The Simpsons

Season 10 Episode 12

Sunday, Cruddy Sunday

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Jan 31, 1999 on FOX



  • Trivia

    • Music from this episode
      "Wild Weekend" by NRBQ
      "Song 2" by Blur
      "Legs" by ZZ Top

    • Caricature-drawing Troy Aikman's line ("You like dune buggies? Everybody likes dune buggies!") is a reference to a similar line from a caricature artist drawing almost identical pictures in Season 4's "Lisa the Beauty Queen" ("You like roller skating? Everybody likes roller skating!")

  • Quotes

    • Wally: Well, we sure put together a heck of a trip, Homer. Ever thought about being a travel agent?
      Homer: Wally, I'd be lying if I said I hadn't.
      Wally: 'Cause you can really "go" places in the travel business. Huh? (Laughs) Feel free to use that one.
      Homer: What one?

    • Bart: (sees Homer with the Super Bowl trophy) Dad, that doesn't belong to you.
      Homer: But this might be my last chance to win one.

    • Reporter #1: How does it feel?
      Reporter #2: Was it a team effort?
      Reporter #3: Did you ever stop believing?
      Reporter #4: Does this suit make me look fat?

    • Wally: Oh, how could I fall for fake tickets? Gee, the fellas are gonna be crestfallen.
      Homer: Yes, if by "crestfallen" you mean "kill us!" Listen, let me talk to them, maybe I can smooth this over…..My friends …
      Krusty: They don't have the tickets!
      Moe: Kill 'em!

    • Ticket-Taker: Uh, sorry, fellas, but these tickets are counterfeit.
      Wally: What?
      Homer: Counterfeit?!
      Ticket-Taker: Yeah, see, the hologram's missing … and there's no such team as the "Spungoes" … and finally, they seem to be printed on some sort of cracker. (takes a bite of one)
      Homer: Stop eating our tickets!

    • Homer: Hey! Troy Aikman!
      Troy Aikman: (Drawing) So, Ned, do you like dune buggies?
      Ned: Well, it's not my cup of--
      Troy Aikman: Sure you do! Everyone likes dune buggies!
      (Everyone he drew was in a dune buggy.)

    • Marge: Ooh! How about paint-by-numbers?
      Lisa: It's so rigid and uncreative.
      Marge: Okay … oh, leather craft!
      Lisa: Oh, those poor, helpless cows.
      Marge: (frustrated) Mmm … what about clay? You got any problem with clay?

    • Marge: It's so nice to have a peaceful weekend together.
      Lisa: Yeah, I'm bored too.

    • Lisa: Wow, you've signed up quite a few people, Dad. Sea Captain, Bumblebee Man, Comic Book Guy, the Squeaky-Voiced Teen …
      Homer: Yeah, it's a good group.

    • Homer: Come on, Lenny, I need four more guys to fill my Super Bowl bus. What do you say?
      Lenny: (on phone) Naah …
      Homer: Come on …
      Lenny: Naah …
      Homer: Come on!
      Lenny: Naah …
      Homer: Oh, come on!
      Lenny: Oohhh …
      Homer: Yes! Now that Lenny's in, Carl will fall like a domino.

    • Wally: Yeah, how 'bout that Super Bowl? You going this year?
      Homer: Me? Nah. Unless there's a coupon for it! (flips through coupon book) Nah.

    • Announcer: But now, the two conference champs must survive a harrowing bye-week that no one enjoys.
      (the TV shows a bunch of football players lounging by a pool with girls in bikini)

    • Announcer: The road to the Super Bowl is long and pointless. I mean, when you think about it.

    • Marge: Ooh, free foot pain analysis.
      Homer: Oh, Marge, that's a trick to get you in there so they can cure your foot pain.
      Marge: Oh, I guess. (limps away)

    • Homer: Wow! A Valu-Qual coupon book! Let's see … ten percent off carpet cleaning. Ten! (gasps) Two pizzas for the price of one at Doughy's!
      Lisa: Doughy's has terrible pizza!
      Homer: Yeah, but there's two!

    • Postmaster Bill: This machine reads zip codes. These five digits tell us where to direct your mail.
      Lisa: But it's nine digits now, what's the point of these other four numbers?
      Postmaster Bill: Those are citizen relocation codes. With any luck, we'll … never need 'em.
      (Security guards are watching the cameras)
      Guard #1: She's onto us. Should I flood the chamber?
      Guard #2: Not yet. Let's get some lunch.

    • Skinner: Hey, hey! Settle down, children. Now, who's ever wondered how the post office works? (silence from the kids, who stare blankly) No one?
      Lisa: I did, until we came here last year.

    • Homer: Homer Simpson at the Super Bowl?
      (imagines himself watching the game as a player is hauled off on a stretcher)
      Coach: Dang! That was my last quarterback. Now what am I gonna do? (He looks into the crowd, and sees Homer) You!
      Homer: Me?
      Coach: Yeah, you! Get your hand off my wife's leg!
      Homer: Sorry!

    • Homer: Hey, I know you! We were in the same pyramid scheme.
      Wally: Oh, don't remind me. "Friends helping friends" my ass. Say, you wanna grab a beer while we're waiting?
      Homer: Yeah, I'm getting tired of them pointing and laughing at us.

    • Homer: Now, this wheel balancing is free, right?
      Man: Oh, you betcha, absolutely. Deh, uh, oh, uh-oh, wait a minute. These tires won't take a balance!
      Homer: They won't?
      Man: Nah, nah, no, you hear that clunk?
      Homer: No …
      Man: Well, that tells me you need four new tires.
      Homer: Really?
      Man: Yeah. Legally, I can't even let you drive outta here on these.
      Homer: Oh, please, can't you let me slide this time?
      Man: Gee, I'd really like to, but if my boss found out, I …
      (he makes a hand gesture to his boss)
      Boss: All right, what's going on over here? Were you gonna let this man drive out of here on unsafe tires?
      Man: No boss, I swear!
      Boss: Ah, that's it, you're fired!
      Homer: No! Wait! This is all my fault! Oh, if I could only turn back the clock and buy four new tires …

    • Postmaster Bill: And this is where our employees gather to unwind after a hard day of serving' the public.
      (opens the door; behind it, three mail carriers are looking through letters for cash)
      Mail Carrier #1: Bingo! Birthday card!
      Mail Carrier #2: Graduation!
      Mail Carrier #3: Ding-ding-ding! Wedding!

    • Skinner: Well, children, any questions for Postmaster Bill?
      Nelson: You ever gone on a killing spree?
      Postmaster Bill: (laughs) No, no! The day of the gun-totin' disgruntled shooting up the place went out with the Macarena!
      Skinner: Well, I'm just glad I work in an elementary school.

    • Vincent Price: (On the phone.) Hello, this is Vincent Price.
      Marge: (Gasps) (to Lisa) It's Vincent Price! I thought he was dead!
      Vincent Price: You should know the grave can never tame me! (Laughs)
      Marge: Oh, Mr. Price, I loved you in "The Abominable...
      Vincent Price: If you are calling about the missing feet, please leave your address, and the replacement feet will be rushed to you by my grandson, Jody. And now I must return to the sweet embrace of the crypt, but I'll be back! (Laughs)
      Lisa: So, is he alive, or not?

    • Homer: Do you like pina colonics? And getting caught in the rain…passing out in the ocean…

    • Marge: Our address is Evergreen Terrace, Springfield, Oh-hiya Maude! Come on in!

    • Pat Summerall: Well John, what did you think of tonight's episode?
      John Madden: I loved it! The last-minute addition of Wally Kogen to the line-up was a bit of a gamble, but it really paid off.
      Pat Summerall: Marge and Lisa painting eggs? Did that work for you?
      John Madden: Ho, ho, big time! They came off the bench with a huge effort that allowed Homer and Bart to make some significant gains.
      Pat Summerall: Did it strike you as odd that in a Super Bowl show with Dolly Parton we didn't see any football or singing?
      John Madden: I hadn't thought about it, Pat, but in retrospect, it was kind of a rip-off! What a way to treat the loyal fans, who put up with so much nonsense from this franchise.
      Pat Summerall: Any final thoughts?
      John Madden: Nah, I'm too mad, let's get the heck out of here!

    • Bill: (Laughs) Howdy, partners! Welcome to your post office.
      Bart: Wow! It's ours?
      (Bart knocks some papers off a shelf and grabs a pen, with which he uses to draw on the wall.)
      Principal Skinner: Bart!
      Bart: Be with you in a minute!

    • Wally: I'm sorry, heh, the guys made a mess in your bathroom...
      Bus Driver: What bathroom?!

    • Homer: I'll cap it off with a smooth, refreshing colonic.

  • Notes

    • The character of "Wally Kogen" was a composite of 2 early Simpsons' writers: Jay Kogen & Wallace (Wally) Wolodarsky.

    • Blackboard Joke: I will not do "the dirty bird".
      Couch Gag: The family floats on the couch, but sink when they pass an iceberg.

    • The song "Spanish Flea" was featured in this episode. Ironically, Julius Wechter (Baja Marimba Band) who wrote that famous tune, died the day following the airing of this episode.

  • Allusions

    • The coach in Homer's fantasy about going to the Super Bowl bears a striking similarity to long time Dallas Cowboys coach Tom Landry.

    • The use of Vincent Price in the phone message is a reference to a fake radio commercial for Coke that used sound bites of Vincent Prince from his films.

    • Homer: No Rudy, you're too small.

      Rudy is a young boy who wants to play football for Notre Dame, but is told he's "too small." Based on a true story and made into a 1993 film.

    • Rupert Murdoch's security guards: Oi! Oi! Oi! Oi!...
      The Aussie-sounding "Oi! Oi! Oi! Oi!" uttered by Rupert Murdoch's security guard as they march into his Super Bowl suite is reminiscent of the Chicago Police SWAT team's constant "Hut! Hut! Hut! Hut!" heard in 1980 film The Blues Brothers as they close in Jake and Elwood at the Cook County Registrar of Deeds.

    • Episode Title: Sunday, Cruddy Sunday
      The title Sunday, Cruddy Sunday is a reference to the U2 song Sunday, Bloody Sunday, which references events in the 1970s where British soldiers killed Irish citizens.