8F24: Kamp Krusty

Airdate: 24 September 1992

Writer: David M. Stern
Director: Mark Kirkland
Executive Producer: Al Jean and Mike Reiss

Bart must get at least a C average on his report card in order for him to go to Kamp Krusty. But even when he doesn't achieve this, Homer decides to let him go anyway. Bart, Lisa, and friends arrive at the camp expecting to have a ball, but when Krusty doesn't show up and the camp is run by a man named Mr. Black and Dolph, Jimbo, and Kearney, the camp is nothing short of hell. Meanwhile at home, Homer starts to lose weight since he is not under any stress from the kids. Back at camp, Bar leads a revolt and Krusty sees how bad they are being treated on a news report. He heads there in a flash and takes them to Tijuana for a vacation.
 

8F18: A Streetcar Named Marge

Airdate: 1 October 1992

Writer: Jeff Martin
Director: Rich Moore
Executive Producer: Al Jean and Mike Reiss

Marge broadens her interests and wins the role of Blanche DuBois in a musical version of A Streetcar Named Desire. Ned Flanders takes the role of Stanley. Maggie is getting in the way of her rehearsals, so she is taken to a daycare center. Marge can't find the right way to say her lines but discovers that Homer's annoyance brings out her anger which is perfect for the role of Blanche. Maggie and the other kids at daycare are sick of being pushed around so Maggie leads a revolt to recover everybody's pacifier. Homer goes to see the play with Bart and Lisa. Marge didn't think it would interest him at all but Homer really felt for her character and the two kissed and made up.
 

9F01: Homer The Heretic

Airdate: 8 October 1992

Writer: George Meyer
Director: Jim Reardon
Executive Producer: Al Jean and Mike Reiss

Homer decides to skip church one morning. He takes advantage of being home by himself by running around in underwear, making waffles, and watching television. After he finds a penny, he declares it the best day of his life and decides to stay home every Sunday. Marge does not approve of his choice and the family continues to go to church. The next Sunday, Homer fulls asleep after he lights a cigar. The cigar falls to the ground and sets the house on fire. Flanders comes to the rescue, and Homer feels guilty that it happened while he could have been at church. He changes his mind and reverts to being a churchgoer every Sunday.
 

9F02: Lisa The Beauty Queen

Airdate: 15 October 1992

Writer: Jeff Martin
Director: Mark Kirkland
Executive Producer: Al Jean and Mike Reiss

Lisa questions her looks after a cartoonist draws an ugly picture of her. She develops an inferiority complex after viewing the image. Homer wins a ride on the duff blimp but trades his ticket to Barney for money so he can enter Lisa into the Little Miss Springfield contest and have ber become happy again. Lisa refuses to participate until she hears what Homer sacrificed to get the money. Lisa loses the contest to Amber Dempsy, however Lisa is runner up. Amber however, is struck by lightning and the crown is given to Lisa. With it comes the role of being spokesperson for Laramie Cigarettes. Lisa does not support the smoking of cigarettes and tells the world what she thinks at a parade. She is stripped of her crown.
 

9F04: Treehouse Of Horror III

Airdate: 29 October 1992

Writer: Al Jean, Mike Reiss, John Kogen, Wallace Wolodarsky, Sam Simon, Jon Vitti
Director: Carlos Baeza
Executive Producer: Al Jean and Mike Reiss

King Homer: A recreation of King Kong, with Homer starring as the big ape and Marge as his tiny love interest.
Clown Without Pity: Bart receives a Krusty The Clown doll for his birthday. Whenever Homer is alone with the doll, it turns evil and tries to kill him.
Dial "Z" For Zombie: While trying to bring back Lisa's cat Snowball I from the dead, Bart accidentely reads the wrong spell from the book and raises the entire Springfield cemetary.
 

9F03: Itchy & Scratchy: The Movie

Airdate: 3 November 1992

Writer: John Swartzwelder
Director: Rich Moore
Executive Producer: Al Jean and Mike Reiss

At parent teacher night, Homer and Marge realize that Bart needs discipline at home in order for him to become a respectable adult. They punish him for all of his acts of stupidity from then on. The Itchy And Scratchy movie opens in Springfield and the whole town wants to see it, especially Bart. When Bart is left in charge of Maggie, she takes the car and drives into the Springfield Penitentiary. Homer punishes Bart by taking away his movie ticket and vowing that he will NEVER see the movie in his life. Bart is jealous when all the other kids start raving about it, but Homer gets the victory that he wanted. A flash forward to the future shows Homer an old man and Bart in his adult years. Homer takes him to see the movie after all.
 

9F05: Marge Gets A Job

Airdate: 5 November 1992

Writer: Bill Oakley and Josh Weinstein
Director: Jeff Lynch
Executive Producer: Al Jean and Mike Reiss

The Simpsons' house slides off it's foundation and will cost $8500 to repair. Marge gets a job at the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant in order for them to afford the repairs. Smithers hires her on the spot. Mr. Burns is smitten by Marge and gets Smithers to arrange a dinner for he and Marge. Mr. Burns kidnaps Tom Jones to make the night extra special for her. Burns discovers that Marge is married to Homer and fires her. Homer defends Marge and Mr. Burns is impressed, so he reorganises a date for the husband and wife, complete with a Tom Jones soundtrack.
 

9F06: New Kid On The Block

Airdate: 12 November 1992

Writer: Conan O'Brien
Director: Wes Archer
Executive Producer: Al Jean and Mike Reiss

Ruth and Laura Powers move in next door to The Simpsons. Bart falls in love with Laura, a girl older than he is. Laura shows up in his treehouse wearing a pretty dress, and Bart thinks she is there to see him. But she's come to tell him she's dating Jimbo Jones. Bart makes a prank call to Moe using the name Jimbo, and Moe comes for revenge. Meanwhile, Homer is kicked out of the Frying Dutchman's restaraunt after taking advantage of the 'all you can eat' offer. Homer decides to sue, and hires Lionel Hutz to represent him in the court case.
 

9F07: Mr. Plow

Airdate: 19 November 1992

Writer: Jon Vitti
Director: Jim Reardon
Executive Producer: Al Jean and Mike Reiss

Homer drives into the family car, totalling both cars. He attends an auto-show to find a replacement but comes home with a snow plow. He uses it to set up his business titled 'Mr. Plow'. Business starts to boom, until Barney overhears of his success and opens up a contender for Homer. He even gets Linda Ronstadt for his commercial. Barney's 'Plow King' service takes away all of Homer's customers so he decides to get revenge. He makes a phoney call to Barney telling him to plow his driveway on top of Widow's Peak. Barney accepts the job but never returns. Homer feels guilty so he risks life and limb to drive up there to save him.
 

9F08: Lisa's First Word

Airdate: 3 December 1992

Writer: Jeff Martin
Director: Mark Kirkland
Executive Producer: Al Jean and Mike Reiss

When the family tries to get Maggie to talk, a conversation sparks about Bart and Lisa's first words. Barts first words were 'aye carumba', while Lisa's was 'Bart'. Why? The story unfolds. When Lisa was born, all the attention went to her and Bart was no longer seen as the cute one. He even cuts her hair off in attempt to make her look uglier. Bart is fed up with being second-best and packs his bags to leave the house. Who should stop him but Lisa, piping up with her first word. Bart is overjoyed that Lisa's first word was Bart, and decides to stick around after all. When the story ends, Homer puts Maggie to sleep. As he leaves the room, Maggie says 'daddy', but he had already gone.
 

9F09: Homer's Triple Bypass

Airdate: 17 December 1992

Writer: Gary Apple and Michael Carrington
Director: David Silverman
Executive Producer: Al Jean and Mike Reiss

Homer discovers a loud thumping noise coming from his car. He gets a mechanical opinion, and he is told that nothing is wrong with his car, it's his heart making the noise! Mr Burns catches Homer eating instead of working and tells him he's fired. The news is the final straw for Homer, he collapses in Burns' office. While it was only a minor heart attack, Homer needs to have a $40,000 coronary operation. A commercial on TV for Dr. Nick Riviera tells Homer that he will perform any operation for $129.95. With nothing to lose, Homer checks into Nick's hospital. It's operation time, and Dr. Nick is uncertain about what to do. Lisa who had studied up on the operation steps in to help and it turns out to be a success (but we all knew that).
 

9F10: Marge Vs. The Monorail

Airdate: 14 January 1993

Writer: Conan O'Brien
Director: Rich Moore
Executive Producer: Al Jean and Mike Reiss

The town gets it's hand on 3 million dollars thanks to Mr. Burns, and thw town holds a meeting to discuss how the money will be spent. A con man named Lyle Lanley turns up at the meeting and convinces them that the money should be spent on a Monorail. Everybody but Marge thinks this is a great idea. Homer is hired to be a monorail conductor, while Marge researches into Lyle's past. She visits another town which made use of his services. It was deserted, and a broken down monorail stood in the heart of the city. Marge returns to Springfield to tell everybody but she is too late. The monorail with Homer as conductor reaches high speeds and will not stop. Homer saves the day by using an anchor.
 

9F11: Selma's Choice

Airdate: 21 January 1993

Writer: David M. Stern
Director: Carlos Baeza
Executive Producer: Al Jean and Mike Reiss

Homer promises to take the kids to Duff Gardens but the trip is postponed when one of Marge's relatives die. On the newly scheduled date, Homer wakes up sick. Selma, unlucky in love, wishes to have a child so Marge thinks it's a good idea for her to spend some time with her own kids. Selma takes the kids to Duff Gardens hoping to get a taste of motherhood. The trip is a disaster. Bart gets trapped on a roller coaster and Lisa gets drunk. She decides that she isn't ready to have kids after all.
 

9F12: Brother From The Same Planet

Airdate: 4 February 1993

Writer: Jon Vitti
Director: Jeff Lynch
Executive Producer: Al Jean and Mike Reiss

After Homer forgets to pick Bart up after soccer practice, Bart wishes he has a better father and takes up the 'Bigger Brother' promotion as seen on television. The service is only available to children without parents but Bart lies at his meeting. He is assigned with a bigger brother named Tom, who gives bart the high life. Homer finds out and decides two can play at that game. He signs himself up as a bigger brother and is given care of a child named Pepi. At a trip to the aquarium, Homer and Pepi run into Bart and Tom. Tom starts a fight with Homer, believing he's a bad father. Homer gets hurt and Bart feels sorry for him after all. When Bart and Homer tie up their loose ends, Tom becomes Pepi's bigger brother.
 

9F13: I Love Lisa

Airdate: 11 February 1993

Writer: Frank Mula
Director: Wes Archer
Executive Producer: Al Jean and Mike Reiss

On Valentines Day, everybody in Lisa's class but Ralph receives cards. Feeling sorry for him, she rushes one up and gives it to him. Ralph now thinks that Lisa is in love with him and he takes advantage of the situation by walking her home. She tries to avoid him but when they are cast in a play together there is no escape. Ralph asks Lisa to come to Krusty's anniversay show with him. Lisa wants to go, but not with Ralph. She goes with him anyway, and Krusty interviews the two live on the show. Ralph tells the world the love he has for Lisa and she breaks his heart on television, telling him she only sent the card because she felt sorry for him. Ralph lets his grief out in the school play, and leaves the audience speechless after a stunning performance. Lisa apologizes after the play and even other girls told him he did a good job.
 

9F14: Duffless

Airdate: 18 February 1993

Writer: David M. Stern
Director: Jim Reardon
Executive Producer: Al Jean and Mike Reiss

Homer's drivers license is revoked after he is arrested for drink-driving. He also must attend alcoholics anonymous meetings. Meanwhile, Lisa conducts an experiment for the science fair to determine which is smarter, Bart or a hamster? The hamster comes out on top, but Bart discovers her plans and kidnaps the hamster for his own little show at the fair. He dresses the hamster up and sticks him in an aeroplane, demonstrating that hamsters can fly. He receives first prize. Homer makes it one month without a beer and rushes to Moes. After seeing the state his bar friends were in, he puts the beer down and goes for a bike ride with Marge instead.
 

9F15: Last Exit To Springfield

Airdate: 11 March 1993

Writer: Jay Kogen and Wallace Wolodarsky
Director: Mark Kirkland
Executive Producer: Al Jean and Mike Reiss

The union leader at the Nuclear Power Plant disappears, leaving the employees without a leader to renegotiate their contract. Mr Burns takes advantage of the situation and removes the dental plan from his employee benefits package, offering free beer in return. Everybody including Homer agrees, until Lisa needs braces which he will have to pay for himself. He stands up and urges other members to reject the contract, and is elected the new plant union representative. Marge buys lisa the cheapest braces which are huge and ugly. The workers vote to strike. Burns responds by turning off the city's power, but the workers do not change their mind. Burns comes to realize he has failed, and proposes to reinstate the dental plan if Homer resigns as the union leader. Homer agrees, and Lisa gets new, clear braces.
 

9F17: So It's Come To This: A Simpsons Clip Show

Airdate: 1 April 1993
Writer: Jon Vitti (wraparounds)
Director: Carlos Baeza
Executive Producer: Al Jean and Mike Reiss

An April Fools Day prank goes wrong, when Bart shakes up Homer's can of beer at the hardware store, it explodes as he opens it and Homer is rushed to hospital. The doctor notices several abnormalities so the story then turns into flashbacks of past instances involving Homer's near death run-ins. Homer wakes up and craves for candy. Noticing a candy machine in the foyer, he gets up but the machine crashes down on him and puts him in a coma. As Bart stands by his father's bed, he feels guilty for putting him there and tells him he shook up the can of beer. Homer's heart monitor responds and he wakes up to choke Bart. He's alive!
 

9F16: The Front

Airdate: 15 April 1993

Writer: Adam I. Lapidus
Director: Rich Moore
Executive Producer: Al Jean and Mike Reiss

Bart and Lisa decide to write their own Itchy And Scratchy episode. The cartoonists reject their script because they are too young. They resubmit the piece under Grampa's name. Roger Meyers is so impressed with the episode they wrote, Abe is hired as a staff writer. Grampa wins an award for his episode. But upon viewing it at the award ceremony before accepting it, he sees the cartoon he supposedly wrote and confesses he's never seen the show and it was too violent. Meanwhile, Homer's secrets come back to haunt him when he doesn't receive a high school reunion notice. He never graduated high school. At the reunion which he attends as Marge's partner, the principal reveals his secret and is laughed at. Homer decides to return to school and get his diploma.
 

9F18: Whacking Day

Airdate: 29 April 1993

Writer: John Swartzwelder
Director: Jeff Lynch
Executive Producer: Al Jean and Mike Reiss

Bart, Jimbo, Dolph, and Kearney are locked in the school's store room when Superintendant Chalmers announces a surprise inspection. Bart manages to escape, and takes Willie's tractor for a spin. Bart is expelled after he rams into Chalmers's rear end. Springfield holiday 'Whacking Day' is coming, and Lisa is horrified by the event. Marge home-schools Bart in the garage, and Bar reads the story "Johnny Tremain". When Whacking Day arrives, Lisa begs Homer not to participate but he refuses to listen. With the help of Barry White, Bart and Lisa lure the snakes into their house. The mob of people arrives and Bart, who had researched the day, told them of it's origins. It was concocted as an excuse to beat up the irish. Skinner sees the effort Bart went to and allows him to return to school.
 

9F20: Marge In Chains

Airdate: 6 May 1993

Writer: Bill Oakley and Josh Weinstein
Director: Jim Reardon
Executive Producer: Al Jean and Mike Reiss

While shopping at the Kwik-E-Mart, Marge accidentally forgets to pay for Grampa's bottle of bourbon and is arrested for shoplifting. Lionel Hutz is hired to defend Marge at her trial. She is sentenced to jail for 30 days after she is found guilty. Marge's absence is felt at home as well as the annual bake sale. Without her marshmallow squares, the Springfield Park Commission fails to raise enough money to pay for a statue of Abraham Lincoln. They purchase one of Jimmy Carter instead. The townspeople riot, and Marge is is released from jail. The townspeople cheerfully welcome her back.
 

9F19: Krusty Gets Kancelled

Airdate: 13 May 1993

Writer: John Swartzwelder
Director: David Silverman
Executive Producer: Al Jean and Mike Reiss

Springfield is bombarded with an advertising campaign for a new television series known as Gabbo! Gabbo is a ventriloquists dummy. The new TV show is on up against The Krusty The Clown Show and his career is jeopardized. When Krusty's ratings plummet, his show is cancelled. Krusty attempts to find employment and win at the races, but fails. Bart wishes to ruin Gabbo's career, so he sneaks into the television studio and switches on the camera as he is bad-mouthing his audience. Bart and Lisa wish to organise a comeback show for Krusty, which would feature all the best celebrities. They get in touch with Bette Midler, Hugh Heffner, Elizabeth Taylor, and the Red Hot Chilli Peppers. Elizabeth Taylor rejects the offer but all the rest accept. The special is an enormous hit and his show is reinstated.
 


The Episodes
[8F24] - Kamp Krusty
[8F18] - A Streetcar Named Marge
[9F01] - Homer The Heretic
[9F02] - Lisa The Beauty Queen
[9F04] - Treehouse Of Horror III
[9F03] - Itchy And Scratchy: The Movie
[9F05] - Marge Gets A Job
[9F06] - New Kid On The Block
[9F07] - Mr Plow
[9F08] - Lisa's First Word
[9F09] - Homer's Triple Bypass
[9F10] - Marge vs. The Monorail
[9F11] - Selma's Choice
[9F12] - Brother From The Same Planet
[9F13] - I Love Lisa
[9F14] - Duffless
[9F15] - Last Exit To Springfield
[9F17] - So It's Come To This: A Clip Show
[9F16] - The Front
[9F18] - Whacking Day
[9F20] - Marge In Chains
[9F19] - Krusty Gets Kancelled


Matt Groening Says:
This season is full of many fan favourites: Bart and Lisa's ill-fated trip to Kamp Krusty; Homer's encounter with a five-fingered God (the theological implications of which are staggering); Maggie's great escape from the Ayn Rand School for Tots; Marge, Apu, Chief Wiggum, and Flanders singing their hearts out in "Oh! Streetcar!"; the disturbing debut of Itchy & Scratchy in "Steamboat Itchy"; the legendary Mr. Plow/Plow King rivalry; the animated adventures of Worker and Parasite; Ralph Wiggum's immortal "Choo-Choo-Choose Me" valentine to Lisa; and of course the classic monorail episode. That's the one that has my all-time favourite Simpsons line, when Homer points at the hissing possom family and says: "I call the big one Bitey."

So, on behalf of the brilliant animators, actors, writers, musicians, production team, and assorted abused underlings, I'd like to welcome you to another great batch of The Simpsons, or, as they say in France, Les Simpson.

Your pal
Matt Groening



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