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|'$pringfield (Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Legalized Gambling)'|
|The Simpsons episode|
|Orig. airdate||December 16, 1993|
|Show runner(s)||David Mirkin|
|Written by||Bill Oakley & Josh Weinstein|
|Directed by||Wes Archer|
|Chalkboard gag||'I will not say 'Springfield' just to get applause.'|
|Couch gag||The family runs to the couch, but when they get there, they break and shatter like glass.|
|Guest star(s)||Gerry Cooney as himself|
Robert Goulet as himself
|September 30, 1993 – May 19, 1994|
- 'Homer's Barbershop Quartet'
- 'Cape Feare'
- 'Homer Goes to College'
- 'Treehouse of Horror IV'
- 'Marge on the Lam'
- 'Bart's Inner Child'
- 'Boy-Scoutz 'n the Hood'
- 'The Last Temptation of Homer'
- 'Homer the Vigilante'
- 'Bart Gets Famous'
- 'Homer and Apu'
- 'Lisa vs. Malibu Stacy'
- 'Deep Space Homer'
- 'Homer Loves Flanders'
- 'Bart Gets an Elephant'
- 'Burns' Heir'
- 'Sweet Seymour Skinner's Baadasssss Song'
- 'The Boy Who Knew Too Much'
- 'Lady Bouvier's Lover'
- 'Secrets of a Successful Marriage'
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'$pringfield (Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Legalized Gambling)', also known as '$pringfield', is the tenth episode of The Simpsons'fifth season. It originally aired on the Fox network in the United States on December 16, 1993. In the episode, Springfield decides to legalize gambling to revitalize its economy. A casino owned by Mr. Burns is created and Homer gets a job as a blackjack dealer. Meanwhile, Marge develops a gambling addiction, Bart starts his own casino, and Burns develops a profound fear of microscopicgerms.
The episode was written by Bill Oakley and Josh Weinstein, and directed by Wes Archer. Gerry Cooney and Robert Goulet guest starred as themselves. The episode features cultural references to films such as Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, The Wizard of Oz, Rain Man and 2001: A Space Odyssey. Since airing, the episode has received mostly positive reviews from television critics. It acquired a Nielsen rating of 11.7, and was the highest-rated show on the Fox network the week it aired.
The economy of Springfield is in decline, and Mayor Quimby listens to suggestions from citizens on how to improve it. Principal Skinner states that legalized gambling has helped rejuvenate run-down economies, and that it can work for Springfield as well. Everybody, even Marge, likes the idea. Mr. Burns and Mayor Quimby work together to build a casino, where Homer gets a job as a blackjack dealer. While Marge waits for Homer's shift to end at the casino, she finds a quarter on the floor and uses it to play a slot machine. She wins and almost immediately becomes addicted to gambling. Meanwhile, Bart starts his own casino for his friends to play in his treehouse, and intercepts Robert Goulet to perform there. Burns also grows even richer and, like Howard Hughes, develops a profound fear of microscopic germs.
Due to her addiction, Marge spends every waking moment at the casino and neglects the family. For instance, she forgets to help Lisa make a costume for her geography pageant. Enraged, Homer bursts into the casino and barges around searching for Marge. The security cameras capture Homer's rampage, and when Burns sees him he demotes him back to his old job at the power plant. After realizing how much he misses the plant, Burns decides to return. With abject begging and earnest attempts at support and understanding, Homer persuades Marge to admit that she has a gambling problem. She finally realizes the neglect the family has been suffering and returns home. Lisa does win a special prize in the geography pageant, as Homer's poor costume making gives Lisa the appearance that she did the work all by herself.
Bill Oakley was one of the writers of the episode.
The episode was written by Bill Oakley and Josh Weinstein, and directed by Wes Archer. The story of the episode originated from a newspaper article that Oakley and Weinstein found about a town in Mississippi that was introducing riverboat gambling. Oakley said another inspiration for it was that there had not been many episodes about Springfield as a whole and how 'crummy' the town was, so they filled the whole first act with scenes showing how 'crummy' and 'dismal' Springfield was. Oakley particularly liked the animation of the lights inside the casino on the slot machines and the lamps in the ceiling. The 'way they radiate out' had always amazed him. Archer, who directed the animation of the episode, also thought they turned out well. The lights were especially hard for them to animate back then because the show was animated by hand, so Archer was pleased with the results. A deleted scene from the episode shows Homer dealing cards to James Bond. The staff liked the scene, so they decided to put it in the clip show episode 'The Simpsons 138th Episode Spectacular'.
There was a brief period when the episode had a different subplot that revolved around the restaurant chain Planet Hollywood. Groening had been told by a spokesperson that if he put Planet Hollywood in The Simpsons, the creators of the restaurant, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis, and Sylvester Stallone, would agree to make guest appearances on the show. The writers of The Simpsons were excited about this so they wrote a new subplot for the episode that featured Planet Hollywood and the three actors. However, for unknown reasons, they were unable to appear in the episode. Instead, Gerry Cooney and Robert Goulet guest starred as themselves. Executive producer David Mirkin enjoyed directing Goulet because he was 'such a good sport' and had 'a great sense of humor'. Oakley thought it was nice that Goulet was willing to make fun of himself in the episode, which was rare on The Simpsons. This episode features the first appearances of Gunter and Ernst, the Siegfried and Roy-esque casino magicians who get attacked by their white tiger, Anastasia. Ten years after this episode first aired, Roy Horn was attacked by one of the duo's white tigers. Although this has sometimes been taken as an example of life imitating art, The Simpsons production team dismissed the novelty of the prediction by saying that it was 'bound to happen' sooner or later. The Rich Texan also makes his debut appearance in this episode, referred to as 'Senator' by Homer.
Mr. Burns's paranoid obsession with germs and cleanliness, and his refusal to leave his bedroom once the casino opens, is a parody on American magnate Howard Hughes.
The title is a reference to the 1964 film Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb. Burns's bed looks similar to the one occupied by Keir Dullea's character Dave Bowman in the end of the 1968 film, 2001: A Space Odyssey.Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise appear at the casino to reprise their roles from the 1988 film Rain Man. Homer is impressed by the card-counting abilities of a man who resembles the autistic character Raymond Babbitt, also from the film Rain Man.Krusty's show at midnight is similar to Bill Cosby's 1971 album For Adults Only, which was recorded at a casino at midnight. Marge reminds Homer that his lifelong dream was to be a contestant on the television show The Gong Show.
Burns's paranoid obsession with germs and cleanliness, and his refusal to leave his bedroom once the casino opens, is a parody on American magnate Howard Hughes, who had obsessive-compulsive disorder, and was involved in the casino business in his later years. The 'Spruce Moose', an absurdly tiny wooden plane Burns makes in the episode, is a parody of Hughes' impractically enormous wooden plane, derisively nicknamed the 'Spruce Goose.' Homer parodies the scene in the 1939 film Wizard of Oz when Scarecrow demonstrates his newly acquired intelligence by reciting the law that governs the lengths of the sides of an isosceles triangle. Unlike in the film, somebody correctly points out that the Pythagorean theorem recited applies to right-angled triangles, not isosceles triangles.
In its original American broadcast, '$pringfield' finished 35th in the ratings for the week of December 13 to December 19, 1993, with a Nielsen Rating of 11.7, translating to eleven million households. The episode was the highest-rated show on the Fox network that week. Since airing, the episode has received mostly positive reviews from television critics. DVD Movie Guide's Colin Jacobson commented that 'this excellent episode includes a surprising number of concurrent plots. Homer also works in the casino and tries to care for the family without Marge. It balances them deftly and provides great laughs along the way.' Adam Suraf of Dunkirkma.net named it the third best episode of the season. He also praised the episode's cultural references. The authors of the book I Can't Believe It's a Bigger and Better Updated Unofficial Simpsons Guide, Warren Martyn and Adrian Wood, wrote: 'There's a lovely nod to the earlier episodes in which Marge protests the citizenry's hare-brained ideas at council meetings. A series of bizarre moments rather than a story—we're especially fond of Homer's photographic memory and Mr Burns' descent into insanity—but great fun.' Patrick Bromley of DVD Verdict gave the episode a grade of A, and Bill Gibron of DVD Talk gave it a score of 4 out of 5. The episode is Sarah Culp of The Quindecim's eleventh-favorite episode of the show, and one of Les Winan of Box Office Prophets's favorite episodes. A scene from the episode where former United States Secretary of StateHenry Kissinger meets Burns was included in the 2002 documentary film The Trials of Henry Kissinger.
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- '$pringfield (Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Legalized Gambling)' episode capsule at The Simpsons Archive
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- '$pringfield (Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Legalized Gambling)' at the Internet Movie Database
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