Homer befriends the nuclear plant's newest hire: a security guard with ties to the Ukrainian Mafia. Meanwhile, Marge dreams of appearing on Top Chef and the results to the "Will Ned Flanders and Edna Krabappel Stay Together" contests are revealed. This episode guest stars Tom Colicchio, Kevin Michael Richardson, and Kiefer Sutherland.
Principal Skinner challenges Superintendent Chalmers to get Bart to be excited about learning something after Bart's latest pranks, and finds it in the form of teaching Bart about the life and times of Theodore Roosevelt. However, when Chalmers' unorthodox teaching methods get him fired, it is up to Bart and the rest of the students who have been motivated by Chalmers to reinstate him.
In The Diving Bell and the Butterball," Homer is put in a coma by a black widow spider bite and finds a new, smelly way to communicate. Next, Flanders gets a call from God to rid the world of sinners by murdering them in '"Dial D for Diddly." Finally, Bart and Milhouse must infiltrate an alien planet by posing as the natives in the Avatar parody, "In the Na'vi." This episode guest stars Jackie Mason and Aron Ralston.
Homer gets a new assistant named Roz who is secretly out to steal his job. Meanwhile, Bart and Martin create a robot seal that becomes a hit with the elderly crowd at the Springfield Retirement Center. Jane Lynch guest stars as Roz.
Tired of doing "mom" things, Marge takes the family out to an Ethiopian restaurant and enjoys the food so much that she starts a food blog with Bart and Lisa, which leaves Homer feeling left out - especially after Marge tricks Homer into thinking a rundown building housing a meth lab is a hip, new restaurant. This episode guest stars Gordon Ramsay, Mario Batali, Anthony Bourdain, Tim Heidecker, and Eric Wareheim.
When Lisa discovers that her favorite book series (the Angelica Button fantasy series as mentioned in "The Haw-Hawed Couple") is ghost-written by a group of publishers (with an actress as the "author"), Homer and Bart are inspired to do the same by getting a group of people to write a fantasy novel about ghouls in a prestigious academy. However, when an actual publisher plots to turn it into yet another vampire fiction book for tweens, Lisa, Bart, and Homer must save their original work from getting destroyed. This episode guest stars Andy Garcia and Neil Gaiman.
Homer becomes Mr. Burns' accountant executive after a successful launch party for Absolut Krusty. Meanwhile, Lisa gets Bart interested in classic literature by reading him Little Women. This episode guest stars Kevin Michael Richardson, John Slattery, and Matthew Weiner.
When Krusty the Clown's show gets canceled (again!), Krusty reunites with his first agent who gets him a gig on cable television. This episode guest stars Kevin Dillon, Janeane Garofalo, Jackie Mason, and Joan Rivers.
The latest "look-into-the-future" episode sees Bart as a deadbeat dad living in Springfield Elementary (which is now an apartment complex) trying to be a good dad to the children he had with Jenda from "Future-Drama". Meanwhile, a pregnant, unwed Maggie goes into labor while on her way to family dinner and Lisa tries to find a common bond with her rebellious teenage daughter, Zia.
The latest "look-into-the-future" episode sees Bart as a deadbeat dad living in Springfield Elementary (which is now an apartment complex) trying to be a good dad to the children he had with Jenda from "Future-Drama". Meanwhile, a pregnant, unwed Maggie goes into labor while on her way to family dinner and Lisa tries to find a common bond with her rebellious teenage daughter, Zia. This episode guest stars Ted Nugent and Dana Gould.
Lisa starts her own social network website called SpringFace, which turns everyone into an online addict. Meanwhile, Patty and Selma compete against the Winklevoss twins for the 2012 Olympics. This episode guest stars Armie Hammer, David Letterman, and The Tiger Lillies.
Moe's bar rag tells the story of how it went from being part of a medieval tapestry to being Moe's most used prop. Meanwhile, Milhouse's friendship with Bart is strained after he compares Milhouse to Moe's bar rag. Jeremy Irons voices Moe's bar rag (yes, you read that correctly).
Lisa falls in love with Nick, an intellectual romantic, and starts a secret romance with him. Meanwhile, Bart and Milhouse team up with the gang from MythCrackers to debunk some urban schoolyard legends. This episode guest stars Michael Cera, Jamie Hyneman, and Adam Savage.
In the 500th episode of the show, the Simpsons stumble upon a secret town meeting where everyone is voting to throw them out of Springfield. This episode guest stars Julian Assange, Allison Krauss and Union Station, Kelsey Grammer, and Jackie Mason.
After being forced to spend some time in a rabbit cage for a prank he did not play, Bart exacts revenge by spraypainting unflattering caricatures of Homer all over town, which become a sensation with real-life graffiti artists Shepard Fairey, Ron English, Kenny Scharf, and Robbie Conal. Meanwhile, Apu's Kwik-E-Mart is in danger of shutting down when it faces competition from a health-food supermarket.
In this Simpsonized parody of Inception, Homer develops a bed-wetting issue, which he thinks is karmic payback for getting everyone in trouble for stealing office supplies at work, but a trip through Homer's dreams reveals that Homer's embarrassing problem is connected with a childhood memory involving a fishing trip gone wrong and Homer's deceased mother, Mona. This episode guest stars Glenn Close and David Byrne.
Bart finds himself the object of affection to a girl who is dating school bully Jimbo Jones. Meanwhile, Homer buys a state-of-the-art treadmill that gets wireless TV and uses the treadmill to watch TV rather than exercise. This episode guest stars Kevin Michael Richardson.
"A Totally Fun Thing That Bart Will Never Do Again" (PABF12)
Bart begs the family to go on a cruise trip and the Simpsons sell their most prized possessions to pay for it. But when Bart realizes the trip only lasts a week and that his life will be nothing after that, Bart resorts to drastic measures in order to keep the vacation going. This episode guest stars Treat Williams and Steve Coogan.
After a disastrous date night at the movies, Homer suffers a head injury the next day at work and, during his eight weeks off to recover, sees visions of a super-suave superspy named Stradivarius Cain, who gives Homer lessons on being the husband of Marge's dreams. Meanwhile, Nelson uses a smartphone to shake down kids for their lunch money, and Bart gets revenge on Nelson by feeding him Krusty Burger's nutritionally dubious food. This episode guest stars Bryan Cranston and Eric Idle.
Ned Flanders and Edna Krabappel elope after months of dating, and Marge later organizes a proper marriage reception for them, which becomes a problem when the many couples of Springfield bring their many personal crises to the party. Meanwhile, Mrs. Krabappel-Flanders helps Rod and Todd make new friends.
Lisa is voted Springfield Elementary's least popular student and becomes an outcast due to ghost-writing positive messages on the school's message board. To help Lisa and the rest of the town boost their self-esteem, Lady Gaga makes a trip to Springfield.