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The Simpsons: The Ziff Who Came to Dinner

Margie's ex-prom date Artie Ziff returns, this time, broke, on the run from the SEC after his company defrauded shareholders and went under Enron-style, and living in the Simpsons' attic.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 15x14
Production Number: FABF08
Airdate: Sunday March 14th, 2004

Guest Stars
Jon LovitzJon Lovitz
voiced Artie Ziff
Karl WiedergottKarl Wiedergott
voiced Various
Pamela HaydenPamela Hayden
voiced Rod Flanders
Tress MacNeilleTress MacNeille
voiced Various
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 speculate on how hot teacher used to be

Couch Gag:
In a parody of the science short film, Powers of Ten, the Simpsons sit down on the couch as normal when suddenly, the camera pans out, revealing an overhead shot of the house, an overhead shot of the neighborhood, an overhead shot of the United States, an overhead shot of the North American continent and the Western Hemisphere, an overhead shot of the Earth, the solar system, and Kang and Kodos standing next to their broken spaceship. Soon, many stars fill the screen as they form into the Milky Way. Other galaxies form and turn into atoms, which turn into simple molecular structures, which turn into more complex molecular structures, which turn into DNA helices, which pan out into a blank yellow expanse, which reveals to be Homer’s head and returns to the couch scene. Homer stares blankly for a few seconds, then utters, “Wow!”

Episode Quotes
Guard: Sorry you were wrongfully imprisoned, Simpson.
Homer: Can I apply my time toward a future crime?
Guard: You can either steal a car or kick me in the crotch.
(Homer kicks him in the crotch)
Guard: Uhhh, no one ever picks the car.

Lisa: Aw, thanks for reading me the corrections. It makes me feel better about my own family.
Artie: Doesn't your father ever read to you?
Lisa: He tried once, but he got confused and thought the book was real. He's still looking for that chocolate factory. It consumes him.

Groundskeeper Willie: I lost all my "screw you" money!
Principal Skinner: I'm very sorry to hear that, Willie.
Groundskeeper Willie: Screw you!

Cultural References
The following pop culture references/references to current events can be found in this episode:

The Man Who Came to Dinner: The episode title is a parody of this comedy.

Powers of Ten: The couch gag where the scene pans out until it reaches outer space, with the stars turning into atoms, molecules, and DNA helices, until it goes back to the initial couch scene.

The Wild Thornberrys: One of the movies at the Googleplex is called The Wild Dingleberries.

The Passion of the Christ: One of the movies at the Googleplex is called The Fashion of the Christ.

American Pie: The movie Homer wants to see (before Rod and Todd object) is called Teenage Sex Wager, which is the premise to this raunchy late 1990s teen movie.

My Big Fat Greek Wedding: Homer thinks there's a movie called My Big Fat Greek Salad.

Finding Nemo: One of the movies at the Googleplex is called Eating Nemo.

2 Fast 2 Furious: One of the movies at the Googleplex is called 3 Fast 3 Furious.

Return to the Planet of the Apes: One of the movies at the Googleplex is called Return to Ape Valley.

The Incredible Hulk: One of the movies at the Googleplex is called The Unwatchable Hulk.

From Justin to Kelly: One of the movies at the Googleplex is a fictitious fourth sequel to this early 2000s flop film.

Ghost Rat: One of the movies at the Googleplex is called Ghost Frat.

A Kiss Before Dying: One of the movies at the Googleplex is called A Kiss Before Boring.

Freddy vs Jason and the Supreme Court case of Brown vs The Board of Education: One of the movies at the Googleplex combines these two titles to make Freddy vs. Jason vs. The Board of Education.

"Rapper's Delight": The song sung by the rap group at the ice cream parlor sounds like this groundbreaking 1980s rap song.

Rosemary's Baby: the music playing during "The Redeadening" sounds like the one from this American horror film.

The Blair Witch Project: Lisa filming her expedition into the attic with Bart, crying into the camera as she hears off-screen noises, and how the camera was dropped on its side as she runs away.

Village of the Damned, Child's Play, and The Others: The Redeadening is an almagam of these three movies involving evil children and a possessed doll attacking people.

Enron: Artie Ziff's company going bust and cheating its shareholders is reminiscent of this company and its downfall.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: Lisa tells Artie Ziff that Homer thinks this Roald Dahl children's book is real and is searching for the chocolate factory described in the book.

The Blue Man Group: While Homer is carted off by the SEC, he tells Moe to tell his family that he joined this performance art troupe.

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