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:
- As Himself: Gerry Cooney and Robert Goulet
- Blah Blah Blah: Marge in Homer's "photographic memory".
- Celebrity Impersonator: Bart tried to hire a Liza Minnelli impersonator for his casino. He found himself needing a replacement act because he found out the "impersonator" was the real Liza Minelli.
- Comically Missing the Point: 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.
- Deleted Scene: According to The Simpsons 138th Episode Spectaular, there was supposed to be a scene where Homer's incompetence at the blackjack table gets James Bond captured by Blofeld.
- The Gambling Addict: Marge
- Genre Savvy: In the Deleted Scene, after losing to Blofeld, James Bond asked Blofeld to at least tell his Evil Plan. Blofeld said he'd not fall for that again.
- Giftedly Bad: 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.
- Hypocritical Humor: 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.
- Long Title / Either/Or Title: 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".
- Overly Long Gag: Mr. Burns laughing at the memory of injuring an Irish bumper car worker as a child.
- Paper-Thin Disguise: Mr. Burns goes to a town meeting as "Mr. Snrub". All he does to hide his identity is a false mustache.
- Self-Serving Memory: Homer claims to have a photographic memory. His actual memory is, in a word, warped.
- Shout-Out: The title above references Dr. Strangelove.
- Mr. Burns and Smither's escape from the angered townspeople takes several cues from Comic Book/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 2001: A Space Odyssey.
- The titular characters of the film Rain Man visit the casino.
- Start My Own: When Bart gets thrown out of the casino for being underage, he creates his own casino in his treehouse.
- Terrible Interviewees Montage: 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.
- Things That Go Bump in the Night: 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 boogymen in the house. When Marge finally comes home the bedroom door's got a few gunshot holes in it.
- Women Are Wiser: 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.