What's that stuff?
      Principal Skinner: Why, this is retardant!
      Bart: (laughs) Sure is! Hey, what's that?
      Principal Skinner: That's called a hose lengthener.
      Bart: (laughs) You need one!
      Principal Skinner: G'oh!
      Bart: What's this?
      Principal Skinner: Just read the label. It's a king-sized flamer!
      (Bart explodes with laughter)

    • Bart: But why, Mr McGwire?
      Mark McGwire: Do you want to know the terrifying truth? Or do you want to see me sock a few dingers!
      Everyone: Dingers! Dingers!
      (Mark McGwire socks a dinger, and as everyone looks at the dinger, he takes the info from the satellite.)
      Mark McGwire: Yoink.

    • (Pulling Bart out of the tank)
      Chief Wiggum: That's the end of your Looney Tune, Drugs Bunny. You're under arrest for astro-vandalism.
      Moe: And may god help you if that carried the Spice channel.

    • (Bart points the tank turret at the school)
      Principal Skinner: (Gasp) Good Lord! He's going to fire!
      Jimbo: All right! Scud the school, dude!
      Edna Krabappel: (Without enthusiasm) No. Stop. Think of the children.
      (Bart moves the turret towards the church)
      Reverend Lovejoy: Not the church! Jesus lives there!
      (Bart moves the turret to aim at the Discount Frames store)
      Homer: The frames store! You monster!
      (Bart aims at the sky)
      Sideshow Mel: Not the sky! That's where clouds are born!
      (Fires tank)

    • Marge: I understand the electrodes, but why does he have to be on a treadmill.
      Pharmaceutical company man: Oh, that was his idea... He said he felt fat.

    • Homer: So i gave up tap for jazz, and I've never regretted it... Now here's why...

    • (Ned sets his pants on fire during the skit)
      Ned: Whoa! Check it out! Mad Dog's on fire!
      Maude: Stop, drop, and roll, man!
      Ned: (laughs) That's for Clydes, baby. A little fire can't hurt you!

    • Bart: Give me an F! Give me an art!

    • (After Bart does his cheer)
      Skinner: Good Lord, he went in the pep closet!
      Homer: I'd say he's coming out of the pep closet.

    • Homer: (On Bart acting funny) Ray J. funny or O.J. funny?

    • Bart: Memo to self: shut up, Lisa.

    • Bart: All I know is my testicles won't fit in my underwear.

    • Principal Skinner: Fire can be our servant, whether it's toasting S'mores or raining down on Charlie.

  • Notes

    • Blackboard Joke: Pork is not a verb.
      Couch Gag: Korean animators paint the Simpson family by numbers.

  • Allusions

    • MasterCard
      Bart says to Marge, "A piece of paper five cents, a mother's love priceless," Parodying the taglines for the MasterCard television ads.

    • Bart: (singing) Don't stop, thinking about tomorrow,
      Don't stop, It'll soon be here.

      Bart sings this when driving in the tank. "Don't Stop" was by the popular band, Fleetwood Mac.

    • Marge stopping Bart's tank by simply standing in its path is reminiscent of the famous 1989 Tiananmen Square protester incident in Beijing.

    • (Singing in the final scene)
      Bart: When I can't stop fiddlin', I just takes mi ritalin, I'm poppin' and sailin', man! (Toots smoke twice from his ears)

      This is a variation of the theme song of Popeye, the Sailor, the classic comic and cartoon character, who gains super strength from eating spinach. He made his debut in 1929.

    • Chief Wiggum: That's the end of your looney tune, Drugs Bunny.

      Chief Wiggum's line fits in two classic cartoon references: Bugs Bunny and Looney Tunes. Looney Tunes is a series of classic cartoons done by Warner Bros. studios from the 1930's into the 1960's. Bugs Bunny is one of the most popular characters of these cartoons, along with Daffy Duck, Elmer Fudd, Yosemite Sam, Porky Pig, Foghorn Leghorn, Pepe Le Pew, Road Runner, Wile E. Coyote, and others.

    • The drawing made by the police using Marge's description of Bart was comic strip etc. character "Dennis the Menace."

    • Title: Brother's Little Helper
      The episode title is a take off of the Rolling Stones song, "Mother's Little Helper," which is about Valium.