The episode features cultural references to songs such as "Separate Ways", "Boplicity", and "Take Five", as well as references to the film The Godfather and various fictional food mascots. Reclusive novelist Thomas Pynchon guest stars as himself in the episode, wearing a paper bag over his head. The episode's final scene, showing James Caan being ambushed by hillbillies at a toll booth, is a parody of a scene in the film The Godfather when Sonny Corleone, portrayed by Caan, is shot and killed at a toll booth. Sideshow Bob has been a fan favorite since his very first appearance, when he was merely a large-footed sidekick framing his boss for a robbery. The lack on continuity is a run on gag. But the conclusion? "If it isn’t little… boy." As Homer and Marge try a different parenting style on the hellraising Bart, Grampa gives him a special watch that becomes Bart's moral center. Thomas Pynchon as himselfJames Caan as himself. The first major one came in season 4, Episode 7 "Last Exit to Springfield". After carefully considering every last one of them, "The Shinning" stands out as the absolute fave. He gave the episode a B-, stating the Marge segment "needed a bit more fine-tuning". Homer and his family take an ominous journey to Mr. Burns’s country home in… Pennsylvania! However, Marge realizes the competition is harder than it seems. Meanwhile, Lisa confronts Marge for cheating, but she defends her actions by stating that the competitors pushed her into doing so with their antics.  The episode received a 6.4 Neilsen rating. The show in the UK is broadcast at six and needed to be appropriate for children. While remodeling the kitchen, Homer unearths his old collection of Playdude magazines.  James Caan also guest stars in the episode, first seen in Bart's treehouse. Bart mentions he's starring in Teen Wolf 3. The stand out best of these, is "You Only Move Twice" (season 8, episode 2). Aside from the insult to peanut butter brownies (a "bite of banality, indeed!) Marge and Homer discover the house next to them is up for sale, and marvel at the extensive kitchen inside the house. Lisa has to go to the dentist (who was supposed to be voiced by Anthony Perkins—sadly, Perkins succumbed to AIDS before recording his lines), where it turns out that she needs braces. There, they are asked to wash their necks, given goblets of blood, and eventually discover secret doors leading to ghastly discoveries like— washing machines! Watch for animated Hitchcock to walk by with two tiny dogs—the same cameo he had in the original film. The Simpsons: The Simpsons 138th Episode Spectacular! Joe Mantegna and Jackie Mason are the featured guest voices in two indispensable episodes, presented here complete and uncut, from the third season of The Simpsons.This video also contains an original Simpsons short from The Tracey Ullman Show. It is a huge success, and inspired by this, Barney Gumble starts a rival company and quickly puts Homer out of business. The syndicated version also credits Russi Taylor, who was not credited in the original version of the episode. It’s true that some of Wolfcastle’s movies bear elements of James Bond films—You Have the Right to Remain Dead, for example, or the similar film intros. All the latest gaming news, game reviews and trailers. Yeah, it was a good thing they drifted by the brothel, where the entire Springfield police department happened to be. The Simpsons got so good at parody in the fourth season that in its final episode, the writers managed to make a parody of a parody of something nobody had ever seen.Contained in that episode … How many times has he felt discouraged by Lisa constantly succeeding in school, music, occasionally sports, and life in general? For the first few seasons, both the title character of the McBain films was simply called: McBain. But we’ll take it. In this case, the Simpsons family travels inside Homer's body. The Godfather (1972) Homer mockingly asks Fat Tony if he is going to call his Godfather. Wednesday is a fan of black cats, The Simpsons, lemon soda, Jack Ketchum, and people who use good grammar. In the episode, Homer buys a snow plow and starts a business plowing driveways. Solid writing and consistently epic voice work from Kelsey Grammer has made Bob one of the most memorable characters for decades. In response, Cletus's friends ambush Caan at a toll booth and gun him down in a scene reminiscent of the death of Sonny Corleone, Caan's character in the film The Godfather. When Bart is accused of the murder of his school principal, the scene in court mirrors the trial scene of The Godfather II. After the family is reunited, Willie Nelson's curls spring up like Pippi Longstocking. The Godfather: Part II (1974) Homer's fantasy of being involved with organised crime is essentially a re-enactment of a scene from this movie but with donuts being offered to Homer. He seemed like a one-off character: a parody of Jack Lemmon’s character from “Glengarry Glen Ross” in the episode where Marge becomes a realtor. AmericanAir88 13:50, 7 August 2018 (UTC) Done. The original line can be heard in syndicated and UK reruns. 6. D&D Beyond  The Godfather parody was cut short in the UK version, and several sexual references from Bart's "playdude" plot were removed. Seriously, the “Help Me Doctor Zaius” parody of "Rock Me, Amadeus" is amazing. The episode features cultural references to songs such as "Witchcraft" and "One Fine Day", and the American television series MacGyver. There are a lot of them—far too many for one list, actually. Marge beating up someone with a garbage can in The Strong Arms of the Ma is a parody of the scene in "The Godfather" where Sonny beats up his sister's husband on the streets. "Mr. As one could guess, it’s a very funny stage version that completely drains the original story of its horror and impact. At first, the kids are stoked to be alone on an island with no adults. No, it’s that Marge and Homer’s relationship bears some resemblance, at least to Sinclair, to that of the brutish Stanley Kowalski and the tenuously sane Blanche. Not long afterwards, the new Auntie Ovenfresh flour bag with Brandine on it comes out and her husband, Cletus mentions that she has left him for James Caan. The scene was also parodied in the episode "Mr. Someone in your vicinity will surely respond with, "Go Crazy? He also praised the James Caan guest appearance, stating it "worked quite well, especially with the Godfather ending pay-off. No fan has been able to count all 22 segments though, so there may only be 18. The episode ends with nods to Salem’s Lot and A Charlie Brown Christmas. Directed by Bob Anderson, Mike B. Anderson. Try saying "No TV and no beer make Homer something something," and wait. This was witnessed by Lisa, who then loses her faith in her as a result. " A review of the season 16 DVD on alternativeaddiction.com listed it as one of "some incredibly fun episode ideas". "And they were rescued by… oh, let’s say… Moe.". The reveal of her new teeth mirrors Jack Nicholson’s Joker (from Tim Burton’s Batman) as he sees his new face for the first time. Fat Tony's son, Michael, in The Mook, the Chef, the Wife and Her Homer is … Martin's pointillist painting parodies A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of Grande Jatte by Georges Seurat. "Das Bus" does a good job of maintaining the themes and look of both Lord of the Flies films. According to executive producer Al Jean, Pynchon helped write the jokes for his appearances. One could argue that Wolfcastle is more versatile than Arnold, what with his having done stand-up comedy, getting his start in bratwurst commercials, and his harrowing turn in the film Help, My Son is a Nerd (it’s not a comedy). Land of the Lost ... Mark Hamil's Characters says 'Use the Forks!' As Lisa neglects the rest of life in favor of writing about Equalia, Marge decides that the girl’s friendship is getting out of hand. Fat Tony's racehorses could possibly be a reference to The Godfather. But Mr. Burns's “Fruit Bat Man” came even closer to the Dark Knight that we know and love. After Marge sees them, he innocently tells her he kept them only for the articles, and she decides to make sure by cutting out all the nudes from the magazines. In the fine parody "22 Short Films about Springfield" (season 7, episode 21), we learn some great facts about Springfield natives old and new. At the end of this episode, they reference the "Modern Family" intro. "Barthood" succeeds, not because it’s so funny, but because we can all feel what Bart is feeling—a rarity for The Simpsons. (1995) (TV Episode) A montage of nudity in the show plays at the end, a clip is taken from this episode. Seriously though, Burns is a vampire akin to Oldman’s portrayal of Vlad Dracul. After nearly 30 years of episodes, The Simpsons have parodied tons of pop culture. Just try singing a line around the office and see who chimes in. The Simpsons has always acknowledged this, and have made countless references to Disney characters and films over the years. Flanders Roof sawn off in Mr Plow, Homers car in the New York Episode, and Flanders Bomb Shelter. Wednesday Lee Friday is a writer of varied fact and fiction, but her first love will always be horror. Under Ned Flanders's advice, she decides to enter the bake-off with her "dessert dogs" and she wins, beating Ralph's "Grilled crayon sandwich." Over the years, some Simpsons fans have tried to deny that Rainier Wolfcastle is Arnold Schwarzenegger. With three stories per episode, that gives us 84 different 6-7 minute segments. In this case, Marge auditions for a musical version of A Streetcar Named Desire. Principal Skinner and his mom have been compared to Norman Bates and Mother on several occasions—once even suggesting that their creepy mansion could be seen from Skinner’s office window at Springfield Elementary. This one makes our list largely because it was shocking that The Simpsons would parody such a small, cult film. The episode received positive reviews from critics. It originally aired on the Fox network in the United States on March 11, 1993. Fans can argue the merits of Marvel versus DC until their voices are gone, but that won’t change the fact that Batman is awesome. In season 3, episode 4, "Bart the Murderer", Bart starts working for Fat Tony (Joe Mantegna), an obvious cross between Vito Corleone and real-life mobster John Gotti. It’s also true that if you splice all the McBain clips from the episodes together in order, they make an actual film.  The episode's final scene, showing James Caan being ambushed by hillbillies at a toll booth, is a parody of a scene in the film The Godfather when Sonny Corleone, portrayed by Caan, is shot and killed at a toll booth. It’s all good stuff. Meanwhile, Bart finds Homer's vintage Playdude magazines and decides to adopt the lifestyle he sees within the articles. But that’s got to be crazy talk, right? In it, Lisa and a girl named Juliet (Emily Blunt) invent a fantasy world named Equalia where everyone is equal (except for them-- they are queens). Wow. Marge's kitchen is finally remodelled, for the price of $100,000. Eric Messinger of Springfield Weekly gave the episode a positive review. Fine parody all around. Shockingly, everyone lives. Matt Selman wrote the episode, and Mark Kirkland served as director. Favorite Simpsons Episodes a list of 26 titles The song "Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)" by Journey is played in the background during Homer's fantasy of him living next to himself. After Homer's attempts of remodeling the kitchen fail, Marge finally decides to hire a contractor herself. The scene was also parodied in the episode "Mr. Stacker presents the best “Simpsons” episodes of all time. The suggestion of Ned Flanders leads her to enter a cooking contest. 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"Where is the money, when are you going to get the money, why aren’t you getting the money now…and so on. She then cooks her first dish in the kitchen, which gets rave reviews from many Springfieldians, as well as author Thomas Pynchon. Meanwhile, Chief Wiggum and other concerned parents talk to Homer about Bart spreading Playdude to the other children. We can’t see how. ... "Carnival of the Stars" is a direct parody. It’s a damn sight more accurate than Ned’s failed attempts to call for Stanley’s wife, Stella. (Pause for argument.) Titelman, Gregory Y. " In 2012, New York magazine named "All Fair's in Oven War" as one of the ten best later Simpsons episodes. Eventually, we’re left with the haunting line, “Reality is for people who can’t imagine anything better.” Crazy talk?  In the episode, Marge gets her kitchen remodeled and the dishes she makes inside it get rave reviews. , In the original version of this episode, after Homer tells Marge that she is the "best chef in the house", Marge grumbles, "Eh, BFD", which stands for "big, fucking deal". Plow" Homer once picked Maggie up from Ayn Rand’s daycare center, amid a harrowing scene where babies replace The Birds. I want to get off. Dan Iverson of IGN wrote that the episode was "charming", and that he enjoyed its parody of The Godfather, praising Pantoliano and Imperioli's appearances. This episode ends with a tumultuous fight between the Sicilian Mob and the Japanese Yakuza. In fact, all of the Chester J. Lampwick stuff is Disney-related. Hank Scorpio was originally slated to be the bad guy in The Simpsons Movie.  On Rolling Stone's top 150 Simpsons episodes they placed "All's Fair in Oven War" at #89.. Milhouse blames the monster for eating the missing food in an effort to maintain his freedom. This episode has many fantastic segments: Lisa gets gum in her hair and the whole town tries to help, Skinner makes “steamed hams” for SuperNintendo Chalmers, Smithers is stung by a bee, Apu goes to a hot party at Sanjay’s, Milhous saves a few lives (and some dignity, no doubt) in a Pulp Fiction-style trip to the Android’s Dungeon, and Nelson is schooled by a very tall man in a very small automobile. There is a large drum of nuclear waste seen in the basement of the Simpson house in this episode. As you’d think, Lisa finds out what’s going on right away, but can’t convince her family. It originally aired on the Fox network in the United States on November 14, 2004. Ditto Homer’s suggestive song about living Under the Sea. He also wrote that as the episode was too random, he missed the emotional impact it should have had, giving the episode a final rating of 7/10. Where else can fans root for the killers, the robbers, the guys doing all the bad stuff? Child-Marge and her mother were almost struck by a small plan a la North by Northwest. The episode is a parody of VH1's Behind the Music, complete with the announcer. Picture Season Episode number Episode name Reference 1: 8 "The Telltale … The Simpsons' wonderful movie parodies have been fan favorites since the beginning. Anarcho-authoritarian: All done with the present issues. The, This page was last edited on 14 January 2021, at 07:43. While Albert Brooks did voice the villain, Russ Cargill of the EPA just wasn’t as iconic or entertaining as Scorpio. After Waylon Smithers declines, Homer is recruited for a job by Globex corporation—a swanky new gig in a new town where Homer is totally valued for his skill. As of last year, there have been 28 Treehouse of Horror episodes. When we look at Bart through the lens of a live-action child (obviously the episode is animated, but it takes on a more realistic tone throughout) we can’t help but feel bad for him. Other notable Simpsons Disney parodies include "What do I think of the Pie? But after an utterly forgettable 1991 movie called McBain came out in real-life, Groening et al gave the actor the unforgettable name of Rainier Wolfcastle. or the suspense, but because Bart manages to foil Bob all by himself, using Bob’s vanity against him as Bart asks to hear him sing the score of the HMS Pinafore. Mason has to contend with his mother’s multiple marriages and moves, illustrating how adults don’t always realize or appreciate how these changes impact growing children. Perhaps. Don’t mind if I do!!!". In Treehouse of Horror III, he was voiced by Hank Azaria. How much impact does Homer’s terrible parenting (his disinterest in his children is not even exaggerated for the episode) have on Bart? "I hate every ape I see, from chimpan-A to chimpanzee…" is brilliant even if it does dilute the entire reveal that, "It was Earth all along…now you’ve finally made a monkey out of meeeee.". And because Treehouse episodes aren’t actually cannon, Vampire-Burns reveals that he doesn’t actually know the name of the Simpsons' male child. Amazon.com. The list goes on. The go-to source for comic book and superhero movie fans. It’s a time for friends to gather, laugh, point out references, and imbibe intoxicants (only for the over-21 set, obviously). Bob’s portrayal mainly echoes Robert Mitchum’s turn as Max Cady, though the “LUV” and “HAT (long A)” on Bob’s fingers takes a jibe at Mitchum’s character in Night of the Hunter as well. Arnold and Rainier are both Republicans, both drive Hummers, and are (or were, at least) both married to women named Maria. Plow" is the ninth episode of The Simpsons' fourth season.  "Boplicity" by Miles Davis is listened to by Bart and Milhouse, and "Take Five" by The Dave Brubeck Quartet is played in the background at Bart's treehouse. The episode also has some of the best and most quotable dialogue of any Treehouse episode. And of course the Treehouse XX episode "Criss Cross" parodies both Dial M for Murder and Strangers on a Train. Gold! Appearances. In order to exact revenge against Barney, Homer hires the Plow … , The episode's title is a play on the saying "All's fair in love and war", a proverb found in John Lyly's 16th-century book Euphues that is commonly used to justify cheating. Odd, since Parker and Lisa were not exactly known for their wide circle of close friends. Wah Wah, right? "Cape Feare" has the Simpson family in the Witness Relocation Program (with the hats and t-shirts to go with it) as they flee from a recently paroled Sideshow Bob. Scorpio (voiced by Albert Brooks) blows up bridges, threatens world leaders, and has a troupe of sexy ladies who can break necks with their knees, just like real Bond villains (and Sayid from LOST, but we digress). What makes this parody especially apt isn’t that we learn that Ned Flanders played Blanche DuBois at his all-boys school. "Like Father, Like Clown" is the sixth episode of The Simpsons' third season. Troy McClure (Phil Hartman) is inherently funny, even if we’re not precisely sure which actor he’s supposed to be mocking. Not wanting to pay the price of hiring one, he decides to remodel it himself. Plow", in which Bart gets pelted by snowballs by Nelson and his gang of bullies. Sometimes things seem too serious to be successfully parodied, but The Simpsons seems to take that as a challenge. Treehouse of Horror IV features "Bart Simpson’s Dracula", which perfectly encapsulates the Francis Ford Coppola film that singlehandedly brought goth-culture screaming into the mainstream. ", "Steamboat Itchy', and most of the goings on at "Itchy and Scratchyland". "All's Fair in Oven War" is the second episode of The Simpsons' sixteenth season. As of last year, there have been 28 Treehouse of Horror episodes. In the Canadian cult-classic Thirty-two Short Films about Glenn Gould, they tell many different stories ranging from one minute to 10 minutes, giving a more complete impression of a single character. When the meager food supply comes up missing, Milhouse is blamed and put on trial. Ah, the mafia. He is then shown dating Brandine Spuckler, and he is later shot by hillbillies at a toll booth. Along with Homer Alone and Insane Clown Poppy. We haven’t actually counted, but we strongly suspect that nothing has been more parodied on The Simpsons than the work of Alfred Hitchcock. But Bart loses it … "Mr. Most episodes of the Simpsons have things that are never brought back.  Marge suggesting that the pope has been letting things slide lately, is a reference to the sex abuse scandal of the early 2000s. As for individual episodes, "Shari Bobbins" flawlessly spoofed Mary Poppins, while "See My Vest" from "Two-Dozen and One Greyhounds" is legendary among fans. 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