The Simpsons

Season 20 Episode 13

Gone Maggie Gone

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Mar 15, 2009 on FOX



  • Trivia

  • Quotes

    • (Homer's buying rat poison at "Best Bye")
      Shop Clerk: Here you go, sir. These will take care of those dirty rats and the clean ones too.

    • (After Marge has gone blind from looking at the eclipse.)
      Dr. Hibbert: Now, Simpsons, I must warn you any stress can increase the blood pressure in Marge's eye-balls. Leading to what we call "Tex-Avery Syndrome."
      (He pops in a video, showing the wolf from the Tex Avery cartoons, with Little Red Riding Hood coming in dressed as a nurse. Exaggerated eye action goes on leading to the wolf's eye turning into bombs and exploding.)
      Homer:: Wolves are taking all our women!!

    • Homer:: (driving car with Maggie and SLH) Whoever is biting me, STOP IT!!

    • (As Homer goes careening off the Bridge)

    • Mr. Burns: Well well, if it isn't the Tardy Boys and Nancy Clueless!

    • (Arguing about Homer leaving Maggie on the steps of the convent and wanting to take her back.)
      Homer: Oh come on, I bet your husband does stupid stuff all the time!
      Nun: (angrily) I'm married to Jesus!
      Homer: Yeah, and I'm married to Wonder Woman...

    • (Homer places Maggie on the steps of a convent.)
      Homer: Now I need to leave you where you'll be safe: Under the watchful eyes of God. And I'll be watching you too, in case God's busy making tornadoes or not existing.

    • Kent Brockman: Today, Springfield will experience a rare total eclipse of the sun. A solar eclipse is like a woman breast-feeding in a restaurant. It's free, it's beautiful, but under no circumstances should you look at it. We recommend using a homemade "camera obscura", fashioned from an ordinary shoebox and paper towel tube.
      (Kent reaches under his desk and pulls out an unmade camera obscura)
      Kent Brockman: (fuming) This... was supposed to be pre-made. Fine, I'll do it myself. Where's the end of the frickin' tape?! Forget it! We'll do it next week!
      Cameraman: (off-screen) The eclipse is today.
      Kent Brockman: (shouting) There's an eclipse when I say there's an eclipse!

    • Nun: (singing to babies) If you're happy and you know it, that's a sin! If you're happy and you know it, that's a sin!

  • Notes

    • Blackboard Joke: None.
      Couch Gag: The couch hangs from the ceiling. Ralph Wiggum comes in wearing a blindfold and hits it with a stick like a pinata. The couch breaks and the Simpson family falls out from inside.
      Billboard Gag: None.
      Ralph: None.

  • Allusions

    • Dora the Explorer
      The scene where Homer is trying to figure out how to get the poison, Maggie and the dog across the water, he looks into the camera and asks if the audience can help him. This is similar to what Dora does on the kids show Dora the Explorer.

    • The Da Vinci Code
      The scenes that give Lisa clues as to how to find Maggie in a Catholic church, and trying to find a truth hidden by the church are all allusions to the novel and movie The Da Vinci Code.

    • Bill O'Reilly
      The scene where Kent Brockman loses it on the air during his news segment is a parody of the infamous clip of Bill O'Reilly losing it on Inside Edition.

    • Philadelphia Phillies
      During the scene showing the nuns landing in Philadelphia the Phillie Phanatic, the mascot for the Philadelphia Phillies, can be spotted.

    • The Seven Year Itch
      The scene showing the nun's skirt blowing up is an allusion to the 1955 film The Seven Year Itch starring Marilyn Monroe. In it, there is a scene in which her skirt gets blown up while standing over a vent.

    • The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew
      When Lisa, Comic Book Guy and Principal Skinner get to the Springfield sign only to see Mr. Burns there waiting; he refers to them as "The Tardy Boys and Nancy Clueless." A reference to the mystery solving teens The Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew respectively.

    • Life in Hell
      The bunny toy that Maggie holds in Pest Bye looks like Binky, the bunny from Matt Groening's comic strip, Life In Hell.

    • Ratatouille
      The scene where Homer walks into the kitchen with all the rats, the movie he shows and the subsequent scene following it where he is being controlled by a rat are all allusions to the movie Ratatouille.

    • Best Buy
      Pest Bye, the name of the rat poison store, and its signage are parodies of the electronics store Best Buy.

    • Gone Baby Gone
      The title of this episode is a play on the title of the 2007 Ben Affleck film Gone Baby Gone.

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