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The Last Temptation of Homer
$pringfield (Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Legalized Gambling)
Homer the Vigilante

Trivia Edit

  • The Rich Texan makes his debut appearance in this episode, referred to as "Senator" by Homer.
  • Odds at Bart's casino:
    • Krabappel nervous breakdown: 2-1
    • Fat kid popular: 50-1
    • Bart gets his own TV show: 1000-1
  • Deleted Scene: James Bond and a villain are playing blackjack with Homer as the dealer. Homer gives Bond a joker. Bond tells him he has to take those away from the deck. The he gives Bond the card with the game rules. Bond loses and the villain takes him away. The staff liked the scene, so they decided to put it in the clip show episode "The Simpsons 138th Episode Spectacular".[1]
  • This is the episode in which Marge develops her gambling problem.
  • Matt Groening was told that if the restaurant chain Planet Hollywood appeared in an episode, its creators Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone would guest star. The staff wrote it in as the subplot for the episode "$pringfield (Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Legalized Gambling)" but they could not appear and the plot was dropped.[1] Additionally the episode's original script indicates that Robert Goulet's part was written for Wayne Newton and Gerry Cooney's part was written for Marvelous Marvin Hagler.[2]
  • Writer Bill Oakley posted the episode's original script on Twitter. It highlights many changes which occurred for the broadcast version, including the full Planet Hollywood scenes.[2]
  • Mr. Burns goes to church.
  • Mr. Burns survived twelve economic crisises, eight depressions and five tightening belts.
  • When Homer goes to wake up Bart, he kicks out a door.
  • In the United States pageant, Lisa was Florida and Ralph was Idaho. They both won a trophy because Skinner thought that they clearly didn't get any help from their parents, but Homer worked on Lisa's costume, so Ralph alone, who's Idaho costume was really just a piece of paper on his shirt with Idaho written on it, should really get the trophy. Of course the joke was supposed to be Homer doing such a lousy job at making Lisa's costume it was comparable with Ralph's, which was just a shirt with "Idaho" on it.
  • In Bart's Casino, Milhouse had a magic trick involving putting a black cat into a box and it magically going into his magician's hat. However, it is revealed that there are two black cats and they wouldn't cooperate with the magic trick. Since this episode occurred before I, D'oh-Bot and Snowball II wasn't dead yet, those two black cats actually could have been Snowball II and Snowball V.
  • The last time Barney Gumble mistook Maggie for Bart was in Homer Alone.

Citations Edit

Rain man

The Babbitts at the casino

  • The title is a reference to the 1964 film Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb and to the 1978-1981 TV drama Vega$.
  • Burns's bed looks similar to the one occupied by Keir Dullea's character Dave Bowman in the end of the 1968 film, 2001: A Space Odyssey.
  • Homer is impressed by the card-counting abilities of the autistic character Raymond Babbitt (Dustin Hoffman) from the 1988 film Rain Man; Tom Cruise appears next to him, in character as Charlie Babbitt.
  • Krusty's show at midnight is similar to Bill Cosby's 1971 album For Adults Only, which was recorded at a casino at midnight.
  • Marge reminds Homer that his lifelong dream was to be a contestant on the television show The Gong Show.
  • Burns's obsession with germs and cleanliness and his refusal to leave his bedroom once the casino opens is a parody on American magnate Howard Hughes.
  • The "Spruce Moose" is a parody of Howard Hughes's impractically enormous wooden plane Hughes H-4 Hercules, which was derisively dubbed the "Spruce Goose".
  • Homer parodies the scene in the 1939 film 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-angled triangles, not isosceles triangles, unless there is a right-angle in the triangle.
  • 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.[1]
  • The glasses Homer finds belong to former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.

Goofs Edit

  • Marge was in the casino with Maggie however Maggie is under 21 so both Marge and Maggie would have been asked to leave.
  • Marge was in the casino for days however she would have been forced to leave after a matter of hours.
  • Smithers said that the casino staff are legally required to ask gamblers every 75 hours if they think they have gambled enough however they would force people to leave after a much shorter time than that.

Citations Edit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Matt Groening, David Mirkin, Bill Oakley, Josh Weinstein, Wes Archer. (2004). The Complete Fifth Season DVD commentary for the episode "$pringfield" [DVD]. 20th Century Fox.
  2. 2.0 2.1 [1] - Script uploaded to Twitter by Bill Oakley

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