The Simpsons

Season 21 Episode 10

Once Upon a Time in Springfield

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Jan 10, 2010 on FOX
7.6
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10

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Episode Summary

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Krusty is forced to add a female character named Princess Penelope to his show in order to attract more female viewers. She immediately overshadows Krusty as the ratings improve. Bart and Milhouse want to get the show back to the way it was, but the situation gets more complicated when Krusty and Penelope fall in love and decide to get married. Meanwhile, Homer, Lenny, and Carl consider working at a competing nuclear plant when Mr. Burns cuts off their daily doughnut service.moreless

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  • Anne Hathaway is the princess all lads dream of

    10
    There is so much to love about this episode. Whether it's the gags, the guest appearance by the late Eartha Kitt or Lisa's sudden love of princess-like behavior.



    But what I loved most are two things. One, the relationship between Penelope and Krusty.



    Those two were the very definition of the perfect couple, in my book. She hears about virtually ALL of Krusty's mistakes and shortcomings yet still loves him.



    The second is Anne Hathaway doing her voice. Not only was her speaking voice enchanting enough to put Snow White to shame but her singing voice during Moon River made me cry tears of joy.



    Though it's not fully mentioned in later eps, I hope Krusty and Penelope found their happily ever after in the endmoreless
  • The Simpsons

    10
    This episode had wonderful voice over for Anne Hathaway.
  • This was pathetic!

    1.0
    This episode was pathetic! I was expecting something fricken hilarious and one of the best episodes ever, BUT I guess that was too much to handle and instead they came up with this. It was terrible. Not mediocre. Terrible. There was nothing funny about this episode. This is the type of stuff you expect when the show is first starting out. Not when they are 450 episodes in! When I heard about the fact that it was going to be the 450th episode, I was estatic, I was hoping that it would be a laugh your ass off episode, but when I saw it, I think that I lost faith in the writers of this episode.



    So overall I was very disappointed in this episode and think that they could have done a way better job on this. My grade: F-moreless
  • Lazy and tired

    1.0
    Lazy and tired. Truly awful.



    When shows start out you can expect episodes that aren't great because the show is still finding its feet. How such an abysmal episode can be churned out after all this time is anyone's guess. The Simpsons, as the end tag line suggests, has been going for 20 years, most of them wonderful. It's great to think that the best is yet to come, yet after this episode who can believe that? There's still mileage in the fantastic show but trash episodes like this need to be kicked to the curb. This really was the worst episode ever!moreless
  • And I was waiting for THIS?!?!?!?

    1.0
    Okay, I know I am a big fan of The Simpsons, but still...OMG, this episode was such a giant disappointment, it wasn't even funny and didn't even have adult humor, which means this episode deserved to be rated TV-Y7. If there's supposed to be a special episode, especially for the 20th Year anniversary for The Simpsons, it's supposed to be funny not boring and babyish like this one. What were the creators and writers thinking? They must have been spaced out while writing this script. I feel like going to Matt Greoning and telling him, "what the heck was that?! that was trash! I could even come up with something funnier than that!" and helping him write an episode. Sorry fans, but this is just more proof Simpsons is dying and should get canned soon, at least with a top 5 episode night. This episode makes mediocre Cleveland Show episodes look interesting.



    Grade: F-



    Well, I hope the same doesn't happen to a Futurama special.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

Jackie Mason

Jackie Mason

Rabbi Krustofski

Guest Star

Anne Hathaway

Anne Hathaway

Princess Penelope

Guest Star

Eartha Kitt

Eartha Kitt

Herself

Guest Star

Maurice LaMarche

Maurice LaMarche

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

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  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (1)

    • Mr. Burns: We have to cut costs.
      Lenny: But we have way more expensive unnecessaries than doughnuts.
      Carl: Yeah, like the ceiling furniture.
      Lenny: And all the joke ID badges we ordered.
      Mr. Burns: No doughnuts!
      Lenny: No!
      Homer: D'oh!
      Carl: Nuts!
      Mr. Burns: Exactly!

  • NOTES (2)

    • Anne Hathaway won an Emmy for her voice work in this episode.

    • Show Title: Ralph hanging on to a runaway kite in the sky.
      Billboard Gag: The FOX Network: Still Sucking after 20 Years (with Maggie pictured sucking her pacifier).
      Blackboard Joke: The world may end in 2012, but this show won't.
      Couch Gag: Reproduction shown the Simpsons way as the couch is seen inside a human egg as each family member is seen as a sperm cell penetrating the egg to sit on the couch. The zygote then divides multiple times, forming an embryo with Mr. Burns' face as he says his usual catch phrase: "Ex-cellent!"

  • ALLUSIONS (5)

    • The Adventures of Tintin
      Near the end when Penelope is playing her guitar and singing, we see the Tintin and Captain Haddock hug each other. These two characters are from the comic strip The Adventures of Tintin.

    • This Old Man
      Krusty sings "This old clown, tee, hee, hee, he's as happy as can be, 'cause I got a girlfriend under thirty-three... can't you kids be glad for me?" These lyrics are sung to the tune of the kids rhyme "This Old Man."

    • Milhouse: Way to sum up the situation.
      Bart: Take it easy, little buddy.
      Calling Milhouse little buddy is a reference to the Skipper referring to Gilligan as "little buddy" in the TV series Gilligan's Island.

    • The Fry Girl Inc.
      Marge's fryer is called Fry Girl, which is an allusion to the fried food catering company The Fry Girl Inc.

    • American Idol
      Krusty's TV executives show him a new series to pick the new Krusty. It's called America's Next Krusty and the sign is in the style of American Idol.

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