Episode - 8F18\\
First Aired - 10/1/1992

Marge auditions for the role of Blanche in the local community theater's production of ''Oh, Streetcar!'', a musical version of ''Theatre/AStreetcarNamedDesire'', and gets it after the director (voiced by Creator/JonLovitz) 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 Creator/AynRand.

This episode was the last one (in terms of airdates) to have Creator/KlaskyCsupo as an animation company. From "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS4E3HomerTheHeretic Homer the Heretic]]" through season 27, the show would be handled by Creator/FilmRoman.

!!This episode contains examples of:
* BeautyContest: The episode opens with the Simpsons watching one on TV.
* 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.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Llewelyn Sinclair is obnoxious, hammy, and possibly crazy, but the play is a smash hit.
* 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]].
* 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.
** Earlier in the episode, a beauty pageant on TV begins with the contestants singing "At Seventeen" ("I learned the truth at seventeen/that love was meant for beauty queens"), completely oblivious to what the song is actually about (which is about a plain girl singing about how the pretty girls in school had it so much better than her, but now their lives were worse).
** 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.
* CrossCastRole: Ned mentions having been in a prior production of ''A Streetcar Named Desire'' as Blanche.
-->"Just part of the fun of going to an all-male school."
* DaycareNightmare: The Creator/AynRand School for Tots, that takes pacifiers away from babies and locks them up in order to force children to stop depending on them and otherwise acts like a LighterAndSofter version of the Stalag from ''Film/TheGreatEscape'', cooler included.
* EnforcedMethodActing:[invoked] To get the bottle scene right, Marge pictures Ned as Homer. [[GoneHorriblyRight Marge gets so angry she]] ''[[GoneHorriblyRight is able to overpower Ned with berserk fury alone, and almost mauls him with the broken bottle]]''.
* ExtremeDoormat: There's a good glimpse into Marge's worldview when she's trying to play Blanche. She suggests that, rather than try and stab Stanley, she "just take his abuse with gentle good humour".
* FictionalVideoGame: Homer plays ''Bowling 2000'' on a UsefulNotes/GameBoy style handheld.
* FreezeFrameBonus: The moment where the Simpsons sit down to watch the play Llewelyn's sister is briefly seen, all haggard from all the babies sucking their pacifiers.
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: As Llewelyn talks to Marge about Stanley crushing Blanche's fragile spirit, Homer struggles to get candy out of vending machine--ultimately screaming and ramming it.
* GreatEscape: The subplot with Maggie in daycare. Instead of actually escaping, the plot is to liberate all of the confiscated pacifiers.
* HellIsThatNoise: The sound of dozens of babies sucking on pacifiers, echoed through an auditorium, is quite eerie. "Ohhhh, babies."
* HiddenDepths:
** Ned Flanders knows exactly how to break a bottle.
** In the background at the auditions, Jasper can be seen pirouting expertly.
** Chief Wiggum knows the man who runs the calligraphy class (and considers him a lunatic).
* HypocriticalHumor: Lionel Hutz, despite having a role in the play, is suing the producers on behalf of people who didn't get roles.
* IncomingHam: Llewelyn's intro is bursting through the door shouting, "HELLO?!"
* {{Jerkass}}:
** 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.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Despite 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.

* LargeHam: Creator/JonLovitz as Llewelyn Sinclair. The commentary notes that his bombastic introductory speech is actually the "smallest" take Lovitz did.
* MeanCharacterNiceActor: Ned Flanders plays Stanley Kowalski, due entirely to his impressive physique.
* NoodleIncident: Exactly what it was the previous year's Miss American Girl said at the UN is never revealed.
* TheParody: Maggie's rebellion at first places her in Creator/SteveMcQueenActor's role in ''Film/TheGreatEscape'', complete with the movie's actual theme song. Once Homer arrives at the daycare center it turns into ''Film/TheBirds'', including Creator/AlfredHitchcock walking two dogs afterward.
* 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."
* ProductPlacement[=/=]BrandX: While Homer plays what is clearly an original GameBoy, the device's name is never said or seen.
* SayMyName: To go with the ''Streetcar'' parallels. ''MAAAAAAAAARRGGEEEE! HEY, MAAAAAAARRGGEEEE!''
* ShoutOut:
** Bart mentions having [[Film/AClockworkOrange a pain in the Gulliver]].
** 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 Creator/AlfredHitchcock passes him by while walking his dog, echoing his actual cameo in the movie.
** Maggie's struggle at the day-care center quickly mutates into a riff on ''Film/TheGreatEscape''.
* ShowWithinAShow: ''Oh, Streetcar!''
* SpecialGuest: Creator/PhilHartman as Lionel Hutz and Troy [=McClure=]; Creator/JonLovitz as Llewellyn Sinclair and Ms. Sinclair (Llewellyn's sister)
* TakeThat:
** The Creator/AynRand-based daycare that Maggie rebels against.
** The opening song of the play is filled with these, aimed at New Orleans, which got the show into trouble.
* TemptingFate: As Marge leaves to go rehearse with Ned, Homer asks she open his pudding can for her. Marge tells him to do it himself, but the minute she's gone Homer breaks the can.
-->''So I can open my own pudding, can I?''
* 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!
* WholePlotReference: [[CaptainObvious To]] ''Theatre/AStreetcarNamedDesire''.