Recap / The Simpsons S 9 E 11 All Singing All Dancing

Original air date: January 4, 1998

It's yet another Simpsons clip show episode. In this one, Homer and Bart rent a gritty, spaghetti Western called Paint Your Wagon, but that turns out to be a cheesy musical. Upset over the turn of events, Homer voices his dislike for musicals and singing, and the rest of the family show them (with the help of some conveniently-obtained videos) that a lot of The Simpsons' memories include singing and big musical numbers — which gets interrupted when resident criminal Snake Jailbird holds the family hostage.

This is the first of two episodes to be produced by David Mirkin (the showrunner for seasons 5 and 6) instead of the current showrunner, Mike Scully.

Tropes featured:

  • Aluminum Christmas Trees: Yes, Paint Your Wagon is a real movie, and it was made after Clint Eastwood became famous. Furthermore, it really was a musical.
  • Bait-and-Switch: What Homer and Bart get from Paint Your Wagon, but especially this moment, when Lee Marvin appears:
    Lee Marvin: Hey, what the hell's going on in my town?
    Clint Eastwood: We're just painting this wagon. You got a problem with that?
    Lee Marvin: As a matter of fact, I do........ you missed a spot.
    Clint Eastwood: Well, grab a brush, and join in!
  • Bring My Brown Pants: When Snake first shows up:
    Marge: (singing) It's a desperate criminal on the run from the law. Please, spare my family...
    Homer: (singing) And their damp-trousered pa.
  • Clip Show: mixed with Musical Episode and Bottle Episode.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: Even though this episode was rated TV-G in America (when it premiered. The reruns have it at its proper rating of TV-PG), it got away with showing Snake hold the family at gunpoint (and firing said gun during the credits), a reference to Milhouse being gay and clips from the risqué season eight episode "Bart After Dark".
  • Mood Whiplash: What is supposed to be a happy musical-based clip show becomes this when Snake breaks in the family's house and threatens them with his gun.
  • Potty Failure:
    Snake: (singing) I'm back, so resume wetting your pants!
    Homer: (speaking) Okay.
  • Self-Deprecation: In the grand finale of the songs
    Lisa: There is something worse...
    Bart:...And it really must blow....
    Family: ...When a long running series does a cheesy clip shoooow!
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: Lisa asks Homer if he got Emma. Homer chuckles and tells her, "Whoa whoa, calm down little lady, take it easy", suggesting that he was able to get a copy. But then he answers: "No."