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Yokel Chords 

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.

Director:

Susie Dietter

Writers:

Matt Groening (created by), James L. Brooks (developed by) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dan Castellaneta ... Homer Simpson / Grampa / Groundskeeper Willie / Krusty the Clown / Dark Stanley (voice)
Julie Kavner ... Marge Simpson (voice)
Nancy Cartwright ... Ralph Wiggum / Bart Simpson / Nelson Muntz / Jitney Spuckler / Crystal Meth Spuckler / International Harvester Spuckler (voice)
Yeardley Smith ... Lisa Simpson (voice)
Hank Azaria ... Old Jewish Man / Superintendent Chalmers / Cletus Spuckler / Comic Book Guy / Apu / Snake / Ling Chow (voice)
Harry Shearer ... Principal Skinner (voice)
Peter Bogdanovich ... Psychologist (voice)
Andy Dick ... Himself (voice)
James Patterson ... Himself (voice)
Meg Ryan ... Dr. Swanson (voice)
Stephen Sondheim ... Himself (voice)
Marcia Wallace ... Edna Krabappel (voice)
Pamela Hayden ... Milhouse Van Houten / Birthday Spuckler (voice)
Tress MacNeille ... Dolph / School Psychologist / Dubya Spuckler / Whitney Spuckler / Sheila Chow / Brandine Spuckler (voice)
Russi Taylor ... Martin Prince (voice)
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Animation | Comedy

Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 March 2007 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

USA

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby SR (seasons 3-19)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Peter Bogdanovich parodies his role from The Sopranos (1999) in this episode, as a therapist to another therapist. See more »

Quotes

Krusty the Klown: Let's try this. Break into a peppy vamp.
Stephen Sondheim: Good, and I can counterpoint it with...
Krusty the Klown: No counterpoint! Vamp! Peppy!
Stephen Sondheim: [Starts playing] Hey, this peppy stuff is not bad. Maybe I could do that jingle for Bosco.
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Connections

References Un Chien Andalou (1929) See more »

Soundtracks

Moonshine Drinkers
Music by Alf Clausen
Lyrics by Michael Price
Performed by Pamela Hayden and Tress MacNeille
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A Musical Gem
29 August 2014 | by mideleonSee 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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