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Miracle on Evergreen Terrace 

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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Himself (voice)
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Edna Krabappel (voice)
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Poor Violet (voice)
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Miss Hoover (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

The story for this episode was pitched as "It's a Wonderful Life (1946) in reverse." See more »

Goofs

Although in real life, anyone with $0 or less at the end of the Double Jeopardy round is eliminated, when Marge is on Jeopardy!, she is seen on Final Jeopardy with a deficit of $5,200. This is obviously used as a joke, along with Alex Trebek's guest appearance as a pushy, sinister version of himself, rather than reflecting the real rules of the game show. 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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Connections

References Miracle on 34th Street (1947) See more »

Soundtracks

Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane)
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Written by Gene Autry and Oakley Haldeman
Performed by Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, and Yeardley Smith
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Ho-ho-hum
11 September 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I'm not gonna lie, I was somewhat disappointed in this middling Christmas offering. Bart learns a valuable lesson, the town turns on the Simpsons and the holiday itself hangs in the balance. Even Alex Trebek shows up in an inexplicable cameo. But it doesn't hang together well (at all) and comes off rather haphazardly.

To its credit, I like the final message; that when the chips are down, family still have themselves. And it's got one really good gag, with Homer stepping in to show Lisa how to properly strangle her brother:

Lisa: "Why, you little-!" Homer: "Lisa, no! Your hands are too weak!"

But as a holiday episode, it feels like the laughs and the sentiment should be stronger.

6/10


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