Little Shop
Season 1, Episode 5
Little Shop of Horrors Cartoon - Stage Blight
Air date October 5, 1991
Written by Robert Tarlow
Directed by Karen Peterson
Episode Guide
Unfair Science
I Loathe a Parade

Stage Blight is the fifth episode that Fox aired of the animated Little Shop TV series.


When Audrey gets a job working as a stagehand on the community theater's production of "Our Town," Junior revises the script and accidentally thrusts Seymour into the spotlight.




  • Fox's postponement of I Loathe a Parade caused another gaffe in the show's continuity. In Junior's autobiographical play "Flower Town," the love interest is DeMila, who wouldn't be introduced until the following week.
  • During his audition, Seymour spouts out brief excerpts of soliloquies from the William Shakespeare plays Richard III, Romeo & Juliet, As You Like It and Hamlet.
  • Skid Row Playhouse is a takeoff of Masterpiece Theatre.
  • Thespian Chinless's play "The Importance of Being Important" is a reference to Oscar Wilde's "The Importance of Being Earnest."
  • Once again, Jack Nicholson has a blink-and-you-missed-it cameo rolling a backdrop off of the stage.
  • Soon after declaring himself "Veggie Free," Paine devours a script made of paper, which is comprised of plant-based material.
  • The name of the play on the marquee is "Flour Town." In the next scene, a script is shown featuring the name "Flower Town."
  • When he's told to forget the "tens of thousands of eyes watching" him, Seymour fantasizes himself onstage at The Hollywood Bowl.
  • SPOILER: At the end of the show, Junior burps up Thespian Chinless's scarf, implying that the pompous playwright had been eaten by the carnivorous plant. Mr. Chinless is virtually the only character to make an appearance on the show who didn't return in the series finale, "Pulp Fiction."


  • Seymour: Sometimes plays get produced on TV, then millions of people watch them.
    Junior: Millions?
    Seymour: Well, hundreds, anyway.
  • Thespian Chinless: Welcome to Skid Row Playhouse. Today we present one of the most important plays since my own important play, "The Importance of Being Important."
    Junior: People actually watch this mulch?
    Seymour: Well, they like to say they do.
  • Seymour: There's something scary about when Junior offers to help.
  • Seymour: I wonder why Junior's crying. My mother cried at my piano recital... but that was only because I broke the piano.
  • Thespian Chinless: You must let me put my name on your play! Flower Town can revive my career and give me what I need most!
    Seymour: Confidence?
    Thespian Chinless: No, money.
  • Thespian Chinless: Am I really capable of dropping a grand piano on a fellow human being? Ah well, it's out of tune, anyway.

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