The Simpsons: Season 12, Episode 2

A Tale of Two Springfields (5 Nov. 2000)

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When Homer tries to enter a phone-in competition, he becomes terribly stubborn and angry for Springfield introducing a new dialing code. In the Town Hall, after the Mayor's meeting about ... See full summary »

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Homer Simpson / Bill / Austin Powers / Willie / Arizona Cardinals representative / Quimby / Krusty / Sideshow Mel (voice)
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Marge Simpson (voice)
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Lisa Simpson (voice)
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Carl / Phoney / Chief Wiggum / Moe / Bumblebee Man / Apu / Frink / Guard (voice)
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Edna Krabappel (voice)
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Phone Lady / Lindsay Naegle / Socialite / Dolph / Nurse (voice)
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Jimbo Jones (voice)
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Gary Coleman (voice)
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Roger Daltrey (voice) (as The Who)
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John Entwistle (voice) (as The Who)
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Pete Townshend (voice) (as The Who)
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When Homer tries to enter a phone-in competition, he becomes terribly stubborn and angry for Springfield introducing a new dialing code. In the Town Hall, after the Mayor's meeting about the change, Homer discovers that all the rich people live on one side of Springfield, with the old code, and Homer is left to try and manage with the new code. However, he protests, and ends up splitting Springfield into Old and New. Homer desperately tries different ways to tackle Old Springfield, but in doing so, he only makes them richer when they discover gold at the bottom of the river. Homer finally builds a large wall to separate the two sides, and remembers that The Who are planned to stage at Springfield for a concert. Will Homer manage to convince The Who to play on his side of town instead of the other's? Written by Robert Cathles

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On the DVD commentary, the cast and crew recall, with great amusement, that Dan Castellaneta (the voice of Homer) and The Who's Roger Daltrey were both star-struck upon meeting each other, as each was a great admirer of the other's work. See more »

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[the residents of Old Springfield discover gold in the river after Homer turns off the dam]
Kent Brockman: Thanks, Mayor Simpson! From now on, we'll all be taking golden showers.
[muffled laughter is heard in the background]
Kent Brockman: What?
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Lyrics by Pete Townshend
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"Who huddle"; worth watching just because it has The Who!
8 January 2010 | by (Mexico City) – See all my reviews

A Tale of Two Springfields is one of those things that could have been stellar, I mean not any given day you can have legends of the caliber of The Who, plus the promise was pretty good (Springfield is divided, old and new Springfield, a side for the rich and a side for the poor). However I would say this is yet another good-that-could-have-been-great episode from Season 12. We all know how Simpsons shows begin with something and end with something completely different. Here he whole thing begins with Bart finding a badger, and only gets good till Springfield is finally divided. Yes, the episode is not constant and frankly some parts are completely forgettable. It only gets good when the two Springfields begin to fight against each other, and it only gets fantastic once The Who appear. Is just hilarious and definitely one of the highlights of the season to have Homer meeting The Who! You just have to love Homer talking with The Who: "Now, these are the tunes I want you boys to play" "Wait a minute. Homer, a lot of these are Grand Funk Railroad songs". "So, New Springfield's looking pretty good now, isn't it, with our ample parking, and daily Who concerts" "Daily?". So pray, WE DON'T GET FOOLED AGAIN! And don't forget, Carl is the black and Lenny the white!


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