Another day at Springfield Elementary School, another field trip - this time to an archaeological dig. During the dig, Lisa unearths what appears to be a fossilized human skeleton with wings.



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Episode credited cast:
Homer Simpson / Sid / Sideshow Mel / Mayor Quimby / Pope (voice)
Bart Simpson / Kearney / Ralph (voice)
Lisa Simpson (voice)
Chief Wiggum / Lou / Snake / Sid's Partner / Moe Szyslak / Carl / Robot / Pope's Messenger (voice)
Miss Hoover (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Stephen Jay Gould ...
Himself (voice)
Martin Prince / Sherri / Terri (voice)
Edna Krabappel (voice)


When the school goes on an archaeological dig and unearths what appears to be the skeleton of an angel,Lisa courts controversy by doubting its authenticity,leading to a heated debate between skeptics and believers. When the angel is found to carry the words Prepare for the End,the townsfolk fear that their days are numbered but Lisa is exonerated when the whole exercise proves to be no more than an advertisement for a new shopping mall. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Animation | Comedy


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23 November 1997 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


When the mammoth tusk falls on Moe in the museum, he says, "I'm paralyzed! I just hope medical science can cure me." But his mouth doesn't come even close to matching what he's saying. See more »


Homer Simpson: Oh no, this can't be happening. What the hell are we going to do with ten thousand angel ash-trays?
Bart Simpson: I could take up smoking.
Homer Simpson: You damn well better.
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References In the Aftermath (1988) See more »


See the Angel
Written by George Frideric Handel (tune: "Messiah: Hallelujah")
Performed by Dan Castellaneta
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A stupid episode that adds to how pathetic the Simpsons has become...
22 January 2017 | by (Armidale, Australia.) – See all my reviews

If you've never seen this episode, save your time. My review contains spoilers as to aspects of the plot.

This episode is an example of how stupid the people of Springfield can really be, and how the Simpsons has taken a downward spiral every year since, simply becoming a behemoth driven by money! Add this episode to the list of "weakest Simpsons episodes ever" where it truly belongs.

The builders of the "Heavenly Hills Mall" decide to take the skeleton of a former employee to plant as the skeleton of an angel. — and the stupidity that ensues is enough to make one sick!

The only truly funny part of this episode was the 'free motor boat' ad that Chief Wiggum ran to catch criminals by using their stupidity against them...

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