Recap / The Simpsons S 20 E 20 Four Great Women And A Manicure

While at a nail salon, Marge and Lisa argue over whether or not a woman can be smart, beautiful, and powerful all at once, which leads to yet another Simpsons anthology show, featuring four stories of women trying to survive in a man's world: Aunt Selma defending England as Queen Elizabeth I, Lisa in a non-copyright-infringing retelling of Disney's Snow White, Marge pushing Homer to be a great Shakespearean actor in a modern-day version of Macbeth, and Maggie fighting against conformity in a parody of Ayn Rand's The Fountainhead.


  • Bait and Switch: At the diamond mine, the dwarves use their pickaxes to hit the buttons of the panel that controls the mine's machinery.
  • Jerkass: The daycare center guy in Maggie's story decides to be a complete jerk to Maggie when she proves herself to be exceedingly talented unlike the other babies.
  • Lady Macbeth: Marge acts like this during her story. She wants Homer to succeed as an actor, but she encourages him to kill people to achieve that success.
  • Off with His Head!: One of Elizabeth I's suitors was Ralph Wiggum, who shouted "Off with my head!"
  • Riddle for the Ages: Lenny asks why Grumpy needs a pickaxe if he works at marketing. Grumpy says Lenny would know if he worked at marketing.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: While singing, the dwarves claimed that song wasn't like any the viewers heard before.
  • The Voiceless: Subverted with Maggie in her story. She has a scene where she actually speaks in fluent English. This is one of the few scenes where she speaks.
  • You Wanna Get Sued?: The last time the dwarves were heard singing a parody of the song sung by the Dwarves in Disney's Show White, they claimed they'd "claim fair use" "if Disney sues".
  • Writing Around Trademarks: The dwarves in Lisa's version of Snow White don't have the same names the dwarves in Disney's version have. There's a close call with Doc... tor Hibbert.