The Simpsons

Season 7 Episode 2

Radioactive Man

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Sep 24, 1995 on FOX



  • Trivia

    • There are three inconsistencies in Moe's Little Rascals story:

      1. At the time this episode was made (1995), the surviving original Little Rascals were at least 70 years old, which Moe certainly isn't.

      2. The series was known as "Our Gang" until it started airing in syndication in the 1950s.

      3. The original Alfalfa was Carl Switzer, and neither was he an orphan nor did he die during filming of the series - he was shot dead in his early 30s, over a dispute about money.

    • Ad in Variety: "FLIM SPRINGFIELD"

    • This is the second time that someone messed up saying Radioactive Man's name, by saying "Radio Man." The first was Mayor Quimby in, "Three Men, and a Comic Book", and Principal Skinner in this episode. Also both are followed by the line "Radioactive Man, stupid!"

    • Bart wears platform shoes, a striped suit, and walks a chihuahua in an attempt to appear taller so he could get the role of Fallout Boy.

    • Springfield Shopper and Variety headlines following Milhouse's disappearance:

      "Milhouse Disappears! Movie On Hold"

      "Milhouse Meltdown. Ankles Pic - Flick Sick"

      "Spinning Newspaper Injures Printer"

  • Quotes

    • Bart: George Burns was right… show business is a hideous bitch-goddess.
      Lisa: Cheer up, Bart. Milhouse is still going to need a true friend, someone to tell him he is great. Someone to rub lotion on him. Someone he can hurl whiskey bottles at when he's feeling low.
      Bart: You're right, Lis. I can suck up to him, like the religious suck up to God.

    • Helicopter Pilot: Hurry, Mr. Rooney! We've got a disenchanted little girl in a Jell-O Pudding commercial!
      Mickey Rooney: I could play that.

    • Mickey Rooney: (in Fallout Boy costume) Jiminy jillikers. Jiminy jillikers. Jiminy jillikers!

      Director: (fed up) We're shutting down production.

      Assistant: Yeah, well, we only have $1,000 left anyway.

      Mayor Quimby: Uh, there's a $1,000 leaving town tax.

    • (In the editing room, following Milhouse's disappearance)

      Editor: Thanks to modern editing techniques, we can use existing footage to complete the film without Milhouse! (the director and assistant stare at him blankly) Watch.

      (Wolfcastle is in a cave surrounded by Road Warrior-like toughies)

      Wolfcastle: Looks like we're in trouble, Fallout Boy.

      (scene switches to Wolfcastle and Milhouse in a field)

      Milhouse: Jiminy jillikers, Radioactive Man.

      (back to cave)

      Wolfcastle: We'll have to fight our way out. Are you ready?

      (switch to Milhouse on a couch)

      Milhouse: Yes.

      (switch to Wolfcastle and Milhouse fighting alien slugs)

      Editor: Seamless, huh?

      Assistant: (pause) You're fired.

      Editor: And with good cause!

    • (During the film, Radioactive Man and Fallout Boy hang upside-down inside a wooden cage)

      Wolfcastle: Ach! I can't believe Silly Sailor beat us both up and imprisoned us in his floating Aquaworld.

      Milhouse: Jiminy jillikers!

      Wolfcastle: Uh, now there's no need for profanity, Fallout Boy.

      (The director and his assistant watch the clip inside the editing room)

      Assistant: Everyone in town has been gouging us silly, but it's worth it -it's all up there on the screen.

      Director: Yes. That Milhouse is going to be big - Gabby Hayes big!

    • (The director and his assistant are in an office when Mayor Quimby and Chief Wiggum walk in)

      Assistant: Oh, here he comes. What is it now, Quimby?

      Mayor Quimby: Nothing, nothing. Only the, er, city has just passed another tax on puffy directing pants.

      Director: (annoyed) But I don't wear puffy pants!

      Mayor Quimby: I meant a tax on not wearing puffy pants.

      Assistant: (covers his eyes) Oy.

      Mayor Quimby: I'm sorry. (sounding anything but)

    • Homer: (to the director)Hey! Didn't you direct "Unnatural Discretion"?

      Director: (modestly) Yes, I did.

      Homer: (holding his nose) Phew-ee! Woo! Oh! You know, I never walk out of a movie, but... yecch! (the director glares at him)

      Assistant: (clears throat) I've got an idea, Mr. Simpson. Why don't you get something to eat from our food truck?

      (Homer runs off; a cloud of dust retains his form)

      Assistant: Mist -- Mr. Simpson? (pokes at dust)

    • Bart: Good news, gentlemen! I've grown that extra inch you wanted plus several feet more.

      Director: We've found our new Fallout Boy! (Bart gasps) And he's right over there. (camera pans to Milhouse)

      Milhouse: Huh?

    • Lunch Lady Doris: At last the world is safe, eh, Fallout Boy?

      Bart: Watch out, Radioactive Man!

      Director: Brilliant reading! Again?

      Bart: Watch out, Radioactive Man!

      Director: Fantastic! One more time?

      Bart: Watch out, Radioactive Man!

      Director: Congratulations, Bart Simpson: you're our new Fallout Boy! (Bart gasps) That's what I'd be saying to you if you weren't an inch too short. Next! (Bart is crestfallen)

    • (At Moe's Tavern, Moe shows the denizens a Little Rascals poster with him in it)

      Barney: Whoa! You mean, you were one of the original Little Rascals?

      Moe: Yeah.

      Homer: Which one were you? The ugly one? (Moe glares at Homer) Were you the ugly one?

      Moe: No... I was the tough kid, Smelly. My shtick was looking into an exhaust pipe and getting a faceful of soot. Nobody could do that better than me. Of course, it was kind of hard to think of reasons for me to look in that exhaust pipe every time, but, you know, we had good writers. William Faulkner could write an exhaust pipe gag that would really make you think.

      Barney: If you were such a big shot, why aren't you still making movies? (Moe turns away and thinks sadly) Moe? Moe!

      (in a flashback, the Little Rascals are playing marbles when young Moe flicks one into an exhaust pipe)

      Young Moe: Oh, no! My favorite Aggie! (prepares to run to the exhaust pipe, but Alfalfa does so instead) Huh?

      (Alfalfa looks into the exhaust pipe and gets a faceful of soot; young Moe angrily jumps on him and smashes his head into the ground)

      Young Moe: You stole my bit, you! That's my bit! Ooh! Ooh! You stole my bit!

      Man: Cut! Oh my God! He's killed the original Alfalfa.

      (back to present)

      Moe: Yeah. Luckily, Alfalfa was an orphan owned by the studio.

      Denizens: (together) Oh! I see. That makes sense.

    • Comic Book Guy: Well I suppose you know, then, that Hollywood is planning a feature film about Radioactive Man. (Bart and Milhouse gasp and their hats shoot up off their heads)… I have got to do something about that air conditioner suction.

    • Wolfcastle: My eyes! The goggles do nothing!

    • Luanne: (to Milhouse) I'm sorry, I can't hear you, son. I'm wearing a jacuzzi suit!

    • (During the Fallout Boy auditions)

      Lunchlady Doris: At last the world is safe, eh, Fallout Boy?

      Ralph: What's for lunch tomorrow?

      Director: (annoyed) Next!

      Ralph: Chicken necks?

    • (At the Spirograph factory)

      Bart: Yo, Dr. S - have you seen Milhouse today?

      Man: (drawing on a Spirograph) No.

      Bart: Okay. Thanks. (starts to leave)

      Man: (stops drawing and looks up) Wait: did you know that there's a direct correlation between the decline of Spirograph and the rise in gang activity? Think about it.

      Bart: I will. (walks away)

      Man: No you won't. (resumes drawing)

    • Chief Wiggum: Okay, we can all stop worrying now. These dogs never fail.
      Kirk: But will they just find Milhouse, or will they find him and kill him?
      Chief Wiggum: Well, they'll... when they find him, they'll, um... (mumbles)
      Kirk: Uh, excuse me. You didn't answer me. You just trailed off.
      Chief Wiggum: Yeah...yeah, I did kind of trail off, there, didn't I? Heh.

    • (Bart marvels at the things inside Milhouse's trailer)

      Bart: Wow, you really got it made now, Milhouse. This is living!

      Milhouse: (in Fallout Boy costume, unhappy) Is it, Bart? Is it really?

      Bart: Yeah!

      Milhouse: Ever since I became a movie star I've been miserable. I had to get up at 5 A.M. just for makeup. I like the way the blush brings out my cheekbones, but it's not worth it. And making movies is so horribly repetitive: I've said "jiminy jillikers" so many times the words have lost all meaning!

      (the director comes in)

      Director: We've got to do the "jiminy jillikers" scene again, Milhouse.

      Milhouse: (quietly angry) But we already did it. It took seven hours, but we did it. It's done!

      Director: Yes! But we've got to do it from different angles. Again and again! And again, and again, and again!

      (Milhouse screams as the director drags him out of the trailer)

      Bart: Yeah! (sighs happily)

    • (Martin, Ralph, and Nelson watch as cow-like spots are painted on a white horse)

      Martin: Uh, sir, why don't you just use real cows?

      Painter: Cows don't look like cows on film. You gotta use horses.

      Ralph: What do you do if you want something that looks like a horse?

      Painter: Eh, usually we just tape a bunch of cats together.

    • (During filming, Milhouse lies under a truck with an X-ray machine pointing at his head)

      Milhouse: Hey! I think I'm lying on a broken bottle.

      Director: Beautiful! Use it. Okay, Fallout Boy origin scene, take 1 - action!

      (The machine blasts on Milhouse's head; Wolfcastle enters and lifts up the truck)

      Wolfcastle: Up and at them.

      Milhouse: Thanks for the help, mysterious stranger. Say, I think those X-rays gave me super powers.

      Director: And... cut! That was perfect! Let's do it again.

      Milhouse: Uh, these aren't real X-rays, are they?

      Director: Good question! We'll check into that. Okay, X-ray machine to full power, and - action!

      (The machine blasts on Milhouse's head again; this time, his skull becomes visible)

    • Principal Skinner: (on P.A. system) Students, I have an announcement. One of your favorite comic book heroes, Radio Man --

      Nelson: Radioactive Man, stupid!

      Principal Skinner: (on P.A. system) Strange, I shouldn't have been able to hear that. Anyway, uh, Hollywood Studio has decided to film the Radioactive Man movie here in Springfield. (all the kids in Bart's class cheer) And they will be holding auditions to find a local youngster to play Fallout Boy. (the kids all gasp; their hats fly upwards) Oh, and the air conditioner will be fixed this afternoon.

    • Man: Get me two plane tickets to the state that Springfield is in.

    • (producers look for a place to film the movie and see a small ad that says "FLIM SPRINGFIELD")
      Man: All right, this place must be hot. They don't need a big ad, or even correct spelling.

    • Man: I don't see why Rainier Wolfcastle should be the star. I think we should bring back Dirk Richter. Kids will want to see the original Radioactive Man.
      Assistant: I keep telling you, he's 73 years old and he's dead.

    • (At the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant)

      Director: Okay, listen up, everybody: this is the hardest, most expensive scene in the movie, and we only get one shot at it, so we have to do it right. Fallout Boy will untie Radioactive Man and pull him to safety, moments before he's hit with a forty-foot wall of sulfuric acid that will horribly burn everything in its path. Now, that's real acid, so I want to see goggles, people!

      (everyone puts them on)

      Wolfcastle: (tied up, worried) Real acid?

    • Scoutmaster: Don't be afraid to use your nails boys!

    • Nelson: (pointing at himself in the mirror) Haw-Haw!... Hey that hurt, no wonder no one came to my birthday party.

    • Bart: Look behind you, Radioactive Man! The sun is exploding again!
      Marge: Bart, why are you talking like that?
      Homer: Marge, are there other men in this house? Radioactive men?

    • Homer: I've always wanted to be a teamster; so lazy and surly.

    • Coach: Up and atom!
      Wolfcastle: Up and at them!
      Coach: Up and atom!
      Wolfcastle: Up and at them!
      Coach: (annoyed) Up and atom!
      Wolfcastle: (much louder) Up and at them!
      Coach: (covers his eyes)… Better.

    • Lionel Hutz: Milhouse, baby, Lionel Hutz - your new agent, bodyguard, unauthorized biographer, and drug dealerrr...keeper-awayer.

  • Notes

    • This was the first episode to be colored using digital ink-and-paint. The show would experiment with this color process on The Simpsons 138th Episode Spectacular, Tennis the Menace and Treehouse of Horror XIII, before finally completely replacing the traditional cel painting process during Season 14 with The Great Louse Detective.

    • Blackboard Joke: "Bewitched" does not promote Satanism.
      Couch Gag: The couch is a fax machine and the family is a faxed document.

  • Allusions

    • Waterworld
      The scene where Radioactive Man (Rainier Wolfcastle) and Fallout Boy (Milhouse) are hanging upside down in a cage as prisoners in "Aquaworld" is a direct reference to the 1995 Kevin Costner film Waterworld, at the time the most expensive movie ever made. The film's opening was highly anticipated, but it turned out to be a complete flop, mostly due to the fact that it had an incredibly bad storyline -- with a huge budget, nonetheless. Very much like the film being made in this episode of the Simpsons, making this a rather subtle double allusion.

    • Bart: Now is the winter of our discontent.
      This is the opening line of William Shakespeare's Richard III.

    • Batman
      The campy 70's Radioactive Man is identical to the campy 1966 Batman series with Adam West and Burt Ward.

    • The Brady Bunch
      Bart trying to stretch himself to become taller references The Brady Bunch episode "Big Little Man."