7x21 22 Short Films About Springfield
First Aired: Apr. 14, 1996 on FOX
Summary: In this breakneck tour through a day in the life of Springfield, we learn that a lot goes on in a little town in some state, somewhere in America. Apu takes the day off from the Kwik-E-Mart and has a kwik-e-romance. Barney finally pays Moe his bar tab only to witness Snake steal it.…
Main Characters in this Episode
Principal Skinner: The Aurora Borealis?
Superintendant Chalmers: The Aurora Borealis? At this time of year? At this time of day? In this part of the country? Localized entirely within your kitchen?
Principal Skinner: Yes.
Superintendant Chalmers: May I see it?
Principal Skinner: No.
Chief Wiggum: The Mc-what?
Lou: Yeah, I never heard of it either but they say they have over 2,000 locations in this state alone.
Eddie: Hmm... Must've sprung up over night.
Lou: But you know, it's the little differences.
Chief Wiggum: Example.
Lou: Well, at a McDonald's you can get a Krusty Burger with cheese. But they don't call it a Krusty Burger with cheese.
Chief Wiggum: Get out. What do they call it?
Lou: A "Quarter Pounder" with cheese.
Chief Wiggum: "Quarter Pounder" with cheese? Well, I can see the cheese but? do they have Krusty's "Partially Gelatinated, Non-Dairy, Gum-Based Beverages"?
Lou: Yeah, they call them "shakes."
Eddie: Huh. "Shakes." You don't know what you're gettin'.
Barney: Oh ho, oh yeah. We all had a good laugh, Moe.
Moe: The results came back today.
- Goof (continuity error): Mr. Smithers has a severe and almost instant allergic reaction to a single bee sting, which he claims "cause him to die." However, in the season 3 episode "Burns Verkaufen der Kraftwerk," when visiting Mr. Burns while he is beekeeping, he mentions that several bees are stinging him, but with no apparent ill effect.
- After the success of this episode, the producers briefly considered a spin-off series focusing on the series' supporting characters. But they decided against it.
- Outside of the Treehouse of Horror series, this is the fourth episode in the series with an on-screen title. The others are The Telltale Head from Season 1, Bart Gets Hit By A Car from Season 2, and The Simpsons 138th Episode Spectacular from Season 7.
- There was a lengthy segment involving Marge getting taken hostage that was shown on commercial previews and announced in that month's Bongo Comics but that was never included in the final broadcast version.