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
Agnes Skinner, Brandine Del Roy, Dolph and others
Martin Prince, Sherri, Terri and others
The cake that Lisa eats says "Happy Labor Day Lenny" on it.
Bart's "100" test sheet has only 12 states, but 13 state capitals. Arkansas is missing.
Marge: It'll be B.L.A.M.! Bart, Lisa, and Mom! Hmmm?
Bart: Mom, when I want lame and needy, I'll call Milhouse.
Bart: I win! P-A-R-T! Party!
Mrs. Muntz: I play Lady Macbeth. I don't have to take my top off. But I do anyway!
Nelson: A doctor for your teeth? What's next, a lawyer for your hair?
Nelson: I call top bunk!
Bart: But it's a single bed.
Nelson: I said top bunk!
Nelson: Hot dogs are awesome!
Marge: You've never had one?
Nelson: No, but I saw them in a catalogue once.
(About Bart and Lisa to Marge)
Principal Skinner: They're just asserting their independence. If a child doesn't do it now, it may never happen.
Agnes Skinner: Seymour! Do you want your vitamin in apple sauce or are you gonna take it like a big boy?
Principal Skinner: (quietly) Apple sauce.
Homer: Come on Lisa, say everything's fine. (in a squeaky girly voice) Everything's fine.
Lisa: That was you!
Homer: Prove it!
Mrs. Krabappel: Bart did get 100. I gave a test on state capitals, but I forgot to roll up the map. Everyone got 100.
Nelson: (to a zoo animal) Ha ha, you're nocturnal!
Nelson: (About his dad) He went out for a pack of cigarettes and didn't come back. He said, "Smell ya later," but he never smelled me again!
Groundskeeper Willie: (Scolding the girls who were teasing Lisa for having a "big butt") Shut up you! Stop teasing the big bottom lass! She's just as God made her; plump as a Christmas goose.
Ralph: Bart's my bestest boyfriend!
Marge: Bart, have you ever eaten a Tootsie Pop? You know, there's a tough, crunchy shell. But if you lick it there's a delicious sweetness inside. Be nice to Nelson and I'll give you a Tootsie Pop.
Nelson: He who ha-has last, ha-has best.
Lisa: I don't want you to see any of my wobbly bits.
Marge: Go home to your son, Mrs. Muntz. AND TRY NOT TO HAVE INTERCOURSE ON THE WAY!
Ralph: Duck, duck, duck, duck, duck, duck, duck, duck, duck, duck, duck, duck, duck, duck, duck, duck ...
(Fast forward to hours later, where everyone clearly frustrated and/or asleep.)
Ralph: Duck, duck, duck, duck, duck, duck, duck, duck, duck, duck, duck, duck, duck, duck, duck, duck--
Bart: Say goose, you stupid freak!
(Ralph runs out of the room crying.)
Millhouse: (On speaker phone) Hello? Hello? I had to leave because my French bread pizza dinged. Hello?
Ralph: (Returning to the now-vacant living room and patting the furniture, as though the items were people) Duck, duck, duck, duck, duck, duck, duck, duck, duck, duck, duck...
Nelson: So my mom works at Hooters but her dream is to go to Vegas and work in a real strip club.
Nelson: Ha-ha! I'm starting to let down my guard… ha-ha!
Homer: (While drawing himself) And for some reason, my hair and ear form an M and a G.
Lisa's obsession with her weight was based on Yeardley Smith's (the voice of Lisa) former weight obsession.
Here we are introduced to the "Simpson butt", the third inheritable genetic malady that plagues Homer's side of the family. The other two are stubbiness (which Lisa has) and the stupidity gene (which Bart has).
Homer's artwork of himself also echoes a fox promo Matt Groening filmed a few years ago in which he showed audiences how to draw Homer. He drew with a pen on the camera glass, so it appeared he was drawing on screen, and when he drew the hair and ear he said it formed an "MG" because those were his initials.
Homer describes the "Simpson Butt" to Lisa, creating a self portrait of himself that mimics the technique many cartoonists use when drawing their characters, using multiple circles.
Blackboard Joke: None.
Couch Gag: The family enters the living room to find the couch is not there. Suddenly from overhead the couch drops on top of them.
Nelson calling Marge "Mrs. S" is a reference to The Cunninghams being called "Mr. C" and "Mrs. C" on Happy Days. This form of address actually goes back to The Many Loves Of Dobie Gillis where Maynard calls Dobie's parents "Mr. G" and "Mrs. G".
Episode Title: The title is taken from the punchline to an old joke, "The war of the sexes is the only one in which we're sleeping with the enemy."
Nelson: Papa, can you hear me?
Nelson copies Barbra Streisand's main song in the 1983 film Yentl by lighting a candle on the window seat and singing "Papa, Can You Hear Me."
Lisa: I don't want you to see any of my wobbly bits.
That line is also in the new 2004 film Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, where Bridget is dressing underneath a blanket.
Saks Fifth Avenue
Saks Fifth Grade, a clothing store marketing adult fashions to children, parodies Saks Fifth Avenue.
Ringing In The Sheaves
The clerk at the Saks Fifth Grade store makes up new lyrics to the gospel hymn, "Ringing in the Sheaves."
Kids: (singing) Sherri smells, Terri smells. Stinky all the way. Stink, stink, stink, stink, stink, stink, one-horse open sleigh!
Another schoolyard adaptation to the Christmas carol "Jingle Bells"; this time, when Terri and Sherri finally get their comeuppance.
Skinner: (on test watermark) Only you can prevent test fraud.
A couple of references here:
• Skinner's comment is a play on Smokey Bear's famous "Only you can prevent forest fires" tagline.
• The watermark itself (and Homer checking for one to prove the test is authentic) is much like the federal treasury's efforts to place watermarks in $20 and larger dollar bills to foil counterfeiters.
The Elephant Man
Nelson's father's flashback scene is a clear reference to David Lynch's 1980 film version of The Elephant Man.
Sleeping With the Enemy
Sleeping with the Enemy is the name of a movie starring Julia Roberts that was released in 1991, where Julia's character deals with an abusive husband.
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