The Simpsons

A Tale of Two Springfields

Season 12, Ep 2, Aired 11/5/00
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  • Episode Description
  • When the phone company gives Springfield a new area code, Homer revolts taking the part of Springfield with the new area code (the poor side of town) with him. Soon it's Olde Springfield versus New Springfield. As mayor of New Springfield Homer runs it haphazardly and soon the population of New Springfield moves over to Olde Springfield, leaving the Simpson family as the only residents. It takes a Who concert to bring the two parts of Springfield together.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Julie Kavner

    Marge Simpson, Patty Bouvier, and Selma Bouvier

  • Harry Shearer

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

  • Dan Castellaneta

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

  • Nancy Cartwright

    Bart Simpson, Nelson Muntz, Ralph Wiggum, Todd Flanders, and others

  • Yeardley Smith

    Lisa Simpson

  • Fan Reviews (12)
  • Badger, The Who, Two Springfields, Homer is Mayor of New Springfield... What could POSSIBLY go wrong

    By futuramarama, Nov 14, 2009

  • As funny and recommendable as electrocuting your own **** with a live wire.

    By asdfghjklm, Jun 08, 2009

  • Homer's the mayor of New Springfield.

    By Sami5118, Aug 06, 2010

  • Homer becomes mayor of New Springfield

    By fenway98, Jun 23, 2010

  • Springfield is cut into two cities.

    By Hornets3, Sep 04, 2009

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (22)

    • Homer: I can't believe those rats deserted us. They couldn't take one lousy famine!

    • Homer: Well, Marge, looks like your insane experiment is over. Marge: My experiment? You're the one who came up with this whole idea … (Homer uses some chloroform on Marge)

    • Quimby: Give us back our concert, Simpson. Homer: So, New Springfield's looking pretty good now, isn't it, with our ample parking, and daily Who concerts. Roger: Daily? Homer: We'll talk.

    • Krusty: I opened for The Who at Woodstock. I came out in a Beatle wig with a ukulele. Hendrix said he almost plotzed -- his exact words. Sideshow Mel: (sarcastic) Oh, I never tire of that story.

    • Homer: But those Old Springfield squares are just going to make you cut your hair, turn down your music, and wear frilly shirts like Keith Partridge. Roger: Keith Partridge? Who huddle. (the band huddles to talk things over) John: We'll do it! Bart: Yeah! (Homer and Bart high-five) John: Just send the car for us. Homer: What, something wrong with your legs? Roger: You're right. The walk will do us good.

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    Notes (4)

    • Pete Townshend declined to supply his voice for the show. He had his brother, Paul Townshend, substitute for him.

    • Blackboard Joke: I will not plant subliminAL messaGOREs. Couch Gag: Bart plants a whoopee cushion under the couch. Homer sits on it and everyone thinks he's farted. Bart laughs.

    • Homer sarcastically says, "Nice wiring, Bart" after trying to detonate the bomb on his chest. Bart then says, "It worked on the test corpse." The original line was, "It worked on the test goat."

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    Trivia (10)

    • Seen inside the wall are the angel statue from "Lisa the Skeptic", a Santa Clause statue, and the Olemic Indian God of War from "Blood Feud".

    • Homer uses chloroform to silence Marge. Homer has also silenced Marge like that in episodes "Mayored to the Mob" and "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Marge".

    • The phone number for Animal Control is (555) X-TERM-N-8.

    • Look Hard: The doorman outside the Hotel Pillowmint is the same guy who showed Homer his Capital City hotel room in "The Last Temptation of Homer."

    • In this episode, The Simpsons live in the 939 area. But in the video game "The Simpsons: Hit & Run", they have big signs that say "You are now entering/leaving area 939/636" as you drive past the bridge. According to the game, The Simpsons house is on the 636 side, but in this episode they are on the 939 side.

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    Allusions (5)

    • When Kent Brockman's newscast shows a picture of Homer and friends on the steps of a home, the layout and poses match the cover of The Who's "Meaty Beaty Big and Bouncy" album.

    • Homer imagines himself as a mayor, walking down the street in a western town, wearing a cowboy hat and firing a rifle, in a parody of the opening credit of the western show, The Rifleman starring Chuck Connors.

    • Diff'rent Strokes The disc jockey presses a button and we hear "What you talkin' about?", which is Gary Coleman's catchphrase from Diff'rent Strokes.

    • The show's title pays homage to Charles Dickens' classic A Tale of Two Cities.

    • Moe: That fat, dumb, and bald guy sure plays a mean hardball.
      Moe's quote has the same cadence of a similar verse in The Who's classic song "Pinball Wizard," with the actual line being "That deaf, dumb, and blind kid sure plays a mean pinball."

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