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The Simpsons Season 8 Episodes

25 Episodes 1996 - 1997

The eighth season opens with another trilogy of horror-themed tales (the best of which focuses on alien invaders taking over a U.S. presidential election) and a classic episode in which Homer lands an impressive job at a planned community but fails to notice that his friendly new boss is actually a James Bond supervillain named Hank Scorpio. As the season progresses, the writers take the unusual step of letting the residents of Springfield grow and change in small ways: Milhouse's parents get divorced, Lisa shares her first kiss with school bully Nelson Muntz and the cartoon show "Itchy & Scratchy" adds a new character in order to boost its ratings (this storyline coined the well-known phrase "Worst. Episode. Ever."). Other highlights include Homer's stint as a bootlegger after Prohibition is declared in Springfield, cameos from "X-Files" characters Mulder and Scully (guest voices of David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson) and a notorious episode in which Homer earns the wrath of a hardworking employee who's baffled by Homer's success.

Episode 1

Treehouse of Horror VII

Sun, Oct 27, 1996 30 mins

A Halloween trilogy. This time, Bart meets his "pure evil" Siamese twin; Lisa's science project attacks Bart; aliens Kang and Kodos invade as Clinton and Dole's replicas just before the 1996 Presidential election.

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Episode 2

You Only Move Twice

Sun, Nov 3, 1996 30 mins

In an idyllic planned community, Homer works for a new boss who has trouble with the government. Meanwhile, the rest of the family has difficulty dealing with the bucolic burg.

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Episode 3

The Homer They Fall

Sun, Nov 10, 1996 30 mins

Moe turns Homer into a prizefighter, who meets the champ in a bout called by ring announcer Michael Buffer.

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Episode 4

Burns, Baby Burns

Sun, Nov 17, 1996 30 mins

Rodney Dangerfield is the voice of Mr. Burns' illegitimate son, who irritates Burns with his lack of social graces.

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Episode 5

Bart After Dark

Sun, Nov 24, 1996 30 mins

While Marge and Lisa are away, Bart becomes the right-hand man for the owner of a burlesque house.

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Episode 6

A Milhouse Divided

Sun, Dec 1, 1996 30 mins

Milhouse's parents decide to divorce, prompting Homer to take action to prevent a similar fate for himself and Marge.

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Episode 7

Lisa's Date with Density

Sun, Dec 15, 1996 30 mins

Lisa develops a crush on Nelson, and then she tries to change him. Meanwhile, Homer solicits money over the phone using an automatic telephone dialer.

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Episode 8

Hurricane Neddy

Sun, Dec 29, 1996 30 mins

Citizens rebuild the Flanders' hurricane-damaged house. But Ned's guilt about criticising their work sends him to a mental hospital.

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Episode 9

The Mysterious Voyage of Homer

Sun, Jan 5, 1997 30 mins

Chief Wiggum's chili peppers send Homer on a hallucinatory, spiritual journey that makes him question whether Marge is his soulmate. Voices: Hank Azaria, Harry Shearer, Julie Kavner.

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Episode 10

The Springfield Files

Sun, Jan 12, 1997 30 mins

Homer's claim of an alien sighting brings FBI agents Scully and Mulder to investigate.

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Episode 11

The Twisted World of Marge Simpson

Sun, Jan 19, 1997 30 mins

A smooth talker sells Marge on the pretzel business. But when sales go soft, Homer asks crime boss Fat Tony for help.

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Episode 12

Mountain of Madness

Sun, Feb 2, 1997 30 mins

On a company mountain retreat, an avalanche traps hiking partners Homer and Mr. Burns in a cabin.

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Episode 13

Simpsoncalifragilisticexpialaannoyedgruntcious

Fri, Feb 7, 1997 30 mins

When Marge suffers stress-related hair loss, the Simpsons hire nanny Shary Bobbins, who speaks in song and inspires others to do so. But the Simpsons may prove too much for her.

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Episode 14

The Itchy and Scratchy and Poochie Show

Sun, Feb 9, 1997 30 mins

Itchy and Scratchy creator Roger Myers picks Homer to be the voice of a new canine character---who is roundly rejected by the public.

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Episode 15

Homer's Phobia

Sun, Feb 16, 1997 30 mins

Homer's fearful about the potential influence that the Simpsons' new gay friend may have on Bart.

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Episode 16

The Brother From Another Series

Sun, Feb 23, 1997 30 mins

Murderous convict Sideshow Bob (Kelsey Grammer) is released to work for his brother Cecil (David Hyde Pierce), whom Bob bested at the Krusty-sidekick audition.

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Episode 17

My Sister, My Sitter

Sun, Mar 2, 1997 30 mins

Lisa's reputation as a first-rate baby sitter is jeopardised when she's put in charge of Bart, who's determined to make things tough.

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Episode 18

Homer vs. the 18th Amendment

Sun, Mar 16, 1997 30 mins

Homer becomes a bootlegger when Springfield decides to enforce a 200-year-old prohibition decree.

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Episode 19

Grade School Confidential

Sun, Apr 6, 1997 30 mins

After witnessing a kiss between Skinner and Mrs. Krabappel, Bart becomes their confidante. But rumors of their passion lead to their being fired---until Skinner reveals a secret.

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Episode 20

The Canine Mutiny

Sun, Apr 13, 1997 30 mins

Bart replaces Santa's Little Helper with a "limited edition" dog he bought with a fraudulent credit card.

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Episode 21

The Old Man and the Lisa

Sun, Apr 20, 1997 30 mins

Penniless from bad investments, Burns asks for help from Lisa, who turns him into a profitable recycler. But then Burns takes things a nasty step further to increase his dividends. Pro wrestler Bret "The Hit Man" Hart has a voice cameo.

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Episode 22

In Marge We Trust

Sun, Apr 27, 1997 30 mins

Reverend Lovejoy puts Marge in charge of counseling parishioners; Homer finds his likeness is popular in Japan as the symbol for a cleaning product.

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Episode 23

Homer's Enemy

Sun, May 4, 1997 30 mins

A new plant employee who's had it tough resents Homer's lack of professionalism and his cushy life. Meanwhile, Bart buys an abandoned factory at an auction for a dollar.

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Episode 24

The Simpsons Spin-off Showcase

Sun, May 11, 1997 30 mins

Three mock spin-offs: "Chief Wiggum, P.I."; "The Love-Matic Grandpa"; and "The Simpson Family Smile-Time Variety Hour," with guest star Tim Conway and a teen stand-in for Lisa.

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Episode 25

The Secret War of Lisa Simpson

Sun, May 18, 1997 30 mins

Lisa joins the all-male military school where Bart is sent for discipline. Then comes the hazing.

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