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The Simpsons

Season 19 Episode 14

Dial 'N' for Nerder

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Mar 09, 2008 on FOX
out of 10
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Episode Summary

Dial 'N' for Nerder
Bart and Lisa pull a prank on Martin Prince that goes terribly wrong and they become burdened with guilt over Martin's untimely death. Meanwhile, Marge hires an investigative television show to follow Homer around after she suspects him of cheating on his diet.

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  • One of the best

    The Plot is fantastic, Homer's Diet Betrayal and The Mystery Murder of Martin ... Both are really amazing and funny lines and scenes ,and super smart too

    LOVED it
  • Bart and Lisa's prank killed Martin

    Bart and Lisa pull a prank on Martin Prince that goes terribly wrong and they become burdened with guilt over Martin's untimely death. Meanwhile, Marge hires an investigative television show to follow Homer around after she suspects him of cheating on his diet. For the most part, this was a superb episode of "The Simpsons". It's not my favorite episode but I still think it's well done for the most part. The idea of Bart and Lisa's prank killing Martin was interesting. Nelson was suspicious about the whole thing so he goes out and investigates until he finds out who killed Martin. In the end, it turned out that Martin was alive the whole time after he fell off that cliff. I knew Martin was alive all along even when the ending happened so that lowered my score plus it was a bit boring in a few parts. This episode had some very funny parts though... I can't remember them at this point but I did get very good laughs at some parts. Overall, this was a superb episode of "The Simpsons". 9/10moreless
  • While out for a bike ride in Springfield National Park, Bart and Lisa pull a prank on Martin Prince that goes terribly wrong and struggle with their consciences over what they have done. Meanwhile, Marge suspects Homer of cheating on his diet (D'uh).moreless

    I am giving this episode a high rating because there are many laughs throughout. From the clever dialogue to the video tribute to Martin, you will laugh a lot while watching this episode. However, this episode is hurt buy the very predictable storyline. From the second Martin fell into the ravine I knew he survived the fall uninjured (Though I will admit finding out how he survived was hysterical). How could anybody possibly think Homer would not cheat on his diet. This episode is flawed, but it's many laughs and clever dialogue help overcome those flaws. Season nineteen has been good.moreless
  • Did Bart and Lisa commit murder?

    Bart pulls a prank on Martin when Bart and Lisa are riding their bikes out in the forest. Unfortunately, the prank nearly kills Martin, sending him off a cliff. Bart and Lisa run away, because they are scared for what might happen if it was revealed it was them who killed him. Nelson however, becomes suspicious, and tries to solve the clue {he realizes Martin was afraid of heights, so why would he be on top of a cliff?}. In the end he realizes it was Bart and Lisa. But before he can do anything, it is revealed Martin has been alive the entire time.

    Another strong offering from a strong seasonmoreless
  • Its in my top ten. Great Thinking, simple and entertaining.

    This was a fantastic episode. because it is unusual that bart and Lisa are hanging around with Martyn prince in a national park riding there bikes. this is the episode when finally bart and Lisa pull a prank on Martyn prince and they think they've killed him. the tittle for this episode is great 'dial n for nerder ' This has turned out to be a classic simpson episode, it is: funny, entertaining, mystery and fantastic. And finally at every simpson review I write about what was my favourite quote, but this time it wasn't a quote it was a scene which was when the school band was playing at his school funeral. but there is one mystery with this episode. where was his parents?moreless
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

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

Dan Castellaneta

Dan Castellaneta

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

Marcia Wallace

Marcia Wallace

Edna Krabappel

Recurring Role

Tress MacNeille

Tress MacNeille

Agnes Skinner, Brandine Del Roy, Dolph and others

Recurring Role

Pamela Hayden

Pamela Hayden

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

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • The motel where Homer cheats on his diet is called the Sleep Eazy Motel. In season 9's "The Cartridge Family" Marge and the kids stayed at the same motel.

    • The butterflies that Martin Prince raises are Monarch butterflies (Danaus Plexippus)

    • Music From This Episode
      "I Will Remember You" by Sarah McLachlan (Played during the video tribute to Martin.)
      "Gonna Fly Now (Theme from Rocky)" by the DeEtta Little & Nelson Pigford (Played by the school's band at Martin's memorial.)
      "Prelude in C Minor" for lute (BWV 999) by Johann Sebastian Bach (Performed on guitar and transposed to D minor; played on the Sanyo cassette player and by Nelson inside Martin's butterfly chamber.)
      "Sabre Dance" by Aram Khachaturian (While Homer is getting amorous with the rotisserie meat.)

  • QUOTES (15)

    • (on what she learned from the whole Martin/prank situation)
      Lisa: I learned that beneath my goody two-shoes lie some very dark socks.

    • Kent Brockman: Chief, what's your final word on the Prince boy?
      Chief Wiggum: Hmm? Oh, dead. Definitely dead.
      Lou: Uh, Chief, aren't we supposed to notify the family first?
      Chief Wiggum: What do you think I'm doing right now? (turns and smiles at the camera.)

    • (riding through Springfield National Forest, which boasts it is is 'getting smaller each year!')
      Bart: I didn't realize there was a park here!
      Lisa: You wrote a report about it last week!
      Bart: The internet wrote it; I just handed it in.

    • (Bart and Lisa are watching T.V.)
      Bart: See that fat lady with the moustache? That's you!
      Lisa: See that hippo rolling in dung? You're the dung!
      Marge: (entering living room) Now, that's enough. You each got one in.

      Bart: Oh! But hers was better!

    • Lisa: I'm saying this is worse than a million A-minuses!

    • (Marge is throwing the clothes out of Homer's drawers, looking for snacks he's using to cheat on his diet)
      Bart: What'cha doin' mom? Going crazy?

    • Principal Skinner: Martin Prince was known by many names. Martin Priss, Martin Princess, Fartsin Prince, Martin the Brown-Nose Reindeer...
      Dolph: That was mine.

    • (over a walkie-talkie as Homer enters a restaurant)
      Host: The pig is in the sty.
      Cameraman: (sighs) You know, I used to make documentaries about coal miners, migrant workers--things that mattered.
      Host: (impatiently) Yeah, yeah...we're all whores, just get in there.

    • (Martin and Lisa are excavating for arrowheads.)
      Martin: Care to make it a trio, Bart? You can brush and I can blow.
      Bart: Well, I agree you blow.
      Martin: Then it's a plan!
      Bart: A lot of people blow, but no one blows like you.
      Martin: High praise indeed!
      Bart: When you look up "blow" in the dictionary--
      Lisa: Bart, he's not gonna get it.
      Bart: Fine.

    • Bart: Usually when I do something bad, I feel good. But not this time. Martin was like Jesus... only real.

    • Marge: I'd rather have a chubby hubby than a sexy exy!

    • (Marge is suspicious of Homer, who is wearing a fedora hat and a trench coat.)
      Marge: Homer, where are you going?
      Homer: Work.
      Marge: It's 4 o'clock on a Saturday.
      Homer: I, uh, have to... count the atoms at the nuclear plant. Conservation of mass! It's the law!

    • Lisa: Bart, Martin could be seriously hurt or worse! We have to do something!
      Bart: You're right. Let's watch TV.

    • Bart: (about a school assignment) The Internet wrote it, I just handed it in.

    • Homer: Oh boy, dinner time! The perfect break between work and drunk!

  • NOTES (1)

    • Blackboard Joke: None
      Couch Gag: Five capsules rest on the couch as Professor Frink walks into the room and places a drop of water on them, resulting in a replica of each family member instantly expanding from them. Frink then has to throw the rest of the pail of water on Homer's to expand it out to full size.


    • Puttin' on the Ritz
      The restaurant where Homer is caught breaking his diet is called Pudding on the Ritz, a reference to the 1929 song and 1930 film of the same title Puttin' on the Ritz.

    • Cheaters
      The show Marge hires, Sneakers, is a takeoff of the syndicated show Cheaters and it's host Joey Greco.

    • Bart: The bone's the very thing, methinks, to prank my sister and the dink.
      Bart puts a twisted take on the famous line from Shakespeare's Hamlet, "the play's the thing wherein I'll catch the conscience of the King."

    • NBC Mystery Movie
      The conclusion of the episode mimics the title sequence of the 1970s NBC Mystery Movie (the figure with the flashlight) and mocks the series that were part of the movie (McCloud, Quincy, M.E., McMillan & Wife and Columbo). Also, Nelson's questioning mimics Peter Falk as Columbo.

    • Dial M for Murder
      The title of this episode is a play on the title of the 1954 Alfred Hitchcock film, Dial M for Murder.