Wednesday, April 26, 2006

You Shot Who in the What Now?

This week's AV Club has a handy guide for anyone out there who is not annoying enough on their own and needs more obscure Simpsons quotes to insert into daily conversation. I have been accused excessive Simpsons quoting many times, so I have some pretty strong views on what constitutes a good Simpsons quote. The AV Club has picked out some good ones. Personally, the only quotes from their list that I ever use are: "I was saying 'Boo-urns", "Crisitunity!", "You shot who in the what now?", and, of course, the timeless "Worst. Episode. Ever." Some of my other favorites that weren't listed in this piece are:

Quote: "Your ideas are intriguing to me and I wish to subscribe to your newsletter"
Episode: "Mountain of Madness" (2/2/97)
Context: Homer's response after Bart launches into a diatribe against teamwork, sharing, helping, and tolerance.
Real-Life uses: Any time you see somebody broadcasting strange and frightening viewpoints. Of course, if you think this person really is a nutjob, it's best not to let them hear you, lest they add you to their mailing list.

Quote: "But I did a good job... a good job"
Episode: "Homer at the Bat" (2/20/92)
Context: Mr. Burns is upbraiding the hypnotist that he hired for his softball team for making Roger Clemens think he's a chicken. The hypnotist pulls out his watch and utters this quote to convince Mr. Burns that he actually did a good job.
Real-Life uses: Whenever you mess up, you can mimic the hypnotist's soothing voice to try and cover up your mistake.

Quote: "One highway, zero city"
Episode: "The Bart Wants What It Wants" (5/18/99)
Context: Rainer Wolfcastle speaks this memorable line when Homer asks him what kind of gas mileage his gigantic SUV gets.
Real-Life uses: A good way to describe any gas guzzler. Bonus points for saying it with a German accent.

Quote: "Fox turned into a hardcore sex channel so gradually, I didn't even notice"
Episode: "Lisa's Wedding" (3/26/95)
Context: This episode shows a look into the future (2010), where Marge is upset with the state of the Fox television network.
Real-Life uses: Any time you need to bemoan the state of network television programming.

Quote: "The nye Mets are my favorite squadron"
Episode: "Much Apu About Nothing" (5/5/96)
Context: With an anti-illegal immigrant fervor spreading across Springfield, Apu tries to blend in by feigning an interest in Major League Baseball.
Real-Life uses: A humorous way to declare your ignorance in a certain area, especially sports.

Quote: "It's my first day"
Episode: "Simpson Tide" (3/29/98)
Context: After using this excuse for his latest screw-up at work, then using it again after Mr. Burns learns that it was not Homer's first day and demands to know why he thought he could get away with lying to him, Homer loses his job and joins the Naval Reserve, where he uses the same excuse yet again after nearly causing an international incident on the high seas.
Real-Life uses: A way to absolve yourself of any and all responsibility no matter how badly you've just screwed up.

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5 comments:

MDS said...

I think the key to pop culture references of any kind is that at least one person has to get the joke. So if you're having a one-on-one conversation with a person and you reference Gumbel 2 Gumbel even though you know he's not a Family Guy fan, you've failed. But if you post something about Gumbel 2 Gumbel on a blog, you're in the clear because it's been proven that every blog has at least one reader who is a Family Guy fan.

dhodge said...

True, but for really top-shelf pop culture references, unleashing them on the uninitated from time to time can be a good way to help spread the gospel.

Ace Cowboy said...

I use the "newsletter" quote quite a bit...the other Simpsons quote I love that's a bit off the radar is in the Bear Tax episode, when Lisa answers Homer's ill logic with "That's specious reasoning, Dad."

It's not even particularly funny, but any time someone at work or in play says something that could fall under the umbrella of speciousness, I break that out. Surprisingly, it happens a fair amount.

dhodge said...

The Bear Tax episode (Much Apu About Nothing) has a nearly inexhaustible supply of quality quotes. I love the sign that Moe is shown holding at the anti-illegal immigration rally "Get Eurass Back to Eurasia".

Pete said...

Also in Bear Tax, Moe: "The immigrants, I knew it was them! Even when it was the bears, I knew it was the immigrants!"

Only funny if said like Moe. Good way to express your ignorance and apologize for being a stubborn butthead about it.