Episode - 3F18\\
First Aired - 4/14/1996
While spitting on cars from a bridge, Milhouse and Bart begin to wonder if anything interesting ever happens to the people of Springfield -- and soon the episode shifts into several vignettes about the lives of everyone in town, from Apu leaving work to go to a party to Lisa getting gum in her hair to several "wacky sitcom" style set pieces (Principal Skinner and Superintendent Chalmers having lunch and Cletus the Slack-Jawed Yokel getting boots for Brandine) to Milhouse desperately searching for a bathroom to Nelson learning a lesson about laughing at others.
* ADayInTheLimelight: Almost everyone for the residents of Springfield such as Smithers, Dr. Nick, and others (except for Professor Frink, whose chance at his own story gets cut off by the closing credits).
* AdultFear: Homer getting Maggie stuck inside a newspaper vendor. His panic is not helped by a newspaper article headlined, "Deadbeat Dad Beat Dead".
* BlatantLies: Skinner tells some during the "Skinner and the Superintendent" short but the most blatant is his attempt to have his kitchen fire dismissed as Aurora Borealis.
-->'''Chalmers:''' Aurora Borealis? At this time of year? At this time of day? In this part of the country? Localized entirely within your kitchen?\\
'''Chalmers:''' May I see it?\\
* BookEnds: Bart and Milhouse sitting at the overpass.
-->'''Smithers:''' I-I'm allergic to bee stings. They cause me to, uh, die.
* ContinuityNod: The Kwik-E-Mart is [[Recap/TheSimpsonsS3E1StarkRavingDad closed for the second time ever]] (third, if you count the short scene in "Homer the Vigilante" where Apu is on the roof of the Kwik-E-Mart and shoots at a customer who stops by the store), and Apu [[Recap/TheSimpsonsS7E5LisaTheVegetarian eats a tofu dog]] at Sanjay's party.
* CouldntFindAPen: When Homer accidentally locks Maggie inside a newspaper dispenser, he writes a note on a scrap of paper with spray cheese and tucks it to Santa's Little Helper's collar. Unfortunately, SLH eats it.
%%* CringeComedy: Principal Skinner's lunch with Superintendent Chalmers.
* DinnerWithTheBoss: The segment of Principal Skinner having Superintendent Chalmers over for dinner.
* HydrantGeyser: Parodied when Chief Wiggum, on foot, recognizes Snake at the wheel of his car at a light and in the ensuing attempt to flee Snake crashes into a mailbox which results in a geyser of letters spewing forth from the ground.
* IAmOneOfThoseToo: Skinner tells Chalmers that he calls hamburgers "steamed hams" because it's a dialect from upstate New York.
-->'''Chalmers:''' Really. Well, I'm from Utica and I never heard anyone use the phrase, "steamed hams."
* LaserGuidedKarma: Nelson points and laughs at the Tall Guy. The Tall Man pantses him, and parades him through the town, getting everyone to laugh at him.
* MuggingTheMonster: Nelson is horrified by how tall the Tall Guy actually was.
* NonIndicativeName: There are actually ''19'' segments in the episode.
** '''Barely''' 19, actually. Frink rushed in and tried to squeeze his segment in, only for the credits to start up.
** Barely ''17'', if you combine Lisa's three segments as one.
** You're reading the title wrong. There were 18 stories, but the title is "22 Short Films About Springfield". Except it's in octal because Simpsons characters only have 8 fingers. If you convert that to the decimal we 10 fingered people use, it's 18.
* NotHyperbole: Barney comments that the people at Moe's had a good laugh when Moe said he'd need to send Barney's tab to NASA to calculate. Moe reveals that he did and the results have just arrived.
-->'''Lou:''' You know, I went to the UsefulNotes/McDonalds in Shelbyville on Friday night--\\
'''Wiggum:''' The [=McWhat=]?
* PottyEmergency: Milhouse's story when he's at the Comic Book Guy's store and the antique shop where Snake and Chief Wiggum are held hostage.
* RunningGagged: The "Hi, Dr. Nick!" part of the usual "Hi, everybody! Hi, Dr. Nick!" exchange is less enthusiastic than usual.
* ShockinglyExpensiveBill: When Moe sent Barney's bar tab to NASA to calculate, the total came back as $14 Billion.
* ShoutOut: The salon where Lisa goes to remove the gum (and everything else added during the failed attempts to remove the gum) is named [[PippiLongstocking Snippy Longstockings]].
** Snake and Chief Wiggum's segments parody the Marsellus-Butch storyline from ''Film/PulpFiction''. Wiggum and Lou also do a version of the film's "Royale with cheese" scene.
* SomethingCompletelyDifferent: A VignetteEpisode-cum-''Film/PulpFiction'' parody.
* VengefulVendingMachine: Homer tries to get a newspaper from a vending booth while carrying both Maggie and the groceries. He gets the newspaper, but gets Maggie trapped inside the booth.
* VignetteEpisode: Invoked when Bart and Milhouse discuss whether or not the people in town have their own adventures.