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Season 8
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Season Information
Original run: October 27, 1996 – May 18, 1997
No. of episodes: 25
Previous season: Season 7
Next season: Season 9
DVD boxset: The Complete Eighth Season

Season 8 originally aired between October 27, 1996 and May 18, 1997.

[edit] Highlights

The Simpsons' eighth season originally aired between October 27, 1996 and May 18, 1997, beginning with "Treehouse of Horror VII". The show runners for the eighth production season were Bill Oakley and Josh Weinstein. The aired season contained two episodes which were hold-over episodes from season seven, which Oakley and Weinstein also ran. It also contained two episodes for which Al Jean and Mike Reiss were the show runners.

Season eight won multiple awards, including two Emmy Awards: "Homer's Phobia" won for Outstanding Animated Program (for Programming One Hour or Less) in 1997, and Alf Clausen and Ken Keeler won for "Outstanding Individual Achievement in Music and Lyrics" with the song "We Put The Spring In Springfield" from the episode "Bart After Dark". Clausen also received an Emmy nomination for "Outstanding Music Direction" for "Simpsoncalifragilisticexpiala(Annoyed Grunt)cious". "Brother from Another Series" was nominated for the Emmy for "Sound Mixing For a Comedy Series or a Special". For "Homer's Phobia", Mike Anderson won the Annie Award for Best Individual Achievement: Directing in a TV Production, and the WAC Winner Best Director for Primetime Series at the 1998 World Animation Celebration. Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation awarded the episode the GLAAD Media Award for "Outstanding TV – Individual Episode".

The DVD box set was released in Region 1 on August 15, 2006, Region 2 on September 2, 2006, and Region 4 on October 2, 2006. The set was released in two different forms: a Maggie-shaped head to match the Homer and Marge shaped heads of the previous two sets and also a standard rectangular shaped box. Like the seventh season box set, both versions are available for sale separately.

[edit] Episodes

Picture # Original title Original airdate Directed by Written by Prod. code
Treehouse of Horror VII - Title Card.png 154 - 1 "Treehouse of Horror VII" October 27, 1996 Mike B. Anderson Ken Keeler, Dan Greaney & David S. Cohen 4F02
Opening Sequence: Homer tries to light a jack-o'-lantern, but catches his hand on fire, then his whole body, so he starts running around screaming. Then, the title "The Simpsons Halloween Special VII" comes up in blood. In the couch gag, the family runs to the couch, but they keel over and die in front of the Grim Reaper, their corpses landing one on top of another. The Reaper decides to put his feet up and uses Homer's corpse as a footstool.

The Thing and I: Bart discovers he has an evil twin, who is living in the Simpsons' attic.

The Genesis Tub: After intending to prove that sugary drinks will rot teeth, Lisa creates her own miniature universe.

Citizen Kang: Kang and Kodos impersonate presidential candidates Bill Clinton and Bob Dole in order to invade Earth.

Guest starring Phil Hartman as Bill Clinton.

You Only Move Twice promo.jpg 155 - 2 "You Only Move Twice" November 3, 1996 Mike B. Anderson John Swartzwelder 3F23
When Homer accepts a new job at the Globex Corporation the Simpson family moves to Cypress Creek. Homer enjoys his new work and his easy-going boss, but is completely unaware that his boss is an evil genius and that the company is a vehicle for international extortion. The rest of the family have trouble settling in Cypress Creek and Homer must make a choice between Cypress Creek and Springfield.

Guest starring Albert Brooks as Hank Scorpio.

4F03.PNG 156 - 3 "The Homer They Fall" November 10, 1996 Mark Kirkland Jonathan Collier 4F03
When Bart is beaten up by school bullies, Homer takes matters into his own hands. Although Homer is unable to make his point, Moe is impressed by his ability to withstand a beating. Moe talks Homer into becoming a boxer with Moe as his manager. His sole strategy is to let opponents knock themselves out while pounding on Homer. Promoter Lucius Sweet becomes aware of Homer's rise as a boxer and wants him to fight Drederick Tatum, the heavyweight champion.

Guest starring Michael Buffer as himself and Paul Winfield as Lucius Sweet.

4F05.PNG 157 - 4 "Burns, Baby Burns" November 17, 1996 Jim Reardon Ian Maxtone-Graham 4F05
A man named Larry's jaw drops when he sees his father Mr. Burns on a train from Yale to Springfield and Larry immediately follows the train. When he arrives at Mr Burns's mansion he identifies himself as Mr. Burns's long lost son. Burns admits that Larry is the result of a one-night stand and accepts him as his own. Soon, however, Larry proves to be an incurable oaf and Burns gets tired of him. Homer befriends Larry because they share similar interests. Together they fake Larry's kidnapping to win back Burns's love. But when Burns is told that Homer has kidnapped his son Homer and Larry are chased by reporters and the police. When told of the fake kidnapping Burns cannot continue as Larry's father and Larry leaves Springfield to return to his family.

Guest starring Rodney Dangerfield as Larry Burns

Bart After Dark promo.jpg 158 - 5 "Bart After Dark" November 24, 1996 Dominic Polcino Richard Appel 4F06
Bart does property damage to a house and Homer makes him do chores to pay for his misdeed. The house turns out to be a burlesque saloon and a group of concerned citizens confront Homer on Bart's work. Marge agrees with the group and joins them in their attempt to oust the saloon from Springfield. In a town hall meeting, Marge convinces the townspeople to demolish the old house, but when the destruction team begins, Homer sings a song that changes everybody's mind. The demolition stops, but Marge's bulldozer accidentally slips out of gear and damages the house.
A Milhouse Divided.png 159 - 6 "A Milhouse Divided" December 1, 1996 Steven Dean Moore Steve Tompkins 4F04
Kirk and Luann Van Houten's marriage is in trouble and at a dinner party at the Simpson house Luann announces that she wants a divorce. Homer is confident that it will never happen to him, but Kirk tells him how quickly things can change. He realizes that he has taken his marriage for granted and overcompensates by smothering Marge. Deciding that their marriage is finished, Homer secretly files for a divorce from Marge. Homer then surprises her by asking her for her hand in marriage again and Marge accepts. Kirk tries the same strategy with Luann, but she refuses.
Lisa's Date With Density.jpg 160 - 7 "Lisa's Date With Density" December 15, 1996 Susie Dietter Mike Scully 4F01
Homer finds an autodialer and starts a telemarketing scam. Meanwhile, Nelson is punished for vandalizing Superintendent Chalmers' car and has to help Willie around the schoolyard. When Lisa watches Nelson torment Willie, she finds herself attracted to him and decides to try to change Nelson into a better person. Lisa goes on a date with him and they kiss, but when he is later revealed to be lying about vandalizing Skinner's house, she loses the attraction.
Hurricane neddy.png 161 - 8 "Hurricane Neddy" December 29, 1996 Bob Anderson Steve Young 4F07
A hurricane destroys the Flanders' home and they have to move into the church basement. The people of Springfield gather to rebuild their house, but when Ned sees the poor workmanship, he has a complete breakdown. Ned commits himself to a mental institution and his psychiatrist discovers that Ned's past has taught him to suppress his anger. The psychiatrist then teaches Ned to express his anger with Homer as a role model and Ned gets cured.

Guest starring Jon Lovitz

Mysterious voyage.png 162 - 9 "El Viaje Misterioso de Nuestro Jomer" January 5, 1997 Jim Reardon Ken Keeler 3F24
Homer begins to hallucinate after eating a dish laced with potent Guatemalan peppers at the chili cook-off. In this hallucination he meets a mystical coyote, which tells him to find his soul mate. After a fight with Marge, he is concerned that she is not really his soul mate. Homer leaves the house and seeks solitude in a lighthouse. Marge arrives at the lighthouse and apologizes and then Homer realizes that Marge is his soul mate after all.

Guest Starring Johnny Cash

The Springfield Files.jpg 163 - 10 "The Springfield Files" January 12, 1997 Steven Dean Moore Reid Harrison 3G01
Homer walks home one night from Moe's Tavern. On his way he sees an eerie glowing creature. The next day Homer's story is printed in the local newspaper. FBI agents Mulder and Scully read the story and go to Springfield to investigate this X-file. After talking with Homer they find his credibility shaky and quickly leave again. Bart and Homer then set up a camp to videotape the creature. When the creature appears, Lisa reveals that the creature is actually Mr. Burns after a medical treatment by Dr. Nick.

Guest Starring Leonard Nimoy, David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson

Pretzel wagon.png 164 - 11 "The Twisted World of Marge Simpson" January 19, 1997 Chuck Sheetz Jennifer Crittenden 4F08
Marge starts a new pretzel franchise after being voted out of the Springfield Investorettes for being too conservative. The Investorettes see this and strike back by getting a falafel van. Homer helps Marge with her business by asking Fat Tony for assistance. Soon the orders pour while the falafel business mysteriously fails. Fat Tony attempts to collect all of Marge's profit, but she refuses. He then sends his goons to the Simpson house where he meets the Japanese mafia, who was sent by the Investorettes, and it ends in a showdown between the two mafias.

Guest Starring Jack Lemmon and Joe Mantegna

Mountain of Madness.png 165 - 12 "Mountain of Madness" February 2, 1997 Mark Kirkland John Swartzwelder 4F10
To encourage teamwork, Mr. Burns takes all of his employees to a corporate retreat in the mountains. The employees pair up and Homer becomes Burns's partner. The challenge is to find a cabin on the snowy mountainside. The pair to finish last will be fired. Burns and Homer cheat by using a snowmobile and make it the cabin before everybody else, but an avalanche buries the cabin. Homer and Burns go insane in the cold and get into a fight. In the fight they ignite a propane tank, which rockets the cabin to safety.
Sherribobbins.jpg 166 - 13 "Simpsoncalifragilisticexpiala(Annoyed Grunt)cious" February 7, 1997 Chuck Sheetz Al Jean and Mike Reiss 3G03
Marge is stressed by the demands of motherhood and the Simpsons get a magical British nanny, who floats down from the sky holding an umbrella. The nanny is a miracle worker, who teaches Bart and Lisa how to clean and charms everybody. However, the Simpsons cannot stop living their messy ways and the nanny's spirit gets crushed. She leaves the family realizing that she has taught them nothing.
The Itchy & Scratchy & Poochie Show promo.jpg 167 - 14 "The Itchy & Scratchy & Poochie Show" February 9, 1997 Steven Dean Moore David S. Cohen 4F12
A new character, Poochie, is added to The Itchy & Scratchy Show as an attempt to boost failing ratings. Bart and Lisa convince Homer to audition for the voice of Poochie. He gets the part and makes public appearances with the voice actor behind Itchy and Scratchy. Poochie's debut is not well received and the producers decide to kill him off. Homer refuses to cooperate and records a different version of the death scene. Homer is convinced that he managed to keep Poochie, but when the episode airs, the character is edited out.

Guest Starring Alex Rocco

Homer'sPhobia2.png 168 - 15 "Homer's Phobia" February 16, 1997 Mike B. Anderson Ron Hauge 4F11
The family tries to sell an old heirloom at a collectibles store and strike up a relationship with John, the store owner. The Simpsons invite John over to their house to assess their other belongings and Homer takes a liking to him. Marge then informs Homer that John is gay and he refuses to see him again. Afterwards Homer notices changes in Bart's behavior and fears that John has turned him into a homosexual. Trying to make Bart manlier, they go on a hunting trip, but get attacked by a herd of aggressive reindeer. Suddenly, John arrives and saves the day. Homer then thanks John for saving his life and accepts him as a friend.

Guest Starring John Waters

4F14.PNG 169 - 16 "Brother from Another Series" February 23, 1997 Pete Michels Ken Keeler 4F14
Sideshow Bob is released from prison and his brother, Cecil, hires him to supervise the construction of a dam. Bart suspects that Bob is up to something and sneaks into his office along with Lisa. There he discovers a suitcase filled with money. Bob enters and explains his innocence, but Bart and Lisa do not believe him. Cecil now enters and holds them all at gunpoint. His plan is to blow up the dam and walk away with the $15 million he embezzled from the project. Bob would naturally be blamed allowing Cecil to get revenge for Bob stealing his part as Krusty's sidekick. Cecil now locks up Bob, Bart and Lisa, but they manage to escape and stop Cecil.

Guest Starring Kelsey Grammer and David Hyde Pierce

My Sister, My Sitter.png 170 - 17 "My Sister, My Sitter" March 2, 1997 Jim Reardon Dan Greaney 4F13
Lisa wants to start babysitting, but Marge thinks she is too young. Flanders urgently needs a babysitter and Lisa gets her first job. When Flanders gives her a glowing review, she starts to get steady work. Then one evening, Lisa is put in charge of babysitting Bart and Maggie. Bart is outraged and embarks on a series of pranks. When Bart refuses to go to bed, Lisa accidentally knocks him down the stairs which dislocates his arm. Lisa tries to help him by transporting him in a wheelbarrow to Dr. Nick. Bart falls out of the wheelbarrow and rolls down a hill. The townspeople are mortified, but Lisa continues to get jobs the following day.
Rex Banner Ep.png 171 - 18 "Homer vs. the Eighteenth Amendment" March 16, 1997 Bob Anderson John Swartzwelder 4F15
Alcohol is banned from Springfield after Bart accidentally gets drunk at a town parade. Rex Banner is appointed to replace Chief Wiggum as police chief to enforce the new laws and stop Fat Tony from smuggling. Rex is successful, but then Homer starts to smuggle alcohol. Eventually, Homer ends his bootlegging ends and approaches Wiggum with a plan to expose himself and restore Wiggum's good name. Homer is about to receive punishment by being catapulted, but he is saved by an impassioned speech by Marge. The liquor ban is then lifted and the town celebrates by getting drunk.

Guest Starring Joe Mantegna and Dave Thomas

Grade School Confidential.jpg 172 - 19 "Grade School Confidential" April 6, 1997 Susie Dietter Rachel Pulido 4F09
Seymour Skinner and Edna Krabappel strike up a conversation at a party and take a romantic interest in each other. They try to keep their affair a secret, but Bart sees them kiss. The following day the couple hears Bart telling his classmates about it and silences him by deleting his permanent records. Bart becomes their go-between for exchanging love notes, but he gets tired of that and exposes Skinner and Krabappel in the janitor's closet locked in a passionate embrace. The word spreads all over town and Superintendent Chalmers gives Skinner an ultimatum – either end the relationship or face dismissal. Skinner pretends that he is in fact a virgin and the matter is cleared up.
The Canine Mutiny.png 173 - 20 "The Canine Mutiny" April 13, 1997 Dominic Polcino Ron Hauge 4F16
Bart gets a credit card and buys a well trained new dog called Laddie. When Bart cannot pay the balance on the credit card the bank repossesses Laddie. Instead of giving them Laddie, Bart gives the repo men Santa's Little Helper. Feeling guilty Bart gives Laddie to the police and sets out to find Santa's Little Helper and finds him at a blind man's house. Bart tries to kidnap his dog, but instead the blind man alerts the police. When they arrive, Laddie, who is now a police dog, sniffs out a bag of marijuana and the blind man gets arrested. Bart can then leave with Santa's Little Helper.
4F17.png 174 - 21 "The Old Man and the Lisa" April 20, 1997 Mark Kirkland John Swartzwelder 4F17
Mr. Burns loses his fortune in a bad investment. He is not doing well alone and is committed to the Springfield Retirement Castle. Disgusted by his surroundings, he vows to get his fortune back. He then sees Lisa collecting recyclables and remembers her opposition towards him. He believes that the reason for losing his fortune was that he was surrounded by "yes men" and therefore asks Lisa to help him. Lisa introduces Burns to recycling and by collecting these he soon gets enough money to buy a recycling plant. In reality this recycling plant captures all aquatic life and grinds it into to all-purpose goo. Lisa is horrified, but Burns regains his fortune and buys back his power plant.

Guest Starring Bret Hart

In Marge We Trust.png 175 - 22 "In Marge We Trust" April 27, 1997 Steven Dean Moore Donick Cary 4F18
Marge is concerned that Reverend Lovejoy does not meet the needs of his parishioners and becomes the new advice giver at the Church. When Marge gains a loyal following, Lovejoy gets concerned that he has become "shepherd without a flock". Meanwhile, Homer finds an old Japanese product, "Mr. Sparkle", a dish-washing detergent, with a logo that oddly resembles him. When he calls up the company behind the product, he finds Mr. Sparkle is a composite of two company logos. Marge is unable to help Ned Flanders in a crisis and calls up Lovejoy for help. Lovejoy solves the crisis and gets his congregants' interest in his next sermon telling the story.

Guest Starring Denice Kumagai, Karen Maruyama, Sab Shimono and Gedde Watanabe

Homer's Enemy.jpg 176 - 23 "Homer's Enemy" May 4, 1997 Jim Reardon John Swartzwelder 4F19
Frank Grimes, a new employee at the Nuclear Power Plant, is a hard-working man who has never been given a break in his life. At work he meets Homer and takes an instant dislike to his poor job performance and attitude. Meanwhile, Bart steps into a tax auction and buys an abandoned factory for a dollar, which he uses to play factory with Milhouse. Homer tries to win Grimes approval by inviting him over for a family dinner, but when Grimes sees Homer's accomplishments and home, he becomes even more bitter. Imitating Homer's behavior at work, he runs amok and electrocutes himself.
The Simpsons Spin-Off Showcase.jpg 177 - 24 "The Simpsons Spin-Off Showcase" May 11, 1997 Neil Affleck Ken Keeler, David S. Cohen, Dan Greaney and Steve Tompkins 4F20
Troy McClure hosts a show which features three ideas for spin-offs to The Simpsons:

Chief Wiggum, P.I. – Chief Wiggum and Seymour Skinner are detectives in New Orleans. The Love-Matic Grampa – Grampa's soul is contained in Moe's Love Tester machine. The Simpson Family Smile-Time Variety Hour – The Simpsons host a 70s variety show, with Lisa replaced by an adult bimbo

Guest Starring Tim Conway and Gailard Sartain

The Secret War of Lisa Simpson.gif 178 - 25 "The Secret War of Lisa Simpson" May 18, 1997 Mike B. Anderson Richard Appel 4F21
Bart is enrolled in a military school because of one big prank he played. After seeing the school Lisa decides she wants to join too. Lisa is the first female cadet and therefore gets to stay in her own private barrack. This move creates resentment among the boys at the facility and Bart refuses to speak to his sister. Later, Bart secretly apologizes and helps her train for a test. When Lisa has trouble completing the test Bart publicly encourages her at the expense of his own reputation, and she finally passes the test.

Guest Starring Willem Dafoe




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