History Recap / TheSimpsonsS4E2AStreetcarNamedMarge

7th Apr '16 7:26:37 PM SpideyTerry
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* BrainyBaby: Maggie organizes plans to get back the pacifiers. When her first attempt fails, she comes up with an even more elaborate plan that succeeds.
* BrickJoke: During rehearsals, Marge attacks Ned with the bottle, but he struggles to overpower her. In his next scene, he has a bloody bandage on his chest.



** Lampshaded and subverted. Homer tells Marge how he interpreted the play before admitting he has a history of missing the point of things. Marge tells him he got it right, though.
* DVDCommentary: All episodes have one of these, but this one is unique for featuring Hank Azaria and Jon Lovitz along with usual commentators.
* EnforcedMethodActing: [[invoked]] To get the bottle scene right, Marge pictures Ned as Homer.



* PrimaDonnaDirector: Llewelyn Sinclair.
-->"I am not an easy man to work for. While directing ''Hats Off to Hanukkah'', I reduced more than one cast member to tears. Did I expect too much from fourth graders? ''[takes out review]'' The review 'Play enjoyed by all'' speaks for itself."



* ShowWithinAShow: ''Oh, Streetcar!''



** [[CaptainObvious A few]] to ''Theatre/AStreetcarNamedDesire''.



** ''Film/TheBirds'' is referenced when Homer goes to pick up Maggie and is surrounded by various babies with their pacifiers echoing in the room. A cartoon version of Creator/AlfredHitchcock passes him by while walking his dog.

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** ''Film/TheBirds'' is referenced when Homer goes to pick up Maggie and is surrounded by various babies with their pacifiers echoing in the room. A cartoon version of Creator/AlfredHitchcock passes him by while walking his dog. dog, echoing his actual cameo in the movie.



* ShowWithinAShow: ''Oh, Streetcar!''



--> '''Llewelyn Sinclair:''' You're all terrible! Forget it, just strike the sets! Clear the stage!

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--> '''Llewelyn Sinclair:''' You're all terrible! Forget it, just strike the sets! Clear the stage!stage!
* WholePlotReference: [[CaptainObvious To]] ''Theatre/AStreetcarNamedDesire''.
14th Nov '15 4:57:06 PM JamesAustin
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Marge auditions for the role of Blanche in the local community theater's production of ''Oh, Streetcar!'', a musical version of ''{{A Streetcar Named Desire}}'', and gets it after the director (voiced by [[SaturdayNightLive Jon]] [[TheCritic Lovitz]]) notices how beaten-down and depressed she is whenever Homer orders her around. Meanwhile, Maggie is put in a daycare center modeled after the teachings of Ayn Rand.

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Marge auditions for the role of Blanche in the local community theater's production of ''Oh, Streetcar!'', a musical version of ''{{A Streetcar Named Desire}}'', ''Theatre/AStreetcarNamedDesire'', and gets it after the director (voiced by [[SaturdayNightLive [[Series/SaturdayNightLive Jon]] [[TheCritic [[WesternAnimation/TheCritic Lovitz]]) notices how beaten-down and depressed she is whenever Homer orders her around. Meanwhile, Maggie is put in a daycare center modeled after the teachings of Ayn Rand.



* ComicallyMissingThePoint: The final song of "Oh, Streetcar!" is a bright, peppy tune about how you should always trust strangers, making a mess of the original play's point.

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* ComicallyMissingThePoint: ComicallyMissingThePoint:
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The final song of "Oh, Streetcar!" ''Oh, Streetcar!'' is a bright, peppy tune about how you should always trust strangers, making a mess of the original play's point.



* {{Jerkass}}: Llewelyn Sinclair, he's also a bit of a {{Narcissist}}.

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* {{Jerkass}}: {{Jerkass}}:
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Llewelyn Sinclair, he's also a bit of a {{Narcissist}}.



** JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Despite this, by the end of the play, when Marge sees what she is convinced is an utterly bored uncaring expression, Homer has in fact been left rather solemn and touched by the play's story, even seeing himself in Stanley.

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** * JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Despite this, the above, by the end of the play, when Marge sees what she is convinced is an utterly bored uncaring expression, Homer has in fact been left rather solemn and touched by the play's story, even seeing himself in Stanley.



* ShoutOut: Homer blowing on a piece of paper out of boredom during the play is a reference to a similar scene in ''CitizenKane''.
** [[CaptainObvious A few]] to Theatre/AStreetcarNamedDesire.
** TheBirds is referenced when Homer goes to pick up Maggie and is surrounded by various babies with their pacifiers echoing in the room. A cartoon version of AlfredHitchcock passes him by while walking his dog.
** The theme that plays when Maggie is looking for the pacifiers of other babies is taken from Film/TheGreatEscape.

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* ShoutOut: Homer blowing on a piece of paper out of boredom during the play is a reference to a similar scene in ''CitizenKane''.
ShoutOut:
** [[CaptainObvious A few]] to Theatre/AStreetcarNamedDesire.''Theatre/AStreetcarNamedDesire''.
** TheBirds Homer blowing on a piece of paper out of boredom during the play is a reference to a similar scene in ''Film/CitizenKane''.
** ''Film/TheBirds''
is referenced when Homer goes to pick up Maggie and is surrounded by various babies with their pacifiers echoing in the room. A cartoon version of AlfredHitchcock Creator/AlfredHitchcock passes him by while walking his dog.
** The theme that plays when Maggie is looking for the pacifiers of other babies is taken from Film/TheGreatEscape.''Film/TheGreatEscape''.



* TakeThat: The AynRand-based daycare that Maggie rebels against.

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* TakeThat: The AynRand-based Creator/AynRand-based daycare that Maggie rebels against.



** '''Llewelyn Sinclair''': You're all terrible! Forget it, just strike the sets! Clear the stage!

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** --> '''Llewelyn Sinclair''': Sinclair:''' You're all terrible! Forget it, just strike the sets! Clear the stage!
2nd Nov '15 1:39:48 PM FF32
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* ChekovsGun: A vending machine can be seen in the background of several scenes at the rehearsals, Homer tries to get candy from it in a FunnyBackgroundEvent, eventually resorting to [[RammingAlwaysWorks ramming it]].

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* ChekovsGun: ChekhovsGun: A vending machine can be seen in the background of several scenes at the rehearsals, Homer tries to get candy from it in a FunnyBackgroundEvent, eventually resorting to [[RammingAlwaysWorks ramming it]].
12th Oct '15 7:31:19 PM windyshadow32
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15th Aug '15 10:05:03 AM JediGoalie30
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* TakeThat: The AynRand-based daycare that Maggie rebels against.

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* TakeThat: The AynRand-based daycare that Maggie rebels against.against.
* TerribleIntervieweesMontage: The audition scene in general, but especially the ladies of Springfield auditioning for the role of Blanche. Llewelyn is so unimpressed by the bunch that he almost cancels the entire play.
** '''Llewelyn Sinclair''': You're all terrible! Forget it, just strike the sets! Clear the stage!
1st Aug '15 5:18:02 AM IvanovTroping97
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** The theme that plays when Maggie is looking for the pacifiers of other babies is taken from Film/TheGreatEscape.
14th May '15 3:50:00 AM bernardthebeanpole
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* LargeHam: Jon Lovitz as Lewelyn Sinclair. The commentary notes that his bombastic introductory speech is actually the "smallest" take Lovitz did.

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* LargeHam: Jon Lovitz as Lewelyn Llewelyn Sinclair. The commentary notes that his bombastic introductory speech is actually the "smallest" take Lovitz did.
14th May '15 3:49:34 AM bernardthebeanpole
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* {{Jerkass}}: Lewelyn Sinclair, he's also a bit of a {{Narcissist}}.
** Homer is especially bad here, to better fit the comparisons to Stanley Kowalski.

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* {{Jerkass}}: Lewelyn Llewelyn Sinclair, he's also a bit of a {{Narcissist}}.
** Homer is especially bad here, to better fit the comparisons to Stanley Kowalski. He's more of an ignorant Jerkass than Stanley though.
1st May '15 1:44:33 AM Morgenthaler
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This episode was the last one (in terms of airdates) to have Creator/KlaskyCsupo as an animation company. From "Homer the Heretic" on, the show would be handled by FilmRoman.

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This episode was the last one (in terms of airdates) to have Creator/KlaskyCsupo as an animation company. From "Homer the Heretic" on, the show would be handled by FilmRoman.
Creator/FilmRoman.
27th Oct '14 2:36:43 PM toongrrl1990
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* CreatorBreakdown: Sinclair introduces himself by saying he's had a heart attack during each of his previous plays, and is planning for another this time.
* CrossDressingVoices: JonLovitz plays both Llewelyn and Llewelyn's sister.



* SerendipityWritesThePlot: The original idea was to simply have Marge in a production of ''Streetcar'' itself. When getting the rights to the play turned out to be prohibitively expensive, a lawyer advised them that they could write songs based on the story and not have to pay anyone. Of course, the songs are the best remembered part of the episode.



* TakeThat: The AynRand-based daycare that Maggie rebels against.
* TooSoon and MissingEpisode: Thanks to Hurricane Katrina, the New Orleans song that trashes the city as a hellhole (which actually was a point of contention years before Hurricane Katrina came along) is now in worse taste than it was when it premiered. Over in the UK, the episode aired alongside news reports of Katrina's destruction, leading to viewer complaints, a public apology from the BBC, and the BBC banning this episode from ever airing.

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* TakeThat: The AynRand-based daycare that Maggie rebels against.
* TooSoon and MissingEpisode: Thanks to Hurricane Katrina, the New Orleans song that trashes the city as a hellhole (which actually was a point of contention years before Hurricane Katrina came along) is now in worse taste than it was when it premiered. Over in the UK, the episode aired alongside news reports of Katrina's destruction, leading to viewer complaints, a public apology from the BBC, and the BBC banning this episode from ever airing.
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