Everybody in Springfield (Except the Flanders, Lenny and Carl) have had enough of the Simpsons' shenanigans, and decide to banish them from town. The family settle in a deranged town, where they pick up new skills like Maggie hunting with a crowbar. Lenny and Carl miss the family and decide to pay a visit. Soon, everybody in Springfield decides to rebuild Springfield where the Simpsons live now.
The Simpson family are at home watching Channel 6 News where Kent Brockman announces that there is a disaster and that everyone has to go into their underground bunkers. After saying it was a drill, and then acting like there was an actual disaster again, he tells everyone to go into their shelters for three hours and not to come out. The Simpsons head to their shelter.
After a while, the family is all bored and decides to head out of their shelter to explore Springfield while it is empty. They then go past Springfield Town Hall where they realize that there is a secret meeting going on. They sneak in to find that the town has voted to kick them out of Springfield. After making themselves known to the rest of the town, the townspeople act angry at them. They then reveal that it was a mixture of Homer's recklessness, Bart's vandalism in school and in town, Lisa's environmental pleas and Marge's niceness that got them kicked out. Ned attempts to defend them, but is quickly ejected from the meeting. They are then paraded out of Springfield.
After driving for a while, Bart says that he needs to pee. They stop to let him go and are then held up by a guy with a shotgun. After Marge explains their situation to him, he welcomes the family to The Outlands. The family starts new here and begins to enjoy life, although Marge still misses Springfield, doesn't think that their new neighbor, Julian Assange, is as nice as Ned Flanders and fears that Maggie is falling in with a rough crowd. She and Homer then decide to sneak back into Springfield.
Homer and Marge, disguised as Mr. Burns and Waylon Smithers, sneak back in, tricking Clancy Wiggum in the process. They have a romantic night together then head to their old home where they go to bed. In bed, they hear Jimbo, Dolph and Kearney come in and are found out. Before the bullies can tell anyone, the police come to the house along with the rest of the town and are prepared to shoot them. However, Homer calls them all jerks and Marge said that now she likes the Outland because people expect them for who they are and they leave to their new home, leaving the townspeople dwelling on what they just said.
The Simpsons are settling into life in The Outlands until Lenny, shortly followed by Carl, turn up, saying that after what Homer and Marge said, they wanted a better life too. Eventually, Moe turns up too, opening Moe's Cavern for them to drink at. After a while, more and more Springfieldians turn up and eventually, they start to move buildings too, until Joe Quimby and Gary Chalmers come by and ask to join the new town, which Marge seems annoyed about as the corruption is the reason why Marge liked her new life. However, they join too. Eventually, Seymour Skinner is the last person left in Springfield, until Bart rescues him in a wooden helicopter, crashing him into several buildings and landmarks. The Simpsons and the townspeople begin to move Springfield to the Outlands.
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