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Springfield Up

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Season 18 Episode
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"Springfield Up"
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Episode Information
Episode number: 391
Season number: S18 E13
Production code: JABF07
Original airdate: February 18, 2007
Couch gag: The living room is dark and then the light is turned on, each member of the family has a cockroach body and scurries off with the exception of Maggie, who goes behind the couch and peers out over the back corner.
Guest star(s): Eric Idle as Declan Desmond
Showrunner(s): Al Jean
Written by: Matt Warburton
Directed by: Chuck Sheetz

"Springfield Up" is the thirteenth episode of season 18 of The Simpsons and the three-hundred and ninety-first episode overall. It originally aired on February 18, 2007. The episode was written by Matt Warburton and directed by Chuck Sheetz. It guest stars Eric Idle as Declan Desmond.


"Declan Desmond films a documentary about the lives of people of Springfield and how they changed over the years. Homer makes him believe he is rich, but he actually took Burns' manor while Mr. Burns was out."


Eccentric documentary filmmaker Declan Desmond offers an inside look at his work chronicling some of Springfield's finest for his documentary. Titled "Growing Up Springfield", his film follows the lives of several Springfield residents, returning to them after eight-year intervals to examine how their lives have changed (except Lenny, whom he found to be boring and stopped filming after the first interview). Clips from the film show a young Homer dreaming of growing up to be rich and famous. Eight years later, Homer is dating Marge but dreaming of being a rock star. After the next eight year interval, Homer has given up on his dreams of fame and fortune to support his growing family. However, when Declan Desmond returns in the present day, he discovers that Homer has become extraordinarily wealthy, and the family is living in a mansion.

Homer explains that his newfound wealth is due to an invention called the condiment pen, which dispenses condiments in the same manner as a writing pen dispenses ink. Declan interviews Marge about her family's unexpected success, but she is unable to explain why the mansion's medicine cabinet is filled with "old man ointments." Suddenly, Mr. Burns bursts into the house, demanding to know what the Simpsons are doing in his summer home.

Homer confesses that his story of wealth and success was a lie. Declan begins to follow him around, wanting to find out why Homer felt the need to lie. When he finally gets Homer on camera, Homer explains that he wanted to feel like a success instead of "the guy who makes everyone else look good." Marge tells Declan off for hurting Homer's feelings and orders him to stay away. Declan suddenly begins to feel sorry for Homer and decides to make a new movie. He puts together footage of Homer's friends and family talking about what a good friend, husband and father he is. Homer sees the new movie and realizes that he is successful after all.



Robert Canning named "Springfield Up" as one of the three "outstanding" episodes of the eighteenth season.

In other languages[edit]

Language Name Translation
France.png Français "Tous les huit ans" Every Eight Years

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