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Broadcast in 1991, the third season of The Simpsons contains a host of candidates for "Best Simpsons Episode Ever." Homer is in such good form throughout that a reasonable case can be made that he has superseded the importance of his Greek namesake in the annals of culture and civilization. The opener, "Stark Raving Dad," for instance, features a guest appearance by an uncredited Michael Jackson, who plays an obese white inmate whom Homer meets while confined to a mental institution. Other standout episodes include "Like Father, Like Clown," in which Krusty reveals he is estranged from his Rabbi father; this is The Simpsons at the height of its powers, mature, ironic, erudite, and touching while bristling with slapstick and Bart-inspired cheek. "Flaming Moe's" features Aerosmith and sees Homer invent a cocktail that desperate, sleazy bartender Moe steals from him. Finally, there's "Brother Can You Spare Two Dimes," in which Danny DeVito reprises his role as Homer's brother, regaining the fortune Homer lost him by inventing a Baby Translator. Immensely enjoyable at any level, this third year demonstrates conclusively that The Simpsons is quite simply, and by a large margin, the greatest television show ever. - David Stubbs, Amazon.com

"Stark Raving Dad" (7F24)Airdate: 09/19/91
Thanks to Bart leaving his lucky red hat in the load of washed white shirts, Homer wears a pink shirt to the nuclear power plant. He is promptly committed to a mental institution, where he meets up with a white man who walks and talks like Michael Jackson. Michael Jackson does the voice uncredited.

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"Mr. Lisa Goes to Washington" (8F01)Airdate: 09/26/91
Thanks to Lisa's patriotic and winning essay in a Reading Digest contest, the Simpson family wins a trip to Washington DC. However, Lisa's faith in democracy is shaken when she sees her local representative taking a bribe for a permit to cut down Springfield National Forest.

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"When Flanders Failed" (7F23)Airdate: 10/03/91
Ned Flanders quits his regular job and announces at a barbecue that he is opening a mall store, The Leftorium, which caters to lefties. Homer, however, wishes that Flanders would fail.

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"Bart the Murderer" (8F03)Airdate: 10/10/91
After having a very lousy day of school, Bart accidentally stumbles into the Legitimate Businessman Social Club, a mobster front. He becomes a bartender, but when he shows up late at work and blames Principal Skinner, Skinner disappears.

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"Homer Defined" (8F04)Airdate: 10/17/91
When Homer accidentally saves two nuclear plants from meltdowns, he becomes a hero, and is admired by Lisa. Magic Johnson guest stars.

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"Like Father, Like Clown" (8F05)Airdate: 10/24/91
Krusty finally drops by to have dinner with the Simpsons to thank Bart for believing that Sideshow Bob framed him, and drops a bombshell: He real name is Krustofsky, and he is estranged from his rabbi father, who disowned him when Krusty decided to be a clown instead of a rabbi. Now, Bart vows to reunite Krusty with his father.

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"Treehouse of Horror II" (8F02)Airdate: 10/31/91
Lisa, Bart, and Homer eat too much candy, and end up having nightmares...

The Monkey's Paw - The Simpsons, on a foreign trip, pick up a monkey's paw that gives the holder four wishes...with bad side effects.

Bart The Monster - In a parody of a classic Twilight Zone episode, everyone in Springfield must be happy or else something will happen to them by a monster. The monster is known as Bart Simpson.

Homer's Brain - Homer gets randomly fired from the nuclear power plant, and gets hired as a gravedigger. He falls asleep in the grave, and gets picked up by Mr. Burns for a cyborg experiment.

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"Lisa's Pony" (8F06)Airdate: 11/07/91
After disappointing Lisa, again, Homer finally gives Lisa a pony. Now, in desperation to pay off the bills associated with owning a pony, Homer works a shift at Apu's Kwik-E-Mart.

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"Saturdays of Thunder" (8F07)Airdate: 11/14/91
In order to build a father/son relationship, Homer helps Bart build a soapbox racer. However, when Martin injures himself during the time trials, Bart must make an important decision: Turn his back on his father and be Martin's replacement driver, or race in his soapbox and let Nelson win.

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"Flaming Moe's" (8F08)Airdate: 11/21/91
Homer helps invent the hottest drink in Springfield. However, when Moe steals the recipe and turns Moe's Tavern into the hottest spot in Springfield, Homer vows revenge. Guest stars include Catherine O'Hara and Aerosmith.

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"Burns Verkaufen der Kraftwerk" (8F09)Airdate: 12/05/91
Homer finds that his job as safety inspector is in danger when Mr. Burns sells the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant to German businessmen for one hundred million dollars.

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"I Married Marge" (8F10)Airdate: 12/26/91
The year is 1980, and Homer is working at the local miniature golfing course, living with Marge's parents, and dating Marge. Then Marge becomes pregnant with Bart.

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"Radio Bart" (8F11)Airdate: 01/09/92
It's Bart's tenth birthday. Bart receives a radio microphone, which he promptly uses to play practical jokes on everyone, including pretending that a little boy named Timmy O'Toole has fallen down the local well.

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"Lisa the Greek" (8F12)Airdate: 01/23/92
Lisa's football predicting skills brings about a closer relationship between Homer and Lisa, not to mention making Moe broke, until Lisa realizes that the relationship may end with the Super Bowl.

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"Homer Alone" (8F14)Airdate: 02/06/92
When the family causes Marge to flip out, she takes a vacation from it all at Rancho Relaxo, leaving Lisa and Bart with Patty and Selma, and Homer alone with Maggie.

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"Bart the Lover" (8F16)Airdate: 02/13/92
He has the name of the 23rd president, the face of Gordie Howe, and the lines of a Frenchman. Is Mrs. Krabapple's new lover Bart's latest practical joke? Meanwhile, Homer learns to give up swearing.

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"Homer at the Bat" (8F13)Airdate: 02/20/92
Mr. Burns bets $1,000,000 that his company team can beat a competing plant's team. In order to do so, he replaces the regular company team with new security guard Roger Clemens, new janitor Wade Boggs, lunchroom cashier Ken Griffey Jr., and other new employees like Steve Sax, Don Mattingly, Ozzie Smith, Darryl Strawberry, Jose Canseco, and Mike Scioscia.

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"Separate Vocations" (8F15)Airdate: 02/27/92
After taking the Career Aptitude Normalization Test, Lisa finds out she's more suited to be a homemaker, while Bart is more suited to be a police officer. While Bart enjoys his taste of authority, Lisa turns into a bad kid.

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"Dog of Death" (8F17)Airdate: 03/12/92
When Santa's Little Helper suffers from a twisted stomach, the Simpsons sacrifice in order to pay for a life saving operation. However, when the family's morale suffers from the cuts, the dog runs away, and becomes one of Mr. Burns' hounds.

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"Colonel Homer" (8F19)Airdate: 03/26/92
After a particularly bad movie experience, Homer drives to a bar where he discovers a singer named Lurleen Lumpkin. Now, Homer is her manager, much to Marge's disgust.

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"Black Widower" (8F20)Airdate: 04/09/92
Sideshow Bob gets paroled, and marries Selma. However, Bart persists in believing that Sideshow Bob has something else up his sleeve.

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"The Otto Show" (8F21)Airdate: 04/23/92
Otto loses his job driving the school bus, and, after being kicked out of his apartment, goes to live with the Simpsons. Spinal Tap guest stars.

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"Bart's Friend Falls in Love" (8F22)Airdate: 05/07/92
Milhouse dates a new girl... without her father knowing it. Meanwhile, Homer tries to lose weight by listening to a subliminal tape.

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"Brother, Can You Spare Two Dimes?" (8F23)Airdate: 08/27/92
Herbert Powell returns, and asks the Simpsons for help for an invention idea of his, using the money Homer received from the nuclear plant for a bogus award.

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