Behind the Laughter
Season
11
Production Code
BABF19
Episode Number
0
Airdate
20 May 2000
Writer
Tim Long
George Meyer
Mike Scully
Matt Selman
Director
Mark Kirkland
Executive Producer
Mike Scully
George Meyer
Al Jean
DVD Commentary
Mike Scully
George Meyer
Ian Maxtone-Graham
Matt Selman
Tim Long
Mark Kirkland
Editor
Gary M. Gadsdon
Plot In a Documentary of the Simpsons success, the episode starts with the history of how it began, with Homer creating a crude five minute video, using his family as the cast and the house as the set. The show was a quick success but after the gorge scene in 7F06 - Bart the Daredevil, Homer becomes addicted to painkillers, Marge makes unwise investments and Bart is placed into rehab and recast with Richie Rich. Apu then finks on Homer for not paying their income taxes and the IRS takes their house. At the Iowa state fair, the family gets into a huge argument (Lisa actually knocks Bart out) the family splits up. Homer goes into the theater, Marge puts on a nightclub act, Bart becomes the star of an action series, Renegade, and Lisa writes a book blasting the family. Dr. Hibbert and Willie Nelson (voiced by himself) make a phony award show and invite the Simpsons along. At the ceremony, the Simpsons put their past behind them and get back to producing the show.
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