The Simpsons

Season 15 Episode 11

Margical History Tour

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Feb 08, 2004 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Margical History Tour
Marge, the kids and Milhouse go to the library where they find there are no longer any books on the shelves. With no books for reference, the kids are in danger of not being able to write their reports. Fortunately, Marge knows some history and relates to the children the following tales:

Henry VIII (Homer) tries to find a wife that will bear him a son.
Lewis and Clark (Lenny and Carl) get assistance from Sacagawea (Lisa) in their quest to explore the western territories.
Mozart (Bart) the musical child prodigy wows them in 18th century Austria, while his sister (Lisa) fights for her own musical identity.

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  • Crude, tasteless and historically inaccurate... but also pretty darn funny!

    The "three-story" episode format is always good for a few laughs, and this is no exception.

    Marge takes the time to educate her kids about history, and we the audience are treated to these tales:

    1. Homer as "Henry the VIII" featuring a hilarious parody of "I'm Henry the 8th I am." Probably the best segment, with a couple jokes that are just outrageous (such as Flanders being "cannonized.")

    2. Lenny and Carl as "Lewis and Clark," with Lisa as a Native American with a name meaning "Little Know-It-All Who Won't Shut Her Maize Hole." A bit of tasteless humor in this one, including Carl looking for "sweet mermaid sex."

    3. Bart as Mozart. The weakest of the trio, but a fine way to end things!

    Overall, a great Simpsons episode that gets a little wild at times.moreless
  • Just like the treehouse of horrors, a three segments-in-one episode

    this episode is terrific, especially since most of the events that marge described happens in a completely different way which makes it all the more funny.

    the first segment was probably the most funny with Henry VIII (homer) singing the Henry the 8th song and the beheadings and of course the smothering by his first wife at the end.

    the second segment on sacagewa was my least favourite but had some great lines such as lenny and carl's beliefs.

    the final segment on mozart was hilarious especially bart's (mozart's) disbelief that people could be bored by opera.

    overall, a creative and funny episode.moreless
  • A weaker episode, still worth a watch though.

    An average episode, somewhat tainted by the fact that it was pretty unoriginal. We've had so many of these historical trilogy-based episodes, and they don't get any funnier. Anyway, on with the review:

    Homer as Henry VIII: This was okay, but the story didn't seem to go anywhere. Homer's opening song was good, and it was good to see Dr. Nick again - he hardly appears anymore. The worst part was Lisa trying to grow a penis. In fact, this was awful, we didn't need to see that. 6/10

    Lisa as Sacagiwea: This was also average. There were no stand-out moments, and I thought that the killing of Milhouse was a bit extreme. Lenny and Carl had a few funny moments, but they are really used too much these days. 5/10

    Bart as Mozart: This was the best of the three. Bart was great as Mozart and perfectly characterized (at least for the altered story). Also Dr. Nick's appearance again and Nelson as Beethoven were great. 8/10

    The "Animal House" ending to this episode was bad too. Overall, an okay episode, but it really needed more humour to make it stand out from the other trilogies.

  • Wonderfully funny episode one of the best three segment non-treehouse of Horror Episodes.

    Marge takes Bart, Lisa, and Milhouse to the public library where all their books have been removed. The kids, without books to write reports with, are helped by Marge who tells them three tales from our history.

    Henry VIII: Homer plays King Henry the Eighth, who married and impregnated each of his wives in the hopes that he would get a son to carry on his fame and fortune. Lewis and Clark: Lenny and Carl play explorers Lewis and Clark, who with the help of Sacagiwea (Lisa) make their way to the Pacific Ocean to claim their land. Mozart: Bart stars as a young Mozart in the final story, which focuses on how much talent he posessed but how inconsiderate and annoying he was to the people who loved him. Lisa plays Mozarts sister who sets out to destroy his popularity and become famous herself, which proves quite costly. The show ends with Homer singing a song about the movie Animal House.moreless
  • Triolgy Episode with stories like: Henry VIII, Lewis and Clark, and Mozart.

    Henry VIII: Homer plays King Henry the Eighth, who married and impregnated each of his wives in the hopes that he would get a son to carry on his fame and fortune. 4/5 Lewis and Clark: Lenny and Carl play explorers Lewis and Clark, who with the help of Sacagiwea (Lisa) make their way to the Pacific Ocean to claim their land. 4/5

    Mozart: Bart stars as a young Mozart in the final story, which focuses on how much talent he posessed but how inconsiderate and annoying he was to the people who loved him. Lisa plays Mozarts sister who sets out to destroy his popularity and become famous herself, which proves quite costly. The show ends with Homer singing a song about the movie Animal House. 4/5

    Overall- 12/15 or B+

    Like most episodes in which the Simpsons make a triology of stories making fun of history, this episode was really funny. It displayed some crude humor but I found it enjoyable to watch. Give it a watch.moreless
Julie Kavner

Julie Kavner

Marge Simpson, Patty Bouvier, and Selma Bouvier

Harry Shearer

Harry Shearer

Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders, Principal Skinner, Waylon Smithers, Kent Brockman, and others

Dan Castellaneta

Dan Castellaneta

Homer Simpson, Grampa Simpson, Barney Gumble, Krusty the Clown, Groundskeeper Willie, and others

Nancy Cartwright

Nancy Cartwright

Bart Simpson, Nelson Muntz, Ralph Wiggum, Todd Flanders, and others

Yeardley Smith

Yeardley Smith

Lisa Simpson

Hank Azaria

Hank Azaria

Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, Moe Szyslak, Chief Wiggum, Comic Book Guy, Lou, and others

Tress MacNeille

Tress MacNeille

Agnes Skinner, Brandine Del Roy, Dolph and others

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Pamela Hayden

Pamela Hayden

Milhouse Van Houten, Rod Flanders, Jimbo Jones, and others

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Karl Wiedergott

Karl Wiedergott

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • The town of Eugene, Oregon wasn't established for over 40 years after Lewis and Clark were in the area. Eugene is however, right next to Springfield, Oregon that many believe to be the inspiration of the Simpson's Springfield.

    • This the second time that someone startled a big cat and it meowed like a house cat and ran away. The same thing happened with a cheetah in "Simpson Safari."

    • When Salieri drinks the wine to toast to Mozart's failure, it's obviously she drinks all of it, emptying the glass. However, when she falls to the floor, asleep, there's a considerably big puddle of wine around her wine glass.

    • The opera Mozart (Bart) conducts is an obvious spoof of Mozart's famous last opera "Die Zauberfloete" ("The Magical Flute"). The melody, however, is not from the opera, but from Mozart's other not less famous work "Eine kleine Nachtmusik" ("A little night music").

    • In the Louis and Clark skit, the indian chief Homer calls Carl by his real name and not Clark.

  • QUOTES (24)

    • Marge: Bart, which historical figure do you want to do your report on?
      Bart: I don't know, the Boogeyman?

    • Homer: Look at me! I eat and eat and eat and I never get any thinner!

    • Bart: (as Mozart) Eat my pantaloons!

    • Marge: …and that's the life of Mozart. Thank God he died young. I gotta get dinner on the stove.

    • Dr. Nick: As the royal physician, it is my learned opinion that her womb is filled with sea serpents.

    • Homer (as Henry the VIII): Hey, I invented divorce! How did you get half of everything?
      Lawyer: You should have invented the pre-nup! And now, half of your kingdom please.

    • Executioner: (about to behead Anne Boleyn) Your head lives for five seconds afterwards, so I left a magazine in the basket. (beheads Anne)
      Anne: (from the basket) Oooh my horoscope. 'Today will bring welcome, new changes into your life'. Wrong!

    • Homer: Oh little Salieri, why don't you go play with the other three untalented members of our family. Tito, Randy, and Jermaine.

    • Lisa: How did you two ever get to be explorers?
      Lenny: We got the job because we own a compass.
      Carl: Turns out the needle was just painted on.

    • Lenny: At last, the Pacific Ocean.
      Lisa: That's a mud puddle.
      Lenny: Some of us find solutions instead of just pointing out problems.

    • Homer: I offer you the guidance of my daughter, Sacagawea (Lisa). In our language, her name means "little know it all who won't shut her maize hole".

    • Marge: It's not your fault. It's just that you came out the wrong sex and ruined everything.
      Homer: So grow a penis or get lost.
      Lisa: (grunts and struggles) I can't.
      Homer: Bye bye!

    • Carl (as Clark): Wow, the Columbia River! Now we just ride this baby down to the Pacific and get us some sweet mermaid sex!
      Lisa (as Sacagawea): For the last time, those are SALMON!!

    • Homer: All I know is the guy who played Mozart was also in "Animal House". Now there's a movie with good music. (starts singing)

      Animal House, house, house.
      Nobody ever went to class!
      Then we saw Donald Sutherlands' ass!
      Animal House, house, house
      Animal House, house, house.
      Then they did the end like "American Graffiti"!
      Where you found out what happened to everyone!

    • (Homer singing as Henry the VIII)
      I'm Henry the VIII I am,
      Henry the VIII I am, I am,
      I've been eating since 6 A.M.
      For dessert I'll have dinner again.
      My name's synonymous with gluttony,
      I'll always eat a turkey or a ham.
      Marge: Stop singing that song! Everybody knows who you are!

    • Fop: (at Mozart's concert) Ooh, this makes me want to fop till I drop.

    • Otto (as Tweedleburger): (Eats poison berries) Oooh, I'm dying... but at least people will always remember the expedition of Lewis and Clark and Tweedleburger!

    • (Sacagawea points out poisonous things to individual settlers)
      Lisa (as Sacagawea): Okay, those berries are poison, those leaves are poison oak and your belt is a snake, also poisonous.

    • (Mozart sneaks up and puts a rat in Salieri's collar)
      Lisa (as Salieri): Ewww, a plague rat!

    • Dr. Nick: Guten tag, everybody!
      Simpsons: Guten tag, Dr. Nick!

    • (reading out loud the only items left at the library)
      Lisa: "Everybody Poops", the video? Yu-Gi-Oh price guides?

    • Homer (as an Indian Chief): Long have we awaited the arrival of the white man. And Carl.

    • Carl (as Clark): We'll never forget you, Pocahontas.
      Lisa (as Sacagawea): Sacagawea!!!
      Carl (as Clark): Gesundheit!

    • Lisa (as Sacagawea): From now on, you're on your own! (walks off mumbling)
      Lenny (as Lewis): She'll be back. She forgot her husband. (hold up her husband's skull)

  • NOTES (3)

    • K. 331 means it is number 331 in the Köchle catalog (German: Köchleverzeichnis). This is a catalog where every composition by Mozart is listed.

    • The first piano piece played by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart aka Bart was the "Piano Sonata in A major, K. 331, 3rd movement: Rondo Alla Turca I". Otto shouts just the "K.331, 3rd movement part". This is the complete title.

    • Blackboard Joke: None.
      Couch Gag: The couch is replaced by a large microwave oven; a large hand moves into frame and places a tray within the microwave, closes the door and turns the microwave on. Inside the tray the family members start rising, each in their respective position.

  • ALLUSIONS (15)

    • The piece that Beethoven (played by Nelson) is playing for the Emperor in the least segment is "Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee".

    • The "Bat Out Of Salzburg" concert T-shirt in the Mozart sketch is a parody of Meat Loaf's album "Bat Out Of Hell."

    • Nelson (aka Beethoven) laughs to the tune of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony.

    • Lisa: Yu-Gi-Oh price guides?

      Yu-Gi-Oh is an Anime about a boy called Yugi who plays a card game called 'Duel Monsters'. As you can buy the cards it would make sense that they have a price guide so you will know if you're being ripped off or getting a good deal.

    • Lisa poses just like the Native American girl on the Land-O-Lakes butter box.

    • :
      The Yorker magazine that Homer reads is styled in the tradition of The New Yorker magazine.

    • Homer: "Get out of my dreams and into my wife!"
      Homer, frustrated over his wives' inability to conceive a son, yells at Bart with a play on the Billy Ocean song, "Get Out of My Dreams (Get into My Car)."

    • :
      The Itchy and Scratchy puppet show spoofs Punch and Judy, the main characters in the popular English puppet play. The plays are typically violent, with the two main characters (who are husband and wife) constantly fighting and end with Punch mortally harming his wife and other characters. He then stands trial for his actions, is convicted and sentenced to death; however, he usually escapes punishment.

    • Moe getting crushed by the rubble of his frontier saloon following a tornado (in the Lewis and Clark segment) is similar to mean old Miss Gulch (Margaret Hamilton) being killed by flying debris when her house was destroyed in The Wizard of Oz.

    • :
      Bart also flamboyantly kicks away the piano bench and plays standing up a la Jerry Lee Lewis in real life and as portrayed in the 1989 film "Great Balls of Fire!"

    • Lisa: "Mom, that sounds like the movie Amadeus, which is historically inaccurate."
      Milos Forman's Amadeus was released in 1984. It was a powerful biography of the last years of composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, told through the eyes of a competing composer, Antonio Salieri. Although it was inaccurate in many regards (especially about the competition between Salieri and Mozart), it was a powerful film that swept the 1985 Academy Awards, winning Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Makeup, Best Costume Design, Best Art Direction, Best Sound, and Best Adapted Screenplay. This episode's Mozart skit is indeed a takeoff of Amadeus.

    • Homer: "I'm Henry the Eighth, I am, Henry the Eighth I am, I am...."
      Homer belts out a self-styled version of the song by Herman's Hermits as he gorges himself at the buffet.

    • Homer: All I know is that the guy who played Mozart was in Animal House
      After Homer notes that the actor who played Mozart in the 1984 film "Amadeus," was also in the 1978 film "Animal House," the end of the show, showing what happened to the cast, spoofs the end of the latter film.

    • The title is a reference to the Beatles song/album "Magical Mystery Tour."

    • Mozart (Bart) playing the piano with his teeth is a reference to Jimi Hendrix and how he sometimes played his guitar with his teeth.

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