The Simpsons

Season 11 Episode 20

Last Tap Dance in Springfield

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM May 07, 2000 on FOX



  • Trivia

    • Where did Lisa's shopping bags go after the movie? Her and Marge both had two when they were looking at the title outside, and then when they come out, Lisa's are gone.

    • When Professor Frink claps the can moves but when he puts the microchip in Lisa's shoe it is off.

    • In the scene where the three bullies (Dolph, Jimbo, and Kearney) kidnap a blind Homer and make him go to the liquor store to get Jack Daniels and cigarettes, Jimbo's hat is mustard yellow instead of the usual grape purple.

  • Quotes

    • Vicky: I'm sorry, but giving everyone an equal part when they're not clearly equal is what again, class?
      Girls: Communism!

    • Ralph: Lisa's bad dancing makes my feet sad!

    • Lisa: What am I doing wrong?
      Vicki: Well, you're falling a lot. Maybe you should work on that.

    • Homer: Now, honey, what were you trying to say before we kept interrupting with our loving proudness?
      Marge: Yes, our tiny tapper, what was it you were going to say after "I wanted to be a dancer, but"?
      Lisa: But, I just... need more practice! See ya! (exits kitchen, her shoes tap)
      Homer: Oh, what's that awful sound?
      Marge: The furnace?
      Lisa: It's me!
      Homer/Marge: Aww....

    • Vicki: You've just got to turn that frown upside-down!
      (Lisa smiles.)
      Vicki: That's a smile, not an upside-down frown! Work on that, too!

    • Milhouse: The mall?
      Bart: Yeah, it's just like my dad always says:
      Homer: (in a thought balloon) For an evening or a week, there's no place like the mall. Food, fun and fashion, the mall has it all!
      (Bart runs to the mall, leaving Milhouse behind)
      Milhouse: What? What did he say?!

    • (to the tune of "Good Ship Lollipop")
      Cast: On the Spaceship Lollipop,
      Gingerbread men like to do Hip Hop;
      And chocolate chips,
      Make a rockin' fuel for rocket ships!
      We just love to dance on Mars,
      Where everything's made from candy bars...

    • (to the tune of "If you're Happy and you Know it Clap Your Hands")
      Stan: If you're happy and you know it shop at Stan's. Giant discounts on your favorite major brands.

    • Mexican Milhouse: Qué malo, once again I must sugar my own churro.

    • Professor Frink: These shoes are in the off position!
      Lisa: You mean I danced all by myself?
      Marge: See, honey? All you needed was to believe--
      Homer: What are you talking about, Professor Frink? They're clearly in the on position. See? "On".
      Professor Frink: I was merely trying to spare the girl's feelings, you insensitive clod.
      Homer: Oh... oh! Well, now that I look even closer--
      Lisa: Forget it, Dad.

    • Vicky: We all do crazy things when we're desperate. I once destroyed Buddy Ebsen's credit rating.
      Lisa: Why?
      Vicky: He knows why.

    • Vicky: Nobody upstages Little Vicky! Hissss!

    • Marge: Hi, Little Vicki!
      Vicki: Oh, that was such a long time ago. I'm just plain Vicki now.
      Marge: All right, I'd like to sign my daughter up for lessons, Vicki.
      Vicki: LITTLE Vicki.
      Marge: But you just said...

    • Kearney: (Imitating Marge while driving Homer's car) Now, Homie, when we get to the liquor store, buy me some Jack Daniels and a carton of smokes.
      Homer: Yes, dear.
      (Dolph and Jimbo snicker and exchange a high-five.)

    • Ralph: My daddy shoots people!

    • Milhouse: I don't want to go home. My grandma's sleeping in my bed and she has skin like a basketball.

    • Vicky: I'm ever so pissed!

    • Professor Frink: Jesus, Mary, and Glavin!

  • Notes

    • This episode was nominated for the 2001 Golden Reel Award for Best Sound Editing - Television Animation - Music.

    • Blackboard Joke: I will not dance on anyone's grave.
      Couch Gag: The family is swinging on vines in Tarzan-style clothes. Homer swings past the couch and crashes off-screen.

  • Allusions

    • Tommy Hilfiger
      The store that Marge and Lisa walk out of before going to the movies is called Tommy Hillclimber, an allusion to the clothing line Tommy Hilfiger.

    • The series Homer watches at the beginning features a robot similar to Robo Cop.

    • :
      When Milhouse is scared by seeing the lion's on the other side of the plant they're hiding in, he is scared speechless and communicates only by pantomine and whimering and growling. That is a parody of "Scooby-Doo" when Scooby sees a monster near them and pantomines the monster.

    • :
      The MORG synthesizer featured at Stan's Keyboards (a store at the Springfield Mall) combines the Moog synthesizer and the Korg keyboard brand names.

    • :
      The main inspiration for the episode's climax – Lisa tap-dancing uncontrollably while wearing a pair of red slippers and unable to remove the Professor Frink-altered shoes – is found in Hans Christian Andersen's "The Red Shoes" (wherein a ballerina wears a pair of cursed slippers that won't stop dancing).

      A similar plot was found in the Warner Bros. animated classic, "The Wearing of the Grin," where Porky Pig – accused by a pair of paranoid leprechauns of attempting to steal their gold – is sentenced to wear a pair of magic green shoes that cause him to continuously dance a jig.

    • Lou: Sure hope this Acme kit works.
      Chief Wiggum – who has somehow concluded that a giant rat has wreaked havoc at the mall – uses an ACME trap to catch the non-existant culprit. Acme, of course, is the mail-order company Wile E. Coyote patronized to purchase items to catch the Road Runner. Chief Wiggum tests the trap (a piece of cheese tied to an overhanging anvil) and is clonked just the same as the Coyote. See Rule 7 in the More Info link.

    • :
      Several Shirley Temple references here:

      • The episode's main guest character, Vicki Valentine, was a child movie star who endeared audiences with her singing and dancing performances years ago. She's now a 60s-something adult who has remained active in her childhood profession.
      • The Spaceship Lollipop (a prop in the recital) is a play on Temple's "The Good Ship Lollipop."
      • The movie Lisa watches, about an African-American servant teaching a deeply saddened young girl how to tap dance, is similar to Temple's "Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm".

    • :
      Elements of this episode's plot – Lisa being (at best) a marginally talented dancer and getting cut from an upcoming recital – are borrowed from The Brady Bunch episode "Try, Try Again" (where Jan was (at best) a marginally talented and is not asked to participate in an upcoming recital).

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      The episode title is a play on the title of the 1972 film "Last Tango in Paris."

    • Chief Wiggum: Now shut this place down before the old folks come in for their morning walk.
      After saying that, Chief Wiggum points to the mall entrance where the old folks try to get in. That sequence resembles a scene from George A. Romero's 1978 film "Dawn of the Dead" where a bunch of zombies try to get into the mall where the main characters of that movie are hiding.

    • Homer: Ooh, my favorite Door!
      Homer thinks actor Val Kilmer is one of the Doors. Kilmer played Jim Morrison, the late lead singer from the Doors, in the movie "The Doors", which was directed by Oliver Stone. Recently, Kilmer played Morrison again in an episode of "Saturday Night Live".