The Simpsons

Season 12 Episode 21

Simpsons Tall Tales

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM May 20, 2001 on FOX
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Simpsons Tall Tales
The family wins a trip to Delaware, but Homer refuses to pay the tax on the ticket, so they ride the rails and meet a hobo who sings and tells them some tall tales. The first is the tale is about "Paul Bunyan" and here we are treated to Homer playing the role of Paul as a giant doofus, a natural role for him. The next tale shows us Lisa as "Connie Appleseed," who tries to convince the pioneers to eat apples instead of buffalo. The third tale isn't really tall, it's a Mark Twain tale about Tom Sawyer (Bart) and Huckleberry Finn (Nelson), whom go on the run when Huck won't marry Becky (Lisa).moreless

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  • great

    what i liked- homer as paul bunyan, Connie Appleseed, Homer crying that he killed all the buffalo, Bart pointing out that there were still a couple ones, and Homer killing them, the ending with Homer having to give the hobo a spongebath, the hobo as a whole was a funny character, etc.

    decent season finale to season 12 of the simpsons. not a terrible season finale, but there have of course been some better ones. final grade would be somewhere in the B range, i think is fairmoreless
  • Homer is Paul Bunyan, Lisa is Connie Appleseed, and Bart and Nelson are Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn.

    A rail-riding hobo tells the tales of American legends, leading to Homer imagine himself as Paul Bunyan, Lisa as Connie Appleseed versus the wagon train pioneers, and Bart and Nelson as Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn in a rafting adventure on the Mississipi. Once again the Simpsons are successful are making a great trilogy episode out of great works of folklore and Literature. I for one loved this episode, and thought it was hilarious all the way through. Homer had to give the Hobo 3 sponge baths haha! Anyway this was a great way to end a wonderful season of the show. If you get a chance, watch not only this great episode, but this whole fantastic season!moreless
  • A nice trilogy episode to round out a great season.. See review for opinion...

    Homer refuses to pay an airport tax for their flight, they hop an illegal train ride and share a railroad car with a singing hobo. The hobo enchants them with tall tales taken from American folklore. He weaves stories about Paul Bunyan (Homer) saving the earth from a meteor, Connie Appleseed (Lisa) turning settlers onto the health benefits of apples, and the lesser-known adventures of Tom Sawyer (Bart) and Huck Finn. A very good play on classic tall tales for children. It was a nice trilogy episode to round out a great season. Once again I would like to say I LOVE TRILOGY EPISODES!!moreless
  • great episode

    the only part i didn't like in the episode was the spongebath scenes which were really just cheap laughs. the stories that hobo told were hilarious though especially paul bunyan where homer is a gian and the not so tall tale of tom sawyer and huckleberry finn. i especially like the fact that the town lowers the bodies into the coffins at the funeral which was a great joke. connie appleseed was funny too with scenes like the buffalo's going extinct and that all the town eats day in, day out are buffalos. i also like the fact that connie is "played" by lisa simpson, a vegeterian in "real" life - makes you think, huh?moreless
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

Marcia Wallace

Marcia Wallace

Edna Krabappel

Recurring Role

Frank Welker

Frank Welker

Santa's Little Helper and Additional Animal Voices

Recurring Role

Pamela Hayden

Pamela Hayden

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

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Two scenes appear in the credits, but don't appear in the episode.

    • At the end of "Connie Applesead" when the people are going to eat Homer--when Lisa comes with apples you see Moe take an apple. In the next scene Moe has got a chunk of Homer and is saying "So what were not eating Homer?"

    • Although the dialouge is the same as that of the previous season's finale, the setting is different (Shame, really, because it would've been interesting).

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Connie/Lisa: Why is it we have ladders that can put a man on the roof, but we can't find a renewable source of food?

    • Nelson: I'm considerable hungry, we got any food left?
      Bart: Hmm, looks like we're out of corn pone, fat back, hard tack, fat pone, corn tack…
      Nelson: Any tack back?
      Bart: Tack back!?
      Nelson: I mean…back tack.
      Bart: All out.

    • Hobo: So Connie roamed the prairie alone, planting apple seeds along the way. She even changed her last name to Appleseed. And the family changed theirs to Buffalokill.

    • Hobo: Well, I 'spose I could spin you a few more yarns, but first, who wants to give me a sponge bath. I'm filthy!
      Homer: All right, but your next story better be good.
      Hobo: Now, get in there... don't be shy.

    • Hobo: Mornin, folks!
      Homer: What are you gonna do to us?
      Hobo: Now don't worry, I'm not a stabbin' hobo, I'm a singin' hobo! (singing) Nothing beats the hobo life! Stabbin' folks with my hobo knife!

    • Moe: Look, we gotta do something about Bunyan. We're goin' broke just feedin' and clothin' the guy.
      Carl: Hey! I say we get him drunk and drag him out of town, the same way we got out Laura Ingalls Wilder.

    • Connie/Lisa: Mom! Dad! Look what I found!
      Homer: Oh, boy! Buffalo testicles!
      (He bites into one)
      Connie: No dad, they're apples.
      Homer: Yuh! Blahhh! Yuck!

    • Homer: Oh, I get it. When I'm crushing and killing you, you don't like me. But when I can save your lives, suddenly I'm Mr. Popular.
      Lenny: Yeah, that's pretty much it.
      Homer: Woo hoo! I'm Mr. Popular!

    • Hobo: So today, you can find apples in everything that's good: apple wine, apple martinis, apple schnapps, apple whiskey, uh, Snapple with vodka in it…
      Lisa: Don't forget apple sauce.
      Hobo: Yeah, I guess you could grind some pills into it…
      Homer: Awww.

    • Homer: (singing) Cleaning my gun with the safety off, safety off, safety off. Cleaning my gun with the--Whoopsie.
      (Homer shoots a buffalo.)
      Lisa: Dad, you just killed a poor defenseless buffalo.
      Homer: A poor delicious buffalo. He'll be dinner for the whole wagon train.
      (Homer shoots another buffalo.)
      Lisa: Why'd you kill another one?
      Homer: Dessert.

  • NOTES (4)

    • The hobo is telling a story about Paul Bunyan and Lisa interrupts to say that, "Paul Bunyan never fought Rodin." This is the second season finale where Rodin has made an appearance. In the Season 10 finale "Thirty Minutes Over Tokyo," Rodin appeared and fought with Mothra.

    • This marks the 13th death of Hans moleman
      the other ways he's died:
      1 Forced off the road by Homer; flies of a cliff.
      2 Otto runs his AMC Gremlin off the road; it hits a tree and explodes.
      3 His thick eyeglasses act as a magnifying glass and set him on fire.
      4 Is executed in Springfield after Homer eats his last meal.
      5 Gets accidentally buried alive in Springfield cemetery.
      6 Burns, on an ether-induced hallucination, drills into Moleman's head thinking he's the Lucky Charms leprechaun.
      7 Engulfed by an anti-escape orb as Marge escapes from the Movementarians.
      8 Blown up by an explosive éclair meant to poison Homer.
      9 Knocked out by Homer in jail with a book. (possible death)
      10 The French neutron bomb Springfield, presumably killing Hans along with most everyone else.
      11 Hauled away by thugs at the retirement home when he makes a comment about the senior-edited "Gone With The Wind" they are watching. (he is possibly killed)
      12 Seen trapped in the phone booth in the bird sanctuary (which becomes a parody of Hitchcock's "The Birds") We don't see his death, but if you've seen "The Birds", you know his fate is sealed.

    • Blackboard Joke: I should not be twenty-one by now.
      Couch Gag: The family is waiting for a subway car on Evergreen Terrace. The car pulls in, they get on, and leave.

    • The beginning of this episode is seen being "filmed" at the end of last year's finale, "Behind the Laughter"


    • Moe mentions getting rid of Laura Ingalls Wilder. She's the person who wrote Little House On The Prairie and other children's books.