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Episode Number 372
Production Code HABF09
Original Airdate April 2, 2006
Chalkboard Gag I will not flip the classroom upside down. (during this sequence, the classroom is upside down)
Couch Gag The Simpsons sit down on the couch as normal. A TiVo menu pops up, asking the viewer if he’d like to save the recording or delete it. “Delete This Recording” is chosen and the screen goes black.
Special Guest Voices Rob Reiner as himself
Show Runner(s) Al Jean
Written By Tim Long
Directed By Steven Dean Moore

"Million-Dollar Abie" the sixteenth episode of Season 17.

SynopsisEdit

The commissioner of football is in town to finalize the awarding of a new professional football team to Springfield, but when he gets lost and asks for directions at the Simpson house, Abraham ties him up, leading the commissioner to cancel the team. This results in everybody in town hating Abe to the point where he tries assisted suicide, but when that doesn't happen, he decides to live life to the fullest, starting with being the toreador at the new football-stadium-turned-bullring.[1]

Full Story Edit

When it is announced that the commissioner of Pro Football (Bud Armstrong) wants to expand the league, Homer leads the charge to get the new franchise in Springfield. At first his family doesn't think he could do it, but Homer manages to put forth a surprisingly strong package for the Springfield Meltdowns and the new Duff Beer Krusty Burger Buzz Cola Costington's Department Store Kwik-E-Mart Stupid Flanders Park.

The commissioner narrows down the choice of the two cities to either Springfield or Los Angeles. L.A. puts forth an anti-Springfield video hosted by Rob Reiner and features a song sung by celebrity impersonators that ends with them singing "Springfield Blows". All the owners decide that Springfield is the lesser of two evils, plus they're sick of Los Angeles getting everything, and the Commissioner awards the new team to Springfield. The town gets "Meltmania" and "Down syndrome" and quickly builds Homer's new park and paints the town in the team colors (orange and purple) and changes all of street names to football related names.

On the day when Springfield is officially announced as the new team, the Commissioner gets confused by all of the new street names (which are named after football terms) and gets lost. He stops for directions at the Simpsons' house and is greeted by Abraham Simpson, who welcomes him in after he states that he needs to make a phone call as well as use the restroom. However, Abe starts to fear that the commissioner is a burglar after seeing a news report that stated that burglars are often people who do claim to want to use the restroom and make a phone call, with Snake as an example within the interview. Wanting to protect the family valuables, as well as be hailed as a hero to the populace, Abe attacks him and ties him up. The rest of the family arrives home disappointed that the commissioner didn't show and is shocked to find him tied up in their living room. The commissioner is so angry that he declares that the Meltdowns will never be and leaves, never to return.

The entire town starts to hate Abe, and the expensive stadium has to be used for farmers' markets. Reverend Lovejoy posted the daily message of "Jesus hates you" in front of the church namely to Abe, and he was later placed in a burning building by the fire department after saving a little girl. The Jewish Old Man, after expressing his hate of Abe by spitting on him, suggests that he see a doctor. The Jewish Old Man then explains that the doctor in question, Dr. Egoyan, helps old people kill themselves. Abe expresses reluctance, but he is so depressed that he decides to seek out Dr. Egoyan, who will help him commit suicide. The doctor tells Abe to reconsider, and he decides that if anyone calls him in the next 24 hours, he won't go through with his plan. The call never comes (Homer did plan to call Abe when Marge suggested that he shouldn't stay mad forever, but got sidetracked when a call came in just as he was about to make the call and he was asked to participate in a survey about any movies that came out), and Abe goes back to the clinic the next day. Hecomes very close to being killed but the police show up just in time to stop it, as well as arresting Egoyan, both because he killed Wiggum's brother-in-law (he was the patient who underwent the procedure before Abe) and because the voters overturned the assisted suicide law.

Abe thinks he's dead and runs through the town, seeing "Hamburger Heaven" and a Charlie Chaplin impersonator. He soon learns that he isn't dead when stumbling upon the rest of the Simpson family dining at Luigi's restaurant and initially thinks they're dead until Lisa points out that they aren't, and after briefly admitting that he nearly committed suicide when angrily remarking that if he is going to commit suicide, he might as well do the job himself, gets a new lease of life and decides to live it up. Meanwhile, the city decides to turn the unused football stadium into an arena for bull fighting upon a Spanish bull fighter entrepreneur's suggestion. Despite Lisa's protests, Abe decides to become a matador. Abe wins his first fight with a bull, but he decides that killing bulls isn't his forte and talks to Lisa about giving up. Abe isn't sure, but in the next fight he sees the bull that he's about to kill and decides to spare its life. He releases all the bulls, which immediately start running through the streets of Springfield, causing a great deal of destruction. Lisa is proud of Abe, and the two reconcile, floating in the air by balloons attached to lawn chairs. However, two bulls start to fly up with balloons on their tails and horns, worrying Abe and Lisa.

Broadcasting InformationEdit

USA/Canada

  • 1st Airdate: Sunday, April 2, 2006
  • 2nd Airdate: Sunday, June 4, 2006

UK

  • 1st Airdate: Sunday, April 30, 2006
  • 2nd Airdate: Friday, May 5, 2006 (Encore Screening)
  • 3rd Airdate: Monday, August 7, 2006
  • 4th Airdate: Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Australia

  • 1st Airdate: Tuesday, August 8, 2006

Citations Edit


Season 16 Season 17 Episodes Season 18
The Bonfire of the ManateesThe Girl Who Slept Too LittleMilhouse of Sand and FogTreehouse of Horror XVIMarge's Son PoisoningSee Homer RunThe Last of the Red Hat MamasThe Italian BobSimpson Christmas StoriesHomer's Paternity CootWe're on the Road to D'oh-whereMy Fair LaddyThe Seemingly Never-Ending StoryBart Has Two MommiesHomer Simpson, This Is Your WifeMillion-Dollar AbieKiss Kiss Bang BangaloreThe Wettest Stories Ever ToldGirls Just Want to Have SumsRegarding MargieThe Monkey SuitMarge and Homer Turn a Couple Play

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