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The Simpsons: Million Dollar Abie

After costing Springfield their chance at getting a major football team, Grampa contemplates suicide and goes to a doctor specializing in euthanasia. However, when the police arrests the doctor and Grampa realizes he's not dead, he starts a new life as a bullfighter for the newly converted stadium.


Episode Info


Episode number: 17x16
Production Number: HABF09
Airdate: Sunday April 02nd, 2006


Alternate Airdates:

DE (Pro7) Feb 18, 2007

  • Currently 5/10
5/10 (3 Votes cast)
Guest Stars
Karl Wiedergott
voiced Various
Recurring
Maggie Roswell
voiced Various
Recurring
Michael Carrington (1)
voiced Announcer
Recurring
Pamela Hayden
voiced Various
Recurring
Tress MacNeille
voiced Jimbo
Recurring
Rob Reiner
voiced Himself
Main Cast
Dan Castellaneta
voiced Homer Simpson, Abraham Simpson, Krusty the Klown, Barney, Willy, Sideshow Mel, Mayor Quimby, Hans Moleman, Gil, Itchy, Various
Julie Kavner
voiced Marjorie "Marge" Bouvier Simpson, Patty Bouvier, Selma Bouvier, Jacqueline Ingrid Bouvier, Various
Nancy Cartwright
voiced Bart Simpson, Nelson Muntz, Ralph Wiggum, Todd Flanders, Kearney, Various
Yeardley Smith
voiced Lisa Simpson, Various
Hank Azaria
voiced Apu, Moe, Chief Wiggum, Carl, Comic Book Guy, Dr. Nick Riviera, Prof. Frink, Cletus, Sea Captain, Kirk Van Houten, Various
Harry 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 flip the classroom upside down

Couch: Repeat of the couch gag from "Milhouse of Sand and Fog" where The Simpsons sit on the couch and an unseen reviewer deletes the scene through a TiVo menu.

First Church of Springfield today's topic: Jesus hates you

A teaser for The Simpsons Movie was shown during the episode.

Maggie refers to Homer as “Bald Mommy” (subtitled).

The stadium designed by Homer is named:
Duff beer Krustyburger Buzz cola Costington's department store Kwik-E-Mart stupid Flanders park

Springfield Town Hall banner:
Town Meeting
Come for the agenda,
Stay for the Addenda

In Australia, this episode was rated M (the equivalent to the TV-14 rating on American TV) due to the references to assisted suicide.



Episode Quotes
TV Announcer: Tonight on Jock Center. A slugger on 'roids, Tiger Woods is annoyed, and North Korean missiles deployed.

Abe: Who are you? What do you want? What year is it? Who are you?

Lisa: It's so strange that the commissioner didn't show up.
Homer: Maybe he's thinking of a new shape for the football.

Abe: A doctor? I already got enough doctors, touching me, and poking me, and squeezing me up here, and jiggling me down there. And that's just the receptionist.

Lenny: I don't get what he's doing and I'm smart. Not book-smart or street-smart or brain-smart, but somethin'.

Marge: Grampa, killing yourself is a sin! God wants us to die of old age. After years of pain and reduced mobility.

Abe: You're all gonna die in a pointless war.

Stadium Announcer: (threatened by an angry bull) Please no! I have a wife and three girlfriends.



Episode Goofs
It wouldn't be possible to shoot a picture of Chief Wiggum in front of a big screen with that camera angle without having the screen itself in the picture.

Those few balloons (filled with Helium or the like) can't even lift the chairs on which Abe and Lisa sit and especially not the bulls who are a lot heavier than a human.



Cultural References
The title Million Dollar Abie is a reference to the Oscar winning movie Million Dollar Baby from 2004. Read more about the movie in the wikipedia article.

The die-POD is a spoof of the iPod, which is a famous MP3 player. Read more about the player in the wikipedia article.

In the trash of Las Vegas are three dead blue men, which is a hit on the Blue Man Group -- a creative organization with features a trio of mute performers. Read more about this organization in the wikipedia article.

Rob Reiner pastes his first respectively last name over the names on the Hollywood Walk of Fame stars of Carl Reiner and Rob Lowe, who have both acted in many TV shows and theater movies. Carl Reiner has indeed a star on the Walk of Fame and Rob Rainer has one already, too, but Rob Lowe hasn't got it there yet.

Lenny with a painted "Down" (form the football team name Melt Down) on his belly shouts that he has Down Syndrome. This genetic mutation is a very serious because cureless disease with mental and physical disabilities. Read more about the chromosomal defect in the wikipedia article.

The commissioner says that he will just BlackBerry his assistant. A popular wireless handheld device is named BlackBerry, but as heard in this episode it has also become a verb like many other famous tools or services. Read more about the device in the wikipedia article.

The show 48 Minutes is a nifty play on the show 24 where each hour-long episode takes place in real time making up 24 hours over the course of a season.

Dr. Egoyan walks with Grampa through a hall with pictures of famous people who committed suicide: Socrates (was sentenced to drink poison) an ancient Greek philosopher, Virginia Woolf an author and one of the foremost figures in the feminist movement, Ernest Hemingway a novelist, and Hunter S. Thompson a journalist and author.

Dr. Egoyan also mentioned that Fred Kenickie committed suicide and refers to his client before Grampa. In fact Kenickie is a British punk-indie band, which some people might classify as a little screwed up like Dr. Egoyan does with Fred. Read more about the music band in the wikipedia article.

Grampa wants to listen to the Glenn Miller Orchestra, which is a Jazz and Swing orchestra founded in 1937. Read more about the orchestra in the wikipedia article.

Abe meets a Charlie Chaplin performer in the streets. Unlike the real Chaplin who never talked, the performer responds to Abe's comment, but also does the Chaplin-like movement with his mustache. Read more about the British actor in the wikipedia article.

Grampa releases the bulls and starts an Encierro-like happening in Springfield. Read more about the Spanish tradition in the wikipedia article.



Episode References
The Couch Gag is the same as in the episode 17x03 Milhouse of Sand and Fog.



Warning: The Simpsons season 17 episode 16 guide may contain spoilers
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