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Milhouse Doesn't Live Here Anymore

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Season 15 Episode
324 "Margical History Tour"
"Milhouse Doesn't Live Here Anymore"
"Smart and Smarter" 326
"Milhouse Doesn't Live Here Anymore"
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Episode Information
Episode number: 325
Season number: S15 E12
Production code: FABF07
Original airdate: February 15, 2004
Couch gag: The couch is replaced with a plot of dirt. A female gardener tosses some seeds in the plot of dirt and waters it. The Simpsons sprout from the ground.
Guest star(s): Nick Bakay as Salem Saberhagen
William Daniels as KITT
Isabel Sanford as herself
Dick Tufeld as Robot B-9
Showrunner: Al Jean
Written by: Julie Chambers
David Chambers
Directed by: Matthew Nastuk

"Milhouse Doesn't Live Here Anymore" is the twelfth episode of season 15 of The Simpsons and the three-hundred and twenty-fifth episode overall. It originally aired on February 15, 2004. The episode was written by Julie Chambers and David Chambers and directed by Matthew Nastuk. It guest stars Nick Bakay as Salem Saberhagen, William Daniels as KITT, Isabel Sanford as herself and Dick Tufeld as Robot B-9.


"Bart is heartbroken when Milhouse and his mother move away to Capital City. Desperate to fill Milhouse's shoes, Bart attempts to find a new best friend with no such luck. That is, until Marge asks him to wash the family car with Lisa, and the two have so much fun they begin to do everything together as best friends would. Later, Bart decides to pay Milhouse a visit and is shocked to see his once meek best friend has reinvented himself. The new Milhouse sports spiked blond hair, is popular and even gives Bart a wedgie in the halls at school."


Main plot[edit]

During a school field trip, Bart notices a change in Milhouse's behavior. Milhouse talks back to Mrs. Krabappel, wanders away from the group and causes mischief with Bart, and tells Bart he doesn't care what anyone thinks of him anymore. Finally, Milhouse reveals that he is moving to Capital City with his mother who is separated from his father.

Bart visits Milhouse in Capital City, only to find that Milhouse has dyed his hair blond, is wearing fashionable clothes, and is cultivating a "bad-boy" image. Milhouse asks Bart if he can act cool at Bart's expense (to which Bart reluctantly agrees), including giving Bart a wedgie in front of his new Capital City friends. At home, seeing how depressed Bart is, Marge suggests he spend more time with Lisa. The two begin to bond by washing the car and riding bikes, and after they discover an Indian burial mound together, they become best friends. Milhouse and his mother return to Springfield after his father gets a court order requiring Milhouse's mother to return him.

After Lisa finds out Bart told Milhouse about the burial mound, she tells him he is acting like their friendship never existed and was using her to fill the void created by Milhouse's absence. Bart, however, shows her that he still values her as a sister by giving her a set of cards with nice things he will do for her on them, and the two hug.


At Moe's Tavern, Apu and Manjula are celebrating their anniversary, and Homer realizes he does not have anything for Marge for their anniversary. After being thrown out of the bar, Homer sits on the street and people give him money. He dances and earns enough money to buy Marge some flowers.

Homer continues his panhandling, and eventually makes enough money to buy Marge a pair of diamond earrings. When he continues panhandling afterward, angry bums bring Marge to see what Homer is doing. Marge is mortified and angry, but can not bring herself to throw the earrings away.


The episode ends with Isabel Sanford at the TV and Radio museum, pointing out how sitcoms usually resort to using sappy endings for their episodes, and finally begging George Jefferson to come back.


"Milhouse Doesn't Live Here Anymore" was nominated for a 2005 Writers Guild of America award in Animation, but it lost to "Catch 'Em If You Can".[1]


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