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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Episode cast overview:
Homer Simpson / Isotopes Player / Grampa Simpson / 'Where'd he go?' / Shelbyville Martin / Shelbyvillian #2 / Shelbyville Groundskeeper (voice)
Marge Simpson (voice)
Lisa Simpson (voice)
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)
First Future Man / Jebediah Springfield / Ned Flanders / Shelbyvillian #1 / Shelbyville Grampa (voice)
Edna Krabappel (voice)
Shelby (voice)
Future Tour Guide / Luann Van Houten / Shelbyville Lemonade Kid (voice)
Martin Prince (voice)


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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Animation | Comedy





Release Date:

14 May 1995 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The establishments in Shelbyville "mirror" those of Springfield. Speed-E-Mart spoofs the Kwik-E-Mart, and has an Asian-looking Apu-type character. Joe's is a parody of Moes, and features a Moe look-alike with a different hairstyle. Shelbyville Elementary School is identical to Sprinfield Elementary, and features a groundskeeper who is a female version of Willie. See more »


Flanders' RV has the entry door on the driver's side (left) when they enter it the first time and when they leave after being towed to the impound lot, all other shots and scenes show the door on the passenger side (right) or no door on the driver's side. See more »


Milhouse: Step over this line and say that. I'll kick your butt... at Nintendo.
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References Rocky II (1979) See more »


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Written by Bob Thiele and George David Weiss
Performed by Hank Azaria
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A spirit of unity, Nelson's turning point
2 September 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I loved Lemon of Troy. It was more about Bart and his buddies retrieving the Lemon Tree from Shelbyville, it was a turning point for Nelson, who became part of Bart's posse that crossed the border into Shelbyville. Nelson became more likable and you see this evolve in future episodes.

We also I think get the debut of Database, so good to see him on The Simpsons. The spirit of unity amongst Bart and Co was evident throughout the episode and I'm pleased all's well that ends well with the Lemon tree in its rightful place in Springfield. A very charming episode.

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