Marge Simpson, Patty Bouvier, and Selma Bouvier
Bart Simpson, Nelson Muntz, Ralph Wiggum, Todd Flanders, and others
Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, Moe Szyslak, Chief Wiggum, Comic Book Guy, Lou, and others
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
Milhouse Van Houten, Rod Flanders, Jimbo Jones, and others
Agnes Skinner, Brandine Del Roy, Dolph and others
Martin Prince, Sherri, Terri and others
Goof: When Homer is first seen in his Lord Evilton snake costume (the very beginning when he sneaks into Bart's room), the costume has a snake mask that covers Homer's entire head. But afterward, when the family is going to the book release, Homer's snake costume just has a hood that shows his face through the snake's neck.
A sign on the window of the Ballet Academy reads, "No Fat Chicks," while a sign on the window of the Opera Academy next door reads, "No Thin Chicks."
Music From This Episode
"The End" by The doors (heard when Bart is spying on Lisa during the Apocalypse Now parody).
"On Broadway" instrumental version, originally by George Benson.
Homer and Bart's beef jerky Power Point presentation to Apu:
Just the product you need
Kiss your cash flow problems goodbye
Your business will prosper
(upon seeing the raccoons that stole the jerky are remarkably similar to his own family)
Homer: Awww, they even share my views on parenting.
(Camera pans to 'Raccoon Homer' strangling 'Raccoon Bart')
Apu: (after Homer and Bart do not have jerky to back-up their claims)
I do not 'thank you', and I will not 'come again'!
(seeing his cigarette-free dancers performing badly in the second act)
Chazz: I haven't seen crap like this since my Broadway show "Crap Like This". (beat) Ran for five years.
Marge: Lisa, have I ever shown you my shattered-dreams box?
Marge: It's upstairs, in my disappointments closet.
(kneeling with Lisa before a box labeled 'Shattered Dreams')
Marge: (pulls out a stethoscope) The dream to be a doctor.
(pulls out another stethoscope) A safe-cracker.
(pulls out another stethoscope) A stethoscope salesmen...
Homer: This is my favorite family tradition, ice cream after a botched recital.
Homer: Stop saying things, Bart. That's the TV's job.
(Bart sees Lisa taking second-hand smoke and calls home.)
Homer: Yello. She what?! Oh, my God! Well, I'm going to settle this once and for all! Meet me at that place we discussed. (Hangs up)
Marge: Who was that?
Homer: Wrong number.
Homer: I can't believe you were smoking. Do you know the "sturgeon" general said you're not supposed to?
Lisa: A "sturgeon" is a fish.
Homer: And a very wise fish he is!
Chazz Busby: I haven't seen crap like this since my Broadway show Crap Like This. Ran for five years.
Marge: Homie, I'm gonna be a dancer!
Homer: Go-go or boring?
(Chazz Busby's TV commercial.)
Chazz Busby: See that? That's talent. Think you got it? You don't. 'Cause only I can teach it and I ain't taught you, so you don't. The Chazz Busby Ballet Academy is coming to Springfield. Auditions are Monday. Callbacks are Tuesday. Wednesday, you see I'm a heartless bastard. Thursday you realize you love me, damn it. Friday, we're closed.
(Homer and Lisa are excited about the latest Angelica Button book.)
Lisa: The last book in the series goes on sale at midnight and we're gonna go stand in line.
Bart: Wait in line for a book?! You tell 'em Bart says hey.
Homer: Come on, boy. All the nerds are doing it.
Bart: I'm not a nerd. I'm a jock who's too cool for sports.
Homer: Son, while your mother and little mother are out, I'm gonna let you in on a deep, dark family secret.
Bart: You have a drinking problem?
Homer: I said secret.
The Angelica Button book series makes its second appearance in this episode, the first being "The Haw-Hawed Couple" from season 18.
Blackboard Joke: None.
Couch Gag: Looney Tunes character Wile E. Coyote paints a fake couch on the wall of the living room and four of the family members run in and crash into the wall, getting flattened in the process. Afterward, Maggie comes in and acts as the Road Runner; she removes her pacifier, sticks out her tongue and emits the iconic "Beep, beep!" before zooming away. Once they're off the wall, the other Simpsons manage to sit on the painted couch, except Homer, who crashes through the wall and yells "D'oh!"
All That Jazz
Chazz Busby's exit at the end of the episode, as well as his wardrobe and accompanying music, "On Broadway", is an homage to musical All That Jazz.
The Three Amigos
Bart's Mexican wrestler nickname "El Guapo", means The Handsome One. It's the nickname of Bas Rutton, a Mixed Martial Arts Champion. In addition, El Guapo was also the name of the villain in The Three Amigos.
The "Children's Nicotine Patches" that Lisa wears bear an uncanny similarity to the Hello Kitty trademark.
The character of Chazz Busby is a reference to famed choreographer/director Bob Fosse, who inspired a new dance style with his signature black clothes and bowler hat.
The Angelica Button book series and Springfield's obsession with it parodies the Harry Potter series and its huge popularity with readers worldwide.
The cop show that the family watches lampoons David Caruso's character, Horatio Caine, from the CBS series CSI: Miami.
Bart, with full camouflage face paint, slowly rising up out of the bin full of dirty leg warmers when spying on Lisa is a nod to the iconic image of Martin Sheen's character, Captain Willard, also covered in camouflage face paint, slowly rising up out of the water in the 1979 film, Apocalypse Now.
The title of this episode is a play on the title of the Deep Purple song, "Smoke on the Water."
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