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Mr. Spritz Goes to Washington

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Season 14 Episode
304 "A Star Is Born Again"
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"Mr. Spritz Goes to Washington"
"C.E. D'oh"
Mr. Spritz Goes to Washington
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Episode Information
Episode Number: 305
Production Code: EABF09
Original Airdate: March 9, 2003
Couch Gag: The family is sitting at the couch. When Homer clicks the remote, the scene changes to caveman times. Homer clicks again and it goes to a gladiator arena scene. He clicks one last time and the scene returns to normal.
Written By: John Swartzwelder
Directed By: Lance Kramer
DVD features


"Mr. Spritz Goes to Washington" is the fourteenth episode of the Simpsons' fourteenth season.

Synopsis[edit]

"The family makes Krusty run for Congress because of air traffic being redirected to fly dangerously close to their house."


Plot[edit]

The Simpsons are watching an episode of the "The Three Stooges", when the house begins to shake. Then they discover an airplane was flying dangerously close to their house; then they decide that the air traffic had been redirected. Homer and Marge complain to a airport official, who tells them that the aeroplanes were rerouted away from nature reserves, to help protect the animals. But they were really redirected by Mayor Quimby, so he can have peace when he is with his girlfriends.

The family live with the noise for the next three months (With Lisa Simpson even developing the ability to identify exactly which flights are about to fly overhead as they do due to the trauma of being directly underneath air traffic), but then they decide they can't cope anymore. They then decide to move, and unsuccessfully sell the house to Apu and Ralph Wiggum. Then Homer and Marge complain to their local congressman, Horace Willcox. Horace decides that he wants to help them, but unfortunately, he suffers a heart attack and dies. While watching Krusty the Clown, Bart gets the idea, for Krusty to run for Congress. The next day, Bart visits Krusty and asks him to run for Congress. Krusty seems reluctant at first, but he soon likes to the idea, when he realises that he could solve the problems that the government has plagued him with, such as taxes and immigration of his pet monkey. At the Republicans’ meeting, he nominates himself as a candidate for Congress. The other members are supportive and they agree with him.

Krusty’s campaign has a very bad start. He ends up saying a Spanish phrase at a Latino American group that he doesn't realize translates to "I'm going to puke onto my mother's grave" until AFTER stating it, as well as includes offensive jokes in his speech for a Women's group. Things get to its worse part when his opponent, John Armstrong, shows a sketch from Krusty’s show making fun of the UN as well as the French (French stench), Jamacians (Hum-drums), and San Francisco's gay community. Desperate to have Krusty win the election, Lisa helps Krusty turn his campaign around by having him communicate with regular families and citizens, in a bid to get them to vote for him. Krusty’s popularity soars and he wins the election.

After taking the oath, he tries to bring up the topic of the air traffic over Evergreen Terrace. However, none of the other congressman listen to him, and tell him that new congressman aren't very important.

Later, the Simpsons find Krusty in a bar, and he is getting drunk. He feels that he’s failed them, but they convince him to stand up for his beliefs. This encouraged him, but he ends up taking to a empty room.

With the janitor's help (who is implied to be former Minnesota senator Walter Mondale), they blackmail a key congressman with a videotape, which has footage of him abusing the free mail policy. Homer helps by getting a southern congressman drunk. Finally, during a session in Congress, the janitor and Lisa, with Homer’s drunken diversion, place the Air Traffic Bill under a bill giving orphans American flags. When the bill comes up for discussion, the blackmailed congressman immediately consents, and Congressman Beauregard, in a drunken stupor, consents to the bill. The legislation is then passed, and Krusty celebrates.

The Simpson's are very pleased at the aeroplane redirection and they are also pleased that they don't have planes flying over their house.

Production[edit]

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Season 14 Episodes
Treehouse of Horror XIII How I Spent My Strummer Vacation Bart vs. Lisa vs. 3rd Grade Large Marge Helter Shelter The Great Louse Detective Special Edna The Dad Who Knew Too Little The Strong Arms of the Ma Pray Anything Barting Over I'm Spelling As Fast As I Can A Star Is Born Again Mr. Spritz Goes to Washington C.E. D'oh 'Scuse Me While I Miss the Sky Three Gays of the Condo Dude, Where's My Ranch? Old Yeller-Belly Brake My Wife, Please The Bart of War Moe Baby Blues