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Encyclopedia > $pringfield (Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Legalized Gambling)
The Simpsons episode
"$pringfield (Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Legalized Gambling)"
Marge contracts a gambling addiction.
Episode no. 91
Prod. code 1F08
Orig. airdate December 16, 1993
Show runner(s) David Mirkin
Written by Bill Oakley &
Josh Weinstein
Directed by Wes Archer
Chalkboard "I will not say 'Springfield' just to get applause.
Couch gag The family runs to the couch, but when they get there, they break and shatter like glass.
Guest star(s) Gerry Cooney as himself
Robert Goulet as himself
DVD
commentary
Matt Groening
David Mirkin
Bill Oakley
Josh Weinstein
Wes Archer
Season 5
September 30, 1993May 19, 1994
  1. Homer's Barbershop Quartet
  2. Cape Feare
  3. Homer Goes to College
  4. Rosebud
  5. Treehouse of Horror IV
  6. Marge on the Lam
  7. Bart's Inner Child
  8. Boy-Scoutz N the Hood
  9. The Last Temptation of Homer
  10. $pringfield
  11. Homer the Vigilante
  12. Bart Gets Famous
  13. Homer and Apu
  14. Lisa vs. Malibu Stacy
  15. Deep Space Homer
  16. Homer Loves Flanders
  17. Bart Gets an Elephant
  18. Burns' Heir
  19. Sweet Seymour Skinner's Baadasssss Song
  20. The Boy Who Knew Too Much
  21. Lady Bouvier's Lover
  22. Secrets of a Successful Marriage
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Contents

Plot

The economy of Springfield is in decline, and Mayor Quimby listens to suggestions from citizens on how to improve the economy. Principal Skinner suggests that legalized gambling has helped rejuvenate run-down economies, and that it can work for Springfield as well. Everybody likes the idea; even Marge agrees to it. Mr. Burns and Mayor Quimby work together to build a casino, but Burns objects to several prototypes until he develops his own design: "Mr. Burns's Casino", with "sex appeal and a catchy name". Springfield is the fictional city in which the animated American sitcom The Simpsons is set. ... Joseph Fitzpatrick Fitzgerald Fitzhenry Joe Quimby,[1] a. ... Principal W. Seymour Skinner (born in Capital City as Armin Tamzarian)[1][2] is a fictional character on the animated sitcom The Simpsons, voiced by Harry Shearer. ... Marjorie Marge Simpson (née Bouvier) is a fictional character featured in the animated television series The Simpsons and is voiced by Julie Kavner. ... ̪ For other people named Mr. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...


The casino opens, and Homer gets a job as a blackjack dealer. Also visiting the casino are Marge and Bart. Bart wins a jackpot, but is kicked out, as minors are not allowed in American casinos, unless accompanied by a responsible adult. He starts his own casino for his friends to play in his treehouse, featuring Milhouse and Jimbo as entertainers. While Marge waits for Homer's shift to end at Mr. Burns's casino, she finds a quarter on the floor and uses it to play a slot machine. She wins and almost immediately becomes addicted to gambling. Meanwhile, while Burns's casino is a success, he becomes even more reclusive and eccentric, developing a profound fear of microscopic germs. He grows a long beard, long fingernails and toenails and wears pajamas all the time. Homer Simpson is also a character in the book and film The Day of the Locust. ... This article is about the gambling game. ... For the comic book series of the same name, see Bart Simpson comics. ... Milhouse Mussolini Van Houten is a fictional character featured in the animated television series The Simpsons, voiced by Pamela Hayden. ... Corky James Jimbo Jones (voiced by Pamela Hayden) is a character from the TV show The Simpsons. ... Slot machines in the Trump Taj Mahal A slot machine (American English), fruit machine (British English), or poker machine (Australian English) is a certain type of casino game. ... Problem gambling is an urge to gamble despite harmful negative consequences or a desire to stop. ... Look up Pajamas in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


Due to her addiction, Marge spends every waking moment at the casino and neglects the family. When Lisa wakes from a bad dream of the boogeyman, a gun-toting Homer hides himself and the children behind a mattress in terror, shooting from his cover at anything he thinks might be the boogeyman. When Marge finally returns home and sees what has happened, she promises to spend more time with her family instead of gambling. The next day, Bart intercepts Robert Goulet to perform at his casino, when he was hired to perform at Mr. Burns's casino; Goulet is a hit (singing the children's favorite "Jingle Bells, Batman Smells"), despite accidentally smacking Milhouse with his microphone. Marge forgets to keep her promise, and does not help Lisa make a costume for her geography pageant, so Homer makes a primitive costume of "Floreda" for her (which is not just misspelled, it is also shaped like California). Lisa, along with Ralph Wiggum, who dressed up as Idaho using nothing but a sheet of looseleaf paper that says "Idaho" taped to his shirt, both receive special awards for being "children who obviously had no help from their parents". Lisa Marie Simpson is a character in the animated television series The Simpsons, voiced by Yeardley Smith; Lisa is the only character Smith voices on a regular basis. ... For other uses, see Bogeyman (disambiguation). ... Robert Gerard Goulet (November 26, 1933 – October 30, 2007) was a Grammy- and Tony Award-winning American entertainer. ... Jingle Bells, originally One Horse Open Sleigh, is one of the best known and commonly sung, secular Christmas songs in the world. ... Batman (originally referred to as the Bat-Man and still referred to at times as the Batman) is a DC Comics fictional superhero who first appeared in Detective Comics #27 in May 1939. ... This article is about the U.S. State of Florida. ... This article is about the U.S. state. ... Ralph Wiggum is a fictional character on the animated series The Simpsons, voiced by Nancy Cartwright. ... For other uses, see Idaho (disambiguation). ...


Back at Burns's casino, Mr. Burns has mentally degenerated into Howard Hughes' later years, wearing Kleenex boxes on his feet and designing a plane called the "Spruce Moose" (a pun on Hughes' "Spruce Goose" aircraft). Smithers admires what appears to be a scale model of the plane, but Burns insists that it is the full-sized version. Homer bursts into the casino, and barges around searching for Marge. The security cameras capture Homer's rampage, and when Burns sees him he orders him fired. Smithers promises to send Homer back to the power plant. Realizing how much he misses the plant, Burns decides to return and orders Smithers to prepare a shave and get rid of the Kleenex boxes, although he decides to hang on to the jars of urine he has been preserving. Deciding to fly back to the plant, he orders Smithers to board the model plane...at gunpoint. For the Welsh murderer, see Howard Hughes (murderer). ... Kleenex logo This article is about the Kleenex brand. ... Spruce Moose is the name of two fictional aircraft that appeared in the animated television series TaleSpin and The Simpsons. ... The Hughes H-4 Hercules is a one-off heavy transport aircraft designed and built by the Hughes Aircraft company, making its first and only flight in 1947. ... Waylon Smithers, Jr. ... This article is about the urine of animals generally. ...


With abject begging and earnest attempts at support and understanding, Homer persuades Marge to admit that she has a gambling problem. She finally realizes the neglect the family has been suffering and returns home, ashamed of herself. She considers therapy but Homer objects: "No, that's too expensive, just don't do it anymore."


Homer then rubs it in Marge's face and tells her that her gambling addiction was worse than his flaws, such as "stealing all those watches from Sears" and letting an escaped lunatic into the house "because he was dressed like Santa Claus."


Debut appearances

This episode features the first appearances of the Rich Texan and Gunter and Ernst, the Siegfried and Roy-esque casino magicians who get attacked by their white tiger, Anastasia. Ten years after this episode first aired, Roy Horn was attacked by one of the duo's white tigers. Although this has sometimes been taken as an example of life imitating art, The Simpsons production team has dismissed the novelty of the prediction by saying that it was "bound to happen" sooner or later. This page provides information on these recurring characters which do not have their own articles. ...


Cultural references

  • A deleted scene shows Homer Simpson dealing cards to James Bond (this deleted scene can be seen on the season seven episode "The Simpsons 138th Episode Spectacular").
  • The song that Robert Goulet sing at Bart's Casino was the references to the same song that Bart sing at the Christmas pageant on the first episode of The Simpsons
  • Mr. Burns's paranoid obsession with germs and cleanliness, and his refusal to leave his bedroom once the casino opens, is a parody on the 20th century American magnate Howard Hughes. The latter had obsessive-compulsive disorder, and was involved in the casino business in his later years. The wooden plane he makes is a parody of Hughes' plane the Hughes Hercules (also known as the Spruce Goose - Burns replaces Goose with Moose)
  • The replacement of Goose with Moose in a cartoon was already done in the Talespin episode, "My Fair Baloo", where Becky plans to eat on a plane which parodies Howard Hughes's Spruce Goose.
  • As a blackjack dealer Homer is impressed by the card-counting abilities of a man who resembles the autistic Raymond Babbitt from Rain Man and pressures him to do it again, but "Raymond" refuses. After Homer grabs him, he starts screaming and hitting his head, much like in the movie, which Homer also does.
  • The title is a spoof of Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, while the replacement of the "s" in Springfield with a dollar sign references the late 1970s to early 1980s TV show Vega$.
  • Homer tripping over the ottoman is a reference to the opening sequence of The Dick Van Dyke Show.
  • Homer, wearing Henry Kissinger's spectacles, parodies the scene in the Wizard of Oz when Scarecrow demonstrates his newly acquired intelligence by reciting the law that governs the lengths of the sides of an isosceles triangle. Unlike in the film, somebody correctly points out that the Pythagorean theorem recited applies to right angle triangles, not isosceles triangles. It should be noted further that he recites it as saying the sum of the square roots of any two sides is equal to the square root of the remaining side when he should have stated the sum of the squares is equal to the square of the remaining side.
  • The clip featuring Henry Kissinger was used in the documentary The Trials of Henry Kissinger.
  • When Mr. Burns starts becoming a germ-freak near the end of the episode, the germs on Smithers's face shout "free masons run this country!" making a reference to freemasonry

Deleted scene is a commonly-used term in the entertainment industry, especially the film and television industry, which usually refers specifically to scenes removed from or replaced by another scene in the final cut, or version, of a film (including television serials). ... This article is about the spy series. ... The Simpsons 138th Episode Spectacular is the tenth episode of The Simpsons seventh season, and is, as the title suggests, the 138th episode. ... Robert Gerard Goulet (November 26, 1933 – October 30, 2007) was a Grammy- and Tony Award-winning American entertainer. ... Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire, also known as The Simpsons Christmas Special,[2] was the first full-length episode of The Simpsons to air despite originally being the eighth episode produced for season one. ... For the Welsh murderer, see Howard Hughes (murderer). ... The Hughes H-4 Hercules (Spruce Goose), dubbed The Edsel of Aviation, is an aircraft which was designed and built by Howard Hughes Hughes Aircraft company. ... TaleSpin is a half-hour American animated television series spin-off of The Jungle Book that first aired as part of The Disney Afternoon. ... For the AOL publishing language, see RAINMAN. Rain Man is an Academy Award-winning 1988 film which tells the story of an abrasive, selfish yuppie, Charlie Babbitt, who discovers that his father has left all of his estate to an autistic savant brother, Raymond, whom Charlie never knew he had. ... Rain Man is a 1988 film which tells the story of a selfish yuppie who discovers that his father has left all of his estate to the autistic brother he never knew he had. ... For the hit 1987 single by Depeche Mode, see the album Music for the Masses Film poster for Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb is a 1964 satirical film directed by Stanley Kubrick. ... Vega$ was a TV show that aired on ABC between 1978 and 1981. ... The Dick Van Dyke Show is an American television situation comedy which initially aired on CBS from October 3, 1961 to June 1, 1966, created by Carl Reiner and starring Dick Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore. ... Henry Alfred Kissinger (born Heinz Alfred Kissinger on May 27, 1923) is a German-born American politician, and 1973 Nobel Peace Prize laureate. ... The Wizard of Oz (film) redirects here. ... The Scarecrow is a character in the fictional Land of Oz created by American author L. Frank Baum and illustrator William Wallace Denslow. ... For alternate meanings, such as the musical instrument, see triangle (disambiguation). ... In mathematics, the Pythagorean theorem (AmE) or Pythagoras theorem (BrE) is a relation in Euclidean geometry among the three sides of a right triangle. ... Henry Alfred Kissinger (born Heinz Alfred Kissinger on May 27, 1923) is a German-born American politician, and 1973 Nobel Peace Prize laureate. ... The Trials of Henry Kissinger (2002), is a documentary film inspired by Christopher Hitchens 2002 book The Trial of Henry Kissinger, examining the alleged war crimes of Henry Kissinger, the National Security Advisor and later Secretary of State under Presidents Nixon and Ford. ... Freemasons redirects here. ...

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