2F20: Who Shot Mr. Burns? (Part Two)

Airdate: 17 September 1995

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

Smithers wakes up with a hangover and recalls the events leading up to the shooting of Mr. Burns and concludes that while drunk, he pulled the trigger. Smithers confesses to a priest, but the booth turns out to be a police trap and Smithers is taken into custody. But Smithers remembers he was at home watching TV when the shooting occurred. He is released. Lisa comes up with a list of possible suspects and the police search Homer's car and discover a gun covered in fingerprints. Homer becomes the chief suspect and when Burns regains consciousness he says Homer's name over and over again. Homer escapes from the wagon carrying him to prison. He sneaks into the hospital and advances on Burns. Lisa races in to tell everybody she has solved the mystery but Mr. Burns reveals the truth, that Maggie shot him after a struggle involving candy.

2F17: Radioactive Man

Airdate: 24 September 1995

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

Springfield is chosen as the location of the new Radioactive Man film. Rainier Wolfcastle is cast as the star but Fallout Boy is to be chosen amongst Springfield residents. Bart gives an impressive reading but Milhouse is the one they want. During the filming, Milhouse can't cope with the enormous pressure placed on him and runs away. A manhunt is organized to find him. Bart finds Milhouse tucked away in his treehouse. He insists that stardom is meaningless and even when Mickey Rooney drops in to convince him to continue with the movie, Milhouse refuses to go back to work. The film is cancelled and the production company shuts down.

3F01: Home Sweet Homediddly-Dum-Doodily

Airdate: 1 October 1995

Writer: Jon Vitti
Director: Susie Dietter
Executive Producer: Bill Oakley, Josh Weinstein

Homer and Marge go on a three hour trip to a health spa arranging Grampa to watch the kids. While gone, Bart is found to have headlice, and Lisa's shoes are stolen and is hit in the head with a ball. This prompts Skinner to call the welfare office and the kids are put in the care of the Flanders's. Homer and Marge plead their case in court but the judge orders them to complete a class in raising children in order to get them back. Ned discovers the children haven't been baptized and rushes them to the river intending to baptize them himself. Homer and Marge complete their class and rush to the river, stopping the baptism. The family is reunited as one.

3F02: Bart Sells His Soul

Airdate: 8 October 1995

Writer: Greg Daniels
Director: Wes Archer
Executive Producer: Bill Oakley, Josh Weinstein

Bart sells his soul to Milhouse for five dollars, thinking that it does not exist. Soon his pets act hostile towards him and he loses his sense of humor. Lisa sees these changes and suspects that he really did lose is soul. When Bart tries to buy back his soul Milhouse asks fifty dollars fo rit. When Moe opens a new family style restaraunt, The Simpsons dine in and Lisa taunts Bart with a prayer before dinner. Bart leaves Moe's to find his soul. Milhouse tells Bart that he traded his soul for Alf pogs, but the next morning when the Android's Dungeon opens, he discovers that it had already been sold to a customer. As Bart prays for his soul to return, Lisa drops it over her head. She bought it for him the night before.

3F03: Lisa The Vegetarian

Airdate: 15 October 1995

Writer: David S. Cohen
Director: Mark Kirkland
Executive Producer: David Mirkin

Lisa befriends a cute baby lamb at a zoo and becomes a vegetarian. At school, Skinner shows all the students a film that encourages them to eat meat but Lisa doesn't buy it. Meanwhile, Homer decides to have a neighbourhood barbecue. Lisa tries to serve soup at the BBQ but is laughed at by everyone. Homer presents a pig to his guests, and Lisa gets her revenge by hijacking the rolling grill sending the pig down a steep hill and through the dam, into the sky. Lisa and Homer become tense around each other and she runs away. She goes to the Kwik-E-Mart and eats a hot dog to make everybody happy but learns it is made of tofu. Apu, too is a vegetarian. He brings Lisa to his rooftop where Paul and Linda McCartney teach her how to become a good vegetarian and Lisa apologizes to Homer.

3F04: Treehouse Of Horror VI

Airdate: 30 October 1995

Writer: John Swartzwelder, Steve Tompkins, David S. Cohen
Director: Bob Anderson
Executive Producer: Bill Oakley, Josh Weinstein

Attack Of The 50-Foot Eyesores: The statues of popular advertising mascots spring to life and begin to destroy Springfield. Lisa is the only one who tries to figure out how to stop them.
Nightmare On Evergreen Terrace: Bart wakes up from a nightmare involving Groundskeeper Willie with scars. After Martin dies during his sleep, it is suspected that Willie will kill all the children in their dreams one by one.
Homer³: Homer discovers a wall in their house which sucks him into the third dimension. The townspeople try to help but Homer causes a giant vortex as Bart enters the realm to save him.

3F05: King Size Homer

Airdate: 5 November 1995

Writer: Dan Greaney
Director: Jim Reardon
Executive Producer: Bill Oakley, Josh Weinstein

Homer decides he wants to work at home and discovers he can qualify as disabled if he weighs 300 pounds. He achieves this and a workstation is installed in his home. Homer looks for shortcuts and uses a novelty nodding bird as a substitute for his fingers while he goes to the movies. He returns home to find the bird has failed and the reactor core will explode unless he shuts it down manually. He hijacks an ice cream truck and races to the plant. He climbs a ladder to get to the lever but the catwalk buckles under his weight. The tank explodes and Homer falls into it, but he blocks the hole and seals the leak. Homer is rewarded by Mr. Burns with an exercise program that will return him to his normal size.

3F06: Mother Simpson

Airdate: 19 November 1995

Writer: Richard Appel
Director: David Silverman
Executive Producer: Bill Oakley, Josh Weinstein

Homer fakes his death so he can enjoy a Saturday at home. People believe his really is dead so he goes to change his records. In the record he sees his mother is still alive. When he goes to check her grave he discovers is is not hers, but his mother is in town after hearing the news of his death. She recounts how she had to leave Springfield 25 years ago due to committing a crime involving Mr Burns's germ lab. Burns sees her at the post office and identifies her. FBI agents begin a hunt for Homer's mom and track her down at the Simpson house. When they and Mr. Burns arrive for revenge she has already fled, tipped off by Chief Wiggum who benefited from the germ lab breakin all those years ago.

3F08: Sideshow Bob's Last Gleaming

Airdate: 26 November 1995

Writer: Spike Ferensten
Director: Dominic Polcino
Executive Producer: Bill Oakley, Josh Weinstein

Sideshow Bob becomes obsessed by TV's detrimental effect on society. He breaks out of community service at the Air Force base and steals a nuclear bomb. Meanwhile The Simpsons travel to the base to watch an air show. During the show Bob appears on a giant monitor and tells them he will use the bomb unless TV is abolished in Springfield. In the panic, Bart and Lisa get trapped in the base and look for him. Quimby shuts down all of Springfield's TV stations but Krusty with ratings on the mind broadcasts his own show from a civil defense shack. Bob sets off the bmb but it fails to explode. The military forces close in on him as he kidnaps Bart and commandeers the original Wright Brothers' plane towards Krusty's shack in a plot to kill him. The craft bounces off the shack's roof and Bob is captured by police.

3F31: The Simpsons 138th Episode Spectacular

Airdate: 3 December 1995

Writer: Penny Wise
Director: Pound Foolish (David Silverman)
Executive Producer: Bill Oakley, Josh Weinstein

Troy McClure hosts this behind the scenes show. It begins with a brief history of the show, and shorts from The Tracey Ullman Show are featured. These include "Good Night" and "Space Patrol". Troy then answers viewer mail regarding Homer's stupidity, and the real deal about Smithers. Never before scene clips from Krusty Gets Kancelled, $pringfield, Mother Simpson, Treehouse Of Horror IV, Homer And Apu, and Burns' Heir are shown. An alternate ending to Who Shot Mr. Burns is shown in which Smithers is found the culprit can also be seen before Troy closes the show with a question of The Simpsons' future.

3F07: Marge Be Not Proud

Airdate: 17 December 1995

Writer: Mike Scully
Director: Steven Dean Moore
Executive Producer: Bill Oakley, Josh Weinstein

Bart sees a commercial for the video game "Bonestorm" and must have it. All of his attempts to purchase, rent, or borrow the game fail, so Bart decides to steal it from the local Try'N'Save. He is caught and told to never enter the store again. Marge takes the family to the same store for their annual Christmas picture, and the security guy spots him and shows a disbelieving Marge and Homer a tape of Bart stealing the game. Marge's behaviour around Bart changes and he feels he has lost her love. He goes to the store again but returns with a bulge under his jacket. Marge confronts him thinking he has shoplifted again but a framed photograph of himself smiling is pulled out. Bart and his mother make up and he gets to open his present early.. "Lee Carvello's Putting Challenge".

3F10: Team Homer

Airdate: 6 January 1996

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

Homer asks an anesthetized Mr. Burns for five hundred dollars to pay for his bowling league registration. The "Pin Pals" consisting of Otto, Apu, Moe, and Homer begin a winning streak until Burns discovers he unwillingly paid for the team's operation. He asks to join the team, and since they have no choice, they drop Otto in favour of him. Meanwhile, a school uniform is introduced to the school, but when their colours run, the children go wild. The Pin Pals lose their form when Burns joins the team but they make it into the championship. With two pins away from victory, Mr. Burns takes his turn. As the ball heads for the gutter, Otto tips over a novelty machine, sending vibrations through the ground and the pins to the ground. They win the trophy which Mr. Burns claims as his own doing.

3F09: Two Bad Neighbors

Airdate: 14 January 1996

Writer: Ken Keeler
Director: Wes Archer
Executive Producer: Bill Oakley, Josh Weinstein

Homer leads an Evergreen Terrace rummage sale, but is upstaged when former President George Bush Sr. and his wife Barbara move in to a home across the street from the Simpsons. Bart makes regular trips to the house, becoming a nuisance to George who immediately dislikes him. Bart accidentally destroys Bush's typed memoirs, and as a punishment he spanks him, prompting Homer to confront his new neighbor. Both men vow trouble for each other. Homer launches bottle rockets at his house and glues a rainbow wig into George's head. He responds with a banner on his house showing the Simpsons as bad neighbors and doing doughnuts on their lawn. The war ends when Homer and Bart unleash locusts. Realizing the neighborhood is bringing out the worst in George, they move out.

3F11: Scenes From The Class Struggle In Springfield

Airdate: 4 February 1996

Writer: Jennifer Crittenden
Director: Susie Dietter
Executive Producer: Bill Oakley, Josh Weinstein

Marge buys a Chanel suit for ninety dollars at a discount store but doesn't know where to wear it. While wearing it around town, she meets a classy ex schoolfriend who invites Marge to her country club. Marge and the family's visit is a success and they are invited back. Burns invites Homer to a round of golf at the club, but Homer discovers Smithers cheats for his boss. Burns tells Homer he will support Marge's membership if Homer keeps the secret. Marge ruins her suit trying to make it look like a new one and buys another one for the upcoming membership initiation. She sees herself desserting her family and realizes she was happier being her old self. She takes the family to Krusty Burger to have a cheap meal, the way they like it.

3F12: Bart The Fink

Airdate: 11 February 1996

Writer: John Swartzwelder
Director: Jim Reardon
Executive Producer: Bill Oakley, Josh Weinstein

Bart opens achecking account and plans to get Krusty's autograph by slipping a 25 cent check into the clown's back pocket. When the check returns, it is endorsed with a stamp instead of the signature. He brings the check back to the bank and they discover Krusty is one of the biggest tax cheats in history. The IRS take control of Krusty's assets and his show. One evening as the town watches, Krusty pilots his airplane into a mountainside and is pronounced dead. Even after the funeral, Bart sees a man whom he recognizes as Krusty. With Lisa's help he finds and identifies Krusty living under the name Rory B. Bellows. Bart convinces Krusty to drop his phony identity and return to public life. Krusty kills off his pseudonym in order to collect life insurance premium, ending his tax woes.

3F13: Lisa The Iconoclast

Airdate: 18 February 1996

Writer: Jonathan Collier
Director: Mike B. Anderson
Executive Producer: Bill Oakley, Josh Weinstein

Homer wins the role of town crier in Springfield's bicentennial celebration parade. Lisa writes an essay on the town founder, Jebediah Springfield, who her research reveals was a murderous silver tongued pirate. Lisa is banned from the Historical Society for her accusations, and is ostracized by the townspeople. She and Homer convince the city officials to exhume the body to prove he has a silver tongue but once uncovered no tongue is found. Lisa deduces that Hollis Hurlbut, the president of the Historical Society stole the tongue to protect the local hero's image. She realizes the myth of Jebediah is more important than historical fact and decides to keep the information from the public.

3F14: Homer The Smithers

Airdate: 25 February 1996

Writer: John Swartzwelder
Director: Steve Moore
Executive Producer: Bill Oakley, Josh Weinstein

Mr. Burns insists that Smithers take a vacation. To ensure that any replacement wont outshine him, he choses Homer to look after Burns. Homer is barely able to do any of the jobs and when Burns continues to criticize him, Homer punches him in the face. He attempts to apologize but Burns sends hi maway. Without anybody to assist him, Burns learns to do many things for himself. When Smithers returns, he too is fired. Homer offers to help get Smithers job back. They devise a plan in which Smithers rescues Burns from a phone call with his mother. Homer bungles the scheme and Homer and Smithers fight. During the scuffle, Burns is pushed out of the window. Confined to his bed, Smithers is hired once again to meet Mr Burns's every need.

3F16: The Day Violence Died

Airdate: 17 March 1996

Writer: John Swartzwelder
Director: Wes Archer
Executive Producer: Bill Oakley, Josh Weinstein

Bart encounters a bum named Chester J. Lampwick who claims that Soger Meyers Sr. stole the Itchy character from him. Chester provides proof in the form of an old cartoon reel of the original Itchy from 1919. After showing the film to Bart and Milhouse the projector melts the film. Bart takes Chester to see Roger Meyers Jr. to get 800 million dollars in damages but he throws them out of his office. Lionel Hutz is hired to handle the case, but just as Chester is about to lose, Bart produces a rare pen and ink Itchy drawing that predates the first Meyers cartoon. I&S studios are shut down and Bart and Lisa are forced to watch boring cartoons. In a bizarre twist, two children named Lester and Eliza find proof to keep the studios alive.

3F15: A Fish Called Selma

Airdate: 24 March 1996

Writer: Jack Barth
Director: Mark Kirkland
Executive Producer: Bill Oakley, Josh Weinstein

Troy McClure talks Selma into letting him pass his driver's license test in exchange for a dinner date. The two run into a group of paparazzi who snap their picture which is published in the newspaper. Realizing McClures image has been improved by the picture, his agent tells him if he keeps it up he can get work again. He proposes to Selma but before the wedding McClure admits to Homer that he is only marrying her for publicity. Homer tells this to Marge after the wedding. Marge and Patty confront Selma with the news but she doesn't believe the news. Selma, a little concerned asks Troy if it is a sham and he doesn't deny it but tells her it will be fun. She goes along with his plan but walks out on him when he tells her they should have a child.

3F17: Bart On The Road

Airdate: 31 March 1996

Writer: Richard Appel
Director: Swinton Scott
Executive Producer: Bill Oakley, Josh Weinstein

Skinner closes the school a day before Spring Break for a "Go to work with your parents day" to keep students occupied. Bart spends time with Patty & Selma at the DMV while Lisa accompanies Homer at the power plant. Bart creaes a fake ID to get a car and get into an R rated movie. Bart, Milhouse, and Nelson get Martin in on their game to provide them with money for a road trip. They tell their parents they are attending a Grammar Rodeo in Canada and sneak off for a trip in a rental car. Milhouse reads from an old AAA guidebook and choose Knoxville Tennessee as their destination, hoping to see the World Fair held 14 years earlier. In Knoxville the car is destroyed and they are stranded without money or transportation. Bart phones Lisa who conducts a plan to get the four of them back in Springfield.

3F18: 22 Short Films About Springfield

Airdate: 14 April 1996
Writer: Richard Appel, David S. Cohen, John Collier, Jennifer Crittenden, Gred Daniels, Brent Forrester, Rachel Puildo, Steve Tompkins, Josh Weinstein and Matt Groening
Director: Jim Reardon
Executive Producer: Bill Oakley, Josh Weinstein

Bart and Milhouse wonder if anything interesting happens to Springfield residents, and so begins a look at the lives of the parents, lovers, friends, relatives, businessmen and children. Sanjay and Apu take off to a 5 minute party; Marge tries to remove chewing gum from Lisa's hair; A bee sting sends Smithers to the hospital; Barney pays a $2000 bar tab but Snake steals the money; Skinner invites Chalmers to his home for dinner; Homer locks Maggie in a newspaper box; Wiggum and Lou discuss differences between Krusty Burger and McDonalds; Bumblebee Man destroys his home; Reverend Lovejoy's dog soils Ned's lawn; Milhouse frantically searches for a bathroom; Cletus finds a pair of boots; Wiggum, Snake and Kirk are taken hostage by Herman; A barber gives Lisa a trendy hairdo; and a tall man gets revenge on Nelson Muntz.

3F19: Raging Abe Simpson & His Grumbling Grandson In: "The Curse Of The Flying Hellfish"

Airdate: 28 April 1996
Writer: John Collier
Director: Jeff Lynch
Executive Producer: Bill Oakley, Josh Weinstein

Grampa learns that a member of his old army unit has died and now either he or Mr. Burns will inherit a fortune due to a "last surviving participant" agreement. Naturally, Burns plans to have Grampa killed. Grampa seeks refuge at the Simpsons' home, and tells Bart the story of his old platoon and how each member held a key which opened a safe which would lead them to buried treasure. Bart doesn't believe it until Mr. Burns breaks through the house wall and tries to steal Grampa's key. Bart manages to steal Monty and Abe's keys and he and his grandad set out to capture the booty buried at the bottom of Lake Springfield. When they uncover the masterpieces, Burns steals them and a fight breaks out. The State Department arrive collecting the treasures who will go back to their proper heir.

3F20: Much Apu About Nothing

Airdate: 5 May 1996

Writer: David S. Cohen
Director: Susie Dietter
Executive Producer: Bill Oakley, Josh Weinstein

After a bear wanders down Evergreen Terrace, Quimby raises taxes to create a "bear patrol". To distract townspeople he blames the high taxes on illegal immigrants and calls for the deportation of all illegal immigrants from Springfield. Apu learns that he will be deported since his visa expired after attending college. He buys a fake ID from Fat Tony but realizes he is betraying his Indian heritage. Lisa tells Apu that he qualifies for amnesty and can then apply for American citizenship. Apu passes the test and is able to stay in Springfield.

3F21: Homerpalooza

Airdate: 14 May 1996

Writer: Brent Forrester
Director: Jim Reardon
Executive Producer: Bill Oakley, Josh Weinstein

Homer discovers that his children find him uncool. To prove them wrong he buys tickets to the Hullabalooza festival for himself, Bart, and Lisa. At the festival, Homer unsuccessfully tries to blend in, but when a projectile pig prop is fired into his gut, he receives the attention of everybody and is asked to join the Hullabalooza freak show. Homer's stomach weakens after one too many canonballs to the stomach, and a vetinarian warns him that he will die if it happens again. But the next big show is in Springfield, and Homer wants to be cool in front of everybody including those that didn't like him in high school. When the "final" cannon is fired, Homer steps aside at the last minute realizing his life and family mean more to him than being an icon.

3F22: Summer Of 4 Ft. 2

Airdate: 21 May 1996

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

When nobody signs Lisa's yearbook, she realizes how unpopular she is. The family packs for their summer vacation at the Flanders's beach house in Little Pwagmattasquarmsettport, but Lisa doesn't pack anything hoping to start a new life on the road. Upon arrival, Marge takes her shopping for clothes. Lisa picks out those which she thinks will imrpove her image and she succeeds, befriending a group of "cool" beach kids. Bart becomes jealous and plots revenge. He shows her new friends her yearbook and highlights her nerdy behaviour at school. Lisa runs away, embarrassed, and is furious at Bart believing that her friends would not like her anymore. She returns to the house that night to find her friends writing "Lisa Rules" on the side of the Simpsons' car and explain that they like her no matter what. Bart has all of them sign her yearbook.

The Episodes
[2F20] - Who Shot Mr. Burns? [ Part Two ]
[2F17] - Radioactive Man
[3F01] - Home Sweet Homedidly-Dum-Dodily
[3F02] - Bart Sells His Soul
[3F03] - Lisa The Vegetarian
[3F04] - Treehouse Of Horror VI
[3F05] - King Size Homer
[3F06] - Mother Simpson
[3F08] - Sideshow Bob's Last Gleaming
[3F31] - Simpsons 138 Episode Spectacular
[3F07] - Marge Be Not Proud
[3F10] - Team Homer
[3F09] - Two Bad Neighbors
[3F11] - Scenes Class Struggle Springfield
[3F12] - Bart The Fink
[3F13] - Lisa The Iconoclast
[3F14] - Homer The Smithers
[3F16] - The Day Violence Died
[3F15] - A Fish Called Selma
[3F17] - Bart On The Road
[3F18] - 22 Short Films About Springfield
[3F19] - The Curse Of The Flying Hellfish
[3F20] - Much Apu About Nothing
[3F21] - Homerpalooza
[3F22] - Summer Of 4 Ft. 2

Matt Groening Says:
Ahoy-hoy, Simpsons Freaks!

By now you know the drill, this here Simpsons grand-slam combo platter is the best blah blah blah yet, including essential, nutritious blah blah blah and even a few secret blah blah blahs! You got your magnificent guest stars: Kirk Douglas, Mickey Rooney, Paul and Linda McCartney, Glenn Close, Tito Puente, Christina Ricci, and ha host of other unlikely suspects. 571 minutes of viewing pleasure that you can never get back. On behalf of everyone who has worked on The Simpsons for the last couple of decades, I'd like to thank you for your loyalty, your enthusiasm, your giggles, and your spooky obsessiveness.

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