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The Simpsons Episode: "Once Upon a Time in Springfield"

Season 21, Episode 10
Episode Synopsis: In the 450th episode, Krusty the Clown teams up with a female costar, Princess Penelope (voice of Anne Hathaway), and before long he proposes marriage to her. Meanwhile, Mr. Burns and the workers clash at the nuclear power plant. Guest voices include Eartha Kitt and Jackie Mason.
Original Air Date: Jan 10, 2010
Guest Cast Maggie Roswell: Miss Hoover Jackie Mason: Rabbi Krustovsky Eartha Kitt: Herself Anne Hathaway: Princess Penelope
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Season 21, Episode 10
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Length: 21:31
Aired: 1/10/2010
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The Simpsons Episode Recap: "Once Upon a Time in Springfield" Season 21, Episode 10

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The producers of The Krusty Show want to change the format of the show in order to appeal to a wider audience (specifically young girls). They force Krusty to hire a female co-star. If he doesn't agree then they will fire him and hire a replacement via a new Fox reality show, America's Next Krusty.

The next day, Krusty introduces his new co-star, Princess Penelope (voiced by Anne Hathaway), who comes out singing a sappy "little girl in love" song for her debut, turning Krusty's show into something completely girly, cliché and wishy-washy — with unicorns, rainbows, etc.

The new format changes the feel of the show and drives the boys away. Krusty's audience is now all girls and all they want to see is Princess Penelope and her unicorn. Krusty thinks that the new format will ultimately hurt the show and is completely against the new arrangement.

Bart (like all of the other boys) is unhappy with the new show. Bart goes into "Krustylu Studio Store, the Krusty-est Store on Earth" and finds only Princess Penelope merchandise. All the Krusty merchandise is out in the alley in the dumpster. Bart finds Krusty sitting next to the dumpster (eating gin sandwiches) and encourages Krusty to get a grip on reality and take control.

Krusty bursts into Princess Penelope's dressing room to take his show back, but then she confesses to him that she loves him and has loved him since she was 12. The next day on The Krusty and Princess Penelope "Smoochie Poo - I Love You Hour," Krusty declares his love for Penelope. Bart is upset and unplugs the TV.

Each day gets worse on The Krusty Show for Bart and the boys. Krusty proposes to Princess Penelope and the boys (Bart and Milhouse) concoct a plan to stop the wedding. Bart interrupts the ceremony and starts to show Penelope evidence of all of Krusty's past 15 wives. However, Penelope loves him so much she wants to continue with the wedding anyway. Seeing this, Krusty realizes that he isn't good enough for Penelope and tells her that he plans to leave her at the altar. A heartbroken Penelope goes to Paris where Krusty later joins her where they seemingly are going to live happily ever after.

Side Story

Marge is trying out her new deep-fry cooker "Fry Girl" by making donuts for the family's breakfast. Homer doesn't want to try Marge's donuts instead he wants his familiar "pink box" donuts at work. He gets to work and finds out that donuts have been cut out due to budget cuts at work — (instead of cutting out all of the other useless crap in the office like ceiling furniture, joke id badges, etc).

The men of the power plant are at Moe's wallowing in the loss of their daily donuts. While there they meet an employment headhunter, Gator McCall, who offers to find them new jobs.

The headhunter takes Homer, Lenny, and Carl to the Capital City nuclear power plant so that they can see how employees at a real power plant are treated. The three get pampered and are shown the good life and they decide to leave Springfield Nuclear plant. Mr. Burns drops to his knees and begs the guys to stay and entices them with special made super donuts. The donuts are so good that Lenny says they will stay if Mr. Burns also gives them a health plan. Mr. Burns replies with, "Sure you can have a health plan! Or, you can have," takes out another box of the super donuts, "another donut!!" The men decide to stay at Springfield plant.

There were many funny things in this episode:

  • Krusty, when told he needs to change his show to appeal to girls, "If my writers knew how to relate to girls, they wouldn't be writers."
  • One of the contestants (borrowing from Krusty's 'hey-HEY catchphrase' on America's Next Krusty: "Hey HEY! I'm non-union!"
  • Homer, complaining to Gator McCall, "They took away my donuts, now all I have are my meals!"
  • Krusty, having trouble breathing as Princess Penelope throws around her glitter and sparkle, "Breathing all this in can't be good." Then of course, he lights up a cigarette.
  • Bart, to Milhouse, "Poor Krusty, he's become the lowest form of life — a sidekick." Milhouse (sucking up, as good sidekicks do): "You said it Bart!"
  • Bart, seeing the damage Princess Penelope has done to The Krusty Show, "Why do women ruin everything?" Homer: "Oh Bart, you say that now, but when you grow up you'll only think it."
  • Sign in front of the Capital City nuclear power plant: "The Cleanest Energy There is, Except Once in a While, look out."
  • At Lisa's "Inspiring Women Day," all of the girls choose various princesses as their princess of choice to discuss, with Ralph choosing (and dressing up as) Princess Lea.

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Main Story

The producers of The Krusty Show want to change the format of the show in order to appeal to a wider audience (specifically young girls). They force Krusty to hire a female co-star. If he doesn't agree then they will fire him and hire a replacement via a new Fox reality show, America's Next Krusty.

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