Marge Simpson, Patty Bouvier, and Selma Bouvier
Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders, Principal Skinner, Waylon Smithers, Kent Brockman, and others
Homer Simpson, Grampa Simpson, Barney Gumble, Krusty the Clown, Groundskeeper Willie, and others
Bart Simpson, Nelson Muntz, Ralph Wiggum, Todd Flanders, and others
Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, Moe Szyslak, Chief Wiggum, Comic Book Guy, Lou, and others
Special Guest Star
Milhouse Van Houten, Rod Flanders, Jimbo Jones, and others
When Homer and Lisa are at the shop where they buy the telescope if you look closely in the background you can see Leather Craft from the episode "Sunday, Cruddy, Sunday".
Miss Springfield appeared previously with Mayor Quimby at the Olde Off-Ramp Inn in "Mr. Spritz Goes to Washington".
Lisa: Forget it Bart. It's so bright out that the only thing in the sky you can see is the Fox satellite.
(Cut to a damaged FOX satellite being held up by three balloons)
(Fat Tony after finding out Luigi has no valet service)
Fat Tony: You're saying that the 10 year old with the mustache is a fake?
(Lisa & Bart see mob approaching, angry that the power has been overloaded and shut down.)
Krusty: I can't read porno by candlelight. Who am I... Abe Lincoln?
(Patty & Moe are kissing on a bench in the dark; the lights come back on: "Perma-Noon")
Patty: Hey, you're not John Ritter!
Moe: And you ain't that gorilla from the zoo!
Kent Brockman: (Newscast) Springfield's pro-darkness policy has resulted in a spree of vandalism unmatched since the Detroit Tigers last made the playoffs over two centuries ago! The government has issued an orange alert which, once again, means nothing.
Jimbo: (Stealing a hood ornament) This is great. It's darker than a French chick's armpit.
Kent Brockman: (Newscast) Look out, Matthew Modine and Charlene Tilton. There are new stars in town... sky stars! Now visible thanks to Springfield's latest cave-in to the astronomer lobby.
Lisa: (Being interviewed) The best part is next week we'll get to see the "Deadly Meteor Shower".
Kent Brockman: "Deadly Meteor Shower"?
Lisa: Named after its discoverer, Professor Artemis Deadly, who was, ironically, killed in the shower of 1853.
Lisa: Look up at the stars, Springfield! For eons people have gazed at the skies and seen into their souls!
(Mr.Burns sees a $ constellation, Cletus sees cent sign constellation. Lenny sees Carl's face in the stars, Carl sees his own face in stars. Flanders sees the Star of David, gasps and rubs eyes, then sees a cross.)
Bart: How did you get dad to go along with this?
Lisa: In his sleep-deprived state, he's very suggestible. Okay dad, you are now playing patty-cake with Maggie.
(Homer places hand on palm plate)
Computer: Palm recognized, access granted.
Homer: Awww, my baby's first words.
Marge: Uh-oh. Sounds like some bad eggs are cooking up trouble.
Homer: Mmmmmm… bad eggs.
Lisa: You stole my stars, Springfield! No one ever wrote a poem about sickly orange barf glow!
Declan Desmond's documentary "American Boneheads: A Day in the Life of Springfield Elementary"
Declan: Where do you think you will be in 7 years?
Ralph: I'm gonna live with underground grandma!
Jimbo: I'm gonna go to a 2-year technical school then work in a garage.
Kearney: (punching him) Sellout! Yuppie!
Dolph: Soccer mom!
Millhouse: I'll be batting 352 in the Majors!
(After several attempts to hit a pitch, Milhouse finally knocks the ball off a t-ball stand)
(He heads for first base but trips over the t-ball stand, knocking himself unconscious)
Declan: Did you get that, Simon? (Camera nods) Brilliant! Right, let's go to Moe's.
Lenny: Boy, this light is really screwing up the animals.
(A bird jumps out of a tree, lands on the ground, and digs a hole a la Bugs Bunny)
Homer: I'll bet somewhere there's a horse drinking coffee.
Marge: This is even better than our screen saver. And I love our screen saver!
Astrodome computer: Now, who will press my reset button? Will it be you, or you, or… you?
Chief Wiggum: Uh-oh, all the lights are out. We'd better get the entire force working on this!
Lou: Chief, we are the entire force.
Chief Wiggum: Ok, we gotta start recruiting, Lou.
This episode won the 2004 Annie Award for Outstanding Directing in an Animated Television Production.
The song accompanying the Starry Night sky scenes in this episode is "Vincent (Starry Starry Night)" by Don Mclean
The hood ornament on Fat Tony's car is actually an Emmy award.
Blackboard Joke: None.
Couch Gag: The family water-skis into the living room and everyone else is perched on Homer's back as he hits a ski jump. When they are airborne, each family member lands on their appropriate place on the couch. Two sharks (each with one of Homer's legs in their mouth) join the family in watching television.
Marge says "Live, from New York, it's Saturday Night!" This is an allusion to Saturday Night Live when this phrase was exclaimed as the lead-in to the show.
The name of the hobby shop Lisa is in is called Teenage Pasteland. This is an allusion to the song Baba O'Riley by the band The Who. The song repeats the phrase "teenage wasteland" often throughout the song. It is also an allusion to the song by Peter Townshend "Teenage Wasteland."
When the Simpson family is eating dinner, Marge notices something is wrong with the kids and says "you haven't touched your dinnerables." This is an allusion to theline of instant children's meals manufactured by Kraft Foods, Inc. known as Lunchables. They have separate compartments in a similar fashion as well.
The overloaded baseball field lights burst and shards of glass rain down on Groundskeeper Willie accompanied by dramatic music, much in the same way as the climatic home run pyrotechnics in this Robert Redford film.
1. The palm reader at the Springfield power plant looks very similar to the one in the Martian oxygen plant in the movie "Total Recall."
2. The little alien who arrived in a meteorite skipping off screen was reminiscent of the alien running off at the end of the movie "Contact."
3. A crazed mob forming because the stars come out occurs in Isaac Asimov's short story "Nightfall."
The music played in the background during all the star scenes is Gustav Holst's Jupiter from his suite "The Planets."
Marge: Live from New York, it's Saturday night!
That is what is said at the beginning of every Saturday Night Live episode.
Title: Scuse Me While I Miss the Sky
This episode title is a take off on a lyric in Jimi Hendrix's song "Purple Haze."
Mayor Quimby: (talking about turning down the city lights) "or a faded Southern Belle who needs the forgiving cloak of night to seduce naive young delivery boys..."
I think this an allusion to Blanche DuBoise (from the Tennessee William's play "A Streetcar Named Desire") who fools a newspaper collection boy of her old age by keeping the lights low (by using paper shades over lamps) and steals a kiss.
The documentaries of Declan Desmond are in the fashion of 1930s British documentary producer John Grierson and director Basil Wright. Wright and Grierson made the documentary "Children at School," which also seemed very forced and interviewed children on the playground and in class. Also Desmond makes a pop at Lisa for the unimaginitive title of her city initiative "Night Sky." Wright and Grierson also made the documentary "Night Mail."
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