The Simpsons

Season 12 Episode 12

Tennis the Menace

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Feb 11, 2001 on FOX



  • Trivia

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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

    • Episode Title:
      The title of this episode is a reference to the name comic book and movie Dennis the Menace.

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