But the most inspired bit is a seemingly throwaway conversation on the plane: “You liked Rashomon.” “That’s not how I remember it.” [Danette Chavez], Like “The Crepes Of Wrath,” “Homer And Apu” doesn’t send the entire Simpsons clan to India, just Homer and Apu—and even then just for one scene. The best – and complete – list of Simpsons Christmas Episodes was shared by the official Simpsons license-holding promo group. (“You gotta cover the mascot. We then witness a sequence of the the Simpsons' Family Christmas photos from the next 30 years. Not in Las Vegas!” and “Las Vegas doesn’t care for out-of-towners”—the most inspired bit pays homage to Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas. Homer’s plan backfires, though, when he misinterprets some Buddhist advice from Lisa and steals the townspeople’s gifts with the intent of burning them in the town square. All in all, “Marge Be Not Proud” makes for a fantastic Simpsons episode that doesn’t let its heartfelt moments get in the way of telling great jokes. Rate. As those fields of bullfrogs attest, once The Simpsons visits your country, things will never be the same. The town then comes together to help save their Christmas. “Bart ruins Christmas” seems to be a common thread throughout these holiday Simpsons episodes. Homer, overcoming his prejudices alongside everyone but Bart, briefly sees the possibilities of a Boston do-over, his measly two bowling balls supplemented by a forgiving, region-specific third. Still, perhaps their greatest insult was boldly returning to Brazil some 12 seasons later for the tepid “You Don’t Have To Live Like A Referee,” an episode not even worth a minor international incident. As such, we’re about to get in the holiday mood, Disney+ style. There will be no fire truck for little Bart, no sweater for little Lisa, no … McGrew’s Christmas Carol”—a not-so-subtle parody of a similar Mr. Magoo cartoon—Homer vows to be the nicest guy in Springfield, putting even Ned Flanders to shame. Having gotten Apu fired via ludicrous TV-news undercover sting, Homer travels with Apu to India to visit Kwik-E-Mart’s corporate headquarters to help get his friend’s job back. 2002 If anything, this episode proved to be more cheerful and less cynical than the various other Christmas-themed episodes of year's past ("Simpsons Roasting Over a … “That sure was a fun trip to Las Vegas,” says one. You'll also be able to enter into our new quarterly competition, with the chance to win a holiday. With Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith. The only scenery he enjoys is a quick montage of famous paintings by French artists on his way to the vineyard that would soon become his prison. "Whacking Day" is the twentieth episode of The Simpsons' fourth season. “The Italian Job” is ultimately as light on humor as it is Mafia references, but one thing writer John Frink and director Mark Kirkland get right is the pairing of character and place. 8. Of course, since much of the plot sees Homer dragging the family on a “hate-cation” after the suspiciously Patriots-esque Boston football team cheats its way to a win over the hapless Springfield Atoms, there’s plenty of ammunition for the episode’s running attacks on that franchise’s, let’s call it “moral relativism” when it comes to winning. Best: Future-Drama. Episodes of The Simpsons have won dozens of awards, including 31 Emmys (ten for Outstanding Animated Program), 30 Annies, and a Peabody. [Erik Adams], Another Homer and Ned on-the-road episode sees Flanders shamed into bringing the Simpsons along to the Holy Land as a test of his Christian forbearance. If you loved video games in the mid-’90s, “Marge Be Not Proud” definitely spoke to you with its pitch-perfect parodies when it aired in 1995. On The Simpsons Season 32 Episode 10, a cable channel films a Christmas movie in Springfield, and Skinner falls in love in the holiday-themed episode. “East Boston” and “Freckle Bog”) as both the “land of poetry and the land of bad poetry,” where U2 moves your belongings in mysterious ways and there’s boiled cabbage on tap. A typically impulsive decision to buy a plow truck turns into a … Lucy Liu guest stars as a Chinese bureaucrat who finds common ground with Selma, who also works for a “cruel and faceless empire: the DMV.” But first, they take in the sights, including the Great Wall Of China and Mao Zedong’s tomb, where Homer comments on the chairman’s “angelic” face and genocidal tendencies. Mmmm, chicken. Home. [Dennis Perkins], Calling on a writers’ room infamously stuffed with Harvard nerds, the Simpsons’ season-28 trip to Boston scores a lot of comic points for how lived-in and specific the Beantown-bashing is. Rate. (Neither does guest Sacha Baron Cohen, humorously rambling as the world’s rudest tour guide.) [Sean O’Neal], It would be 11 seasons before The Simpsons lampooned its own home turf, a company town with so little interest in its own history that Mel Gibson has been entrusted with a remake of Mr. Smith Goes To Washington, and a tour-bus guide gets Marge worked up about the Brown Derby restaurant—then points out a vacant lot. The show had played these globetrotting games of knifey-spoony before, and it would play them again and again and again, but never with the lunatic zeal of “Bart Vs. Australia,” an episode that permanently warped a generation’s perception of the Coriolis effect and the titular island nation/continent. (The only rule is that their destination has to be a real place, i.e. The true series finale—whenever that happens—will have to work pretty hard to beat this one. After over 30 years on the air, the anarchic animated family comedy The Simpsons has somehow only aired five Thanksgiving specials throughout its 700+ episodes. When Lisa discovers the surly bartender’s beautifully wounded soul and helps him channel it into a literary sensation, Moe and the family head to the Wordloaf conference in rustic New England, home of hayrides, duckpin bowling, and maple-syrup jokes. As in Frank Capra’s classic Mr. Smith Goes To Washington, Lisa’s idealism is quickly crushed when she witnesses a congressman discussing bribes with a timber lobbyist at the fictitious Winifred Beecher Howe Memorial (“I will iron your sheets when you iron out the inequities in your labor laws”). (Since when did the show ever have something nice to say about George H.W. Even though Bart’s ready to take his medicine, the punishment he receives is far worse than anything he anticipated: complete emotional detachment from Marge. (Apparently outsourced workers really like coffee breaks and doughnuts, too.) [Kyle Ryan], Sometimes, a destination imprints itself on the characters of The Simpsons, rather than the other way around. But the inevitable Homer-Ned rapprochement comes whooshing past like the sandstorm that traps Homer in the desert, leaving him with a sun-baked case of Jerusalem syndrome, his messianic fervor at least uniting Jerusalem’s three major religions in the universal love of delicious, delicious chicken. There are extensive historical references as Bobo’s journey is traced from Mr. Burns through the hands of Adolf Hitler and an expedit… Detours. Of course, that was 18 years and plenty of new contenders ago, and while the Simpsons’ Florida adventure hasn’t become any more linear—it stumbles drunkenly from Homer seeking a cure for insomnia-fueled insanity, to his becoming the “King Of Spring Break,” to the whole family living as fugitive hillbillies after accidentally murdering the state’s reptile mascot—there’s at least some classic John Swartzwelder absurdism buried beneath the gimmicky Kid Rock cameos. First Name & Surname. Rate. The episode never aired in Japan, thanks in part to the scene in which Homer throws the emperor, Akihito, into a pile of unwashed sumo thongs. Title. [Dennis Perkins], This extended flashback episode, about a predictably disastrous Grand Canyon trip taken by the combined Simpson and Flanders clans, gets lost more in cruel, cheap gags and some misguided characterizations than do Homer and Ned once their donkey-riding guide plummets to his death. The episode’s tabloid inspiration will fade from memory, but the show will continue to chase the high of a $900 collect call, chaswassers, and “Mr. Though he didn’t helm the episode, director David Silverman took hundreds of photos of the city so that animators could create a detailed replica, giving a touch of gritty, urban realism to a story about Homer and the family tracking down their car after a disgruntled Barney leaves it parked illegally between the Twin Towers. Rate. “‘Tis the Fifteenth Season” shows Homer at both his worst and his best in this memorable Christmas Simpsons. Taken at face value, the idealistic denouement feels out of place on The Simpsons, but considering legendary writer George Meyer penned the episode, it’s undoubtedly sarcastic. [Sean O’Neal], The entire Simpsons family doesn’t visit France in this season-one episode—just Bart, sent on an exchange program as punishment for a cherry-bomb-in-the-toilet prank that ran afoul of Agnes Skinner (making her first appearance). It only takes a few days in the home of the Sundance Film Festival (“Where Parker Posey meets parka-ed posers”) for Principal Skinner and Superintendent Chalmers to go from swag-grubbing novice producers to jaded industry types stonewalling Park City darling John C. Reilly. Error: please try again. Directed by Rob Oliver, Mike B. Anderson. Since The Simpsons’ immediate rise to fame shortly after its premiere, the show’s producers have played their Christmas cards carefully. Jokes about universal healthcare, check. [Danette Chavez], Canada hosts the Simpsons late in this season-13 episode, when Bart convinces the family to take him to Toronto for a last-ditch effort to reunite with ex-girlfriend Greta Wolfcastle (Reese Witherspoon), daughter of McBain himself, who’s in Canada for a movie. Bart cooks up a story about burglars taking the gifts—and the tree for some reason—but soon caves when he can’t take the guilt of seeing the citizens of Springfield open their hearts and wallets for The Simpsons. (Hank Azaria does pop up briefly as Apu’s identical-sounding cousin Kavi.) If Canada took it hard, it only had to wait until season 14, when the entire show stopped to sincerely praise—and sing—the country’s national anthem, “O Canada.” [Kyle Ryan], Does Carl, of Lenny and Carl fame, need an origin story? 6. Sign up to receive our latest news and exclusive offers, direct to you inbox. It originally aired on the Fox network in the United States on December 11, 2011. When rocky contract negotiations made it seem as if the 495th episode would serve as The Simpsons’ last, the team decided it would only be fitting to go out with a Christmas episode. Bart tries to sabotage his sister's newfound acceptance, but fails. The writers and the animation team weren’t quite on the same page, though, causing enough delays to push season one’s formal debut all the way to January of 1990. A great family game is now a great family movie,” she exclaims before walking in on a scene of two people shooting up. 5.7 (263) 0. Unless you caught Fox’s famous cartoon family in their interstitial The Tracey Ullman Show shorts, they first entered your life in the form of a Christmas special. Rate. And the full month between said special and the first season’s start only made The Simpsons’ take on Christmas more popular. “Roasting on an Open Fire” doesn’t quite have the same energy as the more quoted episodes, but as an introduction to 30 years of The Simpsons, it certainly does a great job. Simpson, shush: Disparaging the boot is a bootable offense!” In failing to restore U.S.-Australian relations (to the chagrin of a slimy diplomat played by Phil Hartman), “Bart Vs. Australia” tweaked “ugly American” conventions and permanently established the show’s foreign policy. Fandom Apps Take your favorite fandoms with you and never miss a beat. (In season four’s “Marge In Chains,” Apu notes that Kwik-E-Mart’s parent company is the very American-sounding Nordyne Defense Dynamics, but The Simpsons only sporadically cares about continuity.) 0. Vegas’ naked hedonism and superficiality prove low-hanging fruit for The Simpsons’ satire, and the jokes come quickly. [Kyle Ryan], More so than her MacGyver fandom, Selma Bouvier’s loneliness was her defining characteristic, used to justify wedding after wedding after wedding. Iiiiit happened. no Itchy & Scratchy Land, no Little Pwagmattasquarmsettport, and Hollywood only barely counts. Rate. (And is never mentioned again.) [Kyle Ryan], This classic season-three episode—one of the first to take the Simpsons out of Springfield—finds the family visiting the nation’s capital after Lisa ascends to the finals of a patriotic-essay contest. Candyland! When the town suddenly becomes a hot tourist destination, people flock in and everyone starts seeing dollar signs. Can you see it? Bit of a shaggy Simpsons episode, but it’s probably a movie Homer would fill out a positive comment card for. This Citizen Kane homage gets into the backstory of Mr. Burns, recalling his beloved childhood teddy bear, Bobo, that he discarded in exchange for ascension to a life of wealth — and his lifelong quest to recover the treasured object. Series 27 Episode 4: Halloween of Horror. The Simpsons’ creative team was publicly taken aback by Rio’s response to its homage to the “lovely city and people of Rio de Janeiro,” which revolves around the kidnapping of a poverty-stricken orphan, and it offered amends not only by suggesting the president of Brazil come fight Homer on Celebrity Boxing, but also calling Brazil “the most disgusting place we’ve ever gone” in a later episode. Even if you haven’t enjoyed multiple pints of Guinness (which is apparently just “bog water and chocolate syrup”), you’ll promptly forget what brings the Simpsons to Dublin in the first place. Submit. The Simpsons. “Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire” goes to audaciously dark places for the introductory episode of a cartoon pitched at families. Now as summer looms, The A.V. Rate . It originally aired on the Fox network in the United States on May 19, 1996. The definition of a tossed-off outing (both the episode and the trip), “Fland Canyon” also short-changes its national-treasure setting with some indifferent animation and design (how hard is it to draw a scorpion fight, really? The family is forced to spend all of their savings to get Bart’s new tattoo removed, and with no money Christmas, Homer… Starting with a bag-boy strike and ending with a possible war criminal working as a flight attendant, this wandering storyline just leads to uninspired country. The season nine episode "Miracle on Evergreen Terrace" takes a story of holiday community and sharing, then twists it like only The Simpsons can. The Simpsons could never make it in a place like Park City: partially because they’re quickly detested, then forgotten, by the festival crowd, but also because Marge can’t stop stumbling into provocative movies with ironic titles. The Cuba outing actually stays the course, and resolves Grampa’s health issues, which stemmed from his loss of productivity. [Danette Chavez], The last Simpsons episode bearing a writing credit for the great John Swartzwelder, “The Regina Monologues” unsurprisingly captures some of the magic of the show’s heyday. Given the current debate around Apu, it’s a little cringe-inducing that the company’s president appears to be a Hindu pandit sitting cross-legged on a mountaintop. In the episode, the Simpson family stay in Ned Flanders' beach house. We saved your ass in Vietnam and shared our prostitutes with Hugh Grant!”—who causes an international incident. Naturally, the rest of the Simpsons tag along so they, too, can marvel at the classic American cars that fill the streets of Havana, as well as hyper-efficient Danish design. This is another example of a future prediction that now lies firmly in the real-life … Say hello to the Simpsons. [Erik Adams]. 3. Bush?) Club is ranking these episodes of a vacational nature, counting down from the Worst. There are several other questionable choices, including the episode’s title, which refers to a World War II-era movie about American air strikes on Japan. 10. In “White Christmas Blues” Springfield has just come out of a summer with a brutal heatwave, and everyone is eagerly awaiting the cooler winter months. As ever in a travelogue episode, the family tours the local hot spots, although there’s a delicately clever care taken in the animation and jokes here that bumps the episode up a notch, as when Homer, attempting to make things up to the affectingly neglected Marge, takes her on a silly, speckled tour of Paris’ “pointillism district.” [Dennis Perkins], The show’s second trip to Brazil is a twofer on top of a twofer: It’s a “Homer gets a new job” episode as well as a “The Simpsons are going to…,” and the running-of-the-bulls setup in the couch gag means twice the international travel. Not necessarily, but there’s only so much unchartered territory left to a show in its 24th season, as The Simpsons was when “The Saga Of Carl” debuted. And, once Ned and Homer find themselves on a leaky raft full of life-saving junk food, all it recalls is the simple comic poetry of Ned’s long ago “Godspeed, little doodle.” [Dennis Perkins], Traveling to countries with universal healthcare in two separate episodes in consecutive seasons is as much a reflection of the dismal state of U.S. healthcare as it is the tapped creative well in The Simpsons’ writers’ room. [Danette Chavez], The rare “The Simpsons are going to…” episode that ends with “get us sued,” season-13 episode “Blame It On Lisa” upset its host country of Brazil so much that executive producer James L. Brooks actually had to make a halfhearted apology to the city of Rio de Janeiro, lest its tourist board sue Fox for defamation. Keep in touch. Many shows have done the “presents don’t matter” holiday message before, but only The Simpsons would deploy this moral using mob justice. Naturally, Homer blows it, and neither he nor the viewers see anything else of India besides that scene. Thirty years in the future the Simpsons get together for Christmas. There are some solid digs at oppressive regimes, including a plaque in Tiananmen Square that claims “nothing happened” there in 1989. The mismatched pilgrims in this season-21 entry tour the requisite Jerusalem sights, rendered throughout with a beige sameness that doesn’t do the Jerusalem tourist board any favors. Since its official debut on December 17, 1989, The Simpsons has been synonymous with the holiday season. [Erik Adams], This season-17 episode hits a trifecta of moth-eaten Simpsons premises: Not only does Homer fall ass-backwards into a trip abroad (to Italy) and a new-ish job (driver/courier for Mr. Burns), but Sideshow Bob returns (along with Kelsey Grammer, who voices the character). Writer Matt Marshall envisions Ireland (a.k.a. To be fair, Job never had to live next to Homer, as Ned is confronted with the spectacle of Homer doing nude Slip ’N Slide runs during Bible study. Even though “Holidays of Future Passed” contains plenty of Futurama-style jokes about things to come, the pure emotionality shines through and gives the series a nice sense of closure. Instead, it jumps 30 years into the future for a glimpse at where Marge and Homer’s parenting have brought Lisa, Bart, and Maggie. Sigur Rós came aboard to give an otherworldly sound to their “craphole island that looks like the moon and smells like rotten eggs” (Homer’s words), and while the country came in for a ribbing thanks to its taste for fermented shark, “The Saga Of Carl” revels in all its natural (black sand beaches, geothermal phenomena) and supernatural (trolls, fairies) splendor. Loaded with gags and quotable dialogue—“I’m acting the way America acts best: unilaterally!”—the episode also boasts an impressive array of guests, including Ian McKellen, J.K. Rowling, and Tony Blair, the first (and only) sitting head of state to appear on the show. Although the episode has a bounty of Vegas zingers—“Someone dishonoring their marriage vows? A cable channel films a Christmas movie in Springfield and Skinner falls in love in the all-new "A Springfield Summer Christmas for Christmas" holiday-themed episode of THE SIMPSONS … Bart and Lisa are struggling as parents to connect with their children. But the real destination is Japan—specifically, Tokyo—and all its advanced technology and mockery of American mediocrity. Marge braves Black Friday shopping in an effort to get Bart and … Buy me Bonestorm or go to hell. 7. [Kyle Ryan], Unfortunately blemished by some now-uncomfortable World Trade Center gags, season-nine opener “The City Of New York Vs. Homer Simpson” has since seen time somewhat heal those wounds (and return it to syndication), allowing it to stand as the show’s trash-strewn valentine to Manhattan. Bart’s road trip—facilitated by a fake driver’s license, bullish soy futures, and an airtight “grammar rodeo” alibi—takes him, Milhouse, Nelson, and Martin through the “vast cornfields of Canada” to the remnants of the 1982 World’s Fair in Knoxville, Tennessee with a brief stopover in Branson, Missouri to catch the great Andy Williams (and finally, a detour into Hong Kong). The Simpsons has a long history of satirizing the British, but “The Regina Monologues” unsurprisingly turns Homer into the ugly American—“We’re big-shot tourists from everyone’s favorite country, the USA. When Westworld’s Sidse Babett Knudsen shows up as one of the many beautiful characters who unaccountably fall for Homer, it’s really time to pack it in. (“It’s not that hard,” muses one, guiltily, after Homer gives them the slip.) If things hadn’t worked out in The Simpsons’ favor, the show would span 22 seasons, neatly bookended by two Christmas episodes. While everyone else enjoys a perfect day in New York—seeing Little Italy and Chinatown, taking in a Broadway musical, riding in a carriage through Central Park, visiting the offices of Mad Magazine—it’s Homer’s frustrating dealings with cops and khlav-kalash vendors and his desperate need to pee that really captures the soul of the city. After Bart accidentally destroys the family Christmas tree and all of the presents, he claims a burglar stole it all. (See: the Logan’s Run lifeclock on an MTV VJ; Homer hallucinating Charlie Rose and Robert Evans threatening to kill him.) [Dennis Perkins], What is it with foreign travel that makes Homer imagine himself as a god? “I’m home!” Elsewhere, on the set for a film called Canadian Graffiti, a teen spray-paints “OBEY THE RULES” on a building. The Simpsons' most ambitious Thanksgiving episode yet (and the only fully holiday-focused special since season 2), "Thanksgiving of Horror" cribs the "Treehouse of Horror" setup to tell a trio of terrifying seasonal tales centered around the eponymous holiday. The bulk of “Beyond Blunderdome” is about Hollywood as an idea, a dream factory where the Lethal Weapon star whisks the Simpsons away by private jet after Homer is the only member of a test-screening audience to speak his mind about Mr. Smith. But in seasons 28 and 29, respectively, Homer takes Grampa to Cuba and Denmark for medical treatment. Rate. The first twenty seasons are available on DVD in regions 1, 2, and 4, with the twentieth season … Episode. Mr Plow – Season four, episode nine. That means Carl’s past, his friendship with the guys down at Moe’s, and his heretofore unknown ancestral homeland, Iceland. But the episode distinguishes itself thanks to some well-timed gags about toad-licking and Jebus-worshiping, plus its nicely developed subplot about Bart taking over as “the man of the house,” and there’s something admirably, knowingly lazy (as opposed to the indifferent laziness of later years) about just letting the episode fall apart as spectacularly as the natives’ Homer-ravaged civilization. That’s a no-brainer,” brays one Boston football barfly, voiced by Boston-based Bill Burr, one of many Massachusetts celebrities on hand for local color.) Play 9 days left to view this episode. Even then, it’s just an excuse to get the Simpsons to China, where Homer poses as a renowned acrobat and Selma’s husband so she can adopt a baby. Bart’s attempt to win his mom over again gives “Marge Be Not Proud” the most heartwarming ending of any Christmas episode—one the writers aren’t afraid to immediately undercut afterwards with a look at the lousy (unbeknownst to her) video game she bought him. Socialism gets a bit of a drubbing in both cases (“In Denmark, we have socialized tattooing. The 31st annual Simpsons Halloween special includes a frightening look at the 2020 election, parodies of Pixar and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and a ninth birthday Lisa just can't get over. Club, Gamasutra, USgamer, and many others. Homer smuggles a snake into Paris (because he’s Homer), leading to the return of Bart’s French nemeses Cesar and Ugolin, whose criminal schemes and Simpson-pursuing skills remain wanting. But once there, The Simpsons explores the modernization of the Irish capital—whose smoking ban inspired the episode—with some help from Colm Meaney and Glen Hansard. And with that, we are out of money.”), as does the Simpsons’ country of origin (“Foreigners are no longer welcome”). Episodes. They're unique, they're extraordinary and they're yellow. The Simpsons Movie, a feature-length film, was released in theaters worldwide on July 26 and 27, 2007 and grossed US$526.2 million worldwide. At this time of year, in this part of the world, localized entirely outside of Homer, Moe, and Lenny’s rental car? Ever. Comically exaggerated Canadian accents, check. Simpson Christmas (Tracy Ullman show The Simpsons Short) Simpson’s roasting on an open fire (Season 1 episode 1) Marge be not proud (Season 7 episode … To be fair, the animators’ rendering of a dozen or so varieties of po’ boy are pretty satisfying, as far as empty comedy calories go. He also hosts the weekly podcasts Retronauts and Talking Simpsons. (“Your American tax dollars at work,” reads a sign at the airport.) Over time, though, these travelogues expanded past the occasional family adventure to include business trips, diplomatic missions, ill-advised romantic gestures, and helping some secondary character find themselves. After over 31 seasons The Simpsons has amassed plenty of Christmas episodes, with an impressive seventeen Christmas specials in the long history of the animated sitcom. “‘Tis the Fifteenth Season” may not hit the same heights as other Christmas Simpsons, but its dark ending—where Springfieldians mistake a rescue flare shot by a dying Hans Moleman for a vision of god—ties an appropriately cynical bow on this holiday episode. S32, Ep5. In an attempt to get the jump on Christmas presents, Bart wakes up before the rest of the family and digs into his bounty. "Summer of 4 Ft. 2" is the twenty-fifth and final episode of The Simpsons' seventh season. Ultimately, “‘Tis the Fifteenth Season” acts as a tribute to Christmas specials of the past, which inspire Homer to change his greedy ways. But the shudder that runs through a Tanzanian tribesman when Homer exclaims that “the Simpsons are going to Africa” portends a whole slew of jokes ranging from nonsensical (“hippos don’t come from eggs”) to uncomfortable (cracks about frequent regime changes and “bloodless coups”). Typical of a year that also found Lisa paired off with Fat Tony and Cletus’ respective kids, season 18’s “Moe’N’a Lisa” still offers some bright spots amid its rather algorithmic premise—all of them located in Vermont. “Oh! So, while the first Simpsons Christmas special might exist as the first true episode the world has ever seen, it’s actually the eighth episode produced. After watching “Mr. Here, unwisely selected by Mister Burns to head up the nuclear plant’s new, union-free digs in India, Homer loses himself, Apocalypse Now style, once the Indian employees flock to his book-purloined management style. 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