The Simpsons

Season 14 Episode 16

'Scuse Me While I Miss the Sky

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Mar 30, 2003 on FOX
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Episode Summary

'Scuse Me While I Miss the Sky
Principal Skinner introduces the students of Springfield Elementary to Declan Desmond, a documentary filmmaker. Desmond is there to do a documentary on the school. The children see an example of his work in the form of his documentary on Krusty Burger called "Do You Want Lies With That?" He starts filming his documentary by focusing on school bullies. Bart is being featured on camera for his role as a school bully, when he is humiliated by Nelson, the bigger bully. Principal Skinner tries to divert Desmond's attention by focusing on Lisa. Desmond easily spots the ruse and gives Lisa some advice that she should pick a path and follow it. Bart searches for a way to become cool again. When Nelson shows off a hood ornament he's stolen, Bart decides he needs to do the same, only bigger. Lisa looks for career direction and finds inspiration at an astronomy exhibit. Lisa gets Homer to buy her a telescope, only she soon discovers that light pollution from the town obscures her view. Bart tries to regain his position, as Desmond watches. He then finds Lisa is circulating a petition to reduce Springfield's light pollution. It works and lights are put down, yes the stars have come out, but so have the criminals. Nelson and company steal more hood ornaments. Bart targets the ornate (Emmy award looking) hood ornament of Fat Tony's car. Mayor Quimby caves into pressure from the townspeople and restores the lights of Springfield, to the point where it's daytime at night. Bart and Milhouse were almost able to steal Fat Tony's hood ornament, when the lights go on. 24 hours of "daylight" begin to take their toll on the townspeople. Bart is still scoping out Fat Tony's hood ornament, he only needs the cover of darkness to pull of his crime. Since he and Lisa want the same thing, they team up to get Homer to go into power plant and overload the city's lights. Springfield is back in the dark when the townspeople come to protest the lack of lights. Fortunately for Bart and Lisa a meteor shower begins and that distracts everyone. In the end, Declan Desmond's documentary "American Boneheads: A Day in the Life of Springfield Elementary" is shown.moreless

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  • Lisa becomes an astronomer.

    I thought that this episode was very welll done and well exceuted. Both plots were very strong and funny and it was a joy to watch this episode. My favorite part of the whole episode had to be the dcumentary at the end of the episode. However, the Bart stealing hood ornaments was just hilarious, and Homer crawling on the ground like an animal and going to sleep was just pricleless. All in all this was a very likeable episode, there wasnt anything really wrong with this episode at all. Which makes me wonder why this episode is so hated?moreless
  • I thought this episode was very good...

    A British filmmaker comes to Bart's class to make a documentary on the typical American school, and Bart's celebrity status is plunged into jeopardy when Nelson receives attention from the filmmaker for stealing hood ornaments. Moreover, the filmmaker leaves Lisa with feelings of inadequacy, causing her to run out and choose a career in astronomy. Bart begins searching for unique hood ornaments while Lisa, unable to find a dark spot to stargaze, climbs Mt. Springfield. She encounters Professor Frink at the summit, and he teaches her about the problem of light pollution. Lisa starts a campaign to reduce the amount of light usage in Springfield, but when Chief Wiggum encourages Springfield to double its light usage to fight crime, night becomes day and the town goes "mondo bizarro," unable to sleep with the constant light. Lisa finally decides that enough is enough and breaks into the power plant with Bart, overloads the system and plunges the town into total darkness, returning Springfield to normal.moreless
  • This episode was pretty good, Lisa persues astronomy in what would appear to be a terrible premise but ends up forming an actually interesting episode.

    Ah,I loved this episode. Sure, it had its problems, but overall it was very funny and pretty well written. There were silly jokes a lot of people don\'t like, but I like em and dont really care what \"A lot of people\" think. The episode starts off with Springfield Elementary being the home to a documentary by a Simon Cowell-esque man (I know he\'s parodying someone, but not quite sure who), obviously leading to bad results. In a hilarious narration, Bart finds himself wounded after being caught crying on tape and Lisa finds a rare species: someone not impressed with her!

    This leads into two plots: Lisa trying to find a field to focus on and Bart trying to regain his status as bad boy (this may be alluding to how Bart overall has fallen as Americas bad boy). Astronomy was certainly a strange choice for Lisa, but it wasn\'t too bad and dealing with the issue of light pollution, Springfield struggles whether to keep the lights on blaring at night or completely shut, obviously forgetting the middle man. Meanwhile, Bart tries to get Fat Tony\'s hood ornament.

    It wraps up nicely in both sides, and the documentary callback was very hilarious.Only big problem was the plot was a little flimsy

    Many Funny Moments:

    -\"Who will reset me, will it be you, you, OR...YOU?\"

    -\"Darker than a French girl\'s armpit\"

    -\"I\'m going to live with Underground grandama\"

    -Ending Milhouse\'s lame attempt at baseball

    -What the Springfielders saw in the sky, specially Carl and Flanders

    -The Alein

    -\"Deadly Meteor Shower\"

    -\"We thought the sky was on fire...naturally we blamed the Irish\"

    and MUCH more

    The best one in my opinion was: \"I wish God was alive to see thismoreless
  • springfield i plunged into lightness, then darkness.

    This episode's B story was my favourite part with Bart trying to steal Fat Tony's car symbol. The whole episode was funny, with the documentary at the end being a great ending, since that's how the whole episode started (with skinner believing that this documentary would be completely different from the rest of the negative docos that Desmond had made). The insomnia that the whole town has when springfield is always light was terrific, especially homer willingly letting bart and lisa boss him around to get the town to be dark once again. A great watch and a recommendation for all those who haven't viewed it, watch Scuse Me While I Miss The Sky.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

Eric Idle

Eric Idle

Declan Desmond

Special Guest Star

Joe Mantegna

Joe Mantegna

Fat Tony

Recurring Role

Marcia Wallace

Marcia Wallace

Edna Krabappel

Recurring Role

Pamela Hayden

Pamela Hayden

Milhouse Van Houten, Rod Flanders, Jimbo Jones, and others

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • 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".

  • QUOTES (16)

    • 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)
      Milhouse: Yes!
      (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.

  • NOTES (4)

    • 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.

  • ALLUSIONS (10)

    • 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 Natural
      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."