The Simpsons

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

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Question: I remember a scene in one episode when Maggie is outside the house at night looking for Marge. She thinks she sees Marge's hair sticking up from behind a fence, but when she looks behind the fence, it turns out it's just a tree. Which episode was that?

ksc

Answer: "Homer Alone" from season three.

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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?

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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?

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

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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?

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: 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?

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

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

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

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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.

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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.

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.

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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.

Answer: Yes, he is.

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Question: How did Herman lose his arm?

Dan23

Answer: He stuck it out of a school bus window, and an oncoming truck subsequently ripped it off.

I've heard about that but in one episode there was a flashback and it got knocked off by a car so which is correct?

Dan23

He told Bart that he lost the arm by sticking it out of a school bus window. But in another episode in a story told by Grampa Simpson he loses the arm trying to get a ride. We do not know if ether one is correct.

Answer: In the episode To Cur with Love it was revealed that he lost his arm while trying to hail down a car. His arm was ripped off by a dog catcher van.

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

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.

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

Answer: The episode was "Homer Alone".

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

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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.

kuffpah

Ling Bouvier is one character who has aged.

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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?

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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.

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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

Ling Bouvier is one that has aged.

Dan23

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

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

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

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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.

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

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Continuity mistake: This is a mistake for the introduction from seasons 2-20 (1991-2009). When Homer screams, he turns round. You see this in a wide shot. There are no boxes to the right of the door in the garage. However, two just appear out of thin air when he runs through the garage. (00:01:50)

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Tree House of Horror X - S11-E4

[The Simpsons are driving down a road as fast as possible.]
Homer: Dear God, it's Homer. If you really love me you'll save my life now.
[The gas needle immediately drops to empty and the car stops.]
Homer: D'oh.

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Trivia: The Simpsons holds the record for most guest stars; it is also the only non-variety show to have had appearances from three former Beatles (Paul, George and Ringo).

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