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"The Simpsons" $pringfield (or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Legalized Gambling) (1993)

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Original Air Date:
16 December 1993 (Season 5, Episode 10)
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. | Full synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Wesley Archer  (as Wes Archer)
Writing credits
Matt Groening (created by)

James L. Brooks (developed by) &
Matt Groening (developed by) &
Sam Simon (developed by)

Bill Oakley (written by) &
Josh Weinstein (written by)

David X. Cohen (staff writer) (as David S. Cohen)

Bill Canterbury  staff writer

Produced by
Joseph A. Boucher .... co-producer
James L. Brooks .... executive producer
Jonathan Collier .... producer
Greg Daniels .... co-producer
Matt Groening .... executive producer
Al Jean .... consulting producer
Harold Kimmel .... supervising producer
Colin A.B.V. Lewis .... associate producer
David Mirkin .... executive producer
Frank Mula .... supervising producer
Bill Oakley .... supervising producer
Richard Raynis .... producer
Mike Reiss .... consulting producer
David Richardson .... supervising producer
Jace Richdale .... co-executive producer
Phil Roman .... animation executive producer
David Sacks .... producer
Richard Sakai .... producer
Bill Schultz .... animation producer
Mike Scully .... producer
David Silverman .... producer
Sam Simon .... executive producer
John Swartzwelder .... producer
Ken Tsumura .... animation co-producer: Gracie Films
Josh Weinstein .... supervising producer
Michael Wolf .... animation producer (as Mike Wolf)
Original Music by
Alf Clausen 
Film Editing by
Don Barrozo 
Mark McJimsey 
Casting by
Bonita Pietila 
Production Management
Miles Lewis Horst .... production manager
Anne Luiting .... studio production manager
Angela Ousey .... post-production supervisor
Michael P. Schoenbrun .... executive in charge of production: Gracie Films
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Dominic Polcino .... assistant director
Art Department
Bob Angelini .... color designer
Karen Bauer .... color design supervisor (as Karen L. Bauer)
Dominique Blaskovich .... color designer
Casey Clayton .... painter
Paul Fetler .... color designer
Belle Norman .... painter
Kevin O'Brien .... storyboard
Swinton O. Scott III .... storyboard
Kim Taylor .... color designer
Sound Department
Gregory Cheever .... sound recordist (as Greg Cheever)
Ronny Cox .... production sound mixer
Anthony D'Amico .... sound re-recording mixer
Terry Greene .... sound editor: dialogue
Bobby Mackston .... sound editor: dialogue
Mark McJimsey .... sound editor: dialogue
Greg Orloff .... sound re-recording mixer
Randy Piotroski .... sound recordist
Travis Powers .... sound effects editor
R. Russell Smith .... sound re-recording mixer
Derek Sample .... adr recordist (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Adam Howard .... digital compositor: Main Title Chalkboard
Camera and Electrical Department
Ted C. Bemiller .... animation camera (as Ted Bemiller)
Robert Ingram .... animation camera
John Alexander Reed .... animation camera
Animation Department
Scott Alberts .... character designer
Jackie Banks .... animation checker
Tibor Belay .... character layout artist
Sue Bielenberg .... character layout artist
Mark Colangelo .... character layout artist
Phyllis Craig .... ink and paint supervisor
Peter J. DeLuca .... background layout artist
Mike Fontanelli .... character layout artist
Sarah Frost .... background layout artist
Mike Girard .... animation director: overseas
Lucas Gray .... character designer
Matt Groening .... character designer
Phil Hayes .... background layout artist
Dale Hendrickson .... character design supervisor
Younghee Higa .... animation checker
Kent Holaday .... lip sync
Andi Klein .... character layout artist
John Krause .... background designer
Maria Mariotti .... background designer
Gary McCarver .... animation timer
Noah Miller .... character layout artist
Eduardo Olivares .... character layout artist
J.C. Park .... animation producer: overseas
Jordan Reichek .... character layout artist
Rick Salonga .... character layout artist
Sam Simon .... character designer
Lance Wilder .... background design supervisor
Editorial Department
Alison Elliott .... post-production coordinator
Larry Field .... telecine: Unitel Video
C.J. Gibson .... post-production assistant
Lee Harting .... assistant film editor
Tim Heyen .... negative cutter: D and A Film Cutting
Kurtis Kunsak .... assistant film editor
Music Department
Tom Boyd .... oboe soloist
Danny Elfman .... composer: theme "The Simpsons"
Pete Elia .... scoring second engineer
Chris Ledesma .... music editor
Other crew
Jacqueline Atkins .... assistant to producers
Laurie Biernacki .... production coordinator
Brad Bird .... executive consultant
Dominique Braud .... assistant to producers (as Dominique Braud-Stiger)
James L. Brooks .... executive creative consultant
Annette Andersen Caton .... assistant: Matt Groening (as Annette Andersen)
Charleen Easton .... assistant: David Mirkin
Craig Feeney .... assistant to producers
Trixie Flynn .... assistant: James L. Brooks
Brent Forrester .... story editor
Anthony Lewis Garcia .... production assistant (as Anthony Garcia)
Don Gilbert .... assistant to producers
Nichole Graham .... production assistant
Matt Groening .... creative consultant
Raymond Iacovacci .... production coordinator (as Raymond M. Iacovacci)
Steve Ingram .... production assistant
Elizabeth Jacobs .... assistant: David Mirkin
Louise Jaffe .... script supervisor
Maria Kavanaugh .... assistant: James L. Brooks
Bob Kushell .... story editor
Donna Lafferty .... production assistant
Linda Levine .... production coordinator
Jane Mackie .... assistant: Richard Sakai (as Jane M. Mackie)
Dan McGrath .... story editor
George Meyer .... creative consultant
Felicia Nalivansky-Caplan .... assistant: Richard Sakai (as Felicia Nalivansky)
Sharon Ramsay .... production associate (as Sharon D. Ramsay)
Anthony R. Reyes .... production accountant
Leslie Richter .... assistant to producers
Jacqueline Sillo .... production coordinator
Julie Steddom Smith .... assistant: Matt Groening
Richard Kevin Stith .... assistant to producers (as Richard-Kevin Stith)
Bonnie Vitti .... assistant to producers
Wendy Wells .... production assistant
Jean Wong .... assistant to producers

Series Crew
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Writing credits
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James L. Brooks  developed by
Matt Groening  created by
Sam Simon  developed by

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Additional Details

30 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

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 »
Homer:Well, that's nothing because you have a gambling problem!
Marge:Homer! When you forgive someone you don't rub it in!
See more »
Movie Connections:
References Rain Man (1988)See more »
Salute to FreedomSee more »


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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Legalized gambling in $pringfield? Well at least we know Marge will be the sensible one, 5 January 2012
Author: athomed from United States

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

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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