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To Surveil, with Love 

Springfield covers the town with surveillance cameras after Homer creates a bomb scare at the train station. Meanwhile, Lisa considers becoming a brunette so that people will take her more seriously.


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

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Episode cast overview:
Dan Castellaneta ... Homer Simpson / Barney Gumble / Mayor Quimby / Krusty / Grampa Simpson / Bleeding Heart Liberal (voice)
Julie Kavner ... Marge Simpson (voice)
Nancy Cartwright ... Bart Simpson / Nelson Muntz / Ralph Wiggum / Various Kids (voice)
Yeardley Smith ... Lisa Simpson (voice)
Hank Azaria ... Duffman / Chief Wiggum / Cletus Spuckler / Moe Szyslak / Lou / Carl Carlson / Comic Book Guy / Superintendent Chalmers / Businessman (voice)
Harry Shearer ... Principal Skinner / Smithers / Mr. Burns / Lenny Leonard / Kent Brockman / Ned Flanders / Rainier Wolfcastle / Shady Officer (voice)
Eddie Izzard ... Queen Elizabeth II / Nigel Baker-Butcher / Prince Charles (voice)
Marcia Wallace ... Edna Krabappel (voice)
Pamela Hayden ... Milhouse Van Houten / Jimbo Jones / Rod Flanders (voice)
Tress MacNeille ... Miss Springfield / Lunchlady Doris / Brandine Spuckler / Megan / 'Unattended Baggage!' / Ms. Dubinsky / Mrs. Vanderbilt / Shauna Chalmers (voice)
Karl Wiedergott Karl Wiedergott ... Procter / Conductor / Wally / Mr. Circle (voice)


When Homer leaves his gym bag unattended in a train station, they have to blow it up. This makes Chief Wiggum and his men set up surveillance cameras all over Springfield (apart from one place). Bart was riding his skateboard and ran into the Simpson's back yard, finding a blind spot, where everyone can do something illegal. Meanwhile, people are making fun of Lisa's hair because she's a blonde, so, to make people take her on more seriously, she dyes her hair Brown and becomes a brunette.

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Animation | Comedy


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Release Date:

2 May 2010 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


It is revealed that Lisa and Bart have blonde hair, despite Marge having blue hair (although it has been gray since she was 17. However, prior to this it was originally blue) and Homer had brown hair prior to being bald. See more »


Ms. Dubinsky: We'd like you to join our debate team.
Lisa Simpson: We have a debate team?
Ms. Dubinsky: It's the only extracurricular activity that doesn't require any equipment.
Principal Skinner: Because of budget cuts, we had to improvise. Ralph Wiggum will be your lectern.
Ralph Wiggum: I'm a furniture.
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Spoofs 1984 (1984) See more »


Get Ready for This
Written by Jean-Paul DeCoster, Ray Slijngaard and Phil Wilde
Performed by 2 Unlimited
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Funny episode, minus the god awful opening
25 May 2010 | by joshbriggs-2See all my reviews

This was a pretty neat episode. after a bomb scare, Springfield ends up with CCTV cameras; much of the plot is based on the criticism against CCTV cameras, and whatnot. Eddie Izzard was alright, but hearing him voice the Queen was a riot. funny gags including the "17 Incredible Hulks and one Spider-Man" Chief Wiggum perving on the topless woman sunbathing, and Bart setting up the border for the blind-spot while mooning Flanders. One thing that did bother me was the opening. everyone lip-syncing to Ke$ha's crap-fest "Tik Tok" I mean, ugh! the song was critically panned cause it sounds like a ripoff of Lady Gaga's "Just Dance" all and all, Ke$ha sucks and that was a letdown to fans for hearing that garbage before the episode. still a good one though.

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