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Season 7

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Season 7
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Season Information
Original run: September 17, 1995 – May 19, 1996
No. of episodes: 25
Previous season: 6
Next season: 8
DVD boxset: The Complete Seventh Season

The seventh season originally aired from September 17, 1995, to May 19, 1996.

Highlights[edit]

Season 7 began on September 17, 1995 with the first episode, "Who Shot Mr. Burns? (Part Two)" and ended on May 19, 1996 with "Summer of 4 Ft. 2". The season premiere was the conclusion of "Who Shot Mr. Burns?", the only two-part episode of the series. The first part aired as the finale of Season 6.

There were two holdover episodes: "Who Shot Mr. Burns? (Part Two)" and "Radioactive Man". The latter has the distinction of being the first episode to be digitally colored, a technique that would not be repeated until Season 12's "Tennis the Menace" and become a permanent feature starting with Season 14's "The Great Louse Detective". Season 7 also saw the first use of CGI in "Treehouse of Horror VI" as the third segment, "Homer3", had sequences where Homer and Bart were computer-animated.

The season was nominated for two Primetime Emmy Awards, including "Outstanding Animated Program", and won an Annie Award for Best Animated Television Program.

All 25 episodes of Season 7 including extras were released on DVD on December 13, 2005 in Region 1, January 30, 2006 in Region 2 and March 22, 2006 in Region 4. Like the previous season, two versions of the DVD boxset were produced, one being a regular rectangular boxset and the other shaped like the head of a Simpsons character—in this season, Marge.

Episodes[edit]

Picture # Title Directed by Written by Original airdate Prod. Code
Who Shot Mr. Burns promo 2.jpg 129 - 1 "Who Shot Mr. Burns? (Part Two)" Wes Archer Bill Oakley September 17, 1995 2F20
Continued from "Who Shot Mr. Burns? (Part One)", the finale episode of Season 6.

Smithers is convinced he was the one who pulled the trigger while drunk, so he confesses to a priest who turns out to be Police Chief Clancy Wiggum, and he is arrested, then released when he recalls more. The Simpsons car is searched and the police find a gun covered with fingerprints, so Homer is made the prime suspect. He escapes from the prison van, and advances on Burns, who wakes up in the hospital and finally reveals the culprit's identity.

Guest starring: Tito Puente as himself.

Wolfcastle as Radioactive Man.png 130 - 2 "Radioactive Man" Susie Dietter John Swartzwelder September 24, 1995 2F17
A movie based on comic book character Radioactive Man is filmed in Springfield. Much to Bart's chagrin, the coveted part of the hero's sidekick, Fallout Boy, goes to not him, but to Milhouse.

Guest starring: Mickey Rooney as himself and Phil Hartman as Lionel Hutz.

Homesweethoeddd.png 131 - 3 "Home Sweet Homediddly-Dum-Doodily" Susie Dietter Jon Vitti October 1, 1995 3F01
Due to a series of misunderstandings, the Simpson children are removed from the home by the county child welfare board. While Marge and Homer take "Family Skills" classes to get the kids back, Bart, Lisa and Maggie are placed in foster care with Ned and Maude Flanders. Learning that none of the Simpson children have been baptized, Ned sets up a baptism. Homer and Marge, however, graduate from their class just in time to thwart the baptism.

Guest starring: Joan Kenley as the telephone operator.

Bart Sells His Soul promo.png 132 - 4 "Bart Sells His Soul" Wes Archer Greg Daniels October 8, 1995 3F02
After perpetrating a prank on the First Church of Springfield, Bart sells his soul to Milhouse for five dollars. Bart comes to regret his decision, and goes on a desperate quest to regain his soul. In the end, he gets it back with the help of an unexpected source.
Lisa the Vegetarian promo.png 133 - 5 "Lisa the Vegetarian" Mark Kirkland David S. Cohen October 15, 1995 3F03
After a trip to a petting zoo, Lisa finds herself unable to eat lamb exposing her to ridicule and resentment from her father and friends. But with help from Apu and Paul and Linda McCartney, she makes an effort to stick to her new vegetarian view.

Guest starring: Paul McCartney as himself, Linda McCartney as herself and Phil Hartman as Troy McClure.

Treehouse of Horror VI (Title Card).png 134 - 6 "Treehouse of Horror VI" Bob Anderson John Swartzwelder, Steve Tompkins & David S. Cohen October 29, 1995 3F04
As with the other Treehouse of Horror episode, it contains three self-contained segments. In "Attack of the 50-Foot Eyesores", a freak storm brings Springfield's oversized advertisements and billboards to life and they begin attacking the town. The second segment, "Nightmare on Evergreen Terrace" is a parody of the "A Nightmare on Elm Street" film series, in which Groundskeeper Willie attacks schoolchildren in their sleep. In the third and final segment, "Homer³", Homer finds himself trapped in a three dimensional world.

Guest starring: Paul Anka as himself.

King-Size Homer promo.jpg 135 - 7 "King-Size Homer" Jim Reardon Dan Greaney November 5, 1995 3F05
Homer tries everything to get out of the plant's new exercise program and discovers that being on disability would do just that. With Bart's help, Homer starts eating everything he can, even playdough.

Guest starring: Joan Kenley as the telephone operator.

Mother Simpson.png 136 - 8 "Mother Simpson" David Silverman Richard Appel November 19, 1995 3F06
To get out of cleaning a part as community service, Homer fakes his own death. When this results in the family's utilities being cut off, Marge puts pressure on him to reveal that he is alive. However, the spurious news of his "death" brings his long-lost mother - a hippie who is on the run from the law because of her activism against Mr. Burns - back to Springfield.

Guest starring: Glenn Close as Mona Simpson and Harry Morgan as Bill Gannon.

Sideshow Bob's Last Gleaming.png 137 - 9 "Sideshow Bob's Last Gleaming" Dominic Polcino Spike Feresten November 26, 1995 3F08
Sideshow Bob escapes from his prison guards and steals an atomic bomb at an airshow and threatens to detonate it unless Springfield gets rid of television. The city is forced to obey, but Bart and Lisa discover that Bob is hiding in the Duff blimp and confront him. Bob discovers that Krusty is still broadcasting his show, so he captures Bart and an airplane and goes on a Kamikaze mission to kill Krusty. However, he fails and is sent back to jail.

Guest starring: R. Lee Ermey as Colonel Hapablap and Kelsey Grammer as Sideshow Bob.

138th Episode Spectacular (Simpsons Now and Then).png 138 - 10 "The Simpsons 138th Episode Spectacular" Pound Foolish

(David Silverman)

Penny Wise

(Jon Vitti)

December 3, 1995 3F31
Troy McClure hosts this behind the scenes style show. We start with a brief history, showing some classic Tracey Ullman clips, and then Troy goes on to answer viewers' questions about Smithers sexuality and Homer's stupidity. We then see never-before-seen deleted scenes from various episodes up to this point, and we are shown an alternate ending to 'Who Shot Mr Burns?' where Smithers actually is the culprit.

Guest starring: Phil Hartman as Troy McClure and Lionel Hutz, Buzz Aldrin as himself and Glenn Close as Mona Simpson.

Bart with Don Brodka.png 139 - 11 "Marge Be Not Proud" Steven Dean Moore Mike Scully December 17, 1995 3F07
Bart is caught attempting to shoplift a video game. He tries to keep his failed "four-finger discount" trip a secret from Homer and Marge, and initially succeeds. But unfortunately, Marge finds out when the family returns to the same store to have the family Christmas photo taken.

Guest starring: Lawrence Tierney as Don Brodka.

Team Homer.jpg 140 - 12 "Team Homer" Mark Kirkland Mike Scully January 7, 1996 3F10
Homer convinces a light-headed Mr. Burns to give him $500 to register his bowling team in a league, but when Mr. Burns finds out what he has done he demands a spot on the team. Meanwhile, Bart influences a riot at school and as a result, everyone is forced to wear uniforms.
Two Bad Neighbors.png 141 - 13 "Two Bad Neighbors" Wes Archer Ken Keeler January 14, 1996 3F09
Former president George Bush moves to Springfield and Bart starts to annoy him. One day Bush loses control and spanks Bart. Homer, who had been jealous of the attention Bush had been receiving, is outraged and launches a prank war. Bush eventually decides to leave Springfield and is replaced with Gerald Ford.
Scenes from springfield.png 142 - 14 "Scenes from the Class Struggle in Springfield" Susie Dietter Jennifer Crittenden February 4, 1996 3F11
Marge gets an expensive "new" dress at the outlet mall. While wearing it she meets a former schoolmate who invites her and the family to the country club. Marge becomes obsessed with trying to fit in. Homer takes up golf at the club and Mr. Burns challenges him to a game. After Homer catches him cheating, Mr. Burns agrees to help Homer's family become members of the country club if he doesn't tell anyone.

Guest starring: Tom Kite as himself.

Bart the Fink promo 1.jpg 143 - 15 "Bart the Fink" Jim Reardon Bob Kushell & John Swartzwelder February 11, 1996 3F12
When Bart accidentally finks on him to the IRS, Krusty the Clown decides to go for that last plane ride.

Guest starring: Bob Newhart as himself and Phil Hartman as Troy McClure.

Lisa the Iconoclast promo.gif 144 - 16 "Lisa the Iconoclast" Mike B. Anderson Jonathan Collier February 18, 1996 3F13
As Springfield's bicentennial celebration approaches, Lisa discovers the real truth behind town founder, Jebediah Springfield and finds herself at odds with a protective museum curator who wants to keep Jebediah's unattractive past a secret. Meanwhile, Homer becomes obsessed with being the official town crier for the bicentennial celebration.

Guest starring: Donald Sutherland as Hollis Hurlbut.

Homer the Smithers promo.png 145 - 17 "Homer the Smithers" Steven Dean Moore John Swartzwelder February 25, 1996 3F14
Smithers takes a much needed vacation and to insure his position at the nuclear plant, he hires Homer as his temporally replacement.
The day the violence died.png 146 - 18 "The Day the Violence Died" Wes Archer John Swartzwelder March 17, 1996 3F16
With the help of Lionel Hutz, Bart unwittingly bankrupts the studio that produces Itchy & Scratchy when he and Hutz successfully prove the idea for Itchy was stolen some 70–80 years ago.

Guest starring: Kirk Douglas as Chester J. Lampwick, Phil Hartman as Lionel Hutz, Alex Rocco as Roger Meyers Jr., Jack Sheldon as the Amendment To Be and Suzanne Somers as herself.

A Fish Called Selma promo.jpg 147 - 19 "A Fish Called Selma" Mark Kirkland Jack Barth March 24, 1996 3F15
Troy McClure's sagging film career is given a boost when he is seen in public with a woman. And to stay in the public eye, Troy must do more than merely date this woman, who happens to be Selma.

Guest starring: Phil Hartman as Troy McClure and Fat Tony and Jeff Goldblum as MacArthur Parker.

Bart-on-the-road.jpg 148 - 20 "Bart on the Road" Swinton O. Scott III Richard Appel March 31, 1996 3F17
With fake drivers ID in hand, have Bart will travel. In this case, Nelson, Martin and Milhouse come along for the ride when Bart hits the wide open road. Meanwhile, Lisa spends some quality time with Homer at the power plant.
22 springfield.gif 149 - 21 "22 Short Films About Springfield" Jim Reardon Richard Appel, David X. Cohen, Jennifer Crittenden

Jonathan Collier, Greg Daniels, Brent Forrester Rachel Pulido, Steve Tompkins, Josh Weinstein & Matt Groening

April 14, 1996 3F18
Bart and Milhouse wonder if anything interesting happens to the citizens of Springfield, which leads to a chain of vignettes about the lives of Springfielders including Apu, Mr. Burns, Dr. Nick, Moe, Principal Skinner, Chief Wiggum, Bumblebee Man, Reverend Lovejoy, Cletus and Comic Book Guy.

Guest starring: Phil Hartman as Lionel Hutz and the hospital board chairman.

Bp.jpg 150 - 22 "Raging Abe Simpson and His Grumbling Grandson in "The Curse of the Flying Hellfish"" Jeffrey Lynch Jonathan Collier

Joshua Sternin and Jeffrey Ventimilia

April 28, 1996 3F19
Buried World War II treasure is the prize in a tontine, in which Grandpa Simpson and Mr. Burns are the last two surviving members. But Burns is determined that he'll be the one who collects the prize.
Much Apu About Nothing.png 151 - 23 "Much Apu About Nothing" Susie Dietter David S. Cohen May 5, 1996 3F20
When a bear wanders down Evergreen Terrace, Quimby proposes tax rises to fund a new bear patrol. To distract people, he blames the taxes on illegal immigrants, and calls for the deportation of all illegal immigrants from Springfield. Apu realizes that he will have to be deported, as his visa is expired, and gets a fake ID off Fat Tony. Lisa realises that he can apply for amnesty, he takes a test and is allowed to stay in the country.

Guest starring: Joe Mantegna as Fat Tony.

Homerpalooza.png 152 - 24 "Homerpalooza" Wes Archer Brent Forrester May 19, 1996 3F21
After Bart and Lisa inform Homer that his taste in music has become old, he decides to get into the current music scene and takes the kids to a music festival, Lalapalooza, where he accidentally discovers he has a talent for taking a canon ball to the gut. Soon Homer finds himself traveling with the festival and putting his health in danger as he continues performing his amazing feat for cheering crowds.

Guest starring: Peter Frampton as himself, Cypress Hill as themselves, The Smashing Pumpkins as themselves and Sonic Youth as themselves.

Summer of 4 Ft. 2 promo.jpg 153 - 25 "Summer of 4 Ft. 2" Mark Kirkland Dan Greaney May 19, 1996 3F22
At the start of summer, Ned Flanders asks Homer to take care of his beach house in Little Pwagmattasquarmsettport. The family decide to go there and Lisa, realizing that she is not as cool as she thinks, uses the new locale as a chance to rid herself of her nerd image and becomes a surfer girl. She becomes best friends with a girl named Erin and a group of locals, but Bart becomes jealous and reveals to them that Lisa is in fact a teacher's pet. Lisa runs off crying, thinking that she has lost her new friends, but the next night they surprise her and say she was a good friend.

Guest starring: Christina Ricci as Erin.


Season 7 episodes script covers[edit]

DVD Release[edit]

Season 7 was released on DVD in its entirety as the The Complete Seventh Season on December 13, 2005 in Region 1, January 30, 2006 in Region 2 and March 29, 2006 in Region by 20th Century Fox. While primarily containing the original 25 episodes, the boxset also consists on bonus features such as storyboards.

The Complete Seventh Season
Set Details Special Features
  • 25 episodes
  • 4-disc set
  • 1.33:1 aspect ratio
  • Languages:
    • English (Dolby Digital 5.1, with subtitles)
    • Spanish (Dolby Digital, with subtitles)
    • French (Dolby Digital)
    • Special Language Feature for "22 Short Films About Springfield" (Italian, Brazilian Portuguese, Japanese, German)
Release Dates
Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
December 13, 2005 January 30, 2006 March 29, 2006

References[edit]


Season 6
Season 7
Season 8