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Question: Which episodes feature the "Howling Dog" (usually used on outside shots of buildings)?

Brother From Another Series - S8-E16

Question: In this episode, Sideshow Bob seems to no longer want to kill Bart (shown by his happiness at seeing him near the dam, and later on, saving his life, as well as Lisa's). But in episodes after this e.g. "Funeral for a Fiend" and "The Great Louse Detective", Bob suddenly wants to kill Bart again. What caused him to change his mind after this episode? It can't be because he thinks Bart is responsible for sending him back to jail because in this episode when Bob and Cecil get arrested, Lisa defends Bob and says he had nothing to do with it, and Lou even backs her up by saying that Cecil confessed to the whole thing.

Heather Benton

Chosen answer: While Sideshow Bob does rescue Bart, he never is truly over his hatred of him. At the end of "Brother From Another Series", Cecil is actually able to trick Bob into swearing revenge on Bart, which is why Bob is sent to prison despite being innocent of trying to blow up the dam, and Bart is once again his nemesis. Although time rarely passes in the show (i.e. Bart stays 10 for the most part), it's not until season 12 when Sideshow Bob appears next, and it's clear he's been in prison the whole time, with plenty of time to rebuild his anger and hatred over Bart (and Krusty).

Bishop73

Lisa's First Word - S4-E10

Question: During this episode we see Bart stay with Flanders while Marge is in labour with Lisa. However Rod and Todd seem to be the same age here that they are in normal episodes. Lisa even babysits them in some episodes despite them obviously being at least 4 or 5 years older than her. Compared to Bart and Lisa, how old are they supposed to be?

strikeand

Chosen answer: This extensive discussion of Rod and Todd's ages appears in the website simpsons.wikia.com: "There is also some controversy as to which of the two is the elder. In "Dead Putting Society" the commentator at the golf tournament states that Todd is 10. In Homer Badman, one of the corrections that the TV-magazine show Rock Bottom makes is to their claim that "the older Flanders boy is Todd, not Rod" (although this could have been included purely to stir up fans). Later, in Bart Sells His Soul, the Flanders family eat out for Rod's "big ten-oh", suggesting the two are of similar age (however, the present time in at least one other Simpsons episode has been set two years before that of others, as shown by All's Fair in Oven War). However, in "My Sister, My Sitter" Lisa, when babysitting Rod and Todd, tells a story about a robot named Todd who "had a brother named Rod, who was two space years older than him". Todd responds by saying, "I don't like this story!" As Rod is shown to be quite a bit bigger and taller than Todd, the claim that Todd is the older brother is disputed. Rod and Todd were both born before Lisa (who is eight), Todd appearing a younger age than Bart (who is 10) in the episode "Lisa's First Word" (when Bart was entering "the terrible twos"). Despite these discrepancies, the Simpsons official website states that "Todd is the youngest and most impressionable member of the happy Flanders clan". This seems to trump any inconsistency concerning age seen in the episodes. On the other hand, the character profile for Rod Flanders in the book "The Simpsons: A Complete Guide To Our Favorite Family" describes him as the "youngest of the Springfield Flanders.", but they have made some mistakes in that book. Another possible reason for the variation is that, in the DVD commentaries for show, the writers have stated that they are never sure which Flanders sibling is Rod and which one is Todd and are often forced to check character models to be sure. According to the commentary, early show writers used two different mnemonics to identify the taller brother; first that Todd started with T and was Taller, or that Rod was long like a rod and hence taller."

Michael Albert

Angry Dad: The Movie - S22-E14

Question: When Homer says Bart is his little Roman Polanksi, Marge whispers something into his ear relating to Roman Polanski and Homer starts strangling Bart. What did Marge whisper to him?

Casual Person

Chosen answer: Roman Polanski has been a fugitive from the US Government since 1978 after fleeing to France to avoid a rape conviction. Marge probably told Homer this and he decided to punish "his little Roman Polanski" for the real one's crimes.

Captain Defenestrator

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Question: Why is Barney's Bowlarama called Barney's Bowlarama if its owned by Barney's uncle Al?

Joel Sheffield

Chosen answer: Uncle Al probably likes his nephew a lot. Wendy's hamburgers were named after the owner's daughter, so why not name a bowling alley after your nephew?

Captain Defenestrator

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Question: I remember an episode where Moe picked up a hitchhiker in his car, then asked the man if he had seen some movie. When the man said no, Moe told him something like "Then this will all be new to you" and then drove down a scary-looking road. Does anyone know what part of what movie he was referring to?

Chosen answer: He's referring to Misery, a book/film where a writer gets injured and then kidnapped by a rather overzealous fan.

Gary O'Reilly

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Question: Why do the characters in this show, and other animated shows, always wear the same clothes and have just a few different outfits (ex: Marge's regular green dress and her Sunday dress)? Wouldn't most fans be able to recognize the characters even if they did wear different clothes in each episode?

Chosen answer: They do this to make it easier to draw the thousands of cells they need to make a cartoon.

pross79

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Question: In the showcase episode, where Troy McClure shows deleted scenes and the alternate endings for Who Shot Mr. Burns. Were these really alternates and deleted scenes, or just made up for this episode?

Chosen answer: They probably never intended for anyone other than Maggie to shoot Mr Burns, but by having the animators animate all the different characters shooting him, it meant that they couldn't spill the beans before the episode was shown. Other than Maggie, the only other real possibility would have been Waylon Smithers, because they didn't just animate him shooting Mr Burns, they animated the whole scene (including Mr Burns revealing who it was in the hospital). By doing two endings, it meant that the people working on the show wouldn't be able to leak the ending. It is not uncommon for this to happen - it happened with season one of 24 which is why there are two different endings on the DVD.

Sam Johnson

Who Shot Mr. Burns? (2) - S7-E1

Question: Chief Wiggum says that Space Invaders was an addictive video game, and Groundskeeper Willie says, "Video game?" I don't understand why he is so shocked. Could someone help please?

Chosen answer: The joke is that Willie was so addicted to Space Invaders that he believed it was reality: every time he played, he was actually defending the Earth from dangerous aliens. It's a surprise to him that it was actually a game.

Phoenix

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Question: Who will teach Bart's class after Mrs. Krabappel's passing?

Chosen answer: According to Al Jean, the producers haven't decided yet but they have some ideas.

Serious B

Simpsons Spin-off Showcase - S8-E24

Question: Lisa refuses to appear in the variety comedy show. However, she does relatively "flashy" things in a few other episodes - i.e. participating in a beauty pageant. So I think it's odd that she disagrees with a comedy show. Is there a joke that I am missing?

Answer: Back in 1976, when "The Brady Bunch" cast reunited for "The Brady Bunch Variety Hour" spinoff, Jan (Eve Plumb) declined to join the cast. She stated as her reason that she didn't want to be perpetually known as Jan Brady. She was replaced with actress Geri Reischl. The third segment of this Simpson's episode, titled, "The Simpson Family Smile-Time Variety Hour," was a parody of that show - with its questionably bad jokes and cheesy musical numbers. It also parodied the replacement of one of the children with an alternate cast member.

Michael Albert

Chosen answer: Yes, in real life he was a musician, songwriter and record producer. Tito Puente died in 2000.

Casual Person

That '90s Show - S19-E11

Question: Near the beginning of this episode, there is a heating repairman. He asks "Does anyone want to hear the story of the love I once had and lost?" or something like that. Is this character supposed to be the professor from Marge's flashback? He is also seen later on sitting with the kids and listening to Marge's narration, but then he just disappears from the story with no explanation. The purpose of introducing and then abandoning this character is lost on me.

Chosen answer: I think a lot of shows (Simpsons included) use the trope of an initial set up kicking off the main plot but not being referenced back again. As in if this was a regular show the heating repairman would be forgotten and that plot line dropped. The Simpsons were just making a joke and kinda spoofing that trope by having the repairman pop back up again to listen to the story.

Kamp Krusty - S4-E1

Question: When the kids take over Kamp Krusty, Lisa hands out all the kids' confiscated mail to them and one of them says "My insulin." How did that kid survive at that camp all that time (whilst it was being run by the bullies and Mr Black), without their insulin and not become ill due to not being able to treat their diabetes?

Heather Benton

Chosen answer: He assumedly arrived at camp with a supply. The shtick is that the counselors are so cruel they'd withhold his lifesaving medication.

Brian Katcher

She of Little Faith - S13-E6

Question: What does Mr. Burns mean when he tells everyone not to be fooled by Lindsay Naegle's skirt?

Chosen answer: Mr. Burns, being over 100 years old, holds very old fashioned views. One such view is that business is a man's world. So, he's basically saying that, despite the fact she is a woman (wears a skirt), Lindsey Naegle is still capable of rebuilding the church.

Michael Albert

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Question: Does every episode have a chalkboard and couch gag (or variation on it)? When I watch reruns sometimes it goes into the show after the words "The Simpsons" come through the cloud and I can't tell if they cut out the intro or if there just wasn't one.

Bishop73

Chosen answer: The original opening of every episode of "The Simpsons" does include a chalkboard gag and a couch gag. Your Fox-TV affiliate may air the episode with portions of the opening and/or other segments of the show edited in order to make room for additional advertising, local station identifications or promotions for upcoming programming on that station. This is often done to television program episodes in syndication.

Michael Albert

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Question: What was the name of the redhead woman with the kilt on, with Wille?(She only appeared once).

Chosen answer: She has no name and was the Female Groundskeeper at the Shelbyville Elementary School in the episode "Lemon of Troy". She was basically a female version of Willie, even down to having the same type of insults: "Slow down, ya sidewalk-surfin' cube gleamers!"

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Question: Does anyone know the year and number of the episode in which Homer tries to teach Bart how to get extra stuff at the Kwik-E-Mart by putting it on a doughnut, then when confronted by Apu, telling him that's the way he found it?

Peter Mataichuk

Chosen answer: In episode number 160, "Lisa's Date with Density" from 1996, Homer tries to pass off lots of candy as sprinkles on a donut, but Bart wasn't with him.

Sierra1

The Man Who Grew Too Much - S25-E13

Question: There is an epilogue revealing that Edna Krabappel has died, due to the passing of Marcia Wallace who voiced the character. Is there any in-story reason given for the character's death?

Chosen answer: While no cause of death is mentioned, Mrs. Krabapple's passing is indicated in the series. Nine days after Marcia Wallace's death, in the title sequence of Season 25 - "Four Regrettings and a Funeral" - Bart wrote "We'll really miss you Mrs. K." once on the chalkboard. Later in season 25, At the end of "The Man Who Grew Too Much", Ned recalls a joyous time dancing with Edna. He then looks at the picture of her next to one of Maude, expressing sadness at missing her laugh. The black armband Ned is wearing is an indication of mourning, confirming that Edna had, indeed, died. (Source: Simpsons Wiki - http://simpsons.wikia.com/wiki/Edna_Krabappel).

Michael Albert

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Question: Which episode has Maggie in a crib, rattling a cup against the bars like a prisoner?

Chosen answer: The episode was "Homer Alone".

Sierra1

King-Size Homer - S7-E7

Question: What is the name of that toy bird that Homer "puts in charge"?

Casual Person

Chosen answer: It is called a Drinking Bird.

MasterOfAll

Marge vs. the Monorail - S4-E12

Question: Was the whole point of Lyle's flight to Tahiti making a brief layover in North Haverbrook so the citizens there could get their revenge on Lyle?

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Casual Person

Chosen answer: No. Lyle's flight having a layover in North Haverbrook was a happy accident for its citizens. It is unknown why the plane had a layover, except it suiting the plot.

MasterOfAll

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Question: Are the characters aware they don't age?

Quantom X

Chosen answer: In general, no. However, in the episode "Behind the Laughter," Lisa comments about how Homer fed her anti-growth hormones to prolong the run of the show. Chronological events do occur, such as birthdays (which all of the characters have had in various episodes), and several episodes include flashbacks and peeks into the future. However, for the most part, the characters remain in a chronological stasis.

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Question: I know the real life reason for it, but is there ever any in show explanation why Bart and Lisa's hair seems to just be flesh extensions of their heads?

Quantom X

Chosen answer: Since Lisa is called blonde and Bart "tow-headed, " I think we are meant to assume that their hair is simply bright yellow, the same color as their skins. And it is an accepted fact in Springfield that yellow is a normal skin color.

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Question: So far as I can tell, there is progression of time in the series and there being a continuity and history, now stretching 23 years. So why do none of the characters ever age? Maggie has been a baby for 23 years now.

Quantom X

Chosen answer: No character has really aged. The show is on a sliding time line. Bart will forever be 10, and Lisa 8 for as long as the show is on the air.

MasterOfAll

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Question: Is blue supposed to be Marge's natural hair color?

Quantom X

Chosen answer: No. On at least one occasion she admits her hair is not really blue.

MasterOfAll

Answer: Yes, however, her hair went grey years ago and she now dyes it.

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Question: Why does Homer's mouth look so weird? Almost ape like, it's like it's a separate piece of his face.

Quantom X

Chosen answer: That is Homer's beard, or beard stubble. A similar effect was used for Fred Flinstone.

MasterOfAll

Bart Gets a Z - S21-E2

Question: When Ned goes into the muffin store, Ned asks "One cran-bran, for the Flan man". What was he asking for?

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Casual Person

Chosen answer: He was ordering a cranberry bran muffin.

Rydersriot87

Itchy and Scratchy: The Movie - S4-E6

Question: Homer bans Bart from ever watching "The Itchy And Scratchy Movie". But what exactly is the audience meant to think about this? Is the audience meant to think Homer did the right thing or Homer did a severe thing and the audience wants Bart to watch The Itchy And Scratchy Movie?

Casual Person

Chosen answer: Like many great episodes of the Simpsons, this one does not give us a good or bad guy. Rather, it's examining a family dynamic; parents want to protect their children, children want to prove their maturity. Just like in real life, no one is being especially unreasonable, they're just butting heads by each trying to do what they think is best.

Simpsons Bible Stories - S10-E18

Question: Bart's Dream: If Goliath II was a good king who built roads and hospitals, then why did he kill Methuselah?

Casual Person

Chosen answer: Because he wanted to be king. He could have had good intentions all along or had a change of heart sometime after he took over.

LorgSkyegon

Maximum Homerdrive - S10-E17

Question: When they are eating dinner at the beginning, why does Homer's jaw stop moving?

Casual Person

Chosen answer: He got lockjaw from the bite inflicted on him by Lenny.

MasterOfAll

Simpsons Bible Stories - S10-E18

Question: How come the Simpsons weren't ascending into heaven?

Casual Person

Chosen answer: Simple - they are sinners, and sinners don't get into heaven.

Rydersriot87

Black Widower - S3-E21

Question: Why did Sideshow Bob want to kill Selma? I don't ever recall her doing anything to upset him.

Casual Person

Chosen answer: Insurance and to get revenge on Bart.

Captain Defenestrator

Chosen answer: He wanted Krusty out of the way so he could host a show where he isn't the constant fool.

Captain Defenestrator

Bart the Mother - S10-E3

Question: How is it genetically possible for a bird to lay lizard eggs?

Casual Person

Chosen answer: It's not. The lizard in question places its own eggs in existing bird's nests.

Garlonuss

Co-Dependent's Day - S15-E15

Question: When watching Cosmic Wars, Lisa refers to the character who looks like Jar-Jar off Star Wars as a "tired stereotype", what does she mean by this?

Casual Person

Chosen answer: Amongst the many complaints people have about Jar-Jar is that he seems to be portraying an old stereotype of an ignorant black person. Lisa is probably commenting on this.

Captain Defenestrator

Little Big Girl - S18-E12

Question: Why was the episode "Little Big Girl" called "Little Big Girl"?

Casual Person

Chosen answer: It is a play on the movie "Little Big Man" starring Dustin Hoffman. In that movie he portrays a white man who lives as an Indian for part of his life.

LorgSkyegon

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Question: In the later seasons, why is Moe trying to kill himself (mainly the Christmas episodes)?

Chosen answer: Simple, he's always depressed this time of year. He's ugly, he's alone and getting older. Christmas is the worst time of year to be all of all the above. That's why he tries to off himself every Christmas, and lucky for us he fails.

Rydersriot87

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Question: Why does Sideshow Bob not want to pursue Lisa since, if it hadn't been for her pointing out to Bart all the major flaws in the CCTV footage that would show that it couldn't have been Krusty (in Krusty Gets Busted), he wouldn't have been found out by Bart and Lisa? He knows Lisa is smarter than Bart, so surely he would have realised that Lisa was the brains behind the detective work that got him caught.

Chosen answer: Lisa often gets taken in with the others that Bob has reformed each time. Bart, on the other hand, always suspects him of evil right away. (And is generally right, making him good arch-foe material.)

Captain Defenestrator

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Question: What is the episode where Ralph Wiggum is being interviewed for the news and starts saying numerous curse words?

Peace_Monkey2000

Chosen answer: "The Great Wife Hope" from Season 21, Episode 3.

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Question: This has interested me for ages: Where does Smithers actually live? And how does he get to and from the power plant? I am asking because Smithers is at Mr Burns's mansion most of the time, which gives the impression he is sort of a live-in servant, but in other instances, he is shown to live in a house by himself e.g. Lisa vs Malibu Stacey. And in terms of his commute to and from work, he is seen to drive Mr. Burns around in Burns's car, like a chauffeur, but in the episode where Homer gets promoted and gets the executive spot, Smithers drives up in another car, and not Burns's, which is already there.

Chosen answer: I'd say Smithers has his own house, where he keeps his Malibu Stacy collection, but Mr Burns doesn't let him leave a lot. Of course, being Smithers, he's more than happy to stay by his boss' side.

Treehouse of Horror XVII - S18-E4

Question: In the radio studio, when Orson Welles is going on about the invasion, he says something like "and now some music by." and it cuts to the first 1-2 seconds of a song being sung by someone in the studio. What is that song?

Gary O'Reilly

Chosen answer: That song is the 1933 song "Young and Healthy" by Harry Warren. It was sung originally by Bing Crosby. Goto: www.harrywarren.org/songs/0632.htm

CCARNI

Simpsons Spin-off Showcase - S8-E24

Question: Is there a behind-the-scenes reason for Lisa being replaced by the blonde woman in the variety hour part of this episode?

Chosen answer: Lisa (the character, not the voice-actress) refused to take part in the show, since it is terrible. So the family re-cast her part.

Gary O'Reilly

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Question: Does anyone know why only the 20th season is available on I-tunes?

Chosen answer: Most likely it is due to licencing rights. Some artists have only got half of their back catalog on itunes.

A Demon

Lisa's Substitute - S2-E19

Question: When Lisa is telling Marge how she feels about Mr. Bergstrom, why doesn't she want to accept that Marge has the same feelings for Homer?

Chosen answer: Because Lisa thinks that her feelings are so intense and special that no one else could possibly feel the same. A lot of people act this way when they first fall in love (insisting that no one else has felt this much in love). Lisa also knows that Homer is far from the perfect husband.

Gary O'Reilly

The Last Temptation of Krust - S9-E15

Question: What is meant when Krusty says, "How 'bout those TV dinners. Had one the other night. Lightning strikes, the peach cobbler goes out!"?

Chosen answer: He means the TV dinner turned off during a lighting storm, as if it were an actual TV. Awful, awful joke.

You Only Move Twice - S8-E2

Question: What does Bart mean when he says that the remedial class students have mittens pinned to their jackets all year?

Chosen answer: The only explanation I could find is that some jackets have mittens sewn to them to help prevent the wearer from losing the mittens. Whether this comment is a reflection of the mental state of the children is a possibility.

Lummie

Eternal Moonshine of the Simpson Mind - S19-E9

Question: It is said on TV.com that the piano tune played during Homer's flashbacks is an untitled track written by Carlo Comando. Does anyone know the title of this track, or where it can be found?

Mortug

Chosen answer: The piece is "Everyday" by Carly Comando. Listen to it here http://www.myspace.com/carlycomando.

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Question: Which episode is it where Bart gets a licence to drive and meets a knocked up girl named Darcy and almost gets married to her?

luke skyjogger

Chosen answer: The episode is "Little Big Girl" from the 18th season.

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Question: Does anyone know the title of the episode where Homer is on the phone and starts singing, "I left my cake out in the LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA"?

Chosen answer: I think you are thinking of the episode Co-Dependents Day. Homer has been put on hold while trying to call the rehab clinic. The line I believe you are thinking of appears to be "And the Wichita lineman is still on the li-li-li-li-li-li-li-li-li-li-li-li-line".

Lummie

Treehouse of Horror XIII - S14-E1

Question: In "Island of Doctor Hibbert", when the fox around Hibbert's necks turns out to be Mr. Burns, why are Lisa and Bart so delighted to see him?

Chosen answer: I think Bart & Lisa are happy about Mr. Burns being unable to do anything to them, as they have a bad history with him.

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Question: In what episode does the line, "All this makes me wonder why the Hell I should care", come from and who says it?

Chosen answer: The exact line is "Just the thought of all that raw power makes me wonder why the hell I should care.". It is said by Sideshow Bob in the episode "Brother from Another Series", which is the episode where Sideshow Bob's brother Cecil moves to Springfield and builds a hydroelectricity dam.

Gary O'Reilly

Lisa's Wedding - S6-E19

Question: Do "Bart to the future" and "Lisa's wedding" episodes share the same continuity? I only saw second one and I'd like to know if president Lisa is the same Lisa who was in love with Hugh, or Bart who has a band with Ralph the same Bart who used to demolish buildings etc? Or are they just independents predictions without connections? I'm not even asking about Future-Drama, because it'd be weird at this point, Lisa graduating in high school in 2013 and being at university in 2010.

Chosen answer: They are not supposed to be, but there is no way to tell for sure. The only thing that appears to be the same in each episode are the additions made to their house. But some of the other differences could be explained by the fact that one is around 12-15 years in the future, and the other is 30 years in the future.

pross79

Scuse Me While I Miss the Sky - S14-E16

Question: When Lisa goes to the schoolyard and tells the documentary maker about her petition, why does he tell her to tilt her head up?

Chosen answer: He is probably used to filming people in the best light and from the best angle, and even though he wasn't filming at the time, it may have annoyed him that Lisa was not properly posed or lit for a shot.

Sierra1

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Question: In one of the episodes with clip shows, Troy McClure said that there would be a little green alien that only Homer could see and hear. I know this was a joke, but has the alien ever appeared in any other episodes?

Chosen answer: No, this refers to "The Flintstones," in which Fred occasionally saw such an alien.

Sereenie

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Question: Is the name Homer short for something else?

Chosen answer: It's not, no. It is, however, the name of Matt Groening's real dad, which is why he named the father of the Simpsons' Homer.

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Question: What animal was the Ribwich sandwich at Krusty's restaurant made from?

Chosen answer: Unknown. All that is known about the animal is that it was smaller and had more legs than a cow. But it must be some kind of insect since that is the only group of animals where some of the species have more than four legs.

Andreas[DK]

Lisa's Sax - S9-E3

Question: What is the name of the song at the end of this episode (showing various scenes with Lisa's sax)?

Chosen answer: 'Baker Street' by Gerry Rafferty.

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Question: How can Flanders afford stuff like a huge boat and a motorhome if he doesn't make a lot of money?

Chosen answer: From time to time he has explained his above average income has come from a variety of reasons. First of all he has mentioned from time to time of other business ventures he has been involved. At one time he was doing advertisements when he shaved his moustache and another he was trading in religious website store. Secondly the Leftorium that he runs has had his highs and lows which would explain why he can sometimes afford more expensive items. Thirdly he seems to be quite clever when it comes to saving and business. For example he showed Homer about the Mega Savers course that showed about how to buy more expensive items at lower prices.

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Question: In one of the newer episodes, Grampa attempts suicide but instead becomes a matador. In this episode, what is the name of the song that is playing as Grampa walks through the grocery store and goes like "I am Superman, and I know what's happening"?

Chosen answer: R.E.M Superman is your song.

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Question: How come Sideshow Bob only wants to kill Bart? In "Krusty Gets Busted", Bart and Lisa together investigated the crime and concluded that Krusty was framed. So Sideshow Bob should be going after Lisa too.

Chosen answer: Essentially Bart was the main figure behind Sideshow Bob being arrested and convicated. While Lisa helped Bart gather some of the clues, it only lead them to the theory that someone else was behind the robbery. It wasn't until Bart noticed the size of Bob's feet compared to Krusty's feet that he discovered it was Bob who framed Krusty.

Lummie

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Question: Has any episode revealed what Marge's natural haircolor is? In the flashbacks in "The Way We Weren't", she is shown as a child with blue hair, and it turns brown when another girl burns it. However, I saw another episode where she walks past her mirror, notices a brown spot of hair showing, then picks up a can and sprays blue to cover it up.

Chosen answer: I would have to assume that the everchanging answers to many questions of the characters in the show means there isn't any definitive answer to this question. However in the episode when Homer is teaching a "Secrets to a successful marriage" class he mentions that she dyes her hair blue because she has been grey as a mule for a long time. Later on Marge questions Homer about why he revealed she dyed her hair.

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Question: So far, how many siblings (including half-siblings) do we know that Homer has? I can only think of the episode in which his brother gives him a chair, and another one in which a woman who looks like Homer is looking for her long-lost father at an airport, and is seen by Abe.

Chosen answer: Homer has two half siblings, both from his father. Herbert Powell and his half sister in England.

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Question: Why did Mike Scully leave the show?

Chosen answer: He left the show to write for Everybody Loves Raymond, but is currently writing the Simpsons Movie.

Sunday, Cruddy Sunday - S10-E12

Question: In the episode where Homer and Bart go to the Superbowl, why does Marge write down Jody Price's name on a pad when calling the toy company about missing feet for their egg painting game?

Chosen answer: Because on the recording Vincent Price says his Grandson Jody will get them the missing feet.

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Question: Did anything happen to either of Marge's parents? We almost never see or hear from them, especially her father.

Chosen answer: Marge's mother, Jacqueline Bouvier, has appeared in several episodes, notably "Lady Bouvier's Lover" where she dated both Abe Simpson and Mr Burns. Her father appeared in the episode "Fear of Flying" where Marge revealed that her fear of flying was due to the shame of her father being a flight attendant. It was mentioned in "Bart the Lover" that after leaving the Navy, his swearing almost cost him his job as a baby photographer. Both Marge's parents appear in the flashback episode "The Way We Was" when both Homer and Artie Ziff arrive to take Marge to the prom.

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Question: Does anyone actually know what happened to Dr. Marvin Monroe?

Chosen answer: It has never been been revealed what happened to Marvin Monroe, only that he died and his tombstone was the first time there had been any mention of him. Monroe had never been an popular character and perhaps the tombstone would put to rest what had happened to him. In a fairly recent episode he reappeared and when asked about what had happened to him and he mentioned he had been very sick.

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Question: Which episode is it where Bart and Lisa are arguing, saying "You're gay for Moleman." "No you're gay for Moleman." And Moleman says "Nobody's gay for Moleman." Is it the one where Frink shpws them their future?

Chosen answer: Yes it is. The episode is called Future-Drama - Season 16, Episode 15.

Andreas[DK]

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Question: How do I access commentaries on the Season 1 DVDs? I've been trying for months and can't seem to find them, but the DVD wrapper promises "commentary on every episode."

Chosen answer: There are two ways to do this. On the main menus, you can find them in the Language Selection section of every episode. Or, upon playing the episode, press your audio button on your remote a few times and you should start hearing the commentary.

moviemogul

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Question: Does Ralph have some form of learning difficulty?

Chosen answer: Its fairly obvious that its either a learning difficulty or his intelligence is not too high. His character has varied at times, in early seasons he was able to continue simple conversations like in the episode "I Love Lisa". In more recent seasons his character has trouble even doing that and cannot handle even the most simple of tasks.

Lummie

Papa's Got a Brand New Badge - S13-E22

Question: what is the song playing during the musical montage with big tony and the mafia?

Chosen answer: It's 'Woke Up This Morning' by Alabama 3. It's used in The Sopranos.

lee dellbridge

Lisa the Vegetarian - S7-E5

Question: Why do Paul and Linda have blue and brown eyes when all the other characters have black?

Chosen answer: More than likely because they had blue and brown eyes, respectively, in real life.

Cubs Fan

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Question: What is the name of the episode where the people in Springfield get a record for the fattest town and Marge wants to ban sugar?

OL1V3R666

Chosen answer: The episode is called "Sweets And Sour Marge" from Season 13, Episode 8.

Lummie

Season 16 generally

Question: Did John Swartzwelder quit the show? He didn't write any episodes for this season.

Chosen answer: He took a year's break from the show. He's promised to return for Season 17.

DaveJB

Days of Wine and D'Oh'ses - S11-E18

Question: Why did the writers make Barney sober?

Chosen answer: Probably as something ironic to play with the title of the episode. The title refers to the Jack Lemmon movie "The Days of Wine and Roses" which is a tragic movie about alcoholism and the devastating effects it has on the addict(s) and the people around them. Since Barney is drunk or drinking booze in every episode he's in it added a sense of irony that he was sober in this one.

Tobin OReilly

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Question: In The Simpsons quotes, does anyone know what episode the third quote is from (the one with Jo-Jo Junior or something like that)?

Chosen answer: Its the Season 5 episode "The Last Temptation Of Homer". The quote is from the part when Homer is in the bar asking for advice about his attraction to a co-worker and gives the very unusual Jo-Jo Junior name as cover.

Lummie

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Question: Is it true Matt Groening is making a Simpson movie?

Chosen answer: It is in pre-production with a theoretical release date of June 2008. More info on IMDb. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0462538/.

Jane Doe

Simpsons Bible Stories - S10-E18

Question: In the episode when Bart dreams he's in David vs. Goliath, there is a montage of him working out using sheep. The music is from an 80's movie, but I don't know what movie it's parodying or what the song is. Can someone please tell me?

Chosen answer: The music is from "Over the Top", starring Sylvester Stallone as a champion arm-wrestler. I kid you not!

Sierra1

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Question: Which state is "Springfield" supposed to be in?

Chosen answer: Its the most asked question of the show and there has never been an definitive answer. Despite clues in certain episode no one has been able to link which state the Springfield in the show is in. Many fans believe Springfield is based on Portland, Oregon where Matt Groening grew up because of certain similarities in the show.

Lummie

Homer's Barbershop Quartet - S5-E1

Question: In the scene where the fans turn against Chief Wiggum in Moe's Cavern, Moe says something to the Be Sharps manager about paying girls to scream. When the manager says "I didn't pay any girls to scream" Moe has a shocked look on his face and then turns off the Cavern's neon light and drives away fast. I've tried very hard but cannot get this joke. Can anyone explain it to me?

Chosen answer: Not as much a joke as it is Moe is so surprised that this small, unknown band is gaining that much support without needing to pay them to do so.

Lummie

Brother From the Same Planet - S4-E14

Question: When Homer is at the Bigger Brothers place, he looks at a book of children who want a Bigger Brother. When he looks at one of them he says "Zooie. Zooie." What exactly does he mean by this?

OL1V3R666

Chosen answer: Homer is imitating a pig's squeal, implying that the kid in the book is too fat for his liking (he can talk!).

Sierra1

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Question: I went on a website recently and it showed a screenshot from a Simpsons episode with an iPod in it. I'd like to know what is the episode called and what season is it in?

OL1V3R666

Chosen answer: After only five minutes of researching this, I found two times when the iPod was spotted in the Simpsons. First, when Homer was in some sort of religious store, he saw a poster for iGod with a clear silhoute of God rocking with an iPod. That episode is titled "Thank God it's Doomsday". It's episode ID is GABF14, meaning it was from Season 16. In another episode, which takes place at Lisa's prom, the DJ is simply an iPod. This episode is "Future-Drama" and, believe it or not, aired just bfeore "Thank God it's Doomsday", meaning it too is season 16. Hope this helps.

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Question: Is there a reason why people on the Simpsons TV always say "You may remember me from such films as..."?

Chosen answer: I have only seen one person ever say this and that is Troy McClure. Prior to the retirement of this character (when his voice, Phil Hartman, was killed), McClure was a prolific actor who appeared in movies, commercials, infomercials, public service announcements, etc. If you notice, whenever he says this, it was to reference to a similar commercial, PSA, etc. he had done before. It came to be his signature line, like C. M. Burns' evil "Excellent," Dr. Hibbert's inappropriate laugh, or Dr. Nick Riviera's "Hi, everybody."

Guy

Brush With Greatness - S2-E18

Question: Can someone explain why Marge frowns when the art teacher is explaining The Lombardo theory, the one where he says "And here we have an adorable little bunny rabbit. It's just that easy." Why Marge seeming upset with what he just said? The reaction shot is a couple of seconds so I am assuming there is something that I must have missed.

Lummie

Chosen answer: I think it's because the art teacher is making it seem so easy when in fact it is really quite difficult. I think the line he says is something like "Yes, even a rhombus can create an adorible little bunny rabbit" - it's obviously much harder than just putting shapes together. It could also be an inside joke by the animators maybe - Marge could be frowning because it's not 'that easy' to create an animation (which she is, obviously) and could just be a joke. Knowing the Simpsons, this wouldn't be too far-fetched.

Sam Johnson

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Question: In the intro to the show, just before Homer's car arrives at the garage, there is a crash pan across several screens-worth of characters. Are these characters significant in any way or are they just random people?

Moose

Chosen answer: Actually it looks like many are large characters but I guess it's a quick way to show as many of the characters as possible. If you freeze frame the shots you can see the characters Milhouse, Nelson, Jimbo, Patty and Selma, Grampa Simpson, Dr Hibbert, Flanders and his wife and many more.

Lummie

Bart-Mangled Banner - S15-E21

Question: When the Simpsons go on the TV show to try and explain themselves, what show was this a send up of where the guy speaks really loud? I believe it's a show from Fox News.

Lummie

Chosen answer: I believe the character is a parody of the "Hardball" host, Chris Matthews, who is seen by some as a loud host who gives guests no time to answer poltical questions.

Chosen answer: According to the season 9 episode Viva Ned Flanders, he is 60.

Deidra Goins

She Used to Be My Girl - S16-E4

Question: At the end of this episode when Marge was imagining what life would have been like if she was a reporter, what did she mean by the "miracle on ice that never happened" and why did she scream afterwards?

Chosen answer: The Miracle on Ice is when the 1980 USA Ice Hockey team defeated the USSR in the semifinal round and was deemed a huge upset worldwide. The reason it was a miracle is the Russian team was highly favored, having defeated the U.S. in a preliminary game by a huge margin, and this game with them was just a precursor for the Russians to get to the championship game. She screamed because now the US hasn't won.

Tobin OReilly

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Question: What does the J in Bartholomew J Simpson stand for? Is it like Homer's which just stands for Jay or is it something else?

Chosen answer: It stands for Jo-Jo. This was confirmed by Nancy Cartwright when the show's cast appeared on "Inside the Actors Studio."

Cubs Fan

Chosen answer: Jaleel White played very nerdy, squeeky voiced Steve Urkle on a TV show Family Matters. He was a constant pain to neighbor Carl Winslow, a cop and had a crush on his daughter Laura. Because he was so clumsy, he always asked, "Did I do thaaat?"

Super Grover

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Question: Has the original snowball (Lisa's cat that got run over) appeared in any episode?

Chosen answer: Snowball 1 appeared in an episode where they talk about how Lisa first got her saxophone. The cat appears in a flashback scene where Homer has stolen an air conditioner and the house is ice cold. Snowball 1, white coloured, slowly walks through the scene, with icicles hanging from her.

Weekend at Burnsie's - S13-E16

Question: Does any one know what the song is called in the episode "Weekend at Burnsies?" It's the episode with Homer on marijuana, and the song I'm referring to is the 70's sounding one, heard while he's shaving and rainbows come out of his beard.

Chosen answer: It's "Incense and Peppermints" by Strawberry Alarm Clock - 1967.

Myridon

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Question: Have Matt Groenning or the producers of the show had any problem due to the humor based in the constant references to the religions?

Chosen answer: The Simpsons creators get annoyed messages all the time from people who hate the language to even the religious jokes. I don't believe any religion has specifically bad-mouthed them for their jokes, because most people recognise they're just that - jokes. Scenes with Catholic & Protestant Priests fighting are just jokes, and are very clear.

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Question: In the episode with burn's bear bobo, homer trips down the stairs and discoveres bobo behind the fish tank. With the music and the lighting, is the way this was done supposed to represent something, or is it copied from somewhere, or was it just an interesting thing the writers came up with?

Chosen answer: I thought perhaps it was a parody of a scene from Baz Luhrman's 'Romeo Juliet' when the two title characters see one another through an aquarium. I'm not 100% sure, though.

Tree House of Horror V - S6-E6

Question: Homer travels back in time and causes changes by what he does in the past, like stepping on a bug. I once saw a movie with the same basic plot: some people travel back in time and are told to be careful not to disturb anything, but when they return to their time everything has changed. In the end they discover it was because they stepped on a butterfly. Does anyone know the name of this movie?

Chosen answer: I'm not sure if this is the one you're thinking of, but an episode of "Ray Bradbury Theatre," called "A Sound of Thunder," dealt with a similar matter: a group of hunters travel back in time to hunt dinosaurs, only to find things have changed when they get back because someone stepped on a butterfly.

Xofer

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Question: What religion are the Simpsons? I know they're Christians, but what branch (e.g. Catholic? Protestant?).

Chosen answer: Since Reverend Lovejoy is both married and refered to as 'Reverend', they must be Protestants. They never name the exact protestant denomination.

J I Cohen

Thirty Minutes Over Tokyo - S10-E23

Question: When the fish offers Bart 3 wishes, what is that a take off of?

Chosen answer: Pretty much any fairy tale where somebody gets offered wishes by a genie or other similar character. It's always three wishes (and, nine times out of ten, the last one gets used to undo the damage caused by the first two).

Tailkinker

Who Shot Mr. Burns? (1) - S6-E25

Question: When Lisa goes up to turn on the oil pump for the first time, there is a sound between Skinner saying, "Here's our top student, Lisa Simpson", and Lisa actually getting to the pump. It sounds like someone straining. What is it?

Chosen answer: It's a student yelling, "Nerd!" at Lisa.

Deidra Goins

Who Shot Mr. Burns? (1) - S6-E25

Question: At the town meeting, when the town residents threaten Mr Burns, why does Ned Flanders want to hear from Sideshow Mel? How does he even know who he is? Why does he care about his opinion?

Chosen answer: Why shouldn't he care about his opinion? As Mel says in another episode "My opinions are as valid as the next man's!" Maybe Flanders knew he was smarter then he looks and wanted to have a strong voice on his side.

SexyIrishLeprechaun

The Springfield Files - S8-E10

Question: When Homer and Bart are looking out for the 'alien' there are 3 frogs croaking something. What are they saying, and why?

Chosen answer: The frogs are saying Budweiser. One frog says "bud," the next one says "weis," and the final one says "er". This is a satire of a popular Budweiser television promotion that was going through America at the time.

Tobin OReilly

Treehouse of Horror XIV - S15-E1

Question: Homer killed Selma in "Treehouse of Horror XIV." So why is she still alive in other Season 15 episodes?

Chosen answer: Because Halloween episodes are not considered part of the Simpsons' series continuity (not that the writers care much about series continuity to start with). I'm surprised that you singled out this particular Halloween episode. Remember the nuclear holocaust, aliens enslaving humanity, or Homer's head becoming a donut? None of them had any lasting effect on the Simpsons' universe either.

J I Cohen

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Question: Are Patty and Selma twins? If not, which one is older?

Chosen answer: Patty and Selma are twins (this is mentioned several times throughout the series), though Selma is older by about 2 minutes.

Xofer

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Question: On one of the 'American Idol 3' episodes, there is a clip of Homer punching Simon Cowell, and Barney is dressed up as a maid, saying, "You told me no-one would get hurt." Was this actually on an episode of the Simpsons, or just a new clip?

Chosen answer: This clip was taken from the season 15 episode "Smart and Smarter".

Dandude776 1

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Question: The Flanders' live on one side of the Simpsons, who lives on the other side? Note: Not Gerald Ford, he lives across the street from them.

Twotall

Chosen answer: A divorcee who has a daughter that Bart fancies. (I can't remember her name). An old couple used to live there, but moved and I remember an episode where Homer was sitting in a paddle pool eating a hot dog, grossing out potential clients.

SexyIrishLeprechaun

Bart vs. Australia - S6-E16

Question: In the scene where Bart was about to get kicked by the Australian Prime Minister Bart jumps forward. After that he says "...and this is for the United States of America." He shows his butt with the words "Don't tread on me" and hums the American national anthem. Does this imply that America can get away with anything or was there a different message being implied?

Chosen answer: During the American Revolution one of the early flags used, known as the Gadsden Flag, was a coiled rattle snake on a field of yellow, with the words, "Don't Tread on Me", written below. This a good site for a more in depth story into the origins. http://www.gadsden.info/history.html

pross79

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Question: This may sound like a stupid question but It happens a lot in the Simpson's and Friends shows. What are the purpose of clip shows?

Chosen answer: Clip shows are time savers and budget stretchers. They allow the producers to create a "new" show without having to spend the time and money filming (or animating), editing, and scoring the whole thing from scratch if they feel that their budget is getting spread too thin or their deadlines are getting too tight.

Garlonuss

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Question: Several times, when the family is at a baseball game, the announcer will say something like, "Oh, Doctor, we've got a good game...". What's the "Oh Doctor" part about? Is that something that really happens, or a joke?

Chosen answer: That announcer is a parody of veteran baseball announcer Keith Jackson, who is know for saying "Oh doctor" quite often in his commentaries.

Deidra Goins

Lisa's Sax - S9-E3

Question: What is the name of the song that Lisa plays on her sax at the end of the episode?

Chosen answer: 'Baker Street' by Gerry Rafferty.

Xofer

Kill the Alligator and Run - S11-E19

Question: During the Spring Break vacation in 'Kill the Alligator and Run' episode, I don't understand a lot of the Kid Rock section. Who is Kid Rock and Joe C? And what is going on with the presenter with the diamond in her hand who gets dragged off by security when she says it's her birthday?

Chosen answer: Kid Rock is a rock star, and Joe C was his sidekick (he died in 2000). The jewel in the hand was a reference to the movie Logan's Run, where the changing color of the jewel indicated that a person had reached the end of their alloted lifespan of 30 years.

J I Cohen

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Question: During the Simpsons, characters have died and not come back as you would expect in real life. However, one character, Hans Moleman has been run over, been attacked by a drill and so on. How come he has not died?

Chosen answer: This is a recurring joke - Moleman should really be dead (he pops out of a grave in "Mother Simpson" and during the heatwave episode Dr. Hibbert find him cooling down in the morgue and says "Don't go too far", etc.) yet somehow isn't. It's a cartoon - don't look for too much reality.

Shay

The Ziff Who Came to Dinner - S15-E14

Question: In "The Ziff Who Came to Dinner", Lisa mentions a website of hers when she's in the attic. Does anyone know the address? Did anyone visit the site?

Jane Doe

Chosen answer: The site is Lisathemovie.com. It doesn't exist.

ChiChi

Lemon of Troy - S6-E24

Question: When Milhouse meets his Shelbyville double, he tearily says "So this is what it feels like when doves cry." Could someone explain this reference to me?

Chosen answer: It's a reference to a Prince song. See http://dag.wieers.com/personal/lyrics/When_Doves_Cry.php.

J I Cohen

Weekend at Burnsie's - S13-E16

Question: I have seen Three Stooges gags throughout the series. My questions is who is the big Three Stooges fan?

Chosen answer: I would say Homer. He was watching them in the episode when he stayed home from church when everyone else went to church. Episode where he meets God.

William Bergquist

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Question: Even though the Simpson's home state is a mystery, in the episode where Homer gets kidnapped in Brazil, Lisa says that if you look at the clues, you can figure it out. Has anyone tried to look at all the clues and figured it out? My theory is that the Simpson's home state is Oregon (where Matt Groening grew up). There was even an episode where Homer joins the Navy and it shows a plotted map of USA where Homer sails off from the west coast of America (either Oregon or northern California). Has anyone else came up with this conclusion or have totally different conclusions?

Chosen answer: This is an age old battle that has been going on since the show's debut. People give supporting arguments for almost every state, and some say that it's made up. According to Matt Groening, Springfield is not based on any Springfield in the USA (Even though there are over 150 of em), he says it is based on Portland Oregon, his home town. http://www.roundspringfield.com/?section=usual&page=faq#1

Dan Sgambelluri

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Question: When Krusty runs for Senator there is a news program on with the news scrolling on the bottom of the TV. It says "Rupert Murdoch terrific dancer". Who is he?

Chosen answer: His company News Corporation owns Fox and its subsidaries, which is the network that runs The Simpsons in the states, and was once the owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team.

Jane Doe

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Question: There is a "scratch" in the upper right corner in a few of the outdoor motion shots throughout the show, a falling black line, maybe going a twelfth of the way through the picture. I have seen this on more then one TV so its not a problem with reception, broadcast, or anything like that. I'm guessing this is something to do with the animation process or something. Does anybody know what this is?

MAC

Chosen answer: I can tell you that the Simpsons, even after 15 years, is still hand drawn and it takes 6 months to make each episode. So its highly unlikely something slipped by them. Its probably the way you are watching it.

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Question: In a lot of the episodes there seems to be a slightly curved "scratch" in the upper right of the screen, it always stays in the same spot, stays the same shape and size... what is this?

MAC

Chosen answer: Maybe your TV... or just the channel. It happens sometimes you know.

The Regina Monologues - S15-E4

Question: Whatever happened to the scene where Prime Minister Tony Blair hands Homer a cup of tea and Homer pours it on the carpet behind his back? I saw a picture of this in a newspaper and I was slightly disappointed this didn't appear.

Chosen answer: A lot of scenes are filmed for the show and cut out for various reasons, yet still make it into ads for the show. This was probably one of them.

Xofer

Alone Again Natura-Diddly - S11-E14

Question: In the scene that shows Maude's funeral they show tombstones of previous Simpsons characters that have been killed. I had seen the episodes that had featured the deaths of Bleeding Gums Murphy, Grandpa's girlfriend and Frank Grimes but not Dr. Marvin Monroe. Is there an actual episode where they show the death of Dr. Marvin Monroe? It would be very helpful if you can show all the necessary information (episode name, season, storyline etc.)

Chosen answer: They don't actually have an episode that shows Dr. Monroe's death. Besides the tombstone, the only mentions of his death are in Who Shot Mr. Burns (Part II), when they have the Marvin Monroe Memorial Hospital, and a brief mention in the The Simpsons 138th Episode Spectacular. This link gives the explanation: http://www.snpp.com/guides/lisa-3.html3.3.2

Kathy Tjarks

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Question: Can someone explain why the show makes jokes about Major League Baseball and how they control us?

Josh Appelbaum

Chosen answer: Major League Baseball is very protective of their copyrights and trademarks, and likely to take legal action if they are used without permission. I think that is what the jokes refer to.

J I Cohen

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Question: How can you tell what the name of the episode is?

Jackie Menechino

Chosen answer: At www.tvtome.com there is a little summary of every episode of The Simpsons.

don_corleone

You Only Move Twice - S8-E2

Question: When the Simpsons are walking down the street and stop outside the sport store Bart says something like "Wow, a baseball made entirely of secretariat" Not sure of the spelling but what's secretariat?

troy fox

Chosen answer: A famous race horse.

J I Cohen

Burns Verkaufen der Kraftwerk - S3-E11

Question: I don't know anything about the stock market, so how could Homer spend $5,200 on beer when he paid only $25?

Yoshi

Chosen answer: He doesn't spend $5200 on beer. Marge just assumes he has because she thinks he sold his stock at the high of $52; whereas he really sold the whole lot for $25.

jle

Sunday, Cruddy Sunday - S10-E12

Question: When Homer, Moe and Walter are talking about which football teams they like Moe says the Atlanta Falcons, Homer says the Denver Broncos and Walter says that president Clinton will be watching with his wife Hilary, but every time one of them says a name they hold a beer mug in front of their mouth, why?

troy fox

Chosen answer: It's a gag based on the fact that this episode was presumably recorded well in advance of the actual match. Not sure whether the teams are accurate, but it's just so they could dub in the appropriate team and president's name (for a joke/reality/both)because they cant afford to change it . The fact that the president's wife's name is dubbed as well is either because if the president changed so would his wife, or else a dig at Clinton's then-current infidelity issues.

Jon Sandys

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