The Simpsons

$pringfield (Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Legalized Gambling)

Season 5, Ep 10, Aired 12/16/93
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  • Episode Description
  • During a town meeting, Principal Skinner pitches the idea of opening a casino. Mr. Burns adopts this notion and builds the "Mr. Burns' Casino." Homer takes a job as a blackjack dealer and Marge takes up gambling. At home, Lisa is having difficulties with her school project and Bart opens a treehouse casino.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Josh Weinstein

  • Wesley Archer

  • Bill Oakley

  • Gerry Cooney


  • Robert Goulet


  • Fan Reviews (14)
  • It would be better, if the title wasn't so damn long

    By meatboys, Aug 30, 2008

  • Marge Is Addicted

    By futuramarama, Jul 02, 2010

  • this was a good ep

    By cube2k8, May 18, 2010

  • Casino Royale

    By sh811a, Mar 04, 2010

  • At a Town Hall meeting, Mayor Quimby tells those attending that Springfield is broke. Seymour Skinner suggests legalized gambling as a way to generate revenue. Mr. Burns jumps at the opportunity and opens a casino. Bart soon opens one of his own.

    By meathead704, Sep 07, 2009

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (39)

    • Mr Burns: (holding a miniature wooden plane) Do you see this plane, Smithers? This gonna help us to take the Spruce Goose and take us outta here! Smithers: Excellent model, sir. Mr. Burns: Uh, model?

    • Lisa: Dad, Mom said she'd be home to help me with my costume and she's not, and the geography pageant is tonight! Homer: Lisa, your mom still loves you. It's just that she has a career now. She's a slot-jockey.

    • Lisa: Do you get the feeling this family is disintegrating? I mean, we haven't had a meal with Mom all week. And she hasn't even started my costume for the geography pageant. Bart: Pipe down, sister. I gotta book a new act for tonight. Turns out that Liza Minnelli impersonator was really Liza Minnelli. (shudders)

    • Homer: Marge! You waited for me. Marge: Er. Homer: Okay, Marge, let's go. Marge: I'll catch up to you. Homer: Marge, I'm taking the car. Marge: I'll walk. Homer: This late? Through the bad neighborhood? Marge: Yeah. Homer: Margeā€¦ Marge: Go home! You're bad luck. Homer: Wait! I see what's happening here. You're just mad because everyone in this town loves gambling except for you. Well that's just sad.

    • (Barney saves Maggie from a tiger in the casino) Barney: Marge, you gotta watch out. Your little boy, Bart, could have been eaten by that pony!

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    Notes (4)

    • Deleted Scene: James Bond and Blofeld, the latter accompanied by Odd Job and Jaws, are playing blackjack in the casino with Homer as the dealer. Homer gives Bond a joker, and Bond tells Homer that he was supposed to take the jokers out of the deck. So Homer gives Bond another card - which has rules for draw and stud poker on it. Odd Job and Jaws promptly grab Bond and drag him away. This was one of a number of deleted scenes to be shown in season 7's "The Simpsons 138th Episode Spectacular".

    • This is the episode in which Marge develops her gambing problem.

    • There is a scene depicting Siegfried & Roy knockoffs, "Gunter and Ernst" getting mauled by one of their tigers. Although this episode aired several years before the real life incident that nearly took Roy Horn's life, one wonders if we'll get to see this gag again.

    • Blackboard Joke: I will not say "Springfield" just to get applause. Couch Gag: The family run into each other and shatter as if they're ceramic. Santa's Little Helper inspects the debris.

    Trivia (4)

    • Odds at Bart's casino: Krabappel nervous breakdown: 2-1 Fat kid popular: 50-1 Bart gets his own TV show: 1000-1

    • The scene with Homer at the blackjack table parodies ''Rain Man.''

    • Homer's photographic memory details himself with huge muscles, Marge in a blue dress and green hair, Apu with three heads, and an alligator in a suit.

    • Along with several hats, a hair brush and false teeth are thrown into the air at the town meeting.

    Allusions (8)

    • Tales From the Crypt Homer says that he once let a maniac dressed as Santa Claus into the house. This is a reference to the Tales From the Crypt episode "And All Through the House" where the daughter of a woman who murdered her husband lets an escaped mental patient dressed as Santa Claus into the house.

    • Terms of Endearment/I'll Do Anything The movie posters for "Sperms of Endearment" and "I'll Do Anyone" are spoofs on the movies Terms of Endearment and I'll Do Anything which happen to have been produced by The Simpsons Executive Producer, James L. Brooks.

    • The Ren and Stimpy Show The music heard in the newsreel is the same stock music heard on The Ren and Stimpy Show.

    • Blackboard Joke: I will not say "Springfield" just to get applause. The blackboard quote is a parody of David Letterman's habit of constantly saying, "Buttafuoco" and his audience applauding during the Amy Fisher debacle in 1992-93.

    • The Wizard of Oz The scene where Homer incorrectly quotes Pythagoras's Theorem is a parody of the scene from the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz when The Scarecrow gets his brain.

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