The Simpsons

Season 4 Episode 16


Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Feb 18, 1993 on FOX



  • Trivia

    • In this episode, we learn that Hans Moleman is 31 years old, and his older appearance is due to alcohol having "ruined his life."

    • Ned Flanders claims he has not drank alcohol for 4,000 days. This means that he last had a drink about 11 years and 348 days ago.

    • According to Homer's License:

      Homer J Simpson
      742 Evergreen Terrace
      Springfield, NT 49007

      Ht: 6'
      Hair: None
      Eyes: Blue
      DOB: 5/12/56

      Class C license
      Number C4Q43243

    • Things found in bottles of Duff, by Phil, the quality-control guy at the Duff Brewery: Mice, rat, syringe, and a nose.
      Things he didn't find: Dentures, a fish, a broken bottle neck and Adolf Hitler's head.

    • A McCarthy-era sign reads: "I Knew He Was a Commie 'Cause He Didn't Drink Duff Beer"

    • A Prohibition-era sign at the Duff Brewery reads: "Prohibition Got You Down? Drink Doctor Duff's Health Tonic"

    • Goof: At Moe's, we can see one of the barflies sitting beside Barney and at the end of the bar at the same time.

    • Two of the people appearing in the driving class with Homer are his neighbor Ruth and Dr. Hibbert's wife.

    • Some of the different types of beer at the Duff Brewery include Duff, Duff Lite, Duff Dark, Duff Dry, Raspberry Duff, Tartar Control Duff, Lady Duff, and Duff Gummi Beers.

  • Quotes

    • (1960 Duff Beer commercial)
      Announcer: And now a word from our sponsor.
      John F. Kennedy: I would like to take this opportunity to express my fondness for Duff Beer.
      Richard Nixon: I'd also like to express my fondness for that particular beer.
      Homer: The man never drank a Duff in his life...

    • Principal Skinner: Over, under, in and out, that's what shoe tying is all about.

    • Marge: Homer, I want you to encourage Lisa with her science fair project.
      Homer: Yes, syrup is better than jelly.

    • Marge: I don't know if I like you experimenting on your brother.
      Lisa: Please, mother, it's purely in the interest of science.
      Lisa's Brain: That'll learn 'em to bust my tomater.

    • Lisa: What have you done with my report?
      Bart: I've hidden it. To find it you'll need to decipher a series of clues, each more fiendish than…
      Lisa: Got it!
      Bart: D'oh!

    • Judge: Your license is hereby revoked and you are to attend traffic school and two months of AA meetings.
      Homer: Your honor, I'd like that last remark stricken from the record.
      Judge: No.

    • Chief Wiggum: Mrs. Simpson, I have some bad news; your husband was found DOA.
      Marge: Oh my God! He's dead?!
      Chief Wiggum: Oh, wait, I mean DWI. I always get those two mixed up.
      Mrs. Phillips: My name's Mrs. Phillips. You said my husband's DWI?
      Chief Wiggum: Um, why don't you talk to that officer over there? I'm going out to lunch.

    • Lionel Hutz: Don't worry, Homer. I have a fool proof strategy to get you out of here: surprise witnesses, each more surprising than the last. I tell you, the judge won't know what hit him!

    • Lisa: I've grown a futuristic tomato by fertilizing it with anabolic steroids.
      Bart: The kind that help our Olympic athletes reach new peaks of excellence?
      Lisa: The very same.

    • Principal Skinner: Well, Edna, for a school with no Asian kids, I think we put on a pretty darn good science fair.

    • Moe: You'll be back!!! And you, And you (to Barney). And you.
      Barney: Of course I'll be back, if you didn't close I'd never leave!

    • Homer: I would kill everyone in this room for a drop of sweet beer.

    • Moe: C'mon, Homer, do it for your old pal Moesy.
      Barney: But Moe, yesterday you called Homer a worthless sack of --
      Moe: Pipe down, rub-a-dub!

    • Homer: When I was 17,
      I drank some very good beer.
      I drank some very good beer,
      I purchased with a fake ID.
      My name was Brian McGee.
      I stayed up listening to Queen, when I was 17.

    • Homer: All right, starting tomorrow no beer for a month.
      (Marge turns off the light and Homer opens a can, audibly)
      Marge: What was that noise?
      Homer: I was saying, "Psssst, I love you."

    • Marge: Homey, I'd like you to do something for me.
      Homer: You name it.
      Marge: I want you to give up beer for a month.
      Homer: You got it. No deer for a month.
      Marge: Did you say beer, or deer?
      Homer: .... Deer.

    • McClure: Here's an appealing fellow. In fact, they're a-peeling him off the sidewalk.
      Homer: Hehehe, It's funny cause I don't know him.

    • Homer: W, X, Y, and Z. Now I know my ABCs, won't you come and play with me.
      Eddie: Flawless.
      Lou: We also would have accepted, "tell me what you think of me."

    • Homer: Marge, I'm goin' to Moe's. Send the kids to the neighbors, I'm comin' back loaded!

    • Homer: The other day, I was so desperate for a beer that I ate the sand under the bleachers at a football game.
      Reverend Lovejoy: I cast thee out!

    • Moleman: My name is Hans. Drinking has ruined my life. I'm 31 years old!

    • Homer: To lift the spider's curse, simply recite a Bible verse. Uh... Thou shalt not... Oh, the hell with it. (Homer, throws a rock at the spider's head.)

    • Otto: My name is Otto; I love to get blotto.

  • Notes

  • Allusions

    • Bewitched
      The signs some of protesters use have the names McMahon and Tate on them. McMahon and Tate Advertising is from the classic TV show Bewitched and is where Darrin Stephens worked at during the series.

    • Tupperware
      Patty and Selma hold a Supperware (an obvious spoof of Tupperware) meeting in the Simpson home.

    • Historical References
      The references throughout the years at the Duff plant include Prohibition in the 20's (Dr. Duff's Health Tonic), Amos 'n' Andy. in the early 50's (the Q-Zone commercial), McCarthyism in the 50's ("I knew he was a COMMIE"), and the presidential debateof 1960 between John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon.

    • The Three Stooges
      While trying to pick up the cupcakes the first time, Bart does a few impressions of Curly from the The Three Stooges. He also does this when agreeing to hold Lisa's tomato when she goes to retrieve her math book.

    • Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
      Just before the end credits, we see Homer giving Marge a bike ride as she sits on the handle bars, as we hear in the background the song "Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head" performed by B.J. Thomas, which continues through the end credit sequence. The scene is almost a carbon copy of the scene in the 1969 film, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, where Butch (played by Paul Newman) is giving Etta Place (played by Katherine Ross) a ride in a bicycle while the same song plays.

    • Homer: I'm here for the Alc-Anon meeting.
      Alc-Anon (the Springfield support group for recovering alcoholics) is a play on the real-life Alcoholics Anonymous and Al-Anon.

    • Troy: Hi! I'm Troy McClure. You might remember me from such Driver's Ed films as "Alice's Adventures through the Windshield Glass" and "The Decapitation of Larry Leadfoot."
      Two quick references to the book "Alice's Adventures Through The Looking-Glass" and a parody of the film The Reincarnation Of Peter Proud.

    • A Clockwork Orange
      Bart falling to the ground trying to reach the cupcakes is a reference to the 1971 film, A Clockwork Orange.

    • Homer: When I was 17...
      The song Homer sings is a parody of the song "It Was A Very Good Year" by Frank Sinatra.