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So It's Come to This: A Simpsons Clip Show

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Season 4 Episode
076 "Last Exit to Springfield"
"So It's Come to This: A Simpsons Clip Show"
"The Front" 078
Clip show.png This episode is a Clip Show.
It features clips from previous episodes.
"Mrs. Simpson, I'm afraid your husband is dead. (classic laugh) April Fools. He's very much alive, although I'm afraid he may never walk again."
Dr. Hibbert
"So It's Come to This: A Simpsons Clip Show"
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Episode Information
Episode number: 77
Season number: S4 E18
Production code: 9F17
Original airdate: April 1, 1993
Chalkboard gag: "No one is interested in my underpants"
Couch gag: The family members' heads are on the wrong bodies.
Showrunners: Al Jean
Mike Reiss
Written by: Jon Vitti
Directed by: Carlos Baeza
DVD features

"So It's Come to This: A Simpsons Clip Show" is the eighteenth episode of season 4 of The Simpsons and the seventy-seventh episode overall. It originally aired on April 1, 1993. The episode was written by Jon Vitti and directed by Carlos Baeza.


"Bart's April Fools' prank backfires and lands Homer in the hospital in a coma. At Homer's bedside, the Simpson family reminisces about all of the good times they've had over the years. This is around the time Al and Mike wrote The Critic pilot."


The story begins on April Fools' Day. Homer is playing pranks on Bart throughout the day, including putting duct tape over his eyes before he wakes up, and placing sour milk in the fridge for Bart to take. Bart, angered by the numerous tricks he has fallen for, attempts to get revenge by shaking up a beer in a paint shaker. When Homer opens the beer, just as Bart was about to yell "April Fools", it results in a massive explosion. Homer is severely injured and is rushed to the hospital.

Dr. Hibbert, after playing a cruel April Fools Joke, explains that while Homer is alive, he may not walk again. The Vet explains some aspects to Homer's health and injuries he suffered before Marge recognizes him. While visiting them, Barney attempts to ease Homer's pain by stuffing him with a pillow and escaping (causing Moe to think he needs a girlfriend.). He is eventually resigned to not being able to walk again, until he notices a candy machine on the other end and begins to walk. Unfortunately, he ends up getting a lot of candy bars in his mouth from forcing it to come down, thus placing him into a coma.

As the family visits Homer, they reminisce about the events they have experienced in the past (clips from previous shows). Mr. Burns also attempted to "pull the plug" on the vegetative Homer. During this time, he shows signs of life. Eventually, Bart confesses he made the beer explode. An outraged Homer wakes up and strangles his son while the rest of his family stand next to the bed, relieved he is finally awake. (Marge tells Homer at the conclusion of the story the current date is May 16, Homer was in a coma for weeks, and he lost 5% of his brain).

In other languages[edit]

Language Name Translation
Germany.png Deutsch "Nur ein Aprilscherz..." Only an April Fool's joke...
Italy Flag.png Italiano "Siamo arrivati a questo: un clip show dei Simpson" We've come to this: a Simpsons clip show
Flag of Japan.png 日本語 "エイプリル・フール" April Fool

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