The Simpsons

Season 5 Episode 10

$pringfield (Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Legalized Gambling)

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Dec 16, 1993 on FOX

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  • It would be better, if the title wasn't so damn long

    During a town meeting, Principal Skinner pitches the idea of opening a casino. Mr. Burns adopts this notion and builds the "Mr. Burns' Casino." Homer takes a job as a blackjack dealer and Marge takes up gambling. At home, Lisa is having difficulties with her school project and Bart opens a treehouse casino. Like I said it would be much better if the title didn't cover up a whole web page

    I like this episode for 1 big humoungos gigantic barbarianly huge reason

    Everyone loves gambling

    Barney actually showed some decency by getting Maggie back to Marge, even though barney thought maggie was bart.

    I give the episode a 8.8
  • Marge Is Addicted

    This isn't one of my favorites of the series by any means, but it is a well-done episode. It's not hilarious, but I do quite like the plot. Marge being addicted to gambling is a very interesting plot for her and I think it was handled as best as they could do, which was perfect. I also liked Bart's subplot, with his treehouse casino. Overall, it's not technically "perfect" as my score would indicate i think it is, but it is a great episode, full of some laughs and a good story, my overall grade for this is an A+
  • this was a good ep

    in this ep of the simpsons the town of springfild leaglaizes gambling and that leads to mr burns building a casino and marge goes there with homer but the thing is one time got marge addited to gambling and she keeps sitting there at the slots machine and that gets homer to worry that his wife is a addict. and he becomes more like howard hues and bart in this ep sees that how gambling is working he makes his tree hous like vegas desined one and has a singer to sing for the people in there . this was a great ep i thought .
  • At a Town Hall meeting, Mayor Quimby tells those attending that Springfield is broke. Seymour Skinner suggests legalized gambling as a way to generate revenue. Mr. Burns jumps at the opportunity and opens a casino. Bart soon opens one of his own.

    In his review meatboys said that the title of this episode is too long. Apparently the producers agree. In the season five DVD set, the episode is listed only as "Springfield." This episode ranks a very close second to "Cape Feare" on the list of the funniest episodes of the season. There are many reasons why, the very clever dialogue, Mr. Burns Howard Hughes-like descent into madness to Homer's feeble attempts at blackjack dealing. What I also liked about this episode is that fact that it was not predicatble. Watching where the various stories went was entertaining. Strong, funny episode.
  • The kind of humor in this is episode gets me hooked on the Simpsons. It is episodes like this that make it exactly why I watch this series...

    When gambling is legalized in Springfield, Mr. Burns opens an extravagant casino on the boardwalk. Homer is hired as a blackjack dealer despite his counting difficulties and Marge finds herself drawn to the slots, where she begins to spend all of her time. Meanwhile, cashing in on the trend, Bart opens his own casino in his treehouse. Luckily, Bart escapes the same fate as Mr. Burns, who starts to go crazy from owning a casino. Shut up in his sterile penthouse suite, Burns stop cutting his nails and hair and starts wearing tissue boxes as slippers. Down on the casino level, Homer must force Marge to give up her slot machine addiction.
  • no lisa the only monster is the gambling monster that has enslaved your mother i call him gamblor

    no lisa the only monster is the gambling monster that has enslaved your mother i call him gamblor lol one of the most funniest quotes in the series not to mention the rainman pun and also homer's fear of the boogeyman bart i hate to alarm you but there may be boogeyman or boogymen in this house mwahaha rofl rofl ..... roflmho anyways this is my third favorite episode ( homer's enemy first homer's phobia second) rhis is a good episdoe a must see ..... one more time no lisa the only monster is the gambling monster that has enslaved your mother i call him gamblor lol rofl
  • To help the economy Springfield legalizes gambling. Homer gets a job at the casino, Marge becomes an addict, and Mr. Burns becomes oddly similar to Howard Hughes.

    This is truly one of the best episodes of the Simpsons. It has so much replay value and the jokes really do not get old. I also love the deleted scene where James Bond loses because Homer deals him a joker and then the card with the rules for poker. It really is one of those great episodes where there is just great joke after great joke after great joke. I'll never forget the boogey man scare at the Simpson house or Homer's line "I call him Gamblor." Another great moment I'll never forget from this episode is when Homer talks gibberish to Marge and she tells him to slow down and so he just speaks gibberish slower!
  • Funniest episode of the series.

    This episode has to be the funniest episode of the decade. But I at least laughed out LOUD. Mr. Burns and his little wooden plane, I just cracked up so bad at this:
    Mr. Burns: We gonna take the Spruce Goose, Smithers. Hop in.
    Smithers: But sir I-
    Mr Burns: (pulls out a gun) I said hop in.
    And Mr. Burns just looked terrible wich made me laugh more. Other than that, the moments where Barney appeared were also very funny. When Homer "tries" to remember what Marge said, was hilarious when he imagines himself with huge arms, a crocodile in suit, Marge with green hair, and the walls multicoloured. Bart and his treehouse club.
    Marge was addicted to the gambling, she spent 3 whole days playing non-stop, and Homer is at home trying to make Marge's work. She failed to Lisa with her disguise. But in the end her problem is solved. I cried with it, I just did. Of the laughter of course!
  • You have a gambing problem!

    Yes Marge has a gambing problem! That is her flaw and Homer doesn't miss his chance to make fun of her.

    The best part of this episode is where Homer is going through all off his flaws which mean nothing because "Marge has a gambling problem!"

    Its a fantastic scene and this is a fantastic episode. Watching Mr Burns slowly go insane because of a lack of sleep was another highlight.
  • marge develops her gambling problem

    this episode is one of the best in season 5, with great scenes including homer's photographic memory of him being muscular and talking to the president; homer rushing through the casino, taking the phone off someone and saying "he can't talk now", hanging up and continuing his race and the great scene where homer confronts marge by saying nonsense, marge saying "slow down" and homer just pauses in between the nonsense. the "boogeyman" scene and mr burns holding a gun to smithers head and telling him to get in the plane the "spruce moose" that he made which was tiny were hilarious scenes aswell with so many more crack-up gags throughout the episode. $pringfield will have you in stitches the whole way through and hours after it's finished: it's a riot.
  • What the classification says.

    In $pringfield, the city is losing money, so at a town meeting, Skinner bring up the idea of legalizing gambling. Everyone agrees with it, so Mr. Burns opens one on the Squidport. When Bart gets kicked out of one, he decides to build his own in his treehouse, where all the kids are going. Marge tries a slot machine once, but gets addicted to it and doesn't stop, while Lisa has to make a suit of Florida for the geography pageant.

    Unfortunately, Marge is still playing, so Homer has to help her and the costume ain't pretty. Meanwhile, Mr. Burns hasn't been getting any sleep, stops trimming his nails, doesn't shave, and uses Kleenex boxes for shoes. He also becomes paranoid of germs.

    This episode was a very good one. I liked the joke of Bart building his casino and Robert Goulet falling for it. The casino was cool-looking, but the Mr. Burns/mermaid thing was disgusting. Homer spitting out everything at once while talking was funny and him being scared of the boogeyman was hilarious. If they made another episode this funny, I'd be so happy.

    Grade: A+
  • With more memorable lines in this one episode than many series achieve throughout their entire run, this is one you'll need to watch with remote control in hand, so you can pause to finish laughing before the next joke comes along.

    It is tempting to spend this review as nothing more than a recitation of the many memorable lines and scenes from throughout this show. It's all here. Homer, sounding the alarm about the boogyman (or boogymen!). Homer, denouncing the gamling addiction that has seized Marge. ("I call him Gamblor!") Homer, serving the kids a dinner consisting of nothing but Tom Collins mix and cloves. Homer knocking out the former world heavyweight champ with one punch.

    Despite the many brilliant comic moments, what really sells this episode is that relentless stream-of-conciousness ricocheting from one outlandish plot element to the next. In what other series from television history could a pair of missing glasses lead inevitably to Robert Goulet performing "Batman Smells" in a treehouse?

    The only poignant moment comes when Lisa (my personal favorite character) winds up with a costume even worse than Ralph Wiggim's. May she never again sink so low.
  • To attract tourists and make more money for public schools Springfield decides to legalize gambling. Unfortunatley Marge developes a gambling problem and begings to neglect her family.

    This episode was hysterical! The first time I saw it I don't think I stopped laughing the entire way through. It had so many great moments! The part with the boogyman was so funny! Especialy when Marge walked in and Homer was pointing a gun at her. And Homer's "photographic memory" was hilarius! Homer had so many funny lines in this episode: "I call him Gamblor and it's time we snatched your mother from his neon claws!", "Remember when I let that escaped lunatic into the house because he was dressed like Santa Clause? Well YOU have a gambling problem." I loved the part with Mr. Burns and the Spruce Moose. Smithers: That's a great model sir. Mr. Burns: Model? This was one of my favorite episodes.