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The Simpsons | Episode Guide | Season Three
Bart's Friend Falls in Love

The new girl in town sparks strife in Springfield.

Episode 8F22
Written by Jay Kogen and Wallace Wolodarsky
Directed by Jim Reardon
Also starring: Maggie Roswell, Pamela Hayden, Russi Taylor
Special guest voices: Kimmy Robertson (as Samantha Stanky), Phil Hartman (as Troy McClure), Marcia Wallace (as Ms Krabappel)

Premise: What could come between Bart and Milhouse? Samantha Stanky could. She's the new girl at Springfield Elementary. Meanwhile, Homer's trying to lose weight using a subliminal tape to make him eat less. But it's the wrong tape - and instead, his vocabulary starts to improve dramatically.

Features: Milhouse, Principal Skinner, Ms Krabappel, Troy McClure, Otto, Kent Brockman, Dr Marvin Monroe, Martin.

Couch: The Simpsons rush in - and the sofa topples backwards.


  • Samantha is keen on the Doomed Romance series of comics, including the adventures of Bonnie Crane: Girl Attorney.

Homage: The opening sequence, as Homer steals Bart's money, is a direct lift from Raiders of the Lost Ark (Steven Spielberg, 1981) - and the closing sequence is a direct lift from Casablanca (Michael Curtiz, 1942). We see a singing nun singing Dominique, the Singing Nun's hit from 1965. Lisa's reading a magazine with the headline The Year 2525 - were Zager & Evang Right? Zager and Evans were behind the song In the Year 2525.

Hi, I'm Troy McClure, you may remember me from: such educational films as Lead Paint, Delicious But Deadly and Here Comes the Metric System.

Notes: One for everybody's top 10, and a fitting end to a season that had seen The Simpsons consolidate its success and become even more daring and intelligent.

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