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"Eight Misbehavin'"
The Simpsons episode
Eight Misbehavin.jpg
Promotional artwork for the episode.
Episode no. 233
Prod. code BABF03
Orig. airdate November 21, 1999
Show runner(s) Mike Scully
Written by Matt Selman
Directed by Steven Dean Moore
Chalkboard "Indian burns are not our cultural heritage."
Couch gag The Simpsons sit on the couch and the wall spins around like in the season four episode Homer the Heretic, but this time, a mad scientist who looks like Vincent Price and a scared Ned Flanders (who is screaming as the mad scientist is laughing maniacally) who is shackled upside down are on the other side of the wall.
Guest star(s) Jan Hooks as Manjula
Garry Marshall as Larry Kidkill
Butch Patrick as himself
DVD
commentary
Mike Scully
George Meyer
Matt Selman
Julie Thacker
Garry Marshall
Steven Dean Moore

"Eight Misbehavin'" is the seventh episode of the eleventh season of The Simpsons. It aired on November 21, 1999. The episode's story is loosely based on those of the McCaughey septuplets and Dionne quintuplets. The title is a parody of the famous song "Ain't Misbehavin'".

Contents

Plot

The family visits Shøp, a Swedish furniture store chain, and when they eat there, they meet Apu and Manjula. They say that they would like to have a baby. They eventually do, and Manjula gives birth to octuplets because the Simpsons and Apu slipped her fertility drugs (some of which were eaten by Homer). It makes headlines across Springfield, with local companies giving the Nahasapeemapetilons free products. However, their feat is eclipsed when a family in Shelbyville give birth to nine babies (All of the gifts given to the Nahasapeemapetilons were instantly revoked upon the hearing of the Shelbyville birth). Apu and Manjula swiftly find they are not up to the task of raising eight kids all at once.

Apu told Marge that all of his octuplets have colic. Later, Apu is met by the sleazy owner of the Springfield Zoo, a man named Larry Kidkill (Garry Marshall). Kidkill offers to put Apu's children in a nursery. Although Apu is not open to the idea at first, he caves in and reluctantly accepts. The children are the stars of a show at the zoo named "Octopia", but Apu is not impressed and he wants to liberate his children from the zoo's owner, but Kidkill will not let them because they are under contract. Apu talks with Homer, and they sneak into the zoo at night to rescue the octuplets. Unfortunately, Homer accidentally wakes up the nurse, who sounds the alarm.

They quickly rush the octuplets to the Simpson household only for Kidkill to track them there. Homer manages to negotiate that he perform at the zoo through a new contract with a new act. After Kidkill refuses his original act (which was simply Homer prancing around in a monkey suit), he goes to his second plan; an act where he rides a tricycle with Butch Patrick on his shoulders, both of them dressed as Eddie Munster, on a stage as both are being attacked by cobras (some real, some merely animatronic snakes packed with venom) while Kenny Loggins' song "Danger Zone" playing as background music. Inspired by Homer's example, Apu and Manjula resolve that they can take care of their kids, while Homer is mercilessly attacked by several of the snakes and a mongoose put in to contain them.

Cultural references

  • Apu shouts "Oh! Calcutta!" when Manjula attempts to make love to him. "Oh! Calcutta!" was a popular 70's stage-play noted for its explicit sexual content and on stage nudity.
  • In the Brazilian dub, when Gil takes over for Apu at Kwik-E-Mart (because he has to take Manjula to the hospital to have their babies), he starts singing the anthem of soccer club Fluminense Football Club before slipping on the floor.

Previous episode references

  • Homer's sterility from working at the nuclear plant is a callback to the season three finale "Brother, Can You Spare Two Dimes?".
  • This is the second time that Guns 'n Roses "Welcome to the Jungle" has been played. The first time was in season five's "Marge on the Lam".
  • Homer's comment on how babies "just happen" is a reference on how all three Simpsons kids were unplanned, as alluded to in "The Way We Was", "I Married Marge", "And Maggie Makes Three", and "Wild Barts Can't Be Broken".
  • The couch gag where The Simpsons sit on a couch that's on a rotating wall is directly lifted from the season four episode "Homer the Heretic", only in this version, a mad scientist (resembling Vincent Price) and a shackled Ned Flanders are on the other side of the wall instead of an empty couch (as shown on "Homer the Heretic").

Reception

The episode has become study material for sociology courses at University of California Berkeley, where it is used to "examine issues of the production and reception of cultural objects, in this case, a satirical cartoon show", and to figure out what it is "trying to tell audiences about aspects primarily of American society, and, to a lesser extent, about other societies." Some questions asked in the courses include: "What aspects of American society are being addressed in the episode? What aspects of them are used to make the points? How is the satire conveyed: through language? Drawing? Music? Is the behavior of each character consistent with his/her character as developed over the years? Can we identify elements of the historical/political context that the writers are satirizing? What is the difference between satire and parody?"[1]

References

  1. ^ Thomas B. Gold (2008). "The Simpsons Global Mirror". University of California Berkeley. http://sociology.berkeley.edu/documents/undergrads/syllabi/Soc190_1.pdf.  

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