Homer Simpson, Grampa Simpson, Barney Gumble, Krusty the Clown, Groundskeeper Willie, 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
Capital City Goofball
Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, Moe Szyslak, Chief Wiggum, Comic Book Guy, Lou, and others
Milhouse Van Houten, Rod Flanders, Jimbo Jones, and others
When Mr. Burns reads from the card of family names, 'expecting' is in the place of Maggie's name. However, in the season one episode "There's No Disgrace Like Home," the card that Mr. Burns reads from at the family outing correctly has the name of the baby as Maggie.
Capital City has restaurants named "The Penny Loafer" (shaped like a penny loafer), and The "Original Frenchies".
Signs on the outfield wall at Springfield War Memorial Stadium include: "Royal Majesty-Clothing For the Obese or gangley Gentleman", Moe's tavern-Hit This Sign and Win a Free Well Drink", "Girdles 'N Such-Fancy Lingerie", "The Sprinfield Mall", and "The Jerky Hut".
Sign seen at Springfield Stadium:
During the Capital City montage, the Army Reserve is honored by a statue of a soldier holding a briefcase and a rifle with the caption, "To the Brave Men of the Army Reserve."
Goof: During the end of the Capital City montage, Marge's dress turns from green to red and her necklace turns from red to white.
Bleeding Gums Murphy's rendition of the National Anthem before the baseball game on power plant employee appreciation night is 26 minutes long. The digital clock behind him changes from 7:30 to 7:56. The moon can even be seen shifting in the sky during the song.
One of the signs along the outfield wall at the Springfield Stadium is an ad for Royal Majesty. Royal Majesty is the name of the clothing store that Homer's assistant, Carl, took him to for his new suit fittings in episode 2-2, "Simpson and Delilah."
Homer: As my son would say, I'm one sad ape-like dude.
Homer: I have to convince my supervisor to give me a leave of absence.
Supervisor: Sure! How long would you like, four years? Five years!
Man: Get on the bus, Dancin' Homer!
Homer: Will you shut up, I'm trying to think of a name!
Homer: D'oh, Marge, sitting next to the boss! The best night of the year and it's ruined!
Marge: All this means is you can't wave your fanny around in public.
Homer: Oh, yeah, rub it in!
Employee: You're an inspiration to all of us in waste management, sir.
Mr. Burns: Well, take your mind off contaminants for one night and have a hot dog!
(At Springfield Stadium, Mr. Burns and Smithers make their way to their seats.)
Mr. Burns: Ah, sitting with the employees. I guess this proves I'm their friend. You did get me something on an aisle, Smithers. I don't want to be surrounded by them.
(Lyrics to the song "Capital City," as sung over the end credits.)
Tony Bennett: There's a swingin' town I know called Capital City.
People stop and scream hello in Capital City.
It's the kind of place that makes a bum feel like a king.
And it makes a king feel like some nutty cuckoo, super king.
It's against the law to frown in Capital City.
You'll caper like a stupid clown when you chance to see 4th street and "D." Yeah!
Once you get a whiff of it you'll never want to roam,
From Capital City my home, sweet swingin' home.
(Homer gives a farewell speech to the fans at Springfield Stadium)
Homer: Some may say that I have been given a bad break in life; little education, bald as a cue ball, ten years on the same job for the same salary. But today, as I leave for Capital City, I consider myself the luckiest mascot on the face of the earth.
(Marge notices the Dancin' Homer t-shirts being sold at the ball park.)
Marge: A Simpson on a t-shirt. I never thought I'd see the day.
(The Simpson family make their way to their seats at Springfield Stadium.)
Lisa: I can't think of a better place to spend a balmy summer's night than the old ball yard. There's just the green grass of the outfield, the crushed brick of the infield, and the white chalk lines that divide the man from the little boy.
Homer: (Chuckles) Lisa, honey. You're forgetting the beer. It comes in 72-ounce tubs here.
Marge: I hope you'll space out the tubs this year, Homer.
Homer: What are you getting at?
Marge: Well, last year you got a little rambunctious and mooned the poor umpire.
Homer: Marge, this ticket doesn't just give me a seat. It also gives me the right--no, the duty--to make a complete ass of myself.
(Bart and Milhouse say goodbye, as Bart is headed off to Capital City.)
Milhouse: I don't know, Bart. I mean, I'm gonna miss you and all, but--
Bart: Come on, Milhouse. This way we'll be friends forever.
(Bart and Milhouse spit on each other's hands and shake.)
Bart and Milhouse: (In unison) Eeeew!
Bart: I'm gonna miss you, spit brother.
Milhouse: I'm gonna miss you, spit brother.
(At Moe's, Homer reaches the point in his story in which he has to decide to move to Captial City.)
Homer: This was the biggest decision the Simpsons ever faced. I should have listened to the kids instead of my big, dumb wife. Oh, I shouldn't have called her that. Bite my tongue, bite my tongue--Oww!
(At Springfield Stadium, as Dancin' Homer, Homer tries to psyche out a player from the opposing baseball team.)
Homer: Oooh! Boogie-boogie-boogie-boogie-boogie! Oooh! Boogie-boogie-boogie-boogie-boogie!
Player: Hey, knock that off, or I'll stick this bat where the sun don't shine!
Homer: Oh, yeah? And where might that be?
(Off camera, the player shows Homer where.)
Homer: (Frightened) Oh!
(Homer and Mr. Burns sit next to each other during the company outing at Springfield Stadium.)
Mr. Burns: (Taunting) The hitter's off his rocker, kissing Betty Crocker!
Homer: (Laughs) Good one, sir.
Mr. Burns: Oh, well, I used to rile the late, great Connie Mack with that one at old Shibe Park.
Homer: (Taunting) Little baby batter can't control his bladder!
Mr. Burns: Mmm, crude, but, uh, I like it. Uh, what do you say we freshen up our little drinkie-poos?
Homer: Don't mind if I do.
(At Springfield Stadium, the entire crowd laughs as Mr. Burns weakly throws out the first pitch.)
Homer: Hey, Burns! Hey, rag arm!
Bart: You throw like my sister, man!
Lisa: Yeah, you throw like me!
(Before the baseball game at Springfield Stadium, the Simpson family watches the players warm-up.)
Bart: Oh, wow! There's Flash Baylor! I gotta get his autograph! He used to be a star!
(Bart makes his way to the outfield fence.)
Bart: Hey, Flash, will you sign my ball?
Flash Baylor: (Flatly) No.
(A disappointed Bart returns back to his seat.)
Bart: (Muttering) Lousy, washed-up, broken down tub of guts. Who does he think he is, anyway?
Homer: What's the matter, boy?
Bart: He wouldn't sign my ball.
Marge: (Upset) Well, he's a fine role model. Bart, give me that ball!
(Marge makes her way to the outfield fence.)
Outfielder: Hey, Flash, check out the mature quail headin' this way.
Flash Baylor: Well, hey there, little lady. What can Flash do for ya?
(Cut to Marge returning back to her seat and handing Bart's ball back to him.)
Marge: Here you go, Bart.
Bart: Hmm. (Reading baseball) "Springfield Kozy Kort Motel, room 26. How 'bout it? Flash."
Homer: Wow! Flash Baylor came onto my wife! You've still got the magic, Marge.
(At Moe's, the guys try to get Homer to tell his story about moving to Capital City.)
Barney: So, Homer, what happened in Capital City?
Homer: Oh, Barney.
Moe: Come on, Homer. We're dyin' of curiosity.
Homer: Look, there's only one thing worse than being a loser. It's being one of those guys who sits in a bar telling the story of how he became a loser. And I never want that to happen to me!
Barney: Please, Homer?
Moe: Yeah, come on, Homer.
Homer: Well, okay. It all started on Nuclear Plant Employee, Spouses and No More Than Three Children Night, down at Springfield Stadium…
(Mr. Burns greets the Simpson family on Nuclear Power Plant Family Night at Springfield Stadium.)
Smithers: (Whispering) It's the Simpsons, sir
Mr. Burns: Ah, well, if it isn't the Simps!
Homer: Uh, it-it's Simpsons, sir.
Mr. Burns: Huh?
(Smithers hands Mr. Burns an index card with the Simpson family information.)
Mr. Burns: Oh, uh, oh, yes. Homer and Marge Simpson. Oh, and these must be Bart, Lisa, and, uh, "Expecting."
Smithers: Uh, the card needs to be updated, sir.
(Mr. Burns stammers in frustration)
Homer: Well, uh, that's okay. Th-the baby's name isn't important. Let's go, Marge.
(Homer meets the Capital City Goofball for the first time.)
Homer: (Gasps) Oh, my God! I don't believe it! It's really you! The Capital City Goofball!
Capital City Goofball: Hello, Dancin' Homer. Glad to have you aboard. If there's anything I can do for you, just squeeze the wheeze.
(The Capital City Goofball honks as he squeezes his large nose.)
The story telling sequences inside Moe's tavern were not originally planned as part of the episode and were added late in production. This is why the actual dialogue does not match up with the lip movements in these scenes.
This is the first episode to have a guest star play as their real self. The guest star being Tony Bennett. Bennett also makes an appearance in episode 14-3, "Bart vs. Lisa vs. the Third Grade."
Writer Ken Levine used to be a minor league baseball announcer, and not only wrote the dialog, but voiced the commentators you hear in the episode.
First Appearance: Springfield Isotopes, Capital City, Capital City Goofball, and The Rich Texan.
Blackboard Joke: I will not trade pants with others.
Couch Gag: They all fit, with Maggie poking out of Marge's hairdo.
The Phillie Phanatic
The Capitol City Goofball is a spoof of this Philadelphia Phillies mascot.
Baseball Broadcaster: The Isotopes win a game! The Isotopes win a game!
This is a reference to the famous "The Shot Heard 'Round The World" radio call of the deciding game of the 1951 National League Pennant Playoff series between the Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Giants. The line was cried out by Giants broadcaster Russ Hodges, after Bobby Thomson's walk-off home run.
New York, New York
The "Capital City" song by Tony Bennett, is a bit of a parody of the Frank Sinatra song, "New York, New York."
Homer: But today, as I leave for Capital City, I consider myself the luckiest mascot on the face of the earth.
Homer's farewell speech pays homage to Lou Gehrig's famous farewell speech at Yankee Stadium on July 4th, 1939. Lou Gehrig had been diagnosed with ALS or, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and was forced to retire from professional baseball.
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