History Recap / TheSimpsonsS4E12MargeVsTheMonorail

11th Nov '17 11:54:48 AM VenomousSeal
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* TakeThat: See ArsonMurderAndJaywalking.
8th Oct '17 5:29:59 PM marcoasalazarm
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* MustStateThatYoureACop: Before he starts his "course" for monorail drivers (which, from what little we see, is more like wasting time talking about trains and then point at some random idiot and say he'll be the driver), Hanley asks is anybody in the room is [[IntrepidReporter a reporter]]. Several students raise their hands and Hanley tells them to get out (and they do, taking even the guy with the [[SpyCam hidden camera]], who ''hadn't'' raised his hand).

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* MustStateThatYoureACop: MustStateIfYoureACop: Before he starts his "course" for monorail drivers (which, from what little we see, is more like wasting time talking about trains and then point at some random idiot and say he'll be the driver), Hanley asks is anybody in the room is [[IntrepidReporter a reporter]]. Several students raise their hands and Hanley tells them to get out (and they do, taking even the guy with the [[SpyCam hidden camera]], who ''hadn't'' raised his hand).
8th Oct '17 5:29:06 PM marcoasalazarm
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* MustStateThatYoureACop: Before he starts his "course" for monorail drivers (which, from what little we see, is more like wasting time talking about trains and then point at some random idiot and say he'll be the driver), Hanley asks is anybody in the room is [[IntrepidReporter a reporter]]. Several students raise their hands and Hanley tells them to get out (and they do, taking even the guy with the [[SpyCam hidden camera]], who ''hadn't'' raised his hand).
8th Oct '17 3:08:27 PM nombretomado
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"'''Marge vs. the Monorail'''" is regarded as one of the best episodes and among the most critically acclaimed episodes in ''TheSimpsons'''s run. Written by Creator/ConanOBrien (after he wrote for ''SaturdayNightLive'', but before he got his own talk show on NBC, then lost it, then regained it on TBS), the show draws a contrast between most of the easily duped residents of Springfield and the more intelligent Marge, who is suspicious that a slick-talking salesman and his visions of a multi-million dollar monorail bringing wealth and dreams to Springfield are not all what they seem.

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"'''Marge vs. the Monorail'''" is regarded as one of the best episodes and among the most critically acclaimed episodes in ''TheSimpsons'''s run. Written by Creator/ConanOBrien (after he wrote for ''SaturdayNightLive'', ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'', but before he got his own talk show on NBC, then lost it, then regained it on TBS), the show draws a contrast between most of the easily duped residents of Springfield and the more intelligent Marge, who is suspicious that a slick-talking salesman and his visions of a multi-million dollar monorail bringing wealth and dreams to Springfield are not all what they seem.
5th Oct '17 12:15:02 PM Hedging
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* CaptainErsatz: Lyle Lanley is one of Harold Hill, the protagonist of ''Theatre/TheMusicMan''.

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* CaptainErsatz: Lyle Lanley is one of Harold Hill, the protagonist of ''Theatre/TheMusicMan''.''Theatre/TheMusicMan'', although stripped of all his redeeming qualities.
27th Sep '17 2:06:37 PM DeCarta
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%%* BackwardsName: see SdrawkcabAlias

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%%* * BackwardsName: see SdrawkcabAliasMr. Burns [[PaperThinDisguise attempt]] to regain his three million dollars has him pose as a man named "Mr. Snrub." Unsurprisingly, nobody falls for it.



* BloodlessCarnage: The conjoined twins who are split apart by Homer's anchor are otherwise completely unharmed and even high-five over not having to pay Dr. Hibbert to separate them.



-->'''Homer''': Oh, my God! We're all gonna die! [''intercom beeps''] [[MoodWhiplash Y'ello]]?



* 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]].

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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 Fair, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and the celebrity guest of one of the previous openings was pretty lousy]].



* DestructiveSavior: Homer's anchor, while it does save the day, does a lot of damage to Springfield's streets, cuts down the town's oldest tree (which falls on and destroys the birthplace of Jebediah Springfield [[RuleOfFunny in a massive explosion]]), and cuts a pair of conjoined twins in half.



* GilliganCut: Kobb's ominous warning that the Springfield monorail "better have a damn good conductor" is immediately followed by Homer trying to pry open the door to the monorail's cockpit because he locked his keys in there.



** Add to that, the discriminating evidence Marge found was sadistic doodles of him laughing at the "suckers" he conned meeting their deaths in his shoddy monorail. He left this rather clear and evident VillainBall just lying around in his office.

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** Add to that, the discriminating incriminating evidence Marge found was sadistic doodles of him laughing at the "suckers" he conned meeting their deaths in his shoddy monorail. He left this rather clear and evident VillainBall just lying around in his office.



* MeatOVision: Homer is trapped on the out-of-control monorail train and needs to find an anchor. He looks to Bart, and visualizes him as a large ship's anchor. Bart, for understandable reasons, urges him to ''think harder''.

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* MeatOVision: Homer is trapped on the out-of-control monorail train and needs to find an anchor. He looks to Bart, and visualizes him as a large ship's anchor. Bart, for understandable reasons, urges him to ''think harder''."think harder".



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

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** When (and, perhaps more importantly, why) did the town build the Popsicle stick skyscraper, the fifty-foot magnifying glass, and the escalator to nowhere?



* OhCrap: Lyle Lanley when it was announced he'd have to land in North Haverbrook.

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** Homer apparently once stuffed his mouth with dozens of cigarettes, which somehow became his file photo at the local news station.
* OhCrap: OhCrap:
** Everyone aboard the monorail when things start going haywire.
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Lyle Lanley when it was announced he'd have to land in North Haverbrook.



* PaperThinDisguise: Mr. Burns' attempt at disguising himself consists of a SdrawkcabAlias and a fake moustache. Despite Smithers' support, everyone instantly sees through it.



* PopCulturalOsmosisFailure: Mayor Quimby mistakes ''Franchise/StarTrek'' for ''Franchise/StarWars'', and apparently thinks that Leonard Nimoy was one of the [[Film/TheLittleRascals the Little Rascals]].
* PurpleProse: Nimoy's response to the solar eclipse, much to the annoyance of the man sitting next to him.
--> '''Leonard Nimoy''': A solar eclipse. The cosmic ballet goes on.\\
'''Other guy''': Does anyone want to switch seats?



-->'''Mayor Quimby''': And, let me say, [[Franchise/StarWars "May the Force be with you!"]]\\

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-->'''Mayor --> '''Leonard Nimoy''': I'd say this vessel could do at least Warp Five!\\
[''townspeople laugh'']\\
'''Mayor
Quimby''': And, let me say, [[Franchise/StarWars "May the Force be with you!"]]\\



'''Leonard Nimoy''': Do you even know who I am?!?\\

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'''Leonard Nimoy''': [''annoyed''] Do you even know who I am?!?\\am?\\



* SkewedPriorities: Marge and Mr. Cobb don't arrive on time to stop Springfield's monorail from starting because Mr. Cobb "stopped for that haircut".

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** Ralph asks Lanley if the monorail is faster than ComicBook/TheFlash ("You bet!") and another student asks if Franchise/{{Superman}} can outrun the Flash ("Uh, sure. Why not?"). The latter question has been debated by comics fans for decades.
** Mr. Burns is brought into the courtroom in a straightjacket and muzzle, just like Hannibal Lecter in ''Film/SilenceOfTheLambs''. The music as he's brought in even sounds like some of that movie's score.
* SkewedPriorities: SkewedPriorities:
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Marge and Mr. Cobb don't arrive on time to stop Springfield's monorail from starting because Mr. Cobb "stopped for that haircut".haircut".
** Mayor Quimby and Chief Wiggum don't contribute because they first argue over which of them should be in charge, then get caught up reading the town charter.



* SpecialGuest: Creator/PhilHartman as Lyle Lanley.

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* SpecialGuest: Creator/PhilHartman as Lyle Lanley.Lanley and Creator/LeonardNimoy AsHimself.


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* SureLetsGoWithThat: Homer gets the conductor job by speaking up when Lanley makes a vague statement about the subject at the end of the class.
-->'''Lanley''': This gentleman here clearly stands out above the rest.\\
'''Homer''': Who, me?\\
'''Lanley''': [''unconcerned''] Yeah, sure.\\
'''Homer''': Whoo-hoo!
22nd Sep '17 8:45:46 AM fruitstripegum
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* DawsonCasting: Spoofed with the star of ''[[Series/BeverlyHills90210 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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* DawsonCasting: [Invoked] Spoofed with the star of ''[[Series/BeverlyHills90210 Springfield Heights 90210]]'', Kyle Darren, who Kent Brockman mentions is actually thirty-five years old. He then displays his extremely wrinkly smile.
22nd Sep '17 8:45:16 AM fruitstripegum
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* DawsonCasting: [Invoked] Spoofed with the star of ''[[Series/BeverlyHills90210 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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* DawsonCasting: [Invoked] Spoofed with the star of ''[[Series/BeverlyHills90210 Springfield Heights 90210]]'', Kyle Darren, who Kent Brockman mentions is actually thirty-five years old. He then displays his extremely wrinkly smile.
22nd Sep '17 8:44:19 AM fruitstripegum
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* AsHimself: Creator/LeonardNimoy.


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* AsHimself: Creator/LeonardNimoy.
28th Aug '17 10:14:07 PM marcoasalazarm
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* PointlessCivilProject: The titular monorail--even more pointless and thus a blatant scam because (as pointed out by Lisa) Springfield is just not big enough to demand something like a monorail. And, as Marge showcases on the episode's epilogue, Springfield [[AesopAmnesia is pretty much prone to being swindled into creating these]] for the sake of some brain-dead desire to make the town "cool".

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* PointlessCivilProject: PointlessCivicProject: The titular monorail--even more pointless and thus a blatant scam because (as pointed out by Lisa) Springfield is just not big enough to demand something like a monorail. And, as Marge showcases on the episode's epilogue, Springfield [[AesopAmnesia is pretty much prone to being swindled into creating these]] for the sake of some brain-dead desire to make the town "cool".
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