The Simpsons

Season 14 Episode 14

Mr. Spritz Goes to Washington

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Mar 09, 2003 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Mr. Spritz Goes to Washington
Krusty gets elected to Congress in part to help get the flight path for Springfield Airport diverted from directly over Homer's house, but falls in line with the conservatives once he's there.

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  • Nothing but one side politics.

    This epsidoe was terriable! I wanted to slap Matt Georin and everyone on The Simpson team for making an episdoe like this. Where do I start. Fox News is the only news channel that not run by liberals so saying its full of lies and bias when CNN,NBC,CBS,MSNBC,ABC and local news channels are all liberal. What the Simpsons said about Fox tells me that they really are parnoid liberal elites who can't handle one news channel thats not liberal. Good lord Republicans have tolerated every news channel I said early for years. Or Lisa pun when she said "Conservative have to win...sometimes" in her sarcastic tone when looking back at history even though the Democrat Party was founded before the Republican Party there have been more Republicans that have served office as president aswell as more Republicans have served more years as president then Democrats(with the exception of FDR because it was WWII and many people back then didn't think it would be wise to switch presidents during a time of war.) This is a sign of bad things to come for The Simpsons which after this epsidoe is a good thing!moreless
  • Krusty is elected to Congress.

    I dont understand again why this episode is hated so very much. I thought it was pretty good especially on that scence on how a bill becomes a law. It was about time that the Simpsons made an episode with satire on incompetent politicians. This episode did not fail to deliever some great humor and jokes and its satire was just priceless. Even tho many of you may not agree with me, I really thought this was a very well done episode. Maybe not my absolute favorite or series classic, but it was a good episode at that. Watch it.moreless
  • Good but its not like Krusty to do this...

    When The Simpsons become fed up with the new flight patterns at the Springfield airport which are sending loud planes over their house all the time, they take a stand and demand action from their congressman. The politician promptly dies as he's hearing their proposal, and the family goes about helping Krusty win his now-vacant House seat and take up their cause in Washington. Once Krusty is installed in power, he wreaks havoc on the U.S. political system – but not without getting a Springfield plane rerouting bill passed. Funny episode, byt a little not like Krusty becoming a politic...moreless
  • Subject of the day: incompetent politicians...

    I can't remember the last time that I laughed so hard while watching a single episode of The Simpsons. Especially in the first part.

    The story begins by an earthquake in the Simpsons' neighborhood. But it's not a quake: all of the airplanes are flying above the houses around. It appears that the main run has been changed. We eventually discover that mayor Quimby changed it because he wanted to hear his wife's voice (a choice he quickly regrets).

    Homer and Marge complain about the situation to the Congress representative, but he dies. So the State needs a new one. Bart suggests Krusty the Clown. The clown accepts and becomes the Republican candidate.

    The first part is incredibly funny. It all begins by a vintage episode of the Three Stooges, followed by a fake FOX promo that Homer eats like chips. It's so special. By doing this (and later by scrolling fake newsroll), FOX has the great capacity of spoofing itself, something that other major networks aren't necessarily able to do.

    The second part is still funny, but it's not as hilarious as in the first one. You may have guessed that Krusty wins the election...

    Then it turns into a fish-out-of-water comedy and into a political satire. Politicians are depicted as incompetent, vote useless and ridiculous laws and scandale-makers.

    A last hilarious moment: Homer can't lead Yogi Bear to the maze exit...moreless
  • Planes are directed directly over the simpsons house

    My family dealt with the same problem as the simpsons in this case with planes flying closely above our house (though not quite as close as the springfield planes) at our old house. Though just because I can relate to this problem doesn't mean I thought the episode was that good. The plot started off well but Krusty being elected for congress was a strange twist. The plot wasn't that sensible, though I did enjoy jokes such as homer's idea of a sacred document and the cheating way to get a bill passed, especially the drinking contest. overall, the humour was good but the plot wasn't terrific.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

Joe Mantegna

Joe Mantegna

Fat Tony

Recurring Role

Tress MacNeille

Tress MacNeille

Agnes Skinner, Brandine Del Roy, Dolph and others

Recurring Role

Pamela Hayden

Pamela Hayden

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

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • The monster at the Republican meeting is called Frankenstein, which is a very common mistake. In Mary Shelley's novel Frankenstein, Victor Frankenstein is the scientist who creates the monster. The monster doesn't have a name.

    • A scene where Homer is being hauled off as he drunkenly claims that North Dakota doesn't exist was in the promos, but not the episode proper.

  • QUOTES (26)

    • Cletus: I like that clown. He's really lookin' out for me, average Joe Six-Tooth
      Brandine: Where'd you get another tooth from?
      Cletus: Sidewalk

    • Lisa: Krusty, I don't usually give advice to Republicans. But it would be nice to be on the winning side…for once.

    • Lisa: Dad that's a kids' menu to help Yogi Bear get to the picnic basket.
      Homer: Stained with the blood of Americans.
      Lisa: That's jelly.
      Homer: From the unknown toaster.

    • Bart: Krusty, I thought you'd make a difference -- that's why I voted for you!
      Krusty: How could you vote? You're only 10!
      Bart: This is not about me, or how many times I voted.

    • Bob Dole: Maybe Bob Dole should run. Bob Dole thinks Bob Dole should. Actually, Bob Dole just wants to hear Bob Dole talk about Bob Dole. Bob Dole!

    • Grampa: (moving across floor on toliet) I've had this dream before.

    • Prof J. Frink: (pedalling flying contraption) If I stop pedalling I'll die! But it still beats U.S. Air!

    • Krusty: One family in particular, who was stepped on by the government and had no where else to turn…
      Homer: Bo-ring.
      Krusty: I'm talking about the Simpsons.
      Homer: Let him speak!

    • Marge: There has to be a solution that pleases everyone, from ducks and trees to you's and me's.
      Sarcastic Grief Counselor: Are you threatening a government official?
      Marge: No!
      Sarcastic Grief Counselor: Good, because we're the government! We make the laws, we print the money, and we breed the super soldiers! So go home, learn to live with it, pay your taxes, and remember, you didn't hear anything about super soldiers.

    • Krusty: May I say something?
      Fox News Reporter: Certainly, Congressman.
      Democratic Candidate: (Whose video is now upside down) He hasn't won yet!
      Fox News Reporter: You make a very adulterous point.

    • Fox News Reporter: …and for the Democrats, this guy. (Video of candidate with horns and Soviet flag in the background)
      Candidate: I have a name!
      Fox News Reporter: Yes, I'm sure you do, comrade.

    • Krusty: I vow to reach out to the Latino community! Voy a vomitar en la tomba de tu madre!
      (Gasps by crowd)
      Bumblebee Man: Ay yi yi!
      Krusty: What'd I say? What'd I say?
      Bumblebee Man: You said you were going to vomit on their mothers' graves!
      Krusty: Oh! So that's why my maid quit.

    • Krusty: I could even tell the FCC to take a hike. Look at this list of words they won't let me say on the air. (Hands Bart a piece of paper)
      Bart: Aww! All the good ones. Hmm, I never even heard of number nine.
      Krusty: That's two-ing thirteen while she's eleven-ing your five.
      Bart: Can I keep this?
      Krusty: Sure, no twelve off my ass.

    • TV Announcer: You're watching Channel 6, Springfield's home for Krusty the Clown, now on three times a day. Because at Channel 6, we got nothin' else!

    • Homer: I guess there's only one way out of our problems… a murder-suicide pact.
      Marge: How can you say that?
      Homer: It's just an expression, Marge.

    • Southern Congressman: How about a drinking contest, boy? Right after I vote on the latest bill.
      Homer: How about before?
      Congressman: Ha! You remind me of my high school drinking coach. Now enough talking, let's drink!

    • Janitor: Now Homer, that southern Congressman is your biggest obstacle, your job is to drink him under the table so he misses the vote. You think you can do that?
      Homer: Sir, I studied under Ed McMahon!

    • Bart: At last, those planes are flying where they belong.
      Homer: That's right, over the homes of poor people.
      (America the Beautiful starts playing)

    • Krusty: The system works! I've become enchanted and illusioned with Washington!

    • Krusty: Are you guys any good at covering up youthful and middle-aged indiscretions?
      Mr. Burns: Are these indiscretions romantic, financial, or treasonous?
      Krusty: Russian hooker. You tell me.

    • Newscaster: Welcome to Fox News, your voice for evil.

    • Kent Brockman: This is Kent Brockman, with a special live report from the headquarters of Krusty opponent John Armstrong. How can I prove we're live? Penis! Now here's the candidate.

    • Homer: Mmmmmm… promo. EEWWW!!! Fox!!!!

    • Ralph: I'll give you a milk and 3 crayons for your house.
      Cookie Kwan: It's a good deal. I advise you to take it.
      Homer: Make it a chocolate milk and you got a deal.
      Ralph: I'm walking away.

    • Krusty: Ya! I'm a senator!
      Lisa: Congressman.
      Krusty: Whatever!

    • Burns: Welcome, fellow Republicans. To start with the old business, brother Hibbert will read a report on our efforts to rename everything after Ronald Reagan.
      Dr. Hibbert: All Millard Fillmore schools are now Ronald Reagans, the Mississippi River is now the Mississippi Reagan--
      Dracula: And my good friend Frankenstein is now Franken-reagan. Blah!
      Burns: Excellent!

  • NOTES (7)

    • A Congressman must be at least 25 to assume office. Rep. Wilkins speaks of 75 years of loyal service. Presumably that would make him at least 100 years of age, the second-oldest man in Springfield (right under ol' Burnsie at 104).

    • Krusty wins the 24th Congressional District. Only four states have at least 24 Congressional Districts. California, Florida, New York, and Texas.

    • It was widely reported that FOX News was considering suing "The Simpsons" over their portrayal of the news channel in this episode.

    • The title for episode 37 was "Mr. Lisa Goes to Washington", which is similar to this episode's title.

    • The song "America" played during the end credits.

    • The scene where Krusty is sworn into office, the character voiced by John Goodman from when Homer gets a bike, is seen in the crowd shooting in the air.

    • Blackboard Joke: None.
      Couch Gag: The family enters the living and sits on the couch, but when Homer uses the TV's remote control the family remains sitting but travels back in time. First they go to prehistoric era and then to the time of the Roman Empire before returning to the present.


    • Krusty's campaign commercial features a song called "When a Man Loves His Country". This is a takeoff of the 1966 Percy Sledge hit "When a Man Loves a Woman".

    • When the TV and refrigerator shake their way out of the house, Homer yells after them, "Stay plugged in, I will find you!" This is a reference to the 1992 movie Last of the Mohicans, where Hawkeye says to Cora, "You stay alive, no matter what occurs! I will find you."

    • Mayor Quimby, after he's heard his wife's voice, says that he regrets having built an opera house for her. In the 1941 film "Citizen Kane," aspiring politician Charles Foster Kane built an opera house for his second wife. Critics subsequently stated her performances as horrible.

    • The episode title is a reference to the Jimmy Stewart movie Mr. Smith Goes To Washington.

    • An airplane crashes into the living room in a similar manner to the airplane that crashed into the terminal in the movie Airplane!

    • Marge: Quick, somebody perform CPR!
      Homer: Umm (singing) I see a bad moon rising.
      Marge: That's CCR!
      Homer (still singing): Looks like we're in for nasty weather.

      These lyrics are from the song "Bad Moon Rising" by Creedence Clearwater Revival aka CCR.