Could Springfield's founder have been a low-down scoundrel?
Written by Jonathan Collier
Directed by Mike B. Anderson
Additional cast: Pamela Hayden, Tress MacNeille, Maggie Roswell
Special guest voices: Phil Hartman (as Troy McClure), Donald Sutherland (as Hollis Hurlbutt), Marcia Wallace (as Ms Krabappel)
Premise: 'A noble spirit embiggens the smallest man' - the inspirational words of town founder Jebediah Springfield. As bicentennial celebrations loom, and Homer gets a job as Town Crier, Lisa makes a dread discovery. Was Jebediah in truth the ruthless pirate Hans Sprungfeld?
Features: Troy McClure, Milhouse, Ms Krabappel, Miss Hoover, Principal Skinner, Kearney, Ralph Wiggum, Quimby, Ned Flanders, Dr Hibbert, Rev. Lovejoy, Chief Wiggum, Android's Dungeon Guy, Apu, Moe, Barney, the two barflies (who get told to shut up by Moe), Groundskeeper Willie, Grampa, Helen Lovejoy, Mr Burns, Smithers, Mrs Hibbert, Mother Skinner, Jasper, Sherri and Terri, Janey, Lewis, Lou
and Eddie, Mrs Winfield.
Couch: The Simpsons are inside the boxes normally reserved for the Brady Bunch.
Hi, I'm Troy McClure, you may remember me from: The movie Young Jebediah Springfield (a Rental Films presentation of a Watch & Learn feature).
Notes for the Uneducated: William Dawes and Samuel Oatus, mentioned by Hurlbutt, are such minor revolutionaries that we can't find any trace of them. The Howard Hughes will and the Hitler diaries were genuine forgeries, but there's never been a retraction of the emancipation proclamation. Adlai Stevenson II (1900-1965) was a presidential candidate in the l950s. In Homer's dream of 1781, the additions to the flag wanted by George Washington are the shapes of the breakfast cereal Lucky Charms. There appear to be eighteenth-century cameos of Marge and Homer on the wall of the museum.
Song: Camptown Races sung by the skull of Jedediah Springfield ventriloquised by Chief Wiggum. The episode plays out with an ode to Jebediah.
Notes: Homer's fantasy of the fight between Sprungfeld and George Washington, replete with action movie clichés, is fantastic. A clever, Lisa-centric episode. In fact, Bart and Maggie barely appear.