The Simpsons (season 25)

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The Simpsons Season 25
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Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes22
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Original runSeptember 29, 2013 – May 18, 2014
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The Simpsons Season 25
The Simpsons S25.jpg
Digital download season cover art
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes22
Broadcast
Original channelFox
Original runSeptember 29, 2013 – May 18, 2014
Season chronology
← Previous
Season 24
Next →
Season 26
List of The Simpsons episodes

The Simpsons' twenty-fifth season began airing on Fox on September 29, 2013 and ended on May 18, 2014.

In this season, Homer sells his Mapple stock to buy a bowling ball, Marge blames herself and Kiss for Bart's rebellious streak (Four Regrettings and a Funeral), Lisa becomes a cheerleader for Springfield's football team, and Homer delivers a baby (Labor Pains). Guest stars for this season include Christiane Amanpour, Will Arnett, Stan Lee, Rachel Maddow, Elisabeth Moss, Joe Namath, Gordon Ramsay, Aaron Sorkin, Eva Longoria, Daniel Radcliffe, Kristen Wiig, Zach Galifianakis, Harlan Ellison, Anderson Cooper and Judd Apatow. This is Al Jean's 13th consecutive season as showrunner and 15th overall. Matt Groening, James L. Brooks, Matt Selman, and John Frink serve as executive producers.[1] Executive producer Al Jean stated that Edna Krabappel will be retired from the show following the death of Marcia Wallace on October 25, 2013.[2]

February 2014 held back Simpsons episodes, due to the transmission of the Super Bowl XLVIII in East Rutherford, New Jersey, United States; the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia; the 2014 Daytona 500 in Daytona Beach, Florida, US; and the 86th Academy Awards in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California.[3]

Episodes[edit]

Key
No.#TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProduction
code
U.S. viewers
(millions)
5311"Homerland"Bob AndersonStephanie GillisSeptember 29, 2013 (2013-09-29)RABF206.37[5]
An FBI agent helps Lisa solve the mystery of why Homer's personality has changed after attending a nuclear plant convention.
Guest stars: Kevin Michael Richardson and Kristen Wiig[6] 
5322"Treehouse of Horror XXIV"
"The Simpsons Halloween Special XXIV"
Rob OliverJeff WestbrookOctober 6, 2013 (2013-10-06)RABF166.42[7]
The twenty-fourth annual Simpsons Halloween episode features an opening directed by Guillermo del Toro and the following segments:
"Oh, the Places You'll D'oh!": In this twisted parody of Dr. Seuss's children's books, Homer abducts Bart, Lisa, and Maggie and rides around Springfield wreaking havoc as "The Fat in the Hat".
"Dead and Shoulders": In this parody of The Thing with Two Heads, after Bart is decapitated during a kite accident, his head is attached to Lisa's body and the two must live together as one -- until Bart discovers that he can fully function whenever Lisa is asleep, and sets out to incapacitate her so he can have her body.
"Freaks No Geeks": In this parody to the 1930s horror film Freaks, Homer and Marge are circus performers (a strong man and a trapeze artist respectively) with Burnsum and Bailey, and Homer has a plan to marry Marge off to a circus freak (Moe) so he can rob him of an emerald ring. 
5333"Four Regrettings and a Funeral"Mark KirklandMarc WilmoreNovember 3, 2013 (2013-11-03)RABF185.43[8]

At the funeral of a beloved Springfielder, four residents remember events in their lives they would like to do over.

  • Homer regrets selling a tech stock in order to buy a bowling ball.
  • Marge blames her taste in music for Bart's rebelliousness.
  • Mr. Burns remembers his relationship with a Parisienne.
  • Kent Brockman regrets not taking a job as a cable news anchor.
Guest stars: Rachel Maddow and Joe Namath[9] 
5344"YOLO"Michael PolcinoMichael NoboriNovember 10, 2013 (2013-11-10)RABF224.20[10]

Marge invites an old pen pal to stay with Homer and cross items off his "to-do" list from when he was 10 years old, so that Homer can embrace his "You-Only-Live-Once" spirit. Meanwhile, Lisa starts an honor code for the school to combat cheating.

Guest star: Jon Lovitz as Llewellyn Sinclair[11] 
5355"Labor Pains"Matthew FaughnanDon Payne & Mitchell H. GlazerNovember 17, 2013 (2013-11-17)RABF194.08[12]

After a night of playing poker with Moe, Lenny, and Carl, Homer finds himself in an elevator with a young mother named Gretchen, who is in labor and needs someone to help her keep calm. Meanwhile, Lisa helps the local football cheerleading team unionize and negotiate for better wages and working conditions.

Guest star: Elisabeth Moss as Gretchen[13] 
5366"The Kid Is All Right"Mark KirklandTim LongNovember 24, 2013 (2013-11-24)SABF026.78[14]

Lisa makes friends with a new girl in school, who turns out to be a conservative Republican (a George W. Bush one rather than an Abraham Lincoln or Ronald Reagan one) with connections to Springfield's Republican party.

Guest stars: Anderson Cooper as himself, Maurice LaMarche, and Eva Longoria as Isabel Guiterrez[15] 
5377"Yellow Subterfuge"Bob AndersonJoel H. CohenDecember 8, 2013 (2013-12-08)SABF046.85[16]

When Principal Skinner promises that the most well-behaved at Springfield Elementary will get to ride in a submarine, Bart does everything possible to become a model student. Meanwhile, Krusty, on Lisa's advice, sells the foreign rights to his show in order to rake in more money, but the international Krustys soon become more popular than the domestic ones.

Guest star: Kevin Michael Richardson 
5388"White Christmas Blues"Steven Dean MooreDon PayneDecember 15, 2013 (2013-12-15)SABF018.48[17]
Springfield becomes a tourist hotspot after an accident involving the nuclear plant and the Springfield tire fire causes snow to fall for the first time in a long time -- and when Springfield's stores raise their prices, Marge turns their house into a bed and breakfast for the out-of-towners. 
5399"Steal This Episode"Matthew NastukJ. Stewart BurnsJanuary 5, 2014 (2014-01-05)SABF0512.04[18]

To combat the poor quality of today's movie theaters, Homer and Bart team up to illegally download movies and exhibit them in a makeshift theater in the backyard, but Homer ends up arrested when Marge sends the FBI a check and an apology note.

Guest stars: Judd Apatow, Will Arnett, Rob Halford, Leslie Mann, Kevin Michael Richardson, Seth Rogen, Paul Rudd and Channing Tatum[19] 
54010"Married to the Blob"Chris ClementsTim LongJanuary 12, 2014 (2014-01-12)SABF034.83[20]

The Comic Book Guy falls for a Japanese manga artist, but Homer's advice and the woman's father may ruin his chances at true love.

Guest stars: Harlan Ellison, Maurice LaMarche and Stan Lee 
54111"Specs and the City"Lance KramerBrian KelleyJanuary 26, 2014 (2014-01-26)SABF063.87[21]

Mr. Burns gives his workers Google Glass-style computer glasses so he can spy on them, but Homer gives the glasses to Marge, and discovers that Marge has been going to therapy to discuss her life. Meanwhile, Nelson bullies Bart into giving him the best Valentine's Day gift ever.

Guest stars: Maurice LaMarche and Will Lyman 
54212"Diggs"Michael PolcinoDan Greaney & Allen GlazierMarch 9, 2014 (2014-03-09)SABF082.69[22]

Bart makes friends with a transfer student named Diggs, an expert in falconry who saves Bart from the wrath of the Springfield Elementary bullies – and who intends to take to the sky himself, which makes Bart worry about Diggs' sanity.

Guest star: Daniel Radcliffe 
54313"The Man Who Grew Too Much"Matthew SchofieldJeff WestbrookMarch 9, 2014 (2014-03-09)SABF073.75[22]

Lisa discovers that Sideshow Bob has become the chief scientist of a massive chemical engineering company, but the two of them bond over their appreciation for high-culture. Meanwhile, Marge ends up a church volunteer to help horny teenagers become abstinent.

Guest stars: Kelsey Grammer and Marcia Wallace 
54414"The Winter of His Content"Chuck SheetzKevin CurranMarch 16, 2014 (2014-03-16)SABF094.02[23]

When the Retirement Castle is closed for health violations, Marge invites Grampa and two other old people to live at the Simpsons' house, only to get frustrated with Homer embracing the "old person lifestyle". Meanwhile, Bart defends Nelson's decision to wear his mother's underwear, and ends up part of a bully gathering a la The Warriors.

Guest star: Kevin Michael Richardson 
54515"The War of Art"Steven Dean MooreRob LaZebnikMarch 23, 2014 (2014-03-23)SABF103.98[24]

After Lisa's new pet guinea pig destroys the Simpsons' living room art, Marge finds a beautiful painting at the Van Houten's yard sale, which Homer snaps up for 20 bucks. But when Lisa reveals it is by a famous early 20th century painter and could be worth $100,000, Marge and Homer face a dilemma: split the money with the Van Houtens, or keep the cash for themselves.

Guest star: Max von Sydow 
54616"You Don't Have to Live Like a Referee"Mark KirklandMichael PriceMarch 30, 2014 (2014-03-30)SABF113.91[25]

Homer is recruited as a World Cup referee after Lisa extols his integrity on the youth soccer field in a Springfield Elementary speech contest. But when the Simpsons travel to Brazil (again), Homer finds his honesty tested by one of South America's slickest gangsters in the soccer match-bribing business.

Guest star: Andrés Cantor 
54717"Luca$"Chris ClementsCarolyn OmineApril 6, 2014 (2014-04-06)SABF124.30[26]

Marge thinks that Lisa is dating below her standards when she brings home a competitive eater-in-training named Lucas Bortner, so she enlists Homer to help Lisa explore other options. Meanwhile, Bart receives gifts from Snake Jailbird for helping him get out of a jam, but when a betrayal from Milhouse sends Snake back to prison, Bart hatches a plan to get him out.

Guest star: Zach Galifianakis 
54818"Days of Future Future"Bob AndersonJ. Stewart BurnsApril 13, 2014 (2014-04-13)SABF133.64[27]

A sequel to "Future-Drama" and a continuation of "Holidays of Future Passed," set 30 years from now. In this futuristic installment, Bart goes to a clinic to rid himself of his feelings for his ex-wife Jenda (who is now dating a crab-like alien named Jerry), Lisa must choose whether or not to cure her zombie husband Milhouse after he gets bitten by a homeless zombie, and Marge (after putting up with years of Homer dying and being cloned back to life by Professor Frink) loads Homer onto a flatscreen monitor and throws him out of the house.

Guest star: Amy Poehler 
54919"What to Expect When Bart's Expecting"Matthew NastukJohn FrinkApril 27, 2014 (2014-04-27)SABF143.45[28]

Bart makes a voodoo doll of his hippie art teacher when he gets sick of art class and cast a spell to make her sick, but when he inadvertently gets her pregnant, he becomes a savior to Springfield couples trying to conceive - and is subsequently kidnapped to help conceive a thoroughbred race horse.

Guest stars: Tavi Gevinson and Joe Mantegna 
55020"Brick Like Me"Matthew NastukBrian KelleyMay 4, 2014 (2014-05-04)RABF214.39[29]
Homer wakes up to a world made out of LEGO bricks and grows to like this new world, where everything fits in and no one gets hurt — until he begins seeing flashes of a previous life and, with help from The Comic Book Guy, discovers how he ended up in the LEGO world. 
55121"Pay Pal"Michael PolcinoDavid H. SteinbergMay 11, 2014 (2014-05-11)SABF153.66[30]

Marge swears off befriending any more couples when Homer offends their charming new British neighbors. But when Lisa declares that she, too, does not need friends, Marge realizes that she's setting a bad example for her daughter.

Guest stars: Carl Kasell, John Oliver and Peter Sagal 
55222"The Yellow Badge of Cowardge"Timothy BaileyBilly Kimball & Ian Maxtone-GrahamMay 18, 2014 (2014-05-18)SABF183.28[31]

Bart feels guilty after he wins the annual "last day of school" race around Springfield Elementary School, with help from Nelson, who beats up the frontrunner, Milhouse. Meanwhile, Homer tries to bring back 4th of July fireworks after they are canceled due to budget cuts.

Guest stars: Glenn Close and Edwin Moses 

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