The Simpsons: Season 22, Episode 8

The Fight Before Christmas (5 Dec. 2010)

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It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Springfield, but while Marge gets in the holiday spirit, it's bah humbug for the rest of the family. Disappointed that she is alone spreading ... See full summary »

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Marge Simpson / Patty / Selma (voice)
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It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Springfield, but while Marge gets in the holiday spirit, it's bah humbug for the rest of the family. Disappointed that she is alone spreading the holiday cheer, Marge sends a letter to Martha Clause to help her save the family Christmas. Martha comes to the rescue and transforms the house into the North Pole chalet Marge has always dreamed of, but when the family is noticeably absent from the perfectly trimmed holiday home, she realizes that it's Homer and the kids who make the holidays special. Meanwhile, the Simpsons get ready to sneak away for a tropical holiday vacation in Hawaii, but surprise visitors Mr. Burns and Moe's new friend, Katy Perry delay their getaway. Four special holiday tales will be spun. Written by Fox Publicity

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The title is from "'Twas the Night Before Christmas" or "A Visit from St. Nicholas" first published anonymously in the Troy, New York Sentinel on December 23, 1823 by Clement Clarke Moore. See more »

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Homer Simpson: Don't worry. I'm sure if something happened to your mother, they would have told us.
Pimple-faced Teen: Telegram!
Homer Simpson: D'oh!
[reads telegram]
Homer Simpson: "Marge Simpson is now MIA"? Oh, no! She changed her name to Mia!
Pimple-faced Teen: No, that means she's missing in action.
[Homer cries]
Lisa Simpson: See? Everytime we get a tree, something bad happens.
[runs away]
Homer Simpson: I wish it were me instead of her!
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Spoofs Inglourious Basterds (2009) See more »

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I'll Be Home for Christmas
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Written by Buck Ram, Kim Gannon, and Walter Kent
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Best episode in a LONG time...
5 December 2010 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This episode was broken into a number of smaller stories. Each smaller story most likely could have been expanded into a full 22 minute episode. However, they did a very good job with this one.

Something about "The Fight Before Christmas" really struck a chord with me. I'm really into the older (I guess "classical") Simpsons (seasons 3- 5'ish). Without going into the plot, this episode really felt like the older styles. My second favourite Christmas episode so far (the first being Santa's Little Helper).

I like how The Simpsons isn't afraid to say Merry Christmas. It's really refreshing.

Highly recommend it! 10/10


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