The Simpsons: Season 8, Episode 13

Simpsoncalifragilisticexpiala-Annoyed-Grunt-cious (7 Feb. 1997)

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After a little bit of hair loss caused by stress, the Simpson family decide that a nanny to help around the house may be a good idea, causing them to come into contact with a very odd character named Shary Bobbins.



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Episode credited cast:
Marge Simpson (voice)
Bart Simpson / Nelson Mutz / Kearney / Additional Voices (voice)
Lisa Simpson (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Moe Syzlak / Apu / Chief Wiggum / Additional Voices
Shary Bobbins / Additional Voices


Marge Simpson is starting to loose hair due to the stress of running the Simpson household. The family decide to get a nanny and are approached by Shary Bobbins, a Mary Poppins figure in Victorian attire, complete with a flying umbrella. The British nanny seems to bring joy to everyone with her London music hall style singing and eccentric charm. Yet working in the Simpson household soon starts to cause problems for the kindly nursemaid... Written by Joe

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Homer turns down the first nanny thinking she's a man in drag. Interestingly, in the original Mary Poppins (1964) movie, which this episode spoofs, many of the nannies in the large queue of applicants for the job at the start of the film were actually men in drag. See more »


Homer: All right, Marge. We'll get your nanny. And to pay for it, I'll give up the Civil War Recreation Society I love so much.
[cut to Moe's]
Moe: All right, Homer's out. We'll need a new General Ambrose Burnside.
Barney: I'm not too fond of our Stonewall Jackson, either.
Apu: The South shall COME AGAIN.
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Referenced in Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003) See more »


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Music by Earle Hagen and Herbert W. Spencer
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"Simpsoncalifragilisticexpiala-Annoyed-Grunt-cious" is as annoying as its title...
9 June 2011 | by (Planet Namek) – See all my reviews

Story: Not much... Marge Simpson is under stress due to handling too many family matters on her own and begins to lose her hair. A nanny named Shary Bobbins (Mary Poppins knockoff with a flying umbrella) comes to help out. This British nanny is very enthusiastic and finds delight in helping everyone around her. She prances and dances and sings... and tucks everyone into bed... eventually, she feels her job is done. But, as she is about to leave, the Simpson family resumes its mayhem and chaotic behavior. So she decides to stay and continue helping them adapt to a more civilized, respectful family. Of course, this doesn't help so she just says goodbye eventually and leaves... with her flying umbrella... and is hit by a plane on the way up to the sky... eh... no big loss.

Shary Bobbins: Shary Bobbins... Mary Poppins... whatever. The character was lame and boring... unless for some reason someone revels in musicals and goofy dancing and prancing with lame American/British parade-like tunes... then she's just a prototype knockoff of an already lame and boring archetype character... one that just sings and dances. Not everyone enjoys singing and dancing characters... especially when its their complete purpose.

Meaning: There's hardly any moral. I think it's just supposed to depict that there's some people that are happy just the way they are (in this case, the Simpson family)... so the nanny fails and leaves... big deal... she sucked anyway...

The Songs: What sucked most was the whole process of the singing scenes... they were EXTREMELY ANNOYING... there's many Simpsons tracks that are rather worthwhile in other episodes... some that I actually do like... it's really hard to appeal to everyone with the music... there's some that can barely be stomached... but these tracks were particularly ANNOYING.

Overall: This episode was horrible. There were some very minor instances that were funny (as when Burns and Smithers were flying a kite... and when Groundskeeper Willie was playing those instruments on the street)... but then again... the entire episode is a major failure... I judge an episode based on its entirety, not one scene or just one reason. In summary... a woman comes to be a nanny, fails... and leaves... and that's about it. It sucks for story... it's very lame and boring... and this Shary Bobbins character sucked badly anyway... I didn't care if she got popped in the end. It should have happened earlier so people wouldn't have had to endure her annoying presence.

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