The Simpsons: Season 1, Episode 13

Some Enchanted Evening (13 May 1990)

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Homer and Marge enjoy a night out on the town. Meanwhile, at home, the kids deal with a diabolical babysitter.


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Episode cast overview:
Marge Simpson (voice)
Bart Simpson (voice)
Lisa Simpson (voice)
Ms. Botz (voice)
Moe Szyslak (voice)
Chris Latta ...
Moe Szyslak / 'America's Most Armed and Dangerous' Host (voice) (as Christopher Collins)
Florist (voice)


Marge and Homer want to have a second honeymoon at a hotel but,due to Bart's naughtiness,have trouble in finding a baby-sitter,until the stern-looking Ms. Botz arrives. In fact, she is the notorious Baby-Sitter Bandit who robs houses in her charge but the kids manage to overpower her - though an uncomprehending Homer releases her again,and she escapes,leaving the news channel to label him a local boob. Written by don @ minifie-1

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The title is based upon the song "Some Enchanted Evening" from the Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II musical play "South Pacific". See more »


Homer's voice fluctuates wildly in this episode, one of the first to be filmed. Sometimes, he speaks in an imitation of Walter Matthau, e.g. when he is rehearsing what he will say to Marge outside the house, and sometimes he speaks in a voice which Dan Castellaneta later settled on for Homer (in the flower shop). See more »


Ms. Botz: You're going to watch this tape, and you're going to do what I say or I'm going to do something to you. And I don't know what that is because everyone has always done what I say!
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Referenced in The Simpsons: Hurricane Neddy (1996) See more »


Music by Perez Prado
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Season 1: Rough around the edges but the core is there from the start
10 March 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

There is a later episode of The Simpson where Troy McClure shows clips from the original short cartoons from which this show came and he forces a laugh in response to a clip that is really way below the standard the show had reached by the time that clip show came around. I mention that because to a certain extent that is how I felt watching the very first season again, because this really is its first steps and it is still far from being the fully fleshed out, hilarious and clever show that it would soon become.

It is still good for what it is though and it isn't that it doesn't know what it is doing, just that it is taking its first steps as a show. The weekly plots are good but they tend to focus on one strand rather than several, as a result they seem more straightforward and perhaps a little slower than I expected. They tend to have good messages and be delivered in a way that avoids the usual sitcom sentiment, but they are still pretty direct in terms of what they are doing. The animation shows a big difference as well of course – although everything has stepped up from the original shorts, it still looks pretty rough and the characters and their voices are all not quite where they need to be (which is easy to say retrospectively I know). The supporting character base has a few in there but again the show hasn't had time to really bring anyone on and there are only a few characters that have more than a small amount to do in support.

It is still funny though and pretty smart with it, though it should be read that I dismiss it but just that the heights it went onto make it harder to look back on its humble beginnings and see them as anything else. I look forward to seeing the rough edges being taken off in the next few seasons and the whole thing being brought up to the shine I know it will achieve.

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