Ranking Every Scene In ‘The Simpsons’ Experimental Masterpiece, ’22 Short Films About Springfield’

02.19.15 4 years ago 27 Comments
One of the best — and most experimental — episodes of The Simpsons‘ golden age is “22 Short Films About Springfield,” which presents series of vignettes featuring the characters who make up our beloved town.

You may be wondering, are there actually 22 short films? Well, no. The Wikipedia entry for the episode lists 19 separate scenes. I guess “19 Short Films About Springfield” just wasn’t as a catchy a title. In any case, it’s a fine show. So, let’s have a little fun and rank the various sequences that make this episode up. None of them would really qualify as bad, but some are definitely better than others.

19. Lovejoy’s Dog Takes A Dump On Flanders’ Lawn

Just a short little bit before the next scene, but I love when Lovejoy tells the dog to do his “dirty sinful business.”

18. Bart Throws Gum In Lisa’s Hair

Not a bad little scene, but it’s really just here to set up the much better bit where everyone advises Marge on how to get the gum out.

17. Lisa Gets Her Haircut At Jake’s Unisex Hair Palace

Again, this scene mostly exists to set up up the confrontation between Nelson and the Very Tell Man. I still get a kick out of, “You keep squirmin’, there’s gonna be a little bald girl with no lollipop.”

16. Bart And Milhouse Conclude There Are Interesting Stories In Springfield

The ending scene, except for the bit with Professor Frink. It’s cool, but I like the beginning scene better…

15. Bart And Milhouse Spit On Cars And Contemplate Life In Springfield
Yeah, I slightly prefer this scene to the one that concludes it, if only for this exchange:

Bart: “Do you ever stop and think about the people in those cars?”
Milhouse: “I try not to. It makes it harder to spit on ’em.

14. Snake And Chief Wiggum Roll Into Herman’s Military Antique Shop

A perfectly fine scene. It comes out of a better one, and it leads into another better one, so I could only rank it so high.

13. Moe Collects Barney’s Bar Tab, Promptly Gets Robbed By Snake

I’m not sure what I enjoy more, Moe actually calling NASA to calculate Barney’s bar tab, or Barney just randomly having $2,000 in his pocket. Either way, it’s a great scene, punctuated by Moe barricading himself behind three feet of bulletproof glass…. making it much easier for Snake to rob him.

12. Smithers And Mr. Burns Go For A Bike Ride

A fine bit of cruelty from Mr. Burns — when Smithers is stung by a bee and needs to go to the hospital, Burns only way to get him there is to scream at him until he pedals their himself. Hey, you can’t argue with results.

11. Everyone Advises Marge On how To Get The Gum Out Of Lisa’s Hair

Easily, the best part of the ongoing Lisa-gum plotline. I always lose it when the Capital City Goofball shows up.

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