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Encyclopedia > A Streetcar Named Marge
The Simpsons episode
"A Streetcar Named Marge"
Episode no. 61
Prod. code 8F18
Orig. Airdate October 1, 1992
Writer(s) Jeff Martin
Director Rich Moore
Chalkboard "My name is not Dr. Death"
Couch gag The couch turns into a tentacled brown monster.
Guest star(s) Jon Lovitz as Llewellyn Sinclair and his sister Ms. Sinclair, the day care owner
Season 4
September 1992 – May 1993
  1. Kamp Krusty
  2. A Streetcar Named Marge
  3. Homer the Heretic
  4. Lisa the Beauty Queen
  5. Treehouse of Horror III
  6. Itchy & Scratchy: The Movie
  7. Marge Gets a Job
  8. New Kid on the Block
  9. Mr. Plow
  10. Lisa's First Word
  11. Homer's Triple Bypass
  12. Marge vs. the Monorail
  13. Selma's Choice
  14. Brother from the Same Planet
  15. I Love Lisa
  16. Duffless
  17. Last Exit to Springfield
  18. So It's Come to This: A Simpsons Clip Show
  19. The Front
  20. Whacking Day
  21. Marge in Chains
  22. Krusty Gets Kancelled
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"A Streetcar Named Marge" is the second episode of The Simpsons' fourth season. The episode faced controversy from New Orleans due to a song in which it describes the city negatively (lyrics seen below). The writers apologized for this in the next episode, in which in the opening Bart repeatedly writes "I will not defame New Orleans" on the blackboard. The Simpson family first seen on The Tracey Ullman Show. ... October 1 is the 274th day of the year (275th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday. ... Jeff Martin is a singer and drummer who has sang for the bands Surgical Steel and Racer X, and has played drums for the bands Badlands and Blindside Blues Band. ... Rich Moore is an animation director whose credits include The Simpsons, Futurama, Baby Blues, and The Critic. ... The Pledge of Allegiance does not end with Hail Satan During the opening credits of many episodes of The Simpsons, Bart Simpson writes a unique phrase on the chalkboard. ... Jack Kevorkian, M.D. (born May 26, 1928) is a controversial American pathologist. ... The couch gag is a running visual joke in the opening credits of the animated television series The Simpsons. ... Jon Lovitz Jon Lovitz (born July 21, 1957) is an actor best known as a cast member of Saturday Night Live from 1985 to 1990. ... This article is 150 kilobytes or more in size. ... Kamp Krusty is the first episode of The Simpsons fourth season. ... Homer the Heretic is the third episode of The Simpsons fourth season. ... Lisa the Beauty Queen is an episode of The Simpsons fourth season (1992-1993) of the show. ... Treehouse of Horror III is the fifth episode of The Simpsons fourth season, and the third Simpsons Halloween episode. ... Marge Gets a Job is the 7th episode of The Simpsons fourth season. ... New Kid on the Block is the 8th episode of The Simpsons fourth season. ... Mr. ... Lisas First Word is the 10th episode of The Simpsons fourth season. ... Homers Triple Bypass is the eleventh episode of The Simpsons fourth season. ... Marge vs. ... Selmas Choice is the 13th episode of Simpsons fourth season, airing on January 21, 1993. ... Brother from the Same Planet is an episode of The Simpsons fourth season(1992-1993) of the show. ... The couch gag for I Love Lisa I Love Lisa is an episode from the fourth season of The Simpsons, in which the dim-witted and socially-awkward character Ralph Wiggum plays a prominent role. ... Duffless is the 16th episode of The Simpsons fourth season. ... Last Exit to Springfield is the 17th episode of The Simpsons fourth season. ... The Front is the nineteenth episode of season four of The Simpsons. ... Whacking Day is the 20th episode of The Simpsons fourth season. ... Marge in Chains is the twentyfirst episode of The Simpsons fourth season. ... Krusty Gets Kancelled is the season finale episode of The Simpsons fourth season. ... This article is 150 kilobytes or more in size. ... The Simpson family first seen on The Tracey Ullman Show. ... This article is 150 kilobytes or more in size. ...

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Synopsis

Marge is cast in the role of Blanche DuBois in Oh! Streetcar, the musical version of A Streetcar Named Desire directed by the flamboyant Llewellyn Sinclair at the Springfield Community Center. Homer isn't very supportive of Marge's interest in acting, so she uses her anger towards him for inspiration in some of the play's more emotional moments. Acting opposite Ned Flanders as Stanley Kowalski, Marge gets so absorbed in her role that at one point she nearly slashes Ned with a broken bottle. Meanwhile, Maggie has been placed in day care at the Ayn Rand School for Tots and leads a rebellion against the strict caretaker, who confiscates all of the babies' pacifiers. Watching Marge perform in the play, Homer is moved and realizes he should have been more supportive. Marjorie Marge Simpson (née Bouvier) (voiced by Julie Kavner) is a fictional character featured in the animated television series The Simpsons. ... Blanche DuBois is the principal character in Tennessee Williams play A Streetcar Named Desire. ... A Streetcar Named Desire is a famous American play written by Tennessee Williams. ... Homer Jay Simpson (voiced by Dan Castellaneta) is one of the main characters in the animated television series The Simpsons. ... Nedward Ned Flanders (circa 1939?- ) is a fictional character on The Simpsons, voiced by Harry Shearer. ... Stanley Kowalski is a character in Tennessee Williamss play A Streetcar Named Desire. ... Margaret Maggie Simpson is a fictional character featured in the animated cartoon television series The Simpsons. ... Ayn Rand (IPA: , February 2 [O.S. January 20] 1905 – March 6, 1982), born Alissa Zinovievna Rosenbaum, was best known for developing the philosophy of Objectivism and for writing the novels We the Living, Anthem, The Fountainhead, and Atlas Shrugged. ...


Trivia

  • Maggie's daycare center is called Ayn Rand's School for Tots which is an obvious reference to the author and philosopher Ayn Rand, who developed a philosophical position known as objectivism. There are many references to Ayn Rand throughout the episode, such as Ms. Sinclair (the daycare administrator) reading a book called "The Fountainhead Diet", a reference to Ayn Rand's book, "The Fountainhead". Furthermore, in the daycare there is a poster on the wall which reads "Helping is Futile", a reference to Ayn Rand's "every man for himself" style of ethics. In addition, another wall sign read "A is A." which is a common motif in Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged: "Centuries ago, the man who was—no matter what his errors—the greatest of your philosophers, has stated the formula defining the concept of existence and the rule of all knowledge: A is A. A thing is itself. You have never grasped the meaning of his statement. I am here to complete it: Existence is Identity, Consciousness is Identification."
  • Maggie's escapades in the School for Tots greatly resemble the movie The Great Escape.
  • Maggie plays Tchaikovsky's Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies on the xylophone.
  • The musical "Oh! Streetcar!" gets its name from the Broadway play Oh! Calcutta!
  • In the opening scene featuring the Miss American Girl beauty pageant, one of the judges is Mr. Boswell, who purportedly releases an annual "worst dressed" list. He is a parody of Mr. Blackwell.
  • When Apu takes off his shirt during the audition, you can see bullet wounds, probably from past Kwik-E-Mart robberies.
  • The people of New Orleans were offended by the material in the episode's musical parody. The fake play "Oh! Streetcar!" referred to the city as "full of pirates, drunks, and whores" among other things. In response to the complaints, the producers "apologized" in the blackboard gag of the next episode, as Bart writes, "I will not defame New Orleans."
  • In the scene where Homer, Bart and Lisa pick up Maggie from the day-care center before attending O! Streetcar!, the babies are perched all over the building, staring at the family and quietly sucking on pacifiers. This is a spoof of Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds.As part of a run-on gag, when Homer and the kids leave, a "Simpsons" version of Hitchcock is seen walking his dogs on the sidewalk past the day-care. This parodies how Hitchcock usually made himself an extra in many of his films.
  • The UK channel Channel 4 apologised on air after airing this episode on 7 September 2005, just over a week after Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans. The apology was broadcast two days later, before a showing of Lisa the Beauty Queen.
  • There is a reference to the movie Cool Hand Luke when Ms. Sinclair says to Maggie "We have a place for babies like you. The Box!" and puts Maggie in a crib.

These are the lyrics for the controversial opening song of "Oh! Streetcar!": Ayn Rand (IPA: , February 2 [O.S. January 20] 1905 – March 6, 1982), born Alissa Zinovievna Rosenbaum, was best known for developing the philosophy of Objectivism and for writing the novels We the Living, Anthem, The Fountainhead, and Atlas Shrugged. ... Objectivism is the philosophy developed by Russian-born American philosopher and author Ayn Rand. ... The Great Escape, written by James Clavell and W.R. Burnett and directed by John Sturges, is a famous and acclaimed 1963 World War II film, based on a true story about Allied POWs with a record for escaping from POW camps. ... Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (Russian: Пётр Ильи́ч Чайкóвский, sometimes transliterated as Piotr Ilitsch Tschaikowsky, Anglicised as Peter Ilich), (7 May [O.S. 25 April] 1840 – 6 November [O.S. 25 October] 1893) was a Russian composer of the Romantic era. ... Broadway theatre is often considered the highest professional form of theatre in the United States. ... Oh! Calcutta! was a long-running theatrical revue, debuting off-Broadway in 1969, created by British critic Kenneth Tynan. ... Mr. ... Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, Ph. ... New Orleans is the largest city in the state of Louisiana, United States of America. ... A pacifier A pacifier (American English), dummy (British English) or soother (Canadian English), is a rubber or plastic nipple given to an infant or other young child to suck upon. ... Sir Alfred Joseph Hitchcock KBE (13 August 1899–29 April 1980) was a British-born American film director and producer, a master of the suspense thriller genre. ... The Birds (1963) is a horror film by Alfred Hitchcock, based on a short story by Daphne Du Maurier, who also wrote the novel Hitchcocks film Rebecca was based on. ... Channel 4 is a public service television broadcaster in the United Kingdom (see British television). ... September 7 is the 250th day of the year (251st in leap years). ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Hurricane Katrina was the costliest and one of the deadliest hurricanes in the history of the United States. ... Lisa the Beauty Queen is an episode of The Simpsons fourth season (1992-1993) of the show. ...

 . Long before the Superdome, . Where the Saints of football play, . Lived a city that the damned call home, . Hear their hellish rondelet: . . New Orleans! . Home of pirates, drunks, and whores... . New Orleans! . Tacky, overpriced souvenir stores... . . If you want to go to hell, you should take a trip . To the Sodom and Gomorrah of the Mississip': . . New Orleans! . Stinking, rotten, vomiting, vile... . New Orleans! . Putrid, brackish, maggotty, foul... . . New Orleans! . Crummy, lousy, rancid and rank... . New Orleans! 

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Quotes

  • Ned: (as Stanley Kowalski) Stella! STELLLAAAA! Can't you hear me YELLA! You're puttin' me through HELLA! Stella... STELLLAAAA!
  • Llewelyn Sinclair: I have directed three plays in my career, and I have had three heart attacks. That's how much I care; I'm planning a fourth.
  • Llewelyn Sinclair: I am not an easy man to work for. While directing Hats Off to Hanukkah, I reduced more than one cast member to tears. Did I expect too much from fourth graders? The review -- "Play Enjoyed by All" (he holds up an elementary school newspaper with this headline) -- speaks for itself.

Nedward Ned Flanders (circa 1939?- ) is a fictional character on The Simpsons, voiced by Harry Shearer. ... Stanley Kowalski is a character in Tennessee Williamss play A Streetcar Named Desire. ... For the Khazar ruler by this name, see Hanukkah (Khazar). ...

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