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

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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: 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.

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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

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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.

Phaneron Premium member

Answer: Yes, he is.

Bishop73

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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.

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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.

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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".

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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.

Dan23

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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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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.

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

MasterOfAll

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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.

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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.)

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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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