Episode - 3G03\\
First Aired - 2/7/1997

In this MusicalEpisode and Simpsonsized ''Film/MaryPoppins'' parody, a British nanny known as "Sharri Bobbins" is hired to shape up the Simpson family after Marge begins losing her hair to stress, only to learn that the lessons she teaches won't stick if she leaves or stays.

This is the second of four episodes produced by Al Jean and Mike Reiss instead of the current showrunner (in this case, Bill Oakley and Josh Weinstein). Jean would return as showrunner starting in season 13.
!!This episode contains examples of:
* AesopAmnesia: An extreme case--The Simpsons forget everything Sharri taught them ''the moment she leaves the house''.
* AnachronismStew: Referenced when Homer announces he quit the Civil War Recreation Society he's a member of to pay for the nanny.
-->'''Moe''' ''(wearing a Union military uniform)'': All right, Homer's out. We gotta find a new General Ambrose Burnside.\\
'''Barney''' ''(dressed like Abe Lincoln)'': I'm not too crazy about our Stonewall Jackson.\\
'''Apu''' ''(steps out of the bathroom dressed like an officer in the military of the British Raj)'': The South shall [[CatchPhrase come again!]]
* BreakTheMotivationalSpeaker: Or "breaking the magical nanny," in this case. It gets bad enough [[INeedAFreakingDrink that it drives Bobbins to alcoholism]].
* BoundAndGagged: Scratchy is tied to a chair and gagged with duck tape in ''Reservoir Cats''. When he and Itchy dance at the end, Scratchy does not even bother to ungag himself.
* BrickJoke: At the end of the second act, Grampa accidentally flies off in Sharri Bobbins' umbrella. Near the end, Grampa is seen having crashed into the front-yard tree with the umbrella in his hand.
* BusCrash: At the end of the episode, Sharri Bobbins is sucked into the turbine of an airplane and shredded to pieces as she's floating away. [[{{Irony}} Worst part is]], the Simpsons [[DistractedFromDeath have turned away]] and Homer is assuring Lisa [[WeWillMeetAgain that they will see her again some time in the future]].
* CallBack: Krusty's crappy "Mad About Shoe" sketch on "Krusty Komedy Klassics" is similar to the scene on "Brother From the Same Series" when Krusty appeared on "The Big-Eared Family" on ''Tuesday Night Live'' (only instead of grumbling on how the sketch goes on for 12 more minutes, he tells the audience that they're not going to like the "NYPD Shoe" sketch, since [[RecycledScript it's the same thing as "Mad About Shoe"]]).
* {{Deconstruction}}: Of the MagicalNanny. The problems of the Simpson family go beyond what one caretaker can hope to achieve in a few days, and ultimately, she leaves once the family explains they don't really care enough ''to'' change.
* GenreRefugee: Bobbins is a Mary Poppins-esque MagicalNanny, with all of the powers and singing and affirming lessons that it implies. In a LighterAndSofter work, with a family willing to accept change, her antics would have worked. But unfortunately for her, she's serving [[DysfunctionalFamily the Simpsons]].
* HeelRealization: The family does feel bad when they drive Sharri to misery. But they don't really change. They just tell her it's kind of futile to expect them to.
* LazyBum: For the sake of the episode, Bart and Lisa become uncharacteristically lazy. So much so that they would rather call Marge while she's at the doctor's office to get them a glass of milk rather than get it themselves. The third act brings it UpToEleven by having the whole family acting like this and using Bobbins as their manservant.
* MistakenForRacist, XtremeKoolLetterz, and FunWithAcronyms: The "Krusty Komedy Klassic" special, which also taught Krusty that it's in ''very'' bad taste to have the letters "KKK" in white and onstage with you at the Apollo Theater (which is predominantly black, as seen with the variety series, ''Showtime at the Apollo'').
* MusicalEpisode
* MyCountryTisOfTheeThatISting: When Bobbins teaches the kids how to clean up their rooms, she actually teaches tricks to make it seems clean. A song describes it as "the American way".
* OutOfCharacterMoment: The Simpson children in this episode are taken very much out-of-character for the plot when they are made far lazier in this episode than they have been shown before or since (especially ''Lisa'').
* ProducePelting: Attendees at the Apollo Theater throw objects at Krusty, including a liquor bottle that takes him out.
* ShoutOut:
** Sharri Bobbins claims to be as original as [[WesternAnimation/MickeyMouse Rickey Rouse]] and [[WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck Monald Muck]].
** Having watched ''Film/MrsDoubtfire'', Homer feared some of the applicants (except for Kearney and Sharri Bobbins) were men in drag.
** Willie does a street performance on the park, [[Film/{{Flashdance}} singing Michael Sembello's "Maniac" and even using the water trap from the movie]].
** Skinner trying to sell Jimbo while singing ''Boy For Sale'' is a reference to ''Film/{{Oliver}}'', a musical adaptation of ''Literature/OliverTwist''. They even wear the same clothes as Mr. Bumble and Oliver during that scene.
** When Barney said goodbye to Sharri, he called her {{Superman}} (like what he did with Adam West on season four's "Mr. Plow". He was close with the Adam West example, as Batman and Superman are part of the D.C. Comics universe).
** The [[ShowWithinAShow Itchy and Scratchy cartoon]] of the episode parodies ''Film/ReservoirDogs'' (namely, the scene where Mr. Blonde tortures the cop) and ''Film/PulpFiction'' (the dancing sequence between John Travolta and Uma Thurman).
** A "screen test" for ''Series/TheAndyGriffithShow'' [[ShowWithinAShow is seen by the Simpsons]]. This screen test has Creator/CharlesBronson playing the "Andy Taylor" role. [[Film/DeathWish Like one of his better-known roles]], [[DarkerAndEdgier he kills]] [[VigilanteMan all of]] [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge the never-do-wells in]] [[EverytownAmerica Mayberry]], to [[CluelessDeputy Barney's]] horror.
* SnapBack: A rather brutal mid-episode example appears at the end of the second act.
* SomethingCompletelyDifferent: Not only was this a musical episode, but this was one of a few ''Simpsons'' episodes to get a G-rating in America [[note]]Usually, ''The Simpsons'' is rated PG. The "Treehouse of Horror" episodes get the TV-14 rating due to violence and bloody gore, but some canon episodes have gotten the rating due to drug humor, strong crude language, or sexual and non-sexual themes that are too much for a TV-PG rating[[/note]] and it originally aired on a Friday (from season six to now, ''The Simpsons'' always came on Sundays. Prior to that, it ping-ponged between Thursday nights and Sunday nights).
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: Sharri decides to leave when she realizes the Simpsons are more or less satisfied with their dysfunction.
* StatusQuoIsGod: This is the point of "Happy Just The Way We Are".
* TemptingFate
-->'''Sharri Bobbins:''' To think I'll never hear their sweet voices again.
-->''(Homer breaks through the window strangling Bart)''
-->'''Homer:''' Aah! You little!
* WrongGenreSavvy: Homer, having seen ''Film/MrsDoubtfire'', accuses several of the applicants of being men in drag and tries to expose them. They're not.
** The first two acts are Sharri doing the typical MagicalNanny schtick and thinking she has made a change for the better on the Simpsons family. The third act brings the fact down ''hard'' on her head: this is a show where StatusQuoIsGod, and the "Status Quo" is "dysfunctional family". The Simpsons decide to break it down to her in [[LyricalDissonance the same type of cheery-yet-cynically-lyrical song she had been singing throughout the episode]] ("Happy Just The Way We Are"), if nothing else but because it's the best way they can think of to point it out gently after ''driving her into alcoholic depression''.