The Simpsons

The Simpsons Season 5 Episodes

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Season 5 Episode Guide

Episode 1 - Homer's Barbershop Quartet

While at a flea market, the Simpsons discover an old barbershop quartet album starring Homer. Homer reveals that he was once a singer/songwriter for a popular group known as The Be Sharps, whose rise and fall eerily paralleled that of The Beatles.


Episode 2 - Cape Feare

An anonymous letter writer makes ominous threats to Bart. The Simpsons discover they were sent by Sideshow Bob who, when released from prison, harasses the Simpsons and then attempts to kill Bart with a machete. But Bob's vanity foils him yet again.


Episode 3 - Homer Goes to College

Homer must return to college in order to keep his position at the nuclear plant. He tries to turn his collegiate experience into a rowdy riot (à la Animal House) and nearly ruins the life of his kind, understanding dean -- not to mention his three nerdy tutors, Gary, Doug and Benjamin.


Episode 4 - Rosebud

Mr. Burns has a birthday celebration featuring a performance by The Ramones. Yet he is despondent, pining for his last childhood Teddy bear, Bobo. Meanwhile Maggie gets Bobo from Bart who finds it in a bag of ice. This leads to a furious struggle between Burns and the baby for ownership of the bear.


Episode 5 - Treehouse of Horror IV

When Homer announces he would sell his soul for a donut, the Devil, disguised as Ned Flanders, shows up to take him up on the offer. While riding to school, Bart believes he sees a malevolent gremlin on the side of the bus. Mr. Burns is Dracula, in a spoof of Francis Ford Coppola's vampire film.


Episode 6 - Marge On the Lam

Marge goes out on a girls' night with the next-door neighbor Ruth Powers. When Chief Wiggum attempts to pull Ruth over, she flees and reveals she stole the car from her ex-husband. Pursued by the cops, they drive over a chasm -- only to land safely on a pile of garbage.


Episode 7 - Bart's Inner Child

Homer buys a trampoline that injures many of the neighborhood children. To avoid future impulsive behavior on Homer's part, Marge orders a videotape to help them communicate better. Brad Goodman, the tape's host, comes to Springfield and recommends the townspeople should all get in touch with their inner child, like Bart -- with disastrous results.


Episode 8 - Boy-Scoutz 'N the Hood

Bart and Millhouse do the town after drinking extra syrupy squishes and wake up to find they have joined the Boy Scouts. Homer and Ned accompany the scouts on a father-son rafting trip, which goes awry thanks to Homer.


Episode 9 - The Last Temptation of Homer

Homer gets a beautiful new co-worker, Mindy Simmons, who likes the same things he does. When the two of them are sent on a business trip together, Marge fears for their marriage.


Episode 10 - $pringfield

Springfield legalizes gambling, leading Burns to open a casino and Marge to become an addict. Burns grows more like Howard Hughes, while Bart turns his treehouse into a Vegas-style resort, complete with Singer Robert Goulet.


Episode 11 - Homer the Vigilante

An elegant cat burglar terrorizes Springfield. Homer leads a mob of vigilantes who try to catch the thief, but are unable to succeed until they learn from Grampa that their nemesis is actually an old man.


Episode 12 - Bart Gets Famous

Bart sneaks away from a field trip into the studio of Krusty the Clown, who hires him as an assistant. Bart gets a part on a sketch, but inadvertently messes it up, saying "I didn't do it," a catchphrase which catapults him to celebrity and an appearance on "Late Night with Conan O'Brien."


Episode 13 - Homer and Apu

Homer goes undercover to reveal that Apu is selling tainted meat at his convenience store. Apu loses his job, and lives with the Simpsons until he and Homer go to India to appeal to the head of the Kwik-E-Mart corporation. Featuring the Emmy®-nominated song "Who Needs The Kwik-E-Mart?"


Episode 14 - Lisa VS. Malibu Stacy

Lisa gets upset by the sexism displayed by a talking Malibu Stacy Doll. She tracks down the creator of the doll with the aid of Springfield's biggest Malibu Stacy collector, Mr. Smithers. A new doll is created, modeled on Lisa, but the doll proves unpopular.


Episode 15 - Deep Space Homer

In an attempt to send an average man into space, Homer and Barney are recruited as astronauts. Homer is sent into orbit on a voyage with Apollo 11 veteran Buzz Aldrin. Homer saves the mission from disaster, but is dismayed when all the credit goes to an inanimate carbon rod.


Episode 16 - Homer Loves Flanders

Flanders invites Homer to go with him to a football game and even gives him the game ball. Homer decides he's been too hard on his neighbor and is overly kind to Ned, which Ned finds increasingly aggravating. But in the end, the natural order of the Simpsons universe reasserts itself.


Episode 17 - Bart Gets an Elephant

Bart wins an elephant in a radio giveaway. The elephant, which Bart names Stampy, turns out to be an ill-behaved and uncontrollable, and the other Simpson pets feel neglected. Finally, the family places the petulant pachyderm in an animal refuge.


Episode 18 - Burns' Heir

Burns holds auditions for an heir, and after Bart vandalizes his mansion, the old man chooses him. Burns tutor his protégé in all his evil ways, but when forced to choose between his patron and his family, Bart chooses the latter.


Episode 19 - Sweet Seymour Skinner's Baadasssss Song

In the 100th episode of the series, Bart's dog gets loose in the school, and the ensuing havoc is so great, Principle Skinner loses his job. Ned Flanders replaces Skinner and Skinner returns to the Army, but when Flanders brings his Christianity into the public school, a guilty Bart is able to get Flanders fired and get Skinner his old job back.


Episode 20 - The Boy Who Knew Too Much

Bart plays hooky and witnesses a dispute between a waiter and Mayor Quimby's spoiled nephew Freddy. Freddy is accused of beating the waiter, and goes on trial, with Homer enjoying himself in the jury. Bart can exonerate the accused -- but only by admitting he skipped school.


Episode 21 - Lady Bouvier's Lover

Marge's mother is wooed by both Homer's father and Homer's boss. She nearly marries Mr. Burns, but when she sees the true evil in his nature, she decides to run off with Grandpa instead.


Episode 22 - Secrets of a Successful Marriage

Homer goes to take an adult education class, but decides to teach one instead. He reveals intimate secrets about his marriage, which, when Marge learns about them, infuriate her. Homer moves into Bart's treehouse until Marge's wralth dies down -- which it finally does when he pledges not to betray her again.


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