Episode - 3G03
First Aired - 2/7/1997In 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 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:
- 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.
- Brick Joke: At the end of the second act, Grampa accidentally flies off in Sherry Boppins' umbrella. Near the end, Grampa is seen having crashed into the house with the umbrella in his hand.
- 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").
- 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.
- Sherri Bobbins claims to be as original as Rickey Rouse and Monald Muck.
- Having watched Mrs. Doubtfire, Homer feared some of the applicants (except for Kearney and Shari Bobbins) were men in drag.
- Willie does a street performance on the park, 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 Oliver!, a musical adaptation of Oliver Twist. They even wear the same clothes as Mr. Bumble and Oliver during that scene.
- When Barney said goodbye to Sherri, he called her Superman (like 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 Itchy and Scratchy cartoon of the episode parodies Reservoir Dogs (namely, the scene where Mr. Blonde tortures the cop) and Pulp Fiction (the dancing sequence between John Travolta and Uma Thurman).
- A "screen test" for The Andy Griffith Show is seen by the Simpsons. This screen test has Charles Bronson playing the "Andy Taylor" role. Like one of his better-known roles, he kills all of the never-do-wells in Mayberry, to Barney's horror.
- 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".
- Tempting FateSherri Bobbins: To think I'll never hear their sweet voices again.(Homer breaks through the window strangling Bart)Homer: Aah! You little!