Trivia / The Simpsons S 4 E 12 Marge Vs The Monorail

  • Actor Allusion: As the solar eclipse is shown a few bars of the Main theme from Star Trek: The Motion Picture (and The Next Generation) are heard, this as Leonard Nimoy himself narrates.
  • Creator's Favorite Episode: Conan O'Brien has said that of all the episodes, this is his favorite.
  • Magnum Opus Dissonance: Despite it often being considered one of, if not the best episode of the series, Yeardley Smith has been vocal in her dislike of the episode. In a 1995 interview, she heavily criticised it for not fitting in well with the show's then-usual style.
  • The Other Darrin: This is the only time in the series Lurleen Lumpkin is voiced by someone other than Beverly D'Angelo. For her brief appearance here, Doris Grau provides the voice.
  • What Could Have Been: The writers actually wanted George Takei to voice himself in this episode, but Takei refused to be on anything that satirized public transportation, as he's an advocate of it. (There are disputes among fans about whether the episode actually is intended as an attack on public transportation as a concept, but it has been alluded to in anti-public-transportation campaigns in real life.) The writers then turned to William Shatner, but he turned them down before to appear on the show, and feared he'd do the same this time around. Then they asked Leonard Nimoy, he said yes, and the rest is history...
  • By incredible coincidence, Leonard Nimoy's name is an anagram of "Deny Monorail".
  • It was the runner-up in Splitsider's 2012 poll of best sitcom episodes ever, but lost by a surprisingly wide margin to the Community episode "Remedial Chaos Theory".