apparently tonight is the 500th ep of the simpsons. I admit, I stopped watching a while ago, but I have been having a great time reading the answers to alan sepinwall's simpsons-related questions:
his rule, though, is 1 of each. no top ten list, no qualifications, no runner-up, etc. it is hard. it gets harder as you read the answers and think of other options. but I think I figured it out.
character: troy mcclure. because, phil hartman. because “you may remember me from such educational films as “two minus three equals negative fun” and “firecrackers: the silent killer.” and also, it allows me to touch on one of my favorite episodes that isn’t my #1, “a fish called selma.”
quote: ”sleep! that’s where I’m a viking.” random ralph lines are the best. I say this all the time (though it is probably not my most-used quote. I think that would be “everything’s coming up milhouse”). still, fav.
episode: weirdly, this was the easiest, "marge vs. the monorail". such a classic. it has songs and great jokes and a nice external character.
if you have a few hours to get sucked down a simpsons rabbit hole, I highly recommend reading the comments on those posts. yes, I just recommended reading comments on the internet. I know.