History Recap / TheSimpsonsS4E12MargeVsTheMonorail

20th Jul '16 5:00:08 PM eroock
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* [[Series/BeverlyHills90210 Springfield Heights 90210]].

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* ** [[Series/BeverlyHills90210 Springfield Heights 90210]].
20th Jul '16 4:58:12 PM eroock
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* GrapplingHookPistol: Smithers uses one for him and Mr Burn to escape from the Town Hall meeting early on.

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* GrapplingHookPistol: Smithers uses one for him and Mr Burn to escape from the Town Hall town meeting early on.
20th Jul '16 4:56:13 PM eroock
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* ConvenientEclipse: "The cosmic ballet goes on." Too bad it only lasts a couple of minutes.
20th Jul '16 4:53:26 PM eroock
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* BackwardsName: Mr. Burns used this at the town meeting in an attempt to get back his $3 million. Fortunately, for once, [[SmartBall it fools nobody else]].

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* %%* BackwardsName: Mr. Burns used this at the town meeting in an attempt to get back his $3 million. Fortunately, for once, [[SmartBall it fools nobody else]].see SdrawkcabAlias



* CrapsackWorld: North Haverbrook due to the failure of the monorail.



* DawsonCasting: [Invoked] Spoofed with the star of ''Springfield Heights 90210'', Kyle Darren, who Kent Brockman mentions is actually thirty-five years old. He then displays his extremely wrinkly smile.

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* CuttingCorners: As part of his swindle, Lyle Lanley cut corners everywhere on the monorail: it had bad brakes, bad wiring, no fire extinguishers, the vehicle was itself recycled from a World's Fair [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and the celebrity guest of one of the previous openings was pretty lousy]].
* DawsonCasting: [Invoked] Spoofed with the star of ''Springfield ''[[Series/BeverlyHills90210 Springfield Heights 90210'', 90210]]'', Kyle Darren, who Kent Brockman mentions is actually thirty-five years old. He then displays his extremely wrinkly smile.



* GrapplingHookPistol: Smithers uses one for him and Mr Burn to escape from the Town Hall meeting early on.



* ILoveNuclearPower: Mr. Burns stores nine drums of nuclear waste in a single tree, causing some of the tree's branches to turn into purple tentacles and a squirrel inhabiting it to gain EyeBeams and a long prehensile tongue, both of which it uses to its ecological advantage.



* ILoveNuclearPower: Mr. Burns stores nine drums of nuclear waste in a single tree, causing some of the tree's branches to turn into purple tentacles and a squirrel inhabiting it to gain EyeBeams and a long prehensile tongue, both of which it uses to its ecological advantage.
* ImagineSpot: Lisa and Bart have one, imagining what they would do with the money at their disposal.



* SdrawkcabAlias: Mr. Burns attempts to get his money back by disguising himself with a [[PaperThinDisguise fake mustache]] at the town meeting and calling himself "Mr. Snrub". Not surprisingly, (only) Smithers' encouragement is unable to keep it from instantly failing.

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* SdrawkcabAlias: Mr. Burns attempts to get his money back by disguising himself with a [[PaperThinDisguise fake mustache]] at the town meeting and calling himself "Mr. Snrub". Not surprisingly, (only) Smithers' encouragement is unable to keep Fortunately, for once, [[SmartBall it from instantly failing.fools nobody else]].



** ''The Music Man'' - Parts of the episode are a tribute to the classic musical, with Lanley patterned after the play's Professor Harold Hill and "The Monorail Song" a spoof of "Trouble."

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** ''The Music Man'' ''Theatre/TheMusicMan'' - Parts of the episode are a tribute to the classic musical, with Lanley patterned after the play's Professor Harold Hill and "The Monorail Song" a spoof of "Trouble."



* [[Series/BeverlyHills90210 Springfield Heights 90210]].



* SpyCam: Hidden underneath a turban by some {{Intrepid Reporter}}s at the conductor school.



* WouldHurtAChild: Mr. Burns had been storing his barrels of toxic waste in a playground. He only changes the location when he decides all the bald children might make someone suspicious.
* WretchedHive: North Haverbrook due to the failure of the monorail.
* YouAreTooLate: Marge and Mr. Cobb arrive as soon as the monorail starts:

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* WouldHurtAChild: Mr. Burns had been storing his barrels of toxic waste in a playground. He only changes the location when he decides all the bald children might make someone suspicious.
* WretchedHive: North Haverbrook due to the failure of the monorail.
suspicious.* YouAreTooLate: Marge and Mr. Cobb arrive as soon as the monorail starts:
14th Jul '16 1:19:00 PM mariic
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''[[WatchOutForThatTree He's about to hit a chestnut tree!]]'' Aaaah! (crash)

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''[[WatchOutForThatTree He's about to hit a chestnut tree!]]'' Aaaah! [[DelayedReaction Aaaah!]] (crash)
14th Jul '16 1:17:47 PM mariic
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-->'''Lyle Lanley:''' "North Haverbrook"? Now where have I heard that name before? [''[[OhCrapRealizes]]''] [[LittleNo Oh no.]] [[BigNo OH NO!]]

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-->'''Lyle Lanley:''' "North Haverbrook"? Now where have I heard that name before? [''[[OhCrapRealizes]]''] [''[[OhCrap Realizes]]''] [[LittleNo Oh no.]] [[BigNo OH NO!]]
14th Jul '16 1:17:22 PM mariic
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-->'''Lyle Lanley:''' "North Haverbrook"? Now where have I heard that name before? [''Realizes''] [[LittleNo Oh no.]] [[BigNo OH NO!]]

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-->'''Lyle Lanley:''' "North Haverbrook"? Now where have I heard that name before? [''Realizes''] [''[[OhCrapRealizes]]''] [[LittleNo Oh no.]] [[BigNo OH NO!]]
21st Jun '16 10:02:46 PM JackWhitehead
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** Lisa is smart enough to question the necessity of the monorail, as Springfield is a small town with a centralized population, but when she confronts Lanley with this question she is easily swayed by his charm and drops the issue.
22nd May '16 9:00:40 AM BananaPancakes
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Episode - 9F10\\
First Aired - 1/14/1993

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Episode - Episode: 9F10\\
First Aired - 1/14/1993



Virtually the entire town is won over by Lanley's charisma and smooth talking personality, particularly Homer, who is especially enthused about becoming a monorail conductor. (The class itself is a joke, with nothing relevant taught about being a conductor.) However, Marge sensing Lanley's sales pitch is too good to be true is suspicious and resolves to investigate. She decides to visit Lanley and ask him hard questions, but finds him absent; however, she finds something ''very'' interesting: a notebook detailing Lanley's true plans of running off once the monorail is christened, leaving them to deal with what he knows is a faulty system and the possible consequences. Remembering that Lanley had mentioned that nearby North Haverbrook had also purchased one of his monorails, she decides to visit the town to see how, or if, life has gotten any better with them having a monorail.

Of course, life not only hasn't improved in North Haverbrook, but just the opposite. She learns that the monorail had gone severely out of control on its maiden voyage and, upon crashing, heavily damaged the city (and, although unstated, left hundreds of people dead). Deep in debt (and perhaps in deep grief), the surviving residents moved en masse from the town, leaving only a few residents who are in deep denial that they ever agreed to purchase a monorail this despite the fact that the town is covered in advertisements for it. Eventually, Marge meets Sebastian Cobb, the man who designed Lanley's monorail for North Haverbrook, and he is more than willing to talk. He explains that Lanley whom he describes as a liar who has total disregard for others' safety, much less their lives  [[StealingFromTheTill cut costs everywhere when building the monorail and that the whole thing is a scam]], and that the authorities are trying to arrest Lanley for fraud. Marge realizes she has to stop the opening-day ceremony before the monorail is started.

However, it is too late. A huge ceremony with seemingly everyone in Springfield has started, and Creator/LeonardNimoy is the guest of honor. As the ceremony is starting, Lanley decides this is a great time to leave town, grabbing his suitcase and check and sneaking out. He grabs a plane and is set for a life of luxury ... until he realizes the plane needs to make an "unscheduled stop" ... in North Haverbrook. No big de ... OhCrap, as he realizes what is about to happen ... as a mob of angry residents immediately confront Lanley by swarming the plane and beating him down; [[FridgeHorror this is the last viewers see of Lanley.]]

Meanwhile, Marge and Mr. Cobb arrive to try to stop the ceremony and reveal the truth about Lanley, but it is too late, as Homer has already started the monorail. Homer and Bart (who has joined him) are having a good ol' time behind the controls ... until the brake malfunctions. When Homer tries to make a hasty repair, the control module immediately falls apart, and soon the monorail accelerates dangerously out of control, putting hundreds of lives in extreme danger and no way to cut power to the system. Cobb eventually is able to communicate to Homer that he needs to find a makeshift anchor to stop the train. Taking the M from the side of the train, Homer attaches it to an anchor and latches it to a giant doughnut sign, stopping the monorail and saving its passengers.

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Virtually the entire town is won over by Lanley's charisma and smooth talking personality, particularly Homer, who is especially enthused about becoming a monorail conductor. (The class itself is a joke, with nothing relevant taught about being a conductor.) However, Marge - sensing Lanley's sales pitch is too good to be true - is suspicious and resolves to investigate. She decides to visit Lanley and ask him hard questions, but finds him absent; however, she finds something ''very'' interesting: a notebook detailing Lanley's true plans of running off once the monorail is christened, leaving them to deal with what he knows is a faulty system and the possible consequences. Remembering that Lanley had mentioned that nearby North Haverbrook had also purchased one of his monorails, she decides to visit the town to see how, or if, life has gotten any better with them having a monorail.

Of course, life not only hasn't improved in North Haverbrook, but just the opposite. She learns that the monorail had gone severely out of control on its maiden voyage and, upon crashing, heavily damaged the city (and, although unstated, left hundreds of people dead). Deep in debt (and perhaps in deep grief), the surviving residents moved en masse from the town, leaving only a few residents who are in deep denial that they ever agreed to purchase a monorail this monorail, despite the fact that the town is covered in advertisements for it.same. Eventually, Marge meets Sebastian Cobb, the man who designed Lanley's monorail for North Haverbrook, and he is more than willing to talk. He explains that Lanley Lanley, whom he describes as a liar who has total disregard for others' safety, much less their lives  lives, [[StealingFromTheTill cut costs everywhere when building the monorail and that the whole thing is a scam]], and that the authorities are trying to arrest Lanley for fraud. Marge realizes she has to stop the opening-day ceremony before the monorail is started.

However, it is too late. A huge ceremony with seemingly everyone in Springfield has started, and Creator/LeonardNimoy is the guest of honor. As the ceremony is starting, Lanley decides this is a great time to leave town, grabbing his suitcase and check and sneaking out. He grabs a plane and is set for a life of luxury ... luxury until he realizes the plane needs to make an "unscheduled stop" ... stop" in North Haverbrook. No big de ... de OhCrap, as he realizes what is about to happen ... happen as a mob of angry residents immediately confront Lanley by swarming the plane and beating him down; [[FridgeHorror this is the last viewers see of Lanley.]]

Meanwhile, Marge and Mr. Cobb arrive to try to stop the ceremony and reveal the truth about Lanley, but it is too late, as Homer has already started the monorail. Homer and Bart (who has joined him) are having a good ol' time behind the controls ... controls until the brake malfunctions. When Homer tries to make a hasty repair, the control module immediately falls apart, and soon the monorail accelerates dangerously out of control, putting hundreds of lives in extreme danger and no way to cut power to the system. Cobb eventually is able to communicate to Homer that he needs to find a makeshift anchor to stop the train. Taking the M from the side of the train, Homer attaches it to an anchor and latches it to a giant doughnut sign, stopping the monorail and saving its passengers.



* AsHimself: Creator/LeonardNimoy
* AdamWesting: Leonard Nimoy as a weird, has-been celebrity who bores people with his stories about being on the original 1960s ''StarTrek'' and has teleportation powers.

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* AsHimself: Creator/LeonardNimoy
Creator/LeonardNimoy.
* AdamWesting: Leonard Nimoy as a weird, has-been celebrity who bores people with his stories about being on the original 1960s ''StarTrek'' ''Series/{{Star Trek|TheOriginalSeries}}'' and has teleportation powers.



* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: Lanley's cost cutting measures on the North Haverbrook monorail:
-->'''Cobb''': He cut corners everywhere: bad wiring, faulty brakes, and the celebrity on the maiden voyage was ''Gallagher''.
* BackwardsName: Mr. Burns used this at the town meeting in an attempt to get back his $3 million dollars. Fortunately, [[SmartBall none of the citizens are fooled for once]].
* BeyondTheImpossible: Leonard Nimoy beaming away is a frequently cited example. Up to this point in the show's run, it was the most outlandish thing to happen in a non-HalloweenEpisode. On the audio commentary, Creator/ConanOBrien admits his surprise over that getting in because (at the time) "impossible things don't happen on ''The Simpsons''." Mike Reiss jokingly accused him of breaking the show.
* BigNo / LittleNo: A rare example of these tropes being used in unison, when Lyle Lanley learns his non-stop flight to Tahiti is about to make an unscheduled stop over in North Haverbrook:
-->'''Lyle Lanley:''' "North Haverbrook"? Now where have I heard that name before? ''[Realizes]'' [[LittleNo Oh no.]] [[BigNo OH NO!]]

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* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: ArsonMurderAndJaywalking[=/=]TakeThat: Lanley's cost cutting measures on the North Haverbrook monorail:
-->'''Cobb''': He cut corners everywhere: bad wiring, faulty brakes, and the celebrity on the maiden voyage was ''Gallagher''.
''Creator/{{Gallagher}}''.
* BackwardsName: Mr. Burns used this at the town meeting in an attempt to get back his $3 million dollars. million. Fortunately, for once, [[SmartBall none of the citizens are fooled for once]].
it fools nobody else]].
* BeyondTheImpossible: Leonard Nimoy beaming away is a frequently cited example. Up to this point in the show's run, it was the most outlandish thing to happen in a non-HalloweenEpisode. On the audio commentary, Creator/ConanOBrien admits his surprise over that getting in because (at the time) "impossible things don't happen on ''The Simpsons''." Mike Reiss (who was co-show runner at the time) jokingly accused him of breaking the show.
* BigNo / LittleNo: BigNo[=/=]LittleNo: A rare example of these tropes being used in unison, when Lyle Lanley learns his non-stop flight to Tahiti is about to make an unscheduled stop over in North Haverbrook:
-->'''Lyle Lanley:''' "North Haverbrook"? Now where have I heard that name before? ''[Realizes]'' [''Realizes''] [[LittleNo Oh no.]] [[BigNo OH NO!]]



-->'''Leonard Nimoy:''' Well, my work here is done.
-->'''Barney:''' Whaddaya mean? ''You'' didn't do nothing.
-->'''Leonard Nimoy:''' [''Chuckles knowingly.''] Didn't I? [''[[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries beams away]].'']
* CaptainErsatz: Lyle Lanley is one of Harold Hill, the protagonist of ''TheMusicMan''.
* ConvenientEclipse: "The cosmic ballet...goes on." Too bad it only lasts a couple of minutes.

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-->'''Leonard Nimoy:''' Nimoy''': Well, my work here is done.
-->'''Barney:'''
done.\\
'''Barney''':
Whaddaya mean? mean, your work is done? ''You'' didn't do nothing.
-->'''Leonard Nimoy:'''
anything.\\
'''Leonard Nimoy''':
[''Chuckles knowingly.''] Didn't I? [''[[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries beams Beams away]].'']
* CaptainErsatz: Lyle Lanley is one of Harold Hill, the protagonist of ''TheMusicMan''.
''Theatre/TheMusicMan''.
* ConvenientEclipse: "The cosmic ballet...ballet goes on." Too bad it only lasts a couple of minutes.



* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Homer saving the monorail passengers by creating an anchor with a giant advertisement donut ("is there anything they can't do"), making him the best mono-thingy guy there ever was.
* CutTheJuice: Two guys discuss the out-of-control monorail:
-->'''Guy 1:''' I got it! We can just shut off the power!\\
'''Guy 2:''' No such luck. It's solar-powered.\\
'''Guy 1:''' Solar power. When will people learn!?
* DawsonCasting: [Invoked] Spoofed with the star of ''Springfield Heights 90210'', Kyle Darren, who Kent Brockman mentions is actually 35 years old. He then displays his extremely wrinkly smile.

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* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Homer saving the monorail passengers by creating an anchor with a giant advertisement donut doughnut ("is there anything they can't do"), making him the best mono-thingy guy there ever was.
* CutTheJuice: Two guys technicians discuss the out-of-control monorail:
-->'''Guy 1:''' -->'''Tech 1''': I got it! We can just shut off the power!\\
'''Guy 2:''' '''Tech 2''': No such luck. It's solar-powered.\\
'''Guy 1:''' '''Tech 1''': [''Sighs disgustedly.''] Solar power. When will people learn!?
learn?!
* DawsonCasting: [Invoked] Spoofed with the star of ''Springfield Heights 90210'', Kyle Darren, who Kent Brockman mentions is actually 35 thirty-five years old. He then displays his extremely wrinkly smile.



* {{Homage}}: The opening scenes have Homer, who's just getting off of work, doing his own version of the opening credits and theme song from ''TheFlintstones''.
--> ''Simpson, Homer Simpson!\\
He's the greatest guy in history!\\
From the town of Springfield\\
[[WatchOutForThatTree He's about to hit a chestnut tree!]]'' Aaaah! (crash)

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* {{Homage}}: The opening scenes have Homer, who's just getting off of work, doing his own version of the opening credits and theme song from ''TheFlintstones''.
--> ''Simpson,
''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones''.
-->''Simpson,
Homer Simpson!\\
He's
Simpson!''\\
''He's
the greatest guy in history!\\
From
history!''\\
''From
the town of Springfield\\
[[WatchOutForThatTree
Springfield''\\
''[[WatchOutForThatTree
He's about to hit a chestnut tree!]]'' Aaaah! (crash)



* IdiotBall: Virtually the entire town, as typical for Springfield, who fall hook, line and sinker for Lanley's pitch for a monorail  which is why he is easily able to get away with his scheme to sell what turns out to be shoddy and ultimately worthless; note they make an agreement with virtually no specifics given about the monorail or its benefits. Also helping Lanley's case: He implies that arch-rival town Shelbyville is strongly considering buying one of his monorails -- perhaps not mentioning (indeed, it never comes up) that he was likely kicked out of a Shelbyville meeting when he had gone there previously to make his sales pitch and warned never to return.

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* IdiotBall: Virtually the entire town, as typical for Springfield, who fall hook, line and sinker for Lanley's pitch for a monorail  monorail -- which is why he is easily able to get away with his scheme to sell what turns out to be shoddy and ultimately worthless; note they make an agreement with virtually no specifics given about the monorail or its benefits. Also helping Lanley's case: He implies that arch-rival town Shelbyville is strongly considering buying one of his monorails -- perhaps not mentioning (indeed, it never comes up) that he was likely kicked out of a Shelbyville meeting when he had gone there previously to make his sales pitch and warned never to return.



* IgnoredEpiphany: After the near miss with the monorail, the town makes it the last folly they made...except for the popsicle-stick skyscraper ... and the giant magnifying glass ... and the escalator to nowhere.

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* IgnoredEpiphany: After the near miss with the monorail, as Marge's narration explains, the town makes it the last folly they made...made except for the popsicle-stick skyscraper ... skyscraper and the giant magnifying glass ... glass and the escalator to nowhere.



** Burns got away with poisoning children and damaging Springfield's environment by storing nuclear waste in parks and playgrounds. Yeah, he paid a 3 million dollar fine, but that's chicken feed for the billionaire.

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** Burns got away with poisoning children and damaging Springfield's environment by storing nuclear waste in parks and playgrounds. Yeah, he paid a 3 million dollar three-million-dollar fine, but that's chicken feed for the billionaire.



** When did the town build the Popsicle stick skyscraper, the 50 ft. magnifying glass, and the escalator to nowhere?

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** When did the town build the Popsicle stick skyscraper, the 50 ft. fifty-foot magnifying glass, and the escalator to nowhere?



* OnlySaneWoman: Marge is the only person in town not drawn in by monorail fever. As such, she is able to uncover the true danger of the monorail.
* SdrawkcabAlias: Mr. Burns attempts to get his money back by disguising himself with a [[PaperThinDisguise fake mustache]] at the town meeting and calling himself "Mr. Snrub". Not surprisingly, it fails instantly.

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* OnlySaneWoman: [[OnlySaneMan Only Sane Woman]]: Marge is the only person in town not drawn in by monorail fever. As such, she is able to uncover the true danger of the monorail.
monorail.
* SdrawkcabAlias: Mr. Burns attempts to get his money back by disguising himself with a [[PaperThinDisguise fake mustache]] at the town meeting and calling himself "Mr. Snrub". Not surprisingly, (only) Smithers' encouragement is unable to keep it fails instantly.from instantly failing.



-->'''Mayor Quimby:''' And, let me say, [[Franchise/StarWars "May the Force be with you!"]]
-->(''{{beat}}'')
-->'''Leonard Nimoy:''' Do you even know who I am?!?
-->'''Mayor Quimby:''' I think I do. Weren't you one of ''Film/TheLittleRascals''?

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-->'''Mayor Quimby:''' Quimby''': And, let me say, [[Franchise/StarWars "May the Force be with you!"]]
-->(''{{beat}}'')
-->'''Leonard Nimoy:'''
you!"]]\\
[''{{Beat}}'']\\
'''Leonard Nimoy''':
Do you even know who I am?!?
-->'''Mayor Quimby:'''
am?!?\\
'''Mayor Quimby''':
I think I do. Weren't you one of ''Film/TheLittleRascals''?



** Al Jean amusingly notes in the commentary that the engineer was modeled after Creator/MaxVonSydow, as he once played a man trying in vain to warn a town of an impending disaster...except Jean now can't recall what the movie was called, or even what the disaster was.
** "The Music Man" Parts of the episode are a tribute to the classic musical, with Lanley patterned after the play's Professor Harold Hill and "The Monorail Song" a spoof of "Trouble."
** ''Film/TheToweringInferno'': Not usually thought of, but the connection is there a shoddily built skyscraper with the developer making extreme cuts to save money vs. Lanley's discount-model monorail, which is also poorly built thanks to his deep cost-cutting measures. In both cases, thousands of lives are put at risk as disaster strikes (a massive fire that is growing vs. an out-of-control monorail that, if it were to have crashed, would have surely killed many people and caused catastrophic damage).

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** Al Jean amusingly notes in the commentary that the engineer was modeled after Creator/MaxVonSydow, as he once played a man trying in vain to warn a town of an impending disaster...disaster except Jean now can't by then couldn't recall what the movie was called, or even what the disaster was.
** "The ''The Music Man" Man'' - Parts of the episode are a tribute to the classic musical, with Lanley patterned after the play's Professor Harold Hill and "The Monorail Song" a spoof of "Trouble."
** ''Film/TheToweringInferno'': Not usually thought of, but the connection is there - a shoddily built skyscraper with the developer making extreme cuts to save money vs. Lanley's discount-model monorail, which is also poorly built thanks to his deep cost-cutting measures. In both cases, thousands of lives are put at risk as disaster strikes (a massive fire that is growing vs. an out-of-control monorail that, if it were to have crashed, would have surely killed many people and caused catastrophic damage).



** [[http://simpsons.wikia.com/wiki/File:Conductor_Homer_Tapped_Out.png Homer's monorail conductor uniform]] is inspired by [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Imperial_military_uniforms the imperial miliary uniforms]] from ''Franchise/StarWars''.
* SkewedPriorities: Marge and Mr. Cobb don't arrive on time to stop Springfield's monorail from starting because Mr. Cobb "stopped to get that haircut".

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** [[http://simpsons.wikia.com/wiki/File:Conductor_Homer_Tapped_Out.png Homer's monorail conductor uniform]] is inspired by [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Imperial_military_uniforms the imperial miliary Imperial Military uniforms]] from ''Franchise/StarWars''.
* SkewedPriorities: Marge and Mr. Cobb don't arrive on time to stop Springfield's monorail from starting because Mr. Cobb "stopped to get for that haircut".



* SolarPoweredMagnifyingGlass: Marge's closing narration: "And that was the only folly the people of Springfield ever embarked upon... Except for the Popsicle stick skyscraper. And the 50-foot magnifying glass [''the sun focused through the magnifying glass sets the Popsicle stick skyscraper on fire'']. And that escalator to nowhere."

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* SolarPoweredMagnifyingGlass: Marge's closing narration: "And that was the only folly the people of Springfield ever embarked upon... upon Except for the Popsicle stick Popsicle-stick skyscraper. And the 50-foot fifty-foot magnifying glass [''the sun focused through the magnifying glass sets the Popsicle stick skyscraper on fire'']. And that escalator to nowhere."



* SpecialGuest: Creator/PhilHartman as Lyle Lanley
* SustainedMisunderstanding:
-->'''Marge:''' Homer, there's a man here who thinks he can help you!
-->'''Homer:''' Batman?!
-->'''Marge:''' No, he's a scientist.
-->'''Homer:''' Batman's a scientist!?
-->'''Marge:''' It's not Batman!

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* SpecialGuest: Creator/PhilHartman as Lyle Lanley
Lanley.
* SustainedMisunderstanding:
-->'''Marge:'''
SustainedMisunderstanding:
-->'''Marge''':
Homer, there's a man here who thinks he can help you!
-->'''Homer:''' Batman?!
-->'''Marge:'''
you!\\
'''Homer''': Franchise/{{Batman}}?\\
'''Marge''':
No, he's a scientist.
-->'''Homer:'''
scientist.\\
'''Homer''':
Batman's a scientist!?
-->'''Marge:'''
scientist!?\\
'''Marge''':
It's not Batman!Batman!
* TooDumbToLive: Even though the escalator to nowhere ends in a long fall, citizens of Springfield still take it, presumably falling to their deaths.



* TooDumbToLive: Even though the escalator to nowhere ends in a long fall, citizens of Springfield still take it, presumably falling to their deaths.
* TotalEclipseOfThePlot: The runaway monorail, which is solar-powered, halts briefly due to a total solar eclipse which nobody realized/remembered was due in Springfield that day only to start up again as the eclipse passes totality. [[TruthInTelevision This is realistically portrayed as taking under a minute]] (real-life solar eclipses can last any time from an eyeblink to, under the most favorable circumstances, about 7-8 minutes).
* VersusTitle: One of many for ''TheSimpsons''. Others include "The City of New York vs. Homer Simpson," "Bart vs. Thanksgiving," "Homer vs. Patty and Selma," "Lisa vs. Malibu Stacy," etc.

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* TooDumbToLive: Even though the escalator to nowhere ends in a long fall, citizens of Springfield still take it, presumably falling to their deaths.
* TotalEclipseOfThePlot: The runaway monorail, which is solar-powered, halts briefly due to a total solar eclipse which nobody realized/remembered was due in Springfield that day only to start up again as the eclipse passes totality. [[TruthInTelevision This is realistically portrayed as taking under a minute]] (real-life solar eclipses can last any time from an eyeblink to, under the most favorable circumstances, about 7-8 minutes).
seven to eight minutes).
* VersusTitle: One of many for ''TheSimpsons''.''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''. Others include "The City of New York vs. Homer Simpson," "Bart vs. Thanksgiving," "Homer vs. Patty and Selma," "Lisa vs. Malibu Stacy," etc.



-->'''Marge:''' We're too late!
-->'''Cobb:''' I should not have stopped to get that haircut. Sorry.

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-->'''Marge:''' -->'''Marge''': We're too late!
-->'''Cobb:'''
late!\\
'''Cobb''':
I should not have stopped to get for that haircut. Sorry.
28th Apr '16 8:00:54 PM NESBoy
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** [[http://simpsons.wikia.com/wiki/File:Conductor_Homer_Tapped_Out.png Homer's monorail conductor uniform]] is inspired by [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Imperial_military_uniforms the imperial miliary uniforms]] from ''Franchise/StarWars''.
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