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Nick Riviera

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"Hi, everybody!"
―Dr. Nick Riviera's catchphrase
Nicholas Riviera
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Character Information
Gender:
Male ♂
Status:
Alive
Hair: Black
Occupation: Doctor
First Appearance: "Bart Gets Hit by a Car"
Voiced by: Hank Azaria


Dr. Nicholas "Nick" Riviera is a quack physician (although he claims to be "just as good as Dr. Hibbert"), who studied at dubious medical schools.

Biography[edit]

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Riviera has a medical degree from Hollywood Upstairs Medical College (where he apparently spent much of his time using his ability to acquire prescription drugs to impress a succession of attractive women back in the 1970s), and a great deal of luck. Thus far, none of the patients he has swindled, maimed, or given useless or dangerous medical advice seems to have sued him (although a few have come after him in person. For example, a large angry man once grabbed him, and Nick says "Well if it isn't my old friend Mr. McGregg — with a leg for an arm and an arm for a leg"; the man literally has an arm where a leg should be and a leg where an arm should be [1]).

Dr. Nick is a stereotypical shady, immoral doctor who perform medical procedures for money with little or no regard for medical ethics, or their patients' well-being. He was once is seen digging up corpses in the graveyard for body parts, presumably to use in operations on patients.[2] He is seen taking a citizenship test, implying he is not a citizen of the United States.[3] Some of his exclamations hint that he may be Argentinian, though there is no direct evidence of this. He watches a video on how to perform open-heart surgery and is disgusted by all the blood, implying that he may be hemophobic.

His degrees read "Mayo Clinic Correspondence School", "Club Med School", "Female Body Inspector" and "I went to medical school for four years and all I got was this lousy diploma".[4] He frequently appears on infomercials, pitching all sorts of bizarre medical offers, and has often turned his operations into TV spectacles. He is also shown as an inventor/huckster (in the style of Ron Popeil) on the television show I Can't Believe They Invented It! He has practice at the Springfield Mall[5] and a walk-in clinic" located at 44 Bow Street.[6] Its phone number is 555-NICK. He can also be called at 1-600-DOCTORB ("The B is for 'Bargain'")

He has operated on the Simpson family a couple of times (when they cannot afford Doctor Hibbert) notably when Homer needed a heart bypass. Lisa Simpson attended the live audience for the operation and saved the day by guiding the obviously clueless Dr. Riviera through the operation. He also worked with Doctor Hibbert as anesthesiologist during Bart's appendectomy but was of little help as he first failed to anesthetize Bart and subsequently passed out from the leaking gas.[7]

He was seen dancing with Princess Kashmir at the Springfield Chili Cook-Off, they were later seen leaving together.[8]

He once was about to operate on Captain McAllister when his clinic caught fire, after Bart experimented with placing fireworks onto a bicycle wheel, which then span around so fast it detached from the bicycle, flew through the clinic's window, and landed on a canister of ether labelled "inflammable". Dr. Nick assured his patient it was safe, as "inflammable" meant it couldn't catch fire, but then did, leaving him quipping "Inflammable means flammable? What a country?!"[9]

During Trappuccino, Nick was impaled by a large shard of glass and says, in his normal voice, "Bye everybody!" and then passes out, making him one of the few casualties of the Trappuccino incident,[10] however, he has been seen alive even after the incident [11] playing golf with Dr. Hibbert. This could mean he actually survived the impaling somehow.

He later appeared on an operation game show, which Moe Szyslak was a judge on.[12]

Non-canon[edit]

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The Simpsons: Road Rage[edit]

Dr. Nick quotes "Send me to the hospital, I pretend I work there".

The Simpsons: Hit & Run[edit]

The penultimate mission of Level 2, "Monkey See, Monkey D'oh!" involves Bart having to find Dr. Nick's monkeys after Dr. Nick tortures them horribly and they run away.

He also appears in the bonus mission for level three, "Princi-Pal", where Lisa comes to get Principal Skinner's 'personal items', Dr. Nick says, "Hello, little girl. Here is the principal's anti-fungal cream"!

In addition to this, his quotes if he is run over by the player are:

  • "Hey! You drive as well as I practice medicine!"
  • "Don't come crying to me if you need a sex change!"

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Behind the Laughter[edit]

His name is a reference Elvis Presley's controversial personal physician George C. Nichopoulos, nicknamed "Dr. Nick" in the press. The character design of Dr. Nick is based somewhat on Gábor Csupó, of Klasky Csupo studios, who was originally from Hungary – the animators mistakenly believed Hank Azaria was impersonating Gabor, when in fact the voice was actually a bad imitation of Ricky Ricardo from I Love Lucy.[13]

He has appeared in at least three billboard gags.[14]

Catchphrase[edit]

Dr. Nick is notable for his exclamation upon entering a room of "Hi, everybody!", which is immediately followed by a response of "Hi, Dr. Nick!" from the other characters present with varying degrees of enthusiasm.

Many episodes have featured variants of this. An Austrian Dr. Nick exclaimed "Guten Tag, everybody!",[15] "Shalom, everybody" [citation needed], "Hi, frozen body!" to Jasper Beardly when he self-froze himself and became a Kwik-E-Mart promotion, "Frostillicus".[16] Mel Gibson has also said "Hi, everybody!", to which Dr. Nick responded with "Hi, Mr. Gibson", effectively switching roles [citation needed].

Cultural influence[edit]

In a tongue-in-cheek analysis the Canadian Medical Association Journal compared the services of Dr. Hibbert and Dr. Nick.[17] It concludes that Dr. Nick is a better role model for physicians; Dr. Hibbert is a paternalistic and wasteful physician, unlike Dr. Nick, who strives to cut costs and does his best to avoid the coroner, proving Marge's claim wrong that he isn't a doctor at all.

Appearances[edit]


References[edit]

The Saga of Carl - title screen.png Wikisimpsons has a collection of images related to Nick Riviera.
  1. "Homer's Triple Bypass"
  2. "The Girl Who Slept Too Little"
  3. "Much Apu About Nothing"
  4. "Bart Gets Hit by a Car"
  5. "Bart Gets Hit by a Car"
  6. "My Sister, My Sitter"
  7. "Homer's Triple Bypass"
  8. "El Viaje Misterioso de Nuestro Jomer"
  9. "Trilogy of Error"
  10. The Simpsons Movie
  11. "Lost Verizon"
  12. "Judge Me Tender"
  13. The Simpsons Season 4 DVD commentary for "Homer's Triple Bypass"
  14. Incomplete list of billboard gags
  15. "Margical History Tour"
  16. "Lisa the Simpson"
  17. Patterson R, Weijer C. D'oh! An analysis of the medical care provided to the family of Homer J. Simpson. CMAJ. 1998 Dec 15;159(12):1480-1. PMID 9988570 Free Full Text