The Simpsons

Season 23 Episode 14

At Long Last Leave

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Feb 19, 2012 on FOX
8.1
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The family are evicted from Springfield and join an off-the-grid community outside of town. But when Homer and Marge try to sneak back into town, they are welcomed with hostility from their former friends and neighbors and begin to appreciate their new and more accepting home in this milestone 500th episode.

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  • 500th Episode

    10
    The family are evicted from Springfield and join an off-the-grid community outside of town. But when Homer and Marge try to sneak back into town, they are welcomed with hostility from their former friends and neighbors and begin to appreciate their new and more accepting home in this milestone 500th episode. Wow!!! this 500th Episode of "The Simpsons" was just so amazing and very funny. Now it's not my favorite episode but I still gave it a perfect score because I really don't see anything bad about this episode except that it's a bit boring in one or two parts. Anyways, this was a huge accomplishment to the whole staff of this show and this is especially a huge accomplishment to the creator Matt Groening. Over the years, some people bash on this show and say it's not good anymore and that the earlier seasons are better like Seasons 1-8 or Seasons 1-6 or whatever seasons did satisfy them. To the people that bash this show, it's not easy running a cartoon for 23 seasons and a 500 Episode milestone. Sure what if the show isn't as classical or original as the earlier seasons.... it's still a fantastic and funny cartoon even if it does have its share of weak and average episodes. I'm proud of everyone that works for "The Simpsons". I have been honored being a Simpsons fan since I was 7 years old and this is a huge accomplishment. I think you the entire staff of "The Simpsons" should get a huge trophy for getting to the 500th episode milestone and running the show for 23 seasons. So please Simpsons haters, try to at least appreciate this show even if it's not classic as it used to. Think about it, you're about complaining about this show being bad BUT ask yourself this question "If you were a creator/writer for a cartoon or TV show, would you still make the show good just like the early seasons when it's been running for this long?". I honestly don't think that can happen so give this show a break. So yeah, I thought this episode was very good. The storyline was well done and like the other reviewers said "it had an old plot from the early seasons that show us why we love these characters" (or something like that). There were many clever and funny moments such as "You want to play with me Jerk-Off Spray?", going back to the introduction of the show except in "The Outlands" version in the middle of the episode, The Simpsons watching a red fox and then Homer says "I'm tired of watching FOX", Homer dressed up as Mr. Burns to fool Chief Wiggum, Chief Wiggum telling Homer that he already knew that Homer dressed up as Mr. Burns and he said something about he is not the sharpest guy ever etc., and more. The ending was very nice as well. The storyline to this episode was very original and excellent and the humor was old-school and awesome if you ask me. Also, I loved the introduction of this episode... I just loved how it showed all the couch gags from over the years and then it zooms out until you see the number 500 then the glass breaks and you see Homer strangling Bart as he always does. So yeah, the introduction is BY FAR my all-time favorite introduction in all the years that I have seen it. Overall, congratulations to Matt Groening and the rest of the staff for running this show for 23 seasons with a 500th episode-milestone, I'm extremely proud of all of you and keep up the good work... Happy 500th Episode, The Simpsons. 10/10moreless
  • 500th episode

    10
    The family are evicted from Springfield and join an off-the-grid community outside of town. But when Homer and Marge try to sneak back into town, they are welcomed with hostility from their former friends and neighbors and begin to appreciate their new and more accepting home in this milestone 500th episode. This was a perfect 500th episode milestone of the Simpsons. For a viewer that has only seen episodes from the past four seasons, it was great that the show has reached 500 episodes. I didn't found any parts boring. Not even the citizens' reasons why they didn't care for the Simpsons was meh, I found it very funny. The Simpsons moving to an off-the-grid community outside of town was great and I liked the remixed Simpsons theme to it (which is a country version of it). There were some laughs to keep entertained in this episode. Overall an awesome 500th episode of the Simpsons. 10/10moreless
  • the simpsons at long last leave

    10
    this was a really good episode i enjoyed this one i liked the part when chief wiggum said to mayor quimby do you want me to spray some jerk off on ya and the mayor is just like err no thanks that bit made me laugh overall it was a really good episode and i liked the intro when they were showing all the couch gags even though i think they should of really saved that for the final episode of the simpsons but still a very good episodemoreless
  • Here's to another 500 episodes Simpsons

    8.5
    This episode was one of the greatest episodes of The Simpsons I've seen in years and the writers did a great job on the episode. Almost every single joke worked including the ''secret code'' to wiki leaks headquarters (which is 1234) and is also a hidden reference to the movie Spaceballs. "At long last leave" more like "At long last we are the longest running scripted TV show on the planet". B+ and here's to another 500 episodesmoreless
  • Congratulations on 500 episodes, Simpsons!

    9.5
    This episode was better than I thought it was going to be. I thought it might be overhyped like some of the other milestone episodes, but it wasn't. The plot was actually very interesting to watch and there were some really funny jokes like the parody of the Simpsons theme song and Homer saying "I'm tired of watching Fox " when they were literally watching a fox, the family all saying "d'oh" at the same time in the scene at city hall, Homer dressing up as Mr. Burns, Chief Wiggum's jerk-off spray joke and a few more. I also thought the intro where it shows all the couch gags over the years was really cool. Overall, it wasn't the best episode I've seen, but it was still great, especially for the 500th episode! Grade: A. Marebear2009, out!







    ~dedicated to tigerdude22~moreless
Dan Castellaneta

Dan Castellaneta

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

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

Alison Krauss

Alison Krauss

Herself with Union Station

Special Guest Star

Julian Assange

Julian Assange

Unknown

Special Guest Star

Kelsey Grammer

Kelsey Grammer

Sideshow Bob Terwilliger

Special Guest Star

Chris Edgerly

Chris Edgerly

Voice of Unknown

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

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  • NOTES (1)

    • Show Title: The Simpsons 500th Episode: The Most Meaningless Milestone of All!
      Billboard Gag: The Kwik-E-Mart: Yesterday's Food at Tomorrow's Prices (with Apu pictured inside the store).
      Chalkboard Gag: Milhouse writing "Bart's Earned a Day Off" with Bart standing by until the school bell rings, then leaves on his skateboard.
      Lisa: Playing a sousaphone instead of her saxophone.
      Couch Gag: This extended sequence fast forwards through all the show's previous couch gags before showing the current one where the family just sits on the couch as the camera pans out showing all the other gags togetheras the images get smaller, but showing a giant number 500, playing out to fanfare music. The screen crumbles to a glass breaking sound effect, revealing behind it Homer strangling Bart, both of whom are wearing tuxedos.

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • The title of this episode is a take on the 1975 musical At Long Last Love directed by Peter Bogdonovich and starring Burt Reynolds and the late Madaline Kahn. The movie was a critical and commercial failure. In fact the movie was so badly received that Bogdonovich apologized for it.

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