The Simpsons

Season 18 Episode 19

Crook and Ladder

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM May 06, 2007 on FOX
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Crook and Ladder
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Maggie goes on a path of destruction in the Simpson home after Marge follows advice in Smothering Mother magazine and throws away her pacifier. Marge finally gives in and sends Homer to get Maggie a new pacifier, but when he can't find the right brand, Maggie comes up with her own substitute: an especially squeaky dog toy. Homer can't sleep through the toy's incessant squeaking and is driven to take sleeping pills, which turn him into a sleepwalker with a penchant for mischief. When one of Homer's sleepwalking schemes leaves the entire Springfield Fire Department debilitated in the hospital, Homer and some of his fellow Springfieldians become volunteer firefighters. They extinguish several fires and are rewarded with gifts, but when the gifts stop coming, they seek other forms of compensation for their heroic acts.moreless

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Dan Castellaneta

Dan Castellaneta

Homer Simpson, Grampa Simpson, Barney Gumble, Krusty the Clown, Groundskeeper Willie, and others

Hank Azaria

Hank Azaria

Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, Moe Szyslak, Chief Wiggum, Comic Book Guy, Lou, and others

Harry Shearer

Harry Shearer

Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders, Principal Skinner, Waylon Smithers, Kent Brockman, and others

Julie Kavner

Julie Kavner

Marge Simpson, Patty Bouvier, and Selma Bouvier

Nancy Cartwright

Nancy Cartwright

Bart Simpson, Nelson Muntz, Ralph Wiggum, Todd Flanders, and others

Yeardley Smith

Yeardley Smith

Lisa Simpson, Various

Karl Wiedergott

Karl Wiedergott

Additional Voices

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Pamela Hayden

Pamela Hayden

Milhouse Van Houten, Rod Flanders, Jimbo Jones, and others

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Tress MacNeille

Tress MacNeille

Agnes Skinner, Brandine Del Roy, Dolph and others

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  • TRIVIA (7)

    • Even though the characters refer to the signal to call the volunteer firefighters as a "fire siren," it actually makes the noise of a bell ringing (similar to a school bell or older fire alarm) instead of a siren.

    • Music From This Episode:
      "Frankenstein" by The Edgar Winter Group
      "Sad Eyes" by Robert John

    • While Mr. Burns lies on the power lines near his mansion he states, that he attended Yale. After that he starts singing Boola, which was written by Allan M. Hirsch, from the Yale Class of 1901, and sung by the Yale Glee Club.

    • Moe's business card first reads "villain" as his profession, he printed a new version on the back of his old ones which reads "hero". The villain is the bad guy or heavy, the characters who strive against the hero. As a villain Moe looks like the most bad guys in old silent movies, having a typical Victor-Emanuel-Beard and a face showing his insanity.

    • In a few scenes, Maggie was seen with her pacifier, yet Marge threw it away and Homer was unable to find the same brand.

    • This is the second time that Apu, Moe, and Principal Skinner are shown as volunteer firefighters since Season 4's "Homer the Heretic".

    • Apparently, raisins are gradually killing Abe.

  • QUOTES (21)

  • NOTES (2)

    • Blackboard Joke: I will not look up what teacher makes.
      Couch Gag: After the family sits on the couch as usual the TV slides out of the way and the couch starts moving forward. As it moves forward the family is subjected to the phases of a car wash.

    • The plot of this episode seems similar to Simpsons Comics issue 93 when Homer and his friends become firemen.

  • ALLUSIONS (4)

    • C.H.U.D.
      The first videotape of the domino line is showing the front cover of Douglas Cheek's C.H.U.D. (1984).

    • Some of the jackets a thankful Rainier Wolfcastle hands out to the firefighters from his less successful films parody real ones, like "Frankenberry II: Frankenberry Wears Prada" which is an allusion to David Frankel's The Devil Wears Prada (2006).

    • SONY
      While Homer was looting Costingtons, there was a piece of merchandise entitled SORNY, which was first used in "Scenes from the Class Struggle in Springfield". SORNY is obviously an allusion to the Japanese multinational corporation SONY.

    • Blink 182
      One of the pacifier brands is "Bink 182." This is an allusion to the punk band Blink 182.

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