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Love Is a Many Splintered Thing 

Mary Spuckler returns to Springfield and begins a relationship with Bart. However, Bart treats her with disrespect.


Matt Groening (created by), James L. Brooks (developed by) | 4 more credits »


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Episode cast overview:
Dan Castellaneta ... Santa's Little Helper / Homer Simpson / Woody Allen / Squeaky-Voiced Teen (voice)
Julie Kavner ... Marge Simpson (voice)
Nancy Cartwright ... Bart Simpson / Kearney (voice)
Yeardley Smith ... Lisa Simpson (voice)
Hank Azaria ... Moe Szyslak / GPS Man Voice / Cletus Spuckler / French Canadian Mountain Man / Barry the Satellite TV Guy / Brazilian Record Producer / Kirk Van Houten / Chief Wiggum / Wiseguy / Guy in Pink Shirt (voice)
Harry Shearer ... Principal Skinner / Hillbilly Talent Contest Announcer / Guy on Laptop (voice)
Robert A. Caro ... Self (voice)
Benedict Cumberbatch ... Severus Snape / Prime Minister (voice)
Zooey Deschanel ... Mary Spuckler (voice)
Max Weinberg ... Self (voice)
Pamela Hayden ... Jimbo Jones / Milhouse Van Houten / Jitney Spuckler (voice)
Tress MacNeille ... Melvis Spuckler / Brandine Spuckler / Dolph / Dubya Spuckler / GPS Woman Voice / Whitney Spuckler / Record Producer's Son / Eliza Commonbottom / Video Game Voice (voice)
Chris Edgerly ... (voice)


Bart's ex-girlfriend Mary Spuckler returns to Springfield and they start dating again. However his preference for playing computer games drives her away and, despite amatory advice from Woody Allen, Bart is unable to stop her from going off with a Brazilian boy whose record producer father has signed Mary up. Homer is also in the dog-house with Marge for forgetting an appointment and he and Bart move into apartments where disgraced husbands live. However, after watching a British romantic comedy Homer devises a grand gesture which will reconcile all the couples - except Bart and Mary. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Animation | Comedy


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Release Date:

10 February 2013 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


The title like "Love is a Many Strangled Thing" is a spoof of the song "Love is a Many Splendored Thing". See more »


References The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985) See more »


Spuckler Bossa Nova
Music by Zooey Deschanel
Lyrics by Tim Long
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Another Good Zooey Deschanel episode,
30 May 2013 | by lesleyharris30See all my reviews

Love Is A Many Splintered Thing is a great Simpsons episode with a lot of laugh out loud scenes.I enjoyed Zooey Deschanel's voice role,returning once again as Cletus and Brandine's daughter Mary Spuckler,and I also really enjoyed the two brief cameo roles from Benedict Cumberbatch,I didn't realize he was in it but I saw his name in the credits and I was able to tell from that he was Alan Rickman.There are a lot of very funny bits in this episode,and I especially enjoyed the many Woody Allen references,the people I was watching this didn't get it,and I was just sitting there laughing while they made a confused face at me.People who enjoy Bart's relationship with Mary Spuckler will enjoy this episode.

Mary Spuckler returns to Springfield after her plans to become famous don't work out for her.She starts a relationship with Bart again,but he isn't very committed.

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