Monday, August 25

The Top 100 Simpsons Episodes Of All-Time: #50-41.


#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.


#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.

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