The Simpsons

Season 12 Episode 9


Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Jan 07, 2001 on FOX



  • Trivia

    • Booths seen at the animation festival include: "Happy Little Elves", "Radioactive Man", "Veggie Tales", "Trek Tales", "Cel-Out", "History of Animation", "Itchy & Scratchy", "3D Training Videos", "Poochie!", and the "Lance Murdock Cartoon Show".

  • Quotes

    • (After the crayon re-insertion)
      Lisa: Dad, how could you? We were connecting in such a meaningful way.
      Homer: We were what in a what what?
      (Lisa sighs)
      Homer: Yeah, that reminds me, I need a sandwich.

    • Homer: Now, who's up for a trip to the library tomorrow? Notice I no longer say liberry or tomorrie.

    • Kent Brockman: Animotion is up an eighth... after plunging seventy five points this morning!
      Homer: Oh, I hope plunging means up, and seventy five means two hundred!
      Kent Brockman: The firm declared super-dooper bankruptcy, which is terrible news for the company's one stockholder, Homer Simpson.

    • Homer: Family meeting! Family meeting! (the rest of the family runs into the dining room and quickly takes their seats) Okay, people, let's keep this short. We all want to get home to our families. (all laugh) All right, first item: I lost our life savings in the stock market. Now let's move on to the real issue: Lisa's hogging of the maple syrup.
      Lisa: Well, maybe if Mom didn't make such dry waffles. There, I said it.
      Marge: Well, maybe if you'd eat some meat you'd have a natural lubricant. (gasps, and turns to Homer) You lost all our money?
      Homer: Point of order -- I didn't lose all the money. There was enough left for this cowbell. (rings it softly, and the bell breaks apart in his hands) Damn you, eBay!

    • Carl: I can't feed my family with a cod-piece!

    • Moe: Alright, tell me when I hit the sweet spot.
      Homer: Deeper, you pusillanimous pilsner pusher!
      Moe: Alright, alright.
      (With a small hammer and chisel, he taps the crayon further up Homer's nose.)
      Homer: De-fense! Woof-woof! De-fense! Woof-woof!
      Moe: Eh, that's pretty dumb. But, uh...
      (He taps once more)
      Homer: Extended warranty? How can I lose?
      Moe: Perfect.

    • Homer: Questions?
      Nelson: A moron says what?
      Homer: Not being a moron, I wouldn't know. However ... (mumbles inaudibly)
      Nelson: What?
      Homer: Ladies and gentlemen, I give you your moron.

    • Marge: Lisa, a missing crayon could be anywhere.
      (Homer jumps into the house through a window)
      Homer: Who wants lottery tickets?
      Marge: Okay, it's in his brain.

    • Homer: Please, turn me back into the blissful boob I was.
      Scientist: Sorry, we don't play god here.
      Homer: Huh? You do nothing but play god! And I think your octo-parrot would agree with me.
      Octo-Parrot: Awk! Polly shouldn't be!

    • Operator: For automated stock prices, please state the company name.
      Homer: Animotion.
      Operator: Animotion, up 1 1/2.
      Homer: Yahoo!
      Operator: Yahoo, up 6 1/4.
      Homer: Huh? What is this crap?
      Operator: Fox Broadcasting, down 8.

    • (Homer sitting next to a "Diet Drug Z-3" jar, with food going past him on a conveyor belt, but he only sits there without touching the food.)
      Male Scientist: That appetite-suppressant is amazing.
      Female Scientist: Homer, you really have no desire to eat that food?
      Homer: Food? I'm blind!
      (He starts running in the room while screaming.)
      Male scientist: Who's gonna buy a pill that makes you blind?
      Female scientist: We'll let marketing worry about that.

    • Scientist: We could perform a surgery and remove the crayon from your brain. It could vastly increase your brain power. Or it could possibly kill you.
      Homer: Hmm ... increase my killing power, eh?

    • Moe: That's right, I'm a surgeon.

    • Banker: Uh sir, this is a joint account, you'll need your wife's signature too.
      Homer: Oh! Yes of course, uh, she's, uh, behind that plant.
      (Homer runs to behind the potted plant and begins to mimic speaking to Marge...)
      Homer: Hello, Marge! (speaking in a very fake "Marge" voice) Hi, Homey! (normal voice) Sign this, please. (in "Marge" voice, signs slip while in a "sexy" pose) You're the boss!
      (now Homer kneels down, imitating a child with an almost Lisa-esque voice...)
      (kid voice) Daddy, ask the man for some candy! (stands up, normal voice) No-no, no candy for you. (kneels, kid voice) Well at least get some candy for yourself. (pokes out from plant, chuckles in normal voice) Kids...

    • Homer: I was working on a flat tax proposal and I accidentally proved there's no God.
      Ned Flanders: We'll just see about tha--Oh, maybe he made a mistake? Nope... it's air-tight.

    • Homer: Is there no place for the man with the 105 IQ?

    • Homer: It's so tragic the way they hopped on pop.

    • Homer: It's uter-us, not uter-you.

    • Carl: (After Homer leaves in the middle of the day) So does he still work here or what?

  • Notes

    • In the 2002 movie Trapped (starring Kevin Bacon, Courtney Love, Charlize Theron and Stuart Townsend), the little girl (Dakota Fanning) is watching this episode on TV right before she is kidnapped.

    • In 2001, this episode won an Emmy for Outstanding Animated Program (For Programming Less Than One hour). This episode was nominated for the Annie Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement for Writing in an Animated Television Production.

    • The R in the title of this episode should be backwards.

    • Blackboard Joke: Network TV is not dead.
      Couch Gag: Five tubes over the couch spit out Homer, Marge, Maggie, Lisa, and Fry from Futurama. Fry is then sucked back up into his tube and replaced by Bart.

  • Allusions

    • Runaway Bride
      The movie Homer goes to see is Love is Nice, starring Julia Roberts and Richard Gere. A parody of Runaway Bride, which also starred Julia Roberts and Richard Gere. Also, Julia's character wears a wedding dress in both movies.

    • Homer: I'll make him an offer he can't refuse.
      This is Don Corleone's famous line from the 1972 film The Godfather. Homer imitated Marlon Brando's voice as well.

    • Davey and Goliath
      At the animation festival, the Flanders family sees a sick and twisted version of Davey and Goliath, called Gravey and Jobriath, a very wholesome bible-based claymation show from the 1960's.

    • Spike & Mike's Sick & Twisted Festival of Animation
      "Sick, Twisted, F***ed-Up Animation Festival" is where the Simpsons go for an unusual animation festival. The name of the festival parodies the title of the film, Spike & Mike's Sick & Twisted Festival of Animation, an anthology of animated short subjects.

    • The Jack Benny Program
      The Louie character in the old Itchy and Scratchy cartoon is a nod to Rochester from The Jack Benny Program.

    • Flowers for Algernon
      The plot to this episode is drawn from the book Flowers for Algernon. That book is a first-person narrative (in journal entry form) of a retarded man on whom experimental surgery is performed, tripling his IQ of 70. His social understanding and relationships do a complete 180, as do Homer's.