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$pringfield (Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Legalized Gambling) 

In order to revitalize its economy, Springfield decides to legalize gambling. As a consequence, Marge becomes addicted to using slot machines, while Mr. Burns develops a Howard Hughes complex.

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In order to revitalize its economy, Springfield decides to legalize gambling. As a consequence, Marge becomes addicted to using slot machines, while Mr. Burns develops a Howard Hughes complex.

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16 December 1993 (USA)  »

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The old, deranged version of Mr. Burns is based on Howard Hughes in his latter years. The Spruce Moose is a parody of Hughes' plane Hercules, which everyone called the Spruce Goose. See more »

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Principal Skinner: And now, a special award for those students who obviously had no help at all from their parents, Lisa Simpson and Ralph Wiggum!
[Lisa is wearing the "Florida" costume that Homer made for her; Ralph has a piece of paper with "Idaho" written on it taped to his chest]
Ralph Wiggum: I'm Idaho!
Principal Skinner: Yes, of course you are.
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References Rain Man (1988) See more »

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Shopping Spree
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Music by Laurie Johnson'
[Plays in the "News on Parade Corporation News" film.]
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Legalized gambling in $pringfield? Well at least we know Marge will be the sensible one
5 January 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is an absolutely fantastic episode from season 5. There's so much to rave about when it comes to this episode. Joke after joke hits just the right note. Plenty of parodies here. From Mr. Burns' Howard Hughes' impression to the Siegfried & Roy clones. Then you've got Krusty's hilarious bit for adults only.

The episode itself starts with the declining economy in Springfield. The town decides to legalize gambling as a way to increase revenue. Mr. Burns promptly builds the first casino, named Mr. Burns' Casino. Homer gets a job there which precipitates Marge going there. She quickly becomes addicted to the slot machines.

There are so many things to love about this episode. It's one of the best from season 5. Robert Goulet is brilliant in his self-effacing guest appearance as part of Bart's subplot where Bart opens a casino in his treehouse. That provides another hilarious moment with Milhouse's magic act. Another great moment in the episode comes directly after that when Rain Man comes to the casino. Then you've got Homer's bogeyman scare.

The writing is crisp and cutting. The plot itself is excellent. This episode does a really good job of weaving together many different plot points.


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