The Simpsons: Season 21, Episode 19

The Squirt and the Whale (25 Apr. 2010)

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After a violent storm, Lisa tries to rally the townspeople and come to the rescue of a beached whale.

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Homer Simpson / Barney Gumble / Bluella / Snowball II / Hans Moleman / Joe Quimby / Whales (voice)
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Marge Simpson (voice)
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Lisa Simpson (voice)
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Snake Jailbird / Carl Carlson / Apu / Chief Wiggum / Kirk Van Houten / Comic Book Guy / Moe Szyslak / Sun / Military Men / Sea Hugger #1 (voice)
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Mr. Burns / Lenny Leonard / Ned Flanders / Kent Brockman / Tic-Tac-Toe Narrator / Master / Wind Power Man / Military Men (voice)
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The Simpsons decide to embrace a cheaper, alternate source of energy by erecting a wind turbine in their backyard. But when Homer realizes some of the power is being directed to the local electric company, he decides to remove his home from the grid and becomes completely dependent upon an unreliable source of power. Meanwhile, a storm erupts, trapping a magnificent 150-foot-long blue whale ashore, and Lisa and Homer attempt to help the poor creature. Written by Fox Publicity

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The scene where Chief Wiggum and the others use dynamite to blow up the whale is based on a true incident that happened in Matt Groening's home state of Oregon. On 12 November 1970, a whale beached itself at the Heceta Head beach (then called Devil's Elbow State Park) near the town of Florence. Usually, when a whale beaches itself, a deep pit is dug in the sand next to the whale and then the whale is rolled into it and buried. However, the sand at the Heceda Head beach is too shallow to dig a pit of the necessary depth, so the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department decided to use a half-ton of dynamite to reduce the whale to smaller, more manageable parts. The ensuing explosion scattered chunks of the whale over several hundred meters. One large piece of the whale totaled a car in a parking lot more than 100 meters away. KATU, the Portland ABC affiliate, filmed the event. Few people outside of Oregon had heard of the exploding whale until Dave Barry wrote of it in his 20 May 1990 column. Afterwards, it grew into an urban legend that seemed too absurd to be true. In 2006, the KATU footage was posted on YouTube. There is also an article about the incident titled "Exploding whale" on Wikipedia. These were posted after another exploding whale incident occurred in Taiwan in 2004. See more »

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Bart Simpson: This is going to be the biggest dead thing we've ever poked with a stick.
Milhouse Van Houten: If only that flattened squirrel could see us now.
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Danger! High Voltage
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Performed by Electric Six
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Beautiful episode.
6 September 2010 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

The Squirt And The Whale is a lovely Simpsons episode,its heartwarming and it all works out great.

Homer decides to stop paying the electricity bill and make the electricity be controlled on wind power,although theirs a problem when theirs no wind around the area.

Then Lisa tries to save a whale she finds at the beach,but nearly everyone else around Springfield wants it to leave by blowing the whale up.

8/10

-DILLON HARRIS


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