The Simpsons

Season 17 Episode 21

The Monkey Suit

3
Aired Sunday 8:00 PM May 14, 2006 on FOX
8.4
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The Monkey Suit
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Lisa takes a stand against creationism being the only theory taught at Springfield Elementary.

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  • This episode is quite offensive to some religions.... it did NOT offend me or anything but the storyline just didn't work that well

    6.5
    Lisa takes a stand against creationism being the only theory taught at Springfield Elementary. This was just an okay episode of "The Simpsons". This episode is pretty offensive to some religions though and I don't blame those people who rated this episode a 1, 1.5, or 2. This review probably won't be that long since I have nothing much to say about this episode. The storyline to this episode wasn't terrible but it just didn't work and it is moderately, if not, highly offensive to other religions. There were some nice laughs in this episode and there were a few entertaining (not funny) parts. So yeah, I usually have something to say about a Simpsons episode but I don't really have much to say about this episode.... it's just average for the most part. Overall, an okay episode of "The Simpsons".... don't really blame the the people that rate this episode a 1, 1.5, or 2 though. 6.5/10moreless
  • suit up

    9.0
    A show of supreme quality, very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very (apologies, the former review has been moved to a new home, soon you will all be given the key) very very very veryvery very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very enjoyable. A must-see.moreless
  • Great, just what we needed >:(

    1.0
    I don't care how many people disagree with me. This episode is just like Homer and Ned's Hail Mary Pass. More boring crap about religion, (no guess stars, thank god) and it's about teaching creationism is schools? What the hell? This isn't the good old Simpsons I used to love. I don't see how this episode can get above an eight. I don't think I laughed or even cracked up once during this episode. Although I did think it was kind of funny when the police busted Lisa and she told them "Why are you arresting me when there are so many worse crimes out there!" This episode was without a doubt one of the worst, and this is NOT a classic Simpsons episode. if you want a classic Simpsons episode, check out Season 6-11.moreless
  • Wow, more issues!

    2.0
    Just what we need, another show that parodies today\'s issues! The Simpsons used to be funny, but, let\'s face it folks, the Simpsons is not funny anymore! All the episodes are just about obesity, evolution, global warming, gay marriage, and any other issue you can think of. The Simpsons needs to end...NOW!
  • I watched it because I like melanie griffith-but would someone please tell me who she played? I heard no refernce to her name in the show-was she the prosecuting attorney\\\'s voice? Either way I didn\\\'t really like this episode too much-old stuff rehasmoreless

    1.5
    Same old evolution stuff as always-never mind that evolution is only a theory-or that in the Scopes monkey trial-the reverse was true-they were fighting to allow another theory to be taught in school-only now people are more afraid to have creationism taught in school than they were afraid of evolution in 1925-and surprisingly-you would think if evolution was so great-why did only one person even come up with the concept-usually in scientific research several studies and schools of thought occur at the same time. I watched it because I like melanie griffith-but would someone please tell me who she played? I heard no refernce to her name in the show-was she the prosecuting attorney\\\'s voice? Either way I didn\\\'t really like this episode too much-old stuff rehashedmoreless
Dan Castellaneta

Dan Castellaneta

Homer Simpson, Grampa Simpson, Barney Gumble, Krusty the Clown, Groundskeeper Willie, and others

Hank Azaria

Hank Azaria

Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, Moe Szyslak, Chief Wiggum, Comic Book Guy, Lou, and others

Harry Shearer

Harry Shearer

Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders, Principal Skinner, Waylon Smithers, Kent Brockman, and others

Julie Kavner

Julie Kavner

Marge Simpson, Patty Bouvier, and Selma Bouvier

Nancy Cartwright

Nancy Cartwright

Bart Simpson, Nelson Muntz, Ralph Wiggum, Todd Flanders, and others

Yeardley Smith

Yeardley Smith

Lisa Simpson

Larry Hagman

Larry Hagman

Wallace Brady

Guest Star

Melanie Griffith

Melanie Griffith

Herself

Guest Star

Russi Taylor

Russi Taylor

Martin Prince, Sherri, Terri and others

Recurring Role

Pamela Hayden

Pamela Hayden

Milhouse Van Houten, Rod Flanders, Jimbo Jones, and others

Recurring Role

Maggie Roswell

Maggie Roswell

Maude Flanders, Helen Lovejoy, Miss Hoover, and others

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (15)

  • QUOTES (16)

    • Chief Wiggum: Lisa Simpson, you're under arrest for the teaching of non-biblical science!
      Lisa Simpson: There are so many worse crimes. Why are you persecuting me?
      Chief Wiggum: Well, we only have the man power to enforce the last law passed. You know, it's not the best system, but…well, in fact, it's pretty much the worst.

    • Lisa: I'm so glad you could all come. I will be reading to you from The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin.
      Nelson: Oh. I thought we were gonna light spiders on fire.
      Dolph: (in the next room) We're over here!

    • Miss Hoover: Class, the town has spoken. From now on we're only teaching one theory: creationism. Now please hand in your evolution books to Groundskeeper Willie while I beat this ominous drum.

    • Barney: Homer's son's sister is right!

    • Todd: Daddy, was Mommy a monkey? I can't remember.
      Ned: No one was ever a monkey! Everything is what it was and always will be! God put us here and that's that!
      Todd: But you said a stork brought me.
      Ned: Umm...that was God disguised as a stork.
      Rod: Then who brings baby storks?
      Ned: There's no such thing as storks! It's all God!
      Todd: (Kneeling beside a statue of a stork) Please bless Daddy and Roddy...
      Ned: Stop praying to that stork!

    • Clarice Dremond: This trial is the biggest load of… Oh for crying out loud!
      Wallace Bravy: Now Bambi, who started that forest fire that killed your mother? Evolution?! My my my…

    • Kent Brockman: This is Kent Brockman reporting live from the trial of God versus Lisa Simpson. Defending Miss Simpson is ACLU appointed liberal, Clarice Dremond.
      Clarice Dremond: I'm from New York.
      Crowd: Boo!

    • Martin: Little Moe Szyslak?
      Kid Moe: Why does everyone call me that? Bunch of snot faced puke bags.

    • TV Host: 'So you are calling God a liar? An Unbiased Comparison of Evolution and Creationism.' Let's say hi to two books. One; The Bible was written by our Lord. The other The Origin of Species was written by a cowardly drunk named Charles Darwin.

    • Bart: Milhouse will serve the time for you while you flee to Mexico. Your new name: Senorita Ugly.

    • Homer: Time do to what I do best; ruin it for everybody.

    • Bart: Weaving? Homer, you are my father. You are supposed to protect me from things like this.
      Homer: Alright, just this once you can take a drink out of my 'special water bottle.'
      (Homer gives Bart his liquor bottle.)

    • Flanders: They're telling people we're descended from a pack of apes even though there's nothing about it in the bible!
      Rev. Lovejoy: Ned, you've gotta take this thing with a grain of salt, I mean, heh, come on…

    • Bart: According to creationism, there were no cavemen.
      Homer: Good riddance! Their drawings suck and they look like hippies.

    • Homer: My mind is always open to new ideas--Onions?! In the peas?! What the hell?! (Throws dish at the wall.)

    • Flanders: As sure as I am that Jesus hates hip-hop!

  • NOTES (2)

    • The start of this episode, with Bart trying to fit a whole summer into one day, was originally from "I'm Spelling As Fast As I Can", but it was cut to save time and was finally aired here, which explains Bart saying he's only kissed one girl.

    • Blackboard Joke: Je ne parle pas Français. (I do not speak French.)
      Couch Gag: The family poses on the couch for a series of family portraits. In the 2006 and 2007 portraits the family all looks the same. In 2008 Homer is missing from the picture. In 2009 he is replaced by Lenny. In 2010, Marge is replaced by Carl. In 2011 Lenny is replaced by Jimbo and Marge is back replacing Carl. In 2012 Homer is back in robot form, replacing Jimbo. In the 2013 the rest of the family is replaced by robotic version of themselves.

  • ALLUSIONS (4)

    • Ned: We want you to teach alternative theories to Darwinian Evolution.
      Principal Skinner: You mean Lamarckian Evolution?
      Jean Baptiste de Lamarck (1784-1829) was a French scientist, who in 1809 published the "Philosophie zoologique" in which he explains the theory that mutations in individuals are caused by a preexisting "wish" from that individual to change. He also claims that acquired traits in an individual can be inherited by the next generation. Today, we know this not to be true, but Lamarck was actually acknowledged by, among others, Darwin as a great zoologist.

    • Men in Black
      The summer blockbuster Bart watches is a parody of the 1997 film Men in Black.

    • Get Smart!
      The black puzzle piece transition between scenes was also used in the final season of the sitcom Get Smart!.

    • The Bad News Bears/The Natural
      Bart's game winning home run has references to two famous baseball movies. First the coach sounds like Walter Matthau's broken down Little League coach in the 1976 film The Bad News Bears and then his game winning home run causes fireworks to ignite a la a similar scene from Robert Redford's 1984 film The Natural.

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