The Simpsons

Season 8 Episode 13

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Feb 07, 1997 on FOX
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Episode Summary

The Simpson family is watching a Krusty special when Lisa notices that Marge's hair is falling out. The reason, says Dr. Hibbert, is stress. Homer vows to do whatever it takes to get her back to normal. Marge wants him to hire a nanny. They interview nannies, but Homer keeps accusing each applicant of being a man. No one seems to be qualified until Shary Bobbins arrives. She has an instant rapport with the children. They sing songs as they do chores. Everyone else in Springfield loves her, too. Shary is about to leave, but realizes that the Simpson family still needs her. She stays and they become more and more dependent upon her. Eventually her songs stop working, Bart whips cupcakes at the wall and Lisa sits around watching TV. When they tell her that they are happy just the way they are, Shary Bobbins leaves (only to be sucked into a jet engine).moreless

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  • this was a good ep

    in this ep of the simpsons show marges hair begins to fall out and the doctor says its due to the strees in the house so they call a nanny to take care of some of the stress and they dont know who to hire until a sherry poppens comes and starts to keep thing going good until she deicdes its time to leave since her work is done till when she leaves things go back to the way they were until she finaly fixes things and they go and say good bye to her and she gets sucked up in airplane this was a good ep that had alot of funny moments and a good song to go along with it .moreless
  • Not even gonna try the title

    Homer and Marge hire a singing nanny, whom the kids love, and she helps make the house spotless. She also tries making the Simpsons better people overall, but she simply can not. And so the Simpsons feel bad and sing a song about them liking he way they act. The nanny, Shary Bobbins, flies off in the distance, but tragically {or hilariously} dies.

    A good episode, one of my favorite musical themed episodes, all the songs were hilarious, as was the ending {though it seemed a little dark, to me}. Overall grade would be an A+, simply a hilarious episodemoreless
  • The Simpsons get a nanny.

    Marge's hair begins to fall out due to stress. The family decides to look for a nanny, and they receive a visit from a magical British stranger who floats down from the sky via umbrella. The new nanny, Shary Bobbins, uses her gifts of song and imagination to teach Bart and Lisa how to clean. The miracle worker charms the whole town, even waming the heart of Mr. Burns. The family grow happier than ever and Marge's hair begins to grow back. Shary cannot help the Simpson family to amend their listless messy ways. She leaves realizing she taught the family nothing. As she floats away by her umbrella, she is sucked into a jet plane's engine and presumably killed. To be honest, I never really particularly cared for this episode. It is by no means bad, but I just didn't like it as the rest of the season. Not the best episode of the season for sure. The parody of Mary Poppins was alright but this episode is a C+ at best.moreless
  • What's not to love?

    Typical Simpsons - they turn a brilliant movie (Mary Poppins) into a parody and they do it rather well. Marge losing her beautiful hair is upsetting to watch - namely because Marge's hair is what makes Marge. However the rest of the episode is hilarious - good songs and a rather decent script. Its a shame Julie Andrews couldn't provide a voice but then again I believe Pamela Hayden (or whoever) did a fine job and makes me wonder if Andrews would of been better or not - would it make any differance.

    A definate higlight of Season Eight of The Simpsonsmoreless
  • The Simpsons are evil

    What a bunch of jerks the Simpsons are. Can't you believe me? I will show you only one piece of evidence that will make you reconsider your hasty answer. I present you with this episode, I am reviewing, which its name is incredibly long and quite a tongue twister. I suffered watching a good ole nanny being treated like a machine by our "beloved Simpson's" I don't know what's exactly the reaon for this people to act this way. But there is one thing I am sure of: they are evil and selfish. In this episode even nice Lisa is a really annoying little brat.

    Good laughs in this one kept me entertained!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

Pamela Hayden

Pamela Hayden

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

Recurring Role

Maggie Roswell

Maggie Roswell

Maude Flanders, Helen Lovejoy, Miss Hoover, and others

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (7)

    • The song used during The Itchy and Scratchy cartoon is Stuck In The Middle With You by Steeler's Wheel in 1973.

    • An entire song was cut from the episode before it first aired. It featured a scene where Shari, Bart and Lisa visit Patty and Selma. Patty and Selma smoke a large amount of cigarettes and sing a song called "We Love to Smoke," grossing out Shari, Bart and Lisa. The song is a parody of "I Love to Laugh." This can be seen as a deleted scene on the DVD.

    • The kid selling the newspaper is from Oliver.

    • Krusty's Komedy Klassic has the initials KKK in large white letters, a reference to the Ku Klux Klan.

    • There are dozens and dozens of references to Mary Poppins. Here are the main ones: Obviously, the nanny Shary Bobbins.
      The episode title is a pun on the song, ''Supercalifragilisticexpealidocious''.
      Request for a nanny through song.
      Shary Bobbins' entrance, flying with an umbrella.
      The walk in the park, meeting a one-man band, and flying kites.
      A tea party on the ceiling is mentioned.
      The songs, ''Cut Every Corner'' and ''A Boozehound Named Barney'' parody ''Spoonful of Sugar'' and ''Feed the Birds'' respectively.

    • A shoe, a brick and a champagne bottle are thrown at Krusty in his ''Mad About Shoe'' sketch.

    • The pictures of celebrities on ''Before They Were Famous'' have all appeared on The Simpsons before.

  • QUOTES (35)

    • Homer: Shary Bobbins, I need another beer!
      Shary: Well you know, Homer (singing) If there's a task that must be done, you'll find it's much more fun --
      Homer: You'll find it's even MORE fun if YOU get the beer for ME!
      Shary (singing): But the beer will taste more sweet, if you get up off your seat!
      Bart: Lady, the man asked for a beer, not a song.

    • Marge: Ah, that poor woman.
      Lisa: We've crushed her gentle spirit.
      Bart: You people should be ashamed of yourselves.
      (Whips another cupcake at the wall.)

    • Shary: Bart Simpson, this room is a frightful mess.
      Bart: I'll get right on it. (hurls a cupcake at the wall)
      Shary: Bart, don't you remember? Cleaning up can be a game.
      Bart: I got a better game. It's called "whipping cupcakes."

    • Shary: Lisa, don't sit in front of that telly like a fly stuck on a toffee. It's a great big world out there.
      Lisa: Been there, done it.
      Shary: I know, we could have a tea party on the ceiling.
      Lisa: Shh. TV!

    • Shary: I believe my work here is done.
      Marge: Thank you for everything
      Bart & Lisa: We'll miss you, Shary Bobbins.
      Homer: You've changed me as well. I'm no longer the money-driven workaholic I once was.

    • Mr. Burns: Bah, humbug.
      Shary Bobbins: Oh, Mr. Burns, I think you'll find all life's problems just float away when you're flying a kite.
      (She hands him a kite.)
      Mr. Burns: Balderdash. This is the silliest load of--(Looks at his kite)--Oh, look at it fly! Whee-hee-hee-hee-hee! Look at me, Smithers. (dark clouds gather from no where) I feel practically Superduperfragicalicexpiala--D'oh!
      (Lightning strikes the kite and shocks Mr. Burns, knocking him on the ground)
      Mr. Burns: What's this strange sensation in my chest?
      Smithers: I think your heart's beating again.
      Mr. Burns: Oh, that takes me back. God bless you, Shary Bobbins.

    • Principal Skinner: Boy for sale! Boy for sale!
      Jimbo: Is this legal, man?
      Principal Skinner: Only here and in Mississippi.

    • Shary: Hello, Willie.
      Lisa: You know her?
      Willie: Aye. Shary Bobbins and I were engaged to be wed back in the old country. Then she got her eyesight back. Suddenly the ugliest man in Glasgow wasn't good enough for her
      Shary: It's good to see you, Willie.
      Willie: (angry) That's not what you said the first time you saw me!

    • Shary: Now, as your nanny, I'll do everything from telling stories to changing diapers.
      Grampa: Put me down for one of each.

    • Kearney: I'm here about the nanny job. I'll keep a watchful eye on your kids and if they get out of line (smacks fist in palm) … Pow!
      Homer: I like him.
      Kearney: Thanks. Hey, where do you keep the liquor?
      Homer: I hide a bottle of schnapps in the baby's crib.
      Marge: I'm sorry, young man. You're not what we're looking for.
      Kearney: (quietly) You're tellin' me, you blue-haired witch.
      Marge: I heard that!

    • Mrs. Pennyfeather: Hello, I'm Mrs. Pennyfeather. I understand you are looking for a nanny.
      Marge: Pleased to meet you.
      Homer: Wait a minute, Marge. I saw Mrs. Doubtfire. This is a man in drag!
      (Homer starts pulling at her hair.)
      Homer: You're phony! Fakey, phony broad! (Chases after her) Gimme those!
      Marge: Homer, if you're going to do that to every applicant, we're never going to find one.
      Homer: Sorry.
      Mrs. Periwinkle: Hello, I'm Mrs. Periwinkle.
      (Homer growls and starts chasing her.)

    • Hibbert: Mrs. Simpson, there's no physical reason why your hair should be falling out. This thing has me buffaloed. (chuckles)
      Nurse: Phone call, Mrs. Simpson. Lines one and two.
      Bart: (line one) Ma, I need a glass of milk.
      Lisa: (line two) Me, too.
      (as Marge grunts, a bit of her hair falls out)
      Hibbert: I think the problem may be stress.

    • Homer: Now, sweetie, don't worry about a thing. I'll teach you to comb it over so no one can tell. Just like my hair! (Marge imagines herself with exactly the same hair as Homer)(and she breaks into tears)

    • Lisa: Uh, Mom?
      Marge: (Annoyed) What?!
      Lisa: Um, there's a hair in my soup. But I'll just eat around it.
      Marge: What kind of hair?
      Lisa: Well, it's blue. (Shows it) Six feet long.
      Homer & Bart: Eww!

    • Bart: Ma, could you get me some milk?
      Marge: Can't you get it yourself?
      Bart: No, that's okay. I'll just go without liquid.
      (makes noises like he desperately needs something to drink)
      Marge: Oh, all right, all right! I'll get your milk. (goes into the kitchen)
      Bart: Thank you.
      Marge: (from the kitchen) Does anyone else want anything while I'm up?
      All: No.
      (Marge returns with Bart's glass of milk)
      Homer: Marge, get me a beer.
      Marge: Oooh!

    • Krusty: Here's a dog that's been trained to catch this red rubber ball. (throws the ball)[the dog, confuses the ball with Krusty's nose) … Ow! Somebody shoot it! Somebody shoot it!

    • Bart and Lisa: Good-bye, Shary Bobbins!
      Marge: Thanks for everything!
      Barney: So long, Superman!
      Lisa: Do you think we'll ever see her again?
      Homer: I'm sure we will, honey… (She is sucked into a jet engine) I'm sure we will…

    • Announcer: Welcome back to "Before They Were Famous." We all know Rainier Wolfcastle as the star of the blockbuster "McBain" movies, but here's his first appearance in a commercial in his native Austria.
      Rainier: Mein bratwurst has a first name; it's F-R-I-T-Z. Mein bratwurst has a second name; it's S-C-H-N-A-C-K-E-N-P-F-E-F-F-E-R-H-A-U-S-E-N…

    • Homer: Ooh, I can't get enough of this blood pudding.
      Bart: The secret ingredient is blood.
      Homer: Blood? Ugh! I'll just stick to the brain and kidney pie, thank you.

    • Marge: My, she seems too good to be true.
      Homer: I'll say. Her butt waxed the banister.
      Marge: Ooh, I can see myself!

    • Marge: That Shary Bobbins is a miracle worker. The kids love her, the house is spotless, and my hair's grown back. It's so full and thick it can support a beach umbrella.
      Homer: Come to bed, Marge!
      Marge: Oooh.
      (starts to remove the umbrella)
      Homer: No, no. Leave it in.
      (they giggle and go upstairs)

    • Homer: Question two. Who was your last employer?
      Shary: Lord and Lady Huffington of Sussex.
      Homer (whispering): Marge, do we know them?
      Marge: No.
      Homer: Come on! Isn't he the guy I bowl with? The black guy.
      Marge: That's Carl.
      Homer: Oh yeah! (aloud) So, you worked for Carl, eh?

    • Shary: Hello, I'm Shary Bobbins.
      Homer: Did you say Mary Pop---
      Shary: No, I definitely did not. I'm an original creation, like Rickey Rouse, or Monald Muck.

    • Bart: Pop quiz, hotshot. I'm s'posed to be doing my homework, but you find me upstairs readin' a Playdude. What do you do? What do you do?
      Shary Bobbins: I make you read every article in that magazine, including Norman Mailer's latest claptrap about his waning libido.
      Homer: Oh, she is tough.

    • Bart: A nanny?
      Homer: But how am I supposed to pay for that?
      Lisa: We'll find a way. Mom has made so many sacrifices for us, it's time we gave up something for her. I'll stop buying Malibu Stacy clothing.
      Bart: And I'll take up smoking and give that up.
      Homer: Good for you, son. Giving up smoking is one of the hardest things you'll ever have to do. Have a dollar.
      Lisa: But he didn't do anything!
      Homer: Didn't he, Lisa? Didn't he? (Pause) Hey, wait a minute, he didn't!

    • Shary Bobbins: I'm practically perfect in every way.
      Homer: Well so am I. (Picks up a carton of milk and starts drinking out of it while scratching his butt.)

    • Grampa: (using a remote control as a phone) Hello? Hello! Stupid cordless phone. I'll try the old fashion model. (picks up an iron and puts it to his ear) Ah, that's better. How ya doin' Gertie? (sizzling noise)

    • Announcer: It's the Krusty Komedy Klassic!
      Krusty: Hey, hey! It's great to be back at the Apollo Theater, and… (notices the letters behind him) K-K-K? That's not good. (Audience boos and throws objects at Krusty)

    • (Krusty in: The Lamest Interview Ever)
      Krusty: And now, former president Gerald Ford.
      Ford: It's a pleasure to be on your show.
      Krusty: Well, all the good presidents turned us down.
      Ford (Begins rambling about Boy Scouts. Krusty cues the subtitle 'Boring' and makes funny faces. Ford notices): What are you doing?
      Krusty: How's your wife Nancy?
      Ford: Betty.
      Krusty: Who cares!

    • Krusty: And now our parody of Mad About You … Mad About Shoe! (Gets into bed with giant shoe) Hi honey. How about a kiss? No tongue. (Crowd disapproves) Ohh. You're not going to like our NYPD Shoe sketch. It's basically the same thing.

    • Shary Bobbins sings to Bart and Lisa about cleaning rooms: If You Cut Every Corner

      Shary: If there's a task that must be done,
      Don't turn your tail and run,
      Don't pout, don't sob,
      Just do a half-assed job!

      If... you... cut every corner
      It is really not so bad,
      Everybody does it,
      Even mom and dad.
      If nobody sees it,
      Then nobody gets mad,
      Bart: It's the American way!

      Shary: The policeman on the beat
      Needs some time to rest his feet.
      Wiggum: Fighting crime is not my cup of tea!
      Shary: And the clerk who runs the store
      Can charge a little more
      For meat!
      Apu: For meat!
      Shary: And milk!
      Apu: And milk!
      Shary & Apu: From 1984!

      Shary: If... you... cut every corner,
      You'll have more time for play,
      Shary & the family: It's the American waaaaay!

    • The song Lisa starts singing to Marge The Nanny We Want

      Lisa: If you wish to be our sitter,
      please be sweet and never bitter!
      Help us with math and book reports.
      Bart: Might I add EAT MY SHORTS!

      Lisa: Bart!
      Bart: Just cuttin' through the treacle.

      Lisa: If Maggie's fussy, don't avoid her,
      Bart: Let me get away with moider!
      Lisa: Teach us songs and magic tricks,
      Homer: Might I add - no fat chicks!

      Marge: Homer!
      Lisa: The nanny we want is kindly and sage,
      Homer: And one who will work for minimum wage.
      Lisa: Hurry nanny, things are grim,

      Grampa: I'll do it!
      Bart & Lisa: Anyone but him.

    • Shary:It's 8:00,children.Time for bed. Lisa:But we're not sleepy.Bart: Sing us a song, Shary Bobbins.Lisa:Yes, sing us a song.Shary:I've been singing you songs all day;I'm not a bloody jukebox!

    • A Boozehound Named Barney

      Shary: In front of a tavern,
      Flat on his face,
      A boozehound named Barney
      Is pleading his case.

      Barney: Buy me a beer,
      Two bucks a glass.
      Come on, help me,
      I'm freezing my ass.

      Buy me brandy,
      A snifter of wine.
      Who am I kidding?
      I'll drink turpentine.

      Moe: Move it, ya drunk,
      Or I'll blast your rear end.
      Barney: I found two bucks!
      Moe: Then come in, my friend!

      Shary: And so, let us leave
      On this heartwarming scene.
      Bart: Can I be a boozehound?
      Homer: Not till you're fifteen.

    • Happy With Things The Way They Are

      Homer: Around the house, I never lift a finger,
      As a husband and a father, I'm sub-par.
      I'd rather drink a beer
      Than win father of the year,
      I'm happy with things the way they are.

      Lisa: I'm getting used to never getting noticed,
      Bart: I'm stuck here till I can steal a car.
      Marge: The house is still a mess,
      And I'm going bald from stress,
      Marge & Kids: But we're happy, just the way we are.

      Ned: They're not perfect,
      But the Lord says "Love thy neighbour."
      Homer: Shut up, Flanders.
      Ned: Okely-dokely-do.
      Shary: Don't think it's sour grapes,
      But you're all a bunch of apes,
      And so I must be leaving you!

  • NOTES (6)

    • This episode was nominated for the 1997 Emmy Award for Outstanding Music Direction.

    • This is the 1st episode that Al Jean & Mike Reiss wrote for since Season 4's "Treehouse of Horror III". They did come up with the story for Season 6's "Round Springfield".

    • Blackboard Joke: I will not hide the teacher's Prozac.
      Couch Gag: The family isn't in the living room. The shot cuts to Homer trying to get in the locked house while everyone waits for him.

    • This musical episode in the tradition of Mary Poppins, ties The Flintstones in total number of episodes for an animated prime time television series.

    • Maggie Roswell stepped in to do the voice of Shary Bobbins, when the guest star the production team wanted, Julie Andrews was unavailable.

    • The "Annoyed Grunt" in the title translates to "D'oh".


    • Mary Poppins
      Willy is dressed with musical instruments and dancing in the park is similar to Bert from Mary Poppins (played by Dick Van Dyke).

    • Speed
      When the Simpsons are interviewing Sherry Bobbins, Bart starts a question with, "Pop quiz, hot shot" and ends it with, "What do you do? What do you do?" This is a reference to the 1994 film Speed where Dennis Hopper says the same thing to Keanu Reeves several times.

    • Homer: Wait a minute, Marge. I saw Mrs. Doubtfire. This is a man in a drag!

      Mrs. Doubtfire is about a guy (played by Robin Williams) who dresses up as a nanny to be with his kids.

    • Principal Skinner: Boy for Sale!

      The Boy for sale scene is a spoof from the 1968 musical Oliver!, where young orphan Oliver is being sold to the highest bidder.

    • :
      The song 'Hair' from the musical of the same name was played during Marge's hair loss:

      Gimme head with hair
      Long beautiful hair
      Shining, gleaming,
      Streaming, flaxen, waxen

      Give me down to there hair
      Shoulder length or longer
      Here baby, there mama
      Everywhere daddy daddy

      Hair, hair, hair, hair, hair, hair, hair...

    • "Reservoir Cats" is a reference to Quentin Tarantino's 1992 crime/drama film "Reservoir Dogs." In one scene, Mr. Blonde tortures policeman Marvin Nash in a warehouse while listening to "Stuck in the Middle With You." He pours gasoline on him and cuts his ear off, while the camera pans left (as shown in "Reservoir Cats").

    • Willie: I'm a maniac, maniac that's for sure! And I'm dancing like I've never danced before!

      As Willie is dancing, he mimics the movements performed in the movie Flashdance, including dousing himself with an overhead bucket of water by pulling a rope.

    • Mary Poppins
      Shary Bobbins is a parody of Mary Poppins the magical singing nanny who came into the lives of a family and changed them for the better in the 1964 film of the same name. Groundskeeper Willie dressed with musical instruments and dancing in the park is a reference to the character Bert from Mary Poppins (played by Dick Van Dyke).

    • Shary Bobbins: Ah! D'oh, re, mi, fa, so…

      This is a reference to the fact that Julie Andrews followed up her Mary Poppins role being parodied here by starring as Maria von Trapp in the 1965 film The Sound of Music, from which the song "Do-Re-Mi" comes.