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Yokel Chords

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Season 18 Episode
391 "Springfield Up"
"Yokel Chords"
"Rome-Old and Juli-Eh" 393
Yokel Chords
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Episode Information
Episode Number: 392
Production Code: JABF09
Original Airdate: March 4, 2007
Couch Gag: Ralph goes to a vending machine full of Springfield Citizens, and chooses Homer.
Special Guest Voices: Meg Ryan as Dr. Swanson
Peter Bogdanovich as a psychiatrist
Andy Dick as himself
James Patterson as himself
Stephen Sondheim as himself
Written By: Michael Price
Directed By: Susie Dietter

Yokel Chords is the fourteenth episode of The Simpsons' eighteenth season. It originally aired on March 4, 2007. It guest stars Meg Ryan, Peter Bogdanovich, Andy Dick, James Patterson and Stephen Sondheim.


"Lisa teaches the Spuckler children about culture, and soon Krusty hires them to act on his The Krusty the Clown Show. They become famous and earn a lot of money, but Cletus spends it on himself."


Marge oversleeps, and not having made the children's lunch for the day, Homer makes the lunches instead. He gives them inedible food and Bart decides to scare an alternative lunch out of his friends by making up a story about a cannibal cafeteria worker named Dark Stanley, who killed all the students in the cafeteria and put them in his stew when their teasing of his inability to graduate from college had taken its toll on him. At lunchtime, Bart pretends to be killed by Dark Stanley with pasta on his head acting as a brain,causing all of the students to run screaming into the woods while he takes their lunches. Groundskeeper Willie is sent to fetch them all back, but he brings seven extra kids who are Cletus's children. Their names are Whitney, Jitney, Dubya, Incest, Crystal Meth, International Harvester, and Birthday. Principal Skinner tells Superintendent Chalmers that the kids have been refused education, which Lisa overhears. To appease Lisa, Skinner and Chalmers appoint her tutor of the children.

Meanwhile, Skinner punishes Bart by having him spend five sessions with a qualified psychiatrist.Homer takes him and well gets drunk. Bart develops a close bond with his psychiatrist, Dr. Stacey Swanson, who uses a Mad Libs-like game and violent video games to get Bart to open up. When his sessions end, Bart starts to miss the time he spent with her and enters into a state of depression in which he talks about his problems to an empty chair while lying on his bed. He peeks into her window and sees her counseling Milhouse. He hangs his head while biking in the rain when he looks through a window and sees her dancing with the married owner of the Chinese restaurant that Homer had visited earlier in the episode. Marge, worried, pays for one more session with Dr. Swanson. When it ends, Bart feels that he has been able to get everything off his chest, and Dr. Swanson begins to obsess about him and goes to see her own psychiatrist. It is revealed during this discussion that "Dark Stanley" was in fact real, and had killed her own son.

Lisa's initial tutoring efforts are unsuccessful and so she decides to take them to downtown Springfield to introduce them to culture in the outside world. However, Lisa's plans are diverted when Krusty spots the kids singing, decides to use them as a musical act for his show, and offers them a contract, which Cletus signs with an "X". Lisa is worried about the way that Krusty and Cletus are exploiting the children, so she sends an e-mail to Brandine Del Roy, who's currently a soldier in Iraq. She arrives by helicopter to tell Krusty that the contract Cletus signed is null and void, since he is only the father of the two untalented ones, and that he signed the contract with an X mark rather than a real signature. The story ends with Cletus telling Brandine that they owe Krusty $12,000, but Brandine tells him that they can live off that.

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