The Simpsons

Season 7 Episode 8

Mother Simpson

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Nov 19, 1995 on FOX



  • Trivia

    • Music From This Episode:
      - "Waterloo" by ABBA (Smithers accidentally tapes this song over Mr. Burns' cassette)

    • While lying on the couch, Grandma is reading Steal This Book by Abbie Hoffman.

    • When Mona accidentally bangs her head on the hood of the van and yells "D'oh!", the voice sample was not performed by Glenn Close but it was a clip from a temp track done by Pamela Hayden. The reason for the change was due to the fact Glenn Close could not yell "D'oh!" in a proper manner.

  • Quotes

    • Lisa: (turning on the dryer) So no one will be able to hear us...
      Bart: What!?
      Lisa: (turning off the dryer) All right, we don't need the dryer!
      Bart: What!?

    • Marge: Mother Simpson, we'd like to ask you a few questions about your past.
      Mother Simpson: Can't reminisce. Sleeping. (starts snoring)

    • Homer: Oh, why does my death keep coming back to haunt me!?

    • Homer: Don't forget me!
      Mother Simpson: Don't worry, Homer, you'll always be a part of me. (hits her head on doorframe) D'oh!

    • Mother Simpson: We made it, Homer!
      Homer: It's all thanks to our anonymous tipster. (on phone) But who are you? And why did you tip us off?
      Chief Wiggum: (on phone) Well, it's cause of your old lady that I got rid of my asthma that was keeping me out of the academy.
      Homer: Thanks.
      Chief Wiggum: Sure. Just think of me as an anonymous friend who rose through the ranks of the Springfield police to become Chief Clancy Wig--
      Homer: (hangs up) Yak, yak, yak, yak, yak!

    • Man: Yep, I saw her. That is to say, I seen her. She seemed like a nice lady.
      Mr. Burns: Well, that nice lady set the cause of biological warfare back thirty years!
      Smithers: We're only now finally caught up.

    • Mother Simpson: Abe?
      Grampa: What the … Now here's a piece of bad news.
      Mother Simpson: Oh, Abe, you've aged terribly!
      Grampa: What do you expect? You left me to raise the boy on my own!
      Mother Simpson: I had to leave! But you didn't have to tell Homer I was dead!
      Grampa: It was either that, or tell him his mother was a wanted criminal! You were a rotten wife, and I'll never, ever forgive you! (pause) Can we have sex? Please?
      Mother Simpson: (disgusted) Oh, Abe.
      Grampa: Well, I tried! What's for supper?

    • Mother Simpson: (singing) How many roads must a man walk down before you can call him a man?
      Homer: Seven!
      Lisa: No, Dad, it's a rhetorical question.
      Homer: Rhetorical, eh?..... Eight!
      Lisa: Dad, do you even know what rhetorical means?
      Homer: Do I know what rhetorical means?!

    • (Homer pushes a fake Homer off a cliff to get out of work)
      Carl: Oh no! He's going over the falls!
      Lenny: Oh good. He snagged that tree branch.
      Carl: Oh no! The branch broke off!
      Lenny: Oh good. He can grab onto them pointy rocks.
      Carl: Oh no! Them rocks broke his arms and legs.
      Lenny: Oh good. Those helpful beavers are swimming out to save him.
      Carl: Oh no! They're biting him, and stealing his pants.

    • Homer: I thought you were dead!
      Mother Simpson: I thought you were dead!
      Gravedigger: Bang blasted! Isn't anybody in this dad-gummed cemetery dead?
      Moleman: (in a coffin) I didn't want to cause a fuss, but now that you mention it.

    • Joe Friday: FBI. The jig is up.
      Grampa: Alright! I admit it, I am the Lindbergh baby! Waah! Waah! Googoo! I miss my fly-fly dada!
      Joe Friday: Are you trying to stall us, or are you just senile?
      Grampa: A little from Column A, a little from Column B.

    • Mr. Burns: I'd like to send this to the Prussian consulate in Siam by aeromail. Am I too late for the 4:30 auto-gyro?
      Squweaky Voiced Teen: Uh, I better look in the manual.
      Mr. Burns: (groans) Oh, the ignorance.

    • Homer: There's one thing I don't understand, all those years, why didn't you try to contact me?
      Mother Simpson: But I did. I sent you a care package every week!
      Homer: Oh come on Ma, we use that same line on the kids when they're at camp.

    • Chief Wiggum: (reading Homer's tombstone upside-down) Put out an APB on a Uosdwis R. Jewoh. Uh better start with Greektown.
      Joe Friday: That's "Homer J. Simpson", Chief. You're reading it upside down.
      Chief Wiggum: Uh, cancel that APB. But, uh, bring back some of them, gyros.
      Joe Friday: Uh, Chief… You're talking into your wallet.

    • Mother Simpson: You know, Lisa, I feel like I have an instant rapport with you.
      Lisa: (visibly moved) You didn't dumb it down. You said "rapport."
      (A police cruiser rolls down the street)
      Mother Simpson: Gotta run! Grandma stuff!

    • Bart: Hey, since you were a no-show at all the big moments of my life, you owe me years of back presents, Christmases, report cards (grabs a calculator) Hmm, 75 bucks a pop plus interest and penalties…you owe me $22,000.
      Homer: I'll Kwanza you! (strangles Bart)
      Mother Simpson: Homer, don't be so hard on little… (whispering) what is his name?

    • Homer: Damn you, Walt Whitman! I hate you, Walt freakin' Whitman! Leaves of grass, my ass!

  • Notes

    • The song that the staff wanted to get for Burns' tape was "Wake Me Up Before You Go Go" by Wham! They changed it to "Waterloo" by ABBA, due to the fact they would have had to pay $25,000 for the rights to the Wham! song.

    • Harry Morgan, who did the voice of Officer Bill Gannon, originally acted on Dragnet, the 1960's color series as that same character.

    • Blackboard Joke: None.
      Couch Gag: The TV room is a bowling lane and the family are bowling pins.

    • This episode was dedicated to Jackie Banks, an animation staffer who passed away.

  • Allusions

    • "Rockin' Pneumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu"

      When Mona and her group of protesters release the antibiotics into Burns's Lab, two of the diseases destroyed are marked 'Rocking Pneumonia' and 'Boogie-Woogie Influenza' referring to the song "Rockin' Pneumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu" written and originally recorded by Huey 'Piano' Smith and made famous by Johnny Rivers.

    • Homer: Damn you, Walt Whitman! I hate you, Walt freakin' Whitman! Leaves of grass, my ass!
      This alludes to the book of poems called Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman.

    • Minnie Pearl
      On Mother Simpson's fake driver's license for "Muddie May Suggins," she wears a flowered hat with the price tag still on it. This was the signature look for the late southern comedian Minnie Pearl, whose real name was Sarah Cannon.

    • Martha Stewart
      One of Mother Simpson's aliases is the name of domestic diva Martha Stewart.

    • John Knowles
      In a conversation between Lisa and Mother Simpson, they both say how much they hate John Knowles and his novel A Separate Peace. John Knowles was an American writer (b. 1926, d. 2001) and A Separate Peace is the novel for which he is mostly known. It is believed it was inspired by his experiences as a high school student at Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire.

    • Mother Simpson: (singing) How many roads must a man walk down, before you can call him a man?
      Mother Simpson was singing "Blowin' In The Wind," one of Bob Dylan's best known songs. Lisa accompanied her on the saxophone.

    • Dragnet
      Harry Morgan reprises his role as Bill Gannon from Dragnet, the character Joe Friday also appears.

    • Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In
      Maggie does a "Laugh-In"-inspired dance with the trademark camera zooms and music from that show.