“Listen, rummy, I’m gonna say it plain and simple. Where’d you pinch the hooch?”
A native of Saint Catherines, Ontario, Dave Thomas is best known as one half of the duo Bob and Doug McKenzie. Of course, he did a lot of other things on SCTV, and he’s also noted for roles in Stripes, Coneheads, and Rat Race. But we’ll always know him as the no-nonsense prohibition agent who took on the elusive Springfield Beer Baron and was shot out of town via catapult for his trouble.
Episode: “Miracle on Evergreen Terrace”
“Aren’t we forgetting something, Marge? You were down fifty-two hundred dollars.”
Marge goes on Jeopardy to win some money to pay back the residents of Springfield for a fraud kicked off by Bart, but she does badly. Apparently, the version of Alex Trebek who lives in the world of the Simpsons is more of a jerk than the real-world Trebek, a Greater Sudbury native who was known for his kindness.
Episode: “Saddlesore Galactica”
Randy Bachman: “We’re going to play all your old favourites. But first, we’d like to dip into our new CD—”
Homer: “Taking Care of Business!”
Fred Turner: “Don’t worry sir, we’ll get to that one.”
Homer: “No talking! No new crap! Taking Care of Business now!”
BTO have the distinction of being the funniest part of the least funny episode of TheSimpsons ever made. But that’s because BTO rules and “Taking Care of Business” is a fantastic song.
Bret “The Hitman” Hart
Episode: “The Old Man and the Lisa”
He’s barely in the episode, but we love that when Mr. Burns loses his mansion, it’s Bret Hart that seems to buy it.
Episode: “Waverly Hills 9-0-2-1-D’oh!”
“You know what? I was a little girl who didn’t fit in, either. So, you know what I did? I got a new nose, I got famous, and now I date the starting point guard for the LA Clippers.”
Elliot Page plays Alaska Nebraska, a Hannah Montana parody whom Lisa pretends to know in order to gain popularity at her new Waverly Hills elementary school.
Episode: “24 Minutes”
“I pulled every single field agent off all other cases to track you down and bring you to justice. It was a tough decision, but I think I made the right call. [A big explosion happens in the distance, and the crowd gasps] It’s okay. That was Shelbyville.”
The younger Sutherland has been a jumpy security guard at the power plant, an army colonel from when Homer had to join the army, and Jack Bauer when The Simpsons did a parody of 24.
Episode: “Lisa the Iconoclast”
“You know, some historians consider Jebediah Springfield a minor patriot, but I think you’ll find he’s easily the equal of William Dawes or even Samuel Otis.”
One of the best actors to never receive an Academy Award, Donald Sutherland has been in nearly everything. The Dirty Dozen, Animal House, Pride & Prejudice—he’s everywhere. He’s also the unassuming historian who specialises in the life and times of Jebediah Springfield. Sutherland skilfully evokes every historian who labours away on very minor historical figures.
Episode: “The Bart Wants What It Wants”
Alright, so Shaffer himself doesn’t appear in the episode, but a bus station in Toronto that the Simpsons walk by has a plaque designating it the birthplace of Paul Shaffer.