The Simpsons

22 Short Films About Springfield

Season 7, Ep 21, Aired 4/14/96
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  • Episode Description
  • Small slices of life in Springfield are shown, such as: Bart carves sugar; Apu in "The Jolly Bengali"; Lisa with gum in her hair; Smithers and the bee sting; Dr. Nick saves the day; Moe gets robbed; "Skinner and the Superintendent"; Homer, Maggie and the newspaper; McDonald's Quarter Pounders vs. Krusty burgers; the Bee Man at home; Chief Wiggum, the hood and the storekeeper; Reverend Lovejoy and his dog; Lisa and the gum (part 2); Cletus the Slack-Jawed Yokel; Milhouse has to use the bathroom; Chief Wiggum, the hood and the storekeeper (part 2); Lisa and the gum (part 3); Nelson gets his comeuppance; Bart and Milhouse find the truth; The Tomfoolery of Professor John Frink is almost seen.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Jim Reardon

  • Greg Daniels

  • Dan Castellaneta

    Homer Simpson, Grampa Simpson, Barney Gumble, Krusty the Clown, Groundskeeper Willie, and others

  • Hank Azaria

    Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, Moe Szyslak, Chief Wiggum, Comic Book Guy, Lou, and others

  • Harry Shearer

    Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders, Principal Skinner, Waylon Smithers, Kent Brockman, and others

  • Fan Reviews (16)
  • Classic

    By futuramarama, Jan 20, 2010

  • Classic

    By Southparkfa, Aug 18, 2010

  • this was a good ep

    By cube2k8, May 21, 2010

  • Everyone has a story to tell… in Springfield that is.

    By Sara_Marie_41, Jan 17, 2010

  • Ever wondered what the people of Springfield are doing when they are not interacting with the main characters of the Simpson family? Well then this episode is for you.

    By gamernut, Apr 06, 2009

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (30)

    • (At the Medical Review Board) Dr. Nick: Hi, everybody. Review Board: (deadpan) Hi, Dr. Nick. Head Review Board Member: Dr. Nick, this malpractice committee has receive a few complains against you. Among the 160 grievous charges, the troubling are: Performing major operations with a knife and fork from a seafood restaurant. Dr. Nick: But I clean them with my napkin. Head Review Board Member: Misuse of the cadavers. Dr. Nick: I get here earlier when I drive in the car-pool lane.

    • Lisa: (with mayonnaise and peanut butter in her hair) Why me? Ew, I smell like a sandwich.

    • Professor Frink: Ah, ah, uh, sorry I'm late, there was trouble at the lab with the running and the exploding and the crying. One of the monkeys stole the glasses off my head (ending music starts) uh, no wait, please no, please I have a funny story to tell! Oh, that monkey is gonna pay.

    • Lisa: Aaah! Barber: You keep squirming and there's going to be a little bald girl with no lollipop.

    • Kirk: Uuuh, can my son use your bathroom? Milhouse: You've gotta say yeeeesss! Herman: Okay, but be quick. And come back. Kirk: Uuuh, so uh, n-nice store. Uuuh. When I was a kid this used to be a pet store. Ahah. Yeah. Right over there against that wall was the cutest little.. Herman: (loads gun) Get in the corner! Milhouse: (walks in twirling a mace, hits Herman) Hey dad, can we get this? Please?

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    Notes (5)

    • This episode won the 1998 WAC Winner Award for Best Animation Produced for Primetime.

    • This is the fourth episode to have its title appear on the screen. The other three episodes were: "The Telltale Head" (Season One), "Bart Gets Hit by a Car" (Season Two) and "The Simpsons 138th Episode Spectacular" (Season Seven).

    • This is the first Film Roman-produced Simpsons episode to use the original end credits theme, which was last used on "A Streetcar Named Marge."

    • Blackboard Joke: None. Couch Gag: The family are sea monkeys inside a fish bowl.

    • When creator Matt Groening started work on a spin-off called "Springfield" in 2001, this was rumoured to be used as a pilot episode, but it seems as though all hopes for "Springfield" to become a reality have been lost.

    Trivia (3)

    • According to this episode, Smithers is allergic to bees.

    • The very tall man also appeared in "The City of New York vs. Homer Simpson."

    • The very tall man at the end of the episode is modeled after writer Ian Maxtone-Graham.

    Allusions (5)

    • Pippi Longstocking The name of the barbershop that Lisa runs into to get the gum out of her hair is called Snippy Longstockings. This is named after a series of children's books and movie named Pippi Longstocking.

    • Jasper: Gimme a Van Heflin. A reference to Van Heflin, the Academy Award-winning American film and theatre actor.

    • Apu: I'm gonna party like it's on sale for $19.99! This is a variation of Prince's hit song "1999"; the chorus goes, "Tonight I'm gonna party like it's 1999."

    • Thirty-Two Short Films About Glenn Gould The title of the episode is based on the 1993 film biography Thirty-Two Short Films About Glenn Gould, a Canadian piano virtuoso.

    • Pulp Fiction There are many references to the 1994 film, Pulp Fiction, in this episode. - Sanjay says "you will be there or be square", then makes a square shape with his fingers. This is similiar to what Mia Wallace does outside Jack Rabbit Slims. - Chief Wiggum and Lou have a discussion about the differences of McDonald's food, like Jules and Vincent disussing the differences of Paris and Amsterdam food. - Snake stops right in front of Chief Wiggum, who's is carrying donuts, then runs him over with his car. In Pulp Fiction, Butch stops right in front of Marsellus Wallace, who is also carrying donuts, then runs him over. Marsellus Wallace is a fat crime-involved boss, much like Chief Wiggum, and Butch and Snake are both 30-40 something year old rebellious men who disobeyed the man they ran over. - A seemingly psychopathic man, named Herman, ties up Chief Wiggum and Snake to wooden chairs with ball gags over their mouths, in a small, dark store. This is exactly like Maynard, a psychopathic hillbilly, tying up Butch and Marsellus with ball gags in a small, dark store. - Herman says they will wait until Ed gets there, like Maynard saying they will wait 'till Zed gets there to start the rape. - When Milhouse comes out of the bathroom he knocks out Herman with a mace ball and chain sort of thing, like Butch knocking out Maynard with a samurai sword. - The episode begins and ends with Bart and Milhouse on the overpass. Pulp Fiction begins and ends with Ringo and Yolanda in the coffee shop. - There is a close-up to the cheeseburger that Cheif Wiggum is eating, similar to the close-up of the cheeseburger that Jules was eating in the movie. - Bumblebee Man's neighborhood looks similar to Butch's neighorhood. - The song, "La Cucaracha", is used in both this episode and in the movie. - There is a Pulp Fiction-style title card to announce the title of this episode.

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