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Episode - 1F08\\
First Aired - 12/16/1993

Legalized gambling comes to Springfield as a new revenue stream after news hits that the town's economy is on the down slope. When Mr. Burns constructs a casino, Homer gets a job as a blackjack dealer, Marge finds herself addicted to the slots, Bart opens up his own treehouse casino to show up a teenaged worker who had him thrown out for being underaged, Mr. Burns' constant surveillance of the casino turns him into Howard Hughes in his later years, and poor Lisa can't find anyone to help her make her Florida costume for the school state pageant.
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!!This episode contains examples of:
* {{Angrish}}: Homer meant to say, and ''did'' say on the third try, "[[WhatTheHellHero You broke a promise to your child]]", but he was too angry with Marge to talk coherently. She ended up having to remind him to think about what he was saying.
* AsHimself: Gerry Cooney and Robert Goulet
* BlahBlahBlah: Marge in Homer's "photographic memory".
* CelebrityImpersonator: Bart tried to hire a Creator/LizaMinnelli impersonator for his casino. He found himself needing a replacement act because he found out the "impersonator" was the ''real'' Liza Minnelli.
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: Even after seeing Marge at the slot machines and being told by her he brought her bad luck, Homer still believed she was against legalized gambling.
* TheGamblingAddict: Marge
** CompressedVice: Marge's gambling addiction was never established earlier.
* GiftedlyBad: Homer is praised by the players at his Blackjack table, though only because he's so bad at it that he causes them all to win every time. The second his shift is over and he is replaced by someone else they all vamoose.
* HypocriticalHumor: The Squeaky-Voiced Teen throwing Bart out of the casino for being underage. Bart calls him out on this, prompting the Teen to respond, "I'm not authorized to answer that."
** Barney feels that Marge's gambling is a sign of very addictive behavior. Immediately afterwards he mistakes cups with quarters in them for booze and guzzles them down, then belches them up as people gather to collect.
** At the beginning of the episode, Grampa and Jasper walk past a beggar:
--> '''Beggar''': Got any spare change, man?\\
'''Grampa''': Yes! And you ain't gettin' it! Everybody wants somethin' for nothin'.\\
''(the two walk into a Social Security office)''\\
'''Grampa''': I'm old! Gimme gimme gimme!
* LongTitle / EitherOrTitle: The actual title to this episode is: "$pringfield: Or, 'How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Legalized Gambling."
* {{Malaproper}}: Homer tries claiming he has a photographic memory. He can't even pronounce the word properly, calling it "phonographic".
* OverlyLongGag: Mr. Burns laughing at the memory of injuring an Irish bumper car worker as a child.
* PapaWolf: Not a standard example, but Lisa crying because her costume isn't very good causes Homer to get pissed and give Marge a WhatTheHellHero speech about letting down Lisa because she was too busy gambling.
* SelfServingMemory: Homer claims to have a photographic memory. His actual memory is, in a word, warped.
* ShoutOut: The title above references ''Film/DrStrangelove''.
** Mr. Burns and Smither's escape from the angered townspeople takes several cues from ComicBook/{{Batman}}.
** Mr. Burns turns into Howard Hughes as the success of the casino gets to him. His bedroom in the hotel is modeled after that of the astronaut during the final scenes of ''Film/TwoThousandAndOneASpaceOdyssey''.
** The titular characters of the film ''Film/RainMan'' visit the casino.
** Homer recites Scarecrow's "brainy" quote from ''Film/TheWizardOfOZ'', which gets irritably corrected by someone [[note]]The quote was "The sum of the square roots of any two sides of an isosceles triangle is equal to the square root of the remaining side." By "isosceles triangle" it should be "right triangle", as was pointed out in this episode[[/note]].
* StartMyOwn: When Bart gets thrown out of the casino for being underage, he creates his own casino in his treehouse.
* TemptingFate: The Squeaky-Voiced Teen gives Bart the idea of starting his own casino when asking what Bart would do about being expelled from Mr. Burns' casino.
* TerribleIntervieweesMontage: Mr Burns is less than thrilled over the idea pitches for the casino. The first, ''Britannia'', was supposed to be English-themed, with genuine Cockney waitresses (actually prostitutes fresh from the streets of Sussex). The second was a hippie who thought he was being brought in to pitch Woodstock. The third interview, the Sea Captain, tried to talk Burns into financing a spice expedition to the East Indies.
* ThingsThatGoBumpInTheNight: Invoked. Lisa's mention of the boogeyman in her nightmare causes Homer to freak out and lock the rest of the family in his and Marge's bedroom along with a shotgun thinking there might be a boogeyman or boogy''men'' in the house. When Marge finally comes home the bedroom door's got a few gunshot holes in it. Homer says [[NeverMyFault it's Marge's fault for not being here to stop him.]]
* WomenAreWiser: One of the show's earliest subversions after season one. Homer, if somewhat haphazardly, manages to bring Marge out of her gambling addiction after telling her about missing out on Lisa's costume contest. He then revels in finally having one over her.
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