When a group of Shelbyville kids steal Springfield's sacred lemon tree, Bart and his friends venture there to get the tree back.

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Homer Simpson / Isotopes Player / Grampa Simpson / 'Where'd he go?' / Shelbyville Martin / Shelbyvillian #2 / Shelbyville Groundskeeper (voice)
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Marge Simpson (voice)
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Lisa Simpson (voice)
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Professor Frink / Future Man #2 / Shelbyville Milhouse / Shelbyville Manhattan / Kirk Van Houten / Lemonade Kid's Big Brother / Shelbyville Nelson / Shelbyvillian #3 / Shelby's Dad (voice)
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First Future Man / Jebediah Springfield / Ned Flanders / Shelbyvillian #1 / Shelbyville Grampa (voice)
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Mrs. Krabappel (voice)
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Shelby (voice)
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Future Tour Guide / Luann Van Houten / Shelbyville Lemonade Kid (voice)
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Martin Prince (voice)
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Shelbyville kids hijack Springfield's sacred lemon tree after being pelted with lemons, and Bart leads a guerrilla war against them (I say a war, but it's nowhere near violent.) They find out that the tree is in "the impenetrable fortress of suburbia"- a car impound lot, owned by the leader's (Shelby's) dad. Homer and the parents of the kids find them and team up with them to get the tree back. But how are they gonna get it from a car impound lot? Written by movieguy3

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14 May 1995 (USA)  »

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Trivia

The title refers to Helen of Troy of Greek mythology. She was the daughter of Zeus (King of the Gods), and Leda (wife of King Tyndareus of Sparta). Her abduction by Paris brought about the Trojan War between the city of Troy by the Achaeans (Greeks). Helen was described as having "the face that launched a thousand ships." The allusion to the Trojan War is further reinforced when after using the illegally parked RV to sneak into the impound lot, Homer says "[n]o one in history has ever done anything this clever."- a reference to the Greeks who used the Trojan horse to sneak into Troy. See more »

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When Martin interrogates the little boy with the lemonade stand, the child's older brother intervenes. When Martin calls out to Nelson for help, the wide shot reveals that the lemonade stand is on the right side of the screen. In the next shot, it is on the left, on the opposite side of the characters. See more »

Quotes

Bart Simpson: Hey Milhouse, how's the lemonade business?
Milhouse: It's clearly booming, Bart.
Lisa: I don't even want any, I just bought a pity glass.
Milhouse: Gasp! We've squozen our whole supply. To the lemon tree!
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References Purple Rain (1984) See more »

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What a Wonderful World
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Written by Bob Thiele and George David Weiss
Performed by Hank Azaria
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3 July 2008 | by (australia) – See all my reviews

This has to be my favorite episode of The Simpsons. It features some great humour, a original and engaging plot and some memorable moments. When Marge catches Bart trying to draw his name in wet pavement cement she lectures him on town pride and this sticks in Bart's mind. Bart and Milhouse go to the sacred lemon tree on a hill near the border with Shelbyville and soon a fight breaks out between Shelbyville and Springfield kids over the tree when Shelbyville kids, with almost Seinfeld style similarities to Bart and his friends (the episode where Elaine meets these friends who are like alternate universe Seinfeld and friends). Bart and his friends go undercover as Shelbyvillians and Bart is 'caught' when he reveals himself by spray painting a message and telling the Shelbyville kids his true identity. He makes a getaway on skateboard after a failed attempt to use spray paint cans as jet packs and is followed by the leader of the Shelbyville kids. His skateboard gets stuck in some wet cement, an ironic twist. All round good episode.


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