|The Simpsons Season 8|
The Simpsons Season 8 DVD
|Country of origin||USA|
|Original run||October 27,
May 18, 1997
|No. of episodes||25|
|DVD release date||August 15, 2006 (Boxset)|
The Simpsons' eighth season originally aired between October 27, 1996 and May 18, 1997, beginning with "Treehouse of Horror VII". The show runners for the eighth production season were Bill Oakley and Josh Weinstein. The aired season contained two episodes which were hold-over episodes from season seven, which Oakley and Weinstein also ran. It also contained two episodes for which Al Jean and Mike Reiss were the show runners.
Season eight won multiple awards, including two Emmy Awards: "Homer's Phobia" won for Outstanding Animated Program (for Programming One Hour or Less) in 1997, and Alf Clausen and Ken Keeler won for "Outstanding Individual Achievement in Music and Lyrics" with the song "We Put The Spring In Springfield" from the episode "Bart After Dark". Clausen also received an Emmy nomination for "Outstanding Music Direction" for "Simpsoncalifragilisticexpiala(Annoyed Grunt)cious". "Brother from Another Series" was nominated for the Emmy for "Sound Mixing For a Comedy Series or a Special". For "Homer's Phobia", Mike Anderson won the Annie Award for Best Individual Achievement: Directing in a TV Production, and the WAC Winner Best Director for Primetime Series at the 1998 World Animation Celebration. Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation awarded the episode the GLAAD Media Award for "Outstanding TV - Individual Episode".
The DVD box set was released in Region 1 on August 15, 2006, Region 2 on September 2, 2006, and Region 4 on October 2, 2006. The set was released in two different forms: a Maggie-shaped head to match the Homer and Marge shaped heads of the previous two sets and also a standard rectangular shaped box. Like the seventh season box set, both versions are available for sale separately.
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|Directed by||Written by||Original airdate||Prod. code|
|154 - 1||"Treehouse of Horror VII"||Mike B. Anderson||David S. Cohen, Dan Greaney & Ken Keeler||October 27, 1996||4F02|
|A Halloween special which is
divided into three short stories:
The Thing and I – Bart discovers he has an evil twin, who is living in the Simpsons' attic.
The Genesis Tub – After intending to prove that sugary drinks will rot teeth, Lisa creates her own miniature universe.
Citizen Kang – Kang and Kodos impersonate presidential candidates Bill Clinton and Bob Dole in order to invade Earth.
|155 - 2||"You Only Move Twice"||Mike B. Anderson||John Swartzwelder||November 3, 1996||3F23|
|When Homer accepts a new job at the Globex
Corporation the Simpson family moves to Cypress Creek. Homer enjoys
his new work and his easy-going boss, but is completely unaware
that his boss is an evil genius and that the company is a vehicle
for international extortion. The rest of the family have trouble
settling in Cypress Creek and Homer must make a choice between
Cypress Creek and Springfield.
Guest star: Albert Brooks.
|156 - 3||"The Homer They Fall"||Mark Kirkland||Jonathan Collier||November 10, 1996||4F03|
|When Bart is beaten up by school bullies, Homer takes
matters into his own hands. Although Homer is unable to make his
point, Moe is
impressed by his ability to withstand a beating. Moe talks Homer
into becoming a boxer with Moe as his manager. His sole strategy is
to let opponents knock themselves out while pounding on Homer.
Promoter Lucius Sweet becomes aware of Homer's rise as a boxer and
wants him to fight Drederick Tatum, the heavyweight champion.
Guest stars: Michael Buffer and Paul Winfield.
|157 - 4||"Burns, Baby Burns"||Jim Reardon||Ian Maxtone-Graham||November 17, 1996||4F05|
|A man named Larry's jaw drops when he sees his father
on a train from Yale to Springfield and Larry immediately follows
the train. When he arrives at Mr Burns's mansion he identifies
himself as Mr. Burns's long lost son. Burns admits that Larry is
the result of a one-night stand and accepts him as his own. Soon,
however, Larry proves to be an incurable oaf and Burns gets tired
of him. Homer befriends Larry because they share similar interests.
Together they fake Larry's kidnapping to win back Burns's love. But
when Burns is told that Homer has kidnapped his son Homer and Larry
are chased by reporters and the police. When told of the fake
kidnapping Burns cannot continue as Larry's father and Larry leaves
Springfield to return to his family.
Guest star: Rodney Dangerfield.
|158 - 5||"Bart After Dark"||Dominic Polcino||Richard Appel||November 24, 1996||4F06|
|Bart does property damage to a house and Homer makes him do chores to pay for his misdeed. The house turns out to a burlesque saloon and a group of concerned citizens confront Homer on Bart's work. Marge agrees with the group and joins them in their attempt to oust the saloon from Springfield. In a town hall meeting, Marge convinces the townspeople to demolish the old house, but when the destruction team begins, Homer sings a song that changes everybody's mind. The demolition stops, but Marge's bulldozer accidentally slips out of gear and damages the house.|
|159 - 6||"A Milhouse Divided"||Steven Dean Moore||Steve Tompkins||December 1, 1996||4F04|
|Kirk and Luann Van Houten's marriage is in trouble and at a dinner party at the Simpson house Luann announces that she wants a divorce. Homer is confident that it will never happen to him, but Kirk tells him how quickly things can change. He realizes that he has taken his marriage for granted and overcompensates by smothering Marge. Deciding that their marriage is finished, Homer secretly files for a divorce from Marge. Homer then surprises her by asking her for her hand in marriage again and Marge accepts. Kirk tries the same strategy with Luann, but she refuses.|
|160 - 7||"Lisa's Date with Density"||Susie Dietter||Mike Scully||December 15, 1996||4F01|
|Homer finds an autodialer and starts a telemarketing scam. Meanwhile, Nelson is punished for vandalizing Superintendent Chalmers' car and has to help Willie around the schoolyard. When Lisa watches Nelson torment Willie, she finds herself attracted to him and decides to try and change Nelson into a better person. Lisa goes on a date with him and they kiss, but when he is later revealed to be lying about vandalizing Skinner's house, she loses the attraction.|
|161 - 8||"Hurricane Neddy"||Bob Anderson||Steve Young||December 29, 1996||4F07|
|A hurricane destroys the Flanders' home and they have
to move into the church basement. The people of Springfield gather
to rebuild their house, but when Ned sees the poor workmanship, he has a
complete breakdown. Ned commits himself to a mental institution and
his psychiatrist discovers that Ned's past has taught him to
suppress his anger. The psychiatrist then teaches Ned to express
his anger with Homer as a role model and Ned gets cured.
Guest star: Jon Lovitz.
|162 - 9||"
El Viaje Misterioso de Nuestro Jomer
(The Mysterious Voyage of Homer)"
|Jim Reardon||Ken Keeler||January 5, 1997||3F24|
|Homer begins to hallucinate after eating a dish laced
with potent Guatemalan peppers at the chili cookoff. In this hallucination he meets
a mystical coyote, which tells him to find his soul mate. After a
fight with Marge he is concerned that she is not really his soul
mate. Homer leaves the house and seeks solitude in a lighthouse.
Marge arrives at the lighthouse and apologizes and then Homer
realizes that Marge is his soul mate after all.
Guest star: Johnny Cash.
|163 - 10||"The Springfield Files"||Steven Dean Moore||Reid Harrison||January 12, 1997||3G01|
|Homer opts to walk home one night from Moe's
Tavern. On his way he sees eerie glowing creature. The next day
Homer's story is printed in the local newspaper. FBI agents Mulder
and Scully read the story and goes to Springfield to investigate
this X-file. After
talking with Homer they find his credibility shaky and quickly
leave again. Bart and Homer then set up a camp to videotape the
creature. When the creature appears, Lisa reveals that the creature
is actually Mr. Burns after a medical treatment by Dr. Riviera.
Guest stars: Leonard Nimoy, David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson.
|164 - 11||"The Twisted World of Marge Simpson"||Chuck Sheetz||Jennifer Crittenden||January 19, 1997||4F08|
|Marge starts a new pretzel franchise after being voted
out of the Springfield Investorettes for being too conservative.
The Investorettes see this and strike back by getting a falafel van. Homer helps Marge
with her business by asking Fat Tony for assistance. Soon the orders pour
while the falafel business mysteriously fails. Fat Tony attempts to
collect all of Marge's profit, but she refuses. He then sends his
goons to the Simpson house where he meets the Japanese mafia, who
was sent by the Investorettes, and it ends in a showdown between
the two mafias.
Guest stars: Jack Lemmon and Joe Mantegna.
|165 - 12||"Mountain of Madness"||Mark Kirkland||John Swartzwelder||February 2, 1997||4F10|
|To encourage teamwork, Mr. Burns takes all of his employees to a corporate retreat in the mountains. The employees pair up and Homer becomes Burns's partner. The challenge is to find a cabin on the snowy mountainside. The pair to finish last will be fired. Burns and Homer cheat by using a snowmobile and make it the cabin before everybody else, but an avalanche buries the cabin. Homer and Burns go insane in the cold and get into a fight. In the fight they ignite a propane tank, which rockets the cabin to safety.|
|166 - 13||"Simpsoncalifragilisticexpiala(Annoyed Grunt)cious"||Chuck Sheetz||Al Jean & Mike Reiss||February 7, 1997||3G03|
|Marge is stressed by the demands of motherhood and the Simpsons get a magical British nanny, who floats down from the sky holding an umbrella. The nanny is a miracle worker, who teaches Bart and Lisa how to clean and charms everybody. However, the Simpsons cannot stop living their messy ways and the nanny's spirit gets crushed. She leaves the family realizing that she has taught them nothing.|
|167 - 14||"The Itchy & Scratchy & Poochie Show"||Steven Dean Moore||David S. Cohen||February 9, 1997||4F12|
|A new character, Poochie, is added to The Itchy & Scratchy
Show as an attempt to boost failing ratings. Bart and Lisa
convince Homer to audition for the voice of Poochie. He gets the
part and makes public appearances with the voice actor behind Itchy
and Scratchy. Poochie's debut is not well received and the
producers decide to kill him off. Homer refuses to cooperate and
records a different version of the death scene. Homer is convinced
that he managed to keep Poochie, but when the episode airs, the
character is edited out.
Guest star: Alex Rocco.
|168 - 15||"Homer's Phobia"||Mike B. Anderson||Ron Hauge||February 16, 1997||4F11|
|The family tries to sell an old heirloom at a
collectibles store and strike up a relationship with John, the
store owner. The Simpsons invite John over to their house to assess
their other belongings and Homer takes a liking to him. Marge then
informs Homer that John is gay and he refuses to see him again.
Afterwards Homer notices changes in Bart's behavior and fears that
John has turned him into a homosexual. Trying to make Bart more
manlier, they go on a hunting trip, but get attacked by a herd of
aggressive reindeer. Suddenly, John arrives and saves the day.
Homer then thanks John for saving his life and accepts him as a
Guest star: John Waters.
|169 - 16||"Brother from Another Series"||Pete Michels||Ken Keeler||February 23, 1997||4F14|
Bob is released from prison and his brother, Cecil, hires him
to supervise the construction of a dam. Bart suspect that Bob is up
to something and sneaks into his office together with Lisa. In
there he discovers a suitcase filled with money. Bob enters and
explains his innocence, but Bart and Lisa does not believe him.
Cecil now enters and holds them all at gunpoint. His plan is to
blow up the dam and walk away with the $15 million he embezzled
from the project. Bob would naturally be blamed allowing Cecil to
get revenge for Bob stealing his part as Krusty's sidekick. Cecil
now locks up Bob, Bart and Lisa, but they manage to escape and stop
Guest stars: Kelsey Grammer and David Hyde Pierce.
|170 - 17||"My Sister, My Sitter"||Jim Reardon||Dan Greaney||March 2, 1997||4F13|
|Lisa wants to start babysitting, but Marge thinks she is too young. Flanders urgently needs a babysitter and Lisa gets her first job. When Flanders gives her a glowing review, she starts to get steady work. Then one evening, Lisa is put in charge of babysitting Bart and Maggie. Bart is outraged and embarks on a series of pranks. When Bart refuses to go to bed, Lisa accidentally knocks him down the stairs which dislocates his arm. Lisa tries to help him by transporting him in a wheelbarrow to Dr. Nick. Bart falls out of the wheelbarrow and rolls down a hill. The townspeople are mortified, but Lisa continues to get jobs the following day.|
|171 - 18||"Homer vs. the Eighteenth Amendment"||Bob Anderson||John Swartzwelder||March 16, 1997||4F15|
|Alcohol is banned from Springfield after Bart
accidentally gets drunk at a town parade. Rex Banner is appointed
to replace Chief
Wiggum as police chief to enforce the new laws and stop Fat
Tony from smuggling. Rex is successful, but then Homer starts to
smuggle alcohol. Eventually, Homer ends his bootlegging ends and
approaches Wiggum with a plan to expose himself and restore
Wiggum's good name. Homer is about to receive punishment by being
catapulted, but he is saved by an impassioned speech by Marge. The
liquor ban is then lifted and the town celebrates by getting
Guest stars: Joe Mantegna and Dave Thomas.
|172 - 19||"Grade School Confidential"||Susie Dietter||Rachel Pulido||April 6, 1997||4F09|
|Seymour Skinner and Edna Krabappel strike up a conversation at a party and take a romantic interest in each other. They try to keep their affair a secret, but Bart sees them kiss. The following day the couple hears Bart telling his classmates about and silences him by deleting his permanent records. Bart becomes their go-between for exchanging love notes, but he gets tired of that and exposes Skinner and Krapappel in the janitor's closet locked in a passionate embrace. The word spreads all over town and Superintendent Chalmers gives Skinner an ultimatum. Either end the relationship or face dismissal. Skinner admits that he in fact is a virgin and the matter is cleared up.|
|173 - 20||"The Canine Mutiny"||Dominic Polcino||Ron Hauge||April 13, 1997||4F16|
|Bart gets a credit card and buys a well trained new dog called Laddie. When Bart cannot pay the balance on the credit card the bank repossesses Laddie. Instead of giving them Laddie, Bart gives the repo men Santa's Little Helper. Feeling guilty Bart gives Laddie to the police and sets out to finds Santa's Little Helper and finds him at a blind mans house. Bart tries to kidnap his dog, but instead the blind man alerts the police. When they arrive, Laddie, who is now a police dog, sniffs out a bag of marijuana and the blind man gets arrested. Bart can then leave with Santa's Little Helper.|
|174 - 21||"The Old Man and the Lisa"||Mark Kirkland||John Swartzwelder||April 20, 1997||4F17|
|Mr. Burns loses his fortune in a bad investment. He is
not doing well alone and is committed to the Springfield Retirement
Castle. Disgusted by his surroundings, he vows to get his fortune
back. He then sees Lisa collecting recyclables and remembers her
opposition towards him. He believes that the reason for losing his
fortune was that he was surrounded by "yes men" and therefore asks
Lisa to help him. Lisa introduces Burns to recycling and by
collecting these he soon gets enough money to buy a recycling
plant. In reality this recycling plant captures all aquatic life
and grinds it into to all-purpose goo. Lisa is horrified, but Burns
regains his fortune and buys back his power plant.
Guest star: Bret Hart.
|175 - 22||"In Marge We Trust"||Steven Dean Moore||Donick Cary||April 27, 1997||4F18|
|Marge is concerned that Reverend Lovejoy does not meet
the needs of his parishioners and becomes the new advice giver at
the Church. When Marge gains a loyal following, Lovejoy gets
concerned that he has become "shepherd without a flock". Meanwhile,
Homer finds an old Japanese product, "Mr. Sparkle", a dishwashing
detergent, with a logo that oddly resembles him. When he calls up
the company behind the product, he finds Mr. Sparkle is a composite
of two company logos. Marge is unable to help Ned Flanders in a
crisis and calls up Lovejoy for help. Lovejoy solves the crisis and
gets his congregants' interest in his next sermon telling the
Guest stars: Denise Kumagal, Karen Maruyama, Sab Shimono and Gedde Watanabe.
|176 - 23||"Homer's Enemy"||Jim Reardon||John Swartzwelder||May 4, 1997||4F19|
|Frank Grimes, a new employee at the Nuclear Power Plant, is a hard-working man who has never been given a break in his life. At work he meets Homer and takes an instant dislike to his poor job performance and attitude. Meanwhile, Bart steps into a tax auction and buys an abandoned factory for a dollar, which he uses to play factory with Milhouse. Homer tries to win Grimes approval by inviting him over for a family dinner, but when Grimes sees Homer's accomplishments and home, he becomes even more bitter. Imitating Homer's behavior at work, he runs amok and electrocutes himself.|
|177 - 24||"The Simpsons Spin-Off Showcase"||Neil Affleck||David S.
Steve Tompkins & Ken Keeler
|May 11, 1997||4F20|
McClure hosts a show which features three ideas for spin-offs
to The Simpsons:
Chief Wiggum, P.I. – Chief Wiggum and Seymour Skinner are detectives in New Orleans.
The Love-Matic Grampa – Grampa's soul is contained in Moe's Love Tester machine.
The Simpson Family Smile-Time Variety Hour – The Simpsons host a 70s variety show, with Lisa replaced by an adult bimbo.
Guest stars: Tim Conway and Gailard Sartain.
|178 - 25||"The Secret War of Lisa Simpson"||Mike B. Anderson||Richard Appel||May 18, 1997||4F21|
|Bart is enrolled in a military school because of one
big prank he played. After seeing the school Lisa decides she wants
to join too. Lisa is the first female cadet and therefore gets to
stay in her own private barrack. This move creates resentment among
the boys at the facility and Bart refuses to speak to his sister.
Later, Bart secretly apologizes and helps her train for a test.
When Lisa has trouble completing the test Bart publicly encourages
her and she passes the test.
Guest star: Willem Dafoe.
The DVD boxset for season eight was released by 20th Century Fox in the United States and Canada on August 15, 2006, nine years after it had completed broadcast on television. As well as every episode from the season, the DVD release features bonus material including deleted scenes, Animatics, and commentaries for every episode. As with the previous season, the set was released in two different packagings: a "Collector's Edition" plastic packaging molded to look like Maggie's head, and a standard rectangular cardboard box featuring Maggie looking through a photo album. The menus continue the same format from the previous three seasons, and the overall theme is various characters posing for photographs.
|The Complete Eighth Season|
|Set Details||Special Features|
|Region 1||Region 2||Region 4|
|August 15, 2006||October 2, 2006||September 27, 2006|