What are your favorite Simpsons moments?

Medicinal Marijuana: “It smells like the Art teacher’s office!”

The cocktail party: “Not those peanuts. The ones at the bottom.”

During “The Otto Show,” Bart is trying to persuade his parents to take in Otto after he’s been evicted.

Marge: I know it’s a bit of a sacrifice, but the Bible does say, “Whatsoever you do to the least of My brothers, that you do unto Me.”
Homer: Yeah, but doesn’t the Bible also say, “Thou Shalt Not Take…Moochers…Into Thy…Hut”?

“I think he’s talking to you.”

Another one: Homer buying illegal fireworks:

Marge: “Gee! I don’t know what you’ve got planned for tonight, Homer, but count me out.”

Even if you broke it down by Simpsons character (major or minor), I’m sure I have at least 10 moments for practically any one of them.

I think the Frinkiac website for creating Simpsons memes or animated GIFs of up to 9-10 seconds long is my most frequently hit site since its inception, because at least five times a day, something in my life triggers a Simpsons reference in my head… It’s only a question of if I share it or not :).

Last week, a friend of mine nearly made what I thought would have been a rash and poor decision to buy a car off of a used car lot… over the Internet.

Being as I knew he was also a Simpsons fan, I could tell him he’d do better by getting a Yugo from Crazy Vaclav’s Place of Automobiles.

And this is an example of how good the show was in its heyday… This is from the episode centered around former President George (HW) Bush moving to Springfield after Clinton won the 1992 election, the better to relax due to its having the lowest voter turnout in the nation (and also after Bush had made some real-life comment about how American TV should depict families “more like the Waltons than the Simpsons”).

He arrives in the middle of a neighorbood garage sale, which is when this “Ayatollah Assaholah” t-shirt was pulled from the Simpsons’ attic…

…along with a denim jacket with jeweled studs on the back spelling out DISCO STU (“I was trying to write disco stud but I ran out of studs”)

…which leads to the first appearance of the recurring side character, “Disco Stu (who likes disco music)”, refuses to buy it because he “doesn’t advertise” (but he dances as Homer sings about shopping at “Table Five” to “Stayin’ Alive”)

and then later, after Bush I “spanks” Bart Simpson (one swat across his knee), Grandpa Abe Simpson dismisses it with one of my favorite mnemonics for American History: “Big deal! When I was a boy, we used to get spanked by Presidents all the time! Grover Cleveland spanked me on two non-consecutive occasions!

That joke has helped me in at least one pub quiz trivia contest!

I also cannot discuss “The Odyssey” (the Homeric epic) without hearing Moe’s voice in my head muttering, “Boy, who decided to give every weirdo an island?”, or Homer as Odysseus arriving to deal with the suitors on Ithaca by announcing, “Now I’m going to do something I haven’t done in twenty years… TAKE OUT THE TRASH!”

(If only Homer, the blind Greek poet, had ever watched American action movies…!)

Or whenever the song “Lady” by Styx comes on the radio…

I just put this url on a car parked in my parking spot at school:

“…dough…nuts? I said no ethnic food!”

Mention of Otto makes me think of the Lord of the Flies episode, which ends with the kids still on the island but a voice-over saying “And eventually, the children were rescued, by, oh, let’s say…Moe.”

But if it makes you think of Otto, shouldn’t it make you think of Otto “swimming for it” from the sinking bus but immediately being carried away by the current, with his intended last words to the world being a rapidly fading out “…Zeppelin rules!”

“Don Homer, I baked this donut special for you. My son, he has trouble --”
“Eh eh eh! … (chomp) Mmmm. Molto bene.”

“Put it in H!”

Another good one, Homer talking to the insurance adjuster after crashing into Marge’s car in their own driveway:
Insurance man: “This place ‘Moe’s’ is a business of some sort?”
Homer’s brain: “Don’t tell him you were at a bar. But what else is open that late?”
Homer, completely deadpan: “It’s a pornography store. I was buying pornography.”

The best part is the line after that:

Khlav kalash and crab juice–two horrible tastes that go horribly together

“Last Exit to Springfield” has a bunch of great moments, like Homer negotiating with Mr. Burns.

And of course “Dental plan! Lisa needs braces…” (I can’t hear the words “dental plan” without mentally adding “Lisa needs braces.”)

And Abe’s rambling story about that time he caught the ferry to Shelbyville…

And the ending where Lisa makes a rather lame pun, and everyone laugh’s uproariously. And the the orthodontist says “Oops, I left the gas on.”

“Homer the Great” was also pretty great. Every year on the Fourth of July I say “Tonight we are here to commemorate our glorious country’s [whatever]th anniversary, and in honor of this momentous occasion… we’re havin’ ribs.”

I love that episode.

“I’m so hungry I could eat at Arby’s!”

Homer tries to intercept Mr. Burns’ mail
Affects false voice while talking to postal worker
“Hello, I’m Mr. Burns. I’m here to get my mail.”
“Sure thing, Mr. Burns, what’s your first name?”
“I don’t know.”

Bart: I wish I had an elephant.
Lisa: You had an elephant. Its name was Stampy!

(we throw that one around a lot in this house)

See also:

“You say that so much it’s lost all meaning!”


“Of all the terrible things you’ve done, this… ranks somewhere in the middle.”

But my allll time favorite

Jimminy jillikers?

I also like the dentist in this ep and I’m surprised that, of everyone ever shown on this show, he became a one-off character.

Homer : Aw, twenty dollars! I wanted a peanut.

Homer’s Brain : Twenty dollars can buy many peanuts!

Homer : Explain how!

Homer’s Brain : Money can be exchanged for goods and services.

Homer : Woohoo!

The eager way he says “Explain how!” kills me.