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 »


Groundskeeper Willie: Shary Bobbins and I were engaged to be wed back in the old country. Then she got her eyesight back. Suddenly the ugliest man in Glasgow wasn't good enough for her.
Shary Bobbins: It's good to see you, Willie.
Groundskeeper Willie: [angry] That's not what you said the first time you saw me!
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References Pulp Fiction (1994) See more »


by James Rado, Gerome Ragni, and Galt MacDermot
Performed by The Cowsills
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I disagree, this episode was meant to be a parody and it worked.
7 November 2013 | by (Sweden) – See all my reviews

When it comes to parody I think it's better if a show or a movie concentrate on only one subject of a story or a popular fiction. Not to try to use many other movies or stories to put all together and give annoying fart jokes which would rather cause them to become pathetic and unfunny. Like those God-awful parody movies by those talent-less directors of the Scary Movie era.

But SimpsoncalifragilisticexpialaD'ohcious is simply a good example of parody from a classic movie. I didn't find the whole episode annoying. I just don't understand the other reviewer complaining about Shary Bobbins and the songs. In my opinion Shary Bobbins did give good jokes especially the self-referential joke when she yells: "I've been singing you songs all day. I'm not a bloody jukebox!"

As for the songs they're pretty good, some of them have good lyrics and good jokes at the same time. They might not be inspirational and though they're not 100% original they are still funny listening especially being parody but manage not to be too annoying to hear. I can tell you I've heard much worse musical than this and this musical episode is nothing to cringe on.

There are some pretty weird jokes too and I felt it became a bit surreal when some of the people in Springfield suddenly turned into British citizens for example Skinner and Jimbo wearing older century clothes? Well luckily it does not become stranger.

Overall this episode and it's story wasn't perfect but I think it's a nice one with good old jokes and the parody concept I prefer. Is it recommended? Indubitably yes!

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