The Simpsons

Season 17 Episode 5

Marge's Son Poisoning

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Nov 13, 2005 on FOX



  • Trivia

    • When Marge is trying to ride her tandem bike the music playing is "Daisy Bell (A Bicycle Built for Two)".

    • Attractions at the carnival:
      King Neptune's salt-water bath: cures imbecility!
      Sulfur Pops: The loud pronouncement means it's working!
      Dr. Lungstrong's tobacco lotion.
      Magnesium vapor soak tub.

    • Marge's Goal List:
      -Own a tandem bike
      -Visit Holyland, return safely
      -Download something
      -Never change hairdo
      -Try wheat bread.

  • Quotes

    • Krusty Tea Cup: (after Bart smashes it) Smashing voids my warranty. Have a good life!

    • Marge: (to Bart) Your job isn't to worry about me. It's to give me things to worry about.

    • Rich Texan: Gimme a bottle of bourbon. I got a new liver and I'm breaking it in.

    • Moe: Now if we get bored on the bus, I've got a book of brain teasers here. Lets see uhh.. Oh brothers and sisters have I none, but this mans father is my fathers son. Huh… (Throws the book into the garbage) Screw you ya stupid thing. (Walks away and then comes back and gets the book out of the bin and reads the answer) He is my son. That blows!!

    • (Marge and Bart are at the tea house and Marge finds a note on the door)
      Note: Loyal customers, we have been forced to close forever. It seems our cakes were filled with rat droppings, it's not that we're bad people we just weren't paying close attention. Ta Ta.
      Bart: What'd it say?
      Marge: Ahhhhh… She died.

    • Moe: Okay, your first opponent is Lefty "The Righty" Left-Right.

    • Homer: (On the phone) Hello, Domino's? What do you mean you're not open! No, you call me back during business hours! I'll show you who's a recorded message!

    • Homer: A strongman? Are you for sale? Cause I need someone to throw a birdbath at my neighbor.

    • Homer: I'm joining a professional arm wrestling circuit.
      Marge: Uh huh. And how will this affect your job at the plant?
      Homer: Negatively, I assume.

    • Homer: (counting reps on his dumbbell) 95, 96, 13, 64, Banana…

    • Agnes: Seymour! Where were you? A brightly colored car hurt my eyes!
      Skinner: Don't worry mother; I have your eye balm here in my man purse right here.

    • Skinner: You know, people say when we're on stage it's more like "Scareoke". Scary talented, I assume.

    • Bart: They're tearing down the pier!
      Bart: But what will junkies do drugs under?
      Homer: Oh, they'll bounce back, son. They're a strong people.

    • Homer: Marge, I don't hate your mother. I just won't be sad when she dies.

    • (Lisa enters Bart's treehouse)
      Lisa: Bart?
      Bart: You're not allowed in here! Can't you read the sign?
      Lisa: You mean this?
      (She points to a sign that reads "Time For Tea With Mommy And Me")
      Bart: Aye, Carumba!
      (He rips it down to reveal a "No Girls Allowed" sign)

    • Agnes: Good boy! You can push your crib into mommy's room tonight.
      Principal Skinner: It's not a crib, it's a cot.
      Agnes: If it has rails it's a crib!

    • Jimbo: That was weird. Will you teach us how to smoke?
      Marge: NO!

  • Notes

    • Blackboard Joke: None.
      Couch Gag: The family enters the living but their couch shows its teeth and begins to come after them. They run out the front door and onto the street, where we see that their neighbors are having couch troubles of their own. We cut to Sherri and Terri's house where the twins are sitting on a bean bag couch that swallows them whole. Meanwhile Springfield's finest are being terrorized in their squad car by a couch and two chairs; Professor Frink's flying sofa is firing energy beams at him and Moe uses a shotgun to dispense with his bar furniture that is on the move. Finally Homer (tired from running) stops to rest at Couch World, where he is smothered by couches.

  • Allusions

    • Midnight Cowboy
      The music in the background beginning when Marge travels alone with her bike is the theme from the 1969 movie Midnight Cowboy as performed by Toots Thielman. The movie is also referenced as Marge takes her bike through what looks like the slums of New York City, then on a lonely bus ride to Miami, just as Jon Voight did with Dustin Hoffman.

    • The China Syndrome
      The name of the china shop where Marge and Bart buy their tea service takes its name from the 1979 movie The China Syndrome starring Jane Fonda, Jack Lemmon and Michael Douglas.

    • Grease
      The "Tea Birds" jackets that Marge gave to Bart are a copy from the "T-Birds" jackets from the 1978 film Grease.