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.
- 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
- Reset Button / Negative Continuity: A rather brutal mid-episode example appears at the end of the second act, and this is pretty much the point of "Happy Just The Way We Are".
- 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 (usually, The Simpsons is rated PG, but, with a lot of latter-day episodes trying to be as "edgy" as Family Guy, the show has tipped over to TV-14 territory. Usually, it's the "Treehouse of Horror" episodes that get the TV-14 rating due to violence and bloody gore, but some canon episodes have gotten the rating due to drug humor, strong crude language, or sexual and non-sexual themes that are too much for a TV-PG rating) 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).
- 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.