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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.

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... Homer Simpson / Grampa / Groundskeeper Willie / Krusty the Clown / Dark Stanley (voice)
... Marge Simpson (voice)
... Ralph Wiggum / Bart Simpson / Nelson Muntz / Jitney Spuckler / Crystal Meth Spuckler / International Harvester Spuckler (voice)
... Lisa Simpson (voice)
... Old Jewish Man / Superintendent Chalmers / Cletus Spuckler / Comic Book Guy / Apu / Snake / Ling Chow (voice)
... Principal Skinner (voice)
... Psychologist (voice)
... Himself (voice)
... Himself (voice)
... Dr. Swanson (voice)
... Himself (voice)
... Edna Krabappel (voice)
... Milhouse Van Houten / Birthday Spuckler (voice)
... Dolph / School Psychologist / Dubya Spuckler / Whitney Spuckler / Sheila Chow / Brandine Spuckler (voice)
... 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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4 March 2007 (USA)  »

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Trivia

Before Bart tells Martin and Milhouse about "Dark Stanley" Martin can be seen with a green lunchbox but after Bart tell them Martin can be seen with a brown paper lunch bag. See more »

Quotes

Bart Simpson: And I had this dream that my whole family was just cartoon characters, and that our success led to some crazy propaganda network called Fox News.
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Connections

References Auntie Mame (1958) See more »

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You're My Greatest Love
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Written by Jackie Gleason and Bill Templeton
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A Musical Gem
29 August 2014 | by 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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