Pipes on TV
The bagpipes have made several silver screen appearances. Here are a few of our favorites:
Friends- (Pictured above) In "the one with Joey's New Brain", Ross decides to learn to play the bagpipes for Monica & Chandler's wedding. His rendition of "Celebration", with Phoebe's accompaniment, is a hilarious moment.
Family Ties- In "The Visit", The Keatons have a houseguest who plays the bagpipes in the middle of the night and Alex runs into his parents' bedroom shouting "what the hell is that?"
How I met Your Mother-In an episode titled "Bagpipes", the older Ted is telling a story to his kids and uses "playing the bagpipes" as a euphemism when describing his neighbours activities.
Duck Tales- In "Bubbeo & Juliet", Scrooge is feuding with the neighbours. One night, the neighbours have a wild party, and the McDuck household can't sleep. "Now for a little Scottish Warrfarre!" says Uncle Scrooge, and marches out playing Scotland the Brave to annoy the neighbour.
Scooby Doo- In an episode in Scotland, Scrappy, Shaggy and Scooby ride bikes and spot a piper up the road playing Scotland the Brave. Scooby clumsily crashes into the piper and ends up replacing his pipes. The piper, unfazed, keeps on marching while Scooby attempts to make pipe noises. There is another episode in which Scooby plays the pipes to attract a Loch Ness Monster which turns out to be a submarine.
My Bunny Lies Over the Sea-In a Bugs Bunny cartoon, MacRory, a kilted Scot, comes in playing Scotland the Brave on the pipes. Perceiving an old woman being attacked by an octopus, Bugs cries "I'll help ya granny," and tries to rescue her. Later they have a golf duel. After Bugs has prevailed at golf, MacRory claims he's still the better piper. He pulls out a new set of pipes and plays a fast tune. Then Bugs comes in, blowing a bag attached to a whole band of instruments!
The Simpsons- Bagpipes appear in many episodes. In one episode parodying Nightmare on Elm Street, Groundskeeper Willie is seen playing a set of bagpipes. Willie is soon killed and vows revenge on the children in their dreams. In Bart's dream, Willie appears as a spider-like set of bagpipes. In another episode, Willie hosts a Scotchtoberfest where he plays the pipes. In the episode where Homer & Mr Burns travel to Scotland to capture the LochNess Monster, the closing theme is played with the bagpipes. In "Burns & The Bees", Willie plays "Amazing Grace" on the pipes for the dying bees.
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