The Simpsons

Season 17 Episode 12

My Fair Laddy

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Feb 26, 2006 on FOX

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  • Trivia

  • Quotes

    • (Bart finds Lisa's saxophone in the freezer)
      Bart: Why did I put this in here?
      Lisa: My saxophone!
      (Lisa tries to play the cold saxophone and her lips get stuck to it)
      Bart: Oh, yeah, that's right.

    • Willie: My grandfather used to get sent down into the mines to make sure it was safe for the canaries.

    • Mr. Krupt: (After hitting a student in the face with the ball.) Aw come on, those were just baby teeth!

    • Willie: Lisa, you're a sweet lass, but it's hopeless, like my dad told me. (flashback)
      Willie's dad: You'll never amount to anything! You were born trash, and you'll be lucky if you grow up to be garbage!
      Baby Willie: Arr goo gook?
      Nurse: Would you like to cut the cord?
      Willie's dad: Let him cut it himself! It's time he learned life ain't one big party!
      Adult Willie: (sobbing) That was the last time we really talked!

    • Homer: How long is this commercial anyway?
      Eli Stern VI: I don't know. I've never made it to the end.

    • Homer: (singing) I'm gettin' blue pants in the morning. Ding dong the zipper's gonna shine.

    • Bart: Listen, I'm real sorry I busted your shack. Let me make it up to you. I know a ravine where there's a rusted out car.

    • Coach Krupt: Muntz!
      Nelson: Do your worst… I'm drunk.
      Coach Krupt: Well welcome to AA: Always Attacking!
      (throws ball and knocks Nelson out)

    • Marge: Sweety if someone's bullying you, you should tell your teacher.
      Bart: But it's the teacher who's bullying me!
      Marge: Well tell your regular bully - He won't like it one bit.

    • Principal Skinner: Children your gym teacher Ms. Pommelhorst has a brief announcement.
      Ms. Pommelhorst: This is very emotional for me. I'm taking a leave of absence. I will return in the fall as Mr. Pommelhorst, your new shop teacher:
      Principal Skinner : We're telling you children now, so you can adjust and not make jokes.
      Nelson: Looks like there'll be some new wood in shop class!
      Principal Skinner: Precisely the type of wordplay I seek to discourage! He, he, he…new wood…

  • Notes

    • Blackboard Joke: None.
      Couch Gag: In claymation-style there are a number of clay balls that roll into the living room and eventually wind up on the couch and render into the family members plus one. That plus one is Gumby (of Gumby and Pokey fame) and he waves at the family.

  • Allusions

    • Fred Astaire:
      At the end of the episode, Willie begins singing "Cheek to Cheek" and dancing with his mop. Fred Astaire's singing "Cheek to Cheek" while dancing with a feathery Ginger Rogers is one of the most famous numbers from the 1934 musical Top Hat. Willie's dancing with his mop echoes Fred Astaire's famous dance with a hat rack in the 1951 musical Royal Wedding.

    • "If I had your voice I'd talk-sing everything"
      This comment is a poke at Rex Harrison who played Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady, which this episode is based on. Harrison was not much of a singer and talked his way through most of his songs in the movie.

    • The scene where Bart threatens the gym teacher with a dodgeball filled with ice is an allusion to the scene in the 1987 Stanley Kubrick film Full Metal Jacket, in which Private Pyle shoots Sergeant Hartman. The line "What is your major malfunction?" is taken directly from the movie.

    • Around the World In 80 Days
      The bullies make a wager and a balloon is flown just like in the 1956 Academy Award winning (Best Picture) film Around the World in 80 Days. The film was based on a Jules Verne novel.

    • My Fair Lady:
      The title of this episode and its plot are based on the musical and film, My Fair Lady. The song parodies featured come from the show, such as Homer's "I'm Getting Blue Pants in the Morning," which parodies "Get Me to the Church on Time." Other songs from the musical parodied in this episode include: "On the Street Where You Live," "The Rain in Spain," and "I Could Have Danced All Night."