When the Simpsons discover that Lurleen Lumpkin is on the skids, Marge reluctantly agrees to take her in and help her find her deadbeat dad who abandoned her 30 years ago.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Lisa Simpson (voice)
Moe Szyslak / Kermit / Superintendent Chalmers / Carl / FEMA Worker / Bum / Chief Wiggum / Lou / Joe Lum Kin (voice)
Lurleen Lumpkin (voice)
Themselves (voice) (as The Dixie Chicks)
Emily Robinson (voice)
Karl Wiedergott ...
Royce Lumpkin (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Herself (voice) (as The Dixie Chicks)
Herself (voice) (as The Dixie Chicks)
Herself (voice) (as The Dixie Chicks)


The Simpsons take pity on former country singer Lurleen Lumpkin,who now owes fifty thousand dollars in taxes - thanks to grasping ex-husbands - and is reduced to working at Moe's. Marge discovers Lurleen's unhappiness is due to the father who abandoned her thirty years earlier and reunites them, Lurleen writing a song to celebrate the event. But Royce Lumpkin is still a bad lot who steals the song and tries to make money by passing it off as his own and selling it to the Dixie Chicks. Time for Marge to empower Lurleen and give her the confidence to stand up for herself and hit back at her cheating pappy. Written by don @ minifie-1

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2d animation | tax evasion | See All (2) »


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13 April 2008 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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The episode name is based on the Madonna song "Papa don't preach". See more »


Royce Lumpkin: Can you ever forgive me, Lurleen? Like I immediately forgave myself?
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References The Dukes of Hazzard (1979) See more »


Cryin' in My Cradle
Music and Lyrics by Reid Harrison
Performed by Beverly D'Angelo (uncredited)
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Great Episode
4 February 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This episode started out a little slow with Homer dreaming of smothering his Grandpa (funny for it's shock value?) but it picked up quickly. The episode was witty and clever and although suffered from the standard Simpsons "the beginning act had nothing to do with the rest of the episode problem" it held together well.

This episode brought us one of the best Bart lines of all times: "You'd think living in a house full of crazy people would be fun. Actually, it's really depressing."

It also has the Dixie Chicks as themselves singing such thought provoking phrases as: "Free speech needs curtailing now and then." "We pledge allegiance to Fox News." "Please take away our right to choose."

And how about when Lurleen's father Royce Boss Hogg Lumpkin first hears of his daughter's troubles while eating breakfast cereal and says, "I better whiskey up this cereal," and pours whiskey from a flask over his cereal. Soon after he goes on to say, "I better heroine up this orange juice," as he proceeds to inject heroine from a needle into a glass of orange juice turning it an ugly brown. This outlandish event causes the viewer to both laugh in shock and pause for a moment to ponder if you can actually drink heroine.

Another great Bart line was when he asks Lurleen where all her past money went: "Did it go up your nose? Between your toes?"

Or when the judge poignantly (although unexpectedly) realizing most old music makes money due to camp value says: "The court orders you to make payments of a hundred dollars a week till such time as your music comes back in style or becomes appreciated for its camp value."

And who could forget Grandpa jumping in at the end of a song stating (and yes, he had an otter on a leash with him): "And here comes Grandpa with an otter."

This episode was full of memorable lines and the song by the Dixie Chicks was great (it *had* to be done by the Dixie Chicks to be funny due to their previous comments about the Bush administration!) Later in the episode they sell out their song for a Chevy commercial because they "love money." The fact that they would be willing to poke fun at themselves (and take another jab at the Country Music Establishment) really earns them a lot of respect.

One of the best episodes of the season.

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