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Trilogy of Error

Trilogy of Error

Rating: 4.3 (113 votes)


A day in the life of The Simpsons is told from three different perspectives: Homer's Day: Marge accidentally cuts off Homer's thumb, and he must be rushed to the hospital. Lisa's Day: Lisa misses the bus and needs to get to school for the Science fair. Bart's Day: Bart & Milhouse find a cave full of fireworks, but are chased by the mafia.

Memorable quotes

Ned: Son of a diddly!

Lisa: (to Homer) I'll get us out of this. (aloud) Say, Dad, wanna see my project for the Science Fair?
Homer: (winking) No Lisa, but I sure don't wanna eat this crappy breakfast!

Homer: 'Sorry' doesn't put thumbs on the hand, Marge!

Wiggum: Nine-one-one, this better be good.
Marge: I cut off my husband's thumb!
Wiggum: Attempted murder? You'll burn for this... burn in jail!

Ned: And Harry Potter, and all his wizard friends... went straight to Hell for practicing witchcraft.

Marge: Isn't there anything you could do?
Dr. Hibbert: Well, I could cut off the other finger for a sense of symmetry.
Homer: Symmetry, eh?

Moe: Ain't you gonna have a beer?
Homer: Well, I really shouldn't, what with my massive blood loss and all. Although I do like the occasional beer!

Dr. Nick: Inflammable means flammable? What a country!

Lisa: Just testing.
Linguo: Sentence fragment.
Lisa: 'Sentence fragment' is also a sentence fragment.
Linguo: Must conserve battery power.

Bart: What's it like riding a girl's bike?
Milhouse: It's disturbingly comfortable.

Lou: Hey, Chief, can I hold my gun sideways? It looks so cool.
Wiggum: Sure, whatever you want, birthday boy.

Milhouse: I can't go to juvie! They use guys like me as currency!
Wiggum: Yeah, they'll pass you around like... like currency, like you said.

Wiggum: Your mission is to find the firework smugglers and get them to say something incriminating on this tape.
Bart: Hootie and the Blowfish?
Wiggum: Yeah. It's cheaper than blank tape.

Legs: Shuttupa you face!
Linguo: Shut up <i>your</i> face!
Legs: Wassamatta you?
Louie: You aint so big.
Legs: Me and him are gonna whack you in the Labonza!


  • The Springfield Shopper headline reads: ''First Day of Spring; Ant, Picknickers Reach Last Minute Accord.'' The date shown is March 21st.
  • Homer sprays deodrant on his head, his belly, and down below.
  • Homer's severed thumb has a thumbnail, something not usually drawn on The Simpsons.
  • The sign at Dr. nick's reads: ''If You Can Put It In, We Can Take It Out''.
  • Homer & Cletus pass a sign reading ''Dr. Nick's Clinic Next 7 Exits''.
  • Linguo's arms are made of Tinker Toys, one hand is a magnet, and its dome is half a tennis ball.
  • Lisa uses ''The Itty-Bitty Acetylene Torch''.
  • A poster in the French classroom displays French bread, toast and fries.
  • The three levels on the Italian gas guage are: MAMMAMIA, NOTSOBADDA and ABBONDANZA.
  • Milhouse can be seen on the school bus in ''Lisa's Day'', but was with Bart throughout the whole of ''Bart's Day''.
  • Bart has keys for the front door, back door, Skinner's house, Flanders' house, Milhouse's house and Lisa's bike.


  • This episode was inspired by the film ''Run Lola, Run'' in which the same story is shown with three different outcomes. The music in this episode when Lisa is running is also from the film.
  • McBain going beserk when Marge drives into his car is a reference to an incident involving Jack Nicholson.
  • Homer thinks Linguo is a beer-drinking "party" robot like Bender from Futurama.