Waverly Hills, 9-0-2-1-D'oh

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"Waverly Hills 9-0-2-1-D'oh"
The Simpsons episode
Episode no. 439
Prod. code LABF10
Orig. airdate May 3, 2009
Showrunner(s) Al Jean
Written by J. Stewart Burns
Directed by Michael Polcino
Couch gag The Simpsons are seated in the audience of the Colosseum during the Roman Empire. A gladiator's head flies into the audience and Bart catches it.
Guest star(s) Ellen Page as Alaska Nebraska
Maurice LaMarche as the Inspector[1]
Joe Mantegna as Fat Tony

"Waverly Hills 9-0-2-1-D'oh", or "Waverly Hills 9-0-2-1-(Annoyed Grunt)", is the nineteenth episode of the twentieth season of The Simpsons. It first aired on Fox in the United States on May 3, 2009.[2]

Plot[edit]

Marge is out jogging one morning and discovers a booth offering free samples of "Science Water." After consuming too many free samples, she desperately searches for a public toilet, finding one in Springfield Elementary School. Afterwards, she walks through the halls and is appalled to discover that Springfield Elementary is the worst school in the state, replete with apathetic teachers and overcrowded classrooms. Marge and Homer, concerned for their children's future, decide to rent an apartment in the upscale Waverly Hills school district so Bart and Lisa can attend a better school. Bart and Lisa are thrilled at the prospect of a fresh start. Bart, eager to establish his reputation as a "bad boy," is shackled and led away by Chief Wiggum, leaving the other students in awe. Once away from Waverly Hills Elementary, though, it is revealed that Chief Wiggum "arrested" Bart as a favor, if Bart promises to attend Ralph Wiggum's birthday party, although he forgets to go to the party, and really gets in trouble with the law. Meanwhile, Lisa is having difficulty making friends, and actually gets a B+ on a test. Bart, noticing his sister's gloomy mood, lies to several popular school girls that Lisa is a friend of an immensely popular teen singer named Alaska Nebraska (voiced by Ellen Page). Marge and Homer learn that they will be visited by a school inspector to confirm that the Waverly Hills apartment is indeed the residence of Bart and Lisa, so Homer moves in and befriends two college boys.[2]

Homer adopts a bachelor lifestyle, playing videogames and attending parties with his newfound college friends, and he and Marge begin to act as though they were newly dating. Lisa has become popular with several of her classmates, but only because they want backstage passes to an upcoming Alaska Nebraska concert. Lisa sneaks into Alaska's dressing room and pleads her case, but Alaska is unsympathetic and Lisa is removed from the venue by security. She admits to her fair-weather friends that she was not Alaska Nebraska's friend, and the girls chase her, but she loses them.

Meanwhile, the ominous school inspector visits Homer's Waverly Hills apartment. Homer and Marge frantically lay out toys and Krusty the Clown dolls in an effort to convince the inspector that the children live there. While he is getting inside, he uses the captive bolt pistol to shoot out the lock. He concludes that the apartment is the residence of the Simpson children, but admits that he was "hoping to kill them and make it look like a suicide." Bart and Lisa, however, plead to return to Springfield Elementary. Lisa in particular wishes to return, because she would rather "be ostracized for being me, not who I pretend to be." Marge and Homer concur, but wistfully state that they will miss their "love nest" apartment. The episode concludes with Homer and Marge using the backyard treehouse as their new love nest, much to Bart's chagrin, but he soon changes his mind when Homer threatens to ground him.

Cultural references[edit]

The episode title is based on the Fox series Beverly Hills, 90210.

In the first scene, the company 'ScienceWater' is a parody of VitaminWater.

A reworded version of Weezer's "Beverly Hills" plays during a montage of Waverly Hills and the end credits.[1] Alaska Nebraska is a parody of Hannah Montana,[3] but the character's mannerisms are similar to that of Ellen Page's role in Juno.[1] The city inspector is based on Anton Chigurh from the 2007 film No Country for Old Men.[3] In his apartment Homer is shown to have two consoles, Wii and the Xbox 360 on which Homer plays Halo. There is also a painting which looks similar to the canvas Composition with Red, Yellow, and Blue by Piet Mondrian.

A scene from the episode, in which Ralph "teaches" the class after Miss Hoover is granted tenure, is featured in the documentary Waiting for "Superman".

When Chief Wiggum "arrests" Bart for the second time, when Bart failed to show up for Ralph's birthday party, he cites a parody of the Miranda Rights: "You have the right to be delighted. If you do not have a gift, one will be provided for you."

Lisa states "L'école, c'est moi" (I am the school, based on the quote "L'état, c'est moi" (I am the state) by King Louis XIV of France.

The Waverly Hills school district is a reference to the allegedly haunted Waverly Hills Sanatorium in Louisville, Kentucky.[citation needed]

Reception[edit]

Robert Canning of IGN gave the episode an 8.8/10 calling it the best episode in season 20.[3] The episode received a total of 6.75 million viewers making it the most-watched Fox show of the night. "Waverly Hills 9-0-2-1-D'oh" got 18-49 ratings/share and won its timeslot.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Ponywether, Ariel (2009-05-05). "Review -- The Simpsons: "Waverly Hills 9-0-2-1-D'Oh!"". Firefox News. Retrieved 2009-05-05. 
  2. ^ a b "May is Massive on Fox". FoxFlash. Retrieved 2009-04-08. 
  3. ^ a b c Canning, Robert (2009-05-04). "The Simpsons: "Waverly Hills, 9021-D'oh Review". IGN. Retrieved 2009-05-05. 
  4. ^ Seidman, Robert (2009-05-06). "Desperate Housewives win delayed Sunday". TVByTheNumbers.com. Retrieved 2009-05-06. 

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