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YMMV / The Simpsons S 4 E 2 A Streetcar Named Marge

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  • Fridge Horror: The episode never specifies whether the musical cuts Stanley raping Blanche. If it didn't, then Bart and Lisa had to watch their mother acting out being sexually assaulted and descending into madness because of the attack.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Following Hurricane Katrina, the callous opening song number about New Orleans became more cruel, which is why Channel 4 had to issue an apology for airing this episode around the time that Hurricane Katrina and its destructive path across New Orleans was in the news and fresh in everyone's minds. New Orleans residents at the time were not pleased about the opening song number describing New Orleans being a Den of Iniquity and the home to "pirates, drunks, and whores". The writers stated that this was a reference to the Sweeney Todd song "No Place Like London" which gives unflattering descriptions of London.
    • Sometime after you watch this episode, you might also want to find out (if you have no previous knowledge) what happens in this play. Needless to say, rape is involved. Suddenly, its hard to watch this episode.
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  • Hilarious in Hindsight: This was the final episode aired to have Klasky-Csupo provide the animation services. Ironically, Maggie's b-story shares a lot of themes and concepts that were then being used in the studio's other show, Rugrats.


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