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Recap / The Simpsons S 10 E 12 Sunday Cruddy Sunday

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Homer, his buddies, and Bart head out to see the Super Bowlnote  while Marge and Lisa paint eggs with an old kit endorsed by Vincent Price.


  • Adam Westing: Rupert Murdoch calls himself a billionaire tyrant and showcases a capacity to summon brutal security with a wave of his hand.
  • Artistic License – Sports: The winning team are given their Super Bowl rings immediately following the game, evidenced by the guys having their own as they get back on the bus to head back to Springfield. In real life, the rings are typically handed out in the summer, before the new season begins.
  • As Themselves: Dolly Parton helps break Homer and the gang out of Super Bowl jail, and the guys then flee to Rupert Murdoch's private suite, only to be chased out. Calling the game? That year's real-life announcers for Super Bowl XXXII, which aired on FOX, the network's #1 NFL announce team at the time, Pat Summerall and John Maddennote .
  • Bait-and-Switch:
    • After their Super Bowl tickets were exposed as counterfeit, Bart points out a rack full of halftime show costumes, and Homer gets an idea... to knock out the guards with the rack.
    • And once inside, the scene changes to Carl announcing the kick-off... only for the camera to zoom out and turning out that the whole group is inside the stadium's brig, taking turns kicking Homer's butt.
  • Biting-the-Hand Humor: News Corp. owner Rupert Murdoch, played by the real man introduces himself as "Rupert Murdoch, the billionaire tyrant!".
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: The three women from the Catholic Church commercial.
  • Bowdlerise: In yet another joke that pissed off the Catholic League after its premiere (see "Lisa Gets an A"), the Super Bowl commercial featuring three sexy ladies servicing a man's car had "Catholic" removed from the tagline, "The Catholic Church: We've made a few...changes" on all reruns (including Sky One's UK airing and barring American syndication — both free-to-air and cable TV) The DVD and the "Every Simpsons Ever" marathon had the original line.
    Lisa: These Super Bowl commercials are weird...
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  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Pat Summerall and John Madden appear at the epilogue to criticize the quality of the episode and then leave... with their bus driven by Vincent Price.
  • Brick Joke: After Marge apparently gets Vincent Price himself on the phone line she calls to complain about the lack of feet on her kit (see Reports of My Death Were Greatly Exaggerated below), Price appears on the flesh at the epilogue as the driver of the bus the Super Bowl commenters use to leave the stadium (turns out he's not used to Driving Stick).
  • Caustic Critic: John Madden at first praises this episode for the inclusion of Wally Kogen and Marge and Lisa's subplot, but when informed that it featured no actual football or singing despite being a Super Bowl show with Dolly Parton, his attitude changes and feels ripped off.
    Madden: What a way to treat the loyal fans who put up with so much nonsense from this franchise.
    Summerall: Any final thoughts?
    Madden: Nah, I'm too mad. Let's get the heck out of here.
  • Failed a Spot Check: The phony Super Bowl tickets get exposed as fakes for three reasons: (a) they don't have an authenticity hologram, (b) the teams mentioned on them don't exist, and (c) they've been printed on graham crackers.
  • Last-Second Word Swap: Used for a Where the Hell Is Springfield? gag when Marge gives their address to the company that made the egg-dying kit.
    Marge: 742 Evergreen Terrace, Springfield...oh hiya Maude, come on in!note 
  • Literal Ass-Kicking: This happens to Homer, the group hold by the arms and one by one take turns kicking him in the ass over the tickets being fake.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: Homer, Bart, and Wally bring the following characters along to their Super Bowl trip: Moe, Barney, Lenny, Carl, Ned Flanders, Apu, the Sea Captain, the Bumblebee Man, Comic Book Guy, the Squeaky Voiced Teen, the Blue Haired Lawyer, Krusty the Clown, Sideshow Mel, Dr. Nick, Charlie, Dr. Hibbert, Kirk Van Houten, Reverend Lovejoy, Jasper Beardly, the Crazy Jewish Man, Chief Wiggum, and Principal Skinner. With so many characters joining the trip, shots of the whole crowd tend to have trouble maintaining who is present.
  • Mythology Gag: Wally Kogen is named for classic Simpsons writers Wallace Wolodarsky and Jay Kogen, who'd written for the show during the first 4 seasons, including the original "Treehouse of Horror" special, "Bart The Daredevil", and "Lisa the Greek", which was also about the Super Bowl.
  • Negative Continuity: Flanders letting his gut hang out with the rest of the guys, considering in every other episode he's shown having an Adonis-like physique.
    • Also, no mention is made of Homer being the owner of the Denver Broncos, as shown at the end of Season 8's "You Only Move Twice". Though this would explain how he was allowed to take the Vince Lombardi Trophy home at the end.
  • Noodle Implements: The halftime show Dolly Parton was performing in included her wearing a giant Snoopy mask and arriving in on a jet pack.
  • Redubbing: Parodied. In the bar, they hold their beer over their mouths and speak in a monotone voice when they mention the Atlanta Falcons, the Denver Broncos, or Bill and Hillary Clinton. According to DVD commentary, this was done in case they had to change the dialogue in reruns, like they did with most cuts of the season three episode "Lisa the Greek," where the names of the football teams playing in the Super Bowl had to be changed to reflect the year.
  • Reports of My Death Were Greatly Exaggerated: Parodied. Marge calls the company that manufactured the egg art kit she was working on with Lisa, and is shocked to get Vincent Price himself despite having died several years ago. Price claims "You should know the grave could never claim me!" After telling Marge who to contact about the missing feet from the kit, Price says he must now return "To the sweet embrace of the crypt."
    Lisa: So is he alive or not?
  • Self-Deprecation: The last scene has John Madden and Pat Summerall summing up the episode, with John pointing out how, even though it was a Super Bowl episode featuring Dolly Parton, they didn't have any football or singing, saying "What a way to treat the loyal fans, who put up with so much nonsense from this franchise!"
    • And then the bus arrives to pick them up and Vincent Price is the driver.
      Vincent Price: All aboard, boys. I've been waiting for you.
      John Madden: Now, I'll tell ya, that doesn't make a lick of sense!
    • Rupert Murdoch calling himself a tyrant.
  • Shout-Out: The Catholic Church commercial spoofs the music video for ZZ Top's "Legs".
    • The title of the episode is taken from the U2 song "Sunday Bloody Sunday".
  • Something Else Also Rises: A car hood and gas pump nozzle in the Catholic Church ad.
  • Take That!:
    • To the film Rudy.
      Rudy: What I lack in size, I make up for in obnoxiousness! (gets apparently run over by the bus).
    • When Homer's group ends up in the winning locker room after the big game, one of players declares, "I'm going to Disneyland!" and Wally, speaking as a travel agent, informs him he heard nothing but bad things.
  • Weight Woe: Homer's football entourage are happy with no women in their group, giving them the chance to stop sucking their guts in. The moment they learn the bus driver is a woman they promptly pull themselves back together.


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