The Simpsons

Season 18 Episode 14

Yokel Chords

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Mar 04, 2007 on FOX
7.7
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Principal Skinner decides to allow Lisa tutor Cletus's kids instead of them enrolling into Springfield Elementary, but they end up on Krusty's show as a musical act. Bart sees a psychiatrist after telling a scary ghost story in the cafeteria in an unsuccessful attempt to get free food.moreless

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • After telling a scary ghost story in the cafeteria just to get free food, Bart goes to see a psychiatrist

    9.0
    Principal Skinner decides to allow Lisa tutor Cletus's kids instead of them enrolling into Springfield Elementary, but they end up on Krusty's show as a musical act. Bart sees a psychiatrist after telling a scary ghost story in the cafeteria in an unsuccessful attempt to get free food. I thought that this was a superb episode of "The Simpsons". Only thing keeping my score from being a 10 was the plot with Lisa taking care of Cletus' kids and then they end up in Krusty's show... it wasn't a bad plot but I did get bored with it but there were a few good laughs from that plot though. The plot that definitely had me laughing was the main plot with Bart seeing a psychiatrist after telling the ghost story in the cafeteria just so he can get free food. Bart's ghost story and scaring everyone in school was hilarious and the scenes with Bart in psychiatrist were hilarious. I also loved how Marge paid for Bart to go see the psychiatrist one more time since he has been missing her. The thing that also cracked me up was the very ending of the episode with the psychiatrist missing Bart so she goes to see a psychiatrist and she says "Oh no, it's happening again" because something dark happened in her past. Another thing I loved about this episode were the musical numbers... I don't get why other reviewers make a big deal about the musical numbers. I, for one, really loved the musical numbers and they were all amazing. Overall, a superb episode of "The Simpsons". 9/10moreless
  • Not that good.

    6.0
    Principal Skinner decides to allow Lisa tutor Cletus's kids instead of them enrolling into Springfield Elementary, but they end up on Krusty's show as a musical act. Bart sees a psychiatrist after telling a scary ghost story in the cafeteria in an unsuccessful attempt to get free food.



    This episode was probably one of the worst this season. It wasn't even funny. It definitely could have been alot better than this. 6/10moreless
  • Worst episode of the season, and one of the worst in Simpsons history.

    2.5
    The only reason it doesn't get a 1 was because there were a few funny parts around the beginning. Once the plot sank in, it was a really lame episode! I can't stand Lisa singing! Last thing we need is an episode about Cletus's kids. Why don't they make an episode about Jasper or Helen Lovejoy while they're at it? I wish The Simpsons wouldn't do so many parody episodes. One better parody episode was the one where Santa's Little Helper and some girl dog had 25 puppies. This "Sound of Music" parody; however, doesn't cut it! Also, the subplot was lame. Bart goes to therapy and him and the therapist get attached to each other. They played video games for christ sake! That's just another lame 21st century Simpsons attempt at humor.moreless
  • Cletus's kids become singers.

    8.0
    When Lisa protests denying education to Cletus' hillbilly kids, Principal Skinner offers her a chance to tutor the kids herself. However, her plans to help are diverted when Krusty spots the kids during their field trip and decides to use them as an act on his show. Meanwhile, Bart tries to scare his peers out of the cafeteria by claiming it's haunted by the ghost of an old school chef who uses students as ingredients in his recipes. When the school erupts with fear and chaos, Bart is punished and sent to receive psychiatric treatment, and he develops a unique relationship with his therapist. I didnt like the idea of this episode to begin with, but it was better than I expected. A pretty much average episode yet again from this season. Nothing bad but nothing good.moreless
  • Just really hilarious, well until the musical parts came.... This had the potential to be a really good episode but once again the musical parts killed it......

    8.6
    When Lisa protests denying education to Cletus' hillbilly kids, Principal Skinner offers her a chance to tutor the kids herself. However, her plans to help are diverted when Krusty spots the kids during their field trip and decides to use them as an act on his show. Meanwhile, Bart tries to scare his peers out of the cafeteria by claiming it's haunted by the ghost of an old school chef who uses students as ingredients in his recipes. When the school erupts with fear and chaos, Bart is punished and sent to receive psychiatric treatment, and he develops a unique relationship with his therapist.moreless
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

Andy Dick

Andy Dick

Himself

Guest Star

James Patterson (II)

James Patterson (II)

Himself

Guest Star

Meg Ryan

Meg Ryan

Dr. Swanson

Guest Star

Karl Wiedergott

Karl Wiedergott

Additional Voices

Recurring Role

Marcia Wallace

Marcia Wallace

Edna Krabappel

Recurring Role

Pamela Hayden

Pamela Hayden

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

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (10)

    • Dr. Swanson brings up Dark Stanley in Bart's session without any problem, but when she sees her therapist and he brings up Dark Stanley, she freaks out.

    • Cletus says that he teaches his older kids and they teach the younger kids, but that he himself wasn't properly educated. If that's the case it's strange that all the kids can read a fairly complicated TV promo without any practice, but Cletus can only pretend to read their contract.

    • In the scene where Brandine stops Cletus from letting the children go on tour, the box factory is visible behind Brandine. The box factory was featured in the episode "Bart Gets Famous", which was the first Simpsons episode that Susie Dietter directed.

    • Lisa says she sent Brandine an email to let her know what was going on with her children. But as indicated in episode #217 "I'm With Cupid" when she couldn't decipher a message consisting of 6 characters (I Love *), Brandine can't read.

    • Susie Dietter directed a Simpsons episode for the first time since "Lisa the Simpson" in season 9.

    • Trivia: The music played at the beginning, when Marge is reading a book at the beach was first played during Bart's story ('Mutiny on the Bounty') in "The Wettest Stories Ever Told".

    • We learn that Marge was saving up money for a Breast Reduction surgery for Homer.

    • We learn that Homer hit Bart with the hammer brand Stanley, which is where he got the idea for Dark Stanley.

    • Lisa falls down a cliff like Homer did in "Bart The Daredevil." Maybe it runs in the family?

    • Apparently, Superintendent Chalmers' first name is Gary.

  • QUOTES (19)

    • (Bart tries to reject conversation with his therapist.)
      Dr. Swanson: Well, I get paid whether you make progress or not. Why don't we just kill the time playing video games?
      Bart: (Sarcastically) Yeah right. I bet you got a bunch of learning games. Why don't you go online and find a boyfriend, while I take a nap?
      (Bart turns over and lies down on the couch.)
      Dr Swanson: Actually, I just got "Death Kill City II: Death Kill Stories!"
      Bart: Whoa! You've got DKCIIDKS?! That one's rated bad for everyone!

    • Lisa: My name is Lisa. What are your names?
      Yokel Child: Whitney.
      Yokel Child: Jitney.
      Yokel Child: Dubya.
      Yokel Child: Incest.
      Yokel Child: Krystalmeth.
      Yokel Child: International Harvester.
      Yokel Child: Birthday.
      Jitney: Awwww, are we gonna do this much work every day?

    • Bart: Years ago, Stanley DeGroot was a cook here at school. All the kids made fun of him because he never graduated from college.
      Kids: Stanley, Stanley, no degree! Two credits short at MIT!

    • Skinner: Simpson, I know you're behind this! Well, you are going to get some counseling from the school psychologist!
      School Psychologist: DARK STANLEY'S GONNA EAT MY BRAINS!
      Superintendent Chalmers: Or from a qualified professional.

    • Bart: They hanged him for murder and buried him in an unmarked grave. When they came back the next day, the whole cemetery was missing!

    • Krusty: Kids, it's finally happening: your own primetime special. The songs will be written by Broadway's greatest composer: this guy. What's your name again, Fuzzface?
      Stephen Sondheim: Stephen Sondheim. I know you hear this all the time, but I think you're great.
      Krusty: And I'm sure you hear this all the time: you cost an arm and a leg, so let's get to work.
      Stephen Sondheim: Here's the opening number.
      Krusty: (taking the sheets) Complex harmonies…intricate lyrics…pithy observations on modern life. What is this junk? Where's the zazz? Just do what you did in "Cats."
      Stephen Sondheim: I didn't write "Cats."
      Krusty: You didn't?!

    • Marge: Bart, honey, this is all we can afford for now. If it doesn't work, maybe when you're an adult you can pay some lady to make you happy for an hour.
      Bart: Ya know, I'm pretty sure I will.

    • Nelson: And just when you think he's done, Dark Stanley takes your skin and makes footy pajamas.
      Dolph: Nobody pajamanates my skin!

    • Yokel child: Hey, you're one of those funny people with a big, crazy nose!
      Krusty: A clown?
      Yokel child: No, a j--
      Krusty: Joker! That's right. And I'm not a practicing Joker so I'm not that offended.

    • Andy Dick: I'm blue collar. I'm totally blue collar. My dad owns a shovel.

    • Stephen Sondheim: Hey! This peppy stuff isn't bad! Maybe I will write that jingle for Buzz Cola.

    • Homer: Look at those morons! They sing because they're stupid.

    • Cletus: I don't sign anything, unless I pretend to read it. (pretending to read a contract) Hamburger, hamburger, hamburger, hamburger, looks good to me.

    • Bart: Then I had this crazy dream that my family were all just cartoon characters and that our success led to some crazy propaganda network called Fox News.

    • (at therapy)
      Apu: He used to rob me two, three times a week. Now, I'm lucky if I get it once a month.
      Snake: He never initiates it; I have to do all the work. He just stands there.

    • Milhouse: They say that Dark Stanley will kill you, then go wee-wee in your skull.

    • Groundskeeper Willie: I'll bring those kids back dead or alive!
      Skinner: Not DEAD!
      Groundskeeper Willie: Aw, you never let Willie be Willie!

    • Lisa: What kind of lunch is this? A drawing of a sandwich.
      Bart: All I got is Grandpa's medication.

    • Marge: Homie, you woke up early?
      Homer: Stumbled home at dawn, same diff.

  • NOTES (2)

    • This episode won the 2008 Annie Award for Best Music in an Animated Television Production.

    • Blackboard Joke: None.
      Couch Gag: The couch is replaced by a vending machine filled with figurines of the family along the top row and the rest of the rows filled with various Springfield residents. Ralph Wiggum enters the living room and selects C5 on the machine, which dispenses him a figurine of Homer. He bites the head of Homer and exits.

  • ALLUSIONS (12)

    • The Magnificent Seven
      The music that plays when Groundskeeper Willie is rounding up the children with a lasso is an original score from the 1960 western film The Magnificent Seven.

    • Krusty: …Appalachian Dumpling Gang…

      This is a reference to the Disney movie The Apple Dumpling Gang starring Don Knotts and Tim Conway.

    • Krusty's "No-Collar Comedy Tour" is a jab at the "Blue Collar Comedy Tour" created by Jeff Foxworthy and including Bill Engvall, Ron White and Larry The Cable Guy.

    • Krusty mistakes Stephen Sondheim for the creator of the musical Cats. It was actually written by Andrew Lloyd Webber, who also composed such hits as Evita, Jesus Christ Superstar, and Phantom of the Opera.

    • The scene at the end of the episode where Dr. Swanson is talking to a psychologist about Bart is an allusion to the popular HBO series The Sopranos. On that show Tony Soprano's therapist, Dr. Jennifer Melfi, talks to a psychologist (played by the actor who voices the psychologist in this episode: Peter Bogdanovich) about her feelings towards Tony.

    • Un Chien Andalou
      At the film festival, Lisa and the kids are apparently watching Salvador Dali's Un Chien Andalou ("Andalusian Dog"), the surrealist silent film classic made in 1929.

    • The cover of the therapist's video game, "Death Kill City II: Death Kill Stories" is very similar to the cover of the "Grand Theft Auto" games, specifically "Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories."

      This is also a possible mockery of the whole dispute over how violent video games (especially Grand Theft Auto, a 'Mature'-rated game) can stir violence in children who play them.

    • The end is a reference to The Honeymooners.

    • Krusty: The Smashing Bumpkins!

      A play on the band Smashing Pumpkins, who appeared in the episode "Homerpalooza."

    • The music that was used during the Dark Stanley story was the theme from 12 Monkeys.

    • The visuals in Bart's "Dark Stanley" story are very similar to the drawings of the late Edward Gorey.

    • The Sound of Music
      This episode is roughly based on the musical The Sound of Music.

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