The Simpsons

Season 15 Episode 7

'Tis the Fifteenth Season

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Dec 14, 2003 on FOX
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Episode Summary

'Tis the Fifteenth Season
It's Christmastime and at the power plant Mr. Burns passes out Christmas bonuses, a $5 dollar voucher to the cafeteria. For reasons unknown, Mr. Burns gives Homer a "confectioner's card" for Bart featuring a "current baseballer." The "current baseballer" is Joe DiMaggio and it is his rookie card that Homer brings to the Comic Book Guy, where he gets everything he has in the register for the card. With this financial windfall, the Simpson family goes Christmas shopping at the Springfield Heights Promenade, where the rich people shop. Homer spends the remaining portion of his share of the money for a gift for himself (a personalized talking astrolabe) and has no money left to buy the family a nice Christmas tree. Marge and the kids find out what he's spent the money on and are disappointed in him. Spending the night on the couch, Homer watches "Mr. McGrew's Christmas Carol" and the story works its magic on Homer, and Homer wakes with resolve to be good and unselfish. Homer starts helping the less fortunate and his good deeds begin to make Ned Flanders' jealous. To combat against Homer's good reputation, Ned decides to give everyone in Springfield a Christmas present. Homer decides to outdo Flanders, but on advice from Lisa and her Buddhist view of the world, Homer decides to take everyone's presents. Homer and SLH (a la the Grinch) sneak into everyone's home and take all of their presents. The angry mob finds Homer in downtown Springfield. Ned tries to come to Homer's rescue, but a "star" in the sky saves them both and they return the presents. After Moe's failed annual suicide attempt the whole town joins in a rendition of "Hark the Herald Angels Sing."moreless

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  • simpsons christmas classic

    what i liked- the astrolabe's fire alarm going off and homer crying at the end of act 1, "Unloved by Al?! Unloved by all?!", "For legal purposes, sick kids may include a hooker with a cold", the scrooge parody, the steve urkel cameo appearance (Did i do that??), the ending of the episode, amongst other things.

    hilarious episode. I know i did not name a lot of parts, but i laughed quite a bit while watching this episode. It was funny and a great christmas special. A+ grademoreless
  • Another Great Holiday Special!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    It's Christmastime, and The Power Plant has secret santas. Carl is Homer's Secret Santa and gives him a DvD player. When Homer finally remembers that he's Lenny's secret santa, he goes to the vending machine and gives Lenny candy. Meanwhile, Mr. Burns gives Homer a Joe DiMaggio baseball card for Bart, but Homer sells it to Comic Book Guy and gets a bunch of money. The Simpsons go to the local fancy mall, and they all go off to buy presents, and after, Homer promises them a huge christmas tree. But when he buys himself a useless item, they have no money left. The whole family hates him now, so he decideds to do good from now on, buy giving presents, and putting an ice rink in their backyard.

    Overall Grade:A+++++++++/100%moreless
  • Homer competes with Flanders for Mr. goody two shoes!

    When Homer spends all the Christmas money on himself, he realizes that he is too selfish and must do good deeds. However, he has competition from Flanders.

    This was a wonderful episode as all of the other holiday episodes the Simpsons make usually are. This was cleverly plotted with some great jokes and it really showed us how brilliant season 15 has been. Maybe it is not the best episode from this season, but this one was surely entertaining. It was good to see Homer preform some good deeds. If you like a good Christmas episode, this episode is for you. Bmoreless
  • Great and Funny Christmas episode...... It just keeps on showing the brilliance of season 15.

    Mr. Burns gives Homer an old John DiMaggio baseball card which he sells to Comic Book Guy for extra money. Homer spends it all on a useless talking clock and the family is left with no money for a Christmas tree. Homer watches a bunch of Christmas specials which tell him he's selfish and needs to give. He begins by giving the poor his clothes, buying Lenny a nice gift, offering Marge the last pork chop, and collecting money at church. When the town begins to like him he builds an ice skating rink in his backyward. Ned Flanders begins to get jealous of Homer usurping his position. Ned decides to buy a present for everyone in town. Lisa tells Homer people would be happier without presents at Christmas. On Christmas Eve, Homer steals the town's presents, but gets an angry reception in the morning. Before mobbing him he points out a star in the sky and he and Ned educate the town of the true meaning of Christmas.moreless
  • This episode has all the clever humour from the early days, combined with a great plot, and sharp animation. The best episode I've seen from the "new" seasons so far.

    I can only vaguely recall watching two episodes from Season 15, and I remember them being above average.

    I'm pretty sure that The Simpson's never really went downhill, they seem to of driven over a more than a few extremely bumpy dirt roads, full of pot holes (plot holes), road-blocks and puddles.

    To me, this episode just seems like a better and sharper animated episode hailing from the early seasons; it's that flawless.

    This episode is just so funny, it gives me hope that other Season 15 episodes are just as good.

    I truly recommend you watch this, especially if you ever enjoyed the early episodes.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

Tress MacNeille

Tress MacNeille

Agnes Skinner, Brandine Del Roy, Dolph and others

Recurring Role

Pamela Hayden

Pamela Hayden

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

Recurring Role

Karl Wiedergott

Karl Wiedergott

Additional Voices

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Although the voice of Nelson's mother was previously heard in "Wild Barts Can't Be Broken," this is the first episode where she was physically seen.

    • In the scenes in the rich people mall, the slum, and the living room where they are setting up the Christmas tree, Marge wears a white set of pearls.

    • In this episode Marge and Homer's bedroom window faces their backyard, while in previous episodes it faces the front yard.

  • QUOTES (29)

    • Homer: I don't need her. I've got you, astrolabe!
      Astrolabe: Colombia's main export is coffee.
      Homer: Exactly.

    • Comic Book Guy: Ooh!
      Falls on the ice and rips pants
      Comic Book Guy: Activate cloaking device!
      rips sweatshirt while trying to cover the other rip
      Comic Book Guy: Oh I am so depressed, engage candy bar, thank you.

    • (Thanksgiving special on TV)
      Krusty: Happy Thanksgiving from the entire Channel Six family. Including Kent Brockman whose contractually permitted to replace himself with a cardboard cut out. The real Kent is in a rehab clinic. We all wish him the best… again.

    • Krusty: Now in the spirit of the season… start shopping!! And for every dollar of Krusty merchandise you buy I will be nice to a sick kid. For legal purposes sick kids may include hookers with a cold.

    • Marge: Christmas is a time to think of others, but today you showed you only care about yourself.
      Homer: That's not true! I cared what you thought once you found out.

    • Nelson: Someone snuck in and took our presents! Do you think it was papa?
      Mrs Muntz: I wouldn't put it past him. He stole my gold tooth the night he left.
      Nelson: He didn't leave… he went to the store. And when he comes back I'll wave those pop tarts right in your face!

    • Mr McGrew: (on TV) Spirit, surely there's some time to reform my selfish ways!
      Homer: Come on, Death. Leave McGrew alone… TAKE TINY TIM!

    • Clock: Today is the birthday of comedienne Margaret Cho.
      Homer: That's the birthday I'm always forgetting!

    • Ned: That Homer just burns my waffles! (starts tugging his moustache) Pain is the cleanser! Pain is the cleanser!

    • Homer: Listen Lenny, I know I was a pretty bad Secret Santa, so I wanted to make it up to you.
      Lenny: Wow, a photo cube with pictures of us!
      Homer: And I filed down the all the sharp corners. See? Your eye is completely safe! (starts poking Lenny in the eye with the cube)
      Lenny: Oh wow, it just stings a little.

    • TV Announcer: And now, back to Mr. McGrew's Christmas Carol.
      Homer: Mr. McGrew? I love that blind, senile old man!
      Abe: (outside, banging on the window) I can't find my way back to the home!
      Homer: I heard you the first five times!

    • Homer: Let's just say that on this day, a million years ago, a dude was born who most of us think was magic, but others don't and that's cool. But we're probably right. Amen.

    • (singing, while stealing presents like the Grinch)
      Homer: You're a Hero, Homer Jay. You're as crafty as a skunk! They'll thank you in the morning, for stealing Flanders' junk, Homer JAAAY! You're a double bacon genius burger, and just a little drunk!

    • Homer: From now on I will stop being selfish, and start being good. In fact, I'll be the nicest man in town!
      Marge: You've made that promise before.
      Homer: Yes, but this time I'm sober ... ish.

    • Homer: Children? Children! What day is this?
      Lisa: It's Saturday, December 6th.
      Homer: Thank God! There's still four more days 'til Christmas.

    • (Death points to Homer's tombstone on TV)
      Homer: Unloved by Al?! Nooo!!
      (Death taps the tombstone)
      Homer: Unloved by ALL?! NOOO!!

    • Homer: TV and nightmares have joined forces to teach me a lesson!

    • Homer: Here's your skates. Oh, you'll have to take off those boots.
      Hobo: Those are my feet.
      Homer: Eewww!

    • Todd: Daddy, are you jealous of Brother Homer?
      Ned: Maybe just a tad, Todd.
      Rod: I'm jealous of girls cause they get to wear dresses.
      Ned: One problem at a time, boy!

    • Homer: (watching TV) Jimmy Stewart as a puppet is just wrong!

    • Homer: (to the angry mob) Shouldn't you all be singing carols or something?

    • Hobo: (wearing Homers old pants) These pants smell worse than my old pants.
      Homer: You're welcome!

    • (on a cartoon version of A Christmas Carol)
      Mr. McGrew: You work on Christmas or you're out of a job. Is that clear Cratchit?
      Cratchit: (behind McGrew) Sir, I'm over here.
      Mr. McGrew: Oh. (to pot belly stove) I'm sorry, pardon me, ma'am. (feels stove) I see you're expecting. May I listen to the baby's heartbeat?
      (sticks head in stove, screams in agony)

    • (after Springfield sees the star and thinks it's a miracle, the screen pans to Hans Moleman half buried in snow, with a flare gun)
      Hans: That's my last flare… somebody better come soon. (a wolf pack appears) Oh thank goodness, rescue dogs.

    • (the Christmas tree bursts into flame)
      Homer: Aw, why do things I love always burn?!

    • (Homer realises how selfish he's been)
      Astrolobe: I am not returnable.
      Homer: Oh… (sobs)
      Astrolobe: I will be testing my smoke alarm for the next three hours. (starts to bleep)

    • Snake: I've been robbed! Man, so this is how it feels. I'd better see my shrink… and rob his ass!

    • (watching a cartoon version of "A Christmas Carol")
      Homer: Oh my God! It's like looking at a cartoon version of myself!

    • (watching a Christmas special, featuring singing prunes)
      Lisa: This is offensive to Christians and prunes!

  • NOTES (9)

    • This is the second straight episode where Homer listens to Lisa's advice-and what ensues is Homer's current project gets ruined.

    • The writers used a little bit of irony here. Dan Castellaneta provided the voice of Mr. McGrew, which let Homer (also voiced by Castellaneta) know that he was selfish.

    • The Japanese writing on the bench in the opening says "Simpsons" in katakana (transliterated as "Shimpusonzu").

    • It seems that Lenny's eye will become a semi-running gag. It was mentioned in "Homer vs. Dignity" ("I'm not supposed to get pudding in my eye!") and "Three Gays of the Condo" ("I'm not supposed to get jigs in it"). Here, Homer tells Lenny the edges aren't sharp, so his eye will be fine.

    • Cathy from personnel, who looks like a female Burns, was wearing the same Chanel suit that Marge bought in episode 3F11 "Scenes From a Class Struggle in Springfield".

    • Blackboard Joke: None.
      Couch Gag: There is no living room and the couch is replaced by a bench at a Japanese bus stop, where the family's TV is also located. The various family members fly on screen dressed as different characters from popular Japanese shows: Homer is Ultraman Tiga; Bart is Astroboy, Lisa is Sailor Moon; Marge is Princess from Battle of the Planets, and Maggie is Pikachu from Pokémon.

    • Rod's admission about wanting to wear dresses is the first time that either Flanders boy has shown that they have or try to have any kind of a social life (since Dead Putting Society, anyway)

    • Some of the homeless people that model Homer's clothes bear a strong resemblance to some of the writers on the show.

    • This is the second time Ned Flanders feels angry towards Homer. The first time was in 1F14 "Homer Loves Flanders".

  • ALLUSIONS (12)

    • The title of the episode paraphrases the lyrics to the Christmas carol "Deck the Halls".

    • Christmas with the California Prunes: The Prunes Christmas special is a parody of an actual 1988 special called "A Claymation™ Christmas". Hosted by two dinosaurs named Herb and Rex who were designed as caricatures of movie critics Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert; the special featured Claymation videos of Motown inspired renditions of traditional songs such as "Joy to the World", "We Three Kings", "Winter Wonderland" and "Here We Come A Wassling". The special ended with the California Raisins themselves singing "Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer."

    • The song, "Christmas Convoy," is a spoof off of the '70s hit song "Convoy," which was redone in 2005 with Paul Brant & Friends.

    • Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol has been remade and overmade countless times. Bart proves this point by tuning in remakes a-la Family Matters (Urkel Scrooge: "Did I do that?") and a Star Trek Christmas episode. NOTE: A Christmas Carol was remade again in 2004 as A Christmas Carol: The Musical, which starred Kelsey Grammer, who of course provides the voice of Sideshow Bob for this series.

    • Burns' token Christmas bonus to his employees (a cafeteria voucher) is similar to the Christmas bonus Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase) receives from his employer – a membership in a Jelly of the Month club – in the 1989 film National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation.

    • Homer: Awww, this is sadder than "Tuesday's With Morrie"
      "Tuesday's With Morrie" is a book written by Mitch Albom and is based on a true story. To make this even more significant, Hank Azaria, voice of Apu, Moe and many other characters on The Simpsons, played Mitch Albom in the movie adaption of the book.

    • The entire town gets together and sings "Hark the Herald Angels Sing" at the end of the episode. In A Charlie Brown Christmas, the entire Peanuts gang gets together and sings the same song at the end.

    • :
      The second Christmas special that Homer tunes into on late night TV "Mr. McGrew's Christmas Carol" is a parody of the 1962 Christmas special "Mister Magoo's Christmas Carol."

    • :
      The Christmas special that Homer first tunes into on late night TV "The Year Santa got Lost," with Jimmy Stewart as the voice of Mr. Mailman is a parody of the 1970 Christmas special "Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town," which featured Fred Astaire as the voice of the mailman.

    • Homer: I'm not looking for fame or glory. I'm just trying to buy that stairway to heaven Jesus sang of.
      Flanders: That was Led Zeppelin.
      Homer: Tcch. Get back to your bong, hippie.
      "Stairway to Heaven" is a song written by Led Zeppelin that first appeared on their classic album Led Zeppelin IV.

    • During the scene where Homer is sneaking into everyone's houses, you hear a voice-over of him singing a song that is a spoof of, "You're A Mean One, Mr. Grinch" from the 1966 Christmas special How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Also, Santa's Little Helper is wearing one antler on his head, just like Max the dog from that same special.

    • :
      The song "Silver and Gold" from the 1964 Christmas special Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer is used when the family goes to "Springfield Heights Promenade", where the rich people shop.

      Also the toys that appear in the "The Year Santa got Lost" segment are reflective of the misfit toys that appeared in this same special.