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
Lionel Hutz, Troy McClure and Additional Voices
Milhouse Van Houten, Rod Flanders, Jimbo Jones, and others
Martin Prince, Sherri, Terri and others
Goof: Krusty reads a teleprompter in a 1982 episode of his show, even though he is supposed to be illiterate.
A sign at the Happy Earwig hotel reads: "Our Crawlspace - Now Body-Free"
Comformco Brain Deprogrammers is a subsidiary of Mrs. Field's Cookies.
Stores at the Springfield Mall include:
- Gum For Less
- Shoes For Tots
- The Creamatorium
In the unedited version, robo-simmons comes out of a door in the wall by the front stairs. You can see this door throughout the syndicated version, but in the scene that replaces the robo-simmons scene, you can't see the door at all.
Goof: In the court, Judge Roy Snyder was yellow instead of black.
Goof: When Mr. Burn's life flashes before his eyes, we see a nanny feeding him a bottle and it appeares that he is already rich, but in the episode "Rosebud," we find out that Mr. Burns was actually adopted by a rich man as a young child.
Judge Joy Snyder: This court rules in favor of Montgomery Burns! I find that it is clearly the boy's biological father!
Lionel Hutz: (Hutz still working on his shoes) Judge, these won't be ready until Thursday.
Marge: You know, we should really stop hiring him.
(Mr. Burns tries to show Bart that his family doesn't want him anymore, via a TV monitor...)
"Homer": (stilted delivery, not Homer's voice) I do not miss Bart at all.
"Marge": (not Marge's voice) I am glad he's gone.
"Lisa": (monotone, almost Lisa's voice) As am I.
"Homer": (drops a sandwich) B'oh!
Bart: It's probably my imagination, but something about them didn't seem quite right.
Mr. Burns: Really? Excuse me for just a moment.
(He walks into a nearby room where a set of the Simpsons' living room has been set up)
Mr. Burns: People, that was all wrong! Homer Simpson doesn't say "B'oh", he says... (checks script) "D'oh!"
("Homer", "Marge" and "Lisa" pull off their masks, revealing themselves to be actors)
Homer actor: (looks like Michael Caine) Sorry, M.B., but I'm having trouble with this character. Is he supposed to have some kind of neurological impairment, like Rain Man or Awakenings? I mean, what the hell am I doing here?!
Marge actor: And this dialog has none of the wit and sparkle of Murphy Brown.
Lisa actor: (Estonian accent) Hey, you know we are getting into golden time.
Mr. Burns: Yes, well, just get it right, or you'll all be doing Come Blow Your Horn at the Westport Dinner Theater!
(walks back to the control room)
Mr. Burns: (to Bart) All right, let's see what the old Simpson family is up to now.
"Homer": (drops sandwich) Duh-oh!
Mr. Burns: He's the perfect one to suckle at my proverbial teat.
Lionel Hutz: I've argued in front of every judge in this state. Often as a lawyer.
Mr. Burns: I suggest you leave immediately.
Homer: Or what? You'll release the dogs, or the bees, or the dogs with bees in their mouths and when they bark they shoot bees at you?
Homer: That's it! Being abusive to your family is one thing, but I will not stand idly by and watch you feed a hungry dog!
Mr. Burns: Now that you've agreed to reap the windfall of my death, I must return to my large, empty mansion to rattle around and await the inevitable ... alone.
Marge: Are you thinking what I'm thinking?
Homer: Yeah. Let's push him down the steps.
Homer: Kids, you tried your best, and you failed miserably. The lesson is, never try.
Bart: (reading cue cards) Hello, Mr... Kurns. I bad want... money now. Me sick.
Homer: Ooh, he card reads good.
Lisa: I propose to you that your heir not need be a boy. In this phallocentric society of ours--
Mr. Burns: I don't know what phallocentric means, but no girls!
Milhouse: (dressed as a girl) So much for Plan B.
Mr. Burns: I specifically said, no geeks!
Milhouse: But my mom says I'm cool...
(After a THX sound effect has destroyed the cinema.)
Grandpa: Turn it up! Turn it up!!
(Homer wants to keep Hans Moleman as a replacement for Bart.)
Homer: (Kisses Moleman's head.) It's like kissing a peanut.
Marge: Homer, I want that thing out of my house.
Bart: I just don't want to be here, Dad. Besides, I started a fire this morning that I really should keep an eye on.
Smithers: Oh my God, Mr. Burns is dead! Why do the good always die so young?
Mr. Burns: Careful, Smithers, that sponge has corners you know.
Smithers: I'll go find a spherical one, sir.
Lenny: (pleading for his job without using the letter 'e') I'm a good work... guy.
(Bart keeps throwing peas at Lisa)
Homer: Lisa, quit getting in the way of your wealthy brother's peas!
The THX sequence in this episode was later reused as an actual THX trailer in movie theaters, in which the logo starts, causing Hans Moleman's glasses to break, a man's teeth to shatter, an exit sign to explode, parts of the roof to fall, and a man's head to explode.
Blackboard Joke: The Pledge of Allegiance does not end with "Hail Satan".
Couch Gag: The family are ball-shaped and bounce to the couch.
Mr. Burns' ad for an heir while standing in a field of tall grass is the same advertising used for the 1992 movie Toys starring Robin Williams. This promo also ran as a preview before movies.
A Christmas Carol
A cockney boy say to Mr. Burns, "Today? Why it's Christmas Day!" referencing a famous scene in the 1984 film A Christmas Carol.
Hans Moleman is deprogrammed in Room 101 a la George Orwell's 1956 film 1984.
Moe talking to himself in the mirror parodies the 1976 film Taxi Driver.
Martin: "Clang, clang, clang went the trolley! Ring, ring, ring went the bell! Zing, zing, zing went my heartstrings -- oof!"
Martin's audition to become Burns' heir is "The Trolley Song" from 1944 musical Meet Me in St. Louis. He includes the incorrect lyrics – should be "Ding, ding, ding went the bell" rather than "Ring, ring, ring." Nelson's blow to Martin's gut abruptly ends the audition (to Burns' delight).
Mr. Burns asks Lenny to explain to him why he should keep his job without using the letter "E." Ernest Wright wrote a novel called Gadsby. The novel contained over 50,000 words and he never used the letter "E."
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