The Simpsons

Season 4 Episode 13

Selma's Choice

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Jan 21, 1993 on FOX
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Selma's Choice

Selma decides to test her maternal instincts before having kids of her own by taking Bart and Lisa to Duff Gardens.

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Dan Castellaneta

Dan Castellaneta

Homer Simpson, Grampa Simpson, Barney Gumble, Krusty the Clown, Groundskeeper Willie, and others

Hank Azaria

Hank Azaria

Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, Moe Szyslak, Chief Wiggum, Comic Book Guy, Lou, and others

Harry Shearer

Harry Shearer

Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders, Principal Skinner, Waylon Smithers, Kent Brockman, and others

Julie Kavner

Julie Kavner

Marge Simpson, Patty Bouvier, and Selma Bouvier

Nancy Cartwright

Nancy Cartwright

Bart Simpson, Nelson Muntz, Ralph Wiggum, Todd Flanders, and others

Yeardley Smith

Yeardley Smith

Lisa Simpson

Phil Hartman

Phil Hartman

Lionel Hutz, Troy McClure and Additional Voices

Recurring Role

Doris Grau

Doris Grau

Lunchlady Doris

Recurring Role

Pamela Hayden

Pamela Hayden

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

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • Goof: While the "hoodlums" (Jimbo Jones, Kearney and Dolph) are making off with the bumper cars, they initially show Jimbo and Dolph in blue cars with Kearney in a red car. But when the scene changes to show them from behind, Jimbo's car has changed to Green while the other two cars remain the same color.

    • The second potato chip of Aunt Gladys' collection that Homer eats is of the hoisting of the flag by five Marines and a Naval Corpsman on February 23rd, 1945, at Iwo Jima during World War II.

    • Homer and Marge watch "The Erotic Adventures of Hercules" starring Troy McClure. McClure plugged this movie in episode 9F07, "Mr. Plow".

    • Sign at The Lucky Stiff Funeral Home: "We Put the 'Fun' in Funerals"

    • According to the plaque outside, the Springfield Sperm Bank was established in 1858.

    • According to Hans Moleman's driver's license, he is 31 years old.

  • QUOTES (16)

    • Homer: Now what do we say when we get to the ticket booth?
      Bart and Lisa: We're under six.
      Homer : And I'm a college student.

    • Homer: Patty, Selma, I'm sorry. (Hugs them)
      Selma: He's hugging us. What do we do?
      Patty: Just close your eyes and think of MacGyver.

    • Worker: We found this one swimming naked in the Fermentarium.
      Lisa: I am the lizard queen!

    • (at Aunt Gladys' funeral, Lisa goes up to the casket)
      Lisa: Goodbye Great Aunt Gladys. I wish I'd made more of an effort to get to know you these last few years.
      Bart: (in a raspy voice from behind the casket) Don't worry about it.
      (Lisa runs away screaming; Bart laughs)

    • Troy McClure: Come to Duff Gardens, where roaming gangs aren't a big problem anymore!

    • Marge: The funeral's in Littleneck Falls. Looks like we'll have to go to Duff Gardens another time.
      Lisa: We understand.
      Bart: No use complaining about something you can't change.
      Homer: (whining) But I wanna go to Duff Gardens. Right now!
      Marge: Oh, Homer, quit pouting.
      Homer: I'm not pouting. I'm mourning. Stupid dead woman.

    • Homer: Marge, I'd like to be alone with the sandwich for a moment.
      Marge: Are you going to eat it?
      Homer: (short silence) ...Yes.

    • Hans Moleman: Combed, biscuits, chicken, yellow, mailman.
      Waitress: You're reading the wine list sir.
      Hans Moleman: Very good.

    • Selma: So, wearing a belt, are you?
      Kid: Uh-huh.
      Selma: No suspenders for you.
      Kid: I guess not.
      Selma: Orange is really your color.
      Kid: They make us wear this.
      Selma: Shall we continue this conversation over dinner?
      Kid: Uh...I'm not allowed to date customers. It's store policy.
      Arnold: No, it isn't.

    • Gladys: Now let's get down to business. (Voice changes to Lionel Hutz) To my executor, Lionel Hutz, I leave $50,000.
      Marge: MR. HUTZ!
      Hutz: You'd be surprised how often that works, you really would!

    • Priest: He was a good man, he was a kind man. He gave to his community and asked little in return. He never—(a man whispers something in his ear) That's a woman? Dear lord!

    • Patty: I can't believe Auntie Gladys is really gone.
      Selma: Her legend will live forever.
      Homer's Brain: Yeah. The legend of the dog-faced woman.
      Homer: Legend of the dog-faced woman! Oh, that's good!

    • Homer: (Thinking to himself while looking at the casket) Oh, I thought this thing was going to be catered. Boy, am I hungry. I mean, I'm really, really, hungry. (Out loud) It's just not fair, dammit!

    • Surly: Hey, Surly only looks out for one guy...Surly!
      Selma: Oh, sorry Surly.
      Surly: Shut up.

    • Bart & Homer: On top of Spaghetti, all covered with cheese, I lost my poor meatball...
      Marge: If you don't mind, we're on our way to a funeral!
      Homer: Ding-dong the witch is dead..
      Bart: Which old witch?
      Homer: The wicked witch!
      Marge: Homer!

    • Puppets: Duff beer for me, Duff beer for you, I'll have a Duff, you have one too! Duff beer for me, Duff beer for you, I'll have a Duff, you have one too!
      Bart: I want to get off.
      Selma: You can't get off. We have five more continents to visit.

  • NOTES (4)

    • First Appearance: Jub-Jub

    • On the April 11, 2006 episode of Late Night with Conan O'Brien, former Simpsons writer Conan O'Brien revealed, in an interview with Hank Azaria, that he came up with the name Jub-Jub for the iguana, as it was a phrase he used to break awkward silences.

    • This episode has an extra credit for the vocal performance of the song "(You Make Me Feel Like A) Natural Woman" by Michele Pillar.

    • Blackboard Joke: I will not yell "She's Dead" at roll call.
      Couch Gag: The family gets trapped in a net while running to the couch.

  • ALLUSIONS (13)

    • Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
      Selma's appearance during Lisa's hallucinogenic experience is a reference to Ralph Steadman's illustrations in the 1972 novel by Hunter S. Thompson.

    • Robert Frost
      The poem Aunt Gladys reads in her video will is "The Road Not Taken" by Robert Frost, but only the first and last lines are heard because Homer fast-forwards through it.

    • Walt Disney World
      Duff Gardens appears to be a spoof of Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. The Little Land of Duff, complete with repetitive music, is similar to the It's a Small World river ride, and the street parade is similar to the Main Street Electrical Parade

    • Going to Disneyland

      Troy McClure: Hey, Lance Murdock, you just jumped sixteen blazing school buses. What are you going to do now?
      Lance Murdock: I'm going to... Duff... Gardens.

      This is a reference to the continuing campaign where various athletes—specifically American football players—whom after winning their game are asked "Hey [NAME], you just won the [SPORTING EVENT]. What are you going to do now?" to which they respond "I'm going to Disneyland!". This tradition was started by Phil Simms of the New York Giants after winning the Super Bowl in 1987.

    • Homer: Ding, dong, the witch is dead...
      A quick and funny reference to the song in the 1939 classic film The Wizard of Oz.

    • Gladys: To Marge, I leave my potato chips that resemble celebrities.
      A funny reference to Myrtle Young, who would come onto various shows and show off her potato chip collection.

    • Marge: No wait, that was "Prince of Tides."
      Marge's flashback is a parody of a scene in the film The Prince Of Tides.

    • Park Name: Duff Gardens
      The name of the park is a parody of "Busch Gardens." As well as the idea of a beer company owning a theme park.

    • Lawrence Of Arabia
      The music that plays while Lisa reads about the Beer-amid is taken from the film Lawrence Of Arabia.

    • Sophie's Choice
      The episode title is a reference to the 1982 film Sophie's Choice.

    • Murphy Brown
      The scene in which Selma sings "You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman" to Jub-Jub is a reference to a scene in the "Birth 101" episode of Murphy Brown, in which Murphy sings the exact same song to her newborn son Avery while Frank videotapes it.

    • Lisa: I am the Lizard Queen!
      Lisa's quip, while tripping on the bad water from the Land of Duff, is a reference to Jim Morrison, lead singer for the Doors, who wrote an epic poem, "The Celebration Of The Lizard King", and included parts of it in their third album, "Waiting For The Sun". Morrison himself became known as the Lizard King.

    • Kids: Come on kids! Take a walk on the wild side!
      Hooray For Everything sings the refrain from the 1972 Lou Reed classic "Walk on the Wild Side," which is about prostitution, transexuals, and the lack of morality in today's culture.