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.
!!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
* BigDamnHeroes: Barney rescues Maggie from being mauled by a tiger.
* 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.
* CompressedVice: Marge's gambling addiction was never established earlier.
* EitherOrTitle: The actual title to this episode is: "$pringfield: Or, 'How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Legalized Gambling."
* FrightInducedBunkmate: Played with through DisproportionateRetribution. Look down on ThingsThatGoBumpInTheNight.
* TheGamblingAddict: Marge
* 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!
* {{Irony}}: Mr. Burns is a proud member of the Simpsons world's counterpart of the Freemasons, but he's evidently scared of the real thing (when he imagines the microbes on Smithers' face announcing "Freemasons run the country!")
* {{Malaproper}}: Homer tries claiming he has a photographic memory. He can't even pronounce the word properly, calling it "phonographic."
* ManlyTears: Homer sheds them when Lisa is crying over her costume, and decides to get Marge to come home.
* MoralGuardians: Averted. The decision to legalize gambling in Springfield is unanimous, with even Reverend Lovejoy approving of it on the basis that "once something has been approved by the government, it's no longer immoral." Everyone expects Marge to stand against the proposal, but she agrees it could help improve Springfield's economy.
* NoodleIncident: Homer's past goof-ups include getting caught stealing watches from Sears and letting an escape lunatic in the house for being dressed as Santa Claus, which apparently aren't as bad as Marge's gambling problem.
* 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.
* SanitySlippage: Burns' sanity gradually erodes--a la Howard Hughes--the more he works in the casino. He grows a long shaggy beard, becomes obsessed with germs, starts wearing tissue boxes on his feet, preserves his own urine in jars, and insists a model of an airplane he built is real.
* 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 turns into Creator/HowardHughes 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/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey''.
** 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]].
** The porn theater is showing takeoffs of ''I'll Do Anything'' and ''Film/TermsOfEndearment'' -- both directed by executive producer Creator/JamesLBrooks.
* StartMyOwn: When Bart gets thrown out of the casino for being underage, he creates his own casino in his treehouse.
* SureLetsGoWithThat:
-->'''Mr. Burns:''' Nothing can stop me! ''(beat)'' Except microscopic germs. But we won't let that happen, won't we Smithers?\\
'''Smithers:''' Um... no sir.
* 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.
--> '''Mr. Burns''': We're building a casino!\\
'''Sea Captain''': Arr... can you give me five minutes?
* 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.]]
* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: In a DeletedScene, Homer is dealing cards to Film/JamesBond, who is playing poker with [[ArchVillain Blofeld]]. Being who he is, he not only deals him the Joker card but also ''[[WhatAnIdiot the rules for draw and stud poker]]'', which leads to Bond losing and being dragged off by Blofeld's henchmen.[[note]]Even better, his henchmen are [[Film/{{Goldfinger}} Oddjob]] and [[Film/TheSpyWhoLovedMe Jaws]], who as iconic as they both are, [[AnachronismStew never worked for him personally,]] though this could have been done for RuleOfFunny.[[/note]]
* 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.