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Recap / The Simpsons S 17 E 9 Simpsons Christmas Stories

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Originally aired December 18, 2005

Homer tells his rendition of Jesus' birth in the manger during a Christmas church service, Grampa tells Lisa about his Christmas fighting in the Pacific theater during World War II, and a parody of The Nutcracker Suite shows everyone prepping for the holidays.


  • Bait-and-Switch: After some scenes with Moe trying to kill himself, there's a scene with him putting his face in an oven. He's retrieving a ham to eat with Barney.
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  • Dream Within a Dream: The scene with Groundskeeper Willie having a fancy dinner with his family is revealed to be Willie's dream while he's sleeping inside his shack and that is revealed to be Willie's dream while he's actually sleeping outside.
  • Encouraged Regifting: Knowing that Homer would forget to get her a present, Marge's present to him is a gift he can give to her.
  • Exotic Extended Marriage: Cyrus is revealed to be in one as he and Abe reunite in Tahiti.
    Cyrus: Sorry I never called, Abe. I was too busy with my 15 native wives.
    (said wives gather around them, giggling)
    Abe: Fifteen! Whoa, that sounds like a lot of sex!
    Cyrus: I said "wives," not "girlfriends."
  • Fun with Subtitles: When Dr. Nick arrives in the manger to assist with Mary's birth, he greets them with a "Shalom, everybody!" The stable animals make noise in return, and the subtitles read, "Shalom, Dr. Nick!"
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  • Groin Attack: Every Christmas, Krusty shows a tape of people throwing snowballs at his balls.
    Krusty: "Give the kids snowballs" they said. "It'll be cute" they said!
  • Mystical Pregnancy: As expected for a retelling of the first Christmas, Mary (Marge) reveals her pregnancy to Joseph (Homer), to which he worriedly replies, "A pregnant virgin?! That's every man's worst nightmare!"
  • No, You Hang Up First: In the second segment, Abe asks Lt. Burns to radio Cyrus a warning in the middle of a dogfight, but Burns is too busy using the radio to call his girl back home, and keeps repeating this to her.
  • Or My Name Isn't...: During Grandpa's flashback, he says he and Burns will repair Santa's sled or his name isn't "Young Grandpa Simpson".
  • Peking Duck Christmas: Krusty, Rabbi Krustofski, and the Old Jewish Man sing about eating Chinese together on Christmas Day in the third segment.
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  • Public Domain Soundtrack: Lampshaded by Lisa in the third segment, explaining that the Nutcracker Suite is public domain and therefore can be performed freely. This results in two songs set to the March and Russian Dance pieces from the ballet, and a montage set to the Reed Flutes.
  • Three Stooges Shout-Out: Joseph (Homer) and one of the wise men (Skinner) perform Three Stooges-style schtick to entertain baby Jesus (Bart).
  • Traumatic C-Section: Subverted when Dr. Nick arrives in the manger to help Mary and Joseph with the childbirth.
    Dr. Nick: I've got some very good news! Caesar just invented the cesarean! (whips out a saw)
    Mary: Get him out of here!
  • With Lyrics: The third segment features various citizens of Springfield singing about what they do at Christmastime to the tune of the Nutcracker March, and later Homer sings about trying to find a last-minute Christmas gift for Marge to the tune of "Trepak".


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