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subtlety in 'the simpsons'

simpsons-family.jpgThrough a referral chain I found Subtly Simpsons which documents some of the great background references made by the writers. I had caught most of those, but some where new to me. Worth the read.

Recently there have been a couple of things that I can't get out of my head regarding the Simpsons which, while not cultural references, totally crack me up. One is when Moe becomes friends with Maggie and they are spoofing The Godfather saga left and right, and they have to go find Maggie, who followed some mobsters to an Italian restaurant. The following exchange ensues:

Moe: We're going to Little Italy
Homer: I'll get our little passports
Heh. The other one is when Homer is trying to prove to himself (and Bart and Lisa) that he's still "cool" and he's trying to explain to this Dad about it:
Homer: You wouldn't understand, Dad, you're not 'with it'.
Grandpa: Well, I used to be 'with it'. Then they changed what 'it' was. Now what I'm 'with' is not 'it', and what's 'it' seems weird and scary.

Posted by diego on February 28, 2004 at 2:38 PM

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