The Simpsons

Season 16 Episode 12

Goo Goo Gai Pan

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Mar 13, 2005 on FOX
8.0
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Mr. Burns is taking his driving test and Selma is having hot flashes. Dr. Hibbert diagnoses that she is going through menopause. After seeing a video on the topic hosted by Robert Wagner, Selma is disappointed to learn that she'll never be able to have children. Patty suggests that she try adoption and Lisa suggests China. Only to qualify, Selma needs a husband who must go with her to China to collect their child. She fills out the form with the name: Homer Simpson. Selma flies the Simpson family to China. At Marge's request, Homer goes along with the charade. Under the supervision of Madam Wu, a Chinese functionary, the family, with Marge as the children's nanny takes a tour of the sites. For his occupation, Homer tells Madam Wu that he is a Chinese acrobat, and of course later his services in that capacity are called into action. Selma gets her child, a daughter named Ling Bouvier, only to have her taken away after Madam Wu sees Marge snuggling with Homer. At the airport, Lisa comes up with a plan to get Ling back. Homer poses as a Buddha statue to get inside the orphanage. Only Madam Wu stops them with a tank in Tien An Men Square. Selma appeals to Madam Wu, bureaucrat to bureaucrat and it works. Selma, her new daughter and the family are allowed to leave China via a junk.moreless

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  • Racist garbage

    3.0
    In which the Simpsons' writers mock a superior culture. What they are too stupid to realise is, every thing they slam China for is mirrored in their own 3rd world nation.
  • Fair

    5.0
    Selma wants to adopt a baby in China, only problem is she needs to be married. So she pretends Homer is her problem. But when the truth is revealed, wil Selma be able to keep her baby, even though she is not married?



    Good episode but it had some disgusting gags, like Mr. Burns' lungs in the first act, the guy ripping out Homer's heart, to name a few. Those weren't funny to me, they were gross and very unneeded. The rest was OK, not a whole lot of funny though, my grade for this episode is in the C rangemoreless
  • Touching AND Funny

    9.0
    A surprisingly touching episode of The Simpsons. Since Selma's Choice, Selma Bouvier has wanted a baby because she is afraid of being alone. In this episode she tries to adopt a Chinese Baby with Homer posing as her husband, Bart and Lisa posing as her kids and Marge posing as the servant. Selma must convince Madam Woo (played by the excellent Lucy Lui) to give her Ling. She suceeds in the end.



    But the best thing about this episode is the relationship between Homer and Selma. In the past the two sisters hate Homer, however in recent years Selma has shown some compassion for Homer and because Homer helped Selma rescue Ling, she has at least something to thank him for.



    A very funny episode - especially the singing Chinese Dragons at the end and Homer trying to steal the Panda. Top Notch Entertainment.moreless
  • Very funny episode with many hilarious moments like Homer being a Buddah....

    8.9
    Selma experiences hot flashes. Dr. Hibbert diagnoses that she is going through menopause, and she discovers she'll never be able to have children. Lisa suggests she adopt a Chinese baby, but Selma is missing the important qualification of a husband. She names Homer Simpson as her husband, so she and the Simpsons fly to China to carry out the charade. Madam Wu observes how Homer and Selma and their nanny Marge interact and she finds their relationship healthy enough to give Selma her child, Ling. Proud of Homer's good deed, Marge snuggles with him and the two are caught by Madam Wu. Ling is taken away, but Homer breaks into the orphanage to take the baby and run. Madam Wu catches up with the family, but after Homer and Selma appeal to her, she lets the family leave China with the baby.moreless
  • Selma had a baby. Selma's felt?

    10
    Goo Goo Gai Pain



    Today The Simpsons are going to China. Bart and Lisa went to the Great Wall Of China and Lisa read the map. Bart was looking through the telescope. The green t-shirt Chinese Girl is mean when Homer is here. Then back to SpringField. Bye China. See you later. They went on a airplane called Air China.



    This episode is dreamy if I go to China with The Simpsons and Selma. Selma.vs.Ling Bouvier? This reminds me of Bart Carny where Homer works at the carnival.



    All the words in this episode are Chinese so you have to watch it.moreless
Julie Kavner

Julie Kavner

Marge Simpson, Patty Bouvier, and Selma Bouvier

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

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

David Silverman

David Silverman

Himself

Guest Star

Robert Wagner

Robert Wagner

Himself

Guest Star

Lucy Liu

Lucy Liu

Madam Wu

Guest Star

Pamela Hayden

Pamela Hayden

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

Recurring Role

Tress MacNeille

Tress MacNeille

Agnes Skinner, Brandine Del Roy, Dolph and others

Recurring Role

Karl Wiedergott

Karl Wiedergott

Additional Voices

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (12)

    • (At the Counsulate of China)
      Clerk: And don't forget--your husband must go with you to China to pick up the baby.
      Selma: All right, here I go…Writing the name…(Struggling to keep her composure as she writes Homer's name on the form)
      Clerk: Excellent! You are Mrs. Homer Simpson. He is your soul mate and lover.
      Selma: Yes…Homer Simpson is my whole world…I love him! (Sarcastically disgusted)
      (Moments later at the nuclear plant cafeteria with Carl and Lenny, Homer shudders)

      Homer: Oooh, I just felt a chill go through my very soul.
      Lenny: Yeah, those Sloppy Joes will do that.

    • (The family is about to leave the hospital)
      Homer: Come on kids, we should go. Goodbye, Selma. (Covers her with a blanket)
      Selma: I'm not dead, idiot!
      Homer: I know. That was for the other patients. (Selma punches him in the crotch) OW!!! Oooh, oooh, OWWW!!! My thingies!

    • (At a Krusty Fried Chicken cart)
      Madam Wu: You shall be back in the land you love soon. Tomorrow we'll give you your baby.
      Selma: Oh, my God! Really? My life begins at last!
      Madam Wu: That is quite an insult to your other children.
      Bart: We understand, ma'am. We're pretty lousy kids.

    • Marge: Selma, I didn't realize you wanted a child so badly.
      Selma: I didn't want to get pregnant and lose my looks.
      (Homer hides his laughter.)

    • Robert Wagner: (In the video) So let's all give menopause a round of men-applause. "Men-aplause?!?" I'm not saying that!

    • Dragons: (singing Chinese opera style) American Jerks are going home...Now we sleep for a thousand years...When we wake the world will end...

    • Madam Wu: Lisa, soon you will have a Chinese baby sister who will surpass you academically.
      Lisa: I don't know about that. I'm considered pretty smart.
      Madam Wu: Well, Tibet was considered pretty independent. How'd that work out?
      Lisa: (Gasps) How dare you make light of that brutal…
      Marge: (Restrains her) Mind your manners, Lisa.
      Madam Wu: Such loving discipline. Maybe someday, someone will love you too, childless servant. (Marge makes a restrained angry growl)

    • Bart: What the hell's menopause?
      Homer: Son, menopause is when the stork that brings babies gets shot by drunken hunters.

    • Pilot: If you look out the left side of the aircraft, you will see our monument to warrior, and spicy chicken pioneer, General Gou.
      Homer: Wow, it makes Lincoln Memorial look like crap.

    • Madam Wu: Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on Wu!

    • Homer: Wow, the fortune cookies here really are more accurate.
      (Homer reads fortune that says "We will take Selma's baby.")

    • Fake Bart: Feast on my shorts, stupid father man.

  • NOTES (8)

    • The title of this episode is similar to an earlier Itchy and Scratchy episode titled, "Moo Goo Gai Pain."

    • Aside from the short scene where Cletus takes his baby back, Maggie does not appear in the episode at all. For some unknown reason, she did not go to China with the rest of the family.

    • The Heimlich maneuver was first described by cardiologist Dr. Henry Heimlich in 1974, which would make Madam Wu at least thirty-one years old. It was first done after her father choked to death on a ping pong ball.

    • According to Burn's license, it expires in 1909. Subtract 21 years (the age in which a first license usually expires), and Burns was born in 1888. Making him 117 years old.

    • While many of China's leaders are displayed, the show specifically showcased Chairman Mao. Specifically chosen for Matt Groening (a huge fan of The Beatles) as a homage to the song "Revolution."

    • This is the second time in the series (After "Selma's Choice") that Selma wants a child.

    • Blackboard Joke: None.
      Couch Gag: The family enters a darkened living room only to have all the lights come on and several of the show's characters yell "Surprise!" and Homer seems to have a heart attack and collapses from the shock.

    • David Silverman, supervising director appears in live action during the end credit sequence to show us how to draw Bart.

  • ALLUSIONS (8)

    • Orson Welles
      Robert Wagner balking about the script in the menopause video is an ode to an infamous recording of Orson Welles doing a voice-over for a frozen food commercial and reading the riot act to the engineers about the text. The audio can be heard here.

    • Ally McBeal
      Selma's new baby's name is Ling, which is the same as the character Lucy Liu played on Ally McBeal and made her a celebrity.

    • White Dragon: Hello, Homer. Give me your peanuts and you can fly on my back!
      The white, flying dragon with a wolf-like face bares a striking resemblance to Haku, the dragon from the film Spirited Away.

    • Tien An Men Square: On this spot, in 1989, nothing happened
      A bloody student protest occurred in 1989 in Tiananmen Square, where several students were butchered by the Chinese army. Selma standing up to Ms. Wu in the tank is an homage to the famous photo of one of those students standing up to several tanks.

    • Actor: When I was 17, I walked into the jungle. And by 21, I walked out. And by God, I was rich!
      The show that the Simpsons go see in China is the Arthur Miller classic "Death Of A Salesman". Also, Chinese opera is supposed to be more eccentric than the rest, which explains why only Homer could understand it.

    • Burns: You know this baby once outraced the Flying Finn...
      A funny reference to the racer who broke two world records ina single day.

    • Homer: I hope you washed your hands first!
      The scene where the monks beat up Homer after he insults them, and one of them rips his heart out, is just like the Mortal Kombat video game.

    • Restaurant: Krusty Fried Chicken
      The Chinese chicken restaurant is a spoof of Kentucky Fried Chicken.

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