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BSSC Round 2 - Mayor Quimby vs. Smithers

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Quimby or Smithers?

Poll ended at Fri Oct 28, 2005 11:10 am

Mayor Quimby
Waylon Smithers
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BSSC Round 2 - Mayor Quimby vs. Smithers

Postby ironman » Wed Oct 26, 2005 11:10 am

Mayor Quimby


Wikipedia wrote:Joseph "Joe" Quimby, Jr., a.k.a. "Diamond Joe", full name Joseph Fitzpatrick Fitzgerald Fitzhenry Quimby (voiced by Dan Castellaneta) is a fictional character featured in The Simpsons animated series. He has long served as the mayor of the fictional city of Springfield. He appears to be a slick, sleazy politician whose only interest lies in staying in power for the fringe benefits it brings. Those benefits apparently include squandering tax dollars for personal use, and gaining access to large numbers of nubile young women.

Quimby speaks with a New England accent which resembles that of John F. Kennedy. Like the president, the mayor comes from great wealth, and lives on a lavish coastal estate (the "Quimby compound") with his family not unlike the Kennedy compound in Hyannisport, Massachusetts. Quimby is married to a woman who wears a pink suit and hat similar to one Jacqueline Kennedy made famous. He may be also related to actor Rainier Wolfcastle, who is modeled after Arnold Schwarzenegger, husband of Kennedy's niece, Maria Shriver; Wolfcastle has been spotted at Quimby family functions. He does not get along with local police chief Clancy Wiggum.

Assisted by his equally slick and sleazy aides, Joe can be expected to turn up at any public event and promise exactly what the audience wants to hear. For instance, after discovering that the only thing that interests the residents of the Springfield Retirement Home is Matlock (a TV detective series that ran between 1986 and 1995), he promptly decides to name a new freeway the "Matlock Expressway". He is known to be a womanizer and to occasionally amuse himself with pornographic playing cards during particularly boring town meetings. He frequently takes overseas vacations which take him out of town for extended periods of time, leading to a headline in the Springfield Shopper, "Mayor Visits City." He once referred to Springfield as Springfeld at a public meeting.

It has been implied on occasion that Joe is connected to Fat Tony, the local Mafia Don.

Quimby, a Democrat, was elected mayor of Springfield in 1986. He has been re-elected several times since, despite rather open admissions of fraud and wrongdoing. He once admitted to using taxpayer dollars to fund the murder of his enemies, but thanks to a clever use of a popular catch phrase ("I'm a bad wittle boy"), he was re-elected in a landslide. The fact that Quimby was a draft dodger who smokes marijuana and routinely cheats on his wife has earned him the hatred of Springfield's small but vocal Republican elite. When the party nominated Sideshow Bob as its mayoral candidate, Bob rigged the election, briefly deposing Quimby. He was re-instated when Bob was found guilty of fraud and imprisoned.

For much of the series, Quimby's reign in Springfield was unquestioned. However, it seems that he may get into some political trouble, as his womanizing has led to a large amount of pregnancies. These women held a protest in one of the episodes.

In the episode Lisa's Wedding, set several years into the future, we find out that Quimby eventually relinquished his position as mayor and ends up being a taxicab driver for Otto's taxi company using the alias "Mohammed Jafar," a likely reference to disgraced former West Virginia Governor William C. Marland's turn as a cabbie in Chicago after leaving office.

The mayor's surname is taken from Quimby Street, which is on the north side of Portland, Oregon, Matt Groening's hometown.


Waylon Smithers


Wikipedia wrote:Waylon Smithers Jr. (voiced by Harry Shearer) is a fictional character from The Simpsons. He is the self-proclaimed best friend and personal assistant of Mr. Burns (often condescendingly referred to simply as Smithers), and serves as an executive administrator at the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant. Since the debut of the show, the term "Smithers" has become a common synonym for a spineless underling.

Born around 1954, Smithers is divorced and lives alone in an apartment with a Yorkshire terrier named Hercules. He is an alumnus of the Alpha Tau fraternity. His father, Waylon Smithers Sr., worked for Burns until he died saving Springfield from a potential nuclear meltdown (The Blunder Years).

In his first appearance in the series, the episode "Homer's Odyssey", Smithers was unintentionally made black by the production team in Korea due to a misunderstanding. The studios have stated that Smithers was intended to be yellow, and that his first appearance should be considered extreme sun tan.

Initially there was much speculation about Smithers' sexual orientation, and eventually he was revealed to be gay, but officially he is currently "in the closet".

In many ways Smithers represents the stereotype of the closeted gay man. In his private life he has many gay friends and hangs out at Springfield's gay village. In public, however he remains insecure and uncomfortable with his sexuality, denying it when questioned. The brevity of his marriage is portrayed as being a result of this, in a Cat on a Hot Tin Roof parody. Because of this past relationship, Smithers might be regarded as bisexual, though he has shown little interest in women since.

While he has had other boyfriends – in "Homer's Phobia", he confronts John (guest-voiced by John Waters) after realizing he lied to get out of a date (claiming he was caring for his sick mother) – Smithers's great love is Burns. His sexual orientation has been characterized by the writers of the show as "burnsasexual". He periodically has fantasies about his boss (in "Rosebud", Burns pops nude out of a birthday cake and sings "Happy Birthday, Mr. Smithers," and when his computer is turned on, it features a nude Mr. Burns that says to him: "Hello Smithers, you're quite good at turning me on"). In "Secrets of a Successful Marriage", Smithers's then-wife blames Burns for ruining their marriage. He has openly declared his love for Burns at least twice, most dramatically in "Lisa the Skeptic", when, believing the world is coming to an end, Smithers kisses him on the lips; the oblivious Burns dismisses the whole episode. Perhaps because of the large generation gap between the two men (Burns still regards "gay" as meaning happy), Burns has remained largely indifferent or ignorant of Smithers' subtle advances, much to his frustration, even when Smithers says "I love you" (although in more recent episodes Burns appears to have some concerns).

His catch-phrase can be heard whenever Burns almost dies in various accidents; he sobs "Oh Mr. Burns! You were too beautiful for this world!". However, Burns never hears him say that because he's always unconscious at the time.

Smithers is also lethally allergic to bee-stings.

Smithers has the world's largest collection of Malibu Stacy dolls, is president of the Malibu Stacy Fan Club, and staged Malibu Stacy, The Musical.

In the 2005 episode Future-Drama (which takes place 8 years into the future), Smithers is shown as being on a date with a woman, explaining that he injects anti-gay drugs into his arm every 10 minutes.

Smithers' official job at the powerplant appears to be that of a high-level executive, as well as being Burns' private assistant. He is responsible for monitoring attendance among employees, and is often a disciplinarian. He has often hinted at wanting to be promoted to the position of executive vice president, but Burns has repeatedly squashed this dream, while whimsically bestowing the vice presidency on Homer, a dog, and a monkey. Burns has also refused to make Smithers his heir, insisting that it would be a far greater honor for him to be buried alive in the same casket when he dies.

His role in the series is often that as Burns' comic foil or straight man. Patient and calm, he often tries to talk Burns out of his more outrageous schemes while still being polite and respectful of his boss. Burns routinely takes his anger out on Smithers and rarely praises him, a fact which Smithers just views as a sign he is not working hard enough.

He was fired by Burns only twice, the first being after a heated argument in the Who Shot Mr. Burns? episode. His job with Burns being the only thing that gave his life meaning, Smithers quickly became a drunk and spent all his free time watching Comedy Central. He was ultimately re-hired. The second time was when Homer became his temporary replacement while Smithers went on a much-needed vacation. After punching Burns, Homer wasn't allowed to go near him. With no one to help him, Burns learned how to do everything himself. When Smithers returned, he was no longer needed. He was later re-hired when Burns became seriously injured after a fight he had with Homer (who ruined Smithers' plan to save Burns from a call to his mother).

Smithers' job is actually 2,800 small odd jobs that he does for Burns. Though he often does Burns' dirty work, such as kidnapping Tom Jones or lying to Congress, Smithers cannot be regarded as a truly evil character, but instead as a victim of his own loyalty to an unpleasant individual. His other duties for Burns include moistening his eye balls, preparing his breakfast, driving his car, assisting with his chewing and swallowing, tucking him in at night, and some light typing. All this indicates that Burns has a seemingly childlike dependence on Smithers.
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Postby Coppermine » Wed Oct 26, 2005 11:14 am

Tough one!!!!

They're both excellent characters in the satirical sense.

Smithers, the loyal do-gooder with an ambiguously gay personality.

Quimby, the bumbling, adulterous politician with a JFK flair.

I'll have to think about it.
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Postby raiders_umpire » Wed Oct 26, 2005 12:00 pm

naming the road after Matlock did it for me.... mayor quimby it is

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Postby logan » Wed Oct 26, 2005 1:07 pm

quimby ;-D
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Postby curious_george_43545 » Wed Oct 26, 2005 3:25 pm

tough one, ...Smithers
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Postby daullaz » Wed Oct 26, 2005 3:40 pm

I never realized how popular Quimby was with the fans. Smithers is an easy choice for me.
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Postby Pogotheostrich » Wed Oct 26, 2005 4:09 pm

daullaz wrote:I never realized how popular Quimby was with the fans. Smithers is an easy choice for me.
Same here. I like Quimby but I had to vote for Smithers.
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Postby acsguitar » Wed Oct 26, 2005 4:26 pm

Smithers ... I think he's super
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Postby dannyolbb » Wed Oct 26, 2005 4:37 pm

They say that Quimby has a JFK flair but he's always seemed like a Teddy Kennedy parody to me. Either way, he's getting my vote.
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