The Simpsons

Season 7 Episode 23

Much Apu About Nothing

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM May 05, 1996 on FOX
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Episode Summary

A bear "terrorizes" the neighborhood; the new bear patrol causes taxes to be raised. Mayor Quimby decides to blame the immigrants, who will all be deported, depending on the outcome of the proposition 24. Apu turns to Fat Tony and then the Simpson family. Apu slowly wins the Simpsons' support. He decides to take a citizenship test after Lisa discovers he qualifies. He is short on time though, so Homer helps him cram like he has never crammed before. Homer fills his head with historical "facts" (remember that Homer is really stupid). The vote on Prop 24 approaches. The town votes to deport all illegal immigrants... except Apu, the Bee Guy, Dr. Nick, and Moe, who've all passed their citizenship tests.moreless

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  • Genius!

    this episode is great! like all the episodes in the golden age.

    'let the bears pay the bear tax, I pay the Homer tax!'

    'that's the home owner tax'

    'we'll I'm still outraged'


    PS: what's with all the weird comments, like their summarizing the episodes, not commenting.
  • this was a good ep

    in this ep of the simpsons bears are coming and attacking the town thing is they need to make a new bill to outlaw illegal imigrents and so apu and others are imgrents and they need to a pass a citzenship test to be granted a citzen of springfield. and so homer wants to help apu and so does lisa and the rest of the family so homer gets him to cram like he has never done before and he and the others have all passed the test . this was a good ep i thougt and had some funny moments.moreless
  • Much Apu About Nothing

    Mayor Quimby tries to pass a law that deports all illegal immigrants back to their country. Unfortunately this means Apu too. So Homer {or really Lisa} tries to help him get ready for the test that if he passes will say he gets to stay and get his citizenship. In the end, the bill {or law?} passes, sending all illegal immigrants back. But Apu passed the citizenship test, and the Simpsons throw a celebration in their yard.

    A decent episode, not really my type of story line, but it was handled nicely. Overall grade would have to be an A+moreless
  • Apu gets the boot (almost)

    And once again we get a classic Simpsons episode. This is one of the best of the seventh season. Let's see, we have the population of Sprinfield taking dumb decitions after more dumb decitions and one of them is kicking out all the illegal immigrants in the city. I used to believe before watching this episode that Apu was a legal alien in the USA. Turns out, he is not, and has to find a way to stay for good and legally. All I see in this episode is more cirticism on the american culture and how it overlooks the work done by such a wonderful group of people.

    I really don't like Apu that much. I would like it better if he gets the boot.moreless
  • An episode that attacked illegal immigration... Homer was soooo funny in this episode

    When Proposition 24, an anti-immigrant law, is put into effect, Apu risks being deported as an illegal alien. All of Apu's attempts to get fake papers and Americanize himself fail and it's up to Homer to help his loyal Kwik-E-Mart counterman pass his naturalization exam. An all-night cram session ensues, but when Apu takes his test, he proves to be too smart to be an American. Luckily, though, he passes, and is allowed to stay in Springfield. That's more than we can say for Groundskeeper Willie, who is deported, kicking and screaming, back to Scotland. A great episode that attacked illegal immigrants...moreless
Dan Castellaneta

Dan Castellaneta

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

Hank Azaria

Hank Azaria

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

Harry Shearer

Harry Shearer

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

Julie Kavner

Julie Kavner

Marge Simpson, Patty Bouvier, and Selma Bouvier

Nancy Cartwright

Nancy Cartwright

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

Yeardley Smith

Yeardley Smith

Lisa Simpson

Joe Mantegna

Joe Mantegna

Fat Tony

Recurring Role

Pamela Hayden

Pamela Hayden

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

Recurring Role

Tress MacNeille

Tress MacNeille

Agnes Skinner, Brandine Del Roy, Dolph and others

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (8)

    • During the dinner scene in the first act, at varying points the food on the Simpsons' plates switches back and forth from meat and mashed potatoes to some type of pie.

    • Listen Carefully: Moe continually says 'immigants' through out the whole episode and does not say it correctly once!

    • In 2006 this episode was ranked #3 in Matt Groening's list of top 10 episodes of all time.

    • The original title for this episode was going to be "The Anti-Immigrant Song," which is a reference to Led Zeppelin's song "The Immigrant Song."

    • In the scene where Homer, Moe, and Barney are making signs, Homer makes one that says Homer Say "Get Out". Later, in the scene where Apu is going to take the citizenship test, Mrs. Glick is holding this sign.

    • In the scene where all the people come to Quimby's office to complain about the increase in taxes, one of the people is modeled after Simpsons director Brad Bird.

    • In the scene where the people from Moe's protest in front of the Kwik-E-Mart, Barney is carrying a sign which says "The Only Good Foreigner Is Rod Stewart," one of the barflies is carrying a sign which says "Buy American," and Moe is carrying a sign which says "Get Eurass Back To Eurasia."

    • In the paycheck Homer gets in the mail it reads: Springfield Power Company
      Employee: Homer J Simpson
      Sector 7G
      40 HRS Pay
      Fed W/H 58.25
      FICA 38.34
      State W/H 10.45
      Municipal Tax 9.37
      Other Deductions:
      Bear Patrol Tax 5.00
      Net Pay: 382.15

  • QUOTES (13)

    • Crowd: Down with taxes! Down with taxes!
      Mayor Quimby: Are these morons getting dumber or just louder?
      Aide: Dumber, sir. They won't give up the bear patrol, but they won't pay the tax for it either.

    • Homer: Well, there's not a bear in sight. The Bear Patrol is sure doing its job.
      Lisa: That's specious reasoning, Dad.
      Homer: Thank you, sweetie.
      Lisa: Dad, what if I were to tell you that this rock keeps away tigers.
      Homer: Uh-huh, and how does it work?
      Lisa: It doesn't work. It's just a stupid rock.
      Homer: I see.
      Lisa: But you don't see any tigers around, do you?
      Homer: Lisa, I'd like to buy your rock.

    • Grampa's Father: That's America, son. Someday we'll go there… maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but some day…
      Grampa Narrates: Later that day we set sail for America…

    • Apu: Hello, steady customer. How's it hanging?
      Homer: Low and lazy, Apu.

    • Homer: If I could just say a few words… I'd be a better public speaker!

    • Homer: If I'm going to be trapped inside the house, I got to go out and buy some beer.

    • Homer: (Looking at the bear attack a mailbox on TV) Looks like bad news for the... "impson" family.

    • Homer: When will people learn? Democracy doesn't work!
      Apu: Please don't knock the country I love!

    • Apu: (Trying to blend in) Let's take a relaxed attitude toward work, and watch the baseball match. The Ny Mets are my favorite squadron!

    • Bodyguard: Sir, there's an angry mob here to see you.
      Mayor Quimby: Does it have an appointment?
      Bodyguard: Yes.
      Principal Skinner: I phoned ahead!

    • Apu: Oh, no! I've forgotten everything Mr. Simpson has taught me!
      Lisa: Perfect. Let's go!

    • Homer's Mob: We're here! We're queer! We don't want anymore bears!

    • Apu: Yes, I am a citizen! Now which way to the welfare office?

  • NOTES (1)

    • Blackboard Joke: None.
      Couch Gag: Marge, Maggie, Lisa and Bart's head are mounted on the wall and Homer is a rug on the floor. A big game hunter walks into the living room, sits down on the couch, puts his gun down, and light his pipe.


    • Much Ado About Nothing
      The title of this episode is based off of the Shakespeare Play Much Ado About Nothing.

    • Moe: These are smarter than the average bear... they swiped my pic-a-nic basket!
      Moe's quote is from the animated series Yogi Bear created by Hanna-Barbera Studios.