The Simpsons

Season 7 Episode 21

22 Short Films About Springfield

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Apr 14, 1996 on FOX
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Episode Summary

22 Short Films About Springfield
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

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Classic

    If I was a fan of this show trying to get someone else to become a fan, this is probably one of the episodes I would show said person, because it does a good job at showing a typical life in many peoples' life's in Springfield. Not only that, but the episode is incredibly funny also. My overall grade would have to be an A+, and I think it is the best, or one of the best, from season 7. I heard that Matt was planning a spinoff with a similar theme, but it never happened. It would've been coolmoreless
  • Classic

    If I wanted to help my friend get into this show, this would a great episode to use for 2 reasons 1. it shows a typical Springfield day and 2. we get alot more screen time for the secondary characters. I liked every single one of the situations from Bart and Milhouse spitting on people's cars to Snake and Chief Wiggium getting tied up by a guns dealer to the very last thing with professor Frink. Overall, this is one of the best (if not the best) of season 7, and definitly an episode all fans should watch. 10/10 A+moreless
  • this was a good ep

    in this ep of the simpsons show everyone has a story to tell in this one. and some of the stories are princiable skinner has super intendent charmers over for dinner and he sees how skinner is still treated like a little kid. this was a good story. and another one maggie gets locked in a newspaper box and homer is trying to get her out . and he goes through a good amout of trouble to get her back and another story nelson the bully gets a taste of his own medison final by someone eles this was a good ep and it had some good moments in this one.moreless
  • Everyone has a story to tell… in Springfield that is.

    This proves that not just the Simpsons has a story to tell. Beginning with Bart and Millhouse asking about what the people in their town has to tell them, and they got their wish. Lisa's trouble with gum in her hair, thanks to Bart to Nelson's finally getting his desserts. In between a story needed to be heard, and there was plenty. Dr. Nick finally having a reason, thanks to Abe while Snake is taken hostage after robbing Moe, alo9ng with Wiggum, who chased him. However, the icing of the cake is indeed when a person seek revenge when Nelson makes fun his car for being small. With Lisa's help, the man does what everyone who was targeted by Nelson had always wanted to do… get even. With his pants down, Nelson is forced to march as the bystanders laugh along. Bart and Millhouse sprays Nelson ketchup and mustard before Professor Frink can tell his story, but who cares.moreless
  • 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.

    I don't need to to tell you the plot since it is in the title. Anyways, it is a really good episode. You finally get to see your favorite characters get their own little moments. I think the Apu one was the best but that is just me. I also enjoyed the Nelson short film(he finally gets laughed at!) and the Lisa short film. The Homer and Maggie one was also hilarious. There are also great ones about Chief Wiggum and Moe. I disliked the Mr. Burns short film the most, but it was still amusing. Anyways, to some up a long review, this is a grand episode that is a fine example of this series' golden years.moreless
Dan Castellaneta

Dan Castellaneta

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

Hank Azaria

Hank Azaria

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

Harry Shearer

Harry Shearer

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

Julie Kavner

Julie Kavner

Marge Simpson, Patty Bouvier, and Selma Bouvier

Nancy Cartwright

Nancy Cartwright

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

Yeardley Smith

Yeardley Smith

Lisa Simpson

Phil Hartman

Phil Hartman

Lionel Hutz, Troy McClure and Additional Voices

Recurring Role

Pamela Hayden

Pamela Hayden

Milhouse Van Houten, Rod Flanders, Jimbo Jones, and others

Recurring Role

Tress MacNeille

Tress MacNeille

Agnes Skinner, Brandine Del Roy, Dolph and others

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

  • 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?

    • Milhouse: Can I use your bathroom?
      Comic Book Guy: No you may not! The bathroom is for paying customers only. If you purchase an item you may use the bathroom.
      Milhouse: Uuuh. Okay ummm. How bout that?
      Comic Book Guy: That is a rare photo of Sean Connery signed by Roger Moore. It is worth 150 dollars.
      Milhouse: What can I get for 75 cents?
      Comic Book Guy: Uuh. You may purchase this charming Hamburglar adventure. A child has already solved the jumble using crayon. The answer is fries.
      Kirk: Uh Milhouse, what's going on? You said you just needed to use the bathroom, now I find you buying comics.
      Comic Book Guy: Oh our transaction is completed, you may take the boy.

    • Cletus: (up on a telephone pole) Hey, y'know what? I could call my mom while I'm up here. Hey ma! Get off the dang roof!

    • Lisa: No, I've got gum in my hair.
      Marge: Well, we've tried everything. Olive oil, lemon juice, tartar sauce, chocolate syrup, gravy, baking fat, hammost and babba ganoosh.
      Lisa: My scalp hurts from horse-fly bites.

    • Ned Flanders: Howdy Reverend Lovejoy. Nice to see you there...on my lawn with... your dog.
      Reverend Lovejoy: We..uh oh oh bad dog, look at that, right on Ned's lawn, now how could you do such a thing? (whisper) Good boy don't stop now (normal voice), bad dog, I condemn you to Hell!

    • Lou: Y'know, I went to the McDonald's in uh Shelbyville the other day.
      Chief Wiggum: The McWhat?
      Lou: Uh, the McDonald's restaurant. I never heard of it either, but they have over 2,000 locations in this State alone.
      Eddie: Hmm. Must have sprung up overnight.
      Lou: You know the funniest thing though? It's the little differences.
      Chief Wiggum: Example.
      Lou: Well, at McDonald's you can buy a Krusty Burger with cheese, right? But they don't call it a Krusty Burger with cheese.
      Chief Wiggum: Get out… well what do they call it?
      Lou: A Quarter Pounder with cheese.
      Chief Wiggum: A Quarter Pounder with cheese? Well I can picture the cheese, but… uh. Do they have Krusty Partially Gelagnated Non Dairy Gum Based Beverages?
      Lou: Mmm hmm, they call 'em Shakes.

    • Skinner: I hope you're ready for mouth watering hamburgers!
      Chalmers: I thought we were having steamed clams?
      Skinner: Oh no, I said steamed hams. That's what I call hamburgers.
      Chalmers: You call hamburgers "steamed hams"?
      Skinner: Yes. It's a regional dialog.
      Chalmers: Uh… what region?
      Skinner: Uuuh. Upstate New York.
      Chalmers: Really? Well I'm from Utica and I've never heard anyone use the phrase "steamed hams".
      Skinner: Oh not in Utica, no, it's an Albany expression.
      Chalmers: Uh I see. You know these hamburgers are quite similar to the ones they have at Krusty Burgers.
      Skinner: Hohohoho. No. Patented Skinner Burgers. Old family recipie.
      Chalmers: For… steamed hams.
      Skinner: Yes.
      Chalmers: Yes, and you call them steamed hams despite the fact they are obviously grilled.

    • Chalmers: Why is there smoke coming out of your oven, Seymour?
      Skinner: Uh… now ooh. That isn't smoke, it's steam… steam from the steamed clams we're having. Mmmm. Steamed clams.

    • Skinner: What if… I were to purchase fast food and disguise it as my own cooking. Hohohohoho! Delightfully devilish, Seymour.

    • (Skinner & the Superintendent Theme)
      Singers: Skinner with his crazy explanations.
      The superintendent's gonna need his medication.
      When he hears Skinners lame exaggerations.
      There'll be trouble in town tonight!
      Superintendent Chalmers: (Yelling) Seymour!

    • Moe: Barney, remember when I said I'd have to send away to NASA to calculate your bar tab?
      Barney: Yeah, we all had a good laugh, Moe.
      Moe: The results came back today. You owe me 70 billion dollars.
      Barney: Mmmph!?
      Moe: No wait wait wait, that's for the Voyager spacecraft. Your tab's 14 billion dollars.
      Barney: Uh, alls I got is 2,000 bucks.
      Moe: Well, that's halfway there.

    • Dr. Nick: All right! Free nose jobs for everybody. Ugh, you first!
      Jasper: Give me a "Van Hefferin".

    • Dr. Nick: Hi, everybody! Now, tell Dr. Nick where is the trouble.
      Grampa: I'm itchy! I've got ants in my pants! I'm discombobulated! Give me a calmative!
      Dr. Nick: Slow down, sir! You're going to give yourself skin failure!

    • Smithers: Help me!
      Dr. Nick: Holy smokes! You need booze!

    • Mr. Burns: Smithers? What's the meaning of this slacking off?
      Smithers: Uh, there's a bee in my eye, sir.
      Mr. Burns: And...
      Smithers: Uh, I'm allergic to bee stings. They cause me to uh... die.
      Mr. Burns: But we're running out of forward momentum!
      Smithers: Um, perhaps you could pedal for just a little while, sir?
      Mr. Burns: Quite impossible. I could try to bat him off if you like.
      Smithers: Uh, really that's no--(Burns swats at the bee) Aaaaaaaaaugh!

    • Marge: The trick to getting out gum… is peanut butter! There. Now that gum should lift right out. Hmmm… maybe it needs a little Mayonnaise to get going. Okay, you go sit in the sun and let it melt in.

    • Lisa: Waaah! Augh. There's gum in my hair! Mom! Someone threw gum in my hair!
      Marge: Are you sure? Maybe it's just shampoo, that washes right out.

    • Lisa: Mom, dad threw his beer can at the miracle grow guy on TV. Can I recycle it?
      Marge: Why not.

    • Hans Moleman: You took four minutes of my life and I want them back! Oh, I'd only waste them anyway.

    • Apu: Ooh ooh ooh, I love this song! Let us boogie. I am the Freakazoid, come on and wind me up!

    • Apu: Serving the customer is merriment enough for me. Thank you come again! You see… most enjoyable!

    • (While a fire burns in the kitchen)
      Skinner: Well, that was wonderful. A good time was had by all. I'm pooped.
      Chalmers: Yes, I should be go-od lord, what is happening in there?
      Skinner: Aurora Borealis?
      Chalmers: Aurora Borealis? At this time of year? At this time of day? In this part of the country? Localized entirely within your kitchen?
      Skinner: Yes.
      Chalmers: May I see it?
      Skinner: No.
      Agnes: Seymour, the house is on fire!
      Skinner: No, Mother, it's just the Northern Lights.

    • "The Tomfoolery of Professor Frink" lyrics
      "Professor Frink, Professor Frink
      He'll make you laugh, he'll make you think.
      He likes to run and then the thing with the... um, person..... Oh boy, that monkey is going to pay. "

    • Cletus: (holds up a pair of dirty boots) Hey, Brandine. You might could wear these to your job interview.
      Brandine: And scuff up the topless dancin' runway? Naw, you best bring 'em back where from ya got 'em.
      Cletus: Okay. (to boots) Back you go, to wait for a woman o' less discriminatin' taste.

    • Very Tall Man: (lifts Nelson out of the sewer by his head) Do you find something comical about my appearance when I'm driving my automobile?
      Nelson: Yeah.
      Very Tall Man: Everyone needs to drive a vehicle, even the very tall. (turns Nelson to face the car) This was the largest auto that I could afford. Am I therefore to be made the subject of fun?
      Nelson: I guess so.
      (The tall guy forces Nelson to march down Main Street, pants down.)
      (He drives slowly behind the ashamed bully)
      Very Tall Man: Hey, everybody! Look at this, it's that boy who laughs at everyone. Let's laugh at him!
      Crowd: HA-ha!

    • "The Slack-Jawed Yokel" lyrics
      Most folk'll never eat a skunk,
      but then again, some folk'll,
      like Cletus, the Slack-Jawed Yokel.

      Molk folk'll never lose a toe,
      but then again, some folk'll,
      like Cletus the Slack-Jawed Yokel.

  • 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.


    • 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.