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The Simpsons

Season 12 Episode 2

A Tale of Two Springfields

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Nov 05, 2000 on FOX
out of 10
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Episode Summary

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

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  • Badger, The Who, Two Springfields, Homer is Mayor of New Springfield... What could POSSIBLY go wrong

    Springfield is cut in two- New Springfield and Old Springfield.

    This episode has so much wrong- the badger scene with Homer's guts being ripped out {not that bad, I don't think, but certainly disgusting}, loads of bad characterizations, somewhat lazy ending, a horrendous ending, a gagfest with jokes that make you want to gag, I think.

    Certainly one of the worst season openers of the show. It had very, very little redeeming qualities at all, and it was a war of two Springfields, which wasn't interesting to start with at all.

    PS- Lionel Hutz can be seen climbing over Homer's wall, in case you never saw that beforemoreless
  • As funny and recommendable as electrocuting your own **** with a live wire.

    This episode is just pure garbage in my book. And I am not usually harsh, but this time I can't disagree more with the general view.

    Funny? Not at all. That would be a nice pretext to enjoy this episode despite being so chaotic and pointless, but I actually laughed twice. And neither of those laughs were too remarkable to compare with the jokes at older episodes.

    And, while the episode couldn't satisfy my demands in humour, it got worse and worse in plot and characterization. The storyline went nowhere and Homer was depicted here as a menacing psychopath that could have killed himself without remorse. I'm sorry my opinion is so conflicting in this occasion, but this is not the funny, lovely Homer I met. And I'm especially sensitive to the characters' depiction and everything related to empathy.

    So, terrible show at all, and proud member of my bottom 5. The intestinal strip-tease did the rest.moreless
  • Homer's the mayor of New Springfield.

    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.

    What I liked:

    * Homer the mayor

    * They build a barrier to seperate the area codes

    * Homer gets The Who to play for New Springfield

    I think that it could have been better, but for the most part, it was a pretty good ep. Not one of season 12's best though.moreless
  • Homer becomes mayor of New Springfield

    When Homer finds out the town is split into two zip codes, he won't stand for it. He soon realizes that the rich side of town gets to keep the old zip code, whole the other side has to get a new one. He decideds to split the town in half, New Springfield and Olde Springfield. Homer is now the mayor of New Springfield, and gets The Who to play. But the who won't play until Homer takes down the barrier between New and old Springfield to settle their differences.

    I think this is a great episode. I loved the Homer getting attacked by the badger, and The Who guest starring.

    Overall Grade:95%/Amoreless
  • Springfield is cut into two cities.

    After Springfield's telephone area code splits in two, Homer spearheads a movement to divide the town itself in half along the new area code line. Guest starring The Who as themselves. This really was just a well-done episode that I really loved. The whole idea was funny, and the phone company jokes just added to the hilarity. It may not be the best of the season, but I really enjoyed this episode. Especially the whole idea of Homer being mayor. You have to love the badger at the beginning of the episode. This is absolutely a must see and under appreciated episode.moreless
Julie Kavner

Julie Kavner

Marge Simpson, Patty Bouvier, and Selma Bouvier

Harry Shearer

Harry Shearer

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

Dan Castellaneta

Dan Castellaneta

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

Nancy Cartwright

Nancy Cartwright

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

Yeardley Smith

Yeardley Smith

Lisa Simpson

Hank Azaria

Hank Azaria

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

Gary Coleman

Gary Coleman


Guest Star

The Who

The Who


Guest Star

Marcia Wallace

Marcia Wallace

Edna Krabappel

Recurring Role

Frank Welker

Frank Welker

Santa's Little Helper and Additional Animal Voices

Recurring Role

Tress MacNeille

Tress MacNeille

Agnes Skinner, Brandine Del Roy, Dolph and others

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • 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.

    • Syndication cuts the scene after Homer shows Lisa his clawed stomach from the badger. Originally, Lisa asked Homer how the badger clawed Homer's stomach and left his shirt intact. Homer replies, "I'm not a tailor!"

    • One of the tri-tone beeps is cut from syndication during the scene where Homer tries to call the newspapers, TV and gas stations.

    • At the end of the episode, The Who are playing "Won't Get Fooled Again" and the camera zooms out of the town until we see a badger on the screen. It says something to the other badgers and then a bunch of badgers go to invade Springfield. (Very Funny). Recently, they cut this scene out of the episode and instead it goes right to the end credits.

    • In this episode Mr.Burns phone number is 555-0013 but in 'Lisa's Date with Density' his phone number was 555-0001

    • The tri-tone beep repeats incessantly without the normal recorded message that follows it playing.

  • 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.

    • Guard: Can I help you?
      Homer: Uh …
      Bart: Dad, the chloroform.
      Homer: Huh? Oh, right. I'll give you this bottle of chloroform if you'll take us to The Who.
      Bart: D'oh!

    • Marge: We can't go on fighting with Old Springfield. These people are our neighbors. We see them every day.
      Homer: You're right. We've got to block them from our sight with a giant wall.
      Marge: Like the one in Berlin?
      Homer: Good idea. We should call the guys they used. (picks up the phone and dials, getting the tri-tone, again)
      Marge: Homer…
      Homer: It's ringing…

    • Mayor Quimby: They got us now. Without water, we're doomed.
      Principal Skinner: Wait a minute! What's that gold-colored substance in the riverbed?
      Dr. Hibbert: Why, that's gold.
      Mr. Burns: We're slightly richer!

    • (After Old Springfield's power goes out)
      Nurse: Oh, no! You can't do heart surgery in the dark.
      Hibbert: Sounds like a wager to me.
      Krusty: (on the operating table) I'll take a piece of that.

    • Marge: I don't know why, but I just didn't feel comfortable until I was back here in New Springfield with my own kind.
      Lisa: Mom!
      Marge: They were looking at me … with their eyes.

    • Homer: What really burns me up is they didn't give us one word of warning.
      Carl: What do you mean? They ran those TV commercials about it, and that big radio campaign.
      Lenny: Don't forget the leaflets they dropped from the Space Shuttle, and the two weeks we all spent at area code camp.
      Homer: Not a single word of warning.

    • Phone Lady: Your call cannot be completed as dialed. Please make sure you have the correct area code.
      Homer: Area code? But it's a local call!
      Marge: The phone company ran out of numbers, so they split the city into two area codes. Half the town keeps the old 636 area code, and our half gets 939.
      Homer: 939!? What the hell is that!? Oh, my life is ruined.
      Marge: Jeez, you just have to remember three extra numbers.
      Homer: Oh, if only it were that easy, Marge. (the badger appears at the window) Go away! We got bigger problems now.

    • (Bart looks for stoats to feed the badger)
      Lisa: Bart, stoats are weasels. They don't come in cans.
      Bart (holding a can): Then what's this?
      Lisa: That says "corn," Bart.
      Bart: Must you embarrass me?

    • Lindsay Nagel: I know many of you are upset about the area code change, especially those of you with dynamite strapped to your bodies.

    • Jimbo: You're in Olde Springfield now. Everything on this side of the park belongs to us!
      Kearney: Hey! His pants are in our park too!
      Dolph: Get him!
      Bart: My homework is in your park!
      Kearney: Let's do it! Yoink!
      Dolph: What does freedom mean to me?

    • Infomercial: But how will I remember all those numbers? Well, scientists have discovered that even monkeys can memorize ten numbers. Are you stupider than a monkey?
      Chief Wiggum: How big of a monkey?
      Infomercial: Ha, ha. Of course you're not.

    • Homer: I'm Homer Simpson.
      The Who: The mayor of New Springfield?
      Homer: That's right.
      The Who: The crazy mayor of New Springfield?
      Homer: That's right.

    • Mr. Burns: Smithers, why did you iron a crease in these dungaries? I look like a square!
      Smithers: Uuh, that crease is in your leg, sir.
      Mr. Burns: Ah, so it is.... yeees.

    • Homer: We're officially a city. Now we just sit back and wait for an NFL franchise.
      NFL Guy: Hello, sir. I represent the Arizona Cardinals.
      Homer: Keep walkin'.

    • Homer: Television broken?
      Bart: No. There's a badger in there.
      Homer: Badger my ass! It's probably Milhouse. (crawls into the doghouse) Milhouse … Milhouse! (the badger attacks. Homer screams and comes out) It's a badger, all right. Possibly a griffin. Bart, do you have any dynamite in your room?
      Bart: Tons.
      Homer: Get it.
      Lisa: No, Dad, we don't want to kill him. Let's call animal control.
      Homer: Great idea. Then we should call the doctor about this.
      (he lifts his shirt, revealing a hole in his chest that shows his internal organs)
      Lisa: How did the badger do that without ripping your shirt?
      Homer: What am I, a tailor?

    • Kent Brockman: (About the people of New Springfield) Scientists say they're also less attractive physically, and while we speak in a well-educated manner, they tend to use low-brow expressions like "Oh, yeah?" and "Come here a minute!"
      Homer: Oh, yeah? They think they're better than us, huh? Bart, come here a minute!
      Bart: You come here a minute!
      Homer: Oh, yeah?

    • Homer: Well, it's just you, me, and the tumbleweeds.
      (The tumbleweed jumps over the garbage wall into Olde Springfield)

  • NOTES (5)

    • At the time this episode aired, only 636 was in use as an area code as part of the area codes in southeast Missouri, notably the outer suburbs of St Louis.  939 was not in use at the time, but has since been put into use in Puerto Rico.

    • 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."

    • whatbadgerseat.com is an actual website.


    • 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."