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The Simpsons

Season 16 Episode 15


Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Apr 17, 2005 on FOX
out of 10
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Episode Summary

Bart and Lisa find themselves in Prof. Frink's basement and he uses the science of astrology on his new computer to show them their future, eight years from next Tuesday. In this future, Maggie is away on a trip to Alaska; Homer and Marge have separated and Bart and Lisa are getting ready for prom. Lisa's date is Milhouse, who and Bart is dating a skateboard chick named Jenda. Lisa is graduating 2 years early and is going to Yale (now owned by McDonalds) on a scholarship funded by Mr. Burns as punishment for stealing Christmas. Bart is also graduating and is ready to move to the next level of his relationship with Jenda, he wants to marry her but his vision of their future together makes her break it off. Working his part-time job at the Kwik-E-Mart, Bart winds up saving Mr. Burns life while delivering groceries. As a reward Mr. Burns gives him the scholarship that Lisa was to receive. Bart is back with Jenda, now that he has a future, but Bart finds his way back in Prof. Frink's old basement and sees Lisa's bleak future with Milhouse. He does the right thing and keeps her from destroying her life.moreless

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  • A Simpsons Future #3

    This episode is terrific and shows what may happen in 8 years though knowing Professor Frink's previous inventions, such as the sarcasm detector and the running house, it may not be too accurate. This episode had great future jokes such as shots that make Smithers straight and President Cletus.

    Nelson being the father of Sherri and Terri's twins, finally understanding why his father ran off was great as was Homer's underwater house. Bender's appearance in the car was great (though it isn't the year 3000) as was Moe and his clone and spider clone. This episode can be summed up in four words: "No-one's gay for Moleman!"moreless
  • why much closer we are to geting this high tech

    In this episode Bart and lisa see into the future only 8 years from they time and its the last day of high school and Bart is graduting and Lisa is graduting 2 years early and has a scholarship to Yale University. why not hardvard. Then Bart proposes to Jenda his girl but the life Bart wants makes Jenda dump him. Then we learn that Marge dumps Homer because Homer spent all the money on a underwater house. and I love it when Bender comes out and Homer pushs him. Then Bart saves Mr.Burns and Gives him Lisa's scholarship and Bart takes it beacuse chicks dig guys who go to fancny colleges and Bart gives up his life with Jeana to save Lisa's future with Milhouse.moreless
  • Pretty Funny episode...... Look into the future episode # 3...... Interesting, Funny, and a good plot. What more can you ask for????

    Bart and Lisa roll into Frink's basement where he shows them his latest invention, a future-reader. Eight years from next Tuesday, Maggie is in Alaska, Homer & Marge are separated, and Bart and Lisa are getting ready for their prom after Lisa's skipped two grades. Lisa's dating Milhouse and Bart a girl named Jenda. Lisa is going to Yale on a scholarship funded by Mr. Burns. Bart proposes to his girlfriend Jenda but she is put off when she imagines their future together. At Bart's part time job at the Kwik-E-Mart, he delivers groceries to Burns' mansion and saves his life. Mr. Burns awards Bart the scholarship Lisa was to receive. Jenda takes Bart back but when he visits Frink's old basement he looks at Lisa's future with Milhouse. He gives her the scholarship so that she wont destroy her life by marrying him.moreless
  • What a future.

    Future Drama is a very great episode that diserves a lot more credit then many people give it.

    This is a really great episode that tells the future of many characters on the show but really focuses on Bart and Lisa. Though Bart has a great story in his disaster on keeping his girlfriend, Lisa has a little better story. Lisas story had to do with her growing up and winds up her and Barts story comming together when Bart gets to go to Yale after saving mr. Burns life after a robbery. It turns out Bart giving Lisa back the Yale scollership and Bart preving Lisa from marring Milhouse. I like the joke with Lenny and Carl confusing Milhouse of either their ghosts or just screwing him around. Oveal all a really great episode.moreless
  • Ok!!!

    I think it was a brilliant idea to see into the future I really enjoy watching the future episodes and this one especialy as it included both Barts and Lisa's future which I thought was good. Also I like the Idea of Marge and Homer benn Split up that's a very good estimation.
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

John DiMaggio

John DiMaggio


Guest Star

Amy Poehler

Amy Poehler


Guest Star

Marcia Wallace

Marcia Wallace

Edna Krabappel

Recurring Role

Karl Wiedergott

Karl Wiedergott

Additional Voices

Recurring Role

Russi Taylor

Russi Taylor

Martin Prince, Sherri, Terri and others

Recurring Role

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

  • QUOTES (15)

    • Lisa: Even though McDonald's owns Yale now, it's still a good school.

    • Bart: I speak three languages.
      Lisa: Armpit noises are not a language.

    • Moe: I'm not the clone, you're the clone.
      Moe 2: Oh, not this again.

    • Skinner: I'd like to bid farewell to our students who are graduating, or going off to fight in Gulf War Five Operation Find Our President's Head.
      Kids: USA! Find the head! USA! Find the head!

    • Marge: When I was a kid, we didn't show our affection by head-butting.

    • Future Lisa: (on the monitor strangling Future Bart) You've wrecked my life!
      Present Lisa: (strangling Bart when the scene pans out) You're going to wreck my life!

    • Bart: (points to Moleman) Hey Lisa, there's your boyfriend.
      Lisa: No, he's your boyfriend. You're gay for Moleman.
      Bart: No, you're gay for Moleman.
      Moleman: No one's gay for Moleman.

    • Lisa: Yale is so much better since they stopped men from taking science. Now, what should I major in: Femistry or Galgebra?

    • Bart: Mr. Smithers, I always thought you were, you know...
      Smithers:(Laughs)No, I'm straight, as long as I take these injections every ten minutes. (Injects himself.) I love boobies!!

    • (Bart is cleaning the Kwik-E-Mart floor.)
      Anoop: (Spits on floor.) You missed a spot! Do it again!
      Bart: Yes, Mr Gheet.
      Anoop: I'm Anoop, you racist cracker!
      (Kicks Bart.)

    • Groundskeeper Willie: Ach, who'd have thought bio-engineered food, would lead to smart puke? (Tries to mop up puke, but it crawls away.) Oh, you think you're better than me do ya, puke?

    • Kearney: Okay, I want a nice clean prom. That means no booze, kick, puff, doze, max, stim, or turb. Remember, stim kills!
      Skinner: It's what turned Superintendent Chalmers into a vegetable!
      Chalmers: (Driving circles in a motorized chair) Skinner, Skinner, Skinner...

    • Milhouse: Lenny. Carl. Can you pull me out?
      Lenny: Sorry, we're ghosts now.
      Carl: Our spirits live in those two trees.
      Lenny: Or maybe we're alive, and we just feel like jerking you around.
      Carl: Or maybe we're one of each. (Both walk off laughing)

    • (Watching Krusty and Homer choke each other over Marge.)
      Moe: Once they destroy each other--
      Moe Clone: Then we make our move.
      Spider Moe: (Drops down) Yes, we make our move.
      (Both look at the spider)
      Spider Moe: What? A spider got into the cloning machine.

    • Jenda: Having sex on prom night is as American as our 51st state, Saudi Israelia.

  • NOTES (3)

    • This is the third episode of the series set mostly in the future. The previous ones were "Lisa's Wedding" and "Bart to the Future."

    • This episode was nominated for an Creative Arts Emmy Award in the category "Outstanding Animated Program (for Programming Less Than One Hour)."

    • Blackboard: None.
      Couch Gag: Several toy forms of transportation come into the living room, only to change Transformers-style into the family.

  • ALLUSIONS (10)

    • Apu: You must get there through "The Forbidden Zone."
      A quick and funny reference to a place inside one of the episodes of the original Star Trek. The Futurama episode "My Three Suns" also depicted a Forbidden Zone.

    • Bart: I'm sick of this, I wanna look at a different future.
      The menu Bart pulls up, and even the noises sound exactly like Tivo.

    • Wiggum: Go ahead, reach in. We're not fancy here.

      Wiggum, Eddie and Lou all look like the kind of robot police officers seen in the Robocop films.

    • n/a: E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial
      The newspaper delivery is a parody of the first time we see E.T. in E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial.

    • n/a: The Matrix
      Professor Frink's computer screen displays several green characters on a black screen, much like the ones seen in The Matrix.

    • n/a: Superman
      "Lenny's Super-Pet" bears a strong resemblence to Krypto, Superman's dog.

    • Milhouse: What Lisa's Problem?! Milhouse mother say Milhouse hansom!
      Milhouse's behavior after being dumped by Lisa is reminiscent of the behavior of the Marvel Comics character The Hulk. Bart also makes a reference to Milhouse being The Incredible Hulk later on.

    • Music: 80's Songs
      Songs heard in this episode include "Take On Me" by A-ha, "True" by Spandau Ballet & "Bizarre Love Triangle" by New Order.

    • n/a: The Transformers
      The couch gag for this episode is a parody of the cartoon characters from the show The Transformers.

    • Episode Title: Future-Drama
      The title is an obvious spoof of creator Matt Groening's other show Futurama, where John DiMaggio reprises his role from that series as Bender Bending Rodriguez for one brief scene with Homer and Bart in the future.