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"Last Tap Dance in Springfield"
The Simpsons episode
Episode no. 246
Prod. code BABF15
Orig. airdate May 7, 2000
Show runner(s) Mike Scully
Written by Julie Thacker
Directed by Nancy Kruse
Chalkboard "I will not dance on anyone's grave."
Couch gag The living room is a jungle. Marge, Lisa, Bart, and Maggie swing in on a vine gracefully, like Tarzan. Homer, however, swings past the couch and crashes, like George of the Jungle.
Mike Scully
George Meyer
Ian Maxtone-Graham
Julie Thacker
Yeardley Smith
Nancy Kruse

"Last Tap Dance in Springfield" is the twentieth episode of the eleventh season of The Simpsons and the second one written by (then) showrunner Mike Scully's wife, Julie Thacker. It aired on May 7, 2000.



On a trip to the mall, Homer sees an optometrist to get his eyes examined, and at the same time, Marge and Lisa find items for a camping trip Bart is going to take. Marge sees a marquee for the film Tango de La Muerte and she and Lisa decide to see it. Lisa identifies with the main female character, a bookworm named "Lisabella" whom the Tango champion asks to be his partner. This interests Lisa, who wants to take dance lessons. She eventually does, but her hopes of being a dancer are crushed when she's forced to take tap lessons from a former Shirley Temple-esque child star named Vicki Valentine and made worse by the fact that Lisa isn't very good at tapping (while the socially inept Ralph Wiggum is so professional that he's made the show's star) and is relegated to pulling the curtain to open the show.

Lisa's recital is coming up, and she has a problem. That is, until Professor Frink attaches a device to her shoes, making them automatically tap at any percussive sound. She becomes a star at the show, but when the audience applauds her, her shoes go out of control. Homer stops the shoes from going haywire by merely tripping Lisa. Lisa confesses that she's not cut out for dancing and Homer suggests that Lisa become a playwright in the same vein as David Mamet (by writing a play about people coming to terms with themselves and loading the play up with "lots of swears").

Meanwhile, Bart and Milhouse sneak out of their camping trip after discovering that Nelson Muntz will be there with them. They decide to hide in the mall and spend a week there, having shoe fights and filling their stomachs with candy and cookie dough. This prompts Chief Wiggum to do an investigation of the shenanigans at the mall, which Wiggum at first thinks is caused by a giant rat. He then releases a puma inside the mall to catch the rat, but Bart and Milhouse use a ball of yarn to distract the puma. Chief Wiggum, seeing the a piece of yarn hanging from the puma's mouth think it's the rat's tail and decides the case is closed.


According to the DVD commentary, episode writer Julie Thacker came up with the story when she started enrolling her five daughters into dance classes during the summer. She noted that she didn't particularly like the teachers' methods and the other children's rude parents.

Cultural references

  • ACME Corporation — The rat traps Chief Wiggum uses to catch what he thinks is the culprit of the mall vandalism are made by the same company Wile E. Coyote patronized.
  • Jaws — Wiggum's decision to close the mall during President's Day Weekend recalls Chief Brody's closure of the beaches in the 1975 horror film.
  • Korg and Moog synthesizer — The "MORG" synthesizer at Stan's Keyboards (a store at Springfield Mall) combines the brand names of the synthesizer and keyboard.
  • Last Tango in Paris — The episode title is a play on the movie.
  • RoboCop — The "Cyborganizer" show Homer watches is a spoof of the 1987 science-fiction movie.
  • Shirley Temple — Former child actress Lil' Vicki Valentine is based on Temple.[1] Like Temple, Valentine starred in a series of 1930s films in which she danced with an African-American man who resembles frequent Temple co-star Bill "Bojangles" Robinson. The episode's "Spaceship Lollipop" show is a parody of Temple's signature "On the Good Ship Lollipop."
  • Vicki Valentine's line about tapping Morse code until her feet bled is a reference to a 1970s Saturday Night Live sketch in which an adult Shirley Temple (played by Laraine Newman) uses the tap-dancing that made her famous as a child as Morse code to save a ship from sinking [1].
  • The film "Tango de La Muerte" is loosely based on the Baz Luhrmann film Strictly Ballroom, most notably the characters costumes during the dance-off.
  • One of the things Marge buys for Bart's camping trip is Blair Witch repellent, a reference to The Blair Witch Project.
  • The senior citizens clawing their way into the sealed-off mall is a reference to George A. Romero's Dawn of the Dead.


  1. ^ Groening, Matt (2007). The Trivial Simpsons 2008 366-Day Calendar. Harper Collins Publishers. ISBN 0061231304.  

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