EABF21: Treehouse Of Horror XIV

Airdate: 2 November 2003

Writer: John Swartzwelder
Director: Steven Dean Moore
Executive Producer: Al Jean

Reaper Madness: When death arrives at the door asking for Bart, Homer knocks him to the ground creating a world without death. Homer puts on death's cloak and suddenly he is asked to perform his duties. Homer has fun with his new job until asked to kill none other than Marge.
Frinkenstein: Professor Frink wins the Nobel Prize but is disappointed when his father can't be there to see him. He reanimates him ala. Frinkenstein, but his father is disappointed that he has no vital organs. He runs around town stealing organs from the townspeople.
Stop The World, I Want To Goof Off: Bart and Milhouse order a "watch that stops time" which does as it promises. When they use the watch for nothing but cruel pranks, the townspeople end up onto them. When the watch breaks in freeze mode, they spend several years living by themselves while they try to fix the clock.
 

EABF18: My Mother The Carjacker

Airdate: 9 November 2003

Writer: Michael Price
Director: Nancy Kruse
Executive Producer: Al Jean

When Marge gets a free shirt for finding an embarassing headline, Homer wants to do the same. He eagerly searches newspapers for humerous headlines and discovers an article with a secret message for him to meet someone at midnight. He takes Bart and an incognito Mother (Mona) Simpson emerges. They take her home but when the car ploughs into the police station she is put on trial for her 60's fraud. Cleared of all charges she comes to live with the family. Mr. Burns, still eager to put her behind bars finds her guilty of supplying false information on a National park register, a federal offense. She is taken to prison on a bus which Homer hijacks. When the police catch up, she makes sure Homer isn't in the bus when they find it. The bus carrying Mona ploughs off a cliff and she is assumed dead. After her funeral, we are shown a newspaper with a message saying she escaped the bus and is still on the run.
 

EABF20: The President Wore Pearls

Airdate: 16 November 2003

Writer: Dana Gould
Director: Mike B. Anderson
Executive Producer: Al Jean

When Martin is forced to resign as student body president of Springfield Elementary, Lisa and Nelson sign up to be candidates for the role. Realizing she has no hope, she breaks into song at the election and wins the crowd over. Skinner and Superintendant Chalmers are worried that Lisa is too smart for the role. The teachers give her a makeover and Skinner tricks her into a cost-cutting deal which effectively takes art, gym and music off the curriculum. Appalled by the turn of events, Lisa returns to her normal image and steps down from her role, but not before one last request of a student strike. As the days go by the strike continues, until the school board decides that transferring Lisa to a school for the gifted and troublesome will benefit her and stop the strike. But Homer doesn't approve of the change, so the school restores music, gym and art by cancelling flu shots and selling loose cigarettes.
 

EABF22: The Regina Monologues

Airdate: 23 November 2003

Writer: John Swartzwelder
Director: Mark Kirkland
Executive Producer: Al Jean

Mr. Burns loses a $1000 bill which ends up in the hands of Bart. When nobody comes to claim it, he sets up a museum in his treehouse displaying the bill for people to pay to see. The bill is claimed, but with the money raised from museum profits, Bart shouts Marge and the family to a vacation. Abe tells the family a story about a war fling so they decide to visit England so he can track her down. Whilst in England, the family meet PM Tony Blair, Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling, and Ian McKellen. When the family get caught in a roundabout, Homer drives into Buckingham Palace and rear-ends the Queen. He is brought to trial and sentenced to prison. The family inform him of an escape route but he ends up in the Queen's bedroom. He pleads for her forgiveness and receives it. At the airport on the way home, Abe is reunited with his war fling, who introduces her daughter, female resembling Homer. Abe runs for the plane in terror.
 

EABF19: The Fat And The Furriest

Airdate: 30 November 2003

Writer: Joel H. Cohen
Director: Matthew Nastuk
Executive Producer: Al Jean

When Homer purchases Marge a 'Kitchen Carnival' for Mothers Day he creates a giant ball of cotton candy and caramel. When it becomes attached to ants and animals he is forced by Marge to take it to the dump, where he is attacked by a grizzly bear. The cowardly attack is taped by a hunter and sent to the media, making him the joke of the town. When his cowardess begins to affect his life he decides to attack the bear that did it to him. After creating a bear attack suit, Marge forbids him to put his life at risk but he sneaks out with Bart, Lenny and Carl to do so anyway. The bear approaches him when he is without his suit and takes him to his cave. Homer removes a tag from his ear that caused him discomfort and the bear becomes attached to him. He helps the bear get to a wildlife sanctuary before hunters kill him. Using Homer's suit as a disguise, the bear runs through the pack of hunters to the safety of the sanctuary.
 

FABF01: Today, I Am A Clown

Airdate: 7 December 2003

Writer: Joel H. Cohen
Director: Nancy Kruse
Executive Producer: Al Jean

While walking his new puppy down the Jewish Walk Of Fame, Krusty notices his name doesn't appear and sets out to change this. The curator tells him that since he never had a Bar Mitzvah he is not officially Jewish. Lisa recommends Krusty ask his father, Rabbi Krustofsky, why he never had one, to which he says he didn't want him making a mockery out of it. With the Rabbi's help, Krusty learns the Jewish lifestyle while Homer is hired as a fill-in host on his show. Homer and his friends breathe a refreshing change that viewers have wanted and the network cancels Krusty's show. Krusty turns to FOX to broadcast his Bar Mitzvah and they accept. When Lisa convinces Homer to talk about issues that matter on his show, ratings take a nosedive and people tune into Krusty's celebration. The Rabbi is still unimpressed with the mockery of a presentation so Krusty asks for a real Bar Mitzvah in a temple to please his dad.
 

FABF02: 'Tis The Fifteenth Season

Airdate: 14 December 2003

Writer: Michael Price
Director: Steven Dean Moore
Executive Producer: Al Jean

Mr. Burns gives Homer an old John DiMaggio baseball card which he sells to Comic Book Guy for extra money. Homer spends it all on a useless talking clock and the family is left with no money for a Christmas tree. Homer watches a bunch of Christmas specials which tell him he's selfish and needs to give. He begins by giving the poor his clothes, buying Lenny a nice gift, offering Marge the last pork chop, and collecting money at church. When the town begins to like him he builds an ice skating rink in his backyward. Ned Flanders begins to get jealous of Homer usurping his position. Ned decides to buy a present for everyone in town. Lisa tells Homer people would be happier without presents at Christmas. On Christmas Eve, Homer steals the town's presents, but gets an angry reception in the morning. Before mobbing him he points out a star in the sky and he and Ned educate the town of the true meaning of Christmas.
 

FABF03: Marge Vs. Singles, Seniors, Teens, Childless Couples & Teens, & Gays

Airdate: 4 January 2004
Writer: Jon Vitti
Director: Bob Anderson
Executive Producer: Al Jean

When Marge purchases Maggie a Roofi music CD, she becomes obsessed and along with hundreds of other babies, attends his outdoor concert. When the event is overbooked, the babies start a riot which prompts Lindsey Nagle to organize a group called "Singles, Seniors, Childless Couples & Teens & Gays Against Parasitic Parents" to revolt against children. The whole town except those with families jump on board, and Marge organizes a rival group called "Proud Parents Against Singles, Seniors, Childless Couples & Teens & Gays". She works to get a voter sponsored initiative proposition called 'Families Come First', which Mr. Burns supports due to his need for healthy organ donors. Her proposition gets on the ballot, and Homer attempts to help hound the competition with a commercial that could only do harm. Lisa organizes the kids of Springfield to shower the townspeople with love before the ballot. In the end prop 242 wins.
 

FABF04: I, D'oh-bot

Airdate: 11 January 2004

Writer: Dan Greaney, Allen Glazier
Director: Lauren MacMullan
Executive Producer: Al Jean

When Bart asks for a new bike, Homer & Marge agree that if his current bike works, there's no need for a new one. Bart throws his old bike in front of Dr. Hibbert's car, who runs over Snowball II as he leaves. Homer assembles Bart's new bike which collapses on use, so in an attempt to regain respect he builds a robot for competitive fighting. Meanwhile, Lisa gets a new cat, Snowball III, which drowns in the fishtank. Homer's robot impresses Bart, who doesn't yet know that it's just Homer inside a mailbox. The team compete on "Robot Rumble", and soon enough, "Chief Knock-A-Homer" becomes one of the toughest robots ever. Lisa's new cat Coltrane jumps out a window and dies. Bart's robot is to compete against Frink's huge machine while Homer cowers in fear. Bart learns Homer is inside the robot and thinks he's cooler than ever. Homer wins but is disqualified. Lisa gets a new black cat which she names Snowball II.
 

FABF05: Diatribe Of A Mad Housewife

Airdate: 25 January 2004

Writer: Robin J. Stein
Director: Mark Kirkland
Executive Producer: Al Jean

Homer has a car accident and is fired from the power plant, prompting him to get a job as a car salesman, which he resigns from after purchasing an old ambulance. Marge takes the kids to a book store where she listens to an author and is convinced she should write a novel. Her book involves a lonely housewife stuck in a deadend marriage with a brute husband, who is one day wowed by a visitor to the island. The inspiration behind her characters comes from Homer and Ned Flanders. Lisa reads her copy and notices the similarities immediately. Marge gets Homer to read it before sending it to be published, but he falls asleep and tells her he read it anyway. The book is published and the town begin to talk about Homer and Marge's marriage behind their backs. Homer notices and eventually purchases a copy of the book on tape. Rather than get angry with Ned he consults him for tips on how to become a better husband.
 

FABF06: Margical History Tour

Airdate: 8 February 2004

Writer: Brian Kelley
Director: Mike B. Anderson
Executive Producer: Al Jean

Marge takes Bart, Lisa, and Milhouse to the public library where all their books have been removed. The kids, without books to write reports with, are helped by Marge who tells them three tales from our history.
Henry VIII: Homer plays King Henry the Eighth, who married and impregnated each of his wives in the hopes that he would get a son to carry on his fame and fortune.
Lewis and Clark: Lenny and Carl play explorers Lewis and Clark, who with the help of Sacagiwea (Lisa) make their way to the Pacific Ocean to claim their land.
Mozart: Bart stars as a young Mozart in the final story, which focuses on how much talent he posessed but how inconsiderate and annoying he was to the people who loved him. Lisa plays Mozarts sister who sets out to destroy his popularity and become famous herself, which proves quite costly. The show ends with Homer singing a song about the movie Animal House.
 

FABF07: Milhouse Doesn't Live Here Anymore

Airdate: 15 February 2004

Writer: Julie Chambers, David Chambers
Director: Matthew Nastuk
Executive Producer: Al Jean

On a school excursion to the Museum Of Television And TV, Milhouse starts acting out of character and tells Bart he doesn't care what others think about him anymore. Later, Milhouse breaks the news to Bart that he and his mother are permanently moving to Capitol City. Bart is sent into a downward spiral until he finally hops on a plane to visit Milhouse, who now sports blonde spiky hair and some cool friends. Meanwhile, Homer starts panhandling to get more money for an anniversary present. Bart fills the vacancy for his best friend by hanging out with Lisa and discovering that they have a lot in common. Milhouse returns to Springfield after Kirk gets a court order when the judge feels sorry for him. Bart stops hanging out with Lisa which causes her to become jealous. Bart reassures Lisa that while they wont be spending as much time together, he'll be there for support when she needs him. The two share a hug.
 

FABF09: Smart And Smarter

Airdate: 22 February 2004

Writer: Carolyn Omine
Director: Steven Dean Moore
Executive Producer: Al Jean

The family attempts to enrol Maggie into a pre-nursery school but is rejected by the rude admissions clerk as she cannot yet talk. Lisa recognises her talent so they bring her back to the school for an IQ test. This time the admissions clerk labels her a genius, with an IQ of 167. With Maggie the smartest in the family, Lisa is jealous and tries to make herself a different person but her new identities fail. When she finds she is a little too bitter, she runs away from home and finds refuge in the Natural History Museum. The police track her down and bring the family there to find her. The family, minus Maggie, gets caught in a giant working model of the digestive system. With Maggie at the controls, she almost drowns her entire family until Lisa apologises and helps her push the right button. Ths school informs the family that all along Maggie was just relaying answers that Lisa subconsciously gave her, and not a genius after all.
 

FABF08: The Ziff Who Came To Dinner

Airdate: 14 March 2004

Writer: Deb Lacusta, Dan Castellaneta
Director: Nancy Kruse
Executive Producer: Al Jean

Homer takes Bart, Lisa, Rod and Todd to the movies. He chooses the film 'The Re-Deadening', a horror film which leaves the children in fear of everything. Bart and Lisa begin to hear noises in the attic and they tell Homer, who leads an investigation only to find Artie Ziff living up there. After Artie's internet business failed, he lost all his money. He requests to stay with The Simpsons until he gets back on track. Marge discovers that the SEC are looking for Artie. While playing poker with Homer and the gang, Artie puts up 98% of his remaining stock to make a bet and Homer wins the lot. The SEC arrive, but Homer is the one arrested as he is now the major stockholder. Homer is sentenced to ten years in prison. Marge tells Artie nobody likes him because he's selfish, which he realizes after sleeping with Selma. Ziff turns over his corporate books and is put in prison, and Homer is exonerated.
 

FABF10: Co-Dependent's Day

Airdate: 21 March 2004

Writer: Matt Warburton
Director: Bob Anderson
Executive Producer: Al Jean

Homer, Lisa and Bart get tickets for the latest chapter of "Cosmic Wars." Disappointed, Marge suggests that the kids write a letter to the creator. They get a reply asking if they can complain in person. The family goes to Northern California. Marge and Homer go on a winery tour, and Bart and Lisa go to make their feelings known. Bart and Lisa find their parents drunk on free wine samples. Marge and Homer make wine drinking a regular event, until Marge gets a hangover. They go to Oktoberfest and both leave drunk. After Homer drives their car off the road, he switches seats and puts Marge behind the wheel. The police arrest Marge; while Homer bails her out. Homer finds out that Marge is going to be in rehab for a month and tries to get her out. He finds her and confesses his guilt, which makes her angry. After some heavy drinking, Marge realizes that it isn't drinking that she liked; it was being together with Homer.
 

FABF11: The Wandering Juvie

Airdate: 28 March 2004

Writer: John Frink, Don Payne
Director: Lauren MacMullan
Executive Producer: Al Jean

While at a downtown department store, Bart uses a wedding gift registry to sign himself and his bride "Lotta Cooties" for wedding presents. He invites a number of people to attend his wedding and he plans to return all the unused gifts for store credit. He gets all the gifts delivered but he gets caught by Chief Wiggum. The judge sentences Bart to six months of juvenile detention. Bart tries to find his way at the center, and when Homer becomes a guard, it doesn't improve his situation at all. The boys and girls are joined for dance lessons, but Bart's partner Gina decides she wants to escape. Since they're handcuffed together, she brings him along. Out on the lam together they become attached. They go to a blacksmith to get their cuffs removed, but when Gina is own her own she has nothing to go back to, whereas Bart has a family. When found, Gina confesses it was just her that broke out so Bart is free to return to his family.
 

FABF12: My Big Fat Geek Wedding

Airdate: 18 April 2004

Writer: Kevin Curran
Director: Mark Kirkland
Executive Producer: Al Jean

Seymour Skinner and Edna Krabappel are finally getting married. Edna has a bachelorette party at the Simpson house, while at Seymour's bachelor party at Moe's, he confesses to Homer that he's getting cold feet. On the wedding day, Edna has second thoughts; feeling that Seymour has never been on board with this whole idea all along. Edna runs from the ceremony. Unknowingly both Homer and Marge are each with the pair in an attempt to get them back together. The attempt fails when the state of Homer and Marge's own marriage gets in the way. Edna returns a gift to the Comic Book Guy. She becomes charmed by his banter and agrees to accompany him to lunch. Homer tries having Seymour serenade Edna, but they discover she's seeing Comic Book Guy. The family goes to the Sci Fi convention to stop Edna. They find Comic Book Guy proposing to Edna. Seymour enters and begins to battle him. Edna stops the fight, and tells them neither man is for her.
 

FABF14: Catch 'Em If You Can

Airdate: 25 April 2004

Writer: Ian Maxtone-Graham
Director: Matthew Nastuk
Executive Producer: Al Jean

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.
 

FABF15: Simple Simpson

Airdate: 2 May 2004

Writer: Jon Vitti
Director: Jim Reardon
Executive Producer: Al Jean

Homer wins a place judging a pig competition at the county fair. When Homer sees an injustice being done to Lisa's entry in the place setting competition, he disguises himself as "Pie Man" and delivers a pie in the face as revenge. He disappears as quickly as he came. When Bart gets ripped off by Comic Book Guy, "Pie Man" strikes again. The police decide that "Pie Man" needs to be stopped and they shoot him when he makes his next appearance. As Pie Man he woo's Marge and then kisses her. Lisa walks in on the wounded Homer and he promises he will stop using his alter ego. When Mr. Burns goes too far, "Pie Man" makes another appearance, but his escape from the plant is thwarted by his own laziness. Mr. Burns turns him into his personal hit man. When Mr. Burns wants him to deliver a pie to Lisa's Buddhist hero the Dalai Lama, he comes clean in front of a crowd, but only his family believe it was him all along.
 

FABF13: The Way We Weren't

Airdate: 9 May 2004

Writer: J. Stewart Burns
Director: Mike B. Anderson
Executive Producer: Al Jean

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.
 

FABF17: Bart-Mangled Banner

Airdate: 16 May 2004

Writer: John Frink
Director: Steven Dean Moore
Executive Producer: Al Jean

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 tournament. 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 so they return home as illegal immigrants.
 

FABF18: Fraudcast News

Airdate: 23 May 2004

Writer: Don Payne
Director: Bob Anderson
Executive Producer: Al Jean

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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