9F21: Homer's Barbershop Quartet

Airdate: 30 September 1993

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

At the flea market, Bart and Lisa find a record album with Homer's face on the cover. Homer tells the children about the summer of 1985, where he, Chief Wiggum, Principal Skinner, and Apu formed a barbershop quartet. Chief Wiggum is replaced by Barney soon after. The group call themselves "The Be Sharps". Homer writes a song titled 'Baby On Board' which becomes a huge hit. Their album receives a Grammy and the group becomes a worldwide hit. Their success doesn't last long though, when the four realize it is too much work for them, and petty squabbling over song lyrics is tearing them apart. The band split up. After finishing the story, Homer gathers the three others on top of Moe's Tavern and they perform one last time.
 

9F22: Cape Feare

Airdate: 7 October 1993

Writer: Jon Vitti
Director: Rich Moore
Executive Producer: Al Jean and Mike Reiss

Somebody is sending Bart anonymous death threats through the mail. He suspects everybody in Springfield, even his family members. He soon realizes it is Sideshow Bob, who has just been released on parole. He plots revenge on Bart for sending him to jail in the first place. The family join the Witness Relocation Program and they move to Terror Lake in a house boat. Sideshow Bob straps himself underneath their car, taking him with them to their new home. The family is now known as "The Thompsons". On their first night, Bob ties up the family except for Bart. He attempts to kill Bart but he escapes out the window. But bob has set the boat adrift, so Bart is trapped. As a last request before Bob kills him, he asks Bob to sing the entire score from the "H.M.S. Pinafore," during which time the boat drifts back to Springfield where Chief Wiggum and the boys are waiting for him.
 

1F02: Homer Goes To College

Airdate: 14 October 1993

Writer: Conan O'Brien
Director: Jim Reardon
Executive Producer: David Mirkin

When the Nuclear Regulatory Commission makes a surprise inspection of the power plant, Homer accidentally causes a meltdown during a simulation van test. The NRC discover Homer did not attend college, which is needed for the job he is in. Burns gets him accepted into Springfield University. The Physics professor gets Homer partnered up with three young nerds, Benjamin, Doug, and Gary. Homer is the one teaching them lessons, on how to be cool. They organise a prank to kidnap the pig from the Springfield A&M. The nerds are caught and entirely blamed. Dean Peterson expells the nerds. Feeling guilty, Homer tries to get the nerds readmitted. Homer accidentaly runs Dean over in his car. Homer tells Dean the pig prank was his idea and the nerds return to school. Homer flunks his final exam but the nerds change his grade with a computer.
 

1F01: Rosebud

Airdate: 21 October 1993

Writer: John Swartzwelder
Director: David Silverman
Executive Producer: David Mirkin

Mr. Burns wishes he had his teddy bear back for his birthday. When he realizes this cannot happen, he is depressed. Smithers holds a huge party to cheer him up, but Burns is still not happy. When Bart goes to the Kwik-E-Mart to buy ice, one of the bags has a stuffed bear in it. He gives it to Maggie. Homer learns that the is Mr. Burns' when he sees the 'Bobo' tag. Burns offers them money, but when Homer sees how attached Maggie is to the bear, he pulls out of the deal. Burns and Smithers try to steal Bobo, and they try to turn the entire town against the Simpsons. Burns gives up and tells Maggie to keep the bear, but Maggie feels sorry for him and gives it back free of charge.
 

1F04: Treehouse Of Horror IV

Airdate: 30 October 1993

Writer: Conan O'Brien, Bill Oakley, Josh Weinstein, Greg Daniels, Dan McGrath, Bill Canterbury
Director: David Silverman
Executive Producer: David Mirkin

The Devil And Homer Simpson: Homer sells his soul for a donut. When Homer eats the donut, the devil sends him to hell.
Nightmare At 5 1/2 Feet: While riding the school bus, Bart sees a gremlin ripping wires and metal from the side of the bus. None of the other students see it, but it is tearing the bus apart!
Bart Simpson's Dracula: Mr. Burns the vampire invites The Simpsons to his castle in Pennsylvania. When the family starts turning into vampires they head out to kill the head vampire.
 

1F03: Marge On The Lam

Airdate: 4 November 1993

Writer: Bill Canterbury
Director: Mark Kirkland
Executive Producer: David Mirkin

Marge invites her neighbor Ruth Powers out to a ballet performance. The two have a great time and agree to go out more often. The next night, Ruth pulls up in a convertible wearing jeans and a leather jacket. Ruth and Marge head off to several night clubs before driving up to the Springfield sign that overlooks the town. Homer arrives just as they are leaving, and runs into Chief Wiggum who offers to drive him home. Wiggum tries to pull over Ruth's car for a minor infraction, but Ruth speeds up since she stole the car from her ex husband. Homer and Wiggum speed off and chase the car. Ruth wants to give herself up when several other police cars join the race, but Marge talks her out of it. They are now driving through the desert towards a chasm. Homer believes they are trying to kill themselves, and before they hit the chasm Homer over a bullhorn apologises to Marge for being a bad husband. The car stops just before hitting the chasm, but Homer and Wiggum's car goes over the edge, landing safely on a pile of garbage.
 

1F05: Bart's Inner Child

Airdate: 11 November 1993

Writer: George Meyer
Director: Bob Anderson
Executive Producer: David Mirkin

Homer purchases a free trampoline and charges neighbourhood kids to use it. It turns out to be very dangerous. Marge orders a self-help videotape which promises to change her and Homer's relationship for the better. The host of the tape, Brad Goodman, comes to Springfield and they take the whole family to see him. Brad brings Bart up on stage as an example of a child whose feelings are uninhibited. He tells everybody to follow Bart's example. The people of Springfield let their represses selves free. Bart realizes now the whole town is acting like he used to, he is no longer unique. At a "Do what you feel festival", the townspeople go out of control. They all blame bart for the disasters occured.
 

1F06: Boy-Scoutz N The Hood

Airdate: 18 November 1993

Writer: Dan McGrath
Director: Jeffrey Lynch
Executive Producer: David Mirkin

After drinking an all-syrup squishee, Bart and Milhouse get high on sugar and spend a night out on the town. Bart wakes up the next morning in a Junior Campers uniform, which he unknowingly joined the night before. Bart decides to stay with the group since they are issuing pocket knife licenses. Homer joins Bart on a father-son river rafting trip, and when Homer sends the raft down the wrong rapids, he, Bart and the Flanderses are left stranded at sea. Homer eats most of the foot rations, and drops a swiss army knife onto the raft. The raft begins to sink but when Homer smells hamburgers, he uses his nose to steer them back to safety.
 

1F07: The Last Temptation Of Homer

Airdate: 9 December 1993

Writer: Frank Mula
Director: Carlos Baeza
Executive Producer: David Mirkin

Bart discovers he needs glasses, and orthopedic shoes for his feet leaving him looking like a nerd. Mr. Burns hires a female employee at the Power Plant. Mindy gains Homers attention by sharing their similar interests; beer and tv. Burns assigns Homer and Mindy to represent the plant at an energy convention. Homer enjoys his time with Mindy. They order room service together, trade insults, then win a romantic dinner for two at a Chinese restaraunt. After dinner they return to Homer's room. Homer thinks that she wants to sleep with him, but instead of giving into temptation, he invites Marge to take Mindy's place at the hotel.
 

1F08: $pringfield (or How I Learned To Stop Worrying & Love Legalized Gambling)

Airdate: 16 December 1993
Writer: Bill Oakley and Josh Weinstein
Director: Wes Archer
Executive Producer: David Mirkin

At a Town Hall meeting, Principal Skinner suggests that gambling be legalized to raise money for the struggling town of Springfield. The plan is adopted and Mr Burns builds his own casino on the Springfield boardwalk. Homer is employed as a blackjack dealer. Marge slowly becomes addicted to slot machines and begins to ignore her family. Mr. Burns grows even richer and becomes paranoid about germs. Lisa senses that Marge has a problem, and she makes Marge promise to help her with a costume for her Geography pageant. Marge fails to return home from the casino, sending an enraged Homer to confront Marge at the casino. She realizes that she has a gambling problem and apologizes.
 

1F09: Homer The Vigilante

Airdate: 6 January 1994

Writer: Jon Vitti
Director: Rich Moore
Executive Producer: David Mirkin

The Simpsons awake to discover they have been robbed. But they aren't the only ones; the whole town has been a victim of the Springfield Cat Burglar. The Neighborhood Watch group elects Homer as its leader. Homer and his group patrol the streets and receives word from the burglar himself that the world's largest cubic zirconia at the museum is his next target. He mans the museum 24/7 but is disrupted by underage teens drinking beer. He gets carried away and gets drunk with them as the burglar enters the museum and makes his mark. Abe tells everybody he knows who the burglar is: Molloy from his retirement home. Citizens storm the home to find their stolen property and Wiggum places Molloy under arrest. He escapes from jail when he tells the townspeople there is money burried under a big T and they are sent on a wild goose chase.
 

1F11: Bart Gets Famous

Airdate: 3 February 1994

Writer: John Swartzwelder
Director: Susie Dietter
Executive Producer: David Mirkin

While on a field trip to a local box factory, Bart sneaks across the road to Channel Six studios where The Krusty The Clown show is being taped. When Bart steals Kent Brockmans danish and gives it to Krusty, he is hired as Krusty's new assistant. Work wasn't all it was cut out to be; just before he was about to quit Krusty tells him he needs Bart to be an extra in a comedy sketch. When it all goes wrong and Bart knocks over the set live on television, he utters the words "I didn't do it." The audience think this is a hoot and he becomes an instant celebrity. It doesn't take long for the fad to wear off, and when people stop laughing at him, Bart is fired by Krusty.
 

1F10: Homer And Apu

Airdate: 10 February 1994

Writer: Greg Daniels
Director: Mark Kirkland
Executive Producer: David Mirkin

Homer passes out after eating some old meat from the Kwik-E-Mart. Homer takes his story to "Bite Back with Kent Brockman" and Apu is fired by the company after Homer reveals Apu's violations. Apu tells Homer he wishes to make amends by becoming Homer's personal valet. Actor James Woods is hired as the new clerk at the Kwik-E-Mart as Apu misses his old job. Homer accompanys Apu to the Kwik-E-Mart headquarters in India to help him win back his job. When the chief grants Apu three questions, Homer intervenes costing Apu his chance to be rehired. Apu returns to the Kwik-E-Mart where he saves James Woods from being shot by Snake. Eternally grateful, Woods offers Apu his job back.
 

1F12: Lisa Vs. Malibu Stacy

Airdate: 17 February 1994

Writer: Bill Oakley and Josh Weinstein
Director: Jeff Lynch
Executive Producer: David Mirkin

Lisa purchases a talking Malibu Stacy doll but discovers the doll can only utter phrases that reinforce sexist stereotypes. Marge takes Lisa to the Malibu Stacy factory but Lisa's complaints receive the standard response. With the help of Smithers, Lisa tracks down Stacy Lovell, the inventor of the doll. Lisa convinces her to challenge the big toy companies and create a new doll that embodies qualities that she respects. The doll is named "Lisa Lionheart", and the company that produces Malibu Stacy bounces back by introducing a new doll; the same one with a new hat. On the day of Lisa Lionheart's debut, children flock to the new Malibu Stacy doll and ignore Lisa's doll. She concludes that even if her doll makes an impression on just one little girl, her efforts have been worthwhile.
 

1F13: Deep Space Homer

Airdate: 24 February 1994

Writer: David Mirkin
Director: Carlos Baeza
Executive Producer: David Mirkin

NASA discover that nobody is interested in their rocket launches anymore, so they embark on a search for a "blue collar slob" to become an astronaut. Homer calls the Space Administration to complain about their boring TV coverage and they choose him and Barney to be the "slobs". They realize only one will be chosen which develops into a competition resulting in Barney giving up beer. Barney beats Homer for the position, but in a celebratory drink, Barneys true colors are revealed and Homer is given the job. Once in space, Homer spills potato chips and smashes an experimental ant farm which clog the instrument panel. The men blow the debris into the vacuum of space, but Homer nearly gets sucked out of the airlock and breaks a critical door handle. He pins it shut using an inanimate carbon rod and the ship returns safely back to earth.
 

1F14: Homer Loves Flanders

Airdate: 24 February 1994

Writer: David Richardson
Director: Wes Archer
Executive Producer: David Mirkin

Flanders wins two tickets to a football game and invites Homer as his guest. Flanders pays for all the food and even gets the winning quarterback to give the game ball to Homer. Homer becomes best friends with Ned and his family. Marge gets jealous of the time Homer is spending with the Flanders family, so Homer arranges a camping trip with both families. When the Simpsons initiate a food fight, Ned realizes how much he truly hates Homer. Homer is oblivious to Ned's animosity. When he arrives at their house, they hop in the car and race off. Ned is pulled over for speeding, and the townspeople begin to like Homer more than Ned. Ned yells at Homer in church, but when the other churchgoers say bad things back to Ned, Homer sticks up for his buddy and convinces the townspeople to give Ned a second chance. The next week, everything returns to normal as Homer tells Ned to get lost.
 

1F15: Bart Gets An Elephant

Airdate: 31 March 1994

Writer: John Swartzwelder
Director: Jim Reardon
Executive Producer: David Mirkin

When Bart wins a KBBL radio contest, the DJ's Bill and Marty give him the choice of $10,000 or an elephant, thinking that nobody would ever accept the dud prize. Bart does, but the station cannot deliver. They offer a variety of prizes which he turns down. With their jobs at stake, they arrange for a full grown elephant to be delivered to the house. Bart names the elephant Stampy. They realize keeping an elephant is too costworthy and it cannot stay in their backyard. Homer sells Stampy to an ivory dealer, but before he can claim him, Bart sets the elephant free. Bart insists that Homer give Stampy to an animal refuge, but Homer wants the money from the ivory dealer. Homer gets stuck in a tar pit and Stampy pulls him to safety. Grateful to Stampy for saving his life, Homer gives the elephant to the refuge.
 

1F16: Burns' Heir

Airdate: 14 April 1994

Writer: Jack Richdale
Director: Mark Kirkland
Executive Producer: David Mirkin

After nearly drowning, Mr Burns launches a search for a young man to inherit his fortune should he die. At the auditions, when Bart is rejected by Burns, he vandalizes his mansion. Impressed by Bart's violence, Burns chooses him to be his heir. Bart spends time at Burns's mansion. He returns home spoiled and unbearable resulting in a punishment from Homer. Refusing to take it, Bart moves in with Mr Burns and the family lose custody of him. Burns convinces Bart that his family does not miss him. As a sign of complete loyalty, Burns asks Bart to fire Homer from his job. Bart cannot do it, and sends Burns down a trapdoor.
 

1F18: Sweet Seymour Skinner's Baaadassss Song

Airdate: 27 April 1994

Writer: Bill Oakley and Josh Weinstein
Director: Bob Anderson
Executive Producer: David Mirkin

When Bart brings Santa's Little Helper to school for Show and Tell, the dog disappears in the schools air ducts. Groundskeeper Willie is sent to catch him but gets stuck inside the vents leaving him to be rescued by the fire department. Superintendant Chalmers witnesses the event and replaces Skinner with Ned Flanders. Bart feels responsible for Skinner's dismissal. Skinner invites him home and the two become friends. Bart tells Skinner the school is falling apart under Flanders's regime. Skinner re-enlists in the army. Bart plots to have Flanders fired and Skinner rehired by exposing Flanders's poor leadership. Chalmers is unfazed by the chaos, but hears Flanders thanking the lord over the loudspeaker. He fires Flanders for introducing prayer into the school and Skinner resigns from the army to get his old position back.
 

1F19: The Boy Who Knew Too Much

Airdate: 5 May 1994

Writer: John Swartzwelder
Director: Jeffrey Lynch
Executive Producer: David Mirkin

Bart forges a note exusing him from school, but when Skinner reads the note he knows it's a fake and tracks Bart through town. Bart escapes by jumping inside the passing car of Freddy Quimby, the Mayor's nephew. Arriving at Freddy's birthday party, he hides beneath a table and witnesses an altercation between Freddy and a waiter. Freddy is charged with beating the waiter. Bart confesses to Lisa that he saw what happened and can prove that Freddy is innocent, but if he comes forward he will be expelled for skipping school. Lisa convinces Bart to testify. Bart states that the waiter slipped and injured himself and the charges against Quimby are dropped. Skinner praises Bart for his bravery and only sentences him to four months detention.
 

1F21: Lady Bouvier's Lover

Airdate: 12 May 1994

Writer: Bill Oakley and Josh Weinstein
Director: Wes Archer
Executive Producer: David Mirkin

Marge tells Homer that her mother and his father seem lonely. They take the pair to dinner hoping to spark a relationship. At Mrs. Bouvier's apartment after dinner, Grampa sees photos of her and falls in love with her. He takes her to a senior citizens swing dance but Mr. Burns cuts in and dances with Mrs. Bouvier the whole night. Abe is heartbroken. The next day, Burns arrives at the house to pick up Mrs. Bouvier for another date. He proposes to her and dispite Marge's warnings, she accepts. During the wedding ceremony, Burns kicks Bart when he drops the wedding ring. Repulsed by Burns's behaviour, Mrs. Bouvier leaves with Abe, deciding not to marry either of the men.
 

1F20: Secrets Of A Successful Marriage

Airdate: 19 May 1994

Writer: Greg Daniels
Director: Carlos Baeza
Executive Producer: David Mirkin

Marge suggests that Homer enroll in an adult education course to sharpen his intellect. Homer's friends are teachers, so he requests an instructing position instead. He is hired to teach a course on marriage. Homer soon realizes that he doesn't know how to run a class, but when he reveals personal secrets about Marge, the class pays close attention. Marge finds out Homer is divulging personal information and kicks Homer out of the house. She refuses to forgive him as he takes up residence in Bart's treehouse. Reverend Lovejoy encourages Marge to seek divorce, but Homer pours his heart out to her and promises he will never lose her trust again. Marge forgives Homer.
 


The Episodes
[9F21] - Homer's Barbershop Quartet
[9F22] - Cape Feare
[1F02] - Homer Goes To College
[1F01] - Rosebud
[1F04] - Treehouse Of Horror IV
[1F03] - Marge On The Lam
[1F05] - Bart's Inner Child
[1F06] - Boy-Scoutz N The Hood
[1F07] - The Last Temptation Of Homer
[1F08] - $pringfield
[1F09] - Homer The Vigilante
[1F11] - Bart Gets Famous
[1F10] - Homer And Apu
[1F12] - Lisa vs. Malibu Stacy
[1F13] - Deep Space Homer
[1F14] - Homer Loves Flanders
[1F15] - Bart Gets An Elephant
[1F16] - Burns' Heir
[1F18] - Sweet Skinner's Baaadassss Song
[1F19] - The Boy Who Knew Too Much
[1F21] - Lady Bouvier's Lover
[1F20] - Secrets Of A Sucessful Marriage


Matt Groening Says:
This Fifth Season of The Simpsons may be the finest one yet. Season 5 contains many of our snappiest or most disturbing sequences. You'll get to see Grampa and Mr. Burns wooing Marge's mum, Homer eating potato chips in outer space, Lisa inventing the Lisa Lionheart doll, Bart getting an Elephant, Marge going on the lam, and Maggie beginning her lifelong feud with the One-Eyebrowed Baby.

You also get Sideshow Bob explaining that his "Die, Bart, Die" tattoo is actually just German for "The, Bart, The". And The Ramones playing at Mr. Burns' birthday party. And a field trip to a cardboard-box factory. And Homer happily pulling a pig's tail until the pig viciously bites him. And the historic first appearance of Cletus, the Slack-Jawed Yokel.

And of course we've larded the whole season with healthy dollops of Bumblebee Man, Apu, Milhouse, Dr. Hibbert, Mrs. Krabappel, Principal Skinner, Kent Brockman, Rod and Todd Flanders, Itchy & Scrachy, Comic Book Guy, Moe, and Ralph Wiggum. Our guest stars include James Brown, George Harrison, Albert Brooks, David Crosby, Kathleen Turner, Kelsey Grammer, Werner Klemperer, Pamela Reed, Gerry Cooney, Sam Neill, Ernest Borgnine, Robert Goulet, James Taylor, James Woods, Michelle Pfeiffer, Buzz Aldrin, and former Simpsons writer / producer Conan O'Brien.

So sit back and enjoy this high-velocity season of classic Simpsons shows. On behalf of the hard working writers, animators, musicians, producers, and actors, we thank you for your enthusiastic letters, drawings, and gifts, and remind you of our standard policy: No Refunds.

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