The Simpsons (season 20)

The Simpsons' twentieth season aired on Fox from September 28, 2008 to May 17, 2009.[1] With this season, the show tied Gunsmoke as the longest-running American primetime television series in terms of total number of seasons.[2] The season was released on Blu-ray on January 12, 2010, making this the first season to be released on Blu-ray. It was released on DVD in Region 1 on January 12, 2010, and in Region 4 on January 20, 2010.[3] The season was only released on DVD in Region 2 on September 17, 2010 in a few areas.

The Simpsons (season 20)
The Simpsons - The Complete 20th Season
DVD cover
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes21
Release
Original networkFox
Original releaseSeptember 28, 2008 –
May 17, 2009
Season chronology

Production

It contained nine holdover episodes from the season 19 (KABF) production line.[4]

Production on the season was delayed because of contract negotiations with the six main voice actors.[5] The dispute was resolved, and the actors' salary was raised to $400,000 (US) per episode. The delay in production caused the planned 22 episodes to be shortened to 20.[6] In addition, voice actor Dan Castellaneta was credited as a consulting producer for the first time.[6] The main cast consisted of Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith, Hank Azaria, and Harry Shearer. The recurring cast consisted of Marcia Wallace, Pamela Hayden, Tress MacNeille, Russi Taylor, and Karl Wiedergott.

The Simpsons began high-definition production in season 20. The first episode in HD, "Take My Life, Please", aired on February 15, 2009. "Take My Life, Please" is also the first to feature the new opening sequence.

Also, more episodes were given the TV-14 rating than any other season. The episodes that were given this rating were "Sex, Pies, and Idiot Scrapes", "Treehouse of Horror XIX", "Gone Maggie Gone", "No Loan Again, Naturally", "Dangerous Curves", "Wedding For Disaster", and "Four Great Women and a Manicure".

20th anniversary

In 2009, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the premiere of The Simpsons, Fox announced that a year-long celebration of the show titled "Best. 20 Years. Ever." would run from January 14, 2009 to January 14, 2010. Several contests were run, including the "Unleash Your Yellow" contest in which entrants designed a poster for the show[7] and "Best. Couch Gag. Ever." where fans created their own live-action couch gag video.[8]

As part of the celebration, the Irish-themed episode "In the Name of the Grandfather" premiered on Sky1 in the United Kingdom and Ireland on March 17, 2009. It was the first-ever episode of the show to air in Europe before being seen in the United States. The American debut of the episode was on March 22.[9]

Reception

Critical reception

Robert Canning of IGN gave the season a 7.9 out of 10 improving 1.3 from the past season. He gave it a positive review saying that it was "Good" and that "With at least two more years of The Simpsons guaranteed, this unexpected but very welcome resurgence has come at a perfect time. If they can keep the momentum moving, the series is primed to once again approach perfection and go out at the top of its game."[10]

Awards

Episodes from the twentieth season received five Primetime Emmy Award nominations. "Gone Maggie Gone" was nominated for Outstanding Animated Program (For Programming less than One Hour) and Outstanding Music Composition for a Series. Dan Castellaneta won the Outstanding Voice-Over Performance Emmy for voicing Homer in the episode "Father Knows Worst"; Hank Azaria and Harry Shearer were also nominated for the episodes "Eeny Teeny Maya Moe" and "The Burns and the Bees", respectively. The winners were announced on September 12, 2009.[11] The Simpsons was the only series to be nominated in the Animation category at the Writers Guild of America Awards in 2010. The nominees were: Stephanie Gillis for "The Burns and the Bees", John Frink for "Eeny Teeny Maya, Moe", Billy Kimball & Ian Maxtone-Graham for Gone Maggie Gone", Don Payne for "Take My Life, Please", and Joel H. Cohen for "Wedding for Disaster".[12] The award was won by Joel H. Cohen.[13]

Nielsen ratings

The season ranked 77th in ratings with an average of 6.93 million viewers and an 18/49 rating of 3.4/9 and the rerun timeslot ranking 113th.[14] The most viewed episode was "Treehouse of Horror XIX", with 12.48 million watching it and a 4.9 Nielsen rating.[15] The least viewed episode was "Four Great Women and a Manicure" which is the second-least-viewed episode of the series, after Season 21's "Million Dollar Maybe".[16]

Episodes

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
code
U.S. viewers
(millions)
4211"Sex, Pies and Idiot Scrapes"Lance KramerKevin CurranSeptember 28, 2008KABF179.3[18]
After serving a jail sentence for starting a brawl at an alcohol-free St. Patrick's Day parade, Homer becomes a bounty hunter and tags Flanders along for the ride. Meanwhile, an Irish man gives Marge a job at his bakery, which Marge soon discovers specializes in sexually suggestive pastries.
Guest Stars: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Robert Forster and Joe Mantegna.[17]
4222"Lost Verizon"Raymond S. PersiJohn FrinkOctober 5, 2008KABF157.43[21]
Bart feels left out after realizing he is the only kid in this day and age without a cell phone, so he tries to work in a country club as a golf ball finder to earn money for it—and finds Denis Leary's phone instead.
Guest Stars: Denis Leary and Brian Grazer.[19][20]
4233"Double, Double, Boy in Trouble"Nancy KruseBill OdenkirkOctober 19, 2008KABF148.09[24]
Bart meets Simon Woosterfield, a boy who looks exactly like him and is a member of Springfield's richest family. As a prank, the two decide to switch places, but the joke is on Bart when he discovers that Simon is being targeted for murder by his own siblings.
Guest Star: Joe Montana.[22][23]
4244"Treehouse of Horror XIX"Bob AndersonMatt WarburtonNovember 2, 2008KABF1612.48[27]

Intro: Homer tries to vote for Barack Obama but the machine is rigged to place votes for John McCain—and kill anyone who reveals it.

Untitled Robot Parody: In this light parody of Transformers, Lisa gets a Malibu Stacy car that turns into a robot bent on fighting the mortal enemy of his race (more transforming robots).[25]
How to Get Ahead in Dead-Vertising: After accidentally killing Krusty the Clown over the destruction of a daycare mural that used his image without his express permission, Homer is hired by two ad agents who have discovered a legal loophole in using celebrity likenesses in their advertising campaigns.[26]
It's the Grand Pumpkin, Milhouse: In this parody of It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, Milhouse summons a demon pumpkin, who goes berserk when he discovers that humans carve his brethren into jack-o-lanterns as Halloween tradition.[25]
4255"Dangerous Curves"Matthew FaughnanBilly Kimball & Ian Maxtone-GrahamNovember 9, 2008KABF188.16[29]
Homer and Marge remember their dating years where a young Ned and Maude tries to keep them apart and their early years of marriage where Homer and Marge almost cheated on each other.[28]
Guest Star: Maurice LaMarche.
4266"Homer and Lisa Exchange Cross Words"Nancy KruseTim LongNovember 16, 2008KABF198.52[31]
Lisa becomes obsessed with crossword puzzles and enters a contest, where Homer places bets against his daughter in order to earn money lost from his couples break-up business.[30]
Guest Stars: Will Shortz, Merl Reagle and Scott Thompson.
4277"MyPods and Boomsticks"Steven Dean MooreMarc WilmoreNovember 30, 2008KABF207.80[33]
Bart makes friends with a Muslim boy named Bashir and his family, but Homer fears the family may be terrorists because of their religion. Meanwhile, Lisa is given a MyPod and becomes addicted to downloading songs on it.[32]
Guest Star: Shohreh Aghdashloo.
4288"The Burns and the Bees"Mark KirklandStephanie GillisDecember 7, 2008KABF216.19[35]
After winning the "Austin Celtics" in a game of poker, Mr. Burns builds a new stadium in Springfield in the same place where Lisa has built a bee colony to save honeybees from extinction.[34]
Guest Stars: Mark Cuban, Jeff Bezos and Marv Albert.
4299"Lisa the Drama Queen"Matthew NastukBrian KelleyJanuary 25, 2009KABF225.75[38]
Lisa meets a new girl named Juliet and helps her write stories about a fantasy world called Equalia, but spending too much time with Juliet (and the story) begins to warp Lisa's sense of reality.
Guest Stars: Emily Blunt[36] and Fall Out Boy.[37]
Note: This is the last episode to be broadcast in standard definition, the last episode to include the old opening (which was used ever since season two), and the first episode to begin immediately after the credits without a commercial break.
43010"Take My Life, Please"Steven Dean MooreDon PayneFebruary 15, 2009LABF016.82[40]
After an old high school rival named Vance is honored on the Springfield Wall of Fame, Homer becomes depressed when he discovers that Principal Dondelinger rigged the student council election so Vance would win. While at an Italian restaurant, a mysterious chef shows Homer how his life would have turned out had he actually won.[39]
NOTE: This is the first episode to broadcast in 720p high definition and to use to the new opening (which is similar to the old one, only it includes new characters).
43111"How the Test Was Won"Lance KramerMichael PriceMarch 1, 2009LABF026.52[42]
Bart gets a perfect score on Springfield Elementary's latest standardized test, leaving Lisa worried that Bart may be smarter than she when Bart is rewarded with a field trip—that turns out to be an elaborate trick into getting the low-testing students (and Principal Skinner) out of the way. Meanwhile, Homer forgets to mail off his insurance payment and must keep himself and the house accident-free until his coverage can be reinstated at 3:00pm.[41]
43212"No Loan Again, Naturally"Mark KirklandJeff WestbrookMarch 8, 2009LABF035.99[44]
The Simpsons get into a mortgage crisis of their own when Homer cannot afford to pay off the money he borrows from his home equity loan (so he can finance his extravagant Mardi Gras parties) and the Simpsons sell their home to Ned Flanders.[43]
Guest Star: Maurice LaMarche.
43313"Gone Maggie Gone"Chris ClementsBilly Kimball & Ian Maxtone-GrahamMarch 15, 2009LABF045.99[46]

Homer leaves Maggie on the doorstep of a convent, setting off a Da Vinci Code-style chain of events involving Freemasons and the hunt for a rare jewel. Meanwhile, Marge goes blind after viewing an eclipse without an eclipse shoe box viewer and Homer tries to cover up Maggie's disappearance.[45]

Guest Star: Ed Begley, Jr.
43414"In the Name of the Grandfather"Ralph SosaMatt MarshallMarch 22, 2009[a]LABF116.15[49]
After neglecting his father during a wheelbarrow race, Homer makes it up to Grampa Simpson by taking him to a pub in Ireland, only to learn that pubs are not popular in Ireland anymore.[47]
Guest Stars: Colm Meaney, Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová.[48]
43515"Wedding for Disaster"Chuck SheetzJoel H. CohenMarch 29, 2009LABF056.58[51]
When Reverend Lovejoy reveals to Homer and Marge that they are not legally married, Homer and Marge decide to have another wedding to legitimize their union once and for all. But when Marge begins acting like a bridezilla and Homer mysteriously disappears, it is up to Bart and Lisa to save the day.[50]
Guest Star: Kelsey Grammer.
43616"Eeny Teeny Maya Moe"Nancy KruseJohn FrinkApril 5, 2009LABF066.50[53]
Moe once again searches for love and falls for a woman named Maya over the Internet. However, when Moe meets Maya face-to-face, he discovers it is more like face-to-knee, as Maya is only three feet tall. Meanwhile, Maggie is put in a playground full of hostile babies.[52]
43717"The Good, the Sad and the Drugly"Rob OliverMarc WilmoreApril 19, 2009LABF076.50[55]
Bart sets up Milhouse to take the fall for a prank the two of them pulled, and the duo's friendship becomes strained when Bart falls for a charitable girl named Jenny. Meanwhile, Lisa becomes insane and depressed after reading Internet articles predicting that Springfield will be a barren wasteland in fifty years, and is given anti-depressants that turn her into a mindless zombie.
Guest Star: Anne Hathaway.[54]
43818"Father Knows Worst"Matthew NastukRob LaZebnikApril 26, 2009LABF085.94[57]
Marge discovers a sauna in the basement of their house and shuts herself off from the rest of the world. Meanwhile, Homer becomes a stricter parent after meeting a helicopter mom who criticizes Bart for being an academic failure and Lisa for being a social outcast.[56]
43919"Waverly Hills, 9-0-2-1-D'oh"Michael PolcinoJ. Stewart BurnsMay 3, 2009LABF106.75[58]
While desperately searching for a bathroom during her morning jog, Marge discovers how low-rent Springfield Elementary School really is and moves Bart and Lisa to Waverly Hills Elementary by having Homer rent an apartment there so the city inspector of Waverly Hills does not get suspicious. Meanwhile, Bart helps Lisa become popular by telling others that Lisa is friends with a teenage pop star named Alaska Nebraska.
Guest Stars: Ellen Page and Maurice LaMarche.[1]
44020"Four Great Women and a Manicure"Raymond S. PersiValentina L. GarzaMay 10, 2009LABF095.16[59]
While at a nail salon, Marge and Lisa argue over whether or not a woman can be smart, beautiful, and powerful all at once, which leads to yet another Simpsons anthology show, featuring four stories of women trying to survive in a man's world: Aunt Selma defending England as Queen Elizabeth I, Lisa in a non-copyright-infringing retelling of Snow White, Marge pushing Homer to be a great Shakespearean actor in a modern-day version of Macbeth, and Maggie fighting against conformity in a parody of Ayn Rand's The Fountainhead.
Guest Star: Jodie Foster.[1]
44121"Coming to Homerica"Steven Dean MooreBrendan HayMay 17, 2009LABF125.86[60]
The citizens of Ogdenville swarm into Springfield in search of work after their local economy plummets, but when the Ogdenvillians' Norwegian culture begins rubbing off on others, Mayor Quimby hires citizens to act as border patrol.[1]

Blu-ray and DVD release

The DVD and Blu-ray boxset for season twenty was released by 20th Century Fox in the United States and Canada on January 12, 2010, eight months after it had completed broadcast on television. As well as every episode from the season, the Blu-ray and DVD releases feature hand-drawn menus by Matt Groening.

The Complete Twentieth Season
Set Details Special Features
  • 21 episodes
  • 4-disc set (DVD)
  • 2-disc set (Blu-ray)
  • 4:3 1.33:1 Full Screen (episodes 1–9)
    16:9 1.78:1 Widescreen (episodes 10–21)
  • AUDIO (DVD)
    • English 5.1 Dolby Digital
    • Spanish 2.0 Dolby Surround
    • French 2.0 Dolby Surround
    • Portuguese 2.0 Dolby Surround
  • AUDIO (Blu-Ray)
    • English 5.1 DTS HD Master Audio
    • Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital
    • French 5.1 Dolby Digital
    • Portuguese 5.1 Dolby Digital
  • SUBTITLES
    • English SDH
    • Spanish
    • Portuguese
  • Hand-drawn menus by Matt Groening
  • The 20th Anniversary Special Sneak Peak (US DVD/Blu-ray Only)
Release Dates
Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
January 12, 2010 September 17, 2010[61] January 20, 2010

Notes

  1. ^ This episode first aired on Sky1 on March 17, 2009.

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External links

Coming to Homerica

"Coming To Homerica" is the twenty-first and final episode of The Simpsons' twentieth season. It originally aired on the Fox network in the United States on May 17, 2009. Its name is a parody of the 1988 film Coming to America. The storyline is a pick on illegal immigration to the United States, complete with self-appointed vigilantes and building a fence to prevent it. Tying in with the episode's subject of Norwegian-descended settlers, its first US broadcast coincided with the Norwegian Constitution Day.

Dangerous Curves (The Simpsons)

"Dangerous Curves" is the fifth episode of the twentieth season of The Simpsons. It first aired on the Fox network in the United States on November 9, 2008. The episode received mixed reviews from television critics.

Double, Double, Boy in Trouble

"Double, Double, Boy in Trouble" is the third episode of The Simpsons' twentieth season. It first aired on the Fox network in the United States on October 19, 2008. Bart meets a rich boy name Simon Woosterfield, who happens to be Bart's exact look-alike. Because of this, the two decide to switch homes; Simon enjoys his time with the Simpsons while Bart discovers his rich new half-brother and sister are out to kill Simon, so they can inherit the vast Woosterfield family fortune. Former NFL football player Joe Montana guest stars as himself. In its original airing, the episode garnered 8.09 million viewers.

Eeny Teeny Maya Moe

"Eeny Teeny Maya Moe" is the sixteenth episode of The Simpsons' twentieth season. It originally aired on the Fox network in the United States on April 5, 2009. Moe falls in love with a woman named Maya, whom he met over the Internet. When Moe meets her in person, she turns out to be a dwarf. They remain in love, but his tactless attitude to her size eventually drives her away. Meanwhile, in an attempt to spend more time with Maggie, Homer inadvertently drops her off at a playground full of bullies.

Father Knows Worst

"Father Knows Worst" is the 438th episode (season 20, episode 18) of The Simpsons. It originally aired on the Fox network in the United States on April 26, 2009. In the episode, Bart and Lisa start struggling in their academic and social lives at school and Homer starts monitoring them and forcing them to do better, becoming a helicopter parent. Meanwhile, Marge discovers a sauna in the basement.This was the first episode in over eight years written by Rob LaZebnik.

Four Great Women and a Manicure

"Four Great Women and a Manicure" is the twentieth episode of the twentieth season of The Simpsons. First broadcast on the Fox network in the United States on May 10, 2009, it was the second Simpsons episode (after "Simpsons Bible Stories") to have four acts instead of the usual three. The episode tells four tales of famous women featuring Simpsons characters in various roles: Selma as Queen Elizabeth I, Lisa as Snow White, Marge as Lady Macbeth and Maggie as Howard Roark from Ayn Rand's The Fountainhead.Jodie Foster performs the voice of Maggie Simpson. The title is a reference to the 1994 film Four Weddings and a Funeral. The episode was the lowest-rated episode in terms of viewers in the show's history at the time, though it has since been surpassed. It is the only episode in the history of the show in which Bart Simpson is not seen or mentioned (not counting the opening credits). It is also the second episode (after "Mona Leaves-a") to first air on Mother's Day and deal with women or mothers.

Gone Maggie Gone

"Gone Maggie Gone" is the thirteenth episode of The Simpsons' twentieth season. It originally aired on the Fox network in the United States on March 15, 2009. The episode was written by both Billy Kimball and longtime Simpsons writer Ian Maxtone-Graham, and directed by Chris Clements. In the episode, Homer leaves Maggie on the doorstep of a convent, but when she disappears, Lisa goes undercover as a nun to solve the mystery and find her. Meanwhile, Homer tries to keep Maggie's disappearance a secret from Marge, who was temporarily blinded while watching a solar eclipse.

Homer and Lisa Exchange Cross Words

"Homer and Lisa Exchange Cross Words" is the sixth episode of The Simpsons' twentieth season. It originally aired on the Fox network in the United States on November 16, 2008. In the episode, Lisa discovers that she has a talent for solving crossword puzzles, and she enters a crossword tournament. Lisa's feelings are hurt when she discovers that Homer bet against her in the championship match.

The episode was inspired by Patrick Creadon's 2006 documentary Wordplay, and was written by Tim Long, and directed by Nancy Kruse. Crossword puzzle creators Merl Reagle and Will Shortz guest star as themselves in the episode while Scott Thompson has a cameo as Grady, a character he first voiced in "Three Gays of the Condo". Reagle created all of the crossword puzzles that appear in the episode and as a promotion for the episode, a special Simpsons-related message (dedicated to this episode) that appeared in The New York Times Sunday crossword on November 16, 2008.

The episode received generally positive reviews from critics, and finished fourth in its timeslot during its initial airing on Fox, with a 3.9 Nielsen rating.

How the Test Was Won

"How the Test Was Won" is the eleventh episode of the twentieth season of The Simpsons. It originally aired on the Fox network in the United States on March 1, 2009. It was written by Michael Price and directed by Lance Kramer. The episode features cultural references to the television shows The Honeymooners, The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Brady Bunch, and Cheers, and the film Footloose. Since airing, the episode received mostly mixed reviews from television critics.

Lisa the Drama Queen

"Lisa the Drama Queen" is the ninth episode of the twentieth season of The Simpsons. It originally aired on the Fox network in the United States on January 25, 2009 and guest starred Emily Blunt as Juliet. The episode is very loosely based on the 1994 film Heavenly Creatures.

Lost Verizon

"Lost Verizon" is the second episode of The Simpsons' twentieth season. It first aired on the Fox network in the United States on October 5, 2008. Bart becomes jealous of his friends and their cell phones. Working at a golf course, Bart takes the cell phone of Denis Leary after the star comedian throws it away in anger. Marge, per Leary's advice, activates the GPS system on the phone to track down Bart's every move; catching on, Bart attaches the GPS chip to a bird that migrates to Machu Picchu, Peru. Leary and Brian Grazer (who also appeared in "When You Dish Upon a Star" as himself) both guest star as themselves. It was directed by Raymond S. Persi and written by John Frink.

MyPods and Boomsticks

"MyPods and Boomsticks" is the seventh episode of the twentieth season of The Simpsons. It first aired on the Fox network in the United States on November 30, 2008.In the episode, Homer becomes suspicious of Bart's new Muslim friend, Bashir, and decides to invite his family for dinner. When Homer offends them, he goes to their home to apologize but discovers what he believes to be a terrorist plot to blow up the Springfield Mall. In the episode's subplot, Lisa gets a MyPod (a parody of iPod) and racks up a large bill.

The episode was written by Marc Wilmore and directed by Steven Dean Moore with Shohreh Aghdashloo of 24 guest starring as Bashir's mother, Mina.It is the first episode of The Simpsons to have Islam portrayed in a large role.It was the most watched show on Fox on its original airing, and received fairly positive reviews from television critics. Its theme was praised by the Council on American–Islamic Relations and the Muslim Public Affairs Council, and Aghdashloo was given an award by the latter organization for her role.

No Loan Again, Naturally

"No Loan Again, Naturally" is the twelfth episode of the twentieth season of The Simpsons. It originally aired on the Fox network in the United States on March 8, 2009.

In the episode, the Simpsons lose their house, but Ned Flanders buys it and offers to rent it back to them. However, when they turn out to be less-than-reliable renters, Flanders kicks them out. "No Loan Again, Naturally" was written by Jeff Westbrook and directed by Mark Kirkland.

Maurice LaMarche guest starred in the episode. It was seen by 5.99 million viewers. Since airing, the episode has received generally positive reviews from television critics. The name of the episode references a 1970s song "Alone Again (Naturally)" as well as the fourteenth episode of The Simpsons' eleventh season, "Alone Again, Natura-Diddily", which also centered largely around interactions between Homer and Ned.

Sex, Pies and Idiot Scrapes

"Sex, Pies and Idiot Scrapes" is the season premiere of The Simpsons' twentieth season. It originally aired on the Fox network in the United States on September 28, 2008. After getting charged for being involved in a fight, Homer meets bail bondsman Lucky Jim and Wolf the Bounty Hunter, who convince him to become a bounty hunter. In a twisted turn of events, he becomes Ned Flanders' partner. Meanwhile, Marge unknowingly begins working at an erotic bakery. Julia Louis-Dreyfus returns as Snake's girlfriend Gloria for the third time. Robert Forster provides the voice of Lucky Jim, and Joe Mantegna returns as Fat Tony in the episode. It was watched by 9.3 million viewers the night it aired.

Take My Life, Please

"Take My Life, Please" is the tenth episode of the twentieth season of The Simpsons. It originally aired on the Fox network in the United States on February 15, 2009. In the episode, Homer finds out that the class presidential election he lost in high school was rigged, and he gets the opportunity to find out what his life would have been like if he had become class president.

The episode was written by Don Payne and directed by Steven Dean Moore. It was the first episode of The Simpsons to air in 16:9 720p high-definition television. It was also the first episode to use the show's third opening sequence. Since airing, the episode has received mixed reviews from television critics. 6.82 million people watched the episode, and coupled with an episode of King of the Hill, it won its hour in the 18-49 demographic.

The Burns and the Bees

"The Burns and the Bees" is the eighth episode of the twentieth season of The Simpsons. It first aired on the Fox network in the United States on December 7, 2008. In the episode, during a game of poker Mr. Burns wins ownership of the Austin Celtic's basketball team and he decides to build a new stadium in Springfield that threatens a bee colony which Lisa built. Lisa's subplot refers to the current worldwide disappearance of bees.

The episode was written by Stephanie Gillis and directed by Mark Kirkland. It marks a second use of the Christmas-themed opening, first seen in "Kill Gil, Volumes I & II". Billionaires Mark Cuban and Jeff Bezos and sportscaster Marv Albert guest star as themselves.In its original airing, the episode garnered 6.19 million viewers. It received mixed reviews from television critics.

Treehouse of Horror XIX

"Treehouse of Horror XIX" is the fourth episode of the twentieth season of The Simpsons. It first aired on the Fox network in the United States on November 2, 2008. This is the nineteenth Treehouse of Horror episode, and, like the other "Treehouse of Horror" episodes, contains three self-contained segments: in "Untitled Robot Parody", Transformer robots run amok in Springfield; in "How to Get Ahead in Dead-Vertising", Homer is hired by ad agents to kill celebrities so their images can be used for free; and in a Simpsons-style parody of It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (called "It's The Grand Pumpkin, Milhouse"), Milhouse summons a demon pumpkin who goes berserk when it sees humans carving its brethren into jack-o-lanterns as part of Halloween tradition. It was written by Matt Warburton and directed by Bob Anderson.

A total of 12.48 million viewers tuned in to watch during its first airing, more than any other episode since "The Wife Aquatic". The episode received mixed reviews from critics, who generally regarded "It's the Grand Pumpkin, Milhouse" as the best segment. Shortly after airing, the episode was criticized by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) because a character (Nelson Muntz) casually uses the adjective "gay" to insult The Grand Pumpkin.

Waverly Hills, 9-0-2-1-D'oh

"Waverly Hills 9-0-2-1-D'oh", or "Waverly Hills 9-0-2-1-(Annoyed Grunt)", is the nineteenth episode of the twentieth season of The Simpsons. It first aired on the Fox network in the United States on May 3, 2009.

Wedding for Disaster

"Wedding for Disaster" is the fifteenth episode of the twentieth season of The Simpsons. It originally aired on the Fox network in the United States on March 29, 2009. In the episode, Marge and Homer's second marriage turns out to be invalid, so they decide to get married again. Right before the remarriage, Homer goes missing, and Bart and Lisa suspect that he has been kidnapped by Sideshow Bob. The episode was written by Joel H. Cohen and directed by Chuck Sheetz. It features a guest appearance by Kelsey Grammer as Sideshow Bob. Since airing, the episode has received mostly positive reviews from television critics. It was viewed by 6.58 million viewers in its original American broadcast.The June 28, 2009 rerun of the episode featured a brief alternate opening. Following the death of Michael Jackson three days prior, on June 25, the music video for "Do the Bartman" was shown, followed by a title card in memory of Jackson, showing a still of his appearance as Leon Kompowsky (the big, bald mental patient who was put in the insane asylum for believing he really was Michael Jackson) from the episode "Stark Raving Dad".

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