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The Simpsons episode
"The Springfield Connection"
Homer in the middle of a battle between Herman and Marge.
Episode no. 126
Prod. code 2F21
Orig. airdate May 7, 1995
Written by Jonathan Collier
Directed by Mark Kirkland
Chalkboard "I will not mock Mrs. Dumbface."
Couch gag Homer is seen in a parody of the opening of James bond films
Guest star(s) Phil Hartman as Lionel Hutz
DVD
commentary
Matt Groening
David Mirkin
Jonathan Collier
Dan Castellaneta
Yeardley Smith
Mark Kirkland
Season 6
September 4, 1994May 21, 1995
  1. Bart of Darkness
  2. Lisa's Rival
  3. Another Simpsons Clip Show
  4. Itchy & Scratchy Land
  5. Sideshow Bob Roberts
  6. Treehouse of Horror V
  7. Bart's Girlfriend
  8. Lisa on Ice
  9. Homer Badman
  10. Grampa vs. Sexual Inadequacy
  11. Fear of Flying
  12. Homer the Great
  13. And Maggie Makes Three
  14. Bart's Comet
  15. Homie the Clown
  16. Bart vs. Australia
  17. Homer vs. Patty & Selma
  18. A Star Is Burns
  19. Lisa's Wedding
  20. Two Dozen and One Greyhounds
  21. The PTA Disbands
  22. 'Round Springfield
  23. The Springfield Connection
  24. Lemon of Troy
  25. Who Shot Mr. Burns? (Part One)
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Phil Hartman (born as Philip Edward Hartmann) (September 23, 1948 – May 28, 1998) was a Canadian-American Emmy Award-winning actor, voice artist, comedian, graphic artist and writer. ... Lionel Hutz is a fictional secondary character from The Simpsons, voiced by Phil Hartman. ... The Simpsons DVD season boxsets have been released since 2001 in different regions all over the world. ... Matthew Abram Groening is an American cartoonist (Life in Hell) and the Emmy Award-winning creator of the animated series, The Simpsons and Futurama. ... Mirkin at Comic Con 2007. ... Jonathan Collier is an American television writer, best known for his work on The Simpsons and King of the Hill. ... Daniel Louis Dan Castellaneta (born October 29, 1957) is an Emmy award winning American voice actor, actor and comedian best known for providing the voice of Homer Simpson and other characters on the long-running Fox animated series The Simpsons. ... Martha Maria Yeardley Smith (; born July 3, 1964) is an American actress and voice actor who is best known for providing the voice of Lisa Simpson on the animated television series The Simpsons. ... Mark Kirkland is a director of episodes of The Simpsons. ... The standard Season 6 DVD box. ... is the 247th day of the year (248th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) The year 1994 was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by the United Nations. ... is the 141st day of the year (142nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full 1995 Gregorian calendar). ... Bart of Darkness is the first episode of The Simpsons sixth season, which originally aired September 4, 1994. ... Lisas Rival is the second episode of The Simpsons sixth season, which originally aired September 11, 1994. ... 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Contents

Plot

Homer and Marge, on the way back from an orchestra performance, pass through a seedy part of town. Homer cautions Marge, but gets enticed by Snake's Three-card Monte game. Snake cheats Homer out of $20, which makes Marge mad. When she exposes the con, Snake takes off. Marge, not wanting to let a crook run away and not getting any help, chases after him, with Homer following laboriously. Marge runs faster than Snake who becomes trapped in a dead end. He tries to attack Marge, but a panicked Marge manages to knock him out. She begins to feel that the whole (mis)adventure has given her a sense of exhilaration. Homer Simpson is also a character in the book and film The Day of the Locust. ... Marjorie Marge Simpson (née Bouvier) is a fictional character featured in the animated television series The Simpsons and is voiced by Julie Kavner. ... Snake Jailbird, voiced by Hank Azaria, is a fictional character from the animated TV series The Simpsons. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


Soon, she begins to find that her everyday routine is dull and boring. In the grocery store, she starts rolling around on her shopping cart until it crashes, exciting her more. Instead of regular ham, she buys deviled ham. She begins to lose interest in her previous magazines (Sponge and Vacuum), and checks out the Death Sports section. She decides to spice up her life by joining the Springfield Police Force, much to the amusement of Chief Wiggum, although he agrees after a while. This article is about the cut of meat. ... Polyurethane sponge Close-up A sponge is a tool consisting of porous material used for cleaning impervious surfaces. ... Regular canister vacuum cleaner for home use. ... This article is about various Extreme Sports. ... Springfield is the fictional city in which the animated American sitcom The Simpsons is set. ... Police Chief Clancy Wiggum is a fictional character from the animated television series The Simpsons, voiced by Hank Azaria. ...


Homer, however, is less than enthused about his wife being a cop, but she assures him that he will remain "man of the house". Marge reports for police recruit training. She does well in the obstacle course, pretty well in the shooting range, and nails the high-speed driving test -- although Wiggum asks her to redo it, as he wasn't watching. Finally she goes home to her family, and announces herself to be a cop. An outdoor shooting range with a sheltered shooting stand and several other unsheltered stands. ...


The next day, after a breakfast of donuts and coffee, a cop's necessary sustenance, Marge reports to the station for work. Wiggum, after assigning some cops to stake out a donut place and some cops to sleep in, sends inexperienced and vulnerable Marge to Junkyville and Bumtown for her beat. For other uses, see Doughnut (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Coffee (disambiguation). ...


On her beat, after encountering Lionel Hutz rummaging in a dumpster, she goes to the Kwik-E-Mart, where Apu, who knows the drill, tries to bribe her. They both turn their backs as Marge will not take the money, and Apu leaves it on the table; they are both satisfied when the money is gone, as Mr. Burns took it. She then settles a domestic disturbance in the Skinner residence. Lionel Hutz is a fictional secondary character from The Simpsons, voiced by Phil Hartman. ... Three Dumpsters A dumpster is a large waste receptacle designed to be emptied into garbage trucks. ... An exterior of a fictitious typical Kwik-E-Mart store. ... Apu redirects here. ... Charles Montgomery Burns, normally referred to as Mr. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


On her day off, she orders Bart to wear safety gear when skateboarding, which gets him beaten up by the bullies. She goes to the beauty salon, where the people there are a little skittish around her. Lisa tries to encourage her mom to "attack the roots of social problems" but fails when Marge does not understand what she means and changes the subject with a McGriff the Crime Dog hand puppet. For the comic book series of the same name, see Bart Simpson comics. ... // Personal protective equipment (PPE) refers to protective clothing, helmets, goggles, or other gear designed to protect the wearers body or clothing from injury by electrical hazards, heat, chemicals, and infection, for job-related occupational safety and health purposes, and in sports, martial arts, combat, etc. ... A standard skateboard An old-school skateboard A skateboard is a four wheeled platform used for the activity of skateboarding. ... Bullying is the act of intentionally causing harm to others through verbal harassment, physical assault, or other more subtle methods of coercion such as manipulation. ... It has been suggested that hair salon be merged into this article or section. ... 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. ... McGruff the Crime Dog McGruff the Crime Dog is an anthropomorphic cartoon bloodhound created for the National Crime Prevention Council for use by American police in building crime awareness among children. ... A hand munger is a type of puppet that is primarily controlled by a hand that occupies the interior of the puppet. ...


That night, Homer and his friends (Lenny, Carl, Moe, Barney, and Herman) are playing cards. Herman excuses himself to get some fresh air. Homer fires up a Cuban cigar. Marge comes in and finds them gambling, which is illegal. Homer's friends beat a hasty retreat while Homer himself is a little mad at her for not being home more often. Lenford Lenny Leonard, MPhys is a fictional character in The Simpsons, voiced by Harry Shearer. ... Carlton Carl Carlson, MPhys is a fictional character in the animated television series The Simpsons. ... Morris Moe Szyslak (pronounced //) is a fictional character on the animated series The Simpsons, voiced by Hank Azaria. ... Barnard Barney Gumble is a character on The Simpsons, voiced by Dan Castellaneta. ... This article is a list of recurring fictional characters in the animated American television situation comedy The Simpsons. ... For other uses, see Cigar (disambiguation). ... Caravaggio, The Cardsharps, c. ...


The next day, she seems rather unenthusiastic, as everyone seems to be breaking the law -- especially Homer, who has parked illegally and is buying liquor for the underage bullies. She tells him to move his car, which he refuses to do, leading her to write him a ticket. He gets even more obnoxious, teasing Marge and stealing her hat, which prompts her to arrest him. Later, he is released (after eating Hans Moleman's last meal) but he is pretty mad at Marge. For other uses, see Parking (disambiguation). ... A distilled beverage is a consumable liquid containing ethyl alcohol (ethanol) purified by distillation from a fermented substance such as fruit, vegetables, or grain. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Traffic ticket. ... For other uses, see Arrest (disambiguation). ... Hans Moleman is a fictional character on The Simpsons and is voiced by Dan Castellaneta. ... The last meal is a traditional part of a condemned prisoners last day. ...


When he gets home, he finds a jean-counterfeiting operation going on in his own garage (or "Car-hole," according to Moe) and his friend, Herman, is involved. As Herman and his cronies are about to tune him up, Marge busts in to save the day. As she is cuffing the rest of the crooks, Herman takes Homer as a hostage and runs to Bart's tree house, with Marge in hot pursuit. She manages to evade getting shot, by coming in through the secret entrance. Herman tries to escape using a pair of knock-off jeans to slide down a rope, but the stitching on the jeans is shoddy and they tear, causing Herman to fall to the ground. Jeans are trousers traditionally made from denim, but may also be made from a variety of fabrics not including corduroy. ... For other uses, see Counterfeit (disambiguation). ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... For other uses, see Hostage (disambiguation). ... An elaborate, permanently habitable tree house. ... For other uses, see Counterfeit (disambiguation). ...


Later, Wiggum informs Marge that they can not hold him due to lack of evidence. Homer retorts saying that there is a garage full of counterfeit jeans. However, Wiggum says that they have "mysteriously disappeared" -- true, considering all the cops are wearing them now. Marge gets mad and says that there is too much corruption on the force and she quits. After a hearty laugh, Wiggum accepts her resignation. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... A resignation is the formal act of giving up ones office or position. ...


Trivia

  • Some of the 'extreme' magazines Marge browses include mosh pitting, bear-baiting, and glass eating. Another magazine title is "Danger Liker."
  • Because of Moe's ridicule of Homer for using the word "garage", fans jokingly refer to a garage or garage-like structure as a "car hole", as Moe does.[citation needed]
  • In the two scenes where the cops are laughing at Marge (for joining the force and later for quitting) all the policemen are in identical positions.
  • When this episode first premiered on Sky One in the United Kingdom, the trailer was a parody of the TV show COPS. Here, Marge was shown walking down the street while a parody song of "Bad Boys" by Inner Circle played, but the song was called "Bad Marge". This was the TV station where COPS was shown in the United Kingdom at the time. Inner Circle provide the theme song of the series itself.

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Cultural references

  • Title is a reference to The French Connection.
  • The couch gag is a parody of James Bond. It was first used on And Maggie Makes Three, but the music in this version is slightly different from the version seen in the episode it was first shown.
  • The background music in the scenes of Marge walking her beat is an homage to the theme of the 1980s police drama Hill Street Blues. In fact, the ending credits sequence's music pays homage to the series.
  • Homer refers to two 1980s films when he says he thought Marge's calling to the police force would be fun and exciting like Spaceballs, and not painful and disturbing like Police Academy.
  • At one point Marge appears on a COPS like show.
  • While giving Lisa a tour of the station, Marge attempts to distract her with a McGriff puppet, asking her to "Help me bite crime"; a reference to McGruff the Crime Dog and his "Help take a bite out of crime" slogan.

The French Connection is a 1971 Hollywood film directed by William Friedkin. ... 007 redirects here. ... And Maggie Makes Three is the thirtenth episode of The Simpsons sixth season. ... Hill Street Blues was a serial police drama that was first aired on NBC in 1981 and ran for 146 episodes on primetime into 1987. ... Bold text Spaceballs is a 1987 science fiction parody film co-written, directed by, and starring Mel Brooks. ... Police Academy is a 1984 comedy crime film starring Steve Guttenberg, Kim Cattrall and G.W. Bailey. ... Not to be confused with C.O.P.S. (TV series). ... McGruff the Crime Dog McGruff the Crime Dog is an anthropomorphic cartoon bloodhound created for the National Crime Prevention Council for use by American police in building crime awareness among children. ...

Censorship

  • Australian TV has sometimes edited out the part where the crazy police recruit yells, "Forget about the badge! When do we get the freakin' guns?!"

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