The Clapboard couch gag is the first couch gag of Season 5.
A director does three couch gag takes. Take one: The Simpsons first run into the living room and shatter like glass, with Santa's Little Helper walking in to look at the mess on the floor. Take two: The Simpsons run in and coalesce into a multicolored, five-headed blob. Take three: The Simpsons run in and explode on contact, with Maggie's pacifier falling onto the blackened crater.
- Homer Simpson
- Marge Simpson
- Bart Simpson
- Lisa Simpson
- Maggie Simpson
- Santa's Little Helper
- Clapboard Operator
Behind the Laughter
Part 1, 2 and 3 of this couch gag are used often.
- Episode – "Homer's Barbershop Quartet"
- Episode – "$pringfield (Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Legalized Gambling)" (take 1)
- Episode – "Homer the Vigilante" (take 3)
- Episode – "Bart Gets Famous" (take 2)
- Episode – "Lady Bouvier's Lover" (take 1)
- Episode – "Secrets of a Successful Marriage" (take 3)
- Episode – "At Long Last Leave" (Snapshot montage with other episode's gags)