Marge Simpson, Patty Bouvier, and Selma Bouvier
Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders, Principal Skinner, Waylon Smithers, Kent Brockman, and others
Homer Simpson, Grampa Simpson, Barney Gumble, Krusty the Clown, Groundskeeper Willie, and others
Bart Simpson, Nelson Muntz, Ralph Wiggum, Todd Flanders, and others
Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, Moe Szyslak, Chief Wiggum, Comic Book Guy, Lou, and others
Special Guest Star
Milhouse Van Houten, Rod Flanders, Jimbo Jones, and others
Agnes Skinner, Brandine Del Roy, Dolph and others
Martin Prince, Sherri, Terri and others
When Lisa won a trophy in the spelling bee, Bart claims that it was the first trophy the Simpsons won that has nothing to do with bowling. But Bart won a trophy in soapbox racing in "Saturdays of Thunder", he and Marge also won trophies in tennis in "Tennis the Menace", Homer won a Grammy in "Homer's Barbershop Quartet" and everybody except Homer won an award in the Springfield Pride Awards in "The Mansion Family".
According to what Lisa says after the first round of the finals, this Spelling Bee takes place in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
A scene were Bart kisses a Hispanic girl on a bench was shown briefly in a preview but not in the actual show.
Kent Brockman: The Spellympics is being sued by the Olympics for use of the suffix 'lympics.' This has got to be the slowest news day ever!
Principal Skinner: Lisa, 'impugn.'
Lisa: I-M-P . . .
Bart: Hey, Lisa said . . .
Nelson: Shut up, pee!
George Plimpton: Alex, your word is "rigged." As in, "This contest is rigged."
Marge: Lisa, honey, you spelled the word wrong but you did the right thing.
Homer: Yeah, you're the number one speller in this car, or in that car, or in that car, or (realizes that the car he's about to point out has the spelling champion in it) uh, don't look in that car.
Lisa: Dad, this is my moment in the sun. How can you miss it to be with a sandwich?
Homer: You don't understand. It's not just a sandwich… it's about brotherhood, it's about freedom, it's about three days since I've had one! I'm gettin' the shakes! And I'm gettin' the fries!
George Plimpton: Okay, your word is 'whether/weather'.
Sun Moon: Um, which one? Could you use it in a sentence?
George Plimpton: Certainly…'I don't know whether the weather will improve.'
Marge: Oh our little girl's got her own cheering section.
Homer: Hey, who doesn't.
Lenny: You tell her, Big H!
Carl: You're the man!
Moe: Ah you ain't so hot!
Lisa: Could you use it in a sentence?
Chalmers: Nothing could ameliorate the ineptitude of Principal Skinner.
Skinner: I wish he wouldn't use me in every example.
Skinner: Milhouse, your word is "choke."
Milhouse: Oh, I know this one, it's so easy, "F".... oh man! (kids laugh)
Skinner: Stop laughing! It will scar him for life! He-he-he, it is kinda infectious.
Bart: Come on, man, everyone knows the first day of school is a total wank.
Principal Skinner: Well, if by wank you mean educational fun, then stand back, it's wanking time!
Homer: Wow, I can't wait to pack that in my colon!
Otto: Spell AC/DC.
Lisa: A C D C.
Otto: Nuh-uh! You forgot the lightning bolt!
Seven Sisters: Give in, Lisa. Get a free ride.
George Plimpton: And a hotplate.
Seven Sisters: Free ride. Free ride. Free ride.
George Plimpton: And a hotplate.
Announcer in Ribwich Commercial: We take letter-graded meat, and process the hell out of it, until it's good enough for krusty.
Lisa: (Loudly) I'M QUEEN OF THE WORLD (whispers) of spelling (Loud) That's right, QUEEN OF THE WORLD (whispers) of spelling.
Lisa's cheering section: Diphthongs, cognates, Latin roots. Lisa clobbers all you fruits!
Cletus: Hey, spell scabies!
Cletus (holding up a baby): Rubella, you got yourself a middle name.
Homer: (arriving just in time for Lisa's spelling bee performance in Calgary) Daddy made it for your dance recital, honey!
Kent Brockman: In business news, 3M and M & M have merged to form, get this, Ultradyne Systems.
Spellympics Village Sign: A place for nerds.
Principal Skinner: Bart, your word is imply.
Bart: Imply. I-M-P…
Nelson: Bart said 'I am pee'. He's made of pee!
(students all laugh)
Bart: Well, I got my laugh. I'm outta here.
Ralph: I made Bart in my pants.
Lisa: Well, I supposed I could just skip college and marry Milhouse.
(imagining her wedding day)
Milhouse in fantasy: I know this is a fantasy, but I'll take it!
When Lisa is in George Plimpton's office, you can see a powder-blue jersey with a big zero on it. This is a reference to Plimpton's brief stint as a third-string quarterback for the Detroit Lions.
The opening credits cited this as the 301st episode, even though we know (and they know) it wasn't.
As Lisa ran through the street practicing for her spelling bee (in "Rocky" fashion), Barney appeared as a drunk once again, drinking a Duff and asking her to spell "R-E-L-A-P-S-E." Whether or not this remains as continuity remains to be seen...
Bart and Lisa start yet another new school year in this episode, but it is unclear whether or not they are going to a new grade or not (probably not) since the episode never showed them actually going to class.
Blackboard Joke: None.
Couch Gag: Via a "Etch a Sketch" the family is drawn sitting on the couch.
The episode title is a takeoff of the 1982 movie I'm Dancing As Fast As I Can, starring Jill Clayburgh.
The scene when Homer trades the last Ribwich for the ribhead's car, the start of the James Bond theme is heard.
Barney's "R-E-L-A-P-S-E" song is a parody of "R-E-S-P-E-C-T" by Aretha Franklin.
Lisa: I'm Queen of the World! Of spelling.
This is a possible reference to the movie Titanic, when Jack (Leonardo DiCaprio) yells, "I'm King of the World!"
The Ribwich is also a take on the McDonald's temporary sandwich the "McRib."
The Krusty Burger's Ribwich "Like A Rib" commercial is a parody of Chevy's "Like A Rock" commercials, set to the song by Bob Seger.
The scene where Homer first tries the Ribwich is a parody of the footage of the principal characters getting high in the 2000 film Requiem for a Dream.
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