The Simpsons

The Fight Before Christmas

Season 22, Ep 8, Aired 12/5/10
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  • Episode Description
  • Marge easily gets in the holiday spirit, but it's a little more difficult for the rest of the family. After the family goes to sleep before Christmas morning, each of the kids has a holiday-themed dream: First, Bart finds himself taking the Polar Express train to the North Pole where he encounters the elves working in preparation for Christmas Eve. Bart eventually faces Santa Claus (portrayed by Krusty) in hopes of getting a much-desired dirt bike for Christmas. Second, Lisa dreams of a life in 1944 when Marge is away fighting in World War II. Because she was drafted while buying a Christmas tree, Lisa is reluctant to have another one in the house until her mother returns. But she has a change of heart when she finds herself at the tree lot and sees the same tree Marge purchased before leaving and it's remade in her image, leaving Lisa to take it home to serve as hope her mother will return home, which is certain as she carries out a plan to kill Hitler and some Nazis, similarly seen in Inglorious Basterds While the others are sleeping, Marge writes a letter to Martha Stewart, who comes to Springfield and decorates the house in her own Christmas theme. But alas, this turns out to be a dream as well, as Homer and the kids present her with breakfast in bead, only to screw things up and decide to go out to eat. Lastly, Maggie has a Fluppets-like (parody of The Muppets) dream of the family preparing to go on a Hawaiian vacation for Christmas, leaving Moe as their housesitter. However, he invites Katy Perry (guest-starring as herself in live-action) over, and the Simpsons' departure is further delayed by Mr. Burns, who catches Homer in the act of lying out of work to take the vacation. Fortunately, Katy is able to brighten their holiday.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Julie Kavner

    Marge Simpson, Patty Bouvier, and Selma Bouvier

  • Nancy Cartwright

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

  • Yeardley Smith

    Lisa Simpson

  • 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

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  • Fan Reviews (14)
  • This episode gave me hope to watch this show after a couple bad episodes.

    By timtoiletpaper, Jan 01, 2011

  • It's not terrific but it's WAY better than "Treehouse of Horror XXI"

    By tigerdude22, Sep 03, 2011

  • Ok episode.

    By Sami5118, Aug 25, 2011

  • mediocre

    By futuramarama, Dec 06, 2010

  • Mixed feelings

    By Bobinho26, Dec 06, 2010

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Notes (2)

    • The beginning introduction has Christmas music playing and the town decorated and Marge is pulling up Santa's Sleigh on the roof of the house. She and the sleigh fall off the roof.

    • This is a rare episode with no opening title sequence.

    Allusions (4)

    • Inglorious Basterds Toward the end of the second short, Marge carries out a plan to blow up a movie theater where Adolph Hitler and a group of Nazis are attending, similarly seen in the above-titled 2009 movie which starred Brad Pitt.

    • The Muppet Christmas Special The DVD that Maggie shows Homer is The Fluppet Christmas Special. This is a parody of The Muppet Christmas Special that stars The Muppets' Kermit The Frog and Miss Piggy created by Jim Henson.

    • The Polar Express When Bart steps outside and there is a train in his front yard and Otto is the conductor and boards the train and goes to the North Pole to see Santa Claus. This is like the 2004 movie The Polar Express where a little boy boards a train in his front yard and goes to the North Pole to see Santa Claus and is welcomed by the conductor (voiced by Tom Hanks).

    • The Night Before Christmas The title of this episode is a play on the title of the 1823 poem The Night Before Christmas by Clement Clark Moore.

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