The Simpsons

Season 13 Episode 19

The Sweetest Apu

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM May 05, 2002 on FOX



  • Trivia

    • The sign at the Springfield Bachelor Apartment says "Our beds are the Murphiest.".

    • The whole band started to play Homer's song, when only the band leader saw the notes.

    • When Homer catches Apu and the Squishee Lady "together" for the first time he knocks over a couple of sets of stacked cans, some of which did not appear in previous shots.

    • Homer bought a 6pack of beer as well as the keg, but he only walks out with the keg

    • When Homer goes to bed, he's in his regular clothes, but after the commercial break he's in pajamas.

    • When Manjula checks off the list, two things remain (one of them being a lightbulb), but they said he was done after he eats the lightbulb.

    • When Homer was looking up the word "eunuch" (thinking that it's starts with a "U") in the dictionary, he was actually in the middle of the dictionary.

    • The third thing that Homer knocks over when he is walking backwards out of the store are glass jars. When he knocks them over, they don't break.

  • Quotes

    • (Apu is preparing a hangman's noose)
      Apu: Over, under, round and round so your feet won't touch the ground.
      (He throws the noose rope over a pipe)
      Now, let's see what awaits me in the next life. (He looks over a reincarnation chart) First I was a tiger, a snake, a Clod, a goat with a hat, then me. (Looks at his next incarnations) Hoo, a tapeworm, then assistant to Lorne Michaels! It's going to be a rough couple of lifetimes.

    • Homer: (to Apu) I saw you and that Squishee Lady canoodling like junkyard rabbits!

    • (At the Civil War re-enactment)
      Principal Skinner: Hey you dead people, stop playing cards! And Stonewall Jackson, stop rollerblading!
      Disco Stu: The south will boogie again!

    • Manjula: Not tonight. I said, not tonight! Wait, something's wrong, why aren't you pressuring me for sex.
      Apu: Oh I'm just happy to lie here appreciating and respecting you.
      Manjula: Okay buster, what is going on.
      Apu: Nothing. How could you even accuse me of repeated infidelity? Oh I'm so angry I could just fall asleep.

    • Homer: Nothing, nothing, there's nothing eating me up inside.
      (Homer's eyeball is twitching and moving all over the place)
      Marge: Oh, it must be something big. Something you did? Something you saw. (gasps) Apu is having an affair?
      Homer: I know! Can you believe it? Oh, Manjula is just going to die.

    • Homer: The Squishee Lady! Oh my god. I know you must get this all the time, but can I suggest a flavor.
      Squishee Lady: Go ahead.
      Homer: Grape.

    • Apu: Please, could you just take the children home? The porno magazine buyers are too embarrassed to make their move. Look.
      Moe: C'mon!

    • Homer: Let's tell Krusty.
      Marge: What would that accomplish?
      Homer: That guy's hilarious. His reaction would be priceless.
      Homer: Apu is cheating!
      Krusty: That's sad. All those kids.
      Homer: I think he's building to something.

    • Skinner: Tanks!? Oh, this is just too inaccurate!

      Professor Frink: Well then, you're definitely not going to like my steam powered super spider with the stepping and squishing and the webs made of nyyy-lon.

    • Manjula: I took the tape out of the store surveillance camera. Look.
      (Apu watches the tape)
      Squishee Girl: Oh Apu! Scratch and Win!
      Apu: Mmmm, that's good adultery!
      (After watching the tape)
      Apu: Oh, I am so sorry.
      Manjula: Get out of my house.

    • Manjula: You've completed the list, you may now move back in with your family and you're never ending disgrace.
      Homer: Wait, wait, you forgot to eat a light bulb.
      Apu: Oh thank you very much you big fat blabbermouth. Sorry, sorry it's been a rough month.

    • (Manjula and Apu are playing Marge and Homer in badminton.)
      Manjula: Apu, you keep scoring while my back is turned!
      (Homer and Marge make nervous noises)
      Manjula: Are you sure you're not cheating?
      (Homer and Marge make nervous noises)
      Apu: Now Manjula, do you want me to find another partner?
      Marge: No, no! Let's just keep playing. Uh... what's the score?
      Homer: Dirty love... I mean thirty-love... uh, um... anyone for penis? D'oh! I'll just get the shuttlecock... D'oh!

    • Marge: We've got a special guest for you!
      Manjula: Is it my husband's whore?
      Marge: Nope.
      (brings out a fake Ganesh with Bart, Lisa, and Maggie)
      Bart: I am Ganesh, your god. I order you two to reunite or I'll suck your blood. Bleh, bleh!
      Lisa: Bart, stick to the script!

    • Homer: You can run, but you can't glide!

    • Homer: In a Civil War re-enactment, we need lots of Indians to shoot.
      Apu: I'm not sure where to begin correcting that sentence...

    • Homer: You still have to eat a light bulb. I soaked it in the toilet to soften it up!

    • Marge: Manjula, come quick! The octuplets learned their first word!
      Octuplet #1: Mommy,
      Octuplet #2: will
      Octuplet #3: you
      Octuplet #4: let
      Octuplet #5: daddy
      Octuplet #6: come
      Octuplet #7: back…
      Octuplet #8: cookie!
      Marge: They miss their father. Are you sure you don't want Apu back?
      Manjula: Well, I do, but I don't want to be treated like a doormat. I need payback!
      Marge: All right! Girls night out! Exotic male dancers at the Golden Banana!
      Manjula: Hmmm… No, I want HIM to suffer.
      Marge: Well, when Homer does something wrong, I make a list of ways he can make it up to me. Then I shred the list and put it in his food.
      Manjula: Fine. We will make a list.
      Marge: At the Golden Banana?
      Manjula: No!
      (Marge groans)

    • Apu: Oh, Squishee Lady! You've had less than eight kids, haven't you? Haven't you?

    • Apu: Manjula, why did you bring the octuplets to work? This is supposed to be our special time!

  • Notes

    • This episode was rated TV-PG-DLSV.

    • The Blackboard Joke was a reference to recent reports in the British press, later denied by Matt Groening that the series would be coming to an end.

    • Blackboard Joke: I will never lie about being canceled again.
      Couch Gag: Movers take the couch out of the living room, while the family watches and then Homer cries.

  • Allusions

    • The name of this episode is a parody of the 1980's song by Sade, "The Sweetest Taboo".

    • Homer responds to one of Apu's jokes saying "Hi-Yo" as Ed McMahon would usually say. Ed McMahon was the sidekick on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.

    • Similar to Moe and Mesmirino in the episode "The Blunder Years" Apu pays tribute to Johnny Carson by saying "Mmm…that's good adultery!" Coincidentally, all three of the characters are played by Hank Azaria.

    • Homer: Ok, ok, don't go "Mary Todd" on us.
      Who is Mary Todd you ask? It's Abe Lincoln's wife. The episode has a Civil War reenactment in it. Lincoln was the president of the USA at the time of the war. After Lincoln's death, Mary was accused of insanity and was sent to a clinic for four months.

    • Homer: Dirty love, I mean 30-love.
      "Dirty Love" is the name of a Frank Zappa song, released on the 1973 Mothers lp "Over-Nite Sensation." Creator Matt Greoning is a huge Zappa fan.

    • :
      The costumes for the final scene of the all-octuplet version of "My Fair Lady" look very much like Cecil Beaton's costumes for the 1964 film.

    • Professor Frink: "you're not going to like my gigantic spider..."
      That giant mechanical spider is an obvious reference to the enormously terrible and hugely anachronistic 1999 film, "Wild Wild West".