We all know that episodes get butchered during the syndication process, but I've noticed a few instances where an extra cut actually improved an episode:
* 'The Thing & I' segment in 'THOH VII': After Marge gives birth to the Siamese twins, we see a shot of Dr. Hibbert chopping a paper cutter...and it's revealed that he's just cutting some medical forms. But in the syndication version, that reveal is removed, which made it exactly 95% more awesome.
* 'The Homer They Fall': Marge at the Sharper Image: "Anyone who needs this kind of status symbol must have some terrible emotional problems," and we see Homer talking about the "World's Best Jacket.' In the syndication version, it just goes directly to Comic Book Guy, which makes Marge's remark about "quote-unquote sir" instead.
* 'Hungry Hungry Homer': The entire "Mayor of Albuquerque" ending is dropped in reruns, letting the episode end on a more uplifting note.
Anyone notice any others ones? If you're more familiar with an episode from a rerun, it's great to see the jokes that were cut on DVD...but sometimes, the opposite scenario can happen.