The Simpsons

Season 19 Episode 12

Love, Springfieldian Style

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Feb 17, 2008 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Love, Springfieldian Style
After being stranded in a Tunnel of Love ride at a carnival, Homer, Marge and Bart pass the time by sharing some of the greatest love stories of all time. Bonnie and Clyde Marge and Homer portray the infamous bank robbers of the 1930's, Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow. Shady and the Vamp Marge and Homer star as the title characters in a parody of Disney's Lady and the Tramp. Sid and Nancy Nelson and Lisa are cast as Sid and Nancy in a parody of the 1986 film, Sid and Nancy, about Sex Pistols band member Sid Vicious and his girlfriend Nancy Spungen.moreless

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  • To get some time away from the kids, Marge and Homer bring Lisa and Bart (Maggie is inexplicably absent) to a carnival. Homer and Marge then get stuck in the Tunnel of Love ride thanks to one of Bart's pranks. Homer then tells various stories of love.moreless

    This is not one of the best episodes of The Simpsons I have ever seen, but it does have its moments. As usual there is some very clever dialogue and well written scenes. The best story segment in this episode in my opinion is "Shady and the Vamp." After more than 400 episodes The Simpsons can still deliver dead on parodies. The parody of the classic Disney film Lady & the Tramp is no exception. The scene that takes place in the alley behind Luigi's is well done, not to mention hysterical. Not the best episode, but a good episode.moreless
  • Nice and appropriate for Valentine's Day. The value of this episode would be demeaned to some extent if you watched it at any other time of the year. Fortunately, this episode isn't too soppy for my liking.moreless

    There are many romantic things you can do with your partner before, during or after Valentine's Day but watching an episode of The Simpsons is probably one of the best. Was this episode any good? Well, if - like me - you have never seen any of the original stories in full before, you will find this to be quite entertaining. If you have though, then you probably won't like this show very much at all. 'Shady and the Vamp' was my least favourite story; it just looked like the production company tracing over the original story like they traced over the early sketchy designs for the Tracey Ullman shorts, although I have to admit that the scene where Shady sucks Vamp into his mouth was the funniest for me, despite the fact that the gag was predictable and inevitable. In 'Bonnie and Clyde', my second-favourite tale, I laughed at the irony of Clyde robbing a store that he co-owned, as well as shooting at people in the bank, despite them co-operating fully. 'Sid and Nancy' was my favourite story of the three, especially with the comparison of chocolate to illegal drugs and the show being cut off at a positive point to keep us, the viewers, happy and moderately satisfied, effectively sparing us from the terrible events of what happens next in the real story. The ending with Homer pouring down the garbage and telling the viewers to "shut their gobs" felt just right for The Simpsons somehow.moreless
  • Very good, especially the Lady and the Tramp parody.

    I just have to admit that this was one of the best Valentine's Day episodes of the Simpsons ever, even if it came on three days after Valentine's Day. The Bonnie and Clyde sigment was good, the Sid and Nancy spoof was even better, but in my humble opinion, the Lady and the Tramp parody was by far the best one of the lot. You just have to admit that Marge makes a very beautiful cocker spanial. Only Lady herself is hotter, and Bart and Lisa both make very cute little puppies. Too bad they couldn't find a way to bring Maggie into this episode. All in all, it was a very enjoyable episode.moreless
  • no just no!!

    in my honest opnion. no just no !! this episode was horrible. it didn't have antyhing plot humor charm etc. i'll show you why

    1st sequence: the best in the all stories however it didn't contain homur or agood plot

    2nd sequence: ultimate jump the shark. i mean marge ,homer, bart, and lisa as dogs. in my opninon sounds more like a kid show than an animated sitcom but that's just me.

    3rd sequence: "sigh" there goes the simpsons punning another rock genre. keep that up and its gonna be a simpsons cliche.

    i personally thought this was not a good episode but it was better than quite a few.moreless
  • The Simpsons tell tales of romance and ridiculousness.

    While this still doesn't beat the best 3-segment Simpsons episode, Bible Stories, this is still a good instalment, with hilarious plotlines and romantic satire built for the hallmark holiday.

    The Bonnie and Clyde part is probably the funniest of the three, with great jokes like the violent turn ons and Homer exaggerating the final shooting of the romantic story.

    While the Lady and the Tramp parody was done best in 2 Dozen and One Greyhounds, the second segment was still quite good with randomly breaking out into song, and the dating scenes of the dogs.

    The Sex Pistols romance came out of nowhere but was quite funny, with Lisa trying to change Nelson (that seems familiar…) and the chocolate addiction.

    Overall, the episode is hilarious and entertaining from start to finish, from jello prank to trash dumping, and a good nineteenth season addition.moreless
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

Dan Castellaneta

Dan Castellaneta

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

Tress MacNeille

Tress MacNeille

Agnes Skinner, Brandine Del Roy, Dolph and others

Recurring Role

Russi Taylor

Russi Taylor

Martin Prince, Sherri, Terri and others

Recurring Role

Pamela Hayden

Pamela Hayden

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

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • CBGB's, used in the "Sid and Nancy" segment, is actually a spoof on an actual bar in New York City. The real CGBG stands for Country, Blue Grass and Blues.

    • Music From This Episode
      "L-O-V-E" by Nat King Cole (Heard as the episode begins its montage of Springfieldians and their Valentine's Day traditions.)
      "SATURDAY Night" by The Bay City Rollers (Martin plays it on a jukebox during the Sid and Nancy segment.)
      "Ever Fallen In Love With Someone (You Shouldn't've Fallen In Love With)?" by Buzzcocks (Heard during Sid and Nancy's chocolate montage.)
      "Taxi to Heaven" by Pray for Rain (Used during the end credits.)

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Marge: Any minute now, he'll scamper through that doggy door.
      Homer: Any minute now, I'll be the dog she's lookin' for.
      Barney, Moe, Lenny, and Carl: Any minute now, you'll be stuck with her brood.
      Patty and Selma: Any minute now, this pooch will know she's screwed.
      Marge: My hearts tells me to trust him.
      Patty and Selma: But your head knows he's a hound.
      Homer: I want to do the right thing.
      Moe: Come on! With all this high class tail around?
      (Hooker Dog smokes a cigarette, coughs badly)
      Fleas: Any minute now, our girl will make a brand new start.
      Patty and Selma: Yes!
      Marge: Any minute now, I won't care that broke my heart.
      Marge and Homer: Annnny minnnute nooooow.

    • Franklin Roosevelt: To deal with the menace of Bonnie and Clyde, I'm recalling all our air defense forces from Pearl Harbor.
      (Crowd cheers)
      Franklin Roosevelt: Somebody please remind me to move them back.
      Japanese Ambassador: I would be honored to perform that duty.

    • (After Nelson/Sid Vicious causes the speaker to fall on Dolph/Paul Cook.)
      Rich Texan: Dang it! I wanted to know what else was bullocks!

    • Announcer: Here they are, all the way from outside of Texas, the Sex Pistols!

    • Bart/Johnny Rotten: When I hired a guy named Sid Vicious, I assumed it would be a thirty year business relationship!
      Jimbo/Steve Jones: I told you, we should have gone with Tom Responsible.
      Bart/Johnny Rotten: Slag off!

    • (Shady releases Goofy from the gas chamber at the dog pound.)
      Goofy: This place is no picnic, but it sure beats working for Disney. (Laughs Goofy-style)

    • (Comic Book Guy kicks Sid and Nancy out of his bar.)
      Comic Book Guy: Your music violates everything punk stands for, which is nothing! You are no longer welcome at CBGB's--Comic Book Guy's Bar.

    • (Puppies Bart and Lisa get caught by Dogcatcher Willie in "Shady and the Vamp")
      Dogcatcher Willie: You strays are going straight to the pound where you'll be put to sleep... by my boring stories. And then you'll be killed!

    • Homer: They were the Bonnie and Clyde of their day. Their names were Bonnie and Clyde.

    • Marge: A carnival? What's so romantic about this?
      Lisa: Bye!
      Bart: See you later!
      (Bart and Lisa run off into the carnival.)
      Homer: For the next two hours, we'll be kid-free. It'll be just like the time we lost them at the mall.
      (Homer and Marge chuckle.)
      Homer: That was the best Christmas ever.

  • NOTES (1)

    • Blackboard Joke: None
      Couch Gag: Each family member rushes into the living room and attaches themselves to a giant-size baby mobile.


    • Dolph/Paul Cook: Sidney Sheldon Vicious! Where've you been, chomping Wonka?
      This is reference to fictional chocolate maker Willy Wonka from Roald Dahl's book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and its two film adaptations.

    • Scooby-Doo
      When Shady finds out he has 9 other puppies, he says, "Ruh-roh"--Similar to fellow cartoon dog, Scooby-Doo.

    • Fables
      In the dog pound there is a sign that says "This Way To The Farm Upstate". This is a reference to the Farm Upstate in the comic book series Fables in which classic Nursery Rhyme characters live secretly in NYC, except for the ones who do not look human who are then sent to the Farm Upstate.

    • Goofy
      The walking dog seen in the dog pound during the "Shady and the Vamp" segment is a reference to the Disney character, Goofy.

    • Woody Woodpecker
      The main character in the Robby Robin cartoon featured in the "Bonnie and Clyde" segment is a parody of the cartoon character, Woody Woodpecker.

    • Sid and Nancy
      The third segment of this episode is a takeoff of Sid and Nancy, the 1986 movie about Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen.

    • Lady and the Tramp
      The "Shady and the Vamp" segment is an obvious parody of the Disney movie Lady and the Tramp.

    • The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show
      The radio actors performing The Bonnie and Clyde Hour are drawn to resemble George Burns and Gracie Allen, who had their own radio show aptly titled The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show in 1932.

    • Love, American Style
      The title of this episode is a parody of the title of the 1970's TV series, Love, American Style.