The Simpsons

Season 25 Episode 8

White Christmas Blues

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Dec 15, 2013 on FOX
7.3
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Due to global warming, there is no snow anywhere in the world for Christmas, except in Springfield (due to a mixture of toxic gasses from the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant and the ongoing fire at the Springfield Tire Dump). The town residents, at Mayor Quimby's urging, decide to exploit the wave of tourists from around the world who will flock into Springfield for a White Christmas. Marge, wanting to get in on the action, converts the family home into a Bed & Breakfast. However Marge, and all of the Springfieldians, soon have second thoughts.

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  • With Springfield being the only place in America to get a white Christmas, tourists roll in to the "delight" of Springfield.

    8.0
    "White Christmas Blues" is a high point of season twenty five. There are a lot of clever sight gags in this episode. I very much liked the brief glimpse of Patty and Selma dressed as The Miser Brothers. Kudos to "The Simpsons" for the reference to one of my favorite Christmas specials. However in order to see all of the mentioned sight gags, you have to record this episode or see it on On Demand especially when Bart is playing the videogame. However sight gags are not the only reason why this episode works well. It have a very well written script. There is a lot of clever dialogue in this episode. Overall, "White Christmas Blues" is an episode well worth watching. Make time for it if you can. Merry Christmas!moreless
  • Christmas Carol A Phobia

    6.5
    Marge Simpson has a phobia where she believes that all Christmas carols should only have one verse, no more. Glad they didn't touch my favorite carol (12 Days of Christmas) or it would be just A Partridge In A Pear Tree.
Dan Castellaneta

Dan Castellaneta

Homer Simpson, Krusty the Clown, Mayor Quimby & The Rich Texan

Julie Kavner

Julie Kavner

Marge Simpson

Nancy Cartwright

Nancy Cartwright

Bart Simpson & Todd Flanders

Yeardley Smith

Yeardley Smith

Lisa Simpson

Hank Azaria

Hank Azaria

Professor Frink, Carl Carlson, Luigi, Moe Syzlak, Comic Book Guy, Duffman, Sea Captain, Chief Clancy Wiggum, Lou & Apu Nahas

Harry Shearer

Harry Shearer

Scratchy, Kent Brockman, Lenny Leonard, Dr. Julius Hibbert & Reverend Lovejoy

Pamela Hayden

Pamela Hayden

Milhouse Van Houten

Recurring Role

Tress MacNeille

Tress MacNeille

Manjula Nahasapeemapetilon

Recurring Role

Russi Taylor

Russi Taylor

Martin Prince

Recurring Role

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    • Instead of the usual opening theme, we see a Christmas version which begins with Barney Gumble in the role of Santa Claus belching as he rides his sleigh with reindeer flying just before the show title appears.  A zoom into the town of Springfield has a gate sign that says "Santa's Workshop: No dwarfs, no orcs, no Leprechauns!"  Instead of the statue of Jebediah Springfield, Jimbo and Kearny are sawing off the star of the town's Christmas tree, which spears Ralph's head when he has his tongue stuck on a frozen flagpole.

      Billboard Gag:  Krusty's Kristmas Karol:  with Sideshow Bob Hatchet. (with Krusty pictured as Scrooge, his chimpanzee as Tiny Tim, and Sideshow Bob in the background wielding a hatchet in an effort to kill them) 

      Chalkboard Gag:  Bart dressed as an elf writing "I will not call my teacher "Prancer" and "Vixen"," then leaving the school rides a snowboard which hits a pile of snow, uncovering Grampa Simpson bearing a sign that says "Still warmer than nursing home".

      The setting is now an elf toy factory with Homer's station that says "93 days till March 28, actual birth of Christ" as Lenny falls off the ladder.  Then, at a gift wrapping station, Maggie is encased in a gift box before popping out and stamping the monobrowed baby with a "Defective" mark and toy inspectors take him away.  Then at the music hall, Lisa is kicked out for playing her saxophone while the other kids are playing a Christmas tune.  Afterward, Homer drives home via snowmobile, then after tossing away the candy cane stuck to his back, Otto smokes it and goes trippy.  Bart snowboards past other characters on the street including Apu and his kids who are hanging on a Hindi statue, Milhouse imitating Linus Van Pelt including the trademark blanket, Patty and Selma dressed like fire and ice, Krusty, his rabbi father, and Dolph, celebrating Passover at a Chinese restaurant, then Lou, Dr. Hibbert, and Carl dressed for Kwanzaa, and lastly Comic Book Guy bearing a Festivus (first mentioned on Seinfield) banner.  Marge and Maggie are riding home via a sleigh that's being pulled by several dogs looking like Santa's Little Helper before they're pursued by Mr. Burns and Smithers on another sleigh being pulled by Rottweilers.  But Crazy Old Cat Lady is seen riding a shopping cart pulled by several cats, causing Burns's sleigh to chase them instead.  All the Simpsons arrive home as the dogs cause Homer crash through the door, yelling "Merry Christmas!"

      Couch Gag:  The family, including Santa's Little Helper stop in front of the couch first seen in their modern Christmas outfits from this sequence before it switches to an old fashioned photo of them dressed in a retro-early 20th century formal outfits with the background, including the couch changing accordingly.  The portrait is titled "'Twas the Cough Gag before Christmas".

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    • It's A Wonderful Life


      The name of the Itchy and Scratchy cartoon is It's A Wonderful Knife.  That is a parody of the 1946 Christmas movie It's A Wonderful Life starring James Stewart and Donna Reed.

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