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Once Upon a Time in Springfield

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Episode Number 451
Production Code LABF20
Original Airdate January 10, 2010
Blackboard Text The world may end in 2012 but this show won't
Title Screen Ralph flies by hanging onto a kite
Billboard The Fox network, still Sucking after 20 years
Couch Gag The Simpsons are sperm and the couch is in an ovary, the Simpsons swin into the ovary and sit on the couch and a baby Mr Burns forms and says excellent
Special Guest Voices Jackie Mason as Hyman Krustofsky
Anne Hathaway as Princess Penelope
Eartha Kitt as Herself
Gary Larson as Himself
Show Runner(s) Al Jean
Written By Stephanie Gillis
Directed By Matthew Nastuk

"Once Upon a Time in Springfield" is the tenth episode of Season 21. It originally aired on January 10, 2010.


Krusty is forced to add a female character named Princess Penelope to his show in order to attract more female viewers. She immediately overshadows Krusty as the ratings improve. Bart and Milhouse want to get the show back to the way it was, but the situation gets more complicated when Krusty and Penelope fall in love and decide to get married. Meanwhile, Homer, Lenny, and Carl consider working at a competing nuclear plant when Mr. Burns cuts off their daily doughnut service.

Full Story Edit

Krusty, after performing a show, is approached by two network executives who tell him they need to make big changes in the show to increase ratings of girls. Krusty refuses, but they are ready to make a reality show to find his replacement. Desperate to stay in this sweet gig, he agrees. The next show, he introduces Princess Penelope. Girls like Lisa are fascinated with Penelope, but boys like Bart and Milhouse are almost sick watching it. In short notice, Princess Penelope's popularity grows to stratospheric levels, quickly eclipsing Krusty in his own show, to the point that all his merchandise is replaced with Princess Penelope's. After being persuaded by Bart to get back on track, Krusty confronts Penelope, intending to fire her from the show, but she confesses her love for him, revealing that she is a childhood fan of Krusty. Knowing this, Krusty not only changes his mind about canning Penelope, but they also enter a relationship.

Meanwhile, Marge gets a fryer and starts making donuts. Homer doesn't eat, expecting there are going to be donuts at work. However, Mr Burns cuts donuts from being at work again (he believes that it's the 1930s, the same era of the Great Depression, hence the budget cuts). Homer, Lenny and Carl decide to go drinking at Moe's Tavern. There, they meet a businessman, who's looking for new Nuclear Power Plant workers. He leads the trio on a guided tour of Capital City's power plant, which turns out to be much better. When they go to quit, Mr. Burns manages to convince them to stay by providing them 'special' donuts at the plant.

Meanwhile, Krusty and Princess Penelope's relationship grows, and before long, Krusty asks for his co-star’s hand in marriage. Bart and Milhouse explain that Krusty has married many women before, and all of them had become very unhappy. Krusty agrees and breaks up with Penelope at their wedding, though she takes it amiably, kissing him before she leaves. Days later, she is singing in Paris, and begins showing signs of missing Krusty. She then goes to a nearby bridge, looking down at the water of the Seine River. A boat passes by, and she sees Krusty's reflection in the water. She turns around, expecting to see him, only to see nothing. Krusty is actually there, though; he was just in the water, having fallen off the boat. She flings herself in the water, and the two float down the Seine, staying afloat with Penelope's wooden guitar's case.

Trivia Edit

Tintin and Captain Haddock with Snowy makes a cameo when Penelope sings in Paris

Behind the LaughterEdit


  • Anne Hathaway won an Emmy for her performance as Princess Penelope.

Citations Edit

Krusty The ClownKrusty the Clown Show Characters, Locations and Key Episodes
Krusty the Clown| Sideshow Bob | Sideshow Mel | Mr. Teeny

Krusty Burger | Clown College | Kamp Krusty
Krusty Gets Busted | Itchy & Scratchy & Marge | Like Father, Like Clown | Kamp Krusty | Krusty Gets Kancelled | Bart Gets Famous | Homie the Clown | Bart the Fink | The Itchy & Scratchy & Poochie Show | The Last Temptation of Krust | Insane Clown Poppy | Day of the Jackanapes | Mr. Spritz Goes to Washington | Today, I Am a Clown | Yokel Chords | All About Lisa | Once Upon a Time in Springfield | The Ten-Per-Cent Solution

Season 20 Season 21 Episodes Season 22
Homer the WhopperBart Gets a "Z"The Great Wife HopeTreehouse of Horror XXThe Devil Wears NadaPranks and GreensRednecks and Broomsticks O Brother, Where Bart Thou?Thursdays with AbieOnce Upon a Time in SpringfieldMillion Dollar MaybeBoy Meets CurlThe Color YellowPostcards From the WedgeStealing First BaseThe Greatest Story Ever D'ohedAmerican History X-cellentChief of HeartsThe Squirt and the WhaleTo Surveil With LoveMoe Letter BluesThe Bob Next DoorJudge Me Tender

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