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The Simpsons Season 12 Episodes

21 Episodes 2000 - 2001

Season 12 finds Homer achieving the unthinkable: He suddenly becomes an intelligent man in "HOMR" after a crayon he lodged into his brain in childhood is removed. Sadly, he finds that his newfound smarts alienate him from most of his friends and family, although they do allow him to connect with Lisa. Elsewhere, Krusty the Clown learns he has a daughter (voice of Drew Barrymore) and Bart and his classmates form a boy band whose songs contain subliminal messages to join the Navy. The season concludes with the anthology episode "Simpsons Tall Tales," which reimagines the stories of Paul Bunyan, Johnny Appleseed and Tom Sawyer to star the Simpsons family.

Episode 1

Treehouse of Horror XI

Wed, Nov 1, 2000 30 mins

In the 11th annual Halloween trilogy, a ghostly Homer tries to perform a good deed on Earth; Bart and Lisa are trapped in a fairy-tale forest; and dolphins revolt against humans after Lisa frees their king from the Springfield Marine Park.

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Episode 2

A Tale of Two Springfields

Sun, Nov 5, 2000 30 mins

The Who intervenes after Homer leads a revolt against a new area code that splits the town along lines of affluence.

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Episode 3

Insane Clown Poppy

Sun, Nov 12, 2000 30 mins

Drew Barrymore plays Krusty's long-lost daughter, a surprise to the clown, who betrays her in a poker game with Fat Tony (Joe Mantegna). Stephen King, Amy Tan and John Updike have cameos.

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Episode 4

Lisa the Tree Hugger

Sun, Nov 19, 2000 30 mins

Joshua Jackson plays a committed---and cute---teen environmentalist who inspires Lisa to take up residence in a redwood tree to save it from destruction.

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Episode 5

Homer vs. Dignity

Sun, Nov 26, 2000 30 mins

With Smithers away, Burns hires a cash-hungry Homer as his "prank monkey" to perform stunts that ultimately damage Homer's dignity. Leeza Gibbons has a cameo.

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Episode 6

The Computer Wore Menace Shoes

Sun, Dec 3, 2000 30 mins

Homer buys a computer and builds a Web site where he anonymously spreads local rumor and innuendo, and makes things up when his sources run dry.

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Episode 7

The Great Money Caper

Sun, Dec 10, 2000 30 mins

With Homer-logical justification, Bart and Homer go on the grift and do fairly well before joining a more experienced con man for a big score. Edward Norton plays an FBI man.

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Episode 8

Skinner's Sense of Snow

Sun, Dec 17, 2000 30 mins

A blizzard traps Skinner and Groundskeeper Willie with an assortment of students at Springfield Elementary. Bart (of course) leads the revolt.

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Episode 9

Homr

30 mins

Researchers find and fix the cause of Homer's "subnormal" intelligence, but Homer finds life as a brain is a drain on his popularity.

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Episode 10

Pokey Mom

Sun, Jan 14, 2001 30 mins

Homer hurts his back at a prison rodeo, where Marge meets an artistic inmate (Michael Keaton) whom she takes under her wing. Warden: Charles Napier.

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Episode 11

The Worst Episode Ever

Sun, Feb 4, 2001 30 mins

Bart and Milhouse are banned for life from the comic-book store, until Comic Book Guy becomes a man in need of friends. Hank Azaria, Harry Shearer, Dan Castellaneta.

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Episode 12

Tennis the Menace

Sun, Feb 11, 2001 30 mins

The Simpsons win points for their new tennis court, but constantly lose on Homer's poor play. Serena and Venus Williams, Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi have voice cameos.

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Episode 13

Day of the Jackanapes

Sun, Feb 18, 2001 30 mins

Sideshow Bob (Kelsey Grammer) talks his way out of prison and into a job at the school. There, he hypnotizes Bart---to make him kill Krusty, who plans a final show after growing sick of network interference. Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright, Harry Shearer.

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Episode 14

New Kids on the Blecch

Sun, Feb 25, 2001 30 mins

'N Sync has a cameo as a record producer tries to create the next big boy band out of Milhouse, Bart, Nelson and Ralph Wiggum. Hank Azaria, Harry Shearer, Nancy Cartwright.

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Episode 15

Hungry Hungry Homer

Sun, Mar 4, 2001 30 mins

Homer's newfound advocacy for the little guy prompts him to protest against the Duff executive (Stacy Keach) who owns the local ballclub.

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Episode 16

Bye Bye Nerdy

Sun, Mar 11, 2001 30 mins

Lisa's attempt to befriend the new girl in school is met with a fist; Homer enters the baby-proofing business. Tress MacNeille, Yeardley Smith, Dan Castellaneta.

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Episode 17

Simpson Safari

Sun, Apr 1, 2001 30 mins

The Simpsons win a trip to Africa, where they get lost on safari and become caught between poachers and a chimp researcher. Tress MacNeille, Hank Azaria, Dan Castellaneta.

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Episode 18

Trilogy of Error

Sun, Apr 29, 2001 30 mins

Homer's severed thumb, Lisa's science project and Bart's discovery of fireworks prompt separate but simultaneous adventures that conclude with an encounter with mobster Fat Tony (Joe Mantegna). Frankie Muniz, Yeardley Smith, Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright.

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Episode 19

I'm Goin' to Praiseland

Sun, May 6, 2001 30 mins

Flanders fulfills his late wife's dream by building a Bible-themed amusement park. Shawn Colvin plays Christian singer Rachel Jordan. Harry Shearer, Dan Castellaneta, Yeardley Smith.

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Episode 20

Children of a Lesser Clod

Sun, May 13, 2001 30 mins

Homer opens a day-care center in the house, prompting envy in Lisa and Bart when he treats other kids better than he treats them.

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Episode 21

Simpsons Tall Tales

Sun, May 20, 2001 30 mins

Folk-tale parodies abound, with Homer as Paul Bunyan; Lisa as Connie Appleseed; and Bart as Tom Sawyer, helping to save Huck Finn from a shotgun marriage to Becky Thatcher.

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