In this parody of The Sound of Music (1965), Lisa becomes a tutor for Cletus' seven children, until Krusty tries to exploit them as entertainers. Meanwhile, Bart becomes emotionally attached to his school-appointed psychiatrist.

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Marge Simpson (voice)
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Lisa Simpson (voice)
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Psychologist (voice)
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Himself (voice)
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Dr. Swanson (voice)
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Himself (voice)
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Edna Krabappel (voice)
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Milhouse Van Houten / Birthday Spuckler (voice)
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Dolph / School Psychologist / Dubya Spuckler / Whitney Spuckler / Sheila Chow / Brandine Spuckler (voice)
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Martin Prince (voice)
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In this parody of The Sound of Music (1965), Lisa becomes a tutor for Cletus' seven children, until Krusty tries to exploit them as entertainers. Meanwhile, Bart becomes emotionally attached to his school-appointed psychiatrist.

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Animation | Comedy

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Trivia

"The Ballad of Buzz Cola" is the only Stephen Sondheim song in which he doesn't get credit for the lyrics. See more »

Quotes

Krusty the Klown: I brought the greatest American composer... this guy. What's your name?
Stephen Sondheim: Stephen Sondheim. I know you hear this all the time, but I think you're great.
Krusty the Klown: Well, I bet you hear this a lot: You cost me an arm and a leg, so get to work!
Stephen Sondheim: Here's the opening number.
Krusty the Klown: Aha... Complex harmonies... Sophisticated lyrics... Pithy observations on everyday life... What is this crap! Where's the zazz? Why don't you do what you did on Cats?
Stephen Sondheim: I didn't write Cats.
Krusty the Klown: Oh, no! All right, I think we can save this.
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References The Sopranos (1999) See more »

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Suite Punta del Este
Composed by Astor Piazzolla
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A Musical Gem
29 August 2014 | by (NY, NY) – See all my reviews

The musical episodes of The Simpsons may not appeal to everyone, but among this genre of episodes, "Yokel Chords" is one of my favorites. While the musical numbers are limited to Lisa's story of trying to educate Cletus' yokel offspring, even Bart's story about Dark Stanley has an incredible fantasy/horror sequence with beautiful animation and a terrific Astor Piazola inspired musical track.

Of course, for musical theater geeks, this episode features the ultimate guest appearance by Stephen Sondheim who gets abused by Krusty and then composes a peppy Buzz Cola jingle. It's a nice guest spot that breezes by quickly but is more than a throw-away (unlike Andy Dick's mercifully short walk-on).

Overall, the episode is very sharp, has a good pace, and features some edgy lines such as a not-quite Jewish insult and a 9/11 line that perfectly encapsulates the justification for the Iraq War and is all the more biting because it comes from Cletus.


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