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The Godfather

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The Godfather is a gangster novel (1969) by Mario Puzo, which was made into an epic gangster film trilogy consisting of three pictures: The Godfather (1972), The Godfather Part II (1974) and The Godfather Part III (1990), all directed by Francis Ford Coppola. In addition to its depiction of gangster life, the film series became well-noted for its theme music and for the iconic scene in the first film where a character wakes up to find his horse's severed head in his bed. The series is also well-known for its catchphrases, such as "I'm gonna make him an offer he can't refuse" (Don Corleone in The Godfather) and "Keep your friends close and your enemies closer" (Michael Corleone in The Godfather Part II).

There are numerous references to the Godfather film series in The Simpsons media.

References[edit]

Television episodes[edit]

Picture Season Episode number Episode name Reference
Bart - Statue Head in Bed.png 1 8 "The Telltale Head" Bart waking up next to the decapitated head of Jebediah Springfield's statue spoofs the famous "horse head in the bed" scene from The Godfather.
Visiting Boss Kisses Fat Tony.png 3 39 "Bart the Murderer" When a visiting mob boss is dissatisfied with the Manhattan cocktail he is served at Fat Tony's club, he gives Fat Tony a kiss and leaves in a huff. Tony laments that it was the kiss of death, referencing the scene in The Godfather Part II where Michael Corleone kisses his brother Fredo after discovering his (Fredo's) betrayal, thus marking Fredo for execution.
Lisa Finds Pony in Bed.png 43 "Lisa's Pony" Lisa discovering the pony in her bed spoofs the famous "horse head in the bed" scene from The Godfather.
Bart Hit by Snowballs.png 4 68 "Mr. Plow" The scene where Bart is mowed down by snowballs thrown by his school friends is a reference to the death of Sonny in The Godfather.
Don Homer.png 76 "Last Exit to Springfield" When Homer imagines a life in organized crime, he looks just like Don Fanucci in The Godfather Part II.
Godfather Wine Glasses.png 6 118 "Homie the Clown" When Homer and Krusty try to do the bicycle trick in front of the mafiosi, Homer's head bumps against a series of wine glasses. The melody that plays as a result is a musical quote of the "Love Theme" from The Godfather, to the delight of the mafiosi.
McClure Sleeps with the Fishes.png 7 147 "A Fish Called Selma" In The Godfather, Luca Brasi is killed and his body thrown into a canal. His killers later send a dead fish to Sonny Corleone along with a note reading "He sleeps with the fishes", which became a Mafia expression referring to someone being killed and their corpse being disposed of in a body of water.

The Godfather scene and the Mafia expression are referred to when Troy McClure goes into the DMV and is seen by Louie and Fat Tony. Louie says, "I thought you said Troy McClure was dead!" Tony replies, "No, what I said was: 'He sleeps with the fishes'", and starts to explain, but Louie cuts him off: "Uh, Tony, please, no. I just ate a whole plate of dingamagoo." The dialogue between Tony and Louie is a sly bit of wordplay referring to the Mafia expression and to McClure's rumored fish fetish.
Springfield Mafia Hideout.pngCall Your Godfather.png
Homer Kisses Quimby.pngHomer Stabs Louie's Tie.png
10 212 "Mayored to the Mob" The episode contains several references to the Godfather film series:

During the scene at the Springfield Mafia hideout, the setting, music and mobsters are strongly reminiscent of the films.

When Fat Tony's rat-milking operation is busted, Homer mockingly asks him, "What are you gonna do, call your Godfather?"

Homer kisses Mayor Quimby, telling him that it's from Fat Tony, and Quimby realizes it's the kiss of death.

When Louie attacks Quimby, Homer comes to the defense by stabbing Louie's tie with a fork and pinning it to a table, a reference to the scene in The Godfather where Luca Brasi's hand is stabbed with a fork and pinned to a bar counter.
Restaurateurs Plot Revenge.png 11 229 "Guess Who's Coming to Criticize Dinner?" Luigi says that when Homer gave his restaurant a bad review, he had a friend put a horse head in his bed to "encourage" him to quit being a food critic. Homer, however, missed the point, ate the head and gave the head a bad review.
Charlie Rose Interviews Robert Evans.png 245 "Kill the Alligator and Run" Unable to sleep, Homer watches a late-night talk show where Charlie Rose interviews Robert Evans about his work. Rose mentions The Godfather in passing while asking Evans a question: "Before you did The Godfather, there was Love Story. Tell us about that." (In real life, Robert Evans was the producer for Love Story, The Godfather, The Godfather Part II, and many other films during the 1960s and 1970s.)
Animotion Suit - Corleone Impression.png 12 257 "HOMR" While demonstrating Animotion's motion-capture suit, Homer does an impression of Don Corleone's "I'm going to make him an offer he can't refuse" line from The Godfather.
CBG Secret Stash.png 259 "Worst Episode Ever" One of the movies in Comic Book Guy's stash of illegal videos is "Godfather III - good version".
Homer Singing at Apu's Wedding.png 13 288 "The Sweetest Apu" In Apu's wedding video, Homer sings the Napolitan song C'è la luna mezzo mare along with the wedding band. In The Godfather, an old man sings the same song during the wedding of Don Corleone's daughter.
Marge Beats Up Mugger.png 14 300 "The Strong Arms of the Ma" Marge beating up her mugger with a garbage can is a parody of the scene in The Godfather where Sonny beats up his sister's husband on the streets.
Vito Corleone.png 313 "Moe Baby Blues" Moe tells Maggie the plot of the three Godfather films to entertain her. Moe imitates Don Corleone with an cut-up orange in his mouth, in reference to a similar scene in The Godfather. He later imagines the exact scene from the film when he goes searching for Maggie. Moe seems to know the film by heart, but mistakes Diane Keaton's character Kay Adams with her character Annie Hall from Woody Allen's film Annie Hall. At the end of the episode Fat Tony is emotional about Maggie and says: "I didn't cry so much, since I paid to see Godfather III."
James Caan Gunned Down.png 16 338 "All's Fair in Oven War" James Caan, who played Sonny in The Godfather, guest-stars in the episode as himself. He has an affair with Brandine and in the final scene he is ambushed and shot down by Cletus, a reference to Sonny's death scene in The Godfather.
Fat Tony and Michael.png 18 379 "The Mook, the Chef, the Wife and Her Homer" Fat Tony's son, Michael D'Amico, is a reference to Michael Corleone from all three Godfather films. His physical looks and the fact that he is a quiet person who initially doesn't want to enter the mafia business are similar. In the same episode mob goons try to assassinate Fat Tony through a window while flying in a helicopter, in reference to a similar scene in The Godfather Part III. The final scene where Michael, Jimbo, Dolph and Kearney close the door before Lisa references the final scenes of The Godfather.
I Was Fat Tony's Robert Duvall.png 22 473 "Donnie Fatso" When the FBI tell Homer they want to place him undercover in Fat Tony's gang, Homer tries to protest that he can't because he was briefly Tony's consigliere. When he can't pronounce "consigliere" (after several attempts), he instead says "Robert Duvall", referencing Robert Duvall's having played Tom Hagen the Consigliere in The Godfather.
Homer Asks Enemies Closer.png After Fit Tony takes over the Springfield Mafia, he tells Homer that because the world is screwed up, he keeps his friends close. Homer asks, "And your enemies closer?" referring to the catchphrase from The Godfather Part II, "Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer."
The Godfather Halo TWBB.png 28 602 "There Will Be Buds" Kirk reports watching the movie and says it's So good to Homer on chat.
'Tis the 30th Season Godfather.png 30 649 "'Tis the 30th Season" Due to the poor accommodations at the Kissimmee St. Nick Theme Park and Resort, the Simpson family ask resort manager Jeanie for their money back. When she refuses, Bart pranks her by severing several heads (and one hand) from the animatronic statues in the Hall of Vice Presidents and leaving them in her bed for her to find when she wakes up.

Comics[edit]

Picture Comic issue Story name Reference
Bart Finds Whale Head.png Bart Simpson's Treehouse of Horror #1 Call Me Homer After hearing Grampa's re-telling of Moby Dick, with Mr. Burns cast as Captain Ahab and other Springfielders (including Homer) as crewmembers, Bart has a nightmare where he finds a whale's head in his bed.
Milhouse Quotes Corleone.png Bart Simpson #72 Wedgie Issue Milhouse has a fantasy where in the future he has become a successful businessman a la. Bill Gates. When Lisa compliments him on employing so many of their classmates, Milhouse cites Michael Corleone's catchphrase, "Keep your friends close and your enemies closer."

Books[edit]

Picture Book Reference
No image.png The Marge Book Marge's DVD collection includes one titled The Godmother, Part II.

Special guest stars[edit]

Picture Name Role in The Godfather Role on The Simpsons
Alex Rocco.jpg Alex Rocco Portrayed Moe Greene in The Godfather. Voiced Roger Meyers, Jr.
Joe Mantegna.jpg Joe Mantegna Portrayed Joey Zasa in The Godfather III. Voiced himself in the season 3 episode "Bart the Murderer". Is also the voice of Fat Tony and the second Fat Tony.
James Caan.jpg James Caan Portrayed Sonny Corleone in The Godfather. Voiced himself in the season 16 episode "All's Fair in Oven War".

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