Maggie makes her entrance, flashback style.
Written by Jennifer Crittenden
Directed by Swinton 0. Scott III
Also starring: Pamela Hayden, Maggie Roswell
Premise: Inspired by an especially dull night's TV viewing, Homer has a flashback to the distant days of 1993 and the birth of Maggie.
Features: Patty and Selma, Carl and Lenny, Chief Wiggum, Apu, Moe, Barney, Mr Burns, Smithers, Dr Hibbert, Captain McCallister, Maude Flanders, Helen Lovejoy, Jackie Bouvier, Ruth Powers, Mrs van Houten.
Couch: Homer enters as James Bond, viewed down the barrel of a gun.
Homage: The Simpsons are watching Knight Boat at the start of the episode, a reference to the eighties kids' adventure series Knight Rider ('Oh, there's a canal every week,' moans Bart).
Notes: A surprisingly traditional episode. The flashback to 1993 seems a bit odd, but this is a good example of a story that doesn't overly rely on set pieces and confounded expectations for its success.