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Once Upon a Time in Springfield 

The antagonism between Krusty and the new female co-star forced upon him soon turns to romance, while a headhunter encourages Homer, Lenny and Carl to take a job at another nuclear power plant.


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Episode cast overview:
Marge Simpson (voice)
Lisa Simpson (voice)
Eartha Kitt (voice)
Gate Guard #1 (voice)
Gary Larson ...
Gary Larson (voice)
Rabbi Hyman Krustofski (voice)
Krusty's Agent / Holly Hippie / Various (voice)
Miss Hoover (voice)
Karl Wiedergott ...
Garbage Man (voice)


In order to appeal to a fan-base of young girls,Krusty's show is forced to take on board the saccharin Princess Penelope but,after initially hating her,Krusty falls in love with her and they plan to get married. Seeing an end to Krusty's shows as he knows and loves them,Bart conspires with Milhouse to ruin the couple's marriage but, when this fails,Krusty comes out with a surprising admission. Homer,Carl and Lenny are lured away to work at the Capital City power station with its superior fringe benefits but Mr. Burnms knows how to get them back. Written by don @ minifie-1

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10 January 2010 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


When Princess Penelope first appears on screen Lisa is reading Angelica Button and the Infinite Armoire by T.R Francis. The Harry Potter parody first appeared in The Simpsons: The Haw-Hawed Couple (2006) See more »


At the end of the episode, Penelope is playing Moon River and you can see that the Eiffel Tower is on her side of the Seine. She walks away and goes onto the bridge and looks out, and the Eiffel Tower appears on the other side. Later, the tower disappears, and Notre Dame stands in its place while the other buildings on both sides of the Seine remain as they were. See more »


Princess Penelope: We'll always have Sideshow Mel's dressing room.
Sideshow Mel: What? Ewwwwww.
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References Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961) See more »


Glitter and Sparkle
Music by Alf Clausen
Lyrics by Stephanie Gillis
Performed by Anne Hathaway
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Touching stuff!
28 March 2010 | by See all my reviews

The Simpsons have gone back to their roots for the 21st season. It's great to see characters being developed again as more than just comedy roles, and people can now connect and feel for the characters (not just the primary cast).

"Once Upon a Time in Springfield" brings depth to Krusty the Clown, as he becomes more than just a self loathing, depressed children's entertainer, and the character opposite him in this episode "Princess Penelope" is a likable addition to the secondary characters.

While this particular episode didn't have much in terms of comedy, it was still one of the most memorable episodes of the season.


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