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The Simpsons Season 16
Series The Simpsons
Country of origin USA
Network Fox
Original run November 7, 2004 –
May 15, 2005
No. of episodes 21
Previous season 15
Next season 17

The Simpsons' 16th season (November 2004 - May 2005) began on Sunday, November 7, 2004 and contained 21 episodes, beginning with Treehouse of Horror XV. The season contains six hold-over episodes from the season 15 (FABF) production line.

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Production

This season was the first in which Ian Maxtone-Graham and Matt Selman were credited as executive producers. Originally supposed to air April 10, the episode "The Father, the Son, and the Holy Guest Star" was dropped from the week's schedule due to the death of Pope John Paul II, since this episode revolved around Catholicism. As a result, it aired on May 15, 2005 in the United States, while "The Girl Who Slept Too Little", the episode intended for the finale of season 16, became a season 17 episode. [1][2]

Awards

For his musical work in "Treehouse of Horror XV", Alf Clausen was nominated for the Outstanding Individual Achievement in Music Composition for a Series (Dramatic Underscore) award in 2005.[3] In addition, Michael Price won a Writers Guild of America Award for animation for the episode "Mommie Beerest".[4] Also, for his work on "There's Something About Marrying", J. Stewart Burns was nominated for the Writers Guild of America Award for animation.[5] In 2005, "On a Clear Day I Can't See My Sister" was nominated for the Best Television Episodic Comedy Environmental Media Award.[6] Also, "Goo Goo Gai Pan" was nominated for the Turner Award of the Environmental Media Award.[6] "Future-Drama" was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program (For Programming less than One Hour) In 2006, Don Payne was nominated for the Writers Guild of America Awards for animation for his work in "Thank God, It's Doomsday". In the same year, Matt Warburton was nominated for Writers Guild of America Awards for animation as well for "The Father, the Son, and the Holy Guest Star".[4]

List of episodes

# Original title (top)
Alternate title (bottom)
Written by Directed by Original airdate Prod. code
336–01 "Treehouse of Horror XV" Bill Odenkirk David Silverman November 7 2004 FABF23

The Ned Zone – Ned Flanders gets hit on the head by a bowling ball and falls in a coma. When he wakes up, he gains the power to predict people's dooms.

Four Beheadings with a Funeral – Lisa and Bart investigate the murders of Victorian-era England's most prolific prostitutes.

In the Belly of the Boss – The Simpsons go on a fantastic voyage through Mr. Burns's body to rescue Maggie after she gets shrunk down into a pill and ingested by Burns.[7] 
337–02 "All's Fair in Oven War" Matt Selman Mark Kirkland November 14 2004 FABF20

Marge resorts to cheating to get revenge during a baking contest after other contestants used similar dirty methods against her food entry. Meanwhile, Homer finds his old issues of Playdude in the walls, which Bart finds and uses as a guide on how to live the bachelor life.[8]


Guest stars: James Caan and Thomas Pynchon 
338–03 "Sleeping With the Enemy" Jon Vitti Lauren MacMullan November 21 2004 FABF19
Feeling unappreciated by her own children, Marge takes in Nelson as her surrogate child. Meanwhile, Lisa becomes self-conscious of her weight after the girls in school make fun of her butt and purposely starves herself in order to be skinny.[9] 
339–04 "She Used to Be My Girl" Tim Long Matthew Nastuk December 5 2004 FABF22

Marge bumps into an old high-school acquaintance who is now a successful news reporter. While Marge becomes jealous of her friend's success and wonders what may have been had she not stayed with Homer, Lisa becomes inspired by this new, strong woman.[10]


Guest star: Kim Cattrall 
340–05 "Fat Man and Little Boy" Joel H. Cohen Mike B. Anderson December 12 2004 FABF21

Bart becomes depressed about growing older after losing his last baby tooth, and, following advice from Lisa, deals with his problems by writing slogans on T-shirts. These shirts eventually become popular, and Bart goes into business selling them. Meanwhile, Homer tries to help Lisa make a science project after Bart cuts Homer out of helping him sell T-shirts.[11]


Guest star: Eric Idle (as Declan Desmond) 
341–06 "Midnight Rx" Marc Wilmore Nancy Kruse January 16 2005 FABF16
Mr. Burns cancels the nuclear plant's prescription pill plan, prompting Homer and Grampa to smuggle prescription pills in from Canada. Mr. Burns soon regrets his actions when his faithful assistant Smithers suffers from a goiter and joins Homer and Grampa on one last heist.[12] 
342–07 "Mommie Beerest" Michael Price Mark Kirkland January 30 2005 GABF01
When Moe’s Tavern is shut down by the health department, Homer takes out a second mortgage without consulting Marge to finance the bar’s return, but Marge finds out and decides to protect her investment by becoming Moe's business partner and renovating the tavern into a pub.[13] 
343–08 "Homer and Ned's Hail Mary Pass" Tim Long Steven Dean Moore February 6 2005 GABF02

After Homer inadvertently performs a wild crowd-pleasing dance at a local carnival, he is hired by several sports figures to teach them how to showboat. Meanwhile, Flanders creates ultra-violent, ultra-gory Bible movies à la Passion of the Christ.[14]


Guest stars: Tom Brady, Warren Sapp, LeBron James, Yao Ming and Michelle Kwan 
344–09 "Pranksta Rap" Matt Selman Mike B. Anderson February 13 2005 GABF03

Bart fakes his own kidnapping to get out of being grounded for going to a rap concert, but the ruse goes too far when Milhouse's father is implicated as the kidnapper.[15]


Guest star: 50 Cent 
345–10 "There's Something About Marrying" J. Stewart Burns Nancy Kruse February 20 2005 GABF04

Homer becomes a minister after Springfield legalizes gay marriage (to boost their damaged reputation for tourists) and Patty comes out of the closet, much to the shock of her sister, Marge, who was naive to her sister's sexuality.[16]

This is the first (and so far only) Simpsons episode to have a parental advisory warning (usually reserved for Seth MacFarlane's sitcoms Family Guy and American Dad!) on U.S. television during its premiere. 
346–11 "On a Clear Day I Can't See My Sister" Jeff Westbrook Bob Anderson March 6 2005 GABF05
After years of tolerating his antics, Lisa files a restraining order against Bart, forcing him to live in the backyard. Meanwhile, Homer becomes a greeter for a WalMart-esque department store called "Sprawl-Mart".
Guest star: Gary Busey[17] 
347–12 "Goo Goo Gai Pan" Lawrence Talbot Lance Kramer March 13 2005 GABF06
Selma misses her chance to have a baby after the doctor tells her she's menopausal and decides to adopt a child from China. But when Selma lists Homer down as the father, the Simpsons head to China to help Selma get her baby girl.[18]
Guest stars: Lucy Liu and Robert Wagner 
348–13 "Mobile Homer" Tim Long Raymond S. Persi March 20 2005 GABF07
After Homer buys an RV (again) with the family's insurance money, Marge kicks him out of the house and Bart and Lisa drive the RV back to the dealership in an effort to keep the family together.[19] 
349–14 "The Seven-Beer Snitch" Bill Odenkirk Matthew Nastuk April 3 2005 GABF08
After Shelbyville accuses Springfield of being hicks, Marge convinces the townspeople to fund a Frank Gehry-designed concert hall, which is then converted to a prison when the concert hall goes bankrupt on opening night. Meanwhile, Bart and Lisa investigate Snowball II's recent weight gain.[20]
Guest stars: Frank Gehry and Charles Napier 
350–15 "Future-Drama" Matt Selman Mike B. Anderson April 17 2005 GABF12

Through Professor Frink's future machine, Bart and Lisa see their lives in the year 2013, where Bart steals Lisa's chances at going to an Ivy League school in order to impress a skater girl named Jenda while Homer (now separated from Marge and living in an underwater apartment) fights Krusty the Clown after Marge begins dating him.[21]


Guest stars: Amy Poehler and John DiMaggio 
351–16 "Don't Fear the Roofer" Kevin Curran Mark Kirkland May 1 2005 GABF10

Sick of being unwanted, Homer befriends a man who works as a roofer. However, no one else can see him and Homer's insistence that the roofer does exist prompts everyone to think he has gone crazy.[22]


Guest stars: Ray Romano and Stephen Hawking 
352–17 "The Heartbroke Kid" Ian Maxtone-Graham Steven Dean Moore May 1 2005 GABF11
Springfield Elementary signs a deal with a snack company to install vending machines in the schools--with Bart taking advantage of the situation to the point that he becomes obese and suffers a heart attack.[23]
Guest star: Albert Brooks 
353–18 "A Star Is Torn" Carolyn Omine Nancy Kruse May 8 2005 GABF13
Lisa participates in a singing competition with Homer as her manager.[24]
Guest star: Fantasia Barrino 
354–19 "Thank God, It's Doomsday" Don Payne Michael Marcantel May 8 2005 GABF14
Homer sees a movie about the end of the world and fears the same thing will happen in real life after seeing a chain of random occurrences (celebrities ["stars"] falling from the sky, raining blood, a man in a realistic devil costume) and doing a complicated math equation that predicts the end will come on May 18th, but when the end doesn't come, Homer discovers a flaw in the equation and ends up in Heaven where he meets God (again) and learns that God is planning The Rapture.[25] 
355–20 "Home Away from Homer" Joel H. Cohen Bob Anderson May 15 2005 GABF15
Flanders rents a room to two college girls who, without his knowledge, use the spare room to broadcast live softcore pornographic web videos of themselves. Upset that no one in town told him this (and that Homer was the one who told everyone), Ned moves to the seemingly perfect town of Humble, Pennsylvania, while a brash coach moves into Flanders' house and begins harassing Homer the same way Homer harassed Ned.[26]
Guest star: Jason Bateman 
356–21 "The Father, the Son, and the Holy Guest Star" Matt Warburton Michael Polcino May 15 2005 GABF09
Bart gets expelled from school (again) and transfers to a Catholic school, where a hip priest named Father Sean tries to convert Bart and Homer to Catholicism, which worries Marge when she believes that Catholics don't go to the same heaven as Protestants and discovers that Catholic women don't use birth control.[27]
Guest star: Liam Neeson 

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