Episode - 9F05
First Aired - 11/5/1992
After a nuclear plant worker named Jack Marley is forced into retirement, Marge takes a job at the nuclear plant to help Homer pay for repairs needed to fix their slanty shanty. Meanwhile, Bart fakes sick to get out of taking an English Lit test, but who's going to come to his rescue when a bloodthirsty wolf from The Krusty the Clown Show
runs off and heads for the school?
This episode contains examples of (YMMV goes here.):
- As Himself: Tom Jones
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: When Lisa mentions that Pierre and Marie Curie died due to radiation poisoning (even though Marie was the only Curie to die of radiation poisoning. Pierre died from a fatal skull injury after getting hit by a horse-drawn carriage), Bart imagines them as giant, radioactive people tearing apart Tokyo.
- Big "NO!": Smithers, when Homer pees on the urinal Smithers just cleaned.
- Bowdlerization: After catching heat from an actual viewer with Tourette's Syndrome who wanted to sue the show for mocking the condition, the censors changed Bart's claim that he has Tourette's to a claim that he has rabies (though the syndicated version keeps the original Tourette's line and the DVD version has the rabies line, but keeps in Bart barking and growling and his muttering, "Tourette's Syndrome" under his breath after Krabappel leaves him in the hallway.)
- Keep Circulating the Tapes: As mentioned, the original version of the scene doesn't exist in syndication or the DVD version, so if you have the original airing (most likely from a VHS taping in the 1990s), do what you can to keep it in good quality.
- Briefcase Full of Money: Smithers offers one to Tom Jones as payment if Jones agrees to give a private show. Jones refused and Smithers showed a second briefcase but it contained gas. Smithers abducted Tom Jones on Burns' behalf.
- Butt Monkey / The Ghost: Tibor, the foreign employee that everyone blames things on. (Though even he's been promoted while Homer hasn't.)
- Cassandra Truth: Mrs. Krabappel doesn't believe that Bart has been mauled by a wolf, until Bart gives her the test, admits that he lied (even though he didn't), and collapses.
- Chain Pain: The donut salesman uses these to fend off the plant employees trying to keep him from taking their donuts away.
Donut salesman: (threateningly) Anyone else wanna be a hero?
- The Chew Toy: Retired plant employee and Droopy soundalike Jack Marley, from being upstaged and kicked out of his own retirement party and losing out on a new job.
- Crying Wolf: Bart does this and is literally attacked by a wolf. He then has to lie that he wasn't attacked by a wolf because Krabappel thinks he's lying.
- Drowning My Sorrows: The woman in the trio of people at work at the power plant who sorely need a morale boost. "Funny Hat Day" and Tom Jones music did nothing to boost her spirits.
- Homage: Smithers' musical salute to Mr. Burns is yet another Burns-centric variant on a scene from Citizen Kane (down to using the actual song, albeit with new lyrics).
- I Need a Freaking Drink: When Willie and the wolf finished wrestling, Willie shared a flask of Scotch with the whipped wolf. The wolf looked like he really needed it.
Willie: Ah, don't feel bad for losing. I was wrestling wolves back when you were at your mother's teat.
- Introduction To The Opposites: Marge mentions a time when two Jehovah's Witnesses came over and she let them in — only for the Jehovah's Witnesses to get bored with her and leave.
- Never My Fault: One of Homer's advice for Marge on her first day is to blame her mess on the guy that doesn't speak English.
- Noodle Incident: The time Mr. Burns and Smithers dug up Al Jolson. The only information we get is that the corpse smelled bad and the rest of the night was something Mr. Burns never wants to remember again.
- Tibor once saved Homer's butt from ... something that we also don't get more information on. All we know is that it involved Homer losing the key to the room housing one of the monitoring systems of the nuclear plant and Smithers is one of the few people who knew what happened.
- He also got promoted ahead of Homer.
- Savage Wolf: One attacks Bart. It is later seen with Groundskeeper Willie.
- Shout-Out: This episode is one of several times "The Imperial March" has been used as a Leitmotif for Mr. Burns.
- Homer prepares for his stand-up comedy act by posing in front of a mirror with a golf club, a nod to Bob Hope.
- Smithers' dance act for Mr. Burns is a parody of a similar scene in Citizen Kane.
- Bart shouting wolf and nobody believing him is a reference to the very book he had to read for his report: Crying Wolf.
- Special Guest: Phil Hartman as Lionel Hutz and Troy McClure
- Take That: When Marge is reading the padding Lisa's added to her resume...
Lisa: Well, you voted for him. Twice!
Marge: Lisa, shh! Someone might be listening.
- Thermometer Gag:
Grandpa: Oral thermometer, my eye! Think warm thoughts boy, 'cause this is mighty cold.