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Back to Season 23 Index Episode: The Book Job

General Information

  • Season: 23
  • Production Code: NABF22
  • Broadcast Index: S23E06
  • Episode Number: 492
  • Airdate: 20 November 2011
  • Writer: Dan Vebber
  • Director: Bob Anderson
  • Editor: Gary M. Gadsdon


When Lisa discovers that the author of the Angelica Button books is just a hoax, Homer gets inspired to form a writing team to create his own tween novel simply for the profit, while Lisa tries to write one on her own simply for the joy of writing.

The team he forms consists of Bart, Patty, Principal Skinner, Moe, Professor Frink, and Neil Gaiman. The story the team comes up with involves a school of trolls. While Lisa has a severe case of writers block.

When the book is ready to be sold to publishers the team discovers that they need a fake author. Lisa turns out to be that fake, becoming the thing she hated.

When the team gets an Advanced Copy, they discover that the publisher changed the book to an over-saturated genre, Vampires. The team bust in to change it back, but the publisher stops them, tipped off by Lisa.

But it turns out that the real book is published instead, and that Lisa simply switched the memory sticks. Lisa is still happy since her name is on the book, until she discovers that Neil Gaiman switched his name in for hers.

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Memorable Quotage

  • Homer: Do you have a computer?
    Frink: Yes.
    Homer: You're in.
    Frink: In what?
  • Publisher: Is R. L. Stine here, because you just gave me Goosebumps.
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  • This episode references Angelica Button which first appeared in JABF02 - The Haw-Hawed Couple
  • T. R. Francis has apparently been aged down since that episode
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  • One of Moe's Childrens best sellers is called "There's a Rainbow in my Basement"
  • The Angelica Button books showcased in the episode are "Angelica Button and the Chalice of Consequence", "Angelica Button and the Mystery of Secrets", "Angelica Button and the Marmalade of Destiny" and "Angelica Button and the Dragon's Trundlebed"
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Cultural References

  • This episode references the Goosebumps books and their author R. L. Stine.
  • Arcade Games included in Noiseland are "Prince of Persia: Beverly Hills", "Fruit Shoot" and "Triangle Wars"
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