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Most TV shows never make it eight seasons, but then The Simpsons is not most TV shows. At a point where other shows would generally become stale and repetitive, Matt Groening & Co. pull out the stops to come up with one of the most creative and hilarious seasons in the whole series. Cases in point for season eight (1996-1997) include "Treehouse of Horror VII," in which aliens Kang and Kodos make a bizarre run for President having taken on the appearances of Bill Clinton and Bob Dole; "Bart After Dark," in which Bart gets a job at The Maison Derriere (featuring one of their most popular songs, "The Spring in Springfield"); and one of the great all-time episodes, "The Simpsons Spin-off Showcase," a trilogy of Simpsons spin-offs that never made it to prime-time (the final segment--"The Simpson Family Smile-Time Variety Hour"--is about the best six minutes of parody in the entire Simpsons canon). Season eight also features some of the most notable guest appearances: Rodney Dangerfield as Mr. Burnsís long lost son; Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny as Scully and Mulder from X-Files in "The Springfield Files;" "The Brother from Another Series" which brilliantly pairs up Kelsey Grammar as Sideshow Bob with his brother Cecil (David Hyde Pierce) in a parallel of their Frasier characters; and in a major casting coup, Johnny Cash shows up in the form of a red fox as Homerís spirit guide in "El Viaje Misterioso de Nuestro Jomer" (also known as "The Chili Pepper episode"). Other notable episodes include "The Itchy & Scratchy & Poochie Show," a fun wink to the audience from the writers about keeping the show fresh without ruining it, and the send up of Mary Poppins "Simpsoncalifragilisticexpiala(annoyed grunt)cious," which has one of their most memorable endings when Shary Bobbins floats off under her umbrella ("So long Superman," Barney cries)... only to get sucked into a jet engine from a passing airplane. Thatís the thanks she gets for offering her help. Good to see that, eight seasons in, The Simpsons still donít need it. - Daniel Vancini, Amazon.com

"Treehouse of Horror VII" (4F02)Airdate: 10/27/96
Three more stories:

The Thing and I - Bart discovers Hugo, the 'evil twin' brother he never knew he had, locked away in the Simpsons' attic.

The Genesis Tub - Lisa's tooth-desolved-in-soda science experiment develops into a higher form of life, who eventually see Lisa as God and Bart as the Devil.

Citizen Kang - as the election draws near, the aliens Kang and Kodos kidnap and assume the roles of Bob Dole and Bill Clinton. It's up to Homer to expose their evil plot for world domination.

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"You Only Move Twice" (3F23)Airdate: 11/03/96
Homer moves the family to Cypress Creek after he receives a better job offer, but he is oblivious to the fact that his new boss, Hank Scorpio, is a super villain who is out to rule the world.

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"The Homer They Fall" (4F03)Airdate: 11/10/96
Moe turns Homer into a boxer after discovering Homer can absorb massive blows to the head, but Marge is worried that won't save Homer in the upcoming match with Drederick Tatum, the heavyweight champion.

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"Burns, Baby Burns" (4F05)Airdate: 11/17/96
Mr. Burns discovers his long lost 60-year-old son, Larry. But, Larry is insulting and lazy, and Burns wants nothing to do with him. Homer thinks a good phony kidnapping is all that's needed to change Burns' mind. Rodney Dangerfield does the voice of Larry.

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"Bart After Dark" (4F06)Airdate: 11/24/96
As punishment for destroying a woman's private property, Bart is forced to work for her. But, unbeknown to everyone in the family, including Bart, the homeowner runs Maison Derriere, a shady business where people leave with lighter wallets and smiles on their faces.

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"A Milhouse Divided" (4F04)Airdate: 12/01/96
Homer questions his own marriage when, at the latest Simpsons party, Milhouse's parents announce their divorce.

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"Lisa's Date with Density" (4F01)Airdate: 12/15/96
Lisa enters into a doomed romance when she attempts to change Nelson Muntz, the school bully she develops a crush on. Meanwhile, Homer discovers quick cash in telemarketing.

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"Hurricane Neddy" (4F07)Airdate: 12/29/96
Ned Flanders checks himself into a mental hospital after suffering a nervous breakdown when the Flanders house is destroyed in a hurricane.

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"El Viaje Misterioso de Nuestro Homer" (3F24)Airdate: 01/05/97
Consuming too many hot peppers at Springfield's chili cookoff gives Homer visions, which tell him to seek out his soulmate. But, is his soulmate really who he thinks it is?

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"The Springfield Files" (3G01)Airdate: 01/12/97
Homer witnesses something out of this world in Springfield, but no one believes him, not even FBI agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully (from The X-Files), who came to investigate the incident. Gillian Anderson, David Duchovny, and Leonard Nimoy guest star.

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"The Twisted World of Marge Simpson" (4F08)Airdate: 01/19/97
Marge's new pretzel franchise fails until Homer strikes a deal with Fat Tony, Springfield's local mobster.

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"Mountain of Madness" (4F10)Airdate: 02/02/97
To promote team work amongst the power plant's employees Burns makes them go on a corporate retreat up in the mountains: the goal to find a hidden cabin.

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"Simpsoncalifragilisticexpiala(Annoyed Grunt)cious" (3G03)Airdate: 02/07/97
The Simpson family hires a nanny, Shary Bobbins, after Marge starts losing her hair due to stress.

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"The Itchy & Scratchy & Poochie Show" (4F12)Airdate: 02/09/97
Homer provides the voice for Poochie, a new character added to the The Itchy and Scratchy Show in a desperate attempt to boost sagging ratings. With this episode, The Simpsons surpassed The Flintstones as television's longest-running, animated prime-time series.

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"Homer's Phobia" (4F11)Airdate: 02/16/97
A shop owner, voiced by John Waters, befriends the Simpson family, but after discovering he is a homosexual Homer fears Bart will emulate him.

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"The Brother From Another Series" (4F14)Airdate: 02/23/97
Bart suspects a sinister motive when Sideshow Bob reunites with his estranged bother Cecil, who promptly places Bob in charge of supervising the building of Springfield's hydroelectric dam. David Hyde Pierce does the voice of Cecil.

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"My Sister, My Sitter" (4F13)Airdate: 03/02/97
Lisa's babysitting reputation is put to the test when she is assigned the task of babysitting both Bart and Maggie, for which Bart is determined to make Lisa's life a 'living Hell'.

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"Homer vs. the Eighteenth Amendment" (4F15)Airdate: 03/16/97
When prohibition hits the town of Springfield, Homer, with Bart's help, goes into the booze making business.

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"Grade School Confidential" (4F09)Airdate: 04/06/97
After stumbling across Principal Skinner and Mrs. Krabappel kissing, Bart strikes a deal with them to keep it a secret, but unknown to Bart the deal he makes lands him in the middle of their love affair.

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"The Canine Mutiny" (4F16)Airdate: 04/13/97
Purchasing an expensive dog on a credit card lands Bart in the doghouse when creditors want the dog back, but Santa's Little Helper ends up the real loser here.

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"The Old Man and the Lisa" (4F17)Airdate: 04/20/97
Mr. Burns loses his vast fortune and turns to Lisa for help in getting it back through environmental means. Professional wrestler Bret "The Hitman" Hart guest stars.

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"In Marge We Trust" (4F18)Airdate: 04/27/97
The people of Springfield turn to Marge after Reverend Lovejoy loses interest in helping them. Meanwhile, Homer sets out to discover why his face is on Mr. Sparkle, a box of Japanese dish soap.

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"Homer's Enemy" (4F19)Airdate: 05/04/97
Frank Grimes, the new employee at the power plant, isn't impressed with Homer's bad habits and lack of professional work ethic, and becomes disgruntled when he learns Homer is more of a success than he is.

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"The Simpsons Spin-off Showcase" (4F20)Airdate: 05/11/97
Troy McClure present three Simpsons spin-off spoofs:

Chief Wiggum, P.I. - Chief Wiggum becomes a detective and moves to New Orleans with Principal Skinner as his assistant.

The Love-Matic Grampa - Grampa Simpson's soul is trapped inside Moe's love tester machine.

The Simpson Family Smile-Time Variety Hour - The Simpson family hosts a variety show.

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"The Secret War of Lisa Simpson" (4F21)Airdate: 05/18/97
Lisa is determined to stick it out as the only girl at boot camp when she and Bart attend military school.

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