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The Simpsons Episode 'Guess Who's Coming to Criticize Dinner?'

Revisiting the overlooked masterpiece on the show's 30th anniversary

Liam Mathews
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Chalkboard Gag

RIP Danny Aiello, the actual star of The Last Don.

TV Guide revisits "Guess Who's Coming to Criticize Dinner?" -- a perfect but overlooked episode of The Simpsons -- on the show's 30th anniversary.

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Couch Gag

Marge erases Matt Groening's name, and Groening appears to draw it back on.

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Groundskeeper Willie in a Hawaiian shirt

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"God bless you, Nelson Muntz!"

"I'm no hero. I just like to hit people on the head."

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You'll have to watch to find out the context for this

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Johnny Newspaperseed

"If he's so smart, how come he's dead?"

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Gil

The Simpsons' resident Jack Lemmon-in-Glengarry Glen Ross is so desperate to sell newspaper subscriptions that he'll dance on the phone.

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"My advice is free us or let us die!"

Dear Abby and Anne Landers in the hyperbaric chambers they sleep in 23 hours a day.

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"I'd sure hate to be him"

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This kid is being sucked into the Shopper's newspaper maker

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"How do I translate [gurgling moan] into English?"

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Look at that weird crab

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"Cod Is Great, Scrod Is Good"

Homer's first review

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Memorabilia at Planet Springfield

Springfield's own Planet Hollywood knockoff has props from flops: Baseketball, It's Pat!, an Ernest movie, and Mars Attacks!

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"Wait a minute, there's no cane in Citizen Kane!"

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Lenny is just Homer with Hair

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"I've never felt jollier!"

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"You're not going to fire me for swiping office supplies, are you?"

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"You made them cancel Platypus Man!"

A lot of TV critics really do have glasses like the Springfield Shopper's Garth Trelawney.

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Krusty as Dinner Theater King Lear

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"Nuts to Soup!"

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"Marge, I'm afraid this gets my lowest rating ever: Seven thumbs up"

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"We Arrrr Closed"

The Frying Dutchman has a novel "closed" sign while the chefs plot to kill Homer.

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"Thar, She Blows"

The Sea Captain was a victim of Homer's poison pen.

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"Le Bombe"

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"Fine Dining in a Bee-Filled Atmosphere"

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"A bat, huh? That's a new one"

Marge has feeling something bad is going to happen to Homer at the festival, but Homer says something bad happens to him whenever he goes anywhere. Then this happens.

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Notice the French flag

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"The Texas Cheescake Depository"

That's quite a reference mash-up!

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Everybody Hates Homer