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Back to Season 11 Index Episode: Behind the Laughter

General Information

  • Season: 11
  • Production Code: BABF19
  • Episode Number: 0
  • Airdate: 20 May 2000
  • Writer: Tim Long, George Meyer, Mike Scully, Matt Selman
  • Director: Mark Kirkland
  • Editor: Gary M. Gadsdon


In a Documentary of the Simpsons success, the episode starts with the history of how it began, with Homer creating a crude five minute video, using his family as the cast and the house as the set. The show was a quick success but after the gorge scene in 7F06 - Bart the Daredevil, Homer becomes addicted to painkillers, Marge makes unwise investments and Bart is placed into rehab and recast with Richie Rich. Apu then finks on Homer for not paying their income taxes and the IRS takes their house. At the Iowa state fair, the family gets into a huge argument (Lisa actually knocks Bart out) the family splits up. Homer goes into the theater, Marge puts on a nightclub act, Bart becomes the star of an action series, Renegade, and Lisa writes a book blasting the family. Dr. Hibbert and Willie Nelson (voiced by himself) make a phony award show and invite the Simpsons along. At the ceremony, the Simpsons put their past behind them and get back to producing the show.

Intro Gags

Maggie's Appearences

  • Maggie draws all over Homer
  • Maggie makes a shocked at the camera
  • Marge is holding Maggie over a bathtub of Money
  • Maggie hits Bart in the head with a tamborine
  • Maggie is reading and performing her lines for the Simpsons TV Show
  • Maggie walks onto the awareness awards stage with Marge
  • Maggie hugs Homer and Marge's legs

Lisa's Appearences

  • Baby Lisa falls in a mound of snow
  • Homer applies make up on Lisa for his five minute video
  • The entire family rolls around in money and caviar
  • Lisa challenges Bart and knocks him out
  • Lisa writes a book blasting the family
  • Lisa says that she'll sue if no one shuts up
  • Bart and Lisa hug Homer and Marge

Maggie Soundbitest

Maggie Framegrabs - 78

Lisa Framegrabs - 77

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