The Simpsons: Season 11, Episode 9

Grift of the Magi (19 Dec. 1999)

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A toy company purchases Springfield Elementary and uses the student body as a focus group for their new Christmas toy Funzo.

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Homer Simpson / Krusty (voice)
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Marge Simpson (voice)
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Lisa Simpson (voice)
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Moe Szyslak / Court Show Announcer / Defendant / Bumblebee Man / Chief Wiggum / Carl / Funzos (voice)
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Gary Coleman (voice)
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Fat Tony (voice)
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Jim Hope (voice)
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Crowd (voice)
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Plaintiff / Lindsey Naegle / Teacher (voice)
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Martin Prince / Sherri / Terri (voice)
Karl Wiedergott ...
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With the school strapped for cash Principal Skinner allows Jim Hope,president of Kids First Industries,to take it over. He is using the children as guinea pigs to test popular toys,in particular one called,at Lisa's suggestion,Funzo. However the Simpsons discover that Funzo's purpose is to destroy all other toys so they collect every Funzo model to prevent this,ending with a family celebration that combines 'A Christmas Carol' with 'It's a Wonderful Life'. Written by don @ minifie-1

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The title references O. Henry's story "The Gift of the Magi". See more »

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[scene starts with Funzo singing, dancing, and playing with Bart]
Bart Simpson: It's always a party with Funzo!
Lisa Simpson: [Lisa walks up] I admit, it's kind of cute. But it'll never take the place of Malibu Stacy.
[Funzo takes the Malibu Stacy doll, breaks it, and throws it in the fire]
Lisa Simpson: AWHH! Did you see that!
Bart Simpson: Yeah! Funzo makes playtime fun!
[Funzo starts choking Bart's Krusty doll]
Bart Simpson: Hey, why is it destroying other toys?
Lisa Simpson: They must have programmed it to eliminate the competition.
Bart Simpson: You mean like Microsoft?
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References Webster (1983) See more »

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Silent Night
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Music by Franz Gruber
Lyrics by Joseph Mohr
Performed by Nancy Cartwright and Yeardley Smith
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Easily the best episode of this awful season. It's surprisingly great
18 November 2007 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Okay, so we've all established that Season 11 is undoubtedly the worst season in the show's run. But this episode is an exception.

It's just overall a good episode, which really stands out from the rest of Season 11. It's exciting, fun, surprisingly funny, and even clever at times, which is something the rest of Season 11 (with the exception of, "Treehouse of Horror X") and most of Season 10 and 12 have failed to do.

If you've seen stinkers like, "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Marge" and "Saddlesore Galactica" and have pretty much given up on this awful season, then just watch this episode because you really are bound to enjoy it. Well, I don't know that, but I do know that I liked it.


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