The Simpsons

Season 11 Episode 13

Saddlesore Galactica

2
Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Feb 06, 2000 on FOX
7.1
out of 10
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Saddlesore Galactica
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Springfield Elementary sends its band to the state fair. When the Simpsons get there, Homer basks in the great sounds of Bachman Turner Overdrive. Lisa seeks justice from on high when their school band loses in competition to another band that does the same tired old school band classic, "Stars and Stripes Forever" and their band does James Brown's "Living in America." so she writes a letter to President Clinton. What does the family after the competition, why they would watch a horse named Duncan dive from a platform. When the owner abandons him, Homer takes the horse home. The Comic Book Guy mentions that this plot has happened previously, but the Simpson family takes the horse home anyway. Homer tries to figure out a way to exploit Duncan. They enter him in a horse race with Bart as his jockey. The horse seemingly has no chance and he finishes last. Homer decides to give him a makeover and Duncan gets a bad-ass gimmick. He becomes Furious D. Marge starts developing a gambling problem, prompting Comic Book Guy to remember another classic episode. Furious D starts winning every race. The jockeys abduct Homer and reveal that they are evil trolls. They threaten him, so Homer has to throw the big race. Furious D wins anyway, and the jockeys come to kill the Simpson family. Homer beats them all by outsmarting them. To round out the "worst episode ever," President Clinton visits Lisa to tell her that he overturned the decision at the state fair.moreless

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Assured. Insane. Redundant. Yet..... Funny!

    7.0
    I can't say this was the best episode ever but for what it is, it's actually hilarious. Jockey trolls, race horses, bitter Lisa, omni goggles, Vietnam flash backs, I was left in stitches! It may not be a good idea to try it again, just to say they did it once and move on but this episode sure as hell showed us that even a cartoony plot can be worth watching. I say give it a chance.moreless
  • Quite possibly the worst half hour in animation.

    1.0
    Watching this episode is similar to watching a train wreck in slow motion. You know something horrible is happening, but there is nothing you can do to stop it. There is not a single redeeming feature. Characters act completely out of characters, insipid non sequitors dictate the plot et cetera. If some teen fans thought of this plot line one night after a drinking binge, they would have the sense to laugh at it as being stupid and unfunny when they sobered up. One could only wish the current writers of The Simpsons would have the same insight.



    Whatever you do, do NOT watch this expecting to be entertained.moreless
  • Agreed with Comic Book Guy as "Worst Episode Ever". What were the writers thinking when they vomited out this creation? I guess seeing the amount of episodes, it was inevitable there would be one that was absolutely painful to watch.moreless

    1.0
    That whole thing with Furious D wearing a jacket, and even being that humanistic. It's like when they animate the Chips Ahoy. Why make it so like humans, when you know they were going to get eaten eventually? It was just lame anyways besides that, with the horrible attempt at reaching out to the urban youth with that horrible insult to music. And the whole intimidating montage theme with Bart, oh they're soooo bad! Please. There were a few good jokes, but the onset of the trite that followed was overbearing and greatly overshadowed any redeeming factor of humor at that point. F-moreless
  • Jockey Elves!

    1.5
    This episode is often rated the worst of the series. I never understood why, until I saw it. One of the most lazily written episodes ever. The third act with the elves was horrendous, there were very few good jokes, the end was lazy, all the cheap jokes about reusing plots was horrendous. There are very few things to like about this episode. Decent amount of humor in the first act and some of the second, but the episode as a whole is just really bad. Though I have to admit that the elves were kind of funny. Something I would expect from Family Guy or something, to be honest.moreless
  • Homer and Bart raise a championship winning race horse.

    8.5
    Well I definately think this episode was hilarious and had some great gags, but it was surely very far-fetched indeed. There were elf jockies, bad ass horses, and Homer trying to teach a horse to be a kicker in football. However, there were some very good jokes such as:



    Marge: That's a pretty lousy lesson.

    Bill Clinton: Well, I'm a pretty lousy president. Homer: I think you looked damn good out there son. (looks at horse numer) You were number 5?! You sucked! Damn good =] This is an episode that is basically the ugly duckling in the series. Many people dont appreciate it, and people say this is why the simpsons suck. However, I think it was good episode even if it was out of character for the show, and far-fectched. In my mind it was still entertaining to me.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

Trevor Denman

Trevor Denman

Himself

Guest Star

Jim Cummings

Jim Cummings

Duncan/Furious D

Guest Star

Randy Bachman

Randy Bachman

Himself

Guest Star

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

Karl Wiedergott

Karl Wiedergott

Additional Voices

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (6)

  • QUOTES (22)

    • Homer: (After being kicked out of Jockey Town) Did that really happen? Or was it all just a wonderful dream?
      Jockey: No dream. Lose the race, Fat Boy.

    • Homer: He better win, because if he doesn't, it's a trip to the glue factory. And he isn't coming!
      Lenny: It's a brilliant tour, but you can't see it all in one day.

    • Bill Clinton: Thank you, Lisa, for teaching kids everywhere a valuable lesson: If things don't go your way, just keep complaining until your dreams come true.
      Marge: That's a pretty lousy lesson.
      Bill Clinton: Hey, I'm a pretty lousy president.

    • Lisa: Mom, I think you might be developing a gambling problem.
      Comic Book Guy: Hey, I'm watching you.

    • Lisa: I can't believe those idiot judges were impressed by glowing plastic tubes.
      Homer: Look Lisa! It glows. Ooooh!

    • Man: Be sure to stick around for the battle of the elementary school bands.
      Homer: Ohhh.
      Marge: Homer, Lisa's in that!
      Homer: I stand by my disappointed groan.

    • Man: Folks, how often have you opened the morning paper only to have the rubber band fly off and hit you right in the eye?
      Marge: Never. But it's my number one concern.

    • All jockeys (chanting): Freaks, freaks, freaks!
      All jockeys: We are the jockeys, jockeys are we. We live underground in a fiberglass tree.
      Jockey 1: Hah!
      Jockey 2: Ooo!
      Jockey 3: Haha!
      Jockey 3: 'tween Earth and Hell, we reign supreme,
      Jockey 4: on toadstool thrones by a chocolate stream.
      Jockey 5: But all is not well in Jockey Town.
      Jockey 6: Your renegade horse is making us frown.
      Homer (spoken): What do you want me to do?
      Jockey 7: Your horse must lose.
      Homer (spoken): My horse must lose?
      Jockey 7: No win!
      Jockey 8: No show!
      Jockey 3: No place!
      Jockey 4: Just lose the stinkin' race.
      Homer (spoken): And what if I refuse to lose?
      Jockey 7: We'll eat your brain.
      Homer (singing): My horse must lose!

    • Homer: Hey, where can we get those metal dealies for his feet?
      Jockey: You mean horseshoes?
      Homer: Hey, what's with the attitude? I just wanted some dealies.

    • Homer: Now for the horse whispering. (Whispers) When the race starts, run really fast.

    • Homer: I'll deal with those murderous trolls.
      Bart: Huh?
      Homer: I mean... I'll deal with those murderous trolls!

    • Marge: Should the Simpsons get a horse?
      Comic Book Guy: Excuse me, I believe this family already had a horse, and the expense forced Homer to work at the Kwik-E-Mart with hilarious consequences.
      Homer: Does anyone care what this guy thinks?
      Crowd: No!

    • Nelson: That horse doesn't take no guff from no one.
      Jimbo: Guff?
      Nelson: I mean--
      (Jimbo, Dolph & Kearney pummel Nelson)

    • Marge: Furious D?
      Bart: He's the bad boy of racing. He's got attitude and bad-itude. So show him latitude, and you'll win his gratitude. Only in America!
      Lisa: Ew, you used my bracelet for a nose ring.
      Homer: Possessions are fleeting.

    • Bart: Who are those pleasant old men?
      Homer: It's BTO. They're Canada's answer to ELP. Their big hit was TCB. That's how we talked in the 70s, we didn't have a moment to spare.

    • Homer: Man, I got more trophies than Wayne Gretzky and Pope combined.

    • Announcer: And away they go! It's chock Full o' Drugs, followed closely by Stalker, with Old Levis fading fast!

    • Chief Wiggum: I'd rather let a thousand guilty men go free than chase after them.

    • Race Announcer: Could it be? In a bizarre twist, a horse is abusing a jockey! Might this be the start of a terrifying planet of the horses? In this announcer's opinion, almost certainly yes! And away I go!

    • Homer: Good horse. Here's one taco. You'll get another one when you win.

    • Homer: Good luck getting a horse to eat dog food.

    • Homer: Charlie didn't ask for ID when I fought at La Choy and Chun King!

  • NOTES (2)

    • During this episode Comic Book Guy repeatedly complains about its lack of originality. The first instance is when he remarks "I believe this family already had a horse", a reference to the episode "Lisa's Pony". The second instance is during the scene when Marge has placed multiple bets and Lisa tells her that she might be developing a gambling problem and Comic Book Guy appears and says "I'm watching you," the family already addressed Marge's gambling problem in the episode "$pringfield (Or How I Learned To Stop Worrying & Love Legalized Gambling)."

    • Blackboard Joke: Substitute teachers are not scabs.
      Couch Gag: The family are karate students who chop the couch to pieces while sensei Homer strikes a karate pose and uses the remote to turn the TV on.

  • ALLUSIONS (9)

    • Furious D

      The name Furious D is taken from the rock band Tenacious D.

    • The episode title references Battlestar Galactica.

    • The tree in the jockey's underground lair looks similar to the Keebler Elves' hollow tree.

    • Fair Guy: Looks like Duncan wants to dive again!
      In the 1991 Disney film Wild Hearts Can't be Broken, Sonora Webster dives horses off of a platform, which is similar to Duncan being pushed off the edge of the platform when the Simpsons first find him.

    • Homer claims that he has learned everything he needs to know about horse training, which includes seducing lonely women, from the Robert Redford and Kristin Scott Thomas film The Horse Whisperer.

    • :
      Bart riding his horse to victory against all odds brings to mind classic horse racing dramas like "National Velvet" and "The Black Stallion."

    • :
      The jockey's underground lair borrows many elements from Munchkinland in "The Wizard of Oz" and the Oompa Loompas in "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory."

    • At the recital, the Springfield Elementary school band plays James Brown's "Living in America." Bart calls Lisa "a sax machine", referring to her saxophone skills, but it sounds similar to "Sex Machine," another of James Brown's songs.

    • At the fair, Randy Bachman and C.F. Turner of the band Bachman Turner Overdrive perform snippets from two of their hit songs: "Takin Care of Business" and "You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet."

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