Trivia / The Simpsons S 4 E 12 Marge Vs The Monorail
Creator Backlash: 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.
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...