The Simpsons

Season 12 Episode 12

Tennis the Menace

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Feb 11, 2001 on FOX
7.4
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Tennis the Menace
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The Simpsons go to an old folks' talent show. Homer looks into getting a casket for Abe, but instead decides to build a tennis court. He doesn't really like tennis; he got it confused with foxy boxing. All the locals want to use the tennis court. The Simpsons are the L.A. Clippers of tennis. Everyone mocks them behind their backs. Marge is horrified and starts to become competitive. She enters Krusty's tournament without Homer, her partner is Bart. This sets up a situation similar to that of Oedipus. Homer enters the tournament with Lisa as his partner. He turns her against Marge. At the tournament, there are a number of tennis pros in the stands. The stakes rise when Homer recruits Venus Williams and drops Lisa. Marge cries foul, so she is allowed to have Serena Williams as a partner. Serena then dumps Marge and successfully recruits Pete Sampras. Then Venus dumps Homer and successfully recruits Andre Agassi. The Simpson family then makes up. With the tennis court in their backyard, they will resume playing tennis together, right?moreless

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  • Many people may disagree with me, but I thought that this episode had an ironic ending, and had a lot of really good jokes...

    9.3
    When Homer installs a tennis court, he and Marge become quite popular in the Springfield social scene. Marge soon learns, however, that the town mocks them for always losing on their own court. She dumps Homer in favor of Bart for an upcoming doubles tournament and wins. Hurt, yet set on revenge, Homer enlists Lisa's help to play against their family members in Krusty's celebrity event. At the tournament, Homer befriends tennis ace Venus Williams, changes her last name to Simpson and bumps Lisa courtside. Marge protests and gets Bart replaced by Serena Williams. It's not long before Marge and Homer are bumped by Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi, relegating the entire family to the bench.moreless
  • The Simpsons buy a tennis court.

    9.5
    The Simpsons go to an old folks' talent show. Homer looks into getting a casket for Abe, but instead decides to build a tennis court. He doesn't really like tennis; he got it confused with foxy boxing. All the locals want to use the tennis court. The Simpsons are the L.A. Clippers of tennis. Everyone mocks them behind their backs. Marge is horrified and starts to become competitive. She enters Krusty's tournament without Homer, her partner is Bart. This sets up a situation similar to that of Oedipus. Homer enters the tournament with Lisa as his partner. He turns her against Marge. At the tournament, there are a number of tennis pros in the stands. The stakes rise when Homer recruits Venus Williams and drops Lisa. Marge cries foul, so she is allowed to have Serena Williams as a partner. Serena then dumps Marge and successfully recruits Pete Sampras. Then Venus dumps Homer and successfully recruits Andre Agassi. The Simpson family then makes up. This ep was pretty good. The ending certainly could have been better but overall I think that it was good. One of season 12's decent eps.moreless
  • Let's play tennis

    5.5
    The Simpsons get a tennis court, and hold regular tennis matches with various of their friends. But, Marge is embarrassed because they keep losing, and Homer doesn't seem to care about it at all.



    They sign up for an actual tournament, but Marge replaces Homer with Bart. So, Homer and Lisa are a team.



    In the end, none of the Simpsons play, and are instead all replaced by big tennis players.



    It started well, but got worse. The scene with the tennis ball going in the patients' body is one of my least favorites. And the end was lame with all of them just sitting. Could have been bettermoreless
  • The Simpsons get a tennis court!

    9.0
    Instead of buying a casket for his father, Homer uses the money to build a tennis court instead. Springfield wants to use the court for a tennis tournament, which all of the family members enter. But when teams are divided, the family gets competitive with each other, and they recruit professional tennis players to play in their places. This is another one of the most underrated episodes of the series. I never really enjoyed tennis, but I found this episode to be witty and hilarious. A better episode then most would expect from this plot. This episode is surely not as bad as people say, and it deserves your time so watch it.moreless
  • 6.0
    Odd episode here. First thing that's noticeable seems to be the artists taking a day off. Look at the background, especially inside the Simpson's house in almosy ant scene. The art is very basic, almost childish. It's not like this show is ever an artisitic masterpeice or anything, it's just that this must be particularly bad because it was hard not to notice it. Beyond that, this episode is funny, but obviously rushed or burdened with a theme. The Simpsons get a tennis court and then get a little too competitive which starts a family fued. The fued is broken when each of them are replaced by pro-tennis players in the local tournament, and all being benched recognize the wrongness in fighting. Yeah, pretty shoved together huh? Andre Agassi, Pete Sampras, and the Williams sisters all guest star. You wanna bet that this was originally aired somewhere near Wimbledon and that they asked Fox to help advertise it? That kinda pressure is always the worst guests. It is still a funny episode, just not that well put together. Homer's classic life lesson: "It's better to watch stuff than to do stuff".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

Andre Agassi

Andre Agassi

Himself

Guest Star

Pete Sampras

Pete Sampras

Himself

Guest Star

Serena Williams

Serena Williams

Herself

Guest Star

Marcia Wallace

Marcia Wallace

Edna Krabappel

Recurring Role

Marcia Mitzman-Gaven

Marcia Mitzman-Gaven

Helen Lovejoy

Recurring Role

Tress MacNeille

Tress MacNeille

Agnes Skinner, Brandine Del Roy, Dolph and others

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (4)

    • When Bart is trapped in the coffin, the cables leading to the Cadaver Cam disappear in the next part of the scene. They re-appear once more in the final segment.

    • Homer has to lay a whole load of concrete beneath their tennis court, and yet it has all vanished when the gophers are trying to escape

    • Helen Lovejoy's voice didn't sound anything like hers compared to past episodes when insulting The Simpsons.

    • When Homer and Marge are playing Kent Brockman and Stephanie the Weather Girl, the match point serve that loses them the game appears to go out of the court without bouncing!

  • QUOTES (14)

    • Lou: Hey Chief, we're gonna bust up that crack house tonight.
      Wiggum: We did that last night.
      Lou: Yeah, but this time we got the right address.

    • Homer: Hey, that's great. Listen, I need a new doubles partner. My little girl's a lead weight.
      Serena Williams: You're dumping your own daughter?
      Homer: Yeah, but only to crush my wife and son!
      Serena Williams: That's horrible!
      Venus Williams: Yeah, that's pretty low.
      Homer: (to Venus) Hmm.. you seem less disgusted, let's go!

    • Smithers: Oh, where did you buy that novelty hand, sir?
      Mr. Burns: This? Oh that's just fluid collecting.

    • Marge: And it's gonna do wonders for our social life!
      Homer: Yeah, it's nice to entertain friends and have people over.
      Ned: Hey, you got a tennis court?
      Homer: Keep walking, Flanders.
      Ned: Will do...
      Homer: Faster!

    • Grandpa: (singing) What's new, Pussycat? (cracks his knee) Owww, ow ow ow ow. What's new, Pussycat? (cracks his back back) Ohhhhh, god noooo

    • (Homer asks Lisa to be his partner)
      Lisa: Are you sure you want me to be your doubles partner?
      Homer: Absolutely, Sweetie.
      Lisa: And you're not doing it out of spite?
      Homer: No, of course not. Now aim for your mother's heart.
      Lisa: (gasping) Dad, I don't want to enter the tournament just to hurt Mom.
      Homer: Oh, come on! You've been gunning for queen bee ever since you buzzed into this hive. Now serve!

    • Bart (In Homer's dream): He thought that trip to the guillotine factory was just for fun, but it was the perfect place to shoot him.

    • Lisa: Don't you think you're overreacting?
      Homer: Don't you think you're UNDERreacting?
      Lisa: This conversation is over.
      Homer: This conversation is UNDER!
      Lisa: Goodbye.
      Homer: Badbye!

    • Kent Brockman: The real winners here are Marge's hors d'oeuvres!
      Homer: Wow, how do you come up with such witty remarks?
      (Cuts to a van outside where men are listening to Kent's conversation and typing)
      Guy in Van: C'mon, c'mon! (reads from paper handed to him) "I guess you could say it's my racket."
      Kent Brockman: I guess you could say I'm Iraqi.
      Homer: (gasps) Get off my property!

    • Grampa: You'd better not cheapskate me into Hell or I'll haunt you good. How'd you like this when you're sittin' on the john?
      (Grampa distraughts and wriggles his face)
      Homer: (Scared) Okay! Okay!

    • Homer: Dad, I love you this much. (Holds out his arms) But that's just under 900 dollars. I can't go any farther.

    • Grampa: I'm beginning to think you don't love me.
      Homer: Aww! Dad I love you. If it were up to me you would never die. (Points up) But try telling that to Killy McGee up there!

    • Homer: What on earth are you doing?
      Lisa: Practicing tennis.
      Homer: That's tennis?! Oh! Then what's the one where the chicks whale on each other?
      Bart: Foxy boxing?
      Homer: Yes! That's what I wanted.

    • Carl: So, is the food free or do we have to pay?
      Lenny: Of course you don't pay. They send you the bill.
      Carl: I was just asking! That's how you learn things, by asking, dumbass.

  • NOTES (1)

    • Blackboard Joke: I will not publish the Principal's credit report.
      Couch Gag: The Simpsons ice skate to the couch, and when Homer sits down his part of the couch breaks the ice and he sinks.

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

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