The Simpsons

Season 4 Episode 17

Last Exit to Springfield

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Mar 11, 1993 on FOX



  • Trivia

    • X-rated clubs at the Springfield red-light district: "Nudes at Eleven," "Adam and Adam," and "The Horny Toad"

    • Dr. Wolfe's, Lisa's dentist from this episode, business is called 'Painless Dentistry: Formerly Painful Dentistry.'

  • Quotes

    • Lenny: So long, dental plan!
      (Homer stares blankly as the words echo in his brain)
      Lenny's Voice: Dental plan!
      Marge's Voice: Lisa needs braces.
      Lenny's Voice: Dental plan!
      Marge's Voice: Lisa needs braces.
      Lenny's Voice: Dental plan!
      Marge's Voice: Lisa needs braces.
      Lenny's Voice: Dental plan!
      Marge's Voice: Lisa needs braces.
      Lenny's Voice: Dental plan!
      Marge's Voice: Lisa needs braces.
      Lenny's Voice: Dental plan!
      Marge's Voice: Lisa needs braces.
      (Charlie drops a pencil into Homer's butt)
      Carl: Bullseye!
      Homer: Thanks a lot, Carl, now I've lost my train of thought.
      (Homer stares blankly again)
      Lenny's Voice: Dental plan!
      Marge's Voice: Lisa needs braces.
      Lenny's Voice: Dental plan!
      Marge's Voice: Lisa needs braces.
      Homer: If we give up our dental plan... I'll have to pay for Lisa's braces!

    • Kent Brockman: Tonight on Smartline, the power plant strike, Arglebargle or Fufferella. With us tonight our plant owner C.M. Burns, Union Kingpin Homer Simpson, and talk show mainstay Dr. Joyce Brothers.
      Dr. Joyce: I brought my own mic!

    • Boy: You can't treat the working man this way. One day we'll form a union and get the fair and equittable treatment we deserve. Then we'll go too far, and get corrupt and shiftless and the Japanese will eat us alive!
      Mr. Burns' Grandfather: The Japanese!? Those sandal-wearing goldfish tenders? Bosh! Flimshaw!
      Years Later
      Mr. Burns: If only we'd listened to that boy, instead of walling him up in the abandoned coke oven.

    • Mr. Burns: Now, let's get down to business.
      Homer: (thinking) Oh, man. I have to go to the bathroom. Why did I have all that beer and coffee and watermelon?
      Mr. Burns: Now Homer, I know what you're thinking. I want to take the pressure off. Now, it doesn't take a "whiz" to know that you're looking out for "Number One". Well, listen to me, and you'll make a big splash very soon.
      Homer: Ooh, which way to the bathroom?
      Mr. Burns: Oh, it's the twenty-third door on the left.

    • Lisa: Do you really think you can get our dental plan back, dad?
      Homer: Well, that depends on who's the better negotiator, Mr. Burns or me...
      Bart: Dad, I'll trade you this delicious doorstop for your crummy old Danish.
      Homer: Done and done!

    • Dentist: I'm afraid Lisa is going to need braces.
      Lisa: Oh no! I'll be socially unpopular...more so!

    • Mr. Burns: Look at them all through the darkness I'm bringing, they're not sad at all, they're actually singing.

    • Kent: Homer, organised labor has been called a lumbering dinosaur.
      Homer: AAAAHH!
      Kent: Um, my director is asking me not to talk to you anymore.
      Homer: Woohoo!

    • Grampa: One trick is to tell 'em stories that don't go anywhere, like the time I caught the ferry over to Shelbyville. I needed a new heel for my shoe, so, I decided to go to Morganville, which is what they called Shelbyville in those days. So I tied an onion to my belt, which was the style at the time. Now, to take the ferry cost a nickel, and in those days, nickels had pictures of bumblebees on 'em. "Give me five bees for a quarter," you'd say. Now, where were we? Oh yeah, the important thing was I had an onion on my belt, which was the style at the time. They didn't have white onions because of the war. The only thing you could get was those big yellow ones..

    • Lisa: Come gather round children, it's high time ye learns,
      'Bout a hero named Homer and a devil named Burns.
      We'll march till we drop, the girls and the fellas.
      We'll fight to the death or else fold like umbrellas.
      So we'll march day and night by the big cooling tower.
      They have the plant, but we have the power.

    • Carl: All in favor of a strike?
      Everyone: Aye!
      Carl: And all opposed?
      Man: Nay.
      Homer: Who keeps saying that?
      Man: It was him. Lets get him fellas.

    • Homer: Guys are always patting my bald head for luck, pinching my belly to hear my girlish laugh.
      Marge: Hmm, that doesn't sound like they like you at all.
      Homer: You know, I think you're right. First thing tomorrow morning, I'm gonna punch Lenny in the back of the head.
      (the next morning Homer punches Lenny)

    • Mr. Burns: Find the bathroom all right?
      Homer: Uuuuh..... yeah!

    • Mr. Burns: This is a thousand monkeys working at a thousand typewriters. Soon they'll have written the greatest novel known to man. Lets see. It was the best of times, it was the "blurst" of times! You stupid monkey!

    • (knock on door)
      Homer: Who is it?
      Goon: Goons.
      Homer: Who?
      Goon: Hired goons.

    • Mr. Burns: We both want a fair union contract.
      Homer: (thinking) Why is Mr. Burns being so nice to me?
      Mr. Burns: And if you scratch my back, I'll scratch yours.
      Homer: (thinking) Wait a minute. Is he coming onto me?
      Mr. Burns: I mean, if I should slip something into your pocket, what's the harm?
      Homer: (thinking) My God! He is coming onto me!
      Mr. Burns: After all, negotiations make strange bedfellows. (chuckle, wink)
      Homer: (thinking) Aaahh! Sorry, Mr. Burns, but I don't go in for these backdoor shenanigans. Sure, I'm flattered, maybe even a little curious, but the answer is no!

    • Mr. Burns: Look at him, Smithers. Exercising away. While the others are off at the candy machine.
      Homer: Hey, Lenny, can you get this Sugar Daddy off my back?
      Lenny: Okay, but it's the last time!

    • Mr. Burns: Simpson, eh? New man?
      Smithers: He thwarted your campaign for governor, you ran over his son, he saved the plant from meltdown, his wife painted you in the nude...
      Mr. Burns: Doesn't ring a bell.

    • Homer: Where's my burrito. Where's my burrito. Where's my burrito.

    • Bart: Dr. Wolfe likes to pull kids' teeth so he can sell 'em.
      Kid: To who?
      Bart: Know that rattle when you shake up a can of spray paint? That's a kid's tooth!

    • Dr. Wolfe: How often do you brush, Ralph.
      Ralph: Three times a day, sir.
      Dr. Wolfe: Why must you turn my office into a house of lies?

    • Mr. Burns: And this is my basement. (Reveals a traditional unfinished basement, complete with ping-pong table)
      Homer: Gee, it's not as nice as the other rooms.
      Mr. Burns: Yes, I really should stop ending the tour with it.

    • Homer: What does this job pay?
      Carl: Nothing.
      Homer: D'oh!
      Carl: Unless you're crooked.
      Homer: Whoo-hoo!

    • Mr. Burns: Look at him strutting around like he's cock of the walk. Well, let me tell you. Homer Simpson is cock of nothing.

    • Carl: What do we want?
      All: More equitable treatment at the hands of management!
      Carl: When do we want it?
      All: Soon!

  • Notes

    • In one scene, Lisa is seen playing a guitar. This marked the first time we see Lisa play another instrument besides her trademark saxophone.

    • The original panelist on Smartline was supposed to be O.J. Simpson, but he turned it down and Dr. Joyce Brothers was cast (much to the relief of the writers).

    • In January 2003, an "Entertainment Weekly" article looking back at the top 25 episodes of the series chose this episode as the show's greatest episode.

    • Anthony Hopkins was originally asked to guest star as the Dentist for this episode, but turned it down. Their secondary choice was Clint Eastwood, but he too turned it down. The part eventually went to Hank Azaria.

    • This was the last episode written by the team of Jay Kogen and Wally Wolodarsky.

    • Blackboard Joke: Mud is not one of the four food groups.
      Couch Gag: The couch turns into a tentacled brown monster that sucks the family in when it transforms.

  • Allusions

    • Red River
      The union member and power plant worker Gummy Joe appears to be a homage to Nadine Groot, a character from this 1948 film.

    • Classical Gas
      Upon Lenny's request, Lisa plays this song by Mason Williams after her power plant ballad.

    • Eversmile, New Jersey
      Dr. Wolfe is a based on Daniel Day Lewis's character, Dr. Fergus O'Connell from this 1989 film.

    • Moby Dick
      Before Mr. Burns shuts off the power to the town in response to the strike, he says, "From Hell's heart I stab at thee." A reference to Captain Ahab's curse, from Herman Melville's classic novel.

    • Football player: (Trips over a buried body)
      This refers to famous president of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Jimmy Hoffa, who, according to the story, was killed by the mafia and buried in concrete during the construction of the New York Giants' football stadium in New Jersey.

    • Dr. Wolfe: Lisa, Marge, these braces are invisible, painless, and periodically release a delightful burst of Calvin Klein's "Obsession--for Teeth."
      These braces are based on Calvin Klein's perfume, Obsession.

    • Burns: It was the best of times, it was the BLURST is times?!?
      In 1909, statistician Émile Borel showed that an infinite number of monkeys hitting typewriter keys at random would produce entire works of actual literature. Mr. Burns is trying to do the same job with only 1000 monkeys, which "explains" the butchery of "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times"-- the first line of Charles Dickens' masterpiece A Tale of Two Cities.

    • Get Smart
      When Mr. Burns and Smithers proceed to the room with the master control for Springfield's power, they go through a series of odd-shaped doors. This is a spoof of the opening of the TV show Get Smart, where Maxwell Smart goes through a series of doors to get to his HQ.

    • The Godfather II
      Don Homer wondering around streets that look like Little Italy, is taken from the 1974 film The Godfather II.

    • Batman When Lisa asks the dentist for the mirror after her braces are put on, the scene is identical to the one in the first Batman film when the Joker is trying to get his face repaired after falling into the vat of chemicals. When the Joker looks into the mirror, he laughs insanely as he slams the mirror into the tray and Lisa does the same thing.

    • The Beatles
      Lisa's dream is a parody of The Beatles between the years 1967-1968. Specifically their film Yellow Submarine and what George and Ringo said when they spot Lisa, is similar to the Beatles' tune "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds".

    • Last Exit To Brooklyn
      The episode title, "Last Exit To Springfield," is a parody of the 1989 film title, Last Exit To Brooklyn.

    • Batman
      When Burns and Smithers shoot down two fireploes with their names on them, this is a quick homage to the poles hidden in the bookcase in the 1960's television show Batman. As they slide you can also hear the theme Danny Elfman composed for the Batman movies.

    • Burns: They sing without juicers, they sing without blenders. They sing without flunjers, capdabblers, and smendlers.
      The small rant Burns goes on with Smithers (including the animation) is taken from the Dr. Seuss book (and later film) How The Grinch Stole Christmas.