1F22: Bart Of Darkness

Airdate: 4 September 1994

Writer: Dan McGrath
Director: Jim Reardon
Executive Producer: David Mirkin

When Bart and Lisa convince Homer into installing a pool, children from around Springfield hear the news and invade the Simpsons' backyard. Bart is dared to dive from the top of his treehouse, loses his balance and breaks his leg. This prevents him from swimming and he takes refuge inside his room. Lisa feels for Bart's boredom and lends him her telescope. Bart spy's on Ned Flanders, who is digging a grave in his backyard and hears him talking about killing "her" which Bart assumes is Maude. Lisa helps Bart gather evidence. She sneaks inside Ned's home, but Ned returns carrying an ax whilst she is inside. Bart and Lisa confront him and tell everybody he killed his wife. Ned explains that he had only killed and buried Maude's favorite plant.
 

1F17: Lisa's Rival

Airdate: 11 September 1994

Writer: Mike Scully
Director: Mark Kirkland
Executive Producer: David Mirkin

When a new student, Alison, joins Lisa's class, she finds herself competing with the new girl to become the biggest achiever in the class. Meanwhile, Homer discovers an overturned truck filled with sugar. He takes off with the sugar and sells it door-to-door. Lisa visits Allison's house, where she finds she is even more average when compared to her. Bart offers to sabotage Allison's entry in the school diorama contest, replacing a scene of "The Telltale Heart" with a box containing a cows heart. The school shuns upon Allison's heart, but feeling guilty, Lisa "finds" her real diorama and saves her from embarassment. The judges felt that not Lisa's nor Allison's project deserved to win, as Skinner picked Ralph for his Action Figures display. Lisa and Allison settle their differences and become friends.
 

2F33: Another Simpsons Clip Show (aka. "Romance")

Airdate: 25 September 1994

Writer: Penny Wise
Director: David Silverman
Executive Producer: David Mirkin

As the title suggests, this is another Simpsons clip show. This time the focus is on love stories. Marge and Homer decide to teach the kids about romance by reflecting on memories. Marge tells the family about her near-affair with Jacques from the episode "Life On The Fast Lane". Homer also reveals about his mutal attraction with Mindy from the episode "The Last Temptation Of Homer". Lisa tells of Ralph Wiggum's crush on her from the episode "I Love Lisa" and Bart has a story about his heart being broken by Laura Powers from the episode "New Kid On The Block".
 

2F01: Itchy & Scratchy Land

Airdate: 2 October 1994

Writer: John Swartzwelder
Director: Wes Archer
Executive Producer: David Mirkin

After much pleading, Homer and Marge take the kids to Itchy & Scratchy Land. Upon arriving at the park, Marge is shocked at the violent rides but finds a pleasant escape at Parents' Island. Bart finds himself in trouble when he shots a gas bomb into a man in a Scratchy costume, but Homer does the same, kicking a giant Itchy in the butt. They are taken to the park jail, but Marge bails them out. While trying to leave the park, the Itchy & Scratchy robots turn on The Simpsons and try to kill them. Lisa figures out that bright lights causes the robots to malfunction so they take photos to blind them. They leave the park agreeing that despite all the problems, it was their best vacation ever.
 

2F02: Sideshow Bob Roberts

Airdate: 9 October 1994

Writer: Bill Oakley and Josh Weinstein
Director: Mark Kirkland
Executive Producer: David Mirkin

Sideshow Bob is released from prison by Mayor Quimby after persuading radio personality Birch Barlow that he is a decent man. Bob announces that he is running for the position of Mayor. Like any election, both sides have one on one campaigns and debates, but a few too many flu caplets into Mayor Quimby sees his demise, and the public sees that Bob would make a better mayor. Bob's first priority is to demolish the Simpsons house in favour of a "Matlock Expressway". Lisa and Bart are convinced that the election was a fraud and discover that many voters who cast their ballots for Bob were dead. In court, Bob is tricked into admitting that he rigged the election, and he returns to prison.
 

2F03: Treehouse Of Horror V

Airdate: 30 October 1994

Writer: Greg Danula, Dan McGrath, David Cohen, Bob Kushell
Director: Jim Reardon
Executive Producer: David Mirkin

The Shinning: While employed as caretakers at Mr. Burns' remote estate, Homer goes insane after his beer and TV are taken away from him.
Time And Punishment: While fixing their broken toaster, Homer creates a time machine. Causing changes in the past in turn changes the future, and the episode is a frantic race around various eras trying to get things back to the way they should be.
Nightmare Cafeteria: Bart is sentenced to detention in the school cafeteria. He discovers students disappearing one by one and suspects that Lunchlady Doris and Skinner are cooking kids and serving them in the cafeteria.
 

2F04: Bart's Girlfriend

Airdate: 6 November 1994

Writer: Jonathan Collier
Director: Susie Deitter
Executive Producer: David Mirkin

Bart falls in love with Jessica, Reverend Lovejoy's daughter. He enrolls into Sunday School to gain her attention. Playing the nice guy does not impress her, but her eyebrows are raised when Bart is caught in a detention sting operation. She enjoys the bad side of Bart and the two cause trouble around Springfield. She goes too far when she steals money from the church collection plate, as Bart takes the wrap for something he didn't do. Trying to prove his innocence, Lisa and Bart talk to Reverend Lovejoy but he will not believe a word of it. Eventually, Lisa urges them to look in Jessica's room, where they find the money. Jessica says she did it so her parents would give her more attention.
 

2F05: Lisa On Ice

Airdate: 13 November 1994

Writer: Mike Scully
Director: Bob Anderson
Executive Producer: David Mirkin

Lisa is told that she is failing gym class and unsuccessfully tries out for various sports to make up for her low grade. After watching Bart play ice hockey, a puck is hurtled towards her face but she catches it. Apu, the opposing team's coach, notices her skills and signs her up as his team's goalie. This leads the Cougers to their best season ever, and Homer starts spending more time with Lisa and leaving Bart jealous. Homer puts more pressure on the two when both of their teams are set to play, and whichever wins will gain his respect. The big game boils down to a penalty shot that pits Bart against Lisa. Both put aside their competition and realize their memories as brother and sister are far better than a hockey game. They throw down their equipment and hug, ending the game in a tie where a crowd brawl erupts.
 

2F06: Homer: Bad Man

Airdate: 27 November 1994

Writer: Greg Daniels
Director: Jeff Lynch
Executive Producer: David Mirkin

Feminist grad student Ashley Grant watches the children while Homer and Marge go to the Candy Industry Trade Show. At the show, Homer steals a rare gummy Venus de Milo. When he drops off Ashley at home he notices the venis is stuck to her butt and he grabs it - only Ashley mistakes the grab as a sexual advance. Outraged protesters surround his home, so he sits an interview with a television reporter. They take his conversation entirely out of context which makes the public think worse of him. Groundskeeper Willie steps in, informing Homer that he secretly videotapes couples in their cars. He has a tape of the Homer/Ashley incident which is shown to the public and Homer is cleared.
 

2F07: Grampa Vs. Sexual Inadequacy

Airdate: 4 December 1994

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

Sensing that Homer and Marge's marriage is in trouble, Grampa concocts a remedy that he guarantees will put a spark back in their sex life. Homer drinks the formula and is surprised that it works. Homer and Grampa go into business selling the love tonic from town to town. At one visit, they arrive at the famhouse where Homer grew up. The two have an argument and Grampa tells Homer that he was an accident. A hurt Homer kicks him out of the car. Homer takes the comment to heart and gives his own children more attention than they deserve. Homer and Grampa separately return to the farmhouse, where Homer uncovers a photo of his dad dressed as Santa. Homer realizes that his father did love him after all. As a grand finale, both of them accidentally set fire to the farmhouse and make up.
 

2F08: Fear Of Flying

Airdate: 18 December 1994

Writer: David Sacks
Director: Mark Kirkland
Executive Producer: David Mirkin

Homer is banned from Moe's Tavern after he plays a prank. He looks for another bar and comes across a place called "The Little Black Box", which is for aircraft pilots only. He is mistaken for a pilot and whisked to the cockpit of an airplane which he damages. The company gives Homer free plane tickets to prevent a bad company image. Marge has a panic attack on the plane and their trip is postponed. Marge acts strangely following this, and Lisa convinces Homer that she needs professional help. He takes her to a psychiatrist named Dr. Zweig. Fearing that he will be blamed for her condition, he spies on her throughout their sessions. Zweig helps Marge remember back to the time she discovered her father was a stewardess and not a pilot as she was told. Her shame is erased when Zweig tells her that her father helped clear the way for all of today's male stweards.
 

2F09: Homer The Great

Airdate: 8 January 1995

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

Suspicious of Lenny and Carl's strange behaviour, Homer follows them to an ominous-looking temple where many Springfieldians gather in a strange ceremony. They are members of the Stonecutters, an exclusive secret organization. Grampa is a member which guarantees Homer membership. After he joins, his popularity soars. At his first dinner with the club he uses a sacred parchment as a napkin and is stripped of his membership, having to walk home nude with a rock attached to him. The club leader notices a birthmark on Homer's back which identifies him as the "chosen one" of the Stonecutters. His excitement takes the better of him. Lisa suggests that he use his power to help others in the community, but the Stonecutters don't buy it and reject him. They form a new club: The Ancient Mystic Society of No Homers.
 

2F10: And Maggie Makes Three

Airdate: 22 January 1995

Writer: Jennifer Crittenden
Director: Swinton O. Scott III
Executive Producer: David Mirkin

Lisa notices that there are no photos of Maggie in the family photo albums. This leads to a recount of Maggie's birth. Homer received a paycheck that cleared him of his debts so he quit his job and insulted Mr. Burns. Satisfying a lifelong dream, he takes a job at Barney's dad's bowling alley. It was on this night that Maggie was concieved, when he and Marge celebrated their new life. Marge finds out she is pregnant but knew Homer wouldn't want to hear this news as it would mean getting a higher paid job. She kept her pregnancy a secret to Homer but Patty and Selma ensured that the whole town would find out and pass it along to him. Homer finds out and is devastated. Homer returns to the power plant for forgiveness, and Burns gives him his job back. His life turned dull again, until his spirits were lifted when he laid eyes on Maggie in the hospital. All of Maggies photos are stuck on the wall of his workstation.
 

2F11: Bart's Comet

Airdate: 5 February 1995

Writer: John Swartzwelder
Director: Bob Anderson
Executive Producer: David Mirkin

Bart is sentenced to assist Skinner with his astronomy project, meaning he must wake up at 4:30 each morning. While on the lookout, Bart spots a comet and reports it to an observatory. They congratulate Bart and the comet is named after him. The "Bart Simpson Comet" is found to be on a collision course with Springfield. Scientists launch a rocket to stop the comet but it misses its target and destroys the Springfield bridge -- the only way out of town. Springfield takes refuge in Flanders' bomb shelter. Not everyone can fit in the tiny room so Homer forces Ned out of the shelter. Feeling guilty he and the others open the door so they can all die together. As the comet enters the atmosphere it breaks up as it passes through thick layers of pollution. Ending up the size of a golf ball, the comet lands on Flanders' empty shelter which collapses instantly.
 

2F12: Homie The Clown

Airdate: 12 February 1995

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

Krusty opens a clown college which Homer sees a billboard for. Obsessed by it, he enrolls to learn how to become a clown. Upon graduating, Homer appears as Krusty at various Springfield events. Homer starts to hate the job but sees its advantages when people think he is the real Krusty. This is all fine until Fat Tony and his gang want to get in touch with Krusty to collect his gambling debts. They find and capture Homer, who tries to tell them he is not Krusty. Ignoring him, they plan to kill him until Don Vittorio, their boss tells him that his life will be spared if he can perform a trick on a tiny bike. Homer fails the stunt and just in time the real Krusty arrives. Vittorio says they must now kill both unless they can both perform the trick together. They succeed and their lives are spared.
 

2F13: Bart Vs. Australia

Airdate: 19 February 1995

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

Lisa tells Bart that water drains counter-clockwise in the Northern Hemisphere, and clockwise in Australia. In an effort to prove her wrong, he calls Australia and discovers that she is right. Bart is distracted and the phone stays off the hook for hours. The boy in Australia's father receives a bill for 900 dollary-doos and Bart receives a letter telling him he has been indicted for fraud. All he has to do is fly to Australia and apologize in person. He does so, but the Prime Minister orders that he receive a booting for his act of fraud. Bart and Homer escape and a chase ensues. They run back to their American Embassy and they stress that he can't leave until the Prime Minister boots Bart himself. Bart accepts, but just before the booting he pulls down his pants, revealing the words "don't tread on me". Angry Australians break down the embassy gates and the Simpsons are flown back to Springfield by helicopter.
 

2F14: Homer Vs. Patty And Selma

Airdate: 26 February 1995

Writer: Brent Forrester
Director: Mark Kirkland
Executive Producer: David Mirkin

Homer invests in selling pumpkins but fails to sell them all before Halloween, losing his life savings. He is refused loans so turns to Patty and Selma in desperation. They write him a check but in return, he makes them promise not to tell Marge and agrees that he become their slave. Meanwhile, Bart shows up late for school on sports sign up day. He has to take the only available class: ballet. Bart discovers he has a natural ability and falls in love with ballet dancing. He must perform in front of the school but feeling ridiculed, puts on a mask. When he sees the school loves him, he takes the mask off. They see it's Bart and he is pounded by bullies. Homer kicks Patty and Selma out when they tell Marge his secret. To free his debt he takes a job as a limo driver but is pulled over for not having a proper license. Patty and Selma fail him when he applies for one. Having a celebratory cigarette, they are caught by their boss and are about to be fired. Homer takes the cigarettes and says they are his. In return for saving their jobs, they agree to call off the debt.
 

2F31: A Star Is Burns

Airdate: 5 March 1995

Writer: Ken Keeler
Director: Susie Dietter
Executive Producer: Al Jean and Mike Reiss

Marge suggests that Springfield boost its image by holding a film festival. The town agree, and Marge assembles a judge panel including Jay Sherman from the tv show "The Critic". They invite Sherman to stay in their home, but Homer becomes jealous of him and asks Marge if he can be on the jury too. Marge reluctantly lets Homer take Martin Scorscese's position. Mr. Burns uses the festival as a way of improving his image. He hires a director and produces a big budget epic. Burns is booed when the film is shown. Burns bribes two jury members int ovoting for him, forcing the panel into a deadlock. Marge and Sherman choose Barney's artistic film titled "Pukahontas", while Homer goes for Hans Molemans "Man Getting Hit By A Football". Homer reconsiders for Marge's sake and relizes Barney deserves to win.
 

2F15: Lisa's Wedding

Airdate: 26 March 1995

Writer: Greg Daniels
Director: Jim Reardon
Executive Producer: David Mirkin

Lisa gets her fortune read. The teller describes Lisa's first love Hugh Parkfield whom she will meet in the year 2010. But it wasn't love at first sight. The two hate each other at first but they find they have a lot in common. Hugh brings Lisa to his home in England where he proposes and she accepts. Lisa phones home to tell them the news and that they will be meeting him when they return. Bart and Homer try to welcome the Englishman by raising his country's flag in their front yard, but it catches fire. Hugh finds that living with the Simpsons is hard but does not complain. On the wedding day, Hugh tells Lisa that they will be moving to England and wont have to deal with her family. Lisa does not like his insensitivity and hands him back the ring, and the wedding is called off. The fortune teller lets Lisa know she will have a true love some day.
 

2F18: Two Dozen And One Greyhounds

Airdate: 9 April 1995

Writer: Mike Scully
Director: Bob Anderson
Executive Producer: David Mirkin

The Simpsons notice Santa's Little Helper is acting strange. They realize it is because he is in love with another greyhound. The family take in the new dog but soon after, she gives birth to 25 puppies. The puppies drive the family crazy but Bart and Lisa do not want to give them away. Despite their protests, Homer and Marge erect a sign in their front yard advertising free puppies. Mr. Burns offers to take them all but Marge refuses. With her back turned, Burns steals the puppies. Bart and Lisa sneak into his estate and overhear that he plans to make a tuxedo out of 24 of the puppies; one left out because he has become attached to it. Bart and Lisa train all the dogs to act like the one he loves so that he doesn't kill any of them. Burns keeps the dogs, but raises them as racing dogs and earns millions of dollars in winnings.
 

2F19: The PTA Disbands

Airdate: 16 April 1995

Writer: Jennifer Crittenden
Director: Swinton O. Scott III
Executive Producer: David Mirkin

Skinner cuts back on funding for school supplies. Enraged at his penny pinching, Mrs Krabappel rallies support from fellow teachers and warns a strike is imminent. Bart however manipulates both parties hoping to close down the school. The teachers go on strike and the students are given too much free time. Lisa has withdrawal symptoms and even Bart shows signs of strange behavior. Marge sets out to reopen the school and organises a PTA meeting. Both sides refuse to solve their differences. The PTA is left to replace the teachers with Springfield citizens. Marge takes Bart's class and Jimbo and Kearney start picking on him. Determined to be safe in school, Bart devises a strategy to reunite Skinner and Krabappel, trapping them in a room together. The school reopens, deciding to lease classroom closet space to overcrowded prisons in order to raise money to increase salaries.
 

2F32: 'Round Springfield

Airdate: 30 April 1995

Writer: Joshus Sternin and Jeffrey Ventimilla, Mike Reiss and Al Jean
Director: Steven Dean Moore
Executive Producer: Al Jean and Mike Reiss

Bart swallows a jagged metal Krusty-O and is sent to hospital to get his appendix removed. Lisa discovers Bleeding Gums Murphy in an adjoining room. He recounts his career in showbiz and offers Lisa his Saxophone to use at her jazz recital. Lisa goes to tell Murphy how well the recital went but when she arrives at the hospital she discovers he passed away. She attends his funeral but discovers nobody really knew Bleeding Gums or his music. Bart receives $500 after sending the Krusty-O Cereal Corporation to court. Lisa asks a radio DJ to honor Bleeding Gums Murphy with a tribute but notices his only album is rare and costs $500 since he is dead. Bart feels sorry for Lisa and buys the album for her. It is broadcast on a small radio station but lightning strikes its antenna and the music is broadcast throughout Springfield. Bleeding Gums Murphy returns in spirit to play with Lisa one last time.
 

2F21: The Springfield Connection

Airdate: 7 May 1995

Writer: Jonathan Collier
Director: Mark Kirkland
Executive Producer: David Mirkin

Marge decides to become a police officer after she brings down a con artist. Her new job is nothing she expected it to be and even off duty people start treating her as authority rather than the Marge they used to know. One day on her beat she sees Homer parked across three parking spaces. She warns him to move the car but he taunts and makes fun of her. When he takes off her hat and makes fun of her she places him under arrest. Homer is later released from jail. Later hwhile playing poker with friends at home he discovers Herman is running a counterfeit jeans ring in the Simpsons garage. He threatens to expose him but his henchmen advance on him. Marge arrives and rescues him. Herman and the gang are arrested. She learns that the police crew have stolen the jeans for themselves. Unimpressed with the corruption in the force, she resigns.
 

2F22: Lemon Of Troy

Airdate: 14 May 1995

Writer: Brent Forrester
Director: Jim Reardon
Executive Producer: David Mirkin

Shelbyville kids steat Springfield's lemon tree. Bart and several others venture into Shelbyville to get it back. With a black wig he tries to get information from the Shelbyvillian gang but fails. The Springfield crew find a trail of lemons and discover the tree in an impound lot. Soon, Homer commandeers Flanders' RV and enlists other fathers to look for their children. The parents and children meet up and they explain their dilemma. Homer takes them to the impound and the lot's owner refuses to let them in. They illegally park the RV in a hospital loading zone and are towed to the impound lot. When the sun goes down they emerge from the RV and grab the tree. They narrowly escape the lot and make their way home with the tree half intact.
 

2F16: Who Shot Mr. Burns? (Part One)

Airdate: 21 May 1995

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

Groundskeeper Willie strikes oil underneath the school. This leaves townspeople to believe that the school is rich. Mr. Burns decided he wants to buy the oil well to protect his interests but Skinner rejects. Burns erects his own derrick which drills into the school's oil source. Burns's well strikes the school's oil and a burst of oil destroys Bart's treehouse, injures Santa's Little Helper, and cheats the school out of the money it could have made. Everybody in Springfield vows revenge against Burns. He retaliates with his own scheme, to block out the sun so that people will be forced to use nuclear power. The town is outraged --- even Smithers who is fired for insubordination. Burns surprises the townspeople at a Town Hall meeting and blocks out the sun's rays. He walks away happily, but is shot in the chest by a mystery assailant.
 


The Episodes
[1F22] - Bart Of Darkness
[1F17] - Lisa's Rival
[2F33] - Another Simpsons Clip Show
[2F01] - Itchy & Scratchy Land
[2F02] - Sideshow Bob Roberts
[2F03] - Treehouse Of Horror V
[2F04] - Bart's Girlfriend
[2F05] - Lisa On Ice
[2F06] - Homer: Bad Man
[2F07] - Grampa vs. Sexual Inadequacy
[2F08] - Fear Of Flying
[2F09] - Homer The Great
[2F10] - And Maggie Makes Three
[2F11] - Bart's Comet
[2F12] - Homie The Clown
[2F13] - Bart vs. Australia
[2F14] - Homer vs. Patty And Selma
[2F31] - A Star Is Burns
[2F15] - Lisa's Wedding
[2F18] - Two Dozen And One Greyhounds
[2F19] - The PTA Disbands
[2F32] - 'Round Springfield
[2F21] - The Springfield Connection
[2F22] - Lemon Of Troy
[2F16] - Who Shot Mr. Burns? [ Part One ]


Matt Groening Says:
Welcome to -- what is this? Season 6? Well, by golly whatever season it is, I'll confess one thing: This season is chock-full of the vintage animated frivolity that true fans have long clamored for: like the scene when Bart pulls that prank, the incident when Maggie falls down, the time when Lisa is unappreciated and, of course, who can forget that classic bit in which Homer hurts himself? Lots of laughs, lots of tears, lots of blood.

Best of all, this time around you get what may be the most profound philosophical statement in the entire history of The Simpsons. That's when sweet, innocent, pacifier-sucking Maggie (voiced by James Earl Jones) says (after nailing Groundskeeper Willie in the back with an axe): "This indeed is a disturbing universe."

There's only one thing left to say after that.

Praise Jebus!

Your pal
Matt Groening



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