Recap: The Simpsons S 7 E 2122 Short Films About Springfield

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.


  • A Day in the Limelight: Almost everyone for the residents of Springfield such as Smithers, Dr. Nick, and others. Professor Frink is late, and can only manage to belt out his planned theme song ("Professor Frink, Professor Frink, he makes you laugh, he makes you think...")
  • Book Ends: Bart and Milhouse sitting at the overpass.
  • Buffy Speak:
    Smithers: I-I'm allergic to bee stings. They cause me to, uh, die.
  • Continuity Nod: The Kwik-E-Mart is closed for the second time ever, and Apu eats a tofu dog at Sanjay's party.
  • Couldn't Find a Pen: 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.
  • Cringe Comedy: The outrageously funny scene where Principal Skinner treats Superintendent Chalmers to dinner.
  • Cut Song: The "Apu in 'The Jolly Bengali'" segment had a theme song written for it. It was not used on the episode, but was released on the Go Simpsonic with The Simpsons album and as a deleted scene on the season seven DVD set.
  • Dinner with the Boss: The segment of Principal Skinner having Superintendent Chalmers over for dinner.
  • Hydrant Geyser: 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.
  • Non Indicative Name: There are actually 19 segments in the episode.
  • Parrot Expo What:
    Lou: You know, I went to the McDonald's in Shelbyville on Friday night—
    Wiggum: The McWhat?
  • Potty Emergency: 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.
  • Running Gagged: The "Hi, Dr. Nick!" part of the usual "Hi, everybody! Hi, Dr. Nick!" exchange is less enthusiastic than usual.
  • Shockingly Expensive Bill: When Moe sent Barney's bar tab to NASA to calculate, the total came back as $14 Billion.
  • Shout-Out: The salon where Lisa goes to remove the gum (and everything else added during the failed attempts to remove the gum) is named Snippy Longstockings.
    • Snake and Chief Wiggum's segments parody the Marsellus-Butch storyline from Pulp Fiction. Wiggum and Lou also do a version of the film's "Royale with cheese" scene.
  • Something Completely Different: A Vignette Episode-cum-Pulp Fiction parody.
  • Vignette Episode: Invoked when Bart and Milhouse discuss whether or not the people in town have their own adventures.
  • What Could Have Been: This episode was written as a Back Door Pilot for a spin-off series of The Simpsons that would focus on the minor, supporting cast (it would have been called Tales of Springfield). Sadly, the spin-off never came to be, but viewers got a good episode out of it.