The Simpsons

Season 23 Episode 17

Them, Robot

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Mar 18, 2012 on FOX



  • Trivia

    • With Brent Spiner's guest appearance, this episode marks the second time a former cast member of Star Trek: The Next Generation has made a guest appearance. The first time was the season six episode "Homer the Great," which featured a guest appearance by Patrick Stewart.

  • Quotes

  • Notes

    • Show Title: Maggie riding on a giant paper airplane.
      Billboard and Chalkboard Gags: None.
      Couch Gag: The family arrives to the couch with an overhead banner that reads "America: The Most Powerful Country in the World". Below, the years that the series has run pop in, showing various other characters appearing in and out over time from "Michael Jackson" (1991), Stampy the Elephant with Ralph in his mouth (1993), Poochie (1995), the ghost of Maude Flanders (1999), Spider-Pig/Harry Plopper (2007), and Princess Penelope (2009). When 2010 hits, Homer and Bart use spray paint to change the banner's motto to "Too Big to Fail, We Hope", then sit back down when the year changes to 2011. When 2012 hits, the last shot shows Maggie holding a flag of Communist China.

  • Allusions

    • The app that Burns uses to open the trap door is called Angry Burns. This is an allusion to the game called Angry Birds.

    • The title and plot of this episode is a play on the Issac Asimov short story I, Robot (1950), which was interpreted for television in the two The Outer Limits series, each of which had an episode with the same title. The first aired in 1964, the second in 1995. There was also a movie interpretation of this story in 2004 which starred Will Smith.