Mountain of Madness
The Itchy & Scratchy & Poochie Show


  • Quentin Tarantino declined to appear as himself, so Dan Castellaneta voiced him in the Reservoir Dogs parody.
  • Julie Andrews was the planned choice for Shary Bobbins, but the staff went with Maggie Roswell instead after hearing her performance.
  • Originally, this episode was going to have a song with Patty and Selma called "We Love to Smoke," but it was cut for time. The song is available on the season eight DVD set and on the Go Simpsonic with The Simpsons album.
  • This episode's title reveals that Homer's catchphrase "D'oh!" is scripted as "Annoyed Grunt".
  • This is one of the few episodes where you can see George Bush‘s house accords the street from the Simpsons.

Cultural references

  • The title of this episode references the song Supercalifragilisticexpialidocius, one of the songs in the Mary Poppins film.
  • The entire episode is a parody of Mary Poppins, the 1964 Disney film. It shares a similar storyline, parodies its musical numbers and Shary's name itself is wordplay on Mary's.
  • During the park scene Principal Skinner attempts to sell Jimbo Jones into labor by yelling "Boy for Sale". This is a reference to the musical number in the 1968 musical film Oliver! when Mr. Bumble sells Oliver to the undertaker Mr. Sowerberry after failing to sell Oliver to a blacksmith and a chef.
  • One of the nanny applicants was a kindly old lady, Homer reacted to this by saying: "Wait Marge I saw Mrs. Doubtfire; this is a man in drag!".
  • The nannies being rejected one by one is a reference to the 1993 film Addams Family Values when Wednesday and Pugsley scare away all of their potential nannies.
  • The Itchy and Scratchy cartoon in this episode is a parody of one of the scenes in Reservoir Dogs, of which Quentin Tarantino directed.
  • The failed skit that Krusty attempted to do in his Krusty Komedy Klassics, "Mad About Shoe," was a reference to the sitcom Mad About You. He also mentioned a "NYPD Shoe" skit when he learned that the audience didn't like it and warned that it was the same thing, a reference to the show NYPD Blue.
  • When Krusty brings up Gerald Ford for a comedy routine, the song Hail to the Chief is heard in the background.
  • The Bratwurst commercial song is a reference to the Oscar Mayer Bologna song.

Snake with blue hair


  • In the Krusty sketch, the curtains are mostly red but when he's performing the joke with the dog, they are blue. It may be a different set.
  • In the Krusty scene with Gerald Ford Krusty's Gloves are Yellow instead of White And he is wearing gloves the lines are still on the back of them indicating they are in fact gloves

    Shary's undershirt is the wrong color

  • When Marge denies Kearney the nanny position, a piece of her hair with a hole in it is briefly filled in.
  • As Bart stuffs clothing in the closet, a piece of the closet wall is for a few frames colored red like a garment that is nearby.
  • When Chief Wiggum is shown during the "Cut Every Corner" number, Snake is seen with blue hair while robbing Hans Moleman.
  • Also in that sequence, when Apu is singing, the area of Shary's white undershirt beneath her bowtie is briefly colored dark like her jacket.

Shary with black hair


Bleeding Gums Murphy with a dark brown beard

  • The tree that Grampa crashed into at the end of the episode isn't usually in the Simpsons front yard.
  • When Shary first announces that her work with the Simpsons is finished, her hair is black instead of brown viewed from the back.

A blue Duff label with red text

  • When Shary Bobbins gets drunk in the living room, she is wearing a blue dress. When the family comes over to comfort her, she is wearing her black dress which was seen earlier.
  • On the "Before They Were Famous" television show, Bleeding Gums Murphy's beard is colored darker than it usually is.
  • According to the audio commentary, when Marge, Lisa and Bart sang this part: "But we're happy just the way we are", Homer wasn’t singing. That's because Al Jean and Mike Reiss forgot to record Homer. "The show must go on." - David Silverman, Supervising Director.
  • The Duff Beer label in this episode is light blue with red text instead of the usual red with black text.
  • Quentin Tarantino wears a shirt with pink designs on it, one of which disappears for a frame.

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