The Simpsons

Season 23 Episode 11

The D'oh-cial Network

3
Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Jan 15, 2012 on FOX
7.8
out of 10
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85 votes
9

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As the mastermind and creator of the online social networking phenomenon SpringFace, Lisa is called to trial when Springfield's obsession with the site becomes chaotic and dysfunctional. Lisa recounts her story and explains that she created the site after realizing she had no real friends. But as SpringFace expands and Springfield's fixation with the site causes mass hysteria, Lisa begins to realize that adding thousands of friends online did not compare to having real friendships. Later, Patty and Selma compete against the Winklevoss Twins in the rowing event at the 2012 Olympic Games.

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  • Lisa creates a social website in which everyone at Springfield get addicted to it

    9.0
    As the mastermind and creator of the online social networking phenomenon SpringFace, Lisa is called to trial when Springfield's obsession with the site becomes chaotic and dysfunctional. Lisa recounts her story and explains that she created the site after realizing she had no real friends. But as SpringFace expands and Springfield's fixation with the site causes mass hysteria, Lisa begins to realize that adding thousands of friends online did not compare to having real friendships. Later, Patty and Selma compete against the Winklevoss Twins in the rowing event at the 2012 Olympic Games. This episode was superb...would have been perfect but I missed the first 8 minutes of it when it first aired so I cannot think that this episode was exactly perfect. Although the ending did ruined the chance for a 10 score so I can care less. Anyway, I thought the plot was great when Lisa create a Facebook parody website in which everyone get addicted to it. I don't really know which was funny since again I didn't caught act one...I did remembered some funny parts during the next few acts. Overall score 9/10moreless
  • the simpsons the doh-cial network

    9.5
    i thought this was quite a good episode i did laugh at some parts like the ask jeeves joke that was pretty funny and i liked ralph's quote all my friends have birthdays this year of course anything that he says is funny i thought the Winklevoss twins gag was a bit random for the simpsons anyway. and the part when principal skinner told the story in that dark stanley type animation i thought that bit was pretty good as well overall a good episodemoreless
  • Congratulations on being the first episode where i didn't laugh once

    1.0
    Everytime i dislike an episode of this show, i am still able to laugh at something. this episode failed to make me laugh at all. in this episode, lisa makes a social networking site called SpringFace because she wants friends. it's an interesting plot i guess but the jokes were really miss. a lot of it ran longer than it needed to, such as lenny living where the simpsons were visiting, the couch gag, and more i can't remember. the ending had nice animation with skinner telling the story, but it was pretty much completely unneeded. also, the ending with lisa suddenly being accepted by her peers and asked to go out and play... why? what about her suddenly makes people like her? the fact she made such a hit site but now is taken down? doesn't make much sense. so yea, this is basically my new least favorite. none of it was funny, the pacing was terrible and the plot had potential, but it didn't use it as well as they could've. Fmoreless
  • Hoping To Make Friends, Lisa Starts a Social Networking Website

    7.0
    "The D'oh-cial Network" is not an unforgettable episode of "The Simpsons" but it's not too bad. It seemed to move very fast and not explain itself all too well in certain areas. I have no idea exactly why Lisa was put on trial for starting Springface. Also, as I have said countless times in my episode reviews of this series, it's very formulaic. We know Springface will be shut down by episode's end. However there are some good things to say about this episode. There are some genuine laughs here (I particulary liked the auto plie-up. How funny was Chief Wiggum on the Segway?). I also must not forget to mention the amusing cameo by David Letterman at the beginning and Armie Hammer briefly reprising his role as the Winklevoss Twins (or as Jerry Izenberg called them, The Winklevi) at the end. Once again this episode is not great, but it's not bad either.moreless
  • One of the best Season 23 episodes I've ever seen

    10
    As the mastermind and creator of the online social networking phenomenon SpringFace, Lisa is called to trial when Springfield's obsession with the site becomes chaotic and dysfunctional. Lisa recounts her story and explains that she created the site after realizing she had no real friends. But as SpringFace expands and Springfield's fixation with the site causes mass hysteria, Lisa begins to realize that adding thousands of friends online did not compare to having real friendships. Later, Patty and Selma compete against the Winklevoss Twins in the rowing event at the 2012 Olympic Games. I thought that this was a perfect episode of "The Simpsons". It has been the best episode since "Bart Comes To Smell the Roosevelts". Definitely one of my favorite Season 23 episodes that I would want to watch again. I really loved the storyline and tons of humor made me laugh. My only nit-pick was the last few minutes of the episode. Seriously writers? you couldn't add in a little more story to keep the time limit but instead, they make a horror kind short story with Bart and Millhouse (which by the way is a filler). The episode should've just ended with the part with Selma and Patty at the 2012 Olympics and then that would be a good ending right there. So yeah, despite that short story in the last few minutes of the episode and the writers not being smart enough to add a little more time to the storyline of the episode, I loved it. Some people say that this show is going downhill but I honestly still love this show and it honestly didn't go downhill for me. Sure, it does have its weak episodes here and there but that will never change the fact of how much I love this show. There were a lot of parts that made me laugh. For one thing, the introduction was very funny and hopefully writers don't shorten the introduction anymore because I know it takes up a few minutes but I still enjoy seeing what goes on in the introduction. As for the humor which I was about to get to... I laughed really hard with Homer trying to watch the movie through the other car, Homer and the family wasting that guy's time and getting him angry, Bart's line "We totally wasted that guy's time" and then Home responds "And ours too", Linny going into that princess place, the "Memorium" part, Bart being punched by one of the bullies for saying a word (that I forgot) and then both that bully and Bart punch that kid, Homer going to Cinnabun and eating all of the cinnabuns, Linny's line "I don't know how to use the phone on my phone", and many many more. Also, the ending (not really an ending but it should've been since it's better than doing a short story for the last few minutes) with Patty and Selma at the 2012 Olympics doing a rowing contest and beating those guys was kinda dumb but it was also pretty funny at the same time. Overall, love the storyline and love the humor in this episode... one of the best Season 23 episodes I've ever seen. 10/10moreless
Dan Castellaneta

Dan Castellaneta

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

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

Armie Hammer

Armie Hammer

Unknown

Special Guest Star

David Letterman

David Letterman

Himself

Special Guest Star

The Tiger Lillies

The Tiger Lillies

Themselves

Special Guest Star

Chris Edgerly

Chris Edgerly

Voice of Unknown

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 (1)

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Homer: Down in front! Dammit, why do kids have heads?
      Marge: Homer, stop watching the movie in the other peoples' car.
      Homer: Aww, but I'm invested in the characters.

    • Lisa: (About SpringFace) Wow, I created something incredibly popular!
      Homer: And I created something that created something incredibly popular!
      Grampa: And I created an alcoholic hippo.
      Homer: You never showed it to me.
      Grampa: A stupid alcoholic hippo.
      Homer: I still want to see it.
      Grampa: There is no hippo!
      Homer: Then why did you say it?
      Grampa: Because you're the hippo!
      Homer: Are you just saying that because you don't want me to see the hippo?
      Grampa: There is no hippo!

  • NOTES (1)

    • Show Title: Ned Flanders wincing in fear as he gets carried away by a gargoyle.
      Billboard Gag: Winter at Squidport: Dead Seals Wash Up Daily (with a picture of the Springfield Squidport pictured in a winter background).
      Chalkboard Gag: We do need no education.
      Couch Gag: This extended sequence shows the family in a taxicab in New York City. Short on time, Homer orders them out and they proceed to run a few blocks. Homer stops to play a card game where he gets swindled before Marge pulls him away. When the family arrives at a building, the security guard won't allow them to pass since they're not on the roster. Homer gives him a headbutt, then does the same to a female guard when they get to the stage entry. As it turns out, the Simpsons are guests at Late Show with David Letterman. Letterman is disappointedly unimpressed with the couch gag on his show and has Paul Shaffer and his Late Show band play a music version of The Simpsons theme song, to which Dave seems disappointed as well.

  • ALLUSIONS (26)

    • The title is an allusion to the movie "The Social Network."

    • The Simpsons Show's Too Short Story is done in the style of the cartoon opening of the PBS series Mystery and similar to Edward Gorey's style of animation.

    • On one of the cards at the end of the episode explaining what happened it says "SpringTwit." This is an allusion to the popular social networking site called Twitter.

    • The blue-haired lawyer makes a reference to the search engine AskJeeves.com. The man that walks out of the court room looks like the character Jeeves used to promote the engine.

    • Sherri and Terri are getting their hair braided at a kiosk called Home of the Braid. This is an allusion to the phrase from the Star Spangled Banner where it says "home of the brave."

    • The Blocko set that Lisa wanted to buy is called "Chubba the Shedd's Dust Palace." This is an allusion to the Star Wars character Jabba the Hutt and his home called Jabba's Palace.

    • One of the Blocko toys is for Cosmic Wars. This is an allusion to the movie Star Wars.

    • Blocko store is a reference to the toy Legos.

    • There is a cookie shopped called Forgotten Amos Cookies. This is an allusion to the cookie company Famous Amos Cookies.

    • There is a store called Spiffany's. This is an allusion to the store Tiffany's.

    • When Nelson grabs Martin and slings him through the air at the other nerds he says "Angry Nerds" and then Martin flies and hits the nerds in a way that alludes to the popular mobile phone and tablet game Angry Birds.

    • One of the stores is called Creme De La Creams. This is an allusion to the french saying, and cake company Creme De La Creme.

    • The food gift card that Homer picks is called Cinnabun. This is an allusion to the pastry kiosk called Cinnabon.

    • One of the gift cards is for Burns & Noble. This is an allusion to the book store Barnes and Noble.

    • One of the gift cards is for Cropduster Video. This is an allusion to the video rental store Blockbuster Video.

    • One of the gift cards is for GAO Schwarz. This is an allusion to the toy company FAO Schwarz.

    • One of the gift cards is for a company called Marvyn's. This is an allusion to the store called Mervyn's.

    • One of the gift cards Marge tosses out the window is called Circuit Circus. This is an allusion to the company Circuit City.

    • One of the gift cards Marge tosses into the garbage is called Linens-n-Such. This is an allusion to the company Linens & Things.

    • There is a store called Puttering Barn. This is an allusion to the store Pottery Barn.

    • There is a vendor called Drippin' Dots. This is an allusion to the dessert called Dippin' Dots.

    • There is a store at the mall called Banana Dictatorship. This is an allusion to the clothing store Banana Republic.

    • One of the stores seen at the mall is called Markups & Spender. This is an allusion to the UK store called Marks & Spencer.

    • When the family first enters the town center, there is a shop called Cold Navy. This is an allusion to the clothing store Old Navy.

    • Apple Computers:


      Mapple (previously seen in the episode MyPods and Boomsticks) is seen again in this episode. Apple iPads and iPhones are parodied here, the ultra-thin laptop Homer buys is a parody of Apple's MacBook Air computer, Lisa uses a Mapple computer resembling the Apple Lisa in the Springfield Elementary computer lab, and there are also several computers resembling the iMac G3 in the same computer lab (which Nelson uses to knock down nerds.)

    • Facebook:



      Lisa creates a social network called Springface. This is a parody ofFacebook, a social network that people can befriend people, post pictures, and post what people are saying.


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