Episode - 3F15
First Aired - 3/24/1996
We begin our episode with the Simpsons watching a Muppet movie from The Seventies
featuring none other than Troy McClure (You may remember him from such episodes as "The Simpsons 138th Episode Spectacular" and "Lisa the Vegetarian"!
). While Marge reminisces about how Troy used to be quite the heartthrob in the '70s, Homer brings up exactly why his career's in the gutter nowadays: Troy has a sexual fetish for fish, and there's tell of an urban legend that he may have expressed his sick desire for fish at a local aquarium.
Meanwhile, Troy himself gets pulled over for reckless driving. Troy needs corrective lenses to drive, but he hates wearing them, as they make him look like a nerd. The next day, he heads over to the Springfield DMV to take the vision test there. Selma's the one giving him the test, and she's clearly smitten with Troy. Troy cuts her a deal: pass him, and he takes her out for dinner. The date goes a little awkwardly, but the paparazzi hound Troy and Selma on their way out of the restaurant. Seeing an opportunity to boost his image a little, Troy gives Selma a kiss on the cheek, and their date makes the tabloids. Troy's agent, MacArthur Parker calls him up to tell him to keep dating human women, as it would do wonders for his career. Selma gets a call from Troy asking her for another date.
The relationship seems to be going great, with Troy even proposing to Selma. His career's doing great, too, with Troy landing in a big-budget musical version of Planet of the Apes
. The night before the wedding, however, a drunk Troy confides to Homer that the marriage is a sham to help revive his career and get people to forget about his fetish...a detail that Homer only confides to Marge well after the ceremony.
Meanwhile, Parker tells Troy that he's being offered the role of McBain's sidekick in, well, the upcoming McBain movie. With this opportunity in his sights, the sham has to continue. Marge and Patty, however, break the bad news to Selma, who doesn't believe it. When she gets home, though, she directly asks Troy if their marriage is fake. Troy eagerly admits that it is, but he convinces her that the marriage won't be so bad. So things keep running smoothly for the happy-ish couple, until Parker convinces Troy that, to truly land the McBain role, he has to have a kid. Selma begrudgingly agrees, but after one awkward, botched attempt (not helped by the fact that Troy apparently knows nothing about human sex), she calls the marriage off, saying that she can't bring a child into a loveless family. Selma walks back to her apartment with her iguana, Jub-Jub, and Troy eventually turns down the McBain film role...only to make his own risky vanity project, The Contrabulous Fabtraption of Professor Horatio Hufnagel
- Babies Make Everything Better: Played for Drama — Troy's agent wants Troy and Selma to have a baby, but Troy doesn't know the first thing about sex with a real woman and Selma doesn't want to bring a child into a sham marriage.
- The Beard: Selma, for Troy (only Troy isn't gay, just allegedly sexually attracted to sea life).
- Biting-the-Hand Humor: The final line reveals 20th Century Fox is willing to produce Troy's ridiculously outdated-sounding (it appears to be a throwback to campy late 1960s made-for-TV family musicals) vanity project.
- Brutal Honesty:
Selma: Is this a sham marriage!?
Troy: Sure, baby. Is that a problem?
- By the Lights of Their Eyes: "Marge, could you close your eyes? I'm trying to sleep."
- Career Resurrection: Troy undergoes one after marrying Selma.
- Character Development: The entire point of the episode was to provide this for Troy.
- A Day in the Limelight: For Troy McClure and Selma. The Simpsons do appear, but they're pretty much the supporting cast.
- Earth All Along: A line from Stop the Planet of the Apes, I Want to Get Off is the Trope Namer.
- Everyone Has Standards: Selma may be a jerk to her brother-in-law, Homer, on many occasions and not seem to mind that she's being used to help Troy McClure's career, but she refuses to have a baby with him, as she feels bringing a child into a sham marriage will negatively affect the kid.
- The Fantastic Trope of Wonderous Titles: The Contrabulous Fabtraption of Professor Horatio Hufnagel currently provides this trope's page image.
- Hypocritical Humor
Parker: Paramount wants you to star in a buddy comedy with Rob Lowe and Hugh Grant.
Troy: Those sick freaks?!note
- I'm Going To Disney World: Troy's reaction to the possibility of being McBain's sidekick:
Hot damn! I'm going to Sea World!
- I Need a Freaking Drink: When Troy tries to have sex with Selma to conceive a child, he just keeps making roaring noise at the door of their bedroom. Selma wants to break the ice and offers him some wine. He quickly runs to the bed, empties both glasses, and returns to the door to continue with the roaring.
- Ink-Suit Actor: Jeff Goldblum as MacArthur Parker.
- Jerkass Has a Point: Troy is able to win over Selma by talking about the benefits she gets out of the sham marriage.
- Punny Name: MacArthur Parker is one on the song "MacArthur Park".
- Ripped from the Headlines: The premise of a celebrity marrying solely to convince the public that they have non-deviant sexual urges may have been inspired by the failed Michael Jackson-Lisa Marie Presley marriage, which ended a few months before this episode ran and was widely suspected of being a career-reviving ploy. (Columnist Jonah Goldberg actually referenced this episode in a National Review piece in 2005, as Jackson's child molestation trial was nearing its end.)
- Shout-Out: The musical Stop the Planet of the Apes, I Want to Get Off!, in addition to being a parody of Planet of the Apes, also contains the number "Dr. Zaius", set to a Suspiciously Similar Song to Falco's "Rock Me Amadeus". See also Punny Name above.
- Speak Now or Forever Hold Your Peace: Subverted; it looks like Homer might object, but he's too busy humming the tune to "Rock and Roll, Part 2" in his head.
- The Unreveal: Troy's "abnormality" is purposefully alluded to but never spelled out.
- Weird Aside: How Homer lets the truth slip:
Marge: It was a beautiful wedding. I don't think I've seen Selma happier.
Homer: That reminds me — Troy said something interesting last night at the bar. Apparently he doesn't really love Selma and the marriage is just a sham to help his career. Well, enough talk. Let's snuggle.
- You Might Remember Me from...: It's a Troy episode, so this trope is all over the place.