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The Simpsons is an American animated sitcom created by Matt Groening for the Fox Broadcasting Company. The series is a satirical parody of a middle class American lifestyle.

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1990-10-18 (Thursday)

The Simpsons - S02E02 - Simpson and Delilah (7F02)The Simpsons - The Complete Second SeasonSimpson and Delilah

(7F02 - Season 2 Episode 2 - Disc 1)
(Written by John Vitti, Directed by Rich Moore)

Homer discovers a new miracle hair growth formula called Dimoxinil and cheats on some insurance forms so that he can buy some. Homer grows hair overnight and is soon given a promotion at the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant. He gets a new secretary named Karl, who helps him become successful. However, Mr. Burns' assistant Waylon Smithers becomes jealous of all the attention Burns is giving Homer and discovers that Homer had cheated on the insurance forms. Smithers tries to fire Homer, but Karl claims he cheated on the forms and is fired in Homer's stead. Bart spills Homer's remaining Dimoxinil and Homer loses all of his hair. As a result, Homer is demoted back to his old position.
Guest star: Harvey Fierstein.

1990-10-25 (Thursday)

The Simpsons - S02E03 - Treehouse of Horror (7F04)The Simpsons - The Complete Second SeasonTreehouse of Horror

(7F04 - Season 2 Episode 3 - Disc 1)
(Written by Jay Kogen, Wallace Wolodarsky, John Swartzwelder, Edgar Allan Poe & Sam Simon, Directed by Wes Archer, Rich Moore & David Silverman)

A Halloween special which is divided into three short stories:
Bad Dream House - The Simpsons move into a new house which turns out to be cursed.
Hungry are the Damned - The Simpsons are abducted by aliens, who plan to take them back to their home planet, but Lisa becomes suspicious of their intentions.
The Raven - A retelling of Edgar Allan Poe's poem "The Raven".
Guest star: James Earl Jones.

1990-11-01 (Thursday)

The Simpsons - S02E04 - Two Cars in Every Garage and Three Eyes on Every Fish (7F01)The Simpsons - The Complete Second SeasonTwo Cars in Every Garage and Three Eyes on Every Fish

(7F01 - Season 2 Episode 4 - Disc 1)
(Written by Sam Simon & John Swartzwelder, Directed by Wes Archer)

After Bart catches a three-eyed fish in a river downstream of the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant, the Plant is inspected and found to have 342 violations, which would cost $56 million to rectify. In order to prevent his Plant from being shut down, Mr. Burns decides to run for Governor. After a hard campaign which sees Burns rise from being universally despised to running neck and neck with incumbent Mary Bailey, it is decided that Burns will have dinner with a random employee the night before the election. Homer is chosen, much to Marge's chagrin. Marge serves the three eyed fish to Burns for dinner, who can not eat it and as a result, loses the election.

1990-11-08 (Thursday)

The Simpsons - S02E05 - Dancin' Homer (7F05)The Simpsons - The Complete Second SeasonDancin' Homer

(7F05 - Season 2 Episode 5 - Disc 1)
(Written by Ken Levine & David Isaacs, Directed by Mark Kirkland)

Homer fires up the crowd at a Springfield Isotopes game and is chosen to be the team's new mascot. He immediately becomes a popular attraction and the Isotopes start a winning streak. As a result, Homer is promoted to the team in Capital City. The Simpsons move to Capital City, but Homer fails to enthrall the crowd, and returns home.
Guest stars: Tom Poston and Tony Bennett.

1990-11-15 (Thursday)

The Simpsons - S02E06 - Dead Putting Society (7F08)The Simpsons - The Complete Second SeasonDead Putting Society

(7F08 - Season 2 Episode 6 - Disc 1)
(Written by Jeff Martin, Directed by Rich Moore)

Ned Flanders invites Homer round for a beer, seeing how nice his house is Homer becomes jealous, causing Flanders to angrily ask him to leave. Flanders immediately regrets his outburst and tries to make up with Homer, who remains defiant. One day while mini golfing, Bart and Flanders' son Todd Flanders decide to enter a mini golf tournament. Homer becomes confident that Bart will win and makes a bet with Ned that the father of losing boy will have to mow their neighbors lawn in their wife's Sunday dress. On the day of the tournament, Bart and Todd make the finals but decide to call it a draw, forcing both Homer and Ned to fulfill the requirements of their bet.

1990-11-22 (Thursday)

The Simpsons - S02E07 - Bart vs. Thanksgiving (7F07)The Simpsons - The Complete Second SeasonBart vs. Thanksgiving

(7F07 - Season 2 Episode 7 - Disc 2)
(Written by George Meyer, Directed by David Silverman)

It is Thanksgiving and Lisa makes a dinner table centerpiece, which Bart destroys. Marge tries to get Bart to apologize, but he refuses and is subsequently sent to his room. Bart runs away and finds a soup kitchen and some homeless men. Eventually, Bart returns home and climbs to the roof of the The Simpsons' house where he hears Lisa sobbing. He apologizes to her, and the family happily enjoys a meal of leftovers.

1990-12-06 (Thursday)

The Simpsons - S02E08 - Bart the Daredevil (7F06)The Simpsons - The Complete Second SeasonBart the Daredevil

(7F06 - Season 2 Episode 8 - Disc 2)
(Written by Jay Kogen & Wallace Wolodarsky, Directed by Wes Archer)

The Simpsons go to a Monster truck rally that features famous daredevil Lance Murdock. Bart immediately becomes enamored and decides that he wants to become a daredevil as well. Bart's first stunt ends in injury and despite the family and Dr. Hibbert's best efforts, he continues to attempt stunts. Bart decides to jump the Springfield gorge, but Homer gets wind of his plan and makes Bart promise not to jump it. Bart immediately breaks his promise and goes to jump the gorge anyway, but Homer stops him just in time and finally gets Bart to swear he will stop being a daredevil.

1990-12-20 (Thursday)

The Simpsons - S02E09 - Itchy & Scratchy & Marge (7F09)The Simpsons - The Complete Second SeasonItchy & Scratchy & Marge

(7F09 - Season 2 Episode 9 - Disc 2)
(Written by John Swartzwelder, Directed by Jim Reardon)

Maggie attacks Homer with a mallet, and Marge immediately blames The Itchy & Scratchy Show for turning her violent. Marge forms S.N.U.H. and campaigns against the show. Eventually she successfully gets the writers to change their ways and make the show less violent. Meanwhile, Michelangelo's David goes on a coast-to-coast tour of the U.S., and the members of S.N.U.H. mobilize to protest it. Marge, however, states that she likes the statue and realizes that it is wrong to censor one form of art but not another and decides to give up her anti-cartoon violence protest.
Guest star: Alex Rocco.

1991-01-10 (Thursday)

The Simpsons - S02E10 - Bart Gets Hit by a Car (7F10)The Simpsons - The Complete Second SeasonBart Gets Hit by a Car

(7F10 - Season 2 Episode 10 - Disc 2)
(Written by John Swartzwelder, Directed by Mark Kirkland)

One day, Bart is skateboarding when he is suddenly hit by Mr. Burns's car. An attorney named Lionel Hutz suggests that the Simpsons sue Burns, promising a big cash settlement. Homer agrees, and he and Hutz spend time fabricating Bart's story, taking him to see Dr. Nick Riviera, who has dubious credentials. Marge opposes suing Burns and would be happy with him paying Bart's medical bills and apologizing. Burns eventually finds out about the phony doctor and Marge is called to the witness stand during the trial. She refuses to lie, and her testimony leads to the trial being lost.
Guest star: Phil Hartman.

1991-01-24 (Thursday)

The Simpsons - S02E11 - One Fish, Two Fish, Blowfish, Blue Fish (7F11)The Simpsons - The Complete Second SeasonOne Fish, Two Fish, Blowfish, Blue Fish

(7F11 - Season 2 Episode 11 - Disc 2)
(Written by Nell Scovell, Directed by Wes Archer)

The Simpsons go to a new Sushi bar, where Homer takes a liking to the food and decides to try Fugu, which is poisonous if not cut properly. Homer's fugu is not, and he is taken to the hospital where he is told he has 22 hours to live. Homer makes a list of things he wants to do, and spends his last day making amends with Grampa and talking to his children. Homer accepts his fate, but it turns out that he wasn't poisoned after all and vows to live life to its fullest.
Guest stars: Larry King and George Takei.

1991-01-31 (Thursday)

The Simpsons - S02E12 - The Way We Was (7F12)The Simpsons - The Complete Second SeasonThe Way We Was

(7F12 - Season 2 Episode 12 - Disc 2)
(Written by Al Jean, Mike Reiss & Sam Simon, Directed by David Silverman)

In the first Simpsons flashback episode, Marge tells the story of how she and Homer met in high school in 1974. Marge and Homer meet for the first time during detention and he immediately tries to get Marge to be his date for the prom. She initially agrees, but ends up attending with Artie Ziff. In the end, Marge regrets going with Artie, and reveals that she has fallen in love with Homer.
Guest star: Jon Lovitz.

1991-02-07 (Thursday)

The Simpsons - S02E13 - Homer vs. Lisa and the 8th Commandment (7F13)The Simpsons - The Complete Second SeasonHomer vs. Lisa and the 8th Commandment

(7F13 - Season 2 Episode 13 - Disc 3)
(Written by Steve Pepoon, Directed by Rich Moore)

Homer gets an illegal cable hook up. Despite their enjoyment of the new channels, Lisa becomes suspicious that they are stealing cable. Her suspicions are confirmed by Reverend Lovejoy and Lisa protests by no longer watching television. Meanwhile, Homer invites his friends over to watch a boxing match, but Lisa's protest gets to him. He decides not to watch the fight and cuts the cable.
Guest star: Phil Hartman.

1991-02-14 (Thursday)

The Simpsons - S02E14 - Principal Charming (7F15)The Simpsons - The Complete Second SeasonPrincipal Charming

(7F15 - Season 2 Episode 14 - Disc 3)
(Written by David M. Stern, Directed by Mark Kirkland)

Selma begs Marge to help her find a husband and she enlists Homer's help. Meanwhile, Bart gets in trouble at school and Homer is brought in to talk to Principal Skinner, who he decides would be perfect for Selma. Homer invites Skinner to dinner, but he falls in love with Patty instead of Selma. Patty and Skinner start dating, much to Selma's unhappiness. Skinner proposes to Patty, but she rejects him because of her bond with Selma.
Guest star: Marcia Wallace.

1991-02-21 (Thursday)

The Simpsons - S02E15 - Oh Brother, Where Art Thou? (7F16)The Simpsons - The Complete Second SeasonOh Brother, Where Art Thou?

(7F16 - Season 2 Episode 15 - Disc 3)
(Written by Jeff Martin, Directed by Wes Archer)

Grampa confesses that Homer has a half-brother, who immediately tries to track him down. Homer eventually discovers that his half brother is Herbert Powell, the head of a car manufacturer in Detroit. Herb immediately starts to bond with Bart and Lisa and he invites Homer to design his own car. Homer's car design is a disaster, causing Herb to become bankrupt.
Guest star: Danny DeVito.

1991-03-07 (Thursday)

The Simpsons - S02E16 - Bart's Dog Gets an F (7F14)The Simpsons - The Complete Second SeasonBart's Dog Gets an F

(7F14 - Season 2 Episode 16 - Disc 3)
(Written by Jon Vitti, Directed by Jim Reardon)

Homer becomes fed up with Santa's Little Helper, who continually destroys things. He says he will get rid of him unless he goes to an obedience school. Santa's Little Helper does poorly there, as Bart is unwilling to use a choke chain. The night before the final exam, Bart and Santa's Little Helper play, thinking it will be their last few hours together. This bonding breaks down the communication barrier, meaning Santa's Little Helper can now understand Bart's commands, thus passing obedience school.
Guest stars: Tracey Ullman.

1991-03-28 (Thursday)

The Simpsons - S02E17 - Old Money (7F17)The Simpsons - The Complete Second SeasonOld Money

(7F17 - Season 2 Episode 17 - Disc 3)
(Written by Jay Kogen & Wallace Wolodarsky, Directed by David Silverman)

Grampa falls in love with a woman named Beatrice Simmons. On Bea's birthday, Grampa tries to celebrate it, but he is dragged away by Homer. Bea dies that night and Grampa blames Homer for causing him to miss her last moments. After the funeral, Grampa receives $106,000. Bea's ghost appears and she tells him to forgive Homer and spend his money on a worthy cause.
Guest stars: Audrey Meadows, Phil Hartman and Marcia Wallace

1991-04-11 (Thursday)

The Simpsons - S02E18 - Brush with Greatness (7F18)The Simpsons - The Complete Second SeasonBrush with Greatness

(7F18 - Season 2 Episode 18 - Disc 3)
(Written by Brian K. Roberts, Directed by Jim Reardon)

After discovering some old paintings she did of Ringo Starr, Marge decides to take an art class at Springfield Community College. There, she becomes the top student and wins the college art show. Meanwhile, Mr. Burns needs a painting for the Burns Wing of the Springfield Art Museum, and asks Marge to paint him. At first, she has trouble painting such an evil man, but then decides to paint him naked and frail. Everyone, even Burns, praises Marge's painting.
Guest stars: Jon Lovitz and Ringo Starr.

1991-04-25 (Thursday)

The Simpsons - S02E19 - Lisa's Substitute (7F19)The Simpsons - The Complete Second SeasonLisa's Substitute

(7F19 - Season 2 Episode 19 - Disc 4)
(Written by Jon Vitti, Directed by Rich Moore)

When Ms. Hoover falls ill with a suspected case of Lyme disease, she is replaced by substitute teacher Mr. Bergstrom. Because of his unorthodox teaching methods, Lisa quickly takes a liking to him. Just as Lisa is about to ask Mr. Bergstrom over to her parents house for dinner, Ms. Hoover returns. Meanwhile, Bart runs for class president against Martin Prince, but loses due to the fact that nobody in the class voted, with the exception of Martin and one of his supporters.
Guest star: Dustin Hoffman (as "Sam Etic") and Marcia Wallace.

1991-05-02 (Thursday)

The Simpsons - S02E20 - The War of the Simpsons (7F20)The Simpsons - The Complete Second SeasonThe War of the Simpsons

(7F20 - Season 2 Episode 20 - Disc 4)
(Written by John Swartzwelder, Directed by Mark Kirkland)

After Homer gets drunk at a party, Marge decides to sign them up for a marriage counseling retreat. Homer finds out that the retreat will be held at Catfish Lake and packs his fishing equipment, despite Marge telling him that all they will be doing is resolving their differences. At the lake the next morning, Homer tries to sneak away to go fishing, but Marge catches him and he takes a walk instead. On the dock, Homer finds an abandoned fishing pole. The pole, with the legendary Catfish named General Sherman on the line, yanks him off the pier into a small rowboat, and onto the lake. Homer catches his fish and when he sees Marge upset, immediately lets it go to prove his love for her.

1991-05-09 (Thursday)

The Simpsons - S02E21 - Three Men and a Comic Book (7F21)The Simpsons - The Complete Second SeasonThree Men and a Comic Book

(7F21 - Season 2 Episode 21 - Disc 4)
(Written by Jeff Martin, Directed by Wes Archer)

Bart, Milhouse and Martin Prince pool their money together to buy the first Radioactive Man comic from Comic Book Guy. They discover that they are unable to share the comic and due to their mistrust of each other, end up destroying it.
Guest star: Cloris Leachman and Daniel Stern.

1991-07-11 (Thursday)

The Simpsons - S02E22 - Blood Feud (7F22)The Simpsons - The Complete Second SeasonBlood Feud

(7F22 - Season 2 Episode 22 - Disc 4)
(Written by George Meyer, Directed by David Silverman)

After Mr. Burns falls ill and desperately needs a blood transfusion, Homer discovers Bart has Burns's rare blood type. Homer urges his son to donate some, promising that they will be handsomely rewarded. However having received the blood, all Burns does is send the family a card. Enraged, Homer writes an insulting reply, but Marge convinces him at the last minute not to send it, but Bart unknowingly mails it anyway. Mr. Burns becomes furious and demands that Homer be beaten. Smithers calls off the beating, however, on the grounds that this action is no way to thank the man who saved Mr. Burns's life. He convinces Burns to instead buy the family a present.

1991-09-19 (Thursday)

The Simpsons - S03E01 - Stark Raving Dad (7F24)The Simpsons - The Complete Third SeasonStark Raving Dad

(7F24 - Season 3 Episode 1 - Disc 1)
(Written by Al Jean & Mike Reiss, Directed by Rich Moore)

Homer's sanity is called into question when he arrives at work wearing a pink shirt. After Bart takes Homer's mental stability test for him, Homer is committed to a mental hospital where he meets a big, hulking bald man who says his name is Michael Jackson. Meanwhile, Lisa is depressed over her upcoming eighth birthday, but is very happy in the end to receive a song that is written specially for her birthday.
Guest stars: Michael Jackson (under the pseudonym of "John Jay Smith") and Kipp Lennon.

1991-09-26 (Thursday)

The Simpsons - S03E02 - Mr. Lisa Goes to Washington (8F01)The Simpsons - The Complete Third SeasonMr. Lisa Goes to Washington

(8F01 - Season 3 Episode 2 - Disc 1)
(Written by George Meyer, Directed by Wes Archer)

While reading a copy of Reading Digest, Homer finds an entry form for an essay contest for which Lisa signs up. When she successfully wins the contest, she and the family travel to Washington, DC where the finals are to be held. Here, Lisa bears witness to the seedy underbelly of politics and becomes bitterly disappointed after learning of a bribery scandal involving Springfield's state congressman. In her final essay, she disdains and condemns the government system, which leads to the arrest of the the corrupt congressman. While she fails to win the contest, her faith in government is restored.

1991-10-03 (Thursday)

The Simpsons - S03E03 - When Flanders Failed (7F23)The Simpsons - The Complete Third SeasonWhen Flanders Failed

(7F23 - Season 3 Episode 3 - Disc 1)
(Written by Jon Vitti, Directed by Jim Reardon)

Homer makes a wish for Ned Flanders to be a financial failure. The wish comes to life when Flanders's store catering to left handed people goes out of business, causing the Flanders family to end up financially in trouble. When finding out that Ned’s house is to be repossessed, Homer feels guilty and decides to help by telling all the left-handed population of Springfield about the Leftorium and calling in a few favors from his friends. This helps Ned keep the store and get his house back. Meanwhile, Bart goes to the Japanese bartender Akira and takes karate lessons, but quits after he discovers that it is not as interesting as he had expected it to be.

1991-10-10 (Thursday)

The Simpsons - S03E04 - Bart the Murderer (8F03)The Simpsons - The Complete Third SeasonBart the Murderer

(8F03 - Season 3 Episode 4 - Disc 1)
(Written by John Swartzwelder, Directed by Rich Moore)

After having a terrible day at school, Bart stumbles upon the "Legitimate Businessman's Social Club" Mafia bar where the leader, Fat Tony, hires him to work as their permanent bartender. However, when Principal Skinner ends up missing for nearly a week, Bart is immediately blamed for murdering him, causing Bart to get sent to court. As Bart is about to get convicted, the principal shows up which leads to Bart being cleared of all the charges.
Guest star: Joe Mantegna, Neil Patrick Harris.

1991-10-17 (Thursday)

The Simpsons - S03E05 - Homer Defined (8F04)The Simpsons - The Complete Third SeasonHomer Defined

(8F04 - Season 3 Episode 5 - Disc 1)
(Written by Howard Gewirtz, Directed by Mark Kirkland)

Homer accidentally saves the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant and is ashamed when people mistake him for a hero. When another impending meltdown threatens the Shelbyville plant, he is asked to perform his heroic deeds once again. He is lucky again, but this time he is derided as a lucky imbecile, even more so than he was hailed as a hero. Meanwhile, Luann Van Houten forbids Milhouse to be friends with Bart as she feels Bart is a bad influence on her son.
Guest stars: Magic Johnson, Chick Hearn and Jon Lovitz.

1991-10-24 (Thursday)

The Simpsons - S03E06 - Like Father, Like Clown (8F05)The Simpsons - The Complete Third SeasonLike Father, Like Clown

(8F05 - Season 3 Episode 6 - Disc 1)
(Written by Jay Kogen & Wallace Wolodarsky, Directed by Brad Bird & Jeffrey Lynch)

When Krusty comes over to the Simpsons’ house for dinner, he reveals to them that he is of Jewish heritage, and that his father, Rabbi Krustofski disowned him for pursuing an a career in comedy, and not a successful career as a rabbi. Krusty starts to fall apart and Bart and Lisa decide to contact the rabbi and convince him to forgive Krusty. The rabbi at first refuses to see Krusty, but Bart convinces him to do so, and the two reuinte.
Guest star: Jackie Mason.

1991-10-31 (Thursday)

The Simpsons - S03E07 - Treehouse of Horror II (8F02)The Simpsons - The Complete Third SeasonTreehouse of Horror II

(8F02 - Season 3 Episode 7 - Disc 2)
(Written by Al Jean, Mike Reiss, Jeff Martin, George Meyer, Sam Simon, John Swartzwelder, Directed by Jim Reardon)

When Homer, Bart, and Lisa eat a ton of candy, the three begin having various nightmares:
Lisa's nightmare: The Simpsons visit Morocco and find a monkey's paw that makes all their wishes come true – with dire consequences.
Bart's nightmare: The town of Springfield must think happy thoughts or suffer the powers of Bart's twisted imagination.
Homer's nightmare: Mr. Burns kills Homer so he can transplant his brain into a robot's to create a super-efficient worker.

1991-11-07 (Thursday)

The Simpsons - S03E08 - Lisa's Pony (8F06)The Simpsons - The Complete Third SeasonLisa's Pony

(8F06 - Season 3 Episode 8 - Disc 2)
(Written by Al Jean & Mike Reiss, Directed by Carlos Baeza)

When Lisa requires a new saxophone reed for her talent recital, she asks Homer, who immediately promises to buy her one. Though when Homer breaks his promise, he makes up for it by giving Lisa the one thing she had always wanted, a pony named Princess. With a new pony in the house, Homer struggles with two jobs to cover the cost. Lisa, upon seeing what Homer must go through to pay for the pony, decides to sell it.
Guest star: Frank Welker.

1991-11-14 (Thursday)

The Simpsons - S03E09 - Saturdays of Thunder (8F07)The Simpsons - The Complete Third SeasonSaturdays of Thunder

(8F07 - Season 3 Episode 9 - Disc 2)
(Written by Ken Levine & David Isaacs, Directed by Jim Reardon)

After taking a fatherhood quiz, Homer realizes that he knows nothing about Bart, and in the result, strives to be a better father after learning that Bart is one of the racers in the Soapbox Derby. Their entry is not very good, and Bart decides to drive Martin Prince's much nicer racer. Homer is at first devastated, but decides that he must be a good father and support Bart. Bart later goes on to win the race.

1991-11-21 (Thursday)

The Simpsons - S03E10 - Flaming Moe's (8F08)The Simpsons - The Complete Third SeasonFlaming Moe's

(8F08 - Season 3 Episode 10 - Disc 2)
(Written by Robert Cohen, Directed by Alan Smart & Rich Moore)

One night at Moe's Tavern, Homer tells Moe Szyslak of a secret alcoholic cocktail made with cough syrup and fire that he calls "Flaming Homer". When Moe tries Homer's recipe in the bar, he finds it boosts his business and patronage, so Moe steals the recipe from Homer. Later, Moe is about to sell the recipe for $1,000,000 but Homer comes and divulges the secret ingredient, only to find out that Moe was planning to split the million with him.
Guest stars: Aerosmith.

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