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The Simpsons — Season Eight

Treehouse of Horror VII

Treehouse of Horror VII »

P-code 4F02 • Index 8×01 • Aired Oct 27, 1996

The Thing and I: Bart discovers he has an evil twin brother locked in the attic. The Genesis Tub: Lisa's science experiment generates a race of microscopic people. Citizen Kang: As the election draws near, the aliens Kang and Kudos kidnap and assume the roles of Bob Dole and Bill Clinton.

You Only Move Twice

You Only Move Twice »

P-code 3F23 • Index 8×02 • Aired Nov 03, 1996

The Simpsons move to Cypress Creek when Homer receives a better job offer, however, unbeknown to him, his new boss is an evil supervillain.

The Homer They Fall

The Homer They Fall »

P-code 4F03 • Index 8×03 • Aired Nov 10, 1996

Homer becomes a boxer after discovering that he can survive massive blows to the head. However it could all end with the big title fight against Drederick Tatum.

Burns, Baby Burns

Burns, Baby Burns »

P-code 4F05 • Index 8×04 • Aired Nov 17, 1996

Burns discovers he has a son, Larry. But when he turns out to be a lazy slob, Burns disowns him, so Homer helps him stage a phony kidnapping.

Bart After Dark

Bart After Dark »

P-code 4F06 • Index 8×05 • Aired Nov 24, 1996

After Bart destroys private property, Homer forces Bart to work for the homeowner, unaware that his son is paying off his debt at a burlesque house.

A Milhouse Divided

A Milhouse Divided »

P-code 4F04 • Index 8×06 • Aired Dec 01, 1996

Homer questions his own marriage when Milhouse's parents, Kirk & Luann Van Houten announce their divorce at the latest Simpsons party.

Lisa's Date with Density

Lisa's Date with Density »

P-code 4F01 • Index 8×07 • Aired Dec 15, 1996

Lisa develops a crush on Nelson Muntz, but fears she cannot change him. Meanwhile, Homer turns to telemarketing fraud.

Hurricane Neddy

Hurricane Neddy »

P-code 4F07 • Index 8×08 • Aired Dec 29, 1996

Ned Flanders suffers a nervous breakdown when his house is destroyed in a hurricane, and checks himself into a mental hospital.

El Viaje Misterioso de Nuestro Jomer (The Mysterious Voyage of Homer)

El Viaje Misterioso de Nuestro Jomer (The Mysterious Voyage of Homer) »

P-code 3F24 • Index 8×09 • Aired Jan 05, 1997

Homer has visions after eating too many hot peppers, and is told he must find his soul mate.

The Springfield Files

The Springfield Files »

P-code 3G01 • Index 8×10 • Aired Jan 12, 1997

Late one Friday night, Homer sees an alien in Springfield Forest, but no-one believes him. So he and Bart return to find proof.

The Twisted World of Marge Simpson

The Twisted World of Marge Simpson »

P-code 4F08 • Index 8×11 • Aired Jan 19, 1997

Marge starts a pretzel franchise, however it is not successful until Homer persuades the mafia to eliminate the competition.

Mountain of Madness

Mountain of Madness »

P-code 4F10 • Index 8×12 • Aired Feb 02, 1997

In order to promote teamwork amongst his workers, Mr. Burns holds a corporate retreat in the mountains; however, he and Homer get buried under an avalanche.

Simpsoncalifragilisticexpiala (Annoyed Grunt) cious

Simpsoncalifragilisticexpiala (Annoyed Grunt) cious »

P-code 3G03 • Index 8×13 • Aired Feb 07, 1997

The Simpson family get a Mary Poppins-like nanny after Marge starts losing her hair due to stress.

The Itchy & Scratchy & Poochie Show

The Itchy & Scratchy & Poochie Show »

P-code 4F12 • Index 8×14 • Aired Feb 09, 1997

The Itchy & Scratchy Show gets a new character to boost ratings - Poochie the dog, voiced by Homer Simpson.

Homer's Phobia

Homer's Phobia »

P-code 4F11 • Index 8×15 • Aired Feb 16, 1997

A shop owner befriends the Simpson family, but after Homer discovers he is a homosexual he fears Bart will turns out gay as well.

Brother from Another Series

Brother from Another Series »

P-code 4F14 • Index 8×16 • Aired Feb 23, 1997

Sideshow Bob is paroled once again, but Bart suspects a sinister motive when Bob's brother Cecil puts him in charge of Springfield's Hydroelectric Dam.

My Sister, My Sitter

My Sister, My Sitter »

P-code 4F13 • Index 8×17 • Aired Mar 02, 1997

Lisa becomes a babysitter, however she has her work cut out when she is left to babysit Bart for the evening.

Homer vs. the Eighteenth Amendment

Homer vs. the Eighteenth Amendment »

P-code 4F15 • Index 8×18 • Aired Mar 16, 1997

When the town of Springfield brings back the ancient law of Prohibition, and Homer & Bart smuggle alcohol into Springfield.

Grade School Confidential

Grade School Confidential »

P-code 4F09 • Index 8×19 • Aired Apr 06, 1997

After Bart sees Principal Skinner and Mrs. Krabappel kissing, they strike a deal with him to keep it a secret, however it does not last for long.

The Canine Mutiny

The Canine Mutiny »

P-code 4F16 • Index 8×20 • Aired Apr 13, 1997

Bart goes on a spending spree after obtaining a phony credit card, and buys a well-trained collie named Laddie. However, when his goods are repossessed, Bart gives the repo men Santa's Little Helper instead.

The Old Man and the Lisa

The Old Man and the Lisa »

P-code 4F17 • Index 8×21 • Aired Apr 20, 1997

Mr. Burns loses his vast fortune and asks Lisa to help him get it back by recycling.

In Marge We Trust

In Marge We Trust »

P-code 4F18 • Index 8×22 • Aired Apr 27, 1997

After Reverend Lovejoy loses interest in helping people, the townspeople turn to Marge to answer their problems. Meanwhile, Homer sets out to discover why his face is on a Japanese box of soap.

Homer's Enemy

Homer's Enemy »

P-code 4F19 • Index 8×23 • Aired May 04, 1997

A new employee at the power plant, Frank Grimes, takes a dislike to Homer's laziness and ineptitude, which turns to hate when he sees that Homer is more of a success than he is.

The Simpsons Spin-off Showcase

The Simpsons Spin-off Showcase »

P-code 4F20 • Index 8×24 • Aired May 11, 1997

Troy McClure present three Simpsons spin-off spoofs: Chief Wiggum, P.I.: Chief Wiggum moves to New Orleans as a detective, and Principal Skinner is his assistant. The Love-Matic Grampa: Abe Simpson's soul is trapped inside Moe's Love Tester machine. The Simpson Family Smile-Time Variety Hour: The Simpson family (except Lisa) host a variety show.

The Secret War of Lisa Simpson

The Secret War of Lisa Simpson »

P-code 4F21 • Index 8×25 • Aired May 18, 1997

After Bart nearly destroys Springfield he is sent to military school, but Lisa wants to stay there too, and is determined to stick it out as the only girl.

Season 8

Described as the "last of the Golden Era" by some fans, Season Eight (1996-1997) is again full of memorable and quotable episodes.

The show's success thus far brought with it more big-name guest stars: Albert Brooks plays an evil super-villain who happens to be Homer's new boss; Rodney Dangerfield voices Mr. Burns' oafish son; Jonny Cash is a spirit guide (in the form of a coyote) for Homer after he eats Guatemalan insanity peppers; David Duchovony and Gillian Anderson reprise their roles as Mulder and Scully in a superb X-Files crossover episode; and Kelsey Grammer and David Hyde Pierce, brothers in the sitcom Frasier, play Robert and Cecil Terwilliger in the sixth outing - and imprisonment - for the great Sideshow Bob.

Groening's DVD intro

Yoo hoo, Simpsons Freaks!

You hold in your shaking, sweaty little hands the latest, greatest Simpsons DVD boxset ever! And I'm not just saying that because that's what I say every time I crank out one of these little intros. Lucky Season 8, as we refer to it back at Simpsons headquarters, is a slambang animated laff-fest of gargantuan proportions, full of classic episodes, fan favorites, and specially inserted continuity errors to satisfy the compulsive nitpickers. It's all part of our ongoing commitment to release every single Simpsons episode in chronological order, complete with meandering, puff-chested audio commentaries.

This is the season in which Albert Brooks played laidback supervillain Hank Scorpio. And Bart did battle with his not-quite-as-evil twin Hugo. And Lisa developed a sweet crush on Nelson Muntz. And Milhouse's strangely similar-looking parents got divorced. And Homer ate a Guatemalan insanity pepper and encountered a wise hallucinogenic coyote, voiced by Johnny Cash. And Marge had a pretzel-selling scheme. And Bart toured a gay steel mill. And Shary Bobbins floated away with her bumbershoot, only to be chewed up by a passing airliner. And we said hello and goodbye to Poochie, in "The Itchy & Scratchy & Poochie Show."

We had a blast making this merriment, and it gladdens our hearts to imagine you out there laughing in the dark in some basement rumpus room. So settle back, hit "play all," and watch contentedly as several hours of your life dance by in vivid, almost scorching colors.

It has been an honor selling these formerly free TV shows to you.

Your pal,
Matt Groening