The Simpsons

Season 9 Episode 9

Realty Bites

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Dec 07, 1997 on FOX



  • Trivia

    • People seen at the unemployment office: Larry Burns, Kirk Van Houten, Jimbo Jones, George Bush Sr. and The Simpsons writer George Meyer.

    • The front plate of Snake's car reads: GRB 68.

    • The inmate number on Snake's prison uniform is 7F20. 7F20 is the production code for the episode "The War Of The Simpsons"...This episode marked the first appearance of Snake.

    • When Snake jumps in Homer's car from the bridge, when he lands in the car there's an X on his forehead, like the one Charles Manson has. In the next shot it's gone.

    • The plot for this episode appears on a collector card in level 4 of The Simpsons: Hit & Run video game.

    • When Marge discovers the Flanders asleep on the floor, Ned's glasses are lying on the floor next to him. But when he wakes up, his glasses are on his face.

    • Syndication cuts the part where Snake tries to get his car back by setting up a piano trip wire trap, but ends up cutting off Milhouse's dad's arm.

  • Quotes

    • Homer Simpson: I don't know, Marge, trying is the first step towards failure.

    • Homer: (On the couch) Ah, I love these lazy Saturdays.
      Marge: It's Wednesday, Homer.
      Homer: (Screams) Work!
      (3 days later...)
      Homer: Ahhh, I love these real Saturdays, they're so relaxing - not like that fake Saturday that almost got me fired...

    • Homer: Wow, honey, you sold a house and got rid of the Flanders. What's for dinner?

    • Lionel Hutz: (Explaining why he's in real estate) The law business has been a little slow lately, and since most of my clients end up losing their houses, this was a natural step.

    • Lionel Hutz: Cubicles are for closers, Marge. Anyone who doesn't sell a house their first week gets fired. I probably should have mentioned that earlier.

    • (Looking at pictures of houses.)
      Marge: That house is awfully small.
      Lionel Hutz: I'd say it's awfully cozy.
      Marge: That's dilapidated.
      Lionel Hutz: Rustic!
      Marge: That house is on fire!
      Lionel Hutz: Motivated seller!

    • Ned: (Screams) Purple drapes, all my life I've wanted purple drapes! (Screams)

    • Chief Wiggum: Huh? What the ... this is Wiggum reporting a three-eighteen, waking a police officer!

    • Snake: Give me my car, fatty!
      Homer: This is my car! And I'm not fat, it's glandular!

    • Marge/Lisa/Bart: (singing) On the closing day, the escrow agents pay, taxes, liens and interest too, thanks to Fanny Mae!
      Bart: They back your baaaaaaaank!
      Homer: You're all nuts.

    • Marge: So, you're married and you're looking for your first house, Mister and Missus…
      Bart: Superman.
      Lisa: Oh! Don't listen to my husband, he's just an idiot.

    • Marge: There it is!
      Lisa and Bart: Wow!
      Lisa: Your own billboard!
      Bart: Check it out!
      Homer: Gee, that picture makes your butt look big!
      Marge: I thought so too! But they said it sells.
      Bart: Works for the Lumber King.
      (Homer looks at a nearby billboard for the "Lumber King" where an electric buttocks moves separately from the sign, leading Homer into a trance)
      Homer (zombie-like): Lumber… We need lumber…

    • (After the facade of his house falls off, revealing him, in his underwear, eating directly from a can.)
      Lenny: Please don't tell people how I live.

    • (At the unemployment office)
      Marge: $300 for doing nothing? It feel like such a crook.
      George Bush Sr.: Don't worry. It gets easier every week.

    • Homer: I don't know Marge, trying is the first step towards failure.

    • Marge: Thank you, Bart, thank you, Lisa, for all your help!
      Homer: What about me? You didn't thank me!
      Bart: You didn't do anything.
      Homer: I like being thanked.

    • Cookie Kwan: (meets Marge) Hi Marge! Stay away from the west side!

    • Cookie Kwan: Are you talking about the west side?
      Gil: (stuttering) N-no Cookie...I-i'm scared of you.

    • Lionel Hutz: There's the truth...and, the truth!

    • Snake: It's 'Lil Bandit! And she's in pain!

  • Notes

    • First Appearance: Cookie Kwan, Gil

    • Blackboard Joke: There was no Roman named "Fartacus".
      Couch Gag: The family sits on the couch and a human hand reaches in and spins the picture. When it stops, the picture of the family sitting on the couch is skewed wildly.

    • This episode is Lionel Hutz's last major speaking appearance due to Phil Hartman's untimely death.

  • Allusions

    • Looney Tunes
      The scene where Snake sets up the piano wire trap is similar to Wile E Coyote setting traps to catch the Road Runner. He's even using ACME piano wire.

    • The song Homer sings in the car is "Luca" by Suzanne Vega.

    • This episode title spoofs the 1994 Ben Stiller and Winona Ryder film Reality Bites.

    • Todd: Red room, red room.
      When Marge sees the family sleeping covered in red paint, and Ned says Todd wanted a red room, Todd is saying "Red room" like "Redrum," which is "Murder" backwards, like Tony Torrance in the 1980 film The Shining.

    • This episode has many similarities to the David Mamet play/movie Glengarry Glen Ross (there are several stars in it: Al Pacino, Jack Lemmon, Kevin Spacey and Alec Baldwin, to name just a few). The movie is about a real estate company having a competition and the loser is to be fired. Gill's character is very strongly based on Jack Lemmon's character in the movie. A line similar to Gill's, "You got any leads, I need some leads," is in the movie.

    • Lisa: "The Magna Carta song"
      Lisa's "Magna Carta" song is a reference to the song featured on the 1976 America Rock segment "The Preamble". Many people have used the music from this segment to help them memorize the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution. For those who recall the tune, here are the words to the Preamble...

      We The People In Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare and secure the blessings of liberty for ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish the Constitution of the United States of America.

      More info on America Rock and other Schoolhouse Rock features can be found here.