Recap: The Simpsons S 8 E 13 Simpsoncalifragilisticexpiala Annoyed Gruntcious

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

In this Musical Episode and Simpsonsized Mary Poppins 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 episode contains examples of:

  • Aesop Amnesia: An extreme case-The Simpsons forget everything Sharri taught them the moment she leaves the house.
  • Break The Motivational Speaker: Or "breaking the magical nanny", on this case. It gets bad enough that it drives Bobbins to alcoholism.
  • Bound and Gagged: 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.
  • Bus Crash: 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. Worst part is, the Simpsons have turned away and Homer is assuring Lisa 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 it's the same thing as "Mad About Shoe").
  • Cut Song: The episode was originally going to feature Patty and Selma singing "We Love to Smoke", a parody of the Mary Poppins song "I Love to Laugh". This was included on the album Go Simpsonic with The Simpsons and the actual sequence of Sharri Bobbins taking the kids to see Patty and Selma and ending with the song (and Bart and Maggie coughing up cigarettes) is featured on the Simpsons season eight DVD set.
  • Deconstruction: Of the Magical Nanny. 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.
  • Heel Realization: The family does feel bad when they drive Sherri to misery. But they don't really change. They just tell her it's kind of futile to expect them to.
  • Lazy Bum: 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.
  • Mistaken for Racist, Xtreme Kool Letterz, and Fun with Acronyms: 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).
  • Musical Episode
  • Out-of-Character Moment: 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 o since.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Snap Back: A rather brutal mid-episode example appears at the end of the second act.
  • Something Completely Different: Not only was this a musical episode, but this was one of a few Simpsons episodes to get a G-rating in America 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).
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Sherry decides to leave when she realizes the Simpsons are more or less satisfied with their dysfunction.
  • Status Quo Is God: This is the point of "Happy Just The Way We Are".
  • What Could Have Been: The episode was scheduled to have Julie Andrews (Mary Poppins' actress) as Bobbins and a cameo by Quentin Tarantino, but scheduling issues and issues with the script respectively made the regular voice actors do the characters instead.