In "G-G-Ghost D-Dad," the fright-fest begins when Homer dies and is sent to Heaven -- temporarily. In order to secure his stay, he must return to earth and perform one good deed. When Homer fails to perform this task, St. Peter condemns him to Hell -- only to have Satan kick Homer back.
"Scary Tales Can Come True" finds Marge, Homer, Lisa, Bart and little Maggie discovering the "Grimm" side of a few fairy tale legends like Goldilocks, Rapunzel and Hansel & Gretel.
Finally, in "Night of the Dolphin," Lisa sets the King of the Dolphins free. Soon the residents of Springfield find themselves living in an underwater Atlantis, while the dolphins take over the city.
Riled up about an additional area code in Springfield, Homer goes on a mission to divide Springfield into two separate towns -- each with only one area code. Upon electing himself Mayor of New Springfield, Homer wages war on Olde Springfield and it is up to The Who to help reunite the divided town and put aside their area code differences. This was the 250th episode of The Simpsons.
Drew Barrymore plays Krusty's long-lost daughter, a surprise to the clown, who betrays her in a poker game with Fat Tony. Stephen King also has a cameo. This episode was written by John Frink and Don Payne.
Lovestruck by its leader Jesse Grass, Lisa is eager to join 'Dirt First' after their anti-meat demonstration on top of a Krusty Burger store. To prove herself, Lisa camps out on top of a giant redwood that's destined to be cut down. After a stormy night, Lisa is feared dead by the whole town. Lisa must decide between keeping her martyrdom alive for the cause, or living a normal yet dissappointed life. Meanwhile, Bart takes a job distributing paper 'door handle' advertisements for Mr. Thai's restaurant to get enough money for a new 256K game console advertised on TV. "Mighty Duck" Joshua Jackson of Dawson's Creek guest stars as Jesse Grass.
In celebration of Bart's first 'A' the Simpsons go out for a nice dinner. Unfortunately, Homer's credit card is rejected and the family realizes their finances might be in more trouble than they thought. So, on the advice of a financial planner, Homer asks Mr. Burns for a raise. Lucky for him, Smithers is off to New Mexico for the production of his Malibu Stacy musical, leaving Mr. Burns in quick need of a new henchman. Promoted to Executive Assistant in Charge of Hi-jinks, Homer begins playing practical jokes at Mr. Burns prompting. For every nasty trick Homer plays on an unsuspecting sucker in Springfield, Burns pays him handsomely. Things get a little rough when Burns convinces Homer to dress up as a panda and make "friends" with a real panda at the Springfield Zoo. Realizing his dignity is worth more than money, Homer decides to quit the hi-jinks business.
After Homer realizes he's missed out on the computer revolution, he buys the nicest model a fifth mortgage can buy. However, when his web site fails to attract any attention, Homer begins calling himself Mr. X and becomes Springfield's number one source for dubious news and questionable scandals. His first scoop reveals Mayor Quimby's secret pool and his second brings down Apu's phony donut cartel. After winning the Pulitzer Prize for his journalistic dynamite, however, Mr. X's popularity wanes. In a desperate attempt to rekindle interest, Homer starts really making up the news. But when he accidentally stumbles upon a dangerous secret, he finds himself kept prisoner on a strange island occupied by other prisoners. Homer's best attempts to get back home only land the entire family on the island.
Bart becomes obsessed with magic after the family attends dinner at a magic theme restaurant. On the way home from the restaurant, a sturgeon falls from the sky onto the hood of the car, crushing it like a can. When Homer gets the bill, he takes Bart on the road with his magic act in a desperate attempt to raise some cash. While the act proves a failure, Bart manages to score some big money after Homer abandons him. Knowing a good thing when they see it, Bart and Homer begin conning Springfield's citizens out of their money using a series of confidence scams. However, when Grandpa Simpson joins them on the biggest heist of their short career, they run into trouble. Edward Norton guest stars.
The Simpson family attends Cirque du Puree, a snooty French circus. During the show, a massive snow storm strikes Springfield, blanketing the entire town under piles of snow. The next morning, Bart and Lisa are horrified to learn that Springfield Elementary is still in session. After a treacherous bus ride to school and a day spent watching "The Christmas That Almost Wasn't But Then Was," the students and a cheery Principal Skinner find that they have been snowed in. Under Skinner's martial law, the students are forced to suffer through a night at school. Despite Homer and Flanders' best efforts to save the kids from their slow torture, Bart and the rest manage to make their unbearable situation a little more livable by capturing Skinner and taking over the school. As de facto leader, Bart runs the school with an iron fist until Homer and Flanders, with a little help from sodium chloride, save the day.
Homer takes Bart and Lisa to the "Sick, Twisted, and Totally F***ed Up Animation Festival" where they sample some of the most cutting edge cartoons from around the world. During a workshop, Homer becomes fascinated by an electronic device that renders cartoons from human movements called the Animotion machine. Later, he invests the family's life savings in the company and loses all their money. To make back some cash, Homer becomes a human guinea pig. During one experiment, the scientists find a crayon lodged in his brain-the cause of Homer's slow wit. After the crayon is removed, Homer becomes smarter. Soon, he discovers that being intelligent doesn't make people like you any more. He decides to return the crayon to his brain and become his old self again. Lisa is disappointed to lose the new, smarter Homer, however she knows that he's wise enough to continue loving her.
While attending a prison rodeo with the family, Marge is struck by the painting talents of a sensitive prisoner named Jack. Later, she decides to teach an art class at the prison and eventually helps Jack get parole. With Jack released in her custody, Marge sets him up with a job painting a "Puma Pride" mural at Springfield Elementary School. Jack angers Principal Skinner by painting a shocking Heavy Metal-style mural which he is forced to paint over. When the new mural mysteriously catches on fire, all fingers point to the newly-released prisoner. Marge and Jack have a heart-to-heart and she tries, one last time, to help him.
A sudden windfall (courtesy of Homer) sends Bart and Milhouse on a spending spree, which naturally takes them to the comic-book store, The Android's Dungeon. There they run afoul of the hefty, sardonic proprietor, who bans the pair for life. But when a heart attack sidelines the big geek, he lets Bart and Milhouse run the store while he recuperates. As they have a power struggle, CBG finds romance with what has to be the most unlikely of Springfieldians.
Meanwhile, Homer eats the fridge's original box of baking soda, and takes an "antacid trip" back through the meals of his past. This episode was written by Larry Doyle.
When Homer installs a tennis court, he and Marge become quite popular in the Springfield social scene. Marge soon learns, however, that the town mocks them for always losing on their own court. She dumps Homer in favor of Bart for an upcoming doubles tournament and wins. Hurt, yet set on revenge, Homer enlists Lisa's help to play against their family members in Krusty's celebrity event. At the tournament, Homer befriends tennis ace Venus Williams, changes her last name to Simpson and bumps Lisa courtside. Marge protests and gets Bart replaced by Serena Williams. It's not long before Marge and Homer are bumped by Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi, relegating the entire family to the bench.
Krusty the Clown decides to retire after his show is eclipsed by the popular game show "Me Wantee." During a farewell interview with Kent Brockman, the funnyman reveals that he accidentally erased the tapes of his first ten years on the air. When news of his erasure from the Krusty canon reaches Sideshow Bob in prison, Bob vows to get revenge. Upon his release from prison, he comes up with the ultimate revenge plot: hypnotize Bart Simpson and program him to kill Krusty during his farewell show. The night of the
show, all of Springfield turns up to honor the retiring clown, including Bart, who has been strapped with explosives. Bob programmed Bart to blow Krusty up when he hears a special trigger phrase. However, at the last minute, Bob has second thoughts and attempts to interrupt his violent plan.
After cheating in the Springfield Marathon, Bart becomes the target of an angry mob. He is rescued by L.T. Smash, a boy band creator that wants Bart to be the rebel persona in his newest group. Bart, ready for stardom, joins Milhouse, Ralph and Nelson to form "The Party Posse". After getting some tips from the band 'N Sync, their first single and video debuts. Lisa soon discovers that the song contains hidden recruitment messages for the U.S. Navy. Things become chaotic when the Navy pulls the plug on "Project Boy Band", sending L.T. on a mission of vengeance. The Party Posse must team up with 'N Sync to help capture L.T. and restore order to Springfield.
Homer becomes a Good Samaritan after seeing the benefit of helping people. When he attempts to get Lenny a refund on his Springfield Isotopes season tickets, Homer discovers that the baseball team's new owner, Duff Beer, plans to move the team to Albuquerque. Homer tries to rally the town in protest, however, no one believes his allegation. To expose Duff's plan, he stages a hunger strike by chaining himself to a light pole near the stadium. Days later, the Duff Corporation deems Homer their ballpark attraction. They unchain him and tempt his cravings with an Isotope Dog Supreme. Before eating it, Homer realizes that the Southwestern ingredients on the hot dog prove that the team is moving to Albuquerque.
A tantalizing story is told in three parts as Homer, Lisa and Bart have interwoven adventures, while Marge steals a car---and a truck.
It begins with Marge accidentally severing Homer's thumb. After recovering the digit from the dog, they dash to Dr. Hibbert. That leaves Lisa and her science project without a ride to school. Krusty gives her a lift, but to West Springfield Elementary, where she's enchanted by a kindred spirit named Thelonious (Frankie Muniz). Meanwhile, Milhouse leads Bart to a cache of fireworks, illegally imported by mobster Fat Tony. All loose ends (thumb included) are tied up in a farcical finale.
After church, Ned reunites with Rachel, who will be voiced once again by Shawn Colvin. Ned discovers in Maude's diary (her last entry) that she had a vision of a Bible themed amusement park. Rod and Todd convince Ned to build it, So Ned gets a piece of abandoned property and constructs it. In the center of the park is a huge monument of Maude's image. After one of the townspeople falls in front of the statue and has spasms, everyone thinks it's a miracle. Eventually, there is a real explanation and Ned is split between getting money from the park because of the fake miracle, or telling everyone the truth.