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The Seemingly Never-Ending Story 

In this story within a story within a story within a story, a cave-exploring expedition, an angry sheep and a lovestruck Moe become inextricably entwined.


(as Raymond Persi)


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Episode cast overview:
Marge Simpson (voice)
Bart Simpson / Nelson Muntz (voice)
Lisa Simpson (voice)
Carl / Moe Szyslak / Snake (voice)
Commander McBragg (voice)
Edna Krabappel (voice)
Milhouse Van Houten (voice)
Jeremy (voice)
Martin Prince (voice)
Karl Wiedergott ...
Michael Dees ...


Homer is stuck in a cave, so while Marge and Bart go looking for help, Lisa tells him a story. It is the story of her and Mr. Burns escaping a rampant goat, getting stuck in Burns's attic and Burns telling a story about Moe's treasure while they wait for help... Written by jaggermick66

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Animation | Comedy


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Release Date:

12 March 2006 (USA)  »

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| (seasons 3-19)


Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The scavenger hunt list: Blue Rose, Suspender, Parking Ticket, Colander, The Letter "I", Peruvian Cockroach, Wood {something} (obscured), Lard Lad, Tombstone, Argyle Socks, Homer Hair, and Picture of Yourself with Smiling Child. See more »


The stalactite fell straight down, but the hole it made is curved and, considering the height of it, there should have been a lot more debris at the bottom where Homer got stuck. See more »


Moe Syzlak: [to Homer, Barney, Lenny and Carl] Listen Boozebags! I got a good thing going here. If you mess it up, I will *out* the one of you who is gay!
[the drunks then run off in a flamboyant fashion]
Moe Syzlak: [to Edna] Now, where were we?
[they resume kissing]
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References Tennessee Tuxedo and His Tales (1963) See more »


Symphony No. 6 (Pastorale) - Movements 1 and 4
Music by Ludwig van Beethoven
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4 April 2010 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

I know people are complaining about how the Simpsons get worse and I myself found the seasons 15 to 19 not to be the best but there is an huge improvement in Season 21 as I think. And even in the weaker Seasons there are gems like this Episode. I am not going to say much about it. It is a story in a story in story... and all comes together in the end. It has funny flashbacks, inside jokes, slapstick comedy and the wit and silliness we all come to love. There are some heartfelt moments in it. It is what you would expect watching the Simpsons. This episode is just brilliant and a good example why this is possibly still the best thing to have ever come to TV.

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