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The Longest Daycare
Moonshine River
Treehouse of Horror XXIII
Moonshine River
Moonshine River
Episode Number 509
Production Code PABF21
Original Airdate September 30, 2012
Blackboard Text I will not wear white after Labor Day (Bart is wearing a white suit)
Title Screen Arnie Pye flies by and falls out of his helicopter.
Billboard McBain Capital: Consider This a Hostile Takeover
Couch Gag The Simpsons are butterflies that come out of their cocoons and nearly get smashed by Gerald (the baby with a unibrow who Maggie hates). Maggie stops Gerald from smashing the butterfly Simpsons, and all four of them fly off into the sunset.
Special Guest Voices Ken Burns as himself
Zooey Deschanel as Mary Spuckler
Sarah Michelle Gellar as Gina Vendetti
Anne Hathaway as Jenny
Maurice LaMarche as Charlie Sheen
Don Pardo as himself
Natalie Portman as Darcy
Kevin Michael Richardson as Jamaican musician
Al Roker as himself
Sarah Silverman as Nikki McKenna
Show Runner(s) Al Jean
Written By Tim Long
Directed By Bob Anderson

Moonshine River is the first episode of the 24th season. It aired on September 30, 2012 and featured guest stars Zooey Deschanel, Ken Burns, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Anne Hathaway, Maurice LaMarche, Don Pardo, Natalie Portman, Kevin Michael Richardson, Al Roker and Sarah Silverman. The episode was also dedicated to Andy Williams, who died five days before the episode aired due to bladder cancer.


After Bart realizes that his relationships didn't last long he decides to visit all of his ex-girlfriends for a second chance. After being rejected by them all he goes to see Mary Spuckler for him to learn that she ran away to New York. Finding Mary his last chance at love, the family travel to New York City.

Full StoryEdit

During a dance following a disastrous joint celebration of the Springfield Grand Prix (a car-race tournament) and the final stage of the Tour de Springfield (a cyclist competition), Bart makes fun of Lisa and Milhouse while they were dancing. Lisa re-butts that she is with someone who likes her, to which Bart replies of how he has had relationships before. However, Lisa counters that he never had a relationship that lasted long. Seeing that Lisa is right, he decides to visit his girlfriends.

Bart and Milhouse go to see Mary Spuckler, Cletus Spuckler's daughter from Apocalypse Cow, after being rejected by several of Bart's previous girlfriends, including:

  1. Jenny, the nursing home volunteer and Good Samaritan from The Good, the Sad and the Drugly;
  2. Darcy, the then-pregnant teenager from Little Big Girl;
  3. Gina Vendetti, the juvenile delinquent from The Wandering Juvie; and
  4. Nikki McKenna, Bart's temporary classmate from Stealing First Base.

At the Spuckler house, Bart asks Cletus if she is here, Cletus and Brandine to inform Bart and Milhouse that Mary ran away after being engaged. Dubya Spuckler then informs them that Mary is at New York City. Bart then asks the family if they can go to New York, and after some thinking, they decide to go. Bart and Homer search for Mary, and just when he thinks that he will never find Mary, he comes across her and sees that her appearance changed. As Bart and Mary go around the city and chat, Mary sings a song for Bart while playing the guitar. She then admits her love for Bart. However, before the two get a chance to kiss, Cletus suddenly arrives, saying he will bring Mary back.

As Cletus and the family are occupied, Mary reveals to Bart that she is leaving them again. After kissing Bart, Mary says goodbye and leaves on a train. When Cletus sees she is gone, he orders Bart to reveal what happened. Bart refuses, as he says that Mary is proof that a girl will like him. Cletus then realizes that it is time to let Mary go. The family and Cletus go back to Springfield, and during the ride, Cletus gives Bart a picture of Mary so he can remember her.

Simultaneous to Bart and Homer's search for Mary, Lisa and Marge try to find some entertainment. They eventually go to a show of Romeo and Juliet, only to realize that the cast has quit due to a feud. Marge and Lisa decide to do stage their own play of Romeo and Juliet, only for them to get arrested. During the ride home, Lisa becomes outraged to see bad reviews of her show in the paper but calms down to see that the critics like her.

Citations Edit

Season 23 Season 24 Episodes Season 25
Moonshine RiverTreehouse of Horror XXIIIAdventures in Baby-GettingGone Abie GonePenny-WiseguysA Tree Grows in SpringfieldThe Day the Earth Stood CoolTo Cur, with LoveHomer Goes to Prep SchoolA Test Before TryingChanging of the GuardianLove is a Many Splintered ThingHardly Kirk-ingGorgeous GrampaBlack-Eyed, PleaseDark Knight CourtWhat Animated Women WantPulpit FrictionWhiskey BusinessThe Fabulous Faker BoyThe Saga of CarlDangers on a Train

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