The Simpsons


Season 16, Ep 15, Aired 4/17/05
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  • Episode Description
  • Bart and Lisa find themselves in Prof. Frink's basement and he uses the science of astrology on his new computer to show them their future, eight years from next Tuesday. In this future, Maggie is away on a trip to Alaska; Homer and Marge have separated and Bart and Lisa are getting ready for prom. Lisa's date is Milhouse, who and Bart is dating a skateboard chick named Jenda. Lisa is graduating 2 years early and is going to Yale (now owned by McDonalds) on a scholarship funded by Mr. Burns as punishment for stealing Christmas. Bart is also graduating and is ready to move to the next level of his relationship with Jenda, he wants to marry her but his vision of their future together makes her break it off. Working his part-time job at the Kwik-E-Mart, Bart winds up saving Mr. Burns life while delivering groceries. As a reward Mr. Burns gives him the scholarship that Lisa was to receive. Bart is back with Jenda, now that he has a future, but Bart finds his way back in Prof. Frink's old basement and sees Lisa's bleak future with Milhouse. He does the right thing and keeps her from destroying her life.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 (9)
  • A Simpsons Future #3

    By jimbo_001, Jan 31, 2006

  • why much closer we are to geting this high tech

    By dragondude4, Oct 30, 2009

  • Pretty Funny episode...... Look into the future episode # 3...... Interesting, Funny, and a good plot. What more can you ask for????

    By Iverson82094, Sep 15, 2007

  • What a future.

    By PerfectDark0Fan, Mar 23, 2007

  • Ok!!!

    By Andrew0000, Feb 26, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (15)

    • Lisa: Even though McDonald's owns Yale now, it's still a good school.

    • Bart: I speak three languages. Lisa: Armpit noises are not a language.

    • Moe: I'm not the clone, you're the clone. Moe 2: Oh, not this again.

    • Skinner: I'd like to bid farewell to our students who are graduating, or going off to fight in Gulf War Five Operation Find Our President's Head. Kids: USA! Find the head! USA! Find the head!

    • Marge: When I was a kid, we didn't show our affection by head-butting.

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    Notes (3)

    • This is the third episode of the series set mostly in the future. The previous ones were "Lisa's Wedding" and "Bart to the Future."

    • This episode was nominated for an Creative Arts Emmy Award in the category "Outstanding Animated Program (for Programming Less Than One Hour)."

    • Blackboard: None. Couch Gag: Several toy forms of transportation come into the living room, only to change Transformers-style into the family.

    Trivia (6)

    • At some time in the future, Professor Frink had apparently hung himself. When Bart and Jenda revisit his basement, his skeleton can be seen hanging from a noose in the rafters, glasses and all

    • At the prom all the music is played by a single iPod standing on a chair.

    • In this episode, we learn that in the future, Smithers will go straight and start dating women, thanks to injections.

    • The banner for Homer's party reads "Conjradulations hi skool grajauates".

    • After driving though the "Quantum Tunnel," the character that shows up in their car is Bender the robot, from the show Futurama.

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    Allusions (10)

    • Apu: You must get there through "The Forbidden Zone."
      A quick and funny reference to a place inside one of the episodes of the original Star Trek. The Futurama episode "My Three Suns" also depicted a Forbidden Zone.

    • Bart: I'm sick of this, I wanna look at a different future.
      The menu Bart pulls up, and even the noises sound exactly like Tivo.

    • Wiggum: Go ahead, reach in. We're not fancy here. Wiggum, Eddie and Lou all look like the kind of robot police officers seen in the Robocop films.

    • n/a: E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial
      The newspaper delivery is a parody of the first time we see E.T. in E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial.

    • n/a: The Matrix
      Professor Frink's computer screen displays several green characters on a black screen, much like the ones seen in The Matrix.

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