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Recap: The Simpsons S 7 E 10 The Simpsons138th Episode Spectacular
Episode - 3F25
First Aired - 12/3/1995

The third Simpsons Clip Show, albeit presented as a retrospective of the series rather than the characters reminiscing in-universe.

Troy McClure, whom you may remember from such Fox Network specials as Alien Nose Job and Five Fabulous Weeks of The Chevy Chase Show, opens the program with a look at creator Matt Groening — who is depicted as a crazed, right-wing Southerner who came up with the Simpsons to pay off his gambling debts — and clips from the original Tracey Ullman Show shorts. After that, there's:

  • Fake trivia in the commercial break bumpers (one about the Freeze-Frame Bonus during the opening credits when Maggie is put through the grocery store checkout scanner and one about which two popular characters died in the past yearnote )
  • Viewer mail questions about Homer's stupidity, how long it takes to make an episode, and Smithers' ambiguous sexuality.
  • Actual deleted scenes from several episodes, including Krusty getting cancelled after his arrest for trying to sell a pornographic photo book to minors in "Krusty Gets Kancelled," Homer's head being used as a bowling ball in "The Devil and Homer Simpson," Homer eating food from his mom's undelivered care packages and talking about how he's taking the nuclear plant down from the inside in "Mother Simpson," Apu showing a Bollywood film to The Simpsons in "Homer and Apu," Mr. Burns using a robotic Richard Simmons to scare Homer away in "Burns' Heir," and a montage of alternate scenes made for "Who Shot Mr. Burns? (Part Two)" to keep the real shooter's identity secret until broadcast, presenting everyone from Moe to Tito Puente to Santa's Little Helper as the culprit. This is followed by a complete alternate ending in which Smithers turned out to be the culprit all along (and, according to Troy, the ending was cut because it conflicted with the plot point about the attempted murderer being someone in the Simpson family DNA).

McClure closes the show with the real reason people want to watch the show: "Hardcore nudity!" (albeit PG-rated hardcore nudity). The episode closes out with a montage of naked male characters set to "Shake Your Booty" by K.C. and the Sunshine Band.

This episode contains examples of:

  • Biting-the-Hand Humor: Troy McClure's self-introduction (see above) mocks some of Fox's most embarrassing efforts of The Nineties — the Documentary Of Lies Alien Autopsy and The Chevy Chase Show, a late night talk show that lasted less than two months in 1993.
  • Bollywood: Parodied in the "Homer and Apu" deleted scene.
  • Clip Show: Albeit with even more Lampshade Hanging of the concept than usual for this show, and the only Simpsons clip show that doesn't have the Simpsons family sitting around and remembering past adventures (like they did for "So It's Come to This: A Simpsons' Clip Show," "Another Simpsons Clip Show," and later, "All Singing, All Dancing," and "Gump Roast").
  • Deleted Scene: The episode showcases a lot of them — all of which are real, according to the crew members, and most of which have appeared on deleted scene reels on the DVD or have been talked about in the DVD commentary (such as the James Bond card game scene, the Bollywood movie scene, the scenes in "The Devil and Homer Simpson"note , and the robotic Richard Simmons scene).
  • Exact Words: The announcer asks which two popular Simpsons characters died in the past year, with the answer being Bleeding Gums Murphy (who did die in season 6's "Round Springfield") and Dr. Marvin Monroe, but it's incorrect because "they were never popular."
  • Milestone Celebration: Parodied with the title.
  • Naked People Are Funny: The end credits showing different scenes of various characters being naked.
  • Overly Narrow Superlative: The Simpsons are described as "America's favorite non-prehistoric cartoon family."
  • Take That: There's one to the O.J. Simpson criminal trial's jury, when it's noted that the Smithers-as-culprit ending to "Who Shot Mr. Burns?" could not work because it would require ignoring "all the Simpson DNA evidence", which was what the jury was accused of doing.
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