On Christmas Eve, Marge admonishes the family not to open presents until 7 a.m. the next morning. Bart finds a way around the directive and opens his gifts at 5 a.m. However, his prized gift - a remote-controlled fire truck - overheats and causes a fire that engulfs the tree and presents. The family investigates and Bart tells them that a burglar has struck. As a result of Kent Brockman's human ... See full summary »

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Marge Simpson (voice)
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Bart Simpson / Ralph (voice)
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Lisa Simpson (voice)
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Chief Wiggum / Lou / Moe Szyslak / Apu / Kliff / Store Clerk / Carl / Jeopardy Judge / Comic Book Guy / The Sea Captain (voice)
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On Christmas Eve, Marge admonishes the family not to open presents until 7 a.m. the next morning. Bart finds a way around the directive and opens his gifts at 5 a.m. However, his prized gift - a remote-controlled fire truck - overheats and causes a fire that engulfs the tree and presents. The family investigates and Bart tells them that a burglar has struck. As a result of Kent Brockman's human interest story, the entire town donates gifts and cash to the Simpsons for their "misfortune." Eventually, Bart admits the truth, angering his clueless family but angering the town even more (when Brockman finds out the truth). The family is made into outcasts, and Marge's attempt to win the needed funds on "Jeopardy!" (to pay everybody back) fails miserably. Eventually, the townspeople loot the Simpsons' home ... save for a dust rag.

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Trivia

As Chief Wiggum leaves the Simpsons' house, he is carrying a doll of Binky, a character from the "Life in Hell" comic strip by series creator Matt Groening. See more »

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Wiggum, Lou and Eddie arrive to investigate the "crime". After taking The Simpsons information, Lou and Wiggum walk out of the house, but Eddie seemingly disappears. See more »

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Homer Simpson: Well, there's no easy way to say it, kids. God hates us.
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Featured in The 100 Greatest Christmas Moments (2004) See more »

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Santa Is On His Way
By Bob Wills
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This Christmas Turkey Will Give You Food Poisoning.
4 January 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

So we come to the Christmas episode of season nine and, much like the whole of season nine and beyond, it's an extremely mixed bag. There are a few decent jokes in there -- Marge's negative $52000 turn on Jeopardy and Bart's toilet dream being the best examples -- but the whole thing just falls flat more often than not.

The episode sees Bart accidentally destroy the family's Christmas tree and their presents with it. He proceeds to lie to them about how these things were stolen by a burglar and so all of Springfield raises $15000 to make it up to them. Then the truth comes out and the townspeople demand their money back, which is impossible, so they loot the house stealing everything - pets included - to repay the debt.

The Simpsons are then left with just one rag between them. This is the ending to the episode and it basically reduces all the supporting cast we know and love to nothing more than selfish, unlikeable Grinches (literally, since they steal presents at Christmas). This is one of the most sickening acts on this or any TV show, but it's meant to be a happy ending (??????) because they still have each other. Happy Christmas?!?

I am shocked and appalled by this episode's ending so much so that it's the only episode from the classic years (Seasons 1-10) that I'd advise skipping. The ending is only made worse on repeat viewing by the knowledge that everything you see builds up to it.

Also we get some more development en route to full-on Jerkass Homer in this episode when he chokes Bart because Lisa's not strong enough and when he "shops" at Try-N- Save at the beginning. Truly a sickening episode in all manners of speaking. AVOID!!!


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