5F20: Lard Of The Dance

Airdate: 23 August 1998

Writer: Jane O'Brien
Director: Dominic Polcino
Executive Producer: Mike Scully

Homer learns from Apu that grease can be sold to rendering plants an decides to make a grease fortune. Meanwhile, Lisa is asked to show a new girl, Alex, around at school. Alex is a mini-adult, wearing perfume and going shopping. She steals Lisa's friends who are won over by her fashion sense. Alex organises a school dance and Lisa becomes desparate to get someone to go with her. When even Milhouse announces he has a date, Lisa decides to go without a date. The dance is a failure when all the boys and girls dont have the guts to dance with each other. Alex is told that the students aren't into the life she's into, and are still acting like kids. When Homer and Bart sneak into the school to get the stove grease, Willie catches them and causes a massive grease explosion. The dance arena is filled with grease which all the children play with, and even Alex joins in.

5F21: The Wizard Of Evergreen Terrace

Airdate: 20 September 1998

Writer: John Swartzwelder
Director: Mark Kirkland
Executive Producer: Mike Scully

Homer learns that he has already lived half his life, prompting him to fall into depression. The family throws a party to cheer him up. When Lisa mentions inventor Thomas Edison, Homer is fascinated and studies up on all his inventions. Homer quits his job he decides to become an inventor, like Edison. The problem is that he cannot think of anything good; the best he can do is an electric hammer. When he unveils his first inventions, Marge tells him that they people wont buy them. But However he does have one useful invention, a chair that is impossible to fall backwards on. He plans to patent it, only to discover that Edison had already secretly invented it. He and Bart go to the Edison museum to destroy the chair, so that Homer can get full credit. While there, Homer realizes that he cannot do that to Edison. They go home, leaving Homers inventions at the museum, which a dead Edison gets credit for.

5F22: Bart, The Mother

Airdate: 27 September 1998

Writer: David S. Cohen
Director: Steven Dean Moore
Executive Producer: Mike Scully

Bart accidentally kills a mother bird with Nelson Muntz's bee-bee gun, and tries his best to raise the mother's eggs on his own. But when the hatchlings turn out to be a pair of destructive lizards that harvest nests for their own survival, the town's bird population is placed at great risk.

AABF01: Treehouse Of Horror IX

Airdate: 25 October 1998

Writer: Donick Cary, Larry Doyle, David S. Cohen
Director: Steven Dean Moore
Executive Producer: Mike Scully

Hell Toupée: Homer's new hair transplant commands him to avenge its former owner's foes.
The Terror Of Tiny Toon: Bart and Lisa are sucked into their television to play a deadly game of cat and mouse with Itchy & Scratchy
Starship Poopers: Maggie's actual father is revealed to be an alien, leading to a spot on the esteemed Jerry Springer Show.

5F19: When You Dish Upon A Star

Airdate: 8 November 1998

Writer: Richard Appel
Director: Pete Michels
Executive Producer: Mike Scully

Keeping Hollywood secrets proves difficult for Homer when he scores a personal assistant job for the husband and wife team, Alec Baldwin & Kim Basinger. Also guest starring Ron Howard and Brian Grazer.

AABF02: D'oh-in' In The Wind

Airdate: 15 November 1998

Writer: Donick Cary
Director: Mark Kirkland and Matthew Nastuk
Executive Producer: Mike Scully

Homer sets out to determine what his middle initial stands for, but in the process, delves into the old free-spirit ways of hippies, inspired by his mother's radical past and former associates Munchie and Seth.

AABF03: Lisa Gets An "A"

Airdate: 22 November 1998

Writer: Ian Maxtone-Graham
Director: Bob Anderson
Executive Producer: Mike Scully

Lisa neglects to study for her upcoming test, which she later relents to cheating upon in order to pass. But when the resulting grade raises the school's state average and qualifies it for financial aid, the intendance forces her to cover up all wrong- doing. Meanwhile, Homer raises a baby lobster to beat the high store prices of adults.

AABF04: Homer Simpson in: Kidney Trouble

Airdate: 6 December 1998

Writer: John Swartzwelder
Director: Mike B. Anderson
Executive Producer: Mike Scully

On behalf of Homer's infamous ignorance, Grampa Simpson falls victim to a textbook kidney blowout. But when Homer steps up to offer a donor kidney, he quickly finds himself suffering from a much more common phenomenon: cold feet.

AABF05: Mayored To The Mob

Airdate: 20 December 1998

Writer: Ron Hauge
Director: Swinton O. Scott III
Executive Producer: Mike Scully

When Homer rescues Mark Hamill and Mayor Quimby from a rowdy mob of sci-fi fanatics, he is appointed the mayor's new bodyguard. But after convincing Quimby that he needs to stop Fat Tony's mob from selling rat's milk to the town's schools, the mayor's life is placed in jeopardy.

AABF06: Viva Ned Flanders

Airdate: 10 January 1999

Writer: David M. Stern
Director: Neil Affleck
Executive Producer: Mike Scully

Discouraged by sixty years of minding his P's and Q's, Ned Flanders asks Homer to reveal the secret of his intoxicating lust for life. But Homer's plans to put the spice back into Ned's brio go haywire when they land the pair in wedlock with two grubby casino cocktail waitresses.

AABF07: Wild Barts Can't Be Broken

Airdate: 17 January 1999

Writer: Larry Doyle
Director: Mark Ervin
Executive Producer: Mike Scully

Homer and his drunken cohorts celebrate an improbable victory by the Springfield Isotopes by trashing the local elementary school. But when the police force fails to locate the actual vandals, the town's children are hastily blamed for the rowdiness and punished with a new sunset curfew.

AABF08: Sunday, Cruddy Sunday

Airdate: 31 January 1999

Writer: Tom Martin, George Meyer, Brian Scully, Mark Scully
Director: Steven Dean Moore
Executive Producer: Mike Scully

Super Bowl fever takes control of Homer's psyche after a travel agent offers him and a bus-load of friends free passage to the game. But when the tickets turn out to be counterfeit, Homer must consult his cunning in finding a way into the stadium.

AABF09: Homer To The Max

Airdate: 7 February 1999

Writer: John Swartzwelder
Director: Pete Michels
Executive Producer: Mike Scully

When the new television show, "Police Cops," premiers with a savvy character holding Homer's full name, the real-life Homer enjoys mock-stardom en masse. But when the show is retooled to give the character a Gomer Pyle-like facade, Homer changes his name to Max Power to escape the laughing and taunts of fellow townspeople.

AABF11: I'm With Cupid

Airdate: 14 February 1999

Writer: Dan Greaney
Director: Bob Anderson
Executive Producer: Mike Scully

As Kwik-E-Mart convenience store proprietor Apu showers his wife with glowing, outrageous Valentine's Day gifts, the other husbands of Springfield are made to look bad in his shadow. But as his gifts grow increasingly grand, the men attempt to foil his efforts, instigating a Valentine's massacre.

AABF10: Marge Simpson in: Screaming Yellow Honkers

Airdate: 21 February 1999

Writer: David M. Stern
Director: Mark Kirkland
Executive Producer: Mike Scully

Homer offers Marge a new Canyonero SUV after embarrassingly discovering that he bought the female's model. But once in the driver's seat, Marge becomes increasingly intoxicated by the vehicle's dynamism, leading to a case of aggravated road rage.

AABF12: Make Room For Lisa

Airdate: 28 February 1999

Writer: Brian Scully
Director: Matthew Nastuk
Executive Producer: Mike Scully

Lisa experiences stress when forced to temporarily share a room with Bart. Meanwhile, Marge discovers the joys of eavesdropping on cellular telephone calls and becomes obsessed with the personal dramas of complete strangers.

AABF13: Maximum Homerdrive

Airdate: 28 March 1999

Writer: John Swartzwelder
Director: Swinton Scott
Executive Producer: Mike Scully

Homer takes on a gruff truck driver in a beef-eating contest. But when the trucker pays the high price of trying to top Homer's bottomless stomach, Homer vows to deliver his cargo, leading to a cross-country truckin' adventure. Meanwhile, Marge and Lisa make the best of a troublesome new doorbell.

AABF14: Simpsons Bible Stories

Airdate: 4 April 1999

Writer: Tim Long, Larry Doyle, Matt Selman
Director: Nancy Kruse
Executive Producer: Mike Scully

Reverend Lovejoy is showing his stuff with the latest in a series of disinteresting sermons. Bored so terribly are the Simpsons that each gradually doses off, dreaming that they're Adam and Eve, Moses and David facing Goliath.

AABF15: Mom And Pop Art

Airdate: 11 April 1999

Writer: Al Jean
Director: Steven Dean Moore
Executive Producer: Mike Scully

When Homer learns to vent his anger through home-grown artwork after an incident building the family barbeque, he attracts the attention of a professional art dealer. Homer's art is found to be a one-off when art critics aren't impressed with his newest work, so he floods the town of Springfield to turn it into Venice.

AABF16: The Old Man And The "C" Student

Airdate: 25 April 1999

Writer: Julie Thacker
Director: Mark Kirkland
Executive Producer: Mike Scully

After causing his fellow townspeople to lose the Olympic Games, Bart is forced to slave away his time helping the elderly residents of the local retirement home. They hijack a boat which begins to sink. Meanwhile Homer must deal with selling thousands of useless Springfield Spring Olympic mascots.

AABF17: Monty Can't Buy Me Love

Airdate: 2 May 1999

Writer: John Swartzwelder
Director: Mark Ervin
Executive Producer: Mike Scully

When a new mall opens, Arthur Fortune visits Springfield and starts winning the public's admiration by handing out free money. A jealous Mr. Burns tries his hand at getting the admiration Mr. Fortune has by taking part in blue collar radio talk shows and retrieving the legendary Loch Ness Monster.

AABF18: They Saved Lisa's Brain

Airdate: 8 May 1999

Writer: Matt Selman
Director: Pete Michels
Executive Producer: Mike Scully

Lisa is invited to join the local MENSA society after penning an inspiring letter over Springfield's complete humiliation at the hands of her father. Guest starring Stephen Hawking.

AABF20: Thirty Minutes Over Tokyo

Airdate: 16 May 1999

Writer: Donick Cary and Dan Greaney
Director: Jim Reardon
Executive Producer: Mike Scully

The Simpsons get tickets to Japan after waiting at the airport for unclaimed tickets. After losing their last million yen, the Simpsons agree to participate in a dangerous Japanese TV game show in exchange for air fare back home.

The Episodes
[5F20] - Lard Of The Dance
[5F21] - The Wizard Of Evergreen Terrace
[5F22] - Bart, The Mother
[5F19] - When You Dish Upon A Star
[AABF01] - Treehouse Of Horror IX
[AABF02] - D'oh-in' In The Wind
[AABF03] - Lisa Gets An "A"
[AABF04] - Homer Simpson: Kidney Trouble
[AABF05] - Mayored To The Mob
[AABF06] - Viva Ned Flanders
[AABF07] - Wild Barts Can't Be Broken
[AABF08] - Sunday, Cruddy Sunday
[AABF09] - Homer To The Max
[AABF11] - I'm With Cupid
[AABF10] - Screaming Yellow Honkers
[AABF12] - Make Room For Lisa
[AABF13] - Maximum Homerdrive
[AABF14] - Simpsons Bible Stories
[AABF15] - Mom And Pop Art
[AABF16] - Old Man And The "C" Student
[AABF17] - Monty Can't Buy Me Love
[AABF18] - They Saved Lisa's Brain
[AABF20] - Thirty Minutes Over Tokyo

Matt Groening Says:
Howdily doodily, Simpsons Obsessives!

Welcome to Season 10 of those mischievous animated rascals, the Simpsons, on DVD and in color!

Highlights this time around include "Simpsons Bible Stories," with Homer and Marge au naturel as Adam and Eve, Milhouse whimpering to let his people go, and bart doing battle with Goliath II. Then there's the heartwarming episode "Viva Ned Flanders," based on several thousand true stories, in which Homer and Flanders go to Las Vegas, get drunk, and wake up married to a couple of floozies. And of course we mustn't forget "Treehouse Of Horror IX," in which Krusty the Clown says "Get ready for the violentest, disembowelingest, vomit-inducingest Itchy & Scratchy Halloween Special ever!"

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