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Marge Simpson, Patty Bouvier, and Selma Bouvier
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
Bart Simpson, Nelson Muntz, Ralph Wiggum, Todd Flanders, and others
Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, Moe Szyslak, Chief Wiggum, Comic Book Guy, Lou, and others
FBI Special Agent Dana Scully
FBI Special Agent Fox Mulder
Milhouse Van Houten, Rod Flanders, Jimbo Jones, and others
Agnes Skinner, Brandine Del Roy, Dolph and others
Music From This Episode
- "Good Morning Starshine" (sang by Mr. Burns and the rest of the Springfieldians at the end of this episode)
A photo of Agent Mulder wearing a speedo can be seen in his wallet.
Aliens in the suspect line-up:
Marvin the Martian
Kang or Kodos
The article Mulder shows Scully reads "Human Blimp Sees Flying Saucer."
This is the first non-Halloween episode appearance of Kang and Kodos.
The Waterworld arcade game that Milhouse plays takes 40 quarters ($10), for only a few seconds of game play.
Jimbo's sign reads: ''Alien Dude, Need Two Tickets To Pearl Jam''.
Sign at the FBI's Springfield branch: ''Invading Your Privacy For 60 Years''.
At the arcade, when the guy in the Donkey Kong costume throws barrels, the sounds from the original game can be heard.
Settings on Moe's Breathalyzer Test: "Tipsy", "Soused", "Stinkin", and "Boris Yeltsin" (highest setting). Homer blows a "Boris Yeltsin".
The Simpsons have a Better Homes Than Yours magazine on the coffee table.
Homer: T.G.I.F. Guys, I'm off to Moe's.
Homer: Whatever you do don't tell Marge. God how I love her and, oh a penny!
Lisa: Dad, according to Junior Skeptic magazine, the chances are 175 million to one of another form of life actually coming in contact with ours.
Lisa: It's just that people who claim they've seen aliens are always pathetic lowlifes with boring jobs. Oh, and you, dad. He, he, he...
Homer: I can't believe it. I'm being mocked. By my own children. On my birthday.
Bart: It's your birthday?
Homer: Yes. Remember, it's the same day as the dog's.
Lisa: Santa's Little Helper, it's your birthday? Ooh, we've gotta get you a present. Yes, we do! Yes, we do!
Bart: We love you, boy.
Marge: Good, doggy. Good, doggy.
Homer: Lousy, lovable dog.
Leonard Nimoy: And so, from this simple man came the truth, that we are not alone in the universe. I'm Leonard Nimoy, good night.
Squeaky-Voiced Teen: (from off-screen) Uh, Mr. Nimoy, we have ten minutes left.
Leonard Nimoy: Oh, fine. Let me, uh, just get, uh... something out of my car.
(runs off and car is heard driving away)
Squeaky-Voiced Teen: (walking into camera shot) I don't think he's coming back.
Dr. Hibbert: Thank God it's Friday!
(He closes the door to reveal Hans Moleman standing behind an X-Ray machine.)
Moleman: Hello? Hello?
Milhouse: (putting money into arcade game) 38, 39, 40 quarters. This better be good.
(The character in the game takes two steps and stops.)
Game's Voice: Game over, please deposit 40 quarters.
Milhouse: What a rip!
(Milhouse starts depositing quarters again.)
Jasper: Thank God it's Wednesday. (swallows cup of pills)
Mrs. Glick: It's Friday.
Jasper: Uh oh, wrong pills. (suddenly becomes covered in hair) Uh, little help?
(When the "alien" is revealed)
Lisa: Stop! You want an alien? This is your alien!
(Lisa shines a flashlight at the alien, which turns out to be a glowing Mr. Burns.)
Mr. Burns: (high-pitched voice) Hello, children. I bring you love.
Groundskeeper Willie: Aaaah! It's a monster! Kill it! Kill it!
(Smithers steps in.)
Smithers: Stop! It's not a monster. It's Mr. Burns!
Groundskeeper Willie: Awww. It's Mr. Burns. Kill it! Kill it!
Bart: Hey, Dad, can I have a sip of your beer?
Homer: Now, son, you don't want to drink beer. That's for mommies and daddies, and kids with fake IDs.
Homer: Oh, Marge, I never felt so alone. No one believes me ... uh, this is the part where you're supposed to say "I believe you, Homer."
Marge: I don't believe you, Homer.
Homer: You do? Oh, Marge, you've made me so happy!
Marge: You're not listening. You're only hearing what you want to hear.
Homer: Thanks! I'd love an omelet right about now.
Homer: The alien has a sweet, heavenly voice... like Urkel! And he appears every Friday night... like Urkel!
Chief Wiggum: Well, your story is very compelling, Mr. Jackass, I mean, uh, Simpson. So, I'll just type it up on my invisible typewriter! (pretends to type)
Homer: You don't have to humiliate me.
(Homer leaves and a man walks in covered with soot, holding a lighter)
Man: I just torched a building downtown, and I'm afraid I'll do it again!
Chief Wiggum: Oh, yeah, right. I'll just type it up on my invisible typewriter!
Mr. Burns: So, another Friday is upon us. What will you be doing, Smithers? Something gay, no doubt!
Mr. Burns: You know. Light-hearted, fancy-free. Mothers, lock up your daughters! Smithers is on the town!
Smithers: Exactly, sir! (laughs nervously)
Lisa: All right! It's time for ABC's TGIF lineup!
Bart: Lis, when you get a little older, you'll learn that Friday is just another day between NBC's Must-See Thursday and CBS's Saturday Night Crap-o-rama.
(Mulder and Scully watch Homer jogging on a treadmill)
Agent Mulder: Wait a minute, Scully. what's the point of this test?
Agent Scully: No point. I just thought he could stand to lose a little weight.
Agent Mulder: His jiggling is almost hypnotic!
Agent Scully: He's like a lava lamp.
Leonard Nimoy: (Sitting behind a darkened desk) Hello, I'm Leonard Nimoy. The following tale of alien encounters is true. And by true, I mean false. It's all lies. But they're entertaining lies, and in the end, isn't that the real truth? The answer...is no...
(The doorbell rings, and Homer is greeted by a large crowd)
Homer: I'm happy to answer any questions you have about the alien. Any questions at all. Dr Hibbert?
Dr. Hibbert: Yes, is the alien carbon based or silicon based?
Homer: Uh, the second one. Zillophone. Next question.
Barney: Is the alien Santa Claus?
Homer: Uh, yes.
Flanders: Were you on my roof last night stealing my weather vane?
Homer: This interview is over!
(Slams door, and the weather vane falls)
Agent Scully: Now we're going to run a few tests. This is a simple lie detector. I'll ask you a few yes or no questions, and you just answer truthfully. Do you understand?
(The lie detector blows up.)
(Grampa is chasing a turtle that stole his dentures)
Agent Scully: This is the worst assignment we've ever had.
Agent Mulder: Worse than the time we were attacked by the flesh-eating virus?
Grampa: Ow, it bit me with my own teeth!
Agent Scully: No, this is much more irritating. I've seen enough, Mulder, let's go.
Agent Mulder: Yeah, okay. But somewhere out there, something is watching us.
(Scully rolls her eyes and leaves)
Agent Mulder: There are alien forces acting in ways we can't perceive. Are we alone in the universe? Impossible. (hours later) When you consider the wonders that exist all around us, voodoo priests of Haiti, Tibetan numerologists of Appalachia. The unsolved mysteries of... Unsolved Mysteries. The truth... is out there!
Agent Mulder: Look at this, Scully. There's been another unsubstantiated UFO sighting in the heartland of America. We've got to get there right away.
(He hands her a newspaper that reads "HUMAN BLIMP SEES FLYING SAUCER")
Agent Scully: Well, gee, Mulder, there's also this shipment of drugs and illegal weapons coming ashore in New Jersey tonight.
Agent Mulder: (indignant) Well, I hardly think the FBI is concerned with matters like that!
Bart: Leonard Nimoy? What are you doing here?
Leonard Nimoy: Wherever there is mystery and the unexplained, cosmic forces shall draw me near.
Bart: Uh huh.
Hot Dog Vendor: Hey Spock, what do you want on your hot dog?
Leonard Nimoy: Surprise me.
Agent Scully: Mr. Simpson, look at this line-up and tell me if these were one of the aliens you saw.
Alf: (In line-up) Yo!
Homer: No, I'm sorry.
(Most of the aliens except for Kang and Marvin the Martian grumble and leave.)
Marvin the Martian: Oh, this makes me very angry!
Frog 1: Bud--
Frog 2: wise--
Frog 3: er
Frog 1: Bud--
Frog 2: wise--
(Alligator leaps up and eats the frogs)
Agent Mulder: All right, Homer. We want you to recreate your every move the night you saw this alien.
Homer: (In English accent) Well, the evening began at the Gentleman's Club, where we were discussing a Wittgenstein over a game of backgammon.
Agent Scully: Mr. Simpson, it's a felony to lie to the FBI.
Homer: (No accent) We were sitting in Barney's car eating packets of mustard. Ya happy?
(Homer runs into a sign that says DIE)
(Wind blows to reveals DIET)
Homer: Take a look this, Lisa. You don't see any "Homer is a Dope" T-shirt, do ya?
Clerk: Those sold out five minutes ago!
(A glowing and drugged up Mr. Burns emerges from the forest.)
Mr. Burns: I bring you... love.
Lenny: It brings love, don't let it get away!
Carl: Break it's legs so it won't get away!
Homer: I'm like the man who singlehandedly built the rocket and went to the Moon. What was his name? Apollo Creed?
Homer: Well, it's 1 AM. Better go home and spend some quality time with the kids.
Marge: Bad dog! Bad cat! Bad fawn! (to the fawn) Shoo!
Marge: Have you been drinking?
Homer: NO! Well, ten beers.
Homer: Do you think you can cut out the casual swearing?
Bart: Hell yes.
(trying to film the alien)
Homer: We can fake it and sell it to the FOX network.
Bart: They'll buy anything.
Homer: Now, son, they do a lot of quality programming, too.
(Bart and Homer laugh.)
This episode won the 1997 Annie Award for Best Individual Achievement: Producing in a TV Production.
Blackboard Joke: The truth is not out there.
Couch Gag: Homer, Marge, Bart and Lisa fly into the living room wearing jet packs and they land on the couch. Maggie flies in and make a couple of loops and then lands on Marge's lap.
In Australia, this episode was shown prior to the final episode of The X-Files on January 29, 2003.
When Scully is setting up the lie-detector test for Homer, there's a certain cigarette-smoking man in the background...
Homer says the alien resembles Steve Urkel from the TV show Family Matters. He says "the alien has a sweet heavenly voice... like Urkel. And, he appears every Friday night... like Urkel."
Budweiser / Coors
The three frogs on the swamp attempt to croak "Bud-weis-er." This is a reference to Budweiser Beer's frog commercials during the 90s. The alligator, who interrupts the frogs, is obviously a fan of Coors beer.
Agent Mulder: Voodoo priests of Haiti...
A 1995 episode of The X-Files called "Fresh Bones" had a plot involving Haitian voodoo curses.
The scene with the Springfield Philharmonic playing the suspenseful music on their bus is reference to the Mel Brooks film High Anxiety, which features a scene where Mel is riding in a car and you hear highly suspenseful music and then you see the Los Angeles Symphony going by on their bus.
Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Several references to Steven Spielberg's 1977 film, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, are made.
- Devil's Tower is pictured on Lisa's Junior Skeptic magazine and on Mulder's office wall.
- Kent Brockman muses on a "Close Encounter of the Blurred Kind".
- The school band plays the notorious five-note music.
- Clouds swarm around Marge's hair before the alien appears, just like around Devil's Tower before the mother ship appears.
The Springfield Philharmonic plays the famous Bernard Herrmann score from the shower scene of Alfred Hitchcock's classic 1960 film, Psycho.
Milhouse plays an arcade game version of the 1995 movie Waterworld, starring Kevin Costner. The game takes 40 quarters, this is a knock at the over-the-top budget Waterworld required.
At the end of the episode, Mr. Burns starts singing "Good Morning Starshine" in his dazed state. This song is sang during the second act of the Broadway musical and film, Hair (1979). They sing this song in their car.
"All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy" (repeated uncountable times) is an allusion to Stanley Kubrick's 1980 film The Shining.
Episode Title: The Springfield Files
This episode's title and its content are obviously a parody of The X-Files.
Homer: I learned this from a movie I saw about a bus that has to speed around the city, keeping its speed above 50, and if its speed dropped, it would explode. I think it was called The Bus That Couldn't Slow Down.
Homer describes the plot but can't remember the name of the 1994 action movie Speed, starring Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock.
Dr. Hibbert: Is the alien carbon based or silicon based?
This is a reference to Star Trek's "Devil in the Dark" episode in which there was a silicon based life form or to The X-Files' episode "Firewalker" in which a similar creature is featured.
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