The Simpsons

Season 7 Episode 10

The Simpsons 138th Episode Spectacular

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Dec 03, 1995 on FOX
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The Simpsons 138th Episode Spectacular
Another clip show, this time with Troy McClure hosting, featuring past highlights, deleted scenes and answered viewer questions.

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  • Probably their best clipshow

    Clip shows generally are just that, clips of old episodes from shows for no real reason, just to remember old times. But this episode was more than that. It wasn't just clips, it had deleted scenes from episodes, and much more. Definitely one of the most imaginative clip shows of any series I have seen. I did not think clip shows would ever be good, but this clip show is funny, it has a lot of fun, and it is all around fantastic, so, in a rare instance, this clip show from me gets an A+ as a grade. Perfectmoreless
  • this was a good ep

    in this ep of the simpsons its the 138th ep and they show never before scens and alternate ending to who shot mr burns. and they also show fan mail. this was a good ep because it showed some interesting things like who were very unpopular charaters on the comericals and nra for ever. these were some very interesting things. and it had some funny moments on the show and i thought it was pretty good. so that is why i gave it a 8.5 they also show that bleeding gums was unpopular and so was marvin monroe. but it was a good epmoreless
  • A special where Troy Mc Lure presents The Simpsons as never seen before and never to be seen in the future.

    A really good episode of the Simpsons. It is surely not the best one ever made, but it has many pros against cons. First of all, the never shown scenes, which are more funny than some of the shown gags. Then, the quizes, which turn out to have some really unexpected answers, such as the cashier gag in the titles: When Maggie goes through the cashier's, the price tag says something about the NRA. Even the gags that show Matt Groening are so funny, and Troy Mc Lure is still an all-time classic of the show, "mostly known to some of you from the movies..." And the alternative ending of "Who shot Mr Burns"... What more could I say?moreless
  • A special episode for fans

    Yeah! this is the kind of episode only a true fan could really enjoy. I don't mean that other people can not enjoy it, but, I think only hardcore fanatics can really appreciate all the details and insider jokes this episode reveals to us. We get to know little unknown and secret details that help to keep the show strong by using subliminal messages (or that is what I like to think.)

    Somethng I really like about this kind of special episode is that it helps to build that image we have in our minds of the Simpsons as a real family. It helps with the credibility factor.moreless
  • Pretty cool.

    This episode is pretty cool I liked seeing one of the deleted scenes and Troy McClure ( or however you spell that name )

    I liked it when he was answering questions, and this professor sent a letter saying, "I've seen every Simpsons episode ever made." Then he was like, "Well, thats not really a question, professor." That was the best part!

    And don't forget seeing the old Simpson episodes, way back from 1987 and 1988. But, I think this should have been done at the 200th episode. I mean, whats so special about 138? Nothing, really. So, thats the only thing bad, even though it has nothing to do with the episode.

    Watch this episode!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

Glenn Close

Glenn Close

Mona J. Simpson

Guest Star

Buzz Aldrin

Buzz Aldrin


Guest Star

Phil Hartman

Phil Hartman

Lionel Hutz, Troy McClure and 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


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • The phony ending of "Who Shot Mr.Burns?", you were never meant to see, involved Smithers as the gunman who shot Mr. Burns.

    • In the opening credits, the cash register shows $847.63 when Maggie is "scanned" (figure was taken from a survey (found by Matt Groening) done at the time that said that this was the average monthly cost of caring for a newborn baby - food, clothes, health, etc.). But in this episode the credit sequence is paused and the machine is shown to read "NRA 4EVER".

    • In Groening's office, there are 2 posters. One of The Simpsons and one of his comic, Life in Hell.

  • QUOTES (13)

    • Mr.Burns: Smithers, send out the robotic Richard Simmons.

    • Mona: Do you still work for NASA?
      Homer: No, I work at the nuclear plant.
      Mona: Oh, Homer.
      Homer: Well, you'll be happy to know I don't work very hard! Actually I'm bringing the plant down from the inside.

    • Mr. Burns: Smithers, for attempting to kill me, I'm giving you a five percent pay cut!
      Smithers: Nooooooooo!

    • Troy McClure: Yes, The Simpsons have come a long way since an old drunk made humans out of his rabbit characters to pay off his gambling debts. Who knows what adventures they'll have between now and the time the show becomes unprofitable.

    • Troy McClure: When Krusty the Clown got canceled, he tried everything to stay on the air. Here's what you didn't see.
      Krusty: Watch my show, I will send you this book featuring me in a variety of sexually explicit positions. (men drag him off the stage) What? Hey! It's not really me; I used a stunt butt!

    • Troy McClure: Ambassador Henry Mwabwetumba of the Ivory Coast writes, "What is the real deal with Mr. Burns' assistant Smithers? You know what I'm talking about." (laughs) Of course we do.
      (clips of Smithers go by)
      Troy McClure: As you can see, the real deal with Waylon Smithers is that he's Mr. Burns' assistant. He's in his early 40s, is unmarried, and currently resides in Springfield. Thanks for writing! We'll be right back.

    • Krusty: Ooh! Can I be hemorrhoid sufferer #1? Ooh! Oow that hurts!
      Executive: Sorry.
      Krusty: How about one of the after guys? "Oh, that's great! I can ride a bike again!"
      Executive: Sorry, Krusty.

    • Announcer: Which two popular Simpsons characters died in the past year?
      (Cuts to commercial then comes back)
      Announcer: If you said Dr. Marvin Monroe and Bleeding Gums Murphy, you were wrong, they were never popular.

    • Troy McClure: Over the six years The Simpsons has been on the air, we've received dozens of letters from fans wanting to know more about the show. Tonight, we'll answer some of your questions. Professor Lawrence Pierce of the University of Chicago writes, "I think Homer gets stupider every year." That's not a question, Professor, but we'll let the viewers judge for themselves.

    • Cartoon Matt Groening: Get outta my office!!!! (Grabs a gun and shoots the camera)

    • Troy McClure: I'm Troy McClure and now we leave you with what we all came here to see... hard core nudity!

    • Troy McClure: As wacky as those kids were, they were no match for Captain Wacky, later renamed Homer.

    • Troy McClure: Hi, I'm Troy McClure. You may remember me from such Fox Network specials as Alien Nose Job and Five Fabulous Weeks of the Chevy Chase Show. Tonight we're here to honor America's favorite non-prehistoric cartoon family.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Blackboard Joke: I will only do this once a year.
      Couch Gag: Numerous past couch gags are repeated.

    • The writer and director credits of "Penny Wise" and "Pound Foolish" are pseudonyms representing all the writers and directors that had clips featured in this episode. David Silverman actually "directed" this episode and Jon Vitti "wrote" it.

    • This 'behind the scenes' show, hosted by Troy McClure, features a couple of the early shorts as featured on The Tracy Ullman Show, an over-view of how the characters and the animation have evolved, alternate conclusions to "Who Shot Mr. Burns", and footage removed from episodes when made to fit the running-time.


    • Terminator 2: Judgment Day
      The robotic Richard Simmons being able to repair its eye after Smithers shooting at it was a clear reference to the character T-1000, a main antagonist from the 1991 film Terminator 2: Judgment Day.

    • The Chevy Chase Show
      When Troy is introducing himself, he says that you may remember him from the Fox show "Five Fabulous Weeks of the Chevy Chase Show." This is a spoof on Fox's $3 million flop, The Chevy Chase Show, which only lasted five episodes.

    • Troy McClure: Tonight we're here to honor America's favorite non-prehistoric cartoon family.
      The prehistoric family that Troy is talking about is The Flinstones.

    • Sex
      Krusty offers viewers a book featuring him in sexually explicit positions, parodying Madonna's book Sex. (1992)