History Recap / TheSimpsonsS4E13SelmasChoice

28th Jan '16 10:00:11 AM ParkedCarAnne
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* TimeMarchesOn: The Duff Gardens commercial shows a rollercoaster called "The Whiplash" that won't be completed until 1994...which was 21 years ago as of this writing.
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* TimeMarchesOn: The Duff Gardens commercial shows a rollercoaster called "The Whiplash" that won't be completed until 1994...which was 21 is now over 20 years ago as of this writing.ago.
5th Oct '15 12:20:47 AM DivineDeath
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* ChekhovsGag: Jub-Jub is introduced early as a seemingly random joke to indicate Gladys' unusual choice of pet. He's adopted by Selma at the end, after she realizes she's just not cut out for children.
23rd Sep '15 7:23:28 PM luiz4200
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* ForgingTheWill: Lionel Hutz edits Gladys' video will to make her say she's leaving him $50,000. Everyone sees through the ruse because Hutz didn't disguise his voice. It's not the first time he tries to pull that sort of scam. -->'''Lionel Hutz:''' You'd be surprised how often that works, you really would!
12th Jul '15 11:41:04 AM TMNTFanGirl
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* EditedForSyndication: The following scenes were edited out in the syndicated version: ** After Homer hugs Patty and Selma and they insult him within earshot, there's a short scene where Homer packs the stationwagon with luggage. Bart complains, "Hey, Homer! This luggage is crushing me!" Homer retorts, "Hey, you don't hear Lisa complaining!" followed by a cut to show that [[ExactWords Lisa isn't complaining...because she's so smushed up against the window that she can't even speak]]. ** Bart and Lisa counting the luggage falling off the car on the way to the funeral. ** A scene where Marge, caring for a sick Homer, offers some rental tapes, ''Boxing's Greatest Weigh-Ins'' and ''Film/{{Yentl}}''[[note]]and later, ''The Erotic Adventures of Hercules''[[/note]]. Homer asks what ''Yentl'' is and Marge tells him it's about a bookish young Jewish woman who poses as a man so she can go to rabbinical school. When Homer says ''Yentl'' sounds great, Marge concludes that he's delirious.

** Homer, for all his hatred for Marge's sisters, is actually civil to them in this episode (barring the "Legend of the Dogfaced Woman" crack and fast-forwarding the video will). He doesn't snark back when Patty tells Selma to "close your eyes and think of [=MacGyver=]" when Homer hugs them and Homer feels bad for Selma not being able to control the kids during the Duff Gardens.
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** Homer, for all his hatred for Marge's sisters, is actually civil to them in this episode (barring the "Legend of the Dogfaced Woman" crack and fast-forwarding the video will). He doesn't snark back when Patty tells Selma to "close your eyes and think of [=MacGyver=]" when Homer hugs them and Homer feels bad for Selma not being able to control handle the kids during the trip to Duff Gardens.

* LovePotion: Selma tries to buy one from a psychic, but the psychic accidentally ingests truth serum after confessing that the "love potion" is made of corn syrup and rubbing alcohol and that "you'll be lucky if it doesn't make your hair fall out..."
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* LovePotion: Selma tries to buy one from a psychic, but the psychic accidentally ingests a truth serum after confessing that the "love potion" is made of mostly corn syrup and rubbing alcohol and that "you'll be lucky if it doesn't make your hair fall out..."

* SmokingIsNotCool: Selma chewing up one of her cigarettes to impress men. Even Groundskeeper Willie thought it was gross.
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* SmokingIsNotCool: Selma chewing up one of her cigarettes and doing the cherry-stem-knot-trick to impress men. Even Groundskeeper Willie thought it was gross.

* TalkingToHimself: A special case for Julie Kavner, who voiced Marge, Patty, Selma, Jacqueline, and Gladys during the reading of the will.
29th May '15 9:54:31 AM Patachou
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* IwoJimaPose: Homer eats a potato chip shaped like this.

* NoodleIncident: When Bart pulls down the George Washington robot's pants, his eyes turn red and it looks as if he's going to attack Bart or run amok, but it goes to the next scene before anything happens. Later when Bart is rescued from the Barrel Rollercoaster, the George Washington robot is headless and jabbering. What happened in the interim?
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* NoodleIncident: When Bart pulls down the George Washington UsefulNotes/GeorgeWashington robot's pants, his eyes turn red and it looks as if he's going to attack Bart or run amok, but it goes to the next scene before anything happens. Later when Bart is rescued from the Barrel Rollercoaster, the George Washington robot is headless and jabbering. What happened in the interim?
22nd May '15 11:58:55 PM Patachou
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[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/8c9037b49c81e0e16902d16e04d420a7.png]] '''Selma's Choice''' is the 13th episode of the fourth season of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''.

It marks the first appearance of Jub-Jub the iguana.

* AsLongAsItSoundsForeign: The man on the ham radio is actually speaking foreign-sounding gibberish. Usually, the GoldenAge writers of ''TheSimpsons'' [[ShownTheirWork actually research a foreign language and teach it to the voice actors]], but, in this case, they decided not to do it as RuleOfFunny.
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* AsLongAsItSoundsForeign: The man on the ham radio is actually speaking foreign-sounding gibberish. Usually, the GoldenAge writers of ''TheSimpsons'' ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' [[ShownTheirWork actually research a foreign language and teach it to the voice actors]], but, in this case, they decided not to do it as RuleOfFunny.

* {{Bowdlerisation}}: In-universe, Music/LouReed's "Walk on the Wild Side" (filled with many references to prostitution, racism, transsexuality, and drug abuse) is performed by Hooray for Everything at Duff Gardens. In keeping with the group's "clean-shaven sounds", the lyric "And the colored girls go" is changed to "And all the races sing". * {{CallBack}}: One of the movies Marge rents for a sick Homer is ''The Erotic Adventures of Hercules'', starring Troy [=McClure=] as Hercules and Norman Fell[[note]]Mr. Roper from ''Three's Company''[[/note]] as Zeus. ''The Erotic Adventures of Hercules'' was first mentioned in the episode "Mr. Plow", during ''Carnival of the Stars''. ** Selma continues her search to find a man and have a baby out of fear of dying alone, as seen in "Principal Charming" and "Black Widower".
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* {{Bowdlerisation}}: In-universe, Music/LouReed's "Walk on the Wild Side" from ''Music/{{Transformer}}'' (filled with many references to prostitution, racism, transsexuality, and drug abuse) is performed by Hooray for Everything at Duff Gardens. In keeping with the group's "clean-shaven sounds", the lyric "And the colored girls go" is changed to "And all the races sing". * {{CallBack}}: One of the movies Marge rents for a sick Homer is ''The Erotic Adventures of Hercules'', starring Troy [=McClure=] as Hercules and Norman Fell[[note]]Mr. Roper from ''Three's Company''[[/note]] ''Series/ThreesCompany''[[/note]] as Zeus. ''The Erotic Adventures of Hercules'' was first mentioned in the episode [[Recap/TheSimpsonsS4E9MrPlow "Mr. Plow", Plow"]], during ''Carnival of the Stars''. ** Selma continues her search to find a man and have a baby out of fear of dying alone, as seen in [[Recap/TheSimpsonsS2E14PrincipalCharming "Principal Charming" Charming"]] and [[Recap/TheSimpsonsS3E21BlackWidower "Black Widower".Widower"]].

* {{Bowdlerisation}}: In-universe, Music/LouReed's "Walk on the Wild Side" (filled with many references to prostitution, racism, transsexuality, and drug abuse) is performed by Hooray for Everything at Duff Gardens. ContinuityNod: In keeping with the group's "clean-shaven sounds", the lyric "And the colored girls go" is changed to "And all the races sing". * {{CallBack}}: One of the movies Marge rents for a sick Homer is ''The Erotic Adventures of Hercules'', starring Troy [=McClure=] as Hercules and Norman Fell[[note]]Mr. Roper from ''Three's Company''[[/note]] as Zeus. ''The Erotic Adventures of Hercules'' was first mentioned in the episode "Mr. Plow", during ''Carnival of the Stars''. ** Selma continues her search to find a man and have a baby out of fear of dying alone, as seen in "Principal Charming" and "Black Widower".''[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS26E3TreehouseOfHorrorXXV Treehouse Of Horror XXV]]''

** A scene where Marge, caring for a sick Homer, offers some rental tapes, ''Boxing's Greatest Weigh-Ins'' and ''Yentl''[[note]]and later, ''The Erotic Adventures of Hercules''[[/note]]. Homer asks what ''Yentl'' is and Marge tells him it's about a bookish young Jewish woman who poses as a man so she can go to rabbinical school. When Homer says ''Yentl'' sounds great, Marge concludes that he's delirious.
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** A scene where Marge, caring for a sick Homer, offers some rental tapes, ''Boxing's Greatest Weigh-Ins'' and ''Yentl''[[note]]and ''Film/{{Yentl}}''[[note]]and later, ''The Erotic Adventures of Hercules''[[/note]]. Homer asks what ''Yentl'' is and Marge tells him it's about a bookish young Jewish woman who poses as a man so she can go to rabbinical school. When Homer says ''Yentl'' sounds great, Marge concludes that he's delirious.

* GettingCrapPastTheRadar and DoubleEntendre: The slogan for the sperm bank is, "Put Your Sperm in Our Hands".
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* GettingCrapPastTheRadar and DoubleEntendre: GettingCrapPastTheRadar ** The slogan for the sperm bank is, "Put Your Sperm in Our Hands".Hands". ** Lisa's hallucinations after drinking the water are clearly a bad hallucinogenic drug trip. This is actually very daring considering this is an eight year old girl we're talking about. Later when the park administrators hand out some pills to cure Lisa Selma thanks the man: "Thank you doctor" to which he dismissingly answers: "Oh, I'm not a doctor."

* LampshadedTheObscureReference: While the Simpsons and Bouviers are eating at a diner on the way to the funeral, Marge reminisces the time she and her sisters dived into the water and made a skydiver formation as their Aunt Gladys watched on from a pier. "Oh, wait, that was ''Prince Of Tides''."
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* LampshadedTheObscureReference: While the Simpsons and Bouviers are eating at a diner on the way to the funeral, Marge reminisces the time she and her sisters dived into the water and made a skydiver formation as their Aunt Gladys watched on from a pier. "Oh, wait, that was ''Prince Of Tides''.''Film/PrinceOfTides''."

* MushroomSamba: Lisa after drinking the water in "The Little Land of Duff" ride.
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* MushroomSamba: Lisa Lisa's personal NightmareSequence after drinking the water in "The Little Land of Duff" ride.ride. * NightmareFace: Selma's head when Lisa has a bad trip from drinking the water.

* MushroomSamba: Lisa after drinking the water in "The Little Land of Duff" ride.PunBasedTitle: The episode title is a pun on ''Film/SophiesChoice''.

** The potato chips that resemble celebrities include Otto van Bismarck (a conservative German statesman who dominated European affairs from the 1860s to his dismissal in 1890), Maurice Chevalier (a French singer and actor), and Jay Leno (an American comedian and talk show host). The one Homer eats is the famous flag-raising statue and picture from the Battle of Iwo Jima. ** The ending where Selma sings "You Make Me Feel (Like a Natural Woman)" to Jub-Jub is based on the ''MurphyBrown'' episode where Murphy Brown sings this to her baby. The DVD commentary says it was an obscure reference, as ''Murphy Brown'' isn't remembered much today.
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** The potato chips that resemble celebrities include Otto van Bismarck UsefulNotes/OttoVonBismarck (a conservative German statesman who dominated European affairs from the 1860s to his dismissal in 1890), Maurice Chevalier Creator/MauriceChevalier (a French singer and actor), and Jay Leno Creator/JayLeno (an American comedian and talk show host). The one Homer eats is the famous flag-raising statue and picture from the Battle of Iwo Jima. ** The ending where Selma sings Music/ArethaFranklin's "You Make Me Feel (Like a Natural Woman)" to Jub-Jub is based on the ''MurphyBrown'' ''Series/MurphyBrown'' episode where Murphy Brown sings this to her baby. The DVD commentary says it was an obscure reference, as ''Murphy Brown'' isn't remembered much today.

** The potato chips * SouvenirLand: To avoid ProductPlacement or copyright issues the Simpsons go to a theme park that resemble celebrities include Otto van Bismarck (a conservative German statesman who dominated European affairs from the 1860s doesn't exist in our universe, but seems to his dismissal in 1890), Maurice Chevalier (a French singer and actor), and Jay Leno (an American comedian and talk show host). The one Homer eats is the be very famous flag-raising statue and picture from the Battle of Iwo Jima. ** The ending where Selma sings "You Make Me Feel (Like a Natural Woman)" to Jub-Jub is based on the ''MurphyBrown'' episode where Murphy Brown sings this to her baby. The DVD commentary says it was an obscure reference, as ''Murphy Brown'' isn't remembered much today.in theirs.

* UnintentionalPeriodPiece and TimeMarchesOn: The Duff Gardens commercial shows a rollercoaster called "The Whiplash" that won't be completed until 1994...which was 21 years ago as of this writing.
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* UnintentionalPeriodPiece and TimeMarchesOn: The Duff Gardens commercial shows a rollercoaster called "The Whiplash" that won't be completed until 1994...which was 21 years ago as of this writing.

* TheUnSmile: Due to UncannyValley, the animatronic people in the "Little Land of Duff" ride. Bart whimpers that he wants to get off the ride, but Selma, Bart, and Lisa have to suffer through five more continents of those kid robots (at least until Lisa freaks out from drinking the toxic water and escapes with one of robots in hand).
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* TheUnSmile: Due to UncannyValley, the animatronic people in the "Little Land of Duff" ride. Bart whimpers that he wants to get off the ride, but Selma, Bart, and Lisa have to suffer through five more continents of those kid robots (at least until Lisa freaks out from drinking the toxic water and escapes with one of robots in hand).hand). ----
8th Apr '15 7:05:24 PM nombretomado
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* ShoutOut: Duff Gardens is a double-pronged spoof. In real life, the Busch Gardens theme parks (which contain a combination of wildlife exhibits and thrill rides) were still owned by a beer company when this episode was made and ran with the idea, resulting in a park where beer is the main theme. The other spoof target is obviously the DisneyThemeParks, such as "It's a Small World" (Little Land of Duff), ''The Hall of Presidents'' (''Beer Hall of Presidents'') and the Main Street/Disneyland Electrical Parade (Duff Gardens Parade). Even the Seven Duffs are a shout out to ''Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs''.
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* ShoutOut: Duff Gardens is a double-pronged spoof. In real life, the Busch Gardens theme parks (which contain a combination of wildlife exhibits and thrill rides) were still owned by a beer company when this episode was made and ran with the idea, resulting in a park where beer is the main theme. The other spoof target is obviously the DisneyThemeParks, Ride/DisneyThemeParks, such as "It's a Small World" (Little Land of Duff), ''The Hall of Presidents'' (''Beer Hall of Presidents'') and the Main Street/Disneyland Electrical Parade (Duff Gardens Parade). Even the Seven Duffs are a shout out to ''Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs''.
6th Apr '15 4:22:03 AM demonfiren
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* OoCIsSeriousBusiness: Patty and Selma's reaction when Homer, who usually despises them, actually sympathizes with them in light of their Aunt Gladys's death and Selma not being able to care for the kids.
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* OoCIsSeriousBusiness: OOCIsSeriousBusiness: Patty and Selma's reaction when Homer, who usually despises them, actually sympathizes with them in light of their Aunt Gladys's death and Selma not being able to care for the kids.
19th Mar '15 6:08:36 PM Juneberries
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* TalkingToHimself: A special case for Julie Kavner, who voiced Marge, Patty, Selma, Jacqueline, and Gladys during the reading of the will.
16th Feb '15 8:52:52 AM Wartzanall
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** Homer, for all his hatred for Marge's sisters, is actually civil to them in this episode (barring the "Legend of the Dogfaced Woman" crack and fast-forwarding the video will). He doesn't snark back when Patty tells Selma to "close your eyes and think of [=MacGyver=] when Homer hugs them and Homer feels bad for Selma not being able to control the kids during the Duff Gardens.
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** Homer, for all his hatred for Marge's sisters, is actually civil to them in this episode (barring the "Legend of the Dogfaced Woman" crack and fast-forwarding the video will). He doesn't snark back when Patty tells Selma to "close your eyes and think of [=MacGyver=] [=MacGyver=]" when Homer hugs them and Homer feels bad for Selma not being able to control the kids during the Duff Gardens.

* GrossUpCloseUp: Selma chewing on one of her cigarettes, then presenting the disgusting aftermath on her tongue.

'''Lance:''' ''(in pain, having just crashed into a wall after the stunt)'' I'm going to Duff Gardens!
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'''Lance:''' ''(in pain, having just crashed into a wall after the stunt)'' pain)'' I'm going to Duff Gardens!

* LampshadedTheObscureReference: While the Simpsons and Bouviers are eating at a diner on the way to the funeral, Marge reminisces the time she and her sisters dived into the water and made a skydiver formation as their Aunt Gladys watched on from a pier. "Oh, wait, that was ''Film/PrinceOfTides''."
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* LampshadedTheObscureReference: While the Simpsons and Bouviers are eating at a diner on the way to the funeral, Marge reminisces the time she and her sisters dived into the water and made a skydiver formation as their Aunt Gladys watched on from a pier. "Oh, wait, that was ''Film/PrinceOfTides''.''Prince Of Tides''."

* OoCIsSeriousBusiness: Patty and Selma's reaction when Homer, who usually dispises them, actually sympathizes with them in light of their Aunt Gladys's death. * PantyShot: Lisa gets one as she and Bart jump off the couch when Homer is inspired to take the kids to Duff Gardens.
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* OoCIsSeriousBusiness: Patty and Selma's reaction when Homer, who usually dispises despises them, actually sympathizes with them in light of their Aunt Gladys's death. * PantyShot: Lisa gets one as she death and Bart jump off Selma not being able to care for the couch when Homer is inspired to take the kids to Duff Gardens.kids.
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