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Simpson Family
Season Fifteen (2003-2004)
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: AL JEAN

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Treehouse of Horror XIV (#EABF21 / SI-1421) 2 Nov 2003
  • "Reaper Madness" - Death becomes Homer and our hero must learn to reap what he sows (and pull a fast one on the almighty).
  • "Frinkenstein" - Soon to be Nobel-prize winning Professor Frink reanimates his father for some gruesome body parts-swapping.
  • "Stop the World, I Want to Goof Off" - A parody of Clockstoppers, starring Bart and Milhouse.
    Guest stars for the episode include Jerry Lewis, Jennifer Garner, Dudley Herschbach, and Oscar De La Hoya.
    Note: This episode aired before the "official" Season 15 premiere; as a result, it is not "officially" considered to be part of any season, but a "special"

  • My Mother the Carjacker (#EABF18 / SI-1418) 9 Nov 2003
    Homer learns of his mother's whereabouts, through clues that she leaves in the newspaper. When Mother Simpson returns to Springfield, she is quickly recognized by police and Mr. Burns, and is taken to court over her germ warefare sabotage from the 60s. With help from Homer, she is acquitted, but when she reveals that she used false names when visiting national parks, she is booked on forgery charges. Homer carjacks a bus and tries to help her escape, but, not wanting her son involved, she kicks Homer out of the bus and drives off. When the bus crashes, Mother Simpson is feared dead. But another subliminal newpaper message reveals otherwise. Guest stars Tom Kenny and Glenn Close.

    The President Wore Pearls (#EABF20 / SI-1420) 16 Nov 2003
    After Martin stages a school charity casino that turns ugly, Lisa replaces him as school president, defeating Nelson in the election. The teachers decide she has too much power and distract her from making real changes by filling her days with meaningless duties. When Lisa uncovers a plot by Principal Skinner and Superintendent Chalmers to cut art, gym and shop classes out of the school budget, she calls for a student strike that is so successful she is banished to a school for the gifted (and troublesome).

    The Regina Monologues (#EABF22 / SI-1417) 23 Nov 2003
    Mr. Burns loses a thousand-dollar bill that is quickly turned into the main display at the Museum of Modern Bart. After Burns shows up to reclaim his money, Bart realizes he still earned enough from charging admission to take the Simpsons to England. When they arrive, Marge begs Homer to make this an incident-free trip, which he actually succeeds at until he accidentally runs into the Queen. Now the only thing that will earn Homer a stay of execution is whether he can uncover the plot to poison her majesty. Meanwhile, Bart befriends Prince William. Guest stars Ian McKellan, J.K. Rowling, Jane Leeves, and Prime Minister Tony Blair.

    The Fat and the Furriest (#EABF19 / SI-1419) 30 Nov 2003
    After another failed Mother's Day gift, Homer takes the kids to Sprawl-Mart and ends up buying a Kitchen Carnival for Marge. Homer uses the Carnival to create an edible candy man, but Marge finally forces him to take it to the Springfield Dump - where he's promptly attacked by a bear. When he's labelled a coward by the media, Homer builds a bear-fighting suit, and after some Jackass style testing antics sets out to confront the bear.

    Today, I Am a Clown (#FABF01 / SI-1501) 7 Dec 2003
    When Krusty admits that he never had a Bar Mitzvah, he turns to his father for help. Later, when Krusty realizes his shooting schedule has him working on the Sabbath he proposes to hire a guest host. Not wanting to hire anyone that will upstage him or threaten his career, Krusty hires Homer. At his first show Homer and his guests Lenny, Moe and Carl win over the audience by talking about everyday subjects like donuts. Meanwhile, Krusty holds his Bar Mitzvah at the Isotope Stadium and invites Mr. T to read from the Torah. Jackie Mason reprises his role as Rabbi Krustofski, and Mr. T guest stars as himself.

    'Tis the Fifteenth Season (#FABF02 / SI-1502) 14 Dec 2003
    Homer is given a Joe DiMaggio rookie card by Mr. Burns (who has no idea how much it's worth), so he sells it for a lot of money. After spending most of it on himself, Homer comes to realize his greedy ways when he sees "A Christmas Carol" on TV. So he reverses course and starts to do favors for everyone he can, making Flanders jealous by becoming Springfield's new king of nice. He and Flanders then engage in a head-to-head "nice-off". Guest stars Joe Mantegna as Fat Tony. 

    Marge vs. Singles, Seniors, Childless Couples and Teens, and Gays
    (#FABF03 / SI-1503)
    4 Jan 2004
    When a group of singles, seniors, childless couples, teens, and gays band together to protest having to accommodate families (including paying property taxes used to teach children they don't have), Marge takes up the cause for the families, with some help from Bart and Lisa.

    I, (Annoyed Grunt)-Bot (#FABF04 / SI-1504) 11 Jan 2004
    Homer and Bart are watching a BattleBots-type program on cable and are inspired to build a robot of their own. Marge disapproves, believing that their lack of engineering knowledge will doom their project. They build a robot anyway, but it gets slaughtered in its first competition. Unable to repair completely, they adjust the robot so that Homer can operate it from the inside. Homer and the robot begin to win competition after competition, and they eventually make it to the finals of the show that inspired them, where they not only find themselves outmatched, but with their lives at risk.

    Diatribe of a Mad Housewife (#FABF05 / SI-1505) 25 Jan 2004
    Marge writes a novel about a woman not unlike herself married to a man not unlike Homer but who lusts for a man not unlike a muscular Ned Flanders, which becomes talked about throughout the town, but when Homer reads (well, listens to the Olsen twins read on tape) the book, Marge fears that something not unlike the end of the book will happen, where the Homer character kills the Flanders one. Tom Clancy and Thomas Pynchon. guest voice as themselves.

    Margical History Tour (#FABF06 / SI-1506)
    8 Feb 2004
    When the Springfield library becomes low on books, Marge educates her children on some classic tales, which include:
  • Homer, as Henry VIII, must find a wife that will bear him a son;
  • Lenny and Carl, as Lewis and Clark, explore the American frontier, with a little help from Sacagawea (Lisa);
  • The story of a very Bart-like Mozart, the child musical prodigy in 18th century Austria, and his sister (Lisa) who struggles to find her own musical identity.

  • Milhouse Doesn't Live Here Anymore (#FABF07 / SI-1507) 15 Feb 2004
    Milhouse and his mother move to Capitol City, leaving Bart without a best friend and Kirk without a son. Bart finds himself bonding with Lisa, and their relationship grows, that is, until Kirk is awarded "pity custody " of his son. Meanwhile, Homer, after getting drunk, is mistaken for a beggar, and discovers it's not a bad source of second income. Guest stars Nick Bakay as Salem the cat (from Sabrina the Teenage Witch), William Daniels (the voice of KITT on Knight Rider), Dick Tufeld (the Lost In Space robot), and Isabel Sanford (as herself).

    Smart and Smarter (#FABF09 / SI-1509) 22 Feb 2004
    After Apu and Majula send two of their octuplets to the prestigious Miss Wickerbottom's Pre-Nursery School, Homer is inspired to do the same for Maggie. Maggie is intially rejected because she doesn't talk, but Lisa eventually finds hidden talents in Maggie that lead to the discovery that Maggie's IQ is actually higher than Lisa. Dejected that she is no longer the "smart one", Lisa tries other ways of getting attention, including trying to sabotage Maggie's future. Guest stars American Idol judge Simon Cowell as the Admissions Officer.

    The Ziff Who Came to Dinner (#FABF08 / SI-1508) 14 Mar 2004
    Marge's ex-boyfriend Artie Ziff is discovered in the Simpsons' attic penniless, unemployed, and on the run from the authorities. When the feds come in to arrest Artie, they find that Homer has won all of Artie's assets in a poker game and is now the primary stockholder, and he takes the fall for Artie's shady business dealings. When Homer receives 10 years in the pokey, Marge becomes convinced that Artie is and will forever be the most selfish man on Earth, but a memorable night out with Selma helps Artie grow a conscience. Guest stars Jon Lovitz, reprising his role as Artie Ziff.

    Co-Dependent's Day (#FABF10 / SI-1510) 21 Mar 2004
    Marge looks for an activity for Homer that doesn't involve beer and naively takes him to an Oktoberfest celebration. Then when Homer gets drunk, Marge winds up taking the fall for his DUI and is sent to rehab.

    The Wandering Juvie (#FABF11 / SI-1511) 28 Mar 2004
    After setting up a fake wedding registry with a department store and receiving lots of undeserved gifts, Bart is sent to Juvenile Hall, where he befriends a bad girl named Gina, played by Sarah Michelle Gellar, who helps him escape. The two of them then go on the Lam, a la The Defiant Ones. Also stars Jane Kaczmarek reprising as Judge Harm and Charles Napier as the warden.

    My Big Fat Geek Wedding (#FABF12 / SI-1512) 18 Apr 2004
    Principal Skinner and Edna Krabappel plan their wedding, but Seymour finds himself getting cold feet during a bachelor party thrown for him at Moe's. Edna herself decides she can't go through with it, and runs away from the altar. Homer and Marge go after Seymour and Edna and try to bring the pair back together. When Edna then falls for the Comic Book Guy, Homer devises an ill-advised plan to sabotage their affair and bring her back to Seymour, but when Edna decides neither man is right for her, Homer then finds himself answering to Marge.
    Matt Groening
    appears in this episode, playing the creator of Futurama.

    Catch 'em if You Can (#FABF14 / SI-1514) 25 Apr 2004
    Following a fight between Bart and Lisa involving water balloons, and the disruption of a family video watching, Marge and Homer look forward to taking a vacation away from the kids and going to see Uncle Tyrone. But on a whim, Marge and Homer decide to go elsewhere. When Uncle Tyrone's town is wiped out by a tornado, Bart and Lisa get Grandpa to take them there, only to find out their parents were in Miami instead. Chaos ensues as Grandpa and the kids then chase Homer and Marge around the country who try to avoid being caught. Meanwhile, credit card debt hits the Flanders family.

    Simple Simpson (#FABF15 / SI-1515) 2 May 2004
    Homer splurges on pork products after being inspired by a Willy Wonka-like contest where the winner of a golden ticket gets to visit Farmer Billy's Bacon Factory. A consolation prize wins him a chance to judge a pig contest at the county fair. Lisa enters a music-themed entry in a place setting contest but is humiliated by the judge, so Homer disguises himself as "Pie Man" to extract a sweet revenge. Soon the evildoers of Springfield are the recipients of fresh-baked justice. However, when Mr. Burns discovers Homer's secret, he turns Homer into his personal "pie hit man", but starts having second thoughts when ordered to hit the Dalai Lama. Nichelle Nichols (Lt. Uhura from Star Trek) guest voices as herself.

    The Way We Weren't (#FABF13 / SI-1513) 9 May 2004
    During a "family court" session, Homer and Marge wistfully recall the story of their first kiss at summer camp, and how Homer first met Lenny, Carl, and Moe. In this episode we get a glimpse at most of Springfield's more prominent citizens back when they were children.

    Bart-Mangled Banner (#FABF17 / SI-1517) 16 May 2004
    While trying to avoid an inoculation at Dr. Hibbert's office, Bart's wriggling causes a side-effect and he suffers a temporary loss of hearing, which Bart milks for all that it is worth. Bart participates in the annual Springfield Elementary Donkey Basketball game. During the playing of the national anthem, Bart feeds his shorts to the donkey, leaving him bare-assed for all to see. But when Bart's bare-bum appears in a photo, the Simpson family becomes portrayed as unpatriotic and un-American, getting them thrown into "re-education" therapy, where they escape and migrate to France. But the Simpsons decide France isn't for them (perhaps Bart had forgotten all the French he learned in Season One?) so they return home as illegal immigrants.

    Fraudcast News (#FABF18 / SI-1518) 23 May 2004
    Homer ruins a town celebration by defacing a public landmark, and in the process deprives Lisa of a chance to read her poetry in front of a crowd. Discouraged, Lisa decides to publish her writing in her own newsletter, which becomes under threat of corporate takeover after Mr. Burns buys all the media outlets in town. Instead of selling out to Mr. Burns, Lisa goes underground, but when Mr. Burns pays Homer to spill dirt on Lisa and undermine her enterprise, Lisa becomes disillusioned and gives up on her writing. But Homer sees the error of his ways and publishes his own work, encouraging the people to read what they want to read.


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