Friday, June 19

The CDP's Top 100 Simpsons Episodes: #30-26.


#30 – ‘Marge Be Not Proud

Season 7 – Episode 11 (Episode 139 Overall)

Synopsis – Bart attempts to shoplift a popular video game at the local Try-N-Save but is caught by the security guard. The guard tells Bart to never set foot in the store again and leaves a message on the Simpson family's answering machine. Bart manages to stop Homer and Marge from finding out, but is later dismayed when he finds out that the entire family is going to Try-N-Save for the family's Christmas photo.


#29 – ‘That 90’s Show
Season 19 – Episode 11 (Episode 411 Overall)

Synopsis – After discovering Marge's diploma, Homer recounts the story of how he gave up his dreams of being a musician so Marge could attend Springfield University. However, after she became attracted to one of her professors, Homer started focusing his emotions into music and formed the first Grunge band.


#28 – ‘The Seemingly Never-Ending Story
Season 17 – Episode 13 (Episode 369 Overall)

Synopsis – While cave exploring with his family, Homer causes the cave to crumble and finds himself stuck upside down in the ceiling. Marge and Bart search for help while Lisa passes the time by telling Homer a story, which turns into a chain of narrated tales that, bit by bit, explain why The Simpsons are spending the day at Carl's Dad Caverns.


#27 – ‘A Milhouse Divided
Season 8 – Episode 6 (Episode 159 Overall)

Synopsis – Kirk and Luann Van Houten's marriage is in trouble and at a dinner party at the Simpson house Luann announces that she wants a divorce. Homer is confident that it will never happen to him, but Kirk tells him how quickly things can change. He realizes that he has taken his marriage for granted and overcompensates by smothering Marge. Deciding that their marriage is finished, Homer secretly files for a divorce from Marge.


#26 – ‘Deep Space Homer
Season 5 – Episode 15 (Episode 96 Overall)

Synopsis – NASA decides that they need to hire average joes in order to get higher television ratings. They recruit Homer and Barney to train to be the first average American in space. Homer, who wants to be respected, is the winner by default, and goes into space with Buzz Aldrin.

Thursday, June 18

The CDP's Top 100 Simpsons Episodes: #35-31.


#35 – ‘I Married Marge

Season 3 – Episode 12 (Episode 47 Overall)

Synopsis – After worrying that she may be pregnant again, Marge and Homer drive to Dr. Hibbert's office. While anxiously waiting, Homer begins to tell Bart, Lisa, and Maggie about how he and Marge got married, and how he attempted to prove to Marge's sisters that he can provide for their upcoming child.


#34 – ‘The Twisted World Of Marge Simpson
Season 8 – Episode 11 (Episode 164 Overall)

Synopsis – Marge starts a new pretzel franchise after being voted out of the Springfield Investorettes for being too conservative. The Investorettes see this and strike back by getting a falafel van. Homer helps Marge with her business by asking Fat Tony for assistance. Fat Tony attempts to collect all of Marge's profit, but she refuses.


#33 – ‘The Springfield Files
Season 8 – Episode 10 (Episode 163 Overall)

Synopsis – Homer opts to walk home one night from Moe's Tavern. On his way he sees an eerie glowing creature. The next day Homer's story is printed in the local newspaper. FBI agents Mulder and Scully read the story and go to Springfield to investigate the X-file.


#32 – ‘Secrets Of A Successful Marriage
Season 5 – Episode 22 (Episode 103 Overall)

Synopsis – Tired of being called "slow," Homer signs up to teach a class on keeping a successful marriage at a learning annex. He is an unsuccessful teacher and finds that the only way he can keep the class interested is to tell racy secrets about Marge and their bedroom antics. Marge soon gets fed up with Homer telling their secrets and kicks him out.


#31 – ‘Radio Bart
Season 3 – Episode 13 (Episode 48 Overall)

Synopsis – When Bart's birthday party turns into a disaster, Bart uses an AM radio microphone Homer gave him to play pranks. He decides to throw a radio down an old well and tricks the town into thinking a little boy is stuck in it. At first he is successful, but he realizes that he left a "property of Bart Simpson" label on the radio and goes to retrieve it. Bart becomes trapped in the well himself and the town decides to leave him there.

Wednesday, June 17

The CDP's Top 100 Simpsons Episodes: #40-36.


#40 – ‘Flaming Moe’s

Season 3 – Episode 10 (Episode 45 Overall)

Synopsis – One night at Moe's Tavern, Homer tells Moe of a secret alcoholic cocktail made with cough syrup and fire that he calls "Flaming Homer." When Moe tries Homer's recipe in the bar, he finds it boosts his business and patronage, so Moe steals the recipe from Homer.


#39 – ‘Homer Goes To College
Season 5 – Episode 3 (Episode 84 Overall)

Synopsis – After failing a test at the nuclear plant, Homer's lack of a college degree is revealed and he is sent back to pass a nuclear physics class. Homer, having seen too many bad Animal House knock-off movies, goofs off, so he is sent to a group of boys for tutoring. They steal Springfield A&M's mascot, but his friends are caught and expelled. Homer invites them to live with him, but his family soon become angered by their new housemates, so Homer decides to try to help them get back into college.


#38 – ‘Homer’s Night Out
Season 1 – Episode 10 (Episode 10 Overall)

Synopsis – Bart purchases a mini spy camera and manages to take a picture of Homer dancing with a belly dancer named Princess Kashmir at a co-worker's bachelor party. He gives copies of the picture to his friends, and eventually the picture starts to circulate around until eventually Marge sees it. She kicks Homer out of the house, but the next day explains that she is not upset about him dancing, but rather that Bart saw it. She demands that he take Bart and go apologize to Princess Kashmir.


#37 – ‘Lisa The Iconoclast
Season 7 – Episode 16 (Episode 144 Overall)

Synopsis – While doing research for an essay, Lisa finds a confession written by town founder Jebediah Springfield revealing that he was a murderous pirate named Hans Sprungfeld who never cared about the people of Springfield. Homer decides to help Lisa get the message out, but they are arrested by the town council.


#36 – ‘A Star Is Burns
Season 6 – Episode 18 (Episode 121 Overall)

Synopsis – Springfield adopts Marge's suggestion of a film festival, in which any of the townspeople can enter a short film. To help her judge, Jay Sherman comes from New York to stay at the Simpsons' house. Homer feels threatened by Jay, and so Marge puts him on the panel as well.

Tuesday, June 16

The CDP's Top 100 Simpsons Episodes: #45-41.


#45 – ‘Treehouse Of Horror IV

Season 5 – Episode 5 (Episode 86 Overall)

Synopsis – In a parody of Night Gallery, Bart tells three scary stories based on paintings:
'The Devil and Homer Simpson' – Homer sells his soul to the Devil (Ned Flanders) for a doughnut.
'Terror at 5½ Feet' – While riding the bus to school, Bart discovers that there there is a Gremlin on the side of the bus.
'Bart Simpson's Dracula' – The Simpsons are invited to a dinner with Mr. Burns, where Bart and Lisa discover that Mr. Burns is a vampire.


#44 – ‘Bart Carny
Season 9 – Episode 12 (Episode 190 Overall)

Synopsis – While the family is at a traveling carnival, Bart accidentally crashes Adolf Hitler's car. To pay off the debts, Homer and Bart get jobs at the carnival by helping with the booths and exhibits, where they befriend Cooder and Spud, a father-and-son carny team. Unfortunately, Homer causes their booth to get shut down, and decides to allow the two carnies to stay at his home.


#43 – ‘Mountain Of Madness
Season 8 – Episode 12 (Episode 165 Overall)

Synopsis – To encourage teamwork, Mr. Burns takes all of his employees to a corporate retreat in the mountains. The employees pair up and Homer becomes Burns's partner. The challenge is to find a cabin on the snowy mountainside, and the pair to finish last will be fired. Burns and Homer cheat by using a snowmobile and make it the cabin before everybody else, but an avalanche buries the cabin. Homer and Burns proceed to go insane in the cold and plot to kill one another.


#42 – ‘Brother’s Little Helper
Season 11 – Episode 2 (Episode 228 Overall)

Synopsis – After getting in trouble for flooding the school gym during Fire Prevention Day, Bart is diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder and prescribed a Ritalin-esque drug called Focusyn. At first, the drug makes Bart well-behaved and intellectual, but soon, Bart becomes paranoid and descends into madness.


#41 – ‘Krusty Gets Kancelled
Season 4 – Episode 22 (Episode 81 Overall)

Synopsis – A new show about a ventriloquist dummy named Gabbo becomes the hottest show in Springfield and Krusty's show is cancelled due to low ratings. Krusty is at first downfallen at the cancellation of his show, but Bart and Lisa manage to convince him to stage a comeback special and invite his celebrity friends to take part.

Monday, June 15

The CDP's Top 100 Simpsons Episodes: #50-46.


#50 – ‘Bart-Mangled Banner

Season 15 – Episode 21 (Episode 334 Overall)

Synopsis – After receiving an injection from Dr. Hibbert, Bart becomes deaf, which makes him impervious to being bullied...until he accidentally moons the American flag during a donkey basketball game, prompting everyone in town to accuse The Simpsons of being unpatriotic.


#49 – ‘E Pluribus Wiggum
Season 19 – Episode 10 (Episode 410 Overall)

Synopsis – Homer burns down Springfield's fast-food restaurants. In order to rebuild them, Mayor Quimby moves up election day, making Springfield's primary election the first in the nation. The candidates in the election are not compelling and voters instead write in "Ralph Wiggum" on the ballot and he wins. As a result, both candidates embrace Ralph, even though it is not known which party he is running for.


#48 – ‘HOMR'
Season 12 – Episode 9 (Episode 257 Overall)

Synopsis – While working as a human guinea pig (to pay off the family's lost savings after making a bad investment), Homer discovers the root cause of his subnormal intelligence: a crayon that was lodged in his brain ever since he was a kid. He decides to have it removed to increase his IQ, but discovers that being smart does not necessarily equal being happy.


#47 – ‘A Fish Called Selma
Season 7 – Episode 19 (Episode 147 Overall)

Synopsis – Troy McClure tries to save his dying career and debunk the rumors of his bizarre sexual life by marrying Marge's sister, Selma. Selma discovers that the marriage is a sham but decides that being a sham wife is okay. However, Troy decides that becoming a father will help his career even more but Selma refuses to bring a child into their loveless marriage.


#46 – ‘A Streetcar Named Marge
Season 4 – Episode 2 (Episode 61 Overall)

Synopsis – Marge is cast in a musical production of A Streetcar Named Desire as Blanche DuBois after the play director sees Marge's deep-seated depression when dealing with an uncaring Homer. Meanwhile, Maggie is sent to the Ayn Rand School for Tots where she attempts to retrieve her pacifier from a strict daycare attendant.