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The Simpsons: Selma's Choice

Aunt Selma realizes that she might wind up dying alone and thinks that having a baby can relieve her loneliness. To test her maternal instincts, she takes Bart and Lisa to Duff Gardens after Homer gets sick from a rotten hoagie.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 4x13
Production Number: 9F11
Airdate: Thursday January 21st, 1993

Director: Carlos Baeza
Writer: David M. Stern

Main Cast
Dan CastellanetaDan Castellaneta
voiced Homer Simpson, Abraham Simpson, Krusty the Klown, Barney, Willy, Sideshow Mel, Mayor Quimby, Hans Moleman, Gil, Itchy, Various
Julie KavnerJulie Kavner
voiced Marjorie "Marge" Bouvier Simpson, Patty Bouvier, Selma Bouvier, Jacqueline Ingrid Bouvier, Various
Nancy CartwrightNancy Cartwright
voiced Bart Simpson, Nelson Muntz, Ralph Wiggum, Todd Flanders, Kearney, Various
Yeardley SmithYeardley Smith
voiced Lisa Simpson, Various
Hank AzariaHank Azaria
voiced Apu, Moe, Chief Wiggum, Carl, Comic Book Guy, Dr. Nick Riviera, Prof. Frink, Cletus, Sea Captain, Kirk Van Houten, Various
Harry ShearerHarry Shearer
voiced Mr. Burns, Smithers, Dr. Marvin Monroe, Ned Flanders, Seymour Skinner, Otto, Kent Brockman, Dr. Hibbert, Lenny, Rev. Lovejoy, Various
Episode Notes
Chalkboard Gag

I will not yell "She's Dead" during roll call

Couch Gag

The Simpsons are snared in a rope net.

This episode introduces the character Jub-Jub.

Around Springfield

Princess Opal || Low Expectation Dating Service

Episode Quotes
Marge: The funeral is in Littleneck Falls. We'll have to go to Duff Gardens another day.
Lisa: I understand.
Bart: No use complaining about something you can't change.
Homer (whining): But I wanna go to Duff Gardens. Right now!
Marge: Homer, quit pouting.
Homer: I'm not pouting. I'm mourning. Stupid dead woman.

Selma: So, wearing a belt, are you?
Kid: Uh-huh.
Selma: No suspenders for you.
Kid: I guess not.
Selma: Orange is really your color.
Kid: They make us wear this.
Selma: Shall we continue this conversation over dinner?
Kid: Uh...I'm not allowed to date customers. It's store policy.
Arnold: No, it isn't.

Bart & Homer: On top of Spaghetti, all covered with cheese, I lost my poor meatball...
Marge: If you don't mind, we're on our way to a funeral!
Homer: Ding-dong the witch is dead..
Bart: Which old witch?
Homer: The wicked witch!
Marge: Homer!

Episode Goofs
Selma's jewelry changes color after she hears the news of the grandfather clock.

The grandfather clock is heard chiming on the ride home. This is impossible since the clock is at an angle & requires the pendulum to swing in order to work.

When Patty enters the room, Selma is sitting on the right side of the couch but when she goes to sit down, the right side of the couch is free.

Cultural References
Jay Leno & Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima

The two potato chips are in the shape of comedian and former Tonight Show host, Jay Leno (1950-) & the photo of the 'Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima'.

The Prince of Tides

Marge's memories are confused with the The Prince of Tides.
It is a 1991 romantic drama film based on the 1986 novel of the same name by Pat Conroy; the film stars Barbra Streisand and Nick Nolte.

Disney World / Disneyland

The Beer Hall of Presidents is a allusion to the Disney attraction located in Liberty Square, The Hall of Presidents which features animatronics of all the presidents.

Murphy Brown

Selma singing Natural Woman to Jub-Jub while Selma records her is a reference to the sit-com Murphy Brown (1988-1998).
In the final episode of Season Four, Birth 101 that aired May 18th 1992, Murphy gave birth to her son Avery and she sang the same song to him while Frank recorded.

Welcome Back Kotter

While looking in the catalog, Marge is impressed one of the 'Sweathogs' is listed while Selma says it's not Horshack.
The 'Sweathogs' were the name of the sit-com that lasted from 1975 to 1979, with Horshack being played by Ron Palillo.

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