The Simpsons

Season 18 Episode 13

Springfield Up

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Feb 18, 2007 on FOX
8.3
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Springfield Up
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Documentary filmmaker, Declan Desmond returns and shows off his new documentary, Growing Up Springfield. The film documents and follows the lives of various Springfieldianites in eight year intervals.

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  • Very interesting!!! I loved it... watch this episode to see why

    10
    Documentary filmmaker, Declan Desmond returns and shows off his new documentary, Growing Up Springfield. The film documents and follows the lives of various Springfield in eight year intervals. I thought that this was a perfect episode of "The Simpsons" and it's honestly one of the best Season 18 episodes that I have ever seen. I love this episode because it shows what hopes and dreams the citizens of Springfield (the ones that used to be kids but are now adults) had in mind and if it came true. The documentary filmmaker even asked how much their life has changed eight years from now. I enjoyed seeing the adults as kids in the documentary. It was also hilarious how Homer and the rest were lying about him being a billionaire and then it turns out in the end that it was just Mr. Burn's summer mansion. Many parts in this episode made me laugh but the funniest part would have to be Smithers being trapped inside the grandfather clock because Homer tied him up. The ending of the episode was also very nice how the citizens of Springfield were saying in the documentary on what a good person Homer is and that he has a good life... that part made me smile but also laugh since they added humor to that scene also. Overall, this was a very interesting and hilarious episode of "The Simpsons"... I easily give this episode none other than a PERFECT score. 10/10moreless
  • Had a good storyline, until...

    4.2
    This show looks like it is a really good idea and had really good jokes but, I don't want to watch shows where the animators and writers don't pay attenion to the character history. I'm pretty sure when is showed Homer with all the multiple jobs, where not really that realistic. Homer's lazy. How could he do that much. There are two reasons why I watched this episode is because 1)It's a new episode and 2)They showed The Simpsons Movie trailer. In conclusion, this would have been a good episode if the writers remembered the history of the characters. I hope that if there's another episode like this, the writers will remember.moreless
  • Another episode showing the characters' pasts.

    8.9
    It seems that we already know a lot about the lives of the characters on The Simpsons. However, the makers of the show seem to have more and more to show about the past. Even though this has continued for years, these episodes seem to still be high in quality.



    Watching Homer as a child is still hilarious as ever, and discovering the origins of the people of Springfield is extremely entertaining.



    This episode also has some heart to it. In the scene when Homer is shown a video of people who envy him, he realizes that he is lucky with his true achivements.



    Overall, an a fantastic episode!moreless
  • something is not right here

    5.4
    According to this episode the following characters are all 40 years old: Homer, Marge, Moe, Lenny, Carl, Professor Frink, Chief Wiggum, and Crazy Cat Lady. However, Homer and Marge have generally been considered to be 38 (there are some references to their being 34), and the episode "Mother Simpson" implied that Wiggum was older than them, in that Mona Simpson left the family while Homer was still a boy, but Wiggum was a security guard at Mr. Burns's lab.moreless
  • Growing up in Springfield (Documentary) is made.

    8.0
    An eccentric documentary filmmaker Declan Desmond offers an inside look at his work chronicling the growth and development of some of Springfields finest for his documentary, Growing up Springfield, from childhood to the present. Those profiled include Marge, Moe and Homer, who attempts to convince Declan and his crew that he is a millionaire. We see Marge put her photojournalism dreams on hold in order to support Homer as he tries out odd jobs in search of success that continually evades him until a strange invention turns it all around for the couple. However, a suspicious Desmond challenges the Simpsons, who have a lot of questions to answer about their overnight success. Yet another average episode. Seems to me like season 18 is on a down ward spiral. I found this episode interesting but not exactly hilarious as usual. Not a must see, but watch it if you want.moreless
Dan Castellaneta

Dan Castellaneta

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

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

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

Eric Idle

Eric Idle

Declan Desmond

Guest Star

Tress MacNeille

Tress MacNeille

Agnes Skinner, Brandine Del Roy, Dolph and others

Recurring Role

Karl Wiedergott

Karl Wiedergott

Additional Voices

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (15)

    • It is revealed that the crazy cat lady is name Eleanor.

    • Marge's past reflects on her photography talent.

    • Apparently, a wood door has been added to the opening of the treehouse.

    • Apparently, Disco Stu was on the path to become like Captain McCallister, but after hearing some disco music, he became hooked on disco.

    • According to this episode the following characters are all 40 years old: Homer, Marge, Moe, Lenny, Carl, Professor Frink, Chief Wiggum, and Crazy Cat Lady. However, Homer and Marge have generally been considered to be 38 (there are some references to their being 34), and the episode "Mother Simpson" implied that Wiggum was older than them, in that Mona Simpson left the family while Homer was still a boy, but Wiggum was a security guard at Mr. Burns's lab.

    • Continuity Error: When Declan Desmond was filming all the characters were 8, Homer, and Marge were in the same school, but Homer and Marge didn't officially meet until "The Way We Weren't".

    • Young Marge is shown with her bee-hive hairdo, but it was revealed in a previous episode that her hair was always long and straight. She didn't change it until she went to the Senior Prom with Homer.Edit: Notice that Marge has the same hairdo in "The Way They Weren't". Maybe Marge kept her traditional hair style when she was young, but when she was getting older, she decided to put her hair down

    • Goof: When Marge is sitting on the couch, talking about the biggest change for her in 8 years, Homer walks in to show Marge his 'Marge/Skull Tattoo'. When it cuts back to Homer saying there was a sale on skulls, the wall behind the couch disappears.

    • Homer: I will be rich. I'll own a football team and a basketball team and I'll make them play baseball.

      As an adult, Homer actually owns the Denver Broncos, from the episode "You Only Move Twice".

    • The Crazy Cat Lady's name is Eleanor. She'd pursued a feminist's dream and had scored top jobs graduating from Harvard Medical and Yale Law Schools by age of 24. Overworked and stressed, not being able to build a family, she found escape in pet cats and within a short period of time lost her sense of reality.

    • Goof: When Homer was showed at age 24, he was living at some house that was never shown before and did multiple jobs, but in "I Married Marge", he only worked at the golf course and I think he only lived in Marge's house. Edit: Homer and Marge were living at Marge's Mom's house.

    • Goof: The Springfield police officer in lane #5 (next to Officer Clancy Wiggum) fires eight shots from his revolver, not the usual capacity of six that has been the standard for the last 150 years. However, Wiggum's pistol holds six rounds (5 fired at the target, one into Declan's camera operator.)

    • Goof: When Homer is feeding baby Lisa on the couch, you can see a picture of her, grown up, behind them in the wall near the stairs.

    • The lives of the people shown in this episode are: Chief Wiggum, Homer, Professor Frink, Eleanor (The Cat Lady), and Marge.


      Lenny was suppose to be documented, but Declan decided not waste time on him.

    • We see Disco Stu's eyes in the past.

  • QUOTES (17)

    • Declan Desmond: (to Homer and Marge) Are you two considering children?
      Homer: Pfft. Kids? No way. You won't see a couple of rugrats tying me down.
      (Cut to eight years later, Homer and Marge with baby Bart and Lisa)
      Homer: You better not put this shot after the one where I said I won't have kids. That would be a devastating edit.

    • Homer: Oh! This is Eduardo. He's the pool boy. He thinks he's an angry old rich man.
      Mr. Burns: I am an angry old rich man!
      Homer: (whispers) That's the pool chemicals talking.

    • Homer: (to Marge) All those years I was dreaming of other things, I was actually doing what I really wanted: hanging out with my family, drinking with my friends, making friends with my family and hanging with my drinking.

    • Young Homer: When I grow up, I'm gonna have a huge castle, a pinball machine with infinity quarters, eight pairs of peanut butter and jelly pajamas… how many wishes do I have left?
      Declan Desmond: None. You never had any. I'm not a genie.
      Young Homer: D'oh!
      Declan Desmond: Now Homer, your dreams will take a lot of money and, don't look at me, look at the camera.
      Young Homer: Got it.
      Declan Desmond: I said look at the camera.
      (Homer looks down)
      Declan Desmond: Now you're looking at a mud puttle.
      (Homer looks at his left hand)
      Declan Desmond: Now you're looking at your hand!
      (Homer looks to the right.)
      Declan Desmond: Now you're looking at the production company!
      (Homer looks at his other hand)
      Declan Desmond: That's your other hand! Do you even know what a camera is?
      Young Homer: What! Of course I, um, no.
      Declan Desmond: Ok, I'm going to put this squeaky toy on top of the camera.
      (Homer's head goes up as the toy squeaks)
      Young Homer: Oh! Squeaky! Squeaky! Squeaky squeaky squeaky!

    • Declan Desmond: I can't believe it! Homer Simpson! A bloody millionaire!
      Homer: Why do you sound so surprised? This is our fifth take.

    • Chief Wiggum: As you can see, I've gotten everything I ever wanted.
      Lou: Except pants that fit.

    • Homer: I will be rich. I'll own a football team and a basketball team and I'll make them play baseball.

    • Moe: My dad was a circus freak but my mom don't remember which one. I like to think it was a little bit of all of them.

    • Homer: It's been another 8 years, and what do I have? Same job, same house, same dirty joke book (He reads) Ha ha ha, I just thought for once I could be the cool guy in your movie, but all I am is the guy who makes everyone else look good.

    • Krusty: Homer gave me a kidney, it wasn't his, I didn't need it and it came postage due, but still a lovely gesture.

    • Marge: Homer! Don't kill the foreign man!
      Homer: Relax Marge. I wasn't going to kill him.
      (Knives drop out of Homer's shirt, and pants.)

    • Ned: (about Homer) He's the kindest, sweetest, most generous guy who ever drove through my living room.

    • Marge: The biggest change for me over the last 8 years… that's gotta be Homer.
      Homer: Marge, baby, I got a picture of you tattooed on my chest!
      (he opens his shirt to reveal a skull with Marge's hairdo)
      Homer: They had a sale on skulls.

    • (Bart and Lisa ride dolphins)
      Bart: Mine has a cup holder!
      Lisa: That's a blowhole!
      Bart: You're a blowhole!

    • Homer: I do open-casket caricatures. (looking at a man in a casket) Did he have any hobbies?
      Widow: Get out of here!

    • Homer: Manure for sale!

    • Young Carl: I wish for world peace.
      Young Barney: I wish for world war.
      Young Carl: That would be cooler.

  • NOTES (2)

  • ALLUSIONS (6)

    • The Time Machine
      During Homer's closing song, a young Carl appears behind him for a moment in a time machine that is a "pedal" version of the ones used in the 1962 and 2002, H. G. Wells, novel-based films of the same name, The Time Machine.

    • The horse character in Homer's Play-Doh theatre is played by Pokey, a character from The Gumby Show.

    • A parody of artist Andrew Wyeth's painting "Christina's World", with Christina being replaced with Burns, is visible after Burns pulls down another painting.

    • Homer: Find me a Christmas goose.
      This is an allusion to Dicken's A Christmas Carol.

    • Declan Desmond: If this bunny was going to be boiled, I'd have to turn up the heat.

      A reference to the movie Fatal Attraction in which a vengeful Glenn Close attacks Michael Douglas and his family by boiling his daughter's pet rabbit, among many other things.

    • The title is a reference to the popular Up series documentaries by British filmmaker Michael Apted.

      The series followed several British children throughout their lives. The movies were made every seven years 7 Up, 14 Up, 21 Up, etc.

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