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The Simpsons

Season 9 Episode 18

This Little Wiggy

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Mar 22, 1998 on FOX
out of 10
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Episode Summary

This Little Wiggy
The Simpsons go to a wonderful new museum. While there, Marge notices what a nice boy Ralph Wiggum is. Marge forces Bart to have a play date with Ralph. Ralph is so stupid and annoying that Bart wants to strangle him. Marge makes him go outside with Ralph. Ralph seems to be a pyromaniac. They go to the Wiggum's residence and Bart finds out that Ralph's father (Chief Wiggum) has a lot of neat stuff, including a master key that will unlock every door in Springfield. Bart goes over for a sleepover and swipes it. He and Ralph wander the town, running into the bullies. Nelson, Dolph, Jimbo, and Kearney take them to the abandoned prison. Bart and Ralph play around with the electric chair, leaving it on when they leave. Quimby wants to show the town the electric chair on the news. He wants to pretend to be electrocuted, thinking that the chair is off. Bart and Ralph see what is about to happen on the news and they have to prevent it. Bart goes to Lisa for a quick solution and she shoots a rocket at the prison which contains an explanation. Instead it goes into Burns' office, and he turns off the power after Quimby has almost been killed. Ralph's conscience tells him to burn down the house.moreless

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • superb

    what i liked- Troy McClure's cameo appearance, the man in the tree voicing the robot and starting to choke Skinner, homer and marge trying out answering machine messages, bart sticking up for ralph, "he's going to smell like hotdogs!", the leprechaun (i think it would've been even funnier if the leprechaun did not appear in the episode, but oh well), lisa letting ralph take the credit for saving Quimby, etc.

    decent ralph episode. ralph is one of my favorite characters, even if he is somewhat overrated, and this is a fine episode from season 9. it gets kind of boring though, for me, so my final grade is going to be a B+ or somoreless
  • this was a good ep

    in this ep of the simpsons show ralph becomes friends with bart and they go over and play cops with the fathers stuff and then bart is seen with ralph and they make fun of him and then bart realizes raplph dad has the master key to the whole town. and so he befriends ralph to get it to give it to the bullys and ralph and bart must help each other to get out of the situation this was a good ep and it had some funny moments i thought .which made this ep really good . and that is why i gave it a 8.5moreless
  • It's all about Ralph

    This is a very funny episode. You get to laugh from the very first scene, when Mrs. Krabappel asks whose calculator can give an answer to a multiplication and Milhouse responds with a "low battery?", hilarious!!! Then Bart ruining Skinner surprise with the robot.

    I think it´s good to have the rest of the supporting characters come up to be the main ones every now and then and get to know more about them and see the Simpson family back them up a little. I thought Bart was going to give Ralph a hard time and once again, he listened to his heart and didn't let him down.

    I love Bart in this episode.

  • It is Ralph!

    Well, the writers have finally decided to give Ralph his own episode. This boy as we all know is one crazy cat. Always doing bizarre and rather silly things. I can safely say that Ralph plays just abut the same character Butters plays in South Park. This episode is very enterteining since we are not used to watching Ralph as our main character in the show. One thing I really liked was the compassion Bart fell for him a couple of times and that in the end helped to save a life. This is not very funny episode, but definitely, a master piece.moreless
  • Amazing... Please writers I beg of you more episodes centered around Ralph; I'm on my hands and knees

    When Marge meets Ralph Wiggum, she decides to invite him over for a playdate with Bart. Bart initially rejects Ralph, but when he goes over to the Wiggum household and sees that it's filled with police equipment and files, he finds himself in a troublemaker's paradise. The two boys start hanging out more and more, eventually having a sleepover during which they steal Chief Wiggum's master key and let themselves into every building in Springfield. In the middle of their spree, Bart and Ralph run into Nelson and his bully buddies. Trying to impress them, Bart shows them the master key and the whole group ventures into the abandoned prison. While there, they play with the electric chair, but leave before they can use the key to turn it off again. When Mayor Quimby decides to reopen the prison, he calls a press conference and sits in the electric chair to demonstrate how it works. Watching the event on TV, Bart and Ralph are sure that Quimby will be killed if anyone flips the electric chair switch. With a little help from Mr. Burns, however, the mayor escapes his fate. After going through so much together, Bart and Ralph remain friends.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

Pamela Hayden

Pamela Hayden

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

Recurring Role

Phil Hartman

Phil Hartman

Lionel Hutz, Troy McClure and Additional Voices

Recurring Role

Tress MacNeille

Tress MacNeille

Agnes Skinner, Brandine Del Roy, Dolph and others

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Goof: Nelson imagines himself weighing the brains of the Three Stooges, and claims that Larry's brain weighs 3.2 kilograms.  However, the average human brain weighs approximately 1.5 kilograms (or 3 pounds).  Either the writers mixed up their figures, or the Stooges had brains significantly larger than your average human being. 

    • Goof: When Skinner is introducing the robot to the class, Bart's desk is clearly in the middle of the room. When Bart throws the apple to the man in the tree, he's sitting next to the window.

    • When Homer is playing the "Let's Make a Baby" video game: the announcer says "You are out of sperm". The closed captioning reads, "Your score is zero".

    • When the Simpsons are at the museum, Bart says he's going to go toss the virtual salad, but the closed captioning says "I'm going to crawl inside the Invisible Frenchman".

  • QUOTES (29)

    • Principal Skinner: We have a very special visitor today, but he's no ordinary visitor. In fact, you might say--
      Bart: He's a robot. We saw him on the way in.
      Principal Skinner: Thank you, Bart.

    • Bart: Whoa, mama, the electric chair! (sniffs) Smell that, Ralph? That's the smell of justice.
      Ralph: Smells like hot dogs.

    • Bart: Wow, look at all these toilets! They're just inches your bed! Talk about luxury…

    • Bart: Way to go, Ralph!
      Lisa: Ralph? But the rocket was my idea!
      Bart: But asking you was Ralph's idea!
      Homer: You're the man, Ralph!

    • Bart: Come on, a man's life is at stake. We need to get a message to the prison. Think! THINK!
      Ralph: Lisa's a good thinker.
      Bart: That's it! Ralph, you're a genius!

    • Ralph: There's the key! (a rat takes it) Aagh! The pointy kitty took it!

    • Ralph: Wanna play stuffed animal parade?
      Bart: Maybe later. Come on, Ralph, your dad's a cop! There must be some cool stuff around here, bullets, dead body photos, what have you.
      Ralph: He keeps that stuff in his closet. But he says I'm not allowed in there.
      Bart: Did he say I'm not allowed in there?
      Ralph: Yes.
      Bart: (pause) Well, I'm going in anyway!

    • Jimbo: Videotaping this crime spree is the best idea we ever had!

    • Ralph: Slow down, Bart! My legs don't know how to be as long as yours.

    • Ralph: I've been here two hours, and Bart still hasn't finded me!

    • Homer: (excited) Then me and my friend were about to press it, but the man said not to press it, but we pressed it anyway! And we ran and we hid in this giant tire, we had… and my other friend was already there.
      Marge: All right, all right, now, you're over stimulated. Let's get some beer in you, and then it's right to bed.
      Homer: Woo hoo! (running around) Beer, beer, beer, bed, bed, bed!

    • Marge: Is that normal?
      Wiggum: No, he's just playing 'Wiggle Puppy'! That's a dog he made up who flies by wagging his tail. Heh, I tell you, that dog has had some amazing adventures.

    • Bart: (typing on a keyboard) Hey, how do you get this thing to play blackjack?
      Frink: Stop that, you're hurting it.
      Bart: So how is it supposed to work?
      Frink: Well…
      Bart: Boring. Am I on the Internet?
      Frink: No! You can only access the…
      Bart: Boring. What's that fire for?

    • Troy: Welcome to the Springfield Knowledgeum. I'm Troy McClure! You may remember me from such automated information kiosks as 'Welcome to Springfield Airport', and 'Where's Nordstrom?' While you're enjoying our hall of wonders, your car will be unfortunately be subject to repeated (voice fades out)
      Homer: What'd he say? What about my car?

    • Edna: Now, whose calculator can tell me what seven times eight is?
      Milhouse: Oh! Oh, oh, oh! Low battery?
      Edna: (sighs) Whatever.

    • Ralph: Bushes are nice 'cause they don't have prickers. Unless they do. This one did.

    • Leprechaun: (to Ralph) You've done grand, laddie! Now you know what you have to do! Burn the house down! Burn 'em all!

    • Mr. Burns: Smithers! There's a rocket in my pocket!
      Smithers: You don't have to tell me, sir!

    • Bart: Got any threes?
      Ralph: Go fish!
      Bart: See, here's the problem Ralph, you have several threes.
      Ralph: Go fish!

    • TV Announcer: We now return to The Return of the Pink Panther Returns.

    • Homer (singing): Do the message! Da da da da da da da da da--
      Bart: So long! I'm gonna go sleep over at Ralph's.
      Marge: Oh, see I knew you'd find something you liked about him.
      Bart: Oh, I found something alright!
      Homer: Da da da da da da da da da, da da da da da da da da da...after the beep!

    • (Ralph gives Bart a tour of his back yard.)
      Ralph: This is my swing set. This is my sand box! I'm not allowed to go in the deep end. That's where I saw the leprechaun. He tells me to burn things.

    • Ralph: Your hair is tall, and pretty!
      Marge: Why thank-you Ralph, you're such a fine young gentleman.
      (She holds his shoulder)
      Ralph: Help! She's touching my special area!

    • Bart: Hey, I'm gonna go toss the virtual salad.
      Lisa: I'm gonna read the giant book.
      Homer: I'm gonna try the sex education computers!

    • Lisa: What a whimsical building. Who says science can't be fun?
      Bart: Me. I smell a museum.
      Homer: Yeah, good things don't end with -eum, they end with -mania, or –teria.

    • Robot: Default setting--Crush, kill, destroy!
      Principal Skinner: (Being choked by the robot.) Children, help! He's killing me!
      Class: Yaaaaaaay!

    • Robot: Greetings, Earth children.
      Lewis: Where are you from?
      Robot: Earth.

    • Krusty: (to Sex Ed Game) Hey, baby, remember me?

    • Security Guard: Why do I always shout first? Just gives them a chance to run away. Well, I'm an idiot.

  • NOTES (2)


    • Star Wars: The Mars exhibit in the museum has "Mars" written in the exact same font/style as "Wars" in the Star Wars movies, only with the W turned upside down.

    • Ralph: I found a moon rock in my nose!
      Bart: Houston, we have a booger.

      This is a play on Tom Hanks' famous line from Apollo 13, "Houston, we have a problem."

    • Dolph: Hey look, it's dork and dorker.

      A quick reference to the 1994 movie Dumb and Dumber, starring Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels.

    • The toy store JRR Toyskins sounds like the author of "The Hobbit" and "The Lord of The Rings" trilogy JRR Tolkien.

    • Robbie the Automaton: Crush! Kill! Destroy!

      Robbie starts to act like the IDAK android from Lost in Space when his human controller is knocked out.

    • The title is a parody of the nursery rhyme called "This Little Piggy."