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The Simpsons | Episode Guide | Season Seven
22 Short Films About Springfield

Does what it says on the tin.

Episode 3F18
Written by Richard Appel, David S. Cohen, Jonathan Collier, Jennifer Crittenden, Greg Daniels, Brent Forrester, Rachel Pulido, Steve Tompkins, Josh Weinstein, and Matt Groening
With writing supervised by Greg Daniels
Directed by Jim Reardon
Also starring: Pamela Hayden, Tress MacNeille, Maggie Roswell, Russi Taylor
Special guest voice: Phil Hartman (as Lionel Hutz)

Premise: Er, 22 short films about Springfield. Including a dastardly plot by Herman to set off a nuke, Homer trapping Maggie in a newspaper vending machine, and Lisa getting gum caught in her hair. And lots of oranges falling on the Bumblebee Man.

Features: Grampa, Dr Nick, Jasper, Moe, Barney, Snake, Principal Skinner, Superintendent Chalmers, Mother Skinner, Chief Wiggum, Lou and Eddie, Bumblebee Man, Herman, Rev. Lovejoy, Ned Flanders, Groundskeeper Willie, Captain McCallister, Otto, Dr Hibbert, Sideshow Mel, Lionel Hutz, Uter, Android's Dungeon Guy, Milhouse, Mr van Houten, Nelson, Dr Frink.

Couch: The sea monkey Simpsons swim in and sit in front of a barnacled treasure chest.

Homage: The title comes from 32 Short Films About Glenn Gould (Fran´┐Żois Girard, 1993). The sequence involving Wiggum and his men - 'Now this is a burger' - is lifted straight from Pulp Fiction (Quentin Tarantino, 1994). There are also echoes of Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs in Herman threatening to torture Milhouse when he's tied to a chair.

Moe's secrets: He provided NASA with the Voyager spacecraft.

Songs: Theme to Skinner and the Superintendent. Theme to Cletus, The Slack-Jawed Yokel. Theme to Professor Frink.

Notes: An untypical episode, and a very good one. We get to see little character pieces that wouldn't sustain a full episode but work brilliantly as cameos, and for once the Simpsons take a back seat, allowing us to see many of the other characters in unfamiliar situations of their own. Our favourite of the 22: Skinner and the Superintendent, as poor Seymour attempts to palm Chalmers off with a lunch of Krustyburgers disguised as 'steamed hams'.

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