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Once Upon a Time in Springfield

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Season 21 Episode
450 "Thursdays with Abie"
"Once Upon a Time in Springfield"
"Million Dollar Maybe" 452
Once Upon a Time in Springfield
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Episode Information
Episode Number: 451
Production Code: LABF20
Original Airdate: January 10, 2010
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
Blackboard Text: The world may end in 2012 but this show won't
Billboard: The Fox network, still Sucking after 20 years
Title Screen: Ralph flies by hanging onto a kite
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.


"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."


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, who sings her first song, A Princess Knows. Girls like Lisa are fascinated with Penelope, but boys like Bart and Milhouse are almost sick watching it.

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 removes them saying he needs to cut the exspenses since he still in the 1930s depression, he, Lenny and Carl decide to go drinking at Moe's Tavern. There they meet a business man, 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, which then she leaves. She begins singing in Paris, and begins showing signs of missing Krusty. She then goes to a nearby bridge, looking down at the water. 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. She flings herself in the water, and the two float down the river, staying afloat using Penelope's wooden guitar's case.


Behind the Laughter[edit]

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


This episode gathered 21.01 million viewers on its premiere, the highest for quite a while.[1]


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Season 21 Episodes
Homer the Whopper Bart Gets a "Z" The Great Wife Hope Treehouse of Horror XX The Devil Wears Nada Pranks and Greens Rednecks and Broomsticks Oh Brother, Where Bart Thou? Thursdays with Abie Once Upon a Time in Springfield Million Dollar Maybe Boy Meets Curl The Color Yellow Postcards from the Wedge Stealing First Base The Greatest Story Ever D'ohed American History X-cellent Chief of Hearts The Squirt and the Whale To Surveil with Love Moe Letter Blues The Bob Next Door Judge Me Tender