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The Simpsons: Tennis the Menace

The Simpsons build a tennis court in their backyard, but Homer's inferior tennis ability makes them the laughingstock of the town, while Bart shines as a natural.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 12x12
Production Number: CABF07
Airdate: Sunday February 11th, 2001

Guest Stars
Karl WiedergottKarl Wiedergott
voiced Various
Marcia Mitzman-GavenMarcia Mitzman-Gaven
voiced Helen Lovejoy
Marcia WallaceMarcia Wallace
voiced Various
Pamela HaydenPamela Hayden
voiced Various
Tress MacNeilleTress MacNeille
voiced Various
Andre AgassiAndre Agassi
voiced Himself
Pete SamprasPete Sampras
voiced Himself
Serena WilliamsSerena Williams
voiced Herself
Venus WilliamsVenus Williams
voiced Herself
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: I will not publish the Principal's credit report

This episode is the second episode (the first being season seven's "Radioactive Man") to be digitally colored instead of colored traditionally through cel animation.

Couch: The living room floor is frozen over. The Simpsons ice skate to the couch. When Homer sits down, his side falls through the ice.

Episode Quotes
Kent Brockman: The real winners here are Marge's O'dervs!
Homer: How do you come up with such witty remarks?
(Cuts to car outside telling him what to say.)
Guy in Van: I guess you could say it's my racket.
Kent Brockman: I guess you could say I'm Iraqi.
Homer: Get off my property!

(Homer asks Lisa to be his partner)
Lisa: Are you sure you want me to be your doubles partner?
Homer: Absolutely, Sweetie.
Lisa: And you're not doing it out of spite?
Homer: No, of course not. Now aim for your mother's heart.
Lisa: (gasping) Dad, I don't want to enter the tournament just to hurt Mom.
Homer: Oh, come on! You've been gunning for queen bee ever since you buzzed into this hive. Now serve!

Marge: And it's gonna do wonders for our social life!
Homer: Yeah, it’s nice to entertain friends and have people over.
Ned: Hey, you got a tennis court?
Homer: Keep walking, Flanders.
Ned: Will do...
Homer: Faster!

Homer: Hey, that's great. Listen, I need a new doubles partner. My little girl's a lead weight.
Serena Williams: You're dumping your own daughter?
Homer: Yeah, but only to crush my wife and son!
Serena Williams: That's horrible!
Venus Williams: Yeah, that's pretty low.
Homer: (to Venus) Hmm.. you seem less disgusted, let's go!

Cultural References
This episode's title is an adaptation of “Dennis the Menace”, a daily syndicated newspaper comic strip originally created, written and illustrated by Hank Ketcham that debuted on March 12, 1951

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