The Simpsons (1989– )
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Trilogy of Error 

Homer's rush to the hospital to re-attach his severed thumb, Lisa's rush to school to win the science fair, and Bart's run-in with an illegal fireworks scheme interconnect from their point of view.


Mike B. Anderson (as Mikel B. Anderson)


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


Episode cast overview:
Dan Castellaneta ... Homer Simpson / Barney / Krusty / Mr. Teeny / Teacher / Louie / Itchy (voice)
Julie Kavner ... Marge Simpson (voice)
Nancy Cartwright ... Bart Simpson / Todd Flanders (voice)
Yeardley Smith ... Lisa Simpson (voice)
Hank Azaria ... Moe Szyslak / Linguo / Chief Wiggum / Cletus / Dr. Nick Riviera / Lou / Sea Captain (voice)
Harry Shearer ... Ned Flanders / Rainier Wolfcastle / Dr. Hibbert / Scratchy (voice)
Joe Mantegna ... Fat Tony (voice)
Frankie Muniz ... Thelonious (voice)
Marcia Mitzman Gaven ... Miss Hoover (voice)
Pamela Hayden ... Milhouse Van Houten / Rod Flanders (voice)
Tress MacNeille ... Agnes Skinner (voice)
Russi Taylor ... Martin Prince (voice)
Karl Wiedergott Karl Wiedergott ... Spooked Soldier / Legs (voice)


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The lives of Homer, Lisa and Bart have been split up in a less-than-ordinary day, and as each of their problems unfold, their lives intertwine on a road of chaos and mayhem all over Springfield. Homer's thumb is accidentally sliced off, and he tries to find a way to the hospital; Lisa must find a way to get to the Science fair at school; and Bart and Milhouse discover more than just fireworks in a secret cave... Written by Robert Cathles

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Animation | Comedy


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It would have been a good series finale
25 October 2016 | by gius-beninSee all my reviews

The Simpsons is a classic TV Series that had its heyday in the 90's. The main characters were born in the 80's in The Tracy Ullman Show and developed in this series. The Golden Age includes the first nine seasons. The second episode of the ninth season ("The Principal and the Pauper") already predicted a loss of ideas that become evident in the tenth season. The 10th, 11th and 12th season have lower quality than the previous but they are still interesting and fun. "Trilogy of Error" is a smart and unusual episode that recounts a day of the Simpson family from different points of view: Homer's rush to the hospital to reattach his severed finger, Lisa's rush to school to win the science fair, and Bart's run-in with an illegal fireworks deal. This episode is the best of the season and would have been a great season finale. It is a very funny parody of two crime movies: "Go" (1999) and "Run Lola Run" (1998). The events are interconnected and all of them are solved in the final. After the 12th season, the series has a further overall drop in quality. It would have been better to close with a flourish, and this episode would. The characters would then be able to return in a few movies. Unfortunately, the success of the series has prevented this.

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Release Date:

29 April 2001 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby SR (seasons 3-19)



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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