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The Simpsons Season 23 Episodes

22 Episodes 2011 - 2012

"The Simpsons" has had its fair share of unusual episodes over the years, but Season 23 features possibly its strangest installment yet: "Moe Goes From Rags to Riches," which tells the long history of Moe's bar rag from medieval times to the present day (and with Jeremy Irons providing the mellifluous voice of the rag, no less). Another high-concept episode spoofs the movie "Inception," as the Simpsons family enter Homer's dreams in order to find out why he's wetting the bed. It's also a season with a number of great Lisa stories: She writes a young-adult novel, founds an online social network, falls for an intellectual (Michael Cera) and receives some life advice from Lady Gaga in the finale.

Episode 1

The Falcon and the D'Ohman

Sun, Sep 25, 2011 30 mins

Season 23 premiere: When Homer's threatened by a Ukrainian terrorist, a shy security guard (voice of Kiefer Sutherland) with a shadowy past comes to his aid. Meanwhile, Marge dreams of being on "Top Chef"; and the future of "Nedna" (Ned and Mrs. Krabappel) is revealed. "Top Chef" judge Tom Colicchio has a voice cameo as himself.

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Episode 2

Bart Stops to Smell the Roosevelts

Sun, Oct 2, 2011 30 mins

School superintendent Chalmers' lessons about Teddy Roosevelt and the Rough Riders get Bart fired up about school (finally!). They also get Chalmers fired, so Bart and his own band of rough riders set out to get Chalmers his job back.

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Episode 3

Treehouse of Horror XXII

Sun, Oct 30, 2011 30 mins

"Treehouse of Horror XXII": Homer gets his arm caught in a boulder in an isolated canyon. He's also paralyzed, but can communicate via natural gases. Mountain climber Aron Ralston provides his own voice. Meanwhile, Bart and Milhouse are in deep space, transformed into one-eyed avatars and caught up in planetary warfare after Bart falls in love. And Ned Flanders is transformed nightly into a cold-blooded vigilante.

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Episode 4

Replaceable You

Sun, Nov 6, 2011 30 mins

Homer gets a new assistant at work (voice of Jane Lynch), who quickly replaces him. She turns out to have a sinister past. Meanwhile, Bart's science-fair project , a mechanical seal, outclasses Lisa's and proves to be a hit at the retirement home.

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Episode 5

The Food Wife

Sun, Nov 13, 2011 30 mins

Marge, Bart and Lisa start a food blog ("The Three Mouthketeers"), which results in scoring reservations at Springfield's hottest new restaurant. The question becomes whether to invite Homer. Chefs Anthony Bourdain, Gordon Ramsay and Mario Batali (providing their own voices) offer Marge their opinions in a dream sequence. Later, Homer's cooking gets him into trouble.

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Episode 6

The Book Job

Sun, Nov 20, 2011 30 mins

Homer decides to cash in on the "tween lit" craze and forms a team to group write a novel. He enlists fantasy novelist Neil Gaiman (providing his own voice) for the effort, but then must navigate treacherous industry shoals at the Springfield Book Fair. Andy Garcia has a voice cameo as a publisher.

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Episode 7

The Man in the Blue Flannel Pants

Sun, Nov 27, 2011 30 mins

After Homer hosts a party to promote Krusty's new liquor, Mr. Burns makes him an account exec and an ad pro (voice of John Slattery) mentors him. Soon Homer begins to neglect his family. Meanwhile, Bart begins reading classic novels.

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Episode 8

The Ten-Per-Cent Solution

Sun, Dec 4, 2011 30 mins

After Krusty's show is canceled and his agent dumps him, the Simpsons introduce him to another agent (voice of Joan Rivers), who turns out to be the agent who discovered him years ago.

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Episode 9

Holidays of Future Passed

Sun, Dec 11, 2011 30 mins

Flash-forward to 2041: Bart and Lisa are heading home for the holidays with their own kids in tow. And when they turn to Marge and Homer for parenting advice, they come to realise that the apple doesn't fall far from the Christmas tree.

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Episode 10

Politically Inept, With Homer Simpson

Sun, Jan 8, 2012 30 mins

After his videotaped rant about airport security goes viral, Homer lands a radio talk show, and considerable political influence. Then he endorses rock star Ted Nugent (who provides his own voice) for president.

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Episode 11

The D'oh-cial Network

Sun, Jan 15, 2012 30 mins

Lisa, the creator of a social network she calls SpringFace, explains why she came to regret it. Meanwhile, Patty and Selma compete against the Winklevoss twins (voice of Armie Hammer) in a 2012 Olympic competition.

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Episode 12

Moe Goes From Rags to Riches

Sun, Jan 29, 2012 30 mins

Moe's beloved bar rag, loomed as an ornate medieval tapestry, recounts its millennium-spanning life story. And when the rag goes missing, the supposedly friendless Moe realizes that he has more friends than he thought. Meanwhile, Bart begs Milhouse for forgiveness after they get into a fight.

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Episode 13

The Daughter Also Rises

Sun, Feb 12, 2012 30 mins

On Valentine's Day, Lisa and an intellectual young man named Nick share a fairy-tale romance and make a secret getaway. Meanwhile, Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage ("Mythbusters") inspire Bart and Milhouse to bust Springfield Elementary School myths.

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Episode 14

At Long Last Leave

Sun, Feb 19, 2012 30 mins

In the series' 500th episode, the Simpsons are banished from Springfield, thanks to Homer's drunken antics, Bart's shenanigans and Lisa's annoying environmental activism, and end up in an off-the-grid, post-apocalyptic encampment called "The Outlands." Alison Krauss performs the series' theme song.

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Episode 15

Exit Through the Kwik-E-Mart

Sun, Mar 4, 2012 30 mins

Bart plasters unflattering graffiti images of Homer all over Springfield. They catch the eyes of established street artists Shepard Fairey, Ron English, Kenny Scharf and Robbie Conal, who catch him in the act, and they invite him to exhibit his work at a gallery show of his own. Meanwhile, a new health-food superstore threatens to put the Kwik-E-Mart out of business.

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Episode 16

How I Wet Your Mother

Sun, Mar 11, 2012 30 mins

Following a traumatic incident, Homer's bed-wetting problem worsens, and his family decide to infiltrate his dreams to get to its subconscious source. And in Homer's dreams is where his late mother (voice of Glenn Close) resides.

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Episode 17

Them, Robot

Sun, Mar 18, 2012 30 mins

Mr. Burns replaces all of his employees with robots—with one exception: Homer. This raises the unemployment rate in Springfield significantly, and leads to much misery. And it hits home to Homer, too, when robots attack him.

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Episode 18

Beware My Cheating Bart

Sun, Apr 15, 2012 30 mins

Jimbo's girlfriend falls for Bart after he's forced to chaperone her to a movie. School bullies notice, and that's bad for Bart. Meanwhile, Homer is persuaded to buy an exercise machine, but doesn't have to be persuaded to use the TV that comes with it.

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Episode 19

A Totally Fun Thing That Bart Will Never Do Again

Sun, Apr 29, 2012 30 mins

Bart pesters the family into going on a cruise vacation. They even luck into a luxury suite. Now all Bart needs to do is figure out a way to make it last longer than a week.

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Episode 20

The Spy Who Learned Me

Sun, May 6, 2012 30 mins

Homer embarrasses Marge at the movies during a film featuring superspy Stradivarius Cain, and his apologies fall on deaf ears.In an effort to become a better husband, he seeks help from someone he believes to be the real Stradivarius Cain.

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Episode 21

Ned 'N' Edna's Blend

Sun, May 13, 2012 30 mins

When word gets out that Edna and Ned have secretly wed, Marge offers to throw them a party. But bringing folks together makes them all realize that no marriage is perfect. Meanwhile, Edna tries to help Ned's children become more socially acceptable by changing some of the rules.

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Episode 22

Lisa Goes Gaga

Sun, May 20, 2012 30 mins

In the Season 23 finale, Lisa tries to boost her popularity by ghostwriting positive things about herself on the school blog. The effort fails miserably—until a psychic force tells Lady Gaga (who provides her own voice) that Lisa needs her help.

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