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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
Milhouse Van Houten, Rod Flanders, Jimbo Jones, and others
Moe's snake bites disappear right after Barney lights his shirt and
apron on fire.
This episode marks the one and only appearance of Marge's father.
The name of the lesbian bar is SHE-SHE Lounge.
The man who looks very similar to Homer is named "Guy Incognito."
(Moe has tossed Homer out of the tavern.)
Homer: Oh! Heh heh heh, joke's on them. I'm still alive.
Marge: Oh, well, thank you doctor. You've changed my life!
Dr. Zweig: You know, Marge, we've really just begun to scratch the surface. There's still the far more serious problem of your husband.
Homer: (walking in) That's okay, you don't have to make her into some kind of superwoman. She can get on a plane, that's plenty.
Homer: Ever since you started therapy, all you can do is talk about yourself. Well what about me, Marge?
Marge: I just left my first session and I haven't even opened my mouth yet!
Homer: You see? You see? I just left my first session and I haven't opened my mouth yet.
Lisa: Mom, can we talk to you?
Marge: Can't talk. Keeping myself in a state of catlike readiness.
Lisa: Uh… neat.
Lisa: Mom, you've been cooking all night?
Marge: (happy) Judge, jury, and executioner, all rolled into one, you are!
Lisa: See, Dad? I told you Mom would have problems.
Marge: No, no, honey, it's all right. Really, I'm fine, I'm all right. (to self) Mother always said, 'Don't complain. Be good. Behave. Behave. Be nice. Smile. Be polite. Don't wink, don't make waves. (walks out)
Homer: You heard your mother's ramblings. She's fine, so behave.
Homer: Lisa, the important thing is for your mother to repress what happened. Push it deep down inside her, so she'll never annoy us again.
Lisa: But if we don't encourage her to vent her feelings, they can come out in other ways.
Marge: I just realized we never had a wedding for the cat and the dog…they've been living in sin!
Bart: You know, I have this feeling that we forgot something…
Grampa: (still on the plane) Aaaaaaaaah!
Homer: Ehh, I'm sure it's nothing.
Bartender: Uh, sorry, you gotta be a pilot to drink in here.
Homer: Um, but I am a pilot.
Bartender: Where's your uniform?
Homer: Um… I stowed it safely in the overhead compartment.
Bartender: Well, you talk the talk. Here's a loaner.
Homer: You're right. I've been wasting my life away in that dump for years. That's it! I'm going to find a new bar to drink in, and I'm going to get drunker than I've ever been in my entire life! Bart! Where's my wallet?
Bart: (pulling it from his own pocket) Right here, Dad!
Homer: Thank you!
(Marge is fixing the roof in the middle of the night)
Homer: Marge, it's 3 a.m.! Shouldn't you be baking?
Homer: (to Marge) Marge, what's wrong? Are you hungry? Sleepy? Gassy? Gassy? Is it gas? It's gas, isn't it?
Marge: Homer, I've never told you this before, but I'm not a good flyer. I have to get off the plane. Let me off the plane. I'm asking you nicely to open the doors!
Homer: Take it easy, Marge. How about if we dope you up real good?
Marge: (screaming) Let me off let me off let me off let me off let me off let me off!!!
Airport Official: If word gets out about this then Krazy Klown airlines will be a laughing stock. In return for your silence, I'm prepared to offer your family free tickets to anywhere in the United States, excluding Alaska and Hawaii, the freak states.
Homer: Woo Hoo!
Homer: Good news, everybody! Because I endangered lives, we can fly anywhere we want!
Marge: Whenever the winds whistles, I'll always remember, Lowenstein, Lowenstein…
Psychiatrist: My name is White.
Marge: (whispering) …Lowenstein.
Homer: There's something wrong here… (gasps) This lesbian bar doesn't have a fire exit! Enjoy your deathtrap, ladies. (leaves)
Lesbian: What's her problem?
Homer: But I'm not a pilot.
Manager: Heh heh, you flyboys crack me up.
(soon the manager is shoving Homer into a cockpit)
Homer: But I keep telling you, I'm not a pilot!
Manager: And I keep telling you, you flyboys crack me up!
Marge: Everyone has a fear of something.
Homer: Not everyone.
Marge: Sock puppets!
Homer: Where!? Where!? Ahhhh!!!
(Young Patty gives Marge some advice on her first day of school.)
Patty: They've got this thing called a "fire drill." They use it to drill a flaming hole in your head.
Bart: Cheer up, Homer.
Marge: What if you pretended that this couch were a bar? Then you could spend more nights at home with us. Huh?
Homer: I'm not going to dignify that with an answer.
Lisa: Look on the bright side, Dad. Did you know that the Chinese use the same word for "crisis" as they do for "opportunity"?
Homer: Yes! Cris-atunity.
Moe: I'm pulling your favorite song out of the jukebox.
Homer: "It's Raining Men"?
Moe: Yeah, not no more, it ain't. (throws record out the window, landing into Smithers' car.)
Smithers: Oh! (Looks at record)
Homer: The last bar in Springfield. If they don't let me in here, I'm going to have to quit drinking.
Homer's Liver: Yay!
Homer: Shut up, liver! (punches himself in the liver) Ow, my liver hurts.
Blackboard Joke: Ralph won't "morph" if you squeeze him hard enough.
Couch Gag: The family joins a kickline of dancing girls and the whole TV room becomes a circus.
Homer ends up in the bar from the series Cheers. We see some of the main characters, and we hear the theme song "Where Everybody Knows Your Name" by Gary Portnoy.
Marge: Whenever the wind whistles, I'll think, Lowenstein... Lowenstein...
This is a reference to Barbra Streisand's psychiatrist character Susan Lowenstein from the 1991 movie The Prince of Tides.
Episode Title: "Fear of Flying"
This episode shares the same title as Erica Jong's 1973 erotic novel.
North By Northwest
In the sequence where Marge is remembering the moments where she developed her fear of flying, there is an obvious reference to the 1959 Alfred Hitchcock film North By Northwest starring Cary Grant. Young Marge and her mother are in a cornfield when a WWII plane appears and starts shooting at them, as per a similar sequence in the film.
Grampa, with his hands to his face screaming because he was left on the plane, is a reference to the 1990 movie, Home Alone. Except, in the movie the parents were on the plane and Kevin was left at home.
The movie Marge was watching, Alive (1993), is based on a true story about a rugby team whose plane crashes in the Andes and they have to resort to cannibalism to stay alive.
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