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A Tale of Two Springfields 

Springfield is split in two when Homer revolts because his area code is changed; the new town walls itself off from the neighbors.


Shaun Cashman


Matt Groening (created by), James L. Brooks (developed by) | 3 more credits »


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Episode cast overview:
Dan Castellaneta ... Homer Simpson / Bill / Austin Powers / Groundskeeper Willie / Arizona Cardinals representative / Mayor Quimby / Krusty the Clown / Sideshow Mel / Phony McRing-Ring (voice)
Julie Kavner ... Marge Simpson (voice)
Nancy Cartwright ... Bart Simpson / Kearney (voice)
Yeardley Smith ... Lisa Simpson (voice)
Hank Azaria ... Carl Carlson / Chief Wiggum / Moe Szyslak / Bumblebee Man / Apu / Professor Frink / Guard / Captain McAllister (voice)
Harry Shearer ... Lenny Leonard / Marty / Mr. Burns / Dr. Hibbert / Jasper / Kent Brockman / Principal Skinner / Waylon Smithers (voice)
Gary Coleman ... Gary Coleman (voice)
Marcia Wallace ... Edna Krabappel (voice)
Frank Welker ... Badger / Woodpecker (voice)
Roger Daltrey ... Roger Daltrey (voice) (as The Who)
John Entwistle ... John Entwistle (voice) (as The Who)
Paul Townshend Paul Townshend ... Pete Townshend (voice) (as The Who)
Pamela Hayden ... Milhouse Van Houten / Jimbo Jones / Rod Flanders (voice)
Tress MacNeille ... Phone Lady / Lindsey Naegle / Mrs. Vanderbilt / Dolph / Nurse (voice)
Karl Wiedergott Karl Wiedergott ... Additional Voices (voice)


When Homer tries to enter a phone-in competition, he becomes terribly stubborn and angry for Springfield introducing a new dialing code. In the Town Hall, after the Mayor's meeting about the change, Homer discovers that all the rich people live on one side of Springfield, with the old code, and Homer is left to try and manage with the new code. However, he protests, and ends up splitting Springfield into Old and New. Homer desperately tries different ways to tackle Old Springfield, but in doing so, he only makes them richer when they discover gold at the bottom of the river. Homer finally builds a large wall to separate the two sides, and remembers that The Who are planned to stage at Springfield for a concert. Will Homer manage to convince The Who to play on his side of town instead of the other's? Written by Robert Cathles

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Animation | Comedy


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Release Date:

5 November 2000 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby SR (seasons 3-19)



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The hotel The Who is staying at is called Hotel Pillowmint. See more »


Homer: Badger my ass, it's probably Milhouse.
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Alternate Versions

In the episode "The Tale of Two Springfields" Homer threatens to blow himself up with the dynamite strapped to his chest. When it doesn't detonate he tells Bart "Nice wiring Bart" to which Bart responds "Worked on the test corpse". The original line was "Worked on the test goat". When the FOX version is played with the closed captioning running, the original line appears in the text even though what we hear is "corpse". Plus it is plain to see that Bart's mouth movements don't match the word "corpse". See more »


References This Is Spinal Tap (1984) See more »


The Seeker
Lyrics by Pete Townshend
Performed by The Who
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Who huddle
21 September 2019 | by studioATSee all my reviews

By Season 12 'The Simpsons' had gone from ebign consistently funny in all episodes, to sporadically, with more 'skipable' episodes along the way.

This however is a better than average episode, with some very funny moments. It's a novel idea to have the town divided, and the addition of The Who is well used.

The show has by this stage gone from being a realistic but animated sitcom into something more silly, but as I said, this is better than many other episodes.

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