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                List of Inquiries and Substantive Answers (LISA)
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- Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for the Usenet newsgroup alt.tv.simpsons, to
  be posted to the newsgroup as required and pointed to users asking about
  topics covered here.

- A current version of the LISA is always available at <rtfm.mit.edu> in the
  directory /pub/usenet-by-group/alt.tv.simpsons or by sending Email to
  <lisa@lyris.snpp.com> with the word "LISA" as the subject of your message.

- The official HTML version of this document is available on the WWW at the URL
  <http://www.wcat.com/lisa/> or
  <http://www.artist-bros.org/olombard/lisa/>.  Accept no substitutes!

FAQ Translation URLs:
  * German: <http://www.informatik.uni-bremen.de/~tokra/simpfaq.htm> by Torsten
    Kracke
  * Japanese: <http://www.wcat.com/simpsons/j-lisa.txt> by Ohbuchi Yutaka
  * Spanish: <http://members.xoom.com/simparg/faq.html> by Nicolás Di Candia

- Corrections and Suggestions encouraged!  Please direct all comments to
  <ondre@snpp.com>

NOTE:  This document is by no means all-inclusive.  It is intended to serve as
       a general guide to the series and pointer to other sources with more
       detailed information on specific aspects of the series and newsgroup.

  -===========================< Table of Contents >==========================-


 SECTION I   -   General Interest
 --------------------------------
  _1.1_   alt.tv.simpsons Basic History
  _1.2_   "The Simpsons" Basic History
  _1.3_   "The Tracey Ullman Show" Simpsons History
  _1.4_   The Simpson Family
  _1.5_   Series Timeline
  _1.6_   Relevant Associated Newsgroups, Fanclubs, and FTP/WWW Sites
  _1.7_   Frequently Used Acronyms and Local Terminology
  _1.8_   Topics That Tend To Go Nowhere

 SECTION II  -   Frequently Asked Questions
 ------------------------------------------
  _2.1_   Characters, Places, and Internal Consistency
  _2.2_   Background, Production, and Broadcast (UPDATED)
  _2.3_   Comics, Music, Contest and Newsgroup-Specific

 SECTION III -   Commonly Requested Lists
 ----------------------------------------
  _3.1_   The Episode Capsules
  _3.2_   Required Reading (UPDATED)
  _3.3_   The alt.tv.simpsons Mail Server

 SECTION IV  -   Closing Remarks
 -------------------------------
  _4.1_   Acknowledgements
  _4.2_   Contributors
  _4.3_   Disclaimer and Copyright


  -=====================< Section I - General Topics >======================-


1.1  alt.tv.simpsons Basic History
---  -----------------------------

     Newsgrouped during the third week of March 1990, alt.tv.simpsons, a Usenet
newsgroup, is a free forum for discussing various aspects of the television
series "The Simpsons".

     A separate mailing list also exists for discussing the show,
simpsons-l@digimark.net.  To subscribe, send mail to
simpsons-l-request@digimark.net. 

1.2  "The Simpsons" Basic History
---  ----------------------------

     "The Simpsons" is an animated television series produced by Gracie Films
for Twentieth Century Fox and the Fox Network.  It began as a series of
interstitals (also called bumpers or shorts) for "The Tracey Ullman Show" on
April 19, 1987, and premiered as a series on December 17, 1989 in the 8PM time
slot.  Regular broadcasts began on Sundays beginning January 14, 1990.  Seasons
Two, Three, Four, and Five were broadcast by Fox on Thursday nights in the 8PM
slot, before returning to Sunday nights beginning with Season Six.  For a brief
while, "Classic Simpsons" was running, beginning at 7 pm to lead the failed
block of comedy Fox scheduled for Winter of 1995.

     Seasons One, Two, and Three were animated by Klasky-Csupo (pronounced
"CLASS-key CHOOP-oh"), who also worked on "The Tracey Ullman Show" bumpers. 
Subsequent seasons have been animated by Film Roman, with in-between work being
done for both animation houses by Akom Production Company, Anivision, and Rough
Draft Studios in Korea.

     The Simpson family was created in ~15 minutes while Matt Groening waited
in the foyer to Brooks' office, a long-standing legend confirmed in the Oprah
Winfrey Interview by Groening himself.

     Production on The Simpsons as a series began in April 1989.

1.3   "The Tracey Ullman Show" Simpsons History
---   -----------------------------------------

     It was under the suggestion of Pauly Platt, a "Life in Hell" (see Sec 2.2)
fan in the "Tracey Ullman Show" offices, that brought Simpsons creator Matt
Groening to work on _Ullman_.

    According to Producer/Director David Silverman, production on the _Ullman_
Simpsons shorts lasted approximately four weeks.  Currently, production takes
approximately six months for an episode of The Simpsons.

    The four animators of the totallity of the _Ullman_ shorts (David, Wesley
Archer, Bill Kopp, Tim Berglund) got together working on the 1986 movie "One
Crazy Summer" and its brief animated segments, before getting the opportunity
to animate the _Ullman_ shorts with the then-relatively new animation company
Klasky-Csupo.

1.4   The Simpson Family
---   ------------------

Family Member               Voice Talent        Description
                          
Homer J. ("Jay") Simpson    Dan Castellaneta    Father, "D'oh!"
Marjorie Bouvier Simpson    Julie Kavner        Mother, "Hmmmmmmmmm"
Bartholomew Jo-Jo Simpson   Nancy Cartwright    Son, "Don't Have a Cow, Man!"
Lisa Marie Simpson          Yeardley Smith      Daughter, "I'll be in my room."
Margaret Simpson            Liz Taylor          Daughter, "<Suck, Suck>"

Santa's Little Helper       Frank Welker        Family Dog
Snowball II                 Frank Welker        Family Cat, Second-In-Line

Abraham J. Simpson          Dan Castellaneta    Homer's Father, aka Grampa
Penelope Olson Simpson      Glenn Close         Homer's Mother
Herbert Powell              Danny DeVito        Homer's Half-Brother
Jacqueline Bouvier          Julie Kavner        Marge's Mother
Patty Bouvier               Julie Kavner        Marge's Celibate Sister
Selma Bouvier               Julie Kavner        Patty's Twin Sister

 ->  A complete cast list is available.  (See Sec 3.2)

1.5  Series Timeline
---  ---------------

  Year        Event
  ----        -------------------------------------------------
  1955        Homer born (05/10/1955)
  1956        Marge born (Within 1 year of Homer.)
  1974-1975   Homer & Marge graduate High School
  1980        Homer & Marge wed; Homer gets job at SNPP; Bart is born
  1983        The Simpsons move into Evergreen Terrace; Lisa is born
  1989        Maggie is born
              Homer & Marge's 10th Anniversary
              Snowball II becomes family cat after death of Snowball I
              Santa's Little Helper becomes family dog

     According to the 1993 "Simpsons Fun Calendar" Maggie was actually born on
19th August 1985, and Bart was born on 17th December 1979.  These Calendars are
MG's productions, and thus can not follow the continual updating the writers
impose upon the series.  However, from MG's view, these dates are approximately
correct, considering the first airings of "The Tracey Ullman Show" bumpers and
the fact that MG has plainly stated the characters do not age.

     This is however, a little inconsistent with the UFA, another MG production
which unfortunately is inconsistent with the series. In this, it is said that
Bart was born on the April 1st, 1980.  However, this production appears to have
been written before Season Three season was completed, and thus has great
inconsistencies with Season Three episodes like "I Married Marge".  And 
according to the Olympic events scheduled on her birthday in "Lisa's First
Word", Lisa was born on August 2, 1984.  However, Homer also held up a
newspaper on her birthday which puts the date closer to March.

     More trickiness: Bart says he is two years and thirty eight days older
than Lisa in "My Sister, My Sitter," which would make Bart's birthday June
25th, 1982.

 -> At this time, it appears that the production staff has chosen to ignore
    certain established continuity references beginning with Season Five,
    and as such the LISA has chosen to reciprocate and ignore subsequent
    continuity where it interferes with previously established events.


1.6  Relevant Associated Newsgroups, Fanclubs, and FTP/WWW Sites
---  -----------------------------------------------------------

                                  Newsgroups:

                   alt.tv.simpsons - For discussing "The Simpsons"
                de.alt.tv.simpsons - For German fans of "The Simpsons"
              uk.media.tv.simpsons - For fans of "The Simpsons" in the U.K.
    alt.binaries.pictures.cartoons - For images related to "The Simpsons"
      alt.binaries.sounds.cartoons - For sounds related to "The Simpsons"
          alt.fan.itchy-n-scratchy - For fans of Itchy & Scratchy
    alt.tv.simpsons.itchy-scratchy - For discussing "The Itchy & Scratchy Show"
           alt.tv.tiny-toon.fandom - For the "drooling fanboy" types
               alt.tv.king-of-hill - For discussing "King of the Hill"
                  alt.tv.southpark - For discussing "South Park"

FTP and WWW:

<ftp://snpp.com>  <http://www.snpp.com>
    Known as "The Simpsons Archive", it is the current archive site with a
    large collection of documents and texts (listed in Sec 3.2).  For specifics
    on digimark, send Email to Gary Goldberg <og@digimark.net>.

<http://www.mbnet.mb.ca/~weirdguy/scode.txt>  The Simpsons Geek Code
    The Simpsons Geek Code file is a guide maintained by David Kendall which
    instructs its reader on how to arrange a code for their favorite character,
    episode, least favorite character, etc... regarding the The Simpsons, to be
    incorporated into a .plan or .sig file.

 -> The following World Wide Web sites represent only a sampling of the dozens
    of Simpsons-related pages in existence.  These sites are included on the
    basis of relative quality, uniqueness, and contribution to the field.

Pages dedicated to the show in general:

<http://nerd.simplenet.com/fuxworld/sampsons/>
<http://www.labyrinth.net.au/~kwyjibo/>
<http://www.geocities.com/Hollywood/Lot/6203/simp.html>
<http://www.wcat.com/~varro/simpsons.html>
<http://www.cyberspc.mb.ca/~davehall>
<http://simpsonsarch.home.pages.de/>
<http://www.teleport.com/~jrolsen/simpsons/simpsons00.html>
<http://members.aol.com/bobakabob/simpsons/index.html>

Pages dedicated to specific characters:

<http://www.pettifogger.com/hutz.htm>

Commercial pages:

<http://www.harryshearer.com> (Harry Shearer's site for his Santa Monica based
Public Radio program, "Le Show")
<http://www.wnol.com/wnol/simpsonschat.html>
<http://www.pdi.com/PDIPage/screening/special/simpsons.html>
<http://www.foxworld.com/simpindx.htm>
<http://www.thezone.pair.com/tv>
<http://www.ultimatetv.com/UTVL/utl.html?card+1007>
<http://www.yahoo.com/News_And_Media/Television/Shows/Cartoons/Simpsons__The/>

<archie.au> and <nic.funet.fi> are two servers suggested as starting points 
    for Archie users.

Fanclubs:

     The Lisa Simpson Fan Club is devoted to the girl who is arguably the
smartest character on television today.  To join the mailing list, visit the
LSFC home page at <http://www.wcat.com/lsfc>, or send email to the address 
<majordomo@wcat.com> with the phrase "subscribe lsfc" in the body.  Contact
Matthew Kurth <mkurth@wcat.com> for more information.

     The Homer J. Simpson Fan Club is dedicated to worshipping the one and only
Homer the Great.  Send Email to <antagone@aol.com> for more information.


1.7  Frequently Used Acronyms
---  ------------------------

 Acronym             Translation

  a.t.s        -  The Usenet newsgroup alt.tv.simpsons
  MG           -  Matt Groening
  OFF          -  Our Favorite Family  (The Simpsons, of course)
  SLH          -  Santa's Little Helper  (the Simpsons' family dog)
  DYN          -  Did You Notice, Didja Notice
  LIH          -  "Life in Hell"  (MG's comic strip)
  I&S          -  Itchy and Scratchy.
  FFF, FF      -  Freeze-Frame Fun
  SNPP         -  Springfield Nuclear Power Plant
  IMHO, IMO    -  In My (Humble) Opinion
  BTW          -  By The Way
  WRT          -  With Regard(s) To, With Respect To
  ROFL         -  Rolling On the Floor Laughing
  IYKWIM       -  If You Know What I Mean
  AFAIK        -  As Far As I Know
  WTF          -  What The [Heck]
  IIRC         -  If I Recall Correctly, If I Remember Correctly
  OTOH         -  On the Other Hand

Other Terms:

Production Code  -  The four/six character episode number given to each
                    episode.
P-Code           -  Production Code, ie: 7G08, 7F24, 2F05, AABF01
Couch Gag        -  Part of the title sequence when the family runs into the
                    house and something unusual happens.
Ref              -  Reference, where an event or scene in the show parodies
                    another show, movie, or event.
Blackboard Quote -  What Bart writes on the chalkboard at the beginning of the
                    title sequence.
Cutoff           -  The last thing Bart writes on the chalkboard as he is
                    dismissed during the title sequence.
Episode Capsule  -  A compilation file for each episode.  (See Sec 3.1)


1.8  Topics That Tend To Go Nowhere
---  ------------------------------

     As with most newsgroups, certain threads have been beaten to death.
These issues generally revolve around topics that are based on individual
interpretations of the evidence presented.  As such, there are no set answers, 
and a large percentage of the readers have either already made up their minds
on the subject, or have been bombarded with the topic before.

     In the fall of 1997 (and then again in the summer of 1998), Ben Collins
<ben@snpp.com> held a monthlong poll on alt.tv.simpsons which got a
pretty respectable response that would determine what is considered the best
episode of The Simpsons, and what is considered the worst.  As of the 1998
poll, "Lisa's Wedding" was voted best episode, and "All Singing, All Dancing"
was voted worst.  The results of this poll will hopefully be helpful in putting
an end to this tired debate.  Ben Collins is also responsible for a series of
polls which provide conclusive collective opinions on some of the Topics that
Tend to Go Nowhere which plague alt.tv.simpsons.  See the results of his
alt.tv.simpsons polls at <http://www.geocities.com/TelevisionCity/Studio/7587/>

     The following is a list of topics which competantly meet the requirements
for being a "topic that tends to go no where."  As such, it's probably a good
idea to try and avoid them.

     - Favorite Quotes
     - Favorite [insert character name] Quotes
     - Favorite Episodes
     - [insert episode name here] is the Best Episode Ever.
     - [insert episode name here] is the Worst Episode Ever.
     - [insert character here] Sucks.
     - [insert season number here] was the Best Season Ever.
     - [insert season number here] was the Worst Season Ever.
     - Character development is better than cheap gags.
     - If you don't like the way the show is headed, then stop watching it.
     - You shouldn't complain about new episodes, everything else on TV sucks.
     - Stop complaining about new episodes, one day the show won't be here
       to complain about anymore.
     - Smithers is gay, Burns-sexual or bisexual.

     Be respectful of other people's opinions.  If there are people posting
negative/positive reviews for episodes of later/earlier years, let it be.
Some of the above listed topics tend to generate strong emotional feelings from
some people, and if you wish to discuss them, it's best to take it to private
e-mail or not to discuss it at all if you don't wish to discuss it rationally
and courteously. (See Sec 2.1, Sec 3.2)

     In addition, it is wise to avoid fanning the flames of posters who are
intentionally starting inflammatory threads simply to elicit an angry
response by not responding to them.  These are called trolls, and even
alt.tv.simpsons isn't immune to them.

     Also, it is asked that binary files (GIFs, JPEGs, WAVs, MPEGs, etc.) be
directed to the appropriate alt.binaries.* newsgroup rather than posting them
to a.t.s directly.



  -===============< Section II - Frequently Asked Questions >================-


2.1  Characters, Places, and Internal Consistency
---  --------------------------------------------

Q:  How much does Maggie cost in the opening titles?

A:  Maggie is listed as costing $847.63, a figure once given as the amount of
    money required to raise a baby for one month in the US.


Q:  Where *is* Springfield, anyway?

A:  "Springfield" is a fictional location.  MG says he chose the name because
    it is one of the most common city names (23 Springfields exist in the U.S.)
    and the setting of the antithesis to the Simpsons, "Father Knows Best".
    Indeed, from Groening's childhood perspective, that Springfield was "the
    next town over" from his home in Portland, Oregon.  

    According to Producer/Director David Silverman, Springfield is in the state
    of North Takoma, eight miles from Toon Town (although it appears this still
    isn't to be considered an "official" answer.)  In Mr Lisa Goes to
    Washington, the Simpsons' address is 59 Evergreen Terrace, Springfield,
    TA--TA probably representing Takoma.  See next question.

    The bottom line, though, is that even when the series makes reference to
    places and events unique to a specific Springfield, it does not mean that
    the series takes place in that given state.

    According to some sources on the group, Matt Groening has said that
    although Springfield is basically "anytown USA" it does have features
    somewhat similar to towns in Oregon, where Matt grew up.

 -> Read "Where Is Springfield" if you're still not convinced.  (See Sec 3.2)


Q:  What is the Simpsons' home address?

A:  That depends.

   In "Blood Feud"                   94 Evergreen Terrace, Springfield, USA
   In "Bart the Lover"               94 Evergreen Terrace, Springfield, USA
   In "Mr. Lisa goes to Washington"  59 Evergreen Terrace, Springfield, TA
   In "Kamp Krusty"                  430 Spalding Way, Springfield, USA
   In "New Kid on the Block"         1094 Evergreen Terrace
   In "Marge In Chains"              742 Evergreen Terrace, Springfield
   In "Homer the Vigilante"          723 Evergreen Terrace
   In "Bart vs. Australia"           742 Evergreen Terrace
   In the Oprah Winfrey Interview    742 Evergreen Terrace

 -> It has been suggested that the address used in "Kamp Krusty" hints to
    monologist and actor Spalding Gray, whose humor is also considered subtle,
    poignant, and yes, generally irritating to Republicans.  The Evergreen
    Terrace address is in honor of the street MG lived on as a boy.  The others
    were undoubtedly inspired by MG's alma mater.


Q:  What is the Simpsons' home phone number?

A:  Homer's phone numbers, according to Principal Skinner's rolodex card at
    Springfield Elementary are:

                Before   "Simpson and Delilah"   After
         Home:  555-6528                         555-6832
         Work:  555-7334                         555-6754

    In Season Three, their home number was 555-8707.  

    And the phone numbers from Homer's television debut in "Mr. Plow" are:

         Home:          555-3223
         Business:      555-3226

    In "The Canine Mutiny," Bart fills out a credit card application form with
    the phone number 555-3126.


Q:  Where did Matt Groening get the names for the Simpson family?

A:  Homer and Margaret ("Marge") are the names of his parents (Mrs. Simpson 
    is Marjorie); the names of Matt Groening's sons are Homer and Abe.  His
    siblings are, in birth order, Mark (unused so far), Patty, (then came
    Matt), Lisa, and Maggie (named Margaret like her mother but called Maggie).

    The name Bart, on the other hand, is simply an anagram for "brat", although
    on several occasions MG has said he is strongly influenced by both himself
    and his brother Mark.

    The surname Simpson is a natural choice for the family as the name
    "Simpson" literally translates to "Son of a Simpleton".

 -> There has also been debate on the group about the film "Day of the Locust."
    It seems a character from this film has exhibited characteristics with
    uncanny similarities to Homer Simpson, and the character's name actually is
    Homer Simpson.  It is unknown for sure whether this film has ANY connection
    with MG's choice of name, whether it is pure coincidence, or whether MG
    just took advantage of that coincidence.
    
    Incidentally, MG's mother's maiden name is Wiggum, and many of the
    secondary characters are named after streets in Portland, Oregon.


Q:  Is it just me or are several of the characters left-handed?

A:  No, many of the characters are indeed left-handed.  This is because MG is
    infact left-handed himself.  Viewers with eagle eyes may notice that this
    is not always consistent however, especially in later episodes.


Q:  It seemed to me that Homer's voice sounds different in some early episodes.
    Did they change actors, or is it just my imagination?

A:  When Dan Castellaneta originally began voicing Homer, he basically imitated
    Walter Matthau to get the voice.  However, Dan reportedly had trouble with 
    certain emotional registers and intonations with the voice, so beginning
    with Season Two, he changed it slightly to create its present sound.

 -> According to David Silverman, episode 7F22, "Blood Feud," is when Homer's
    character began to gradually change into what it is now.  (Notice that the
    "letter" Troy McClure gets in 3F31 about Homer's stupidity is answered with
    clips from each season of Homer doing stupid things, beginning with the
    second season episode "Blood Feud.")  The Tracey Ullman Short "The Pagans"
    he sets as the point where Bart's character became set as the brat everyone
    knows and loves.


Q:  There are still a few characters who sounded different in the first season.
    Were all the same actors doing the voices?

A:  Christopher Collins played Moe Szyslak in "Some Enchanted Evening" and Mr.
    Burns in "Homer's Odyssey."  He left The Simpsons to pursue a stand-up
    career.  Sadly, Collins died June 12th, 1994 after a two-year illness.
    (Thanks to his son, Ben, for this information and corrections on this
    date and some of the information).


Q:  What does the "J" stand for in Homer J. and Bart J. Simpson?

A:  MG says that Homer and Abraham's middle initials are a token of admiration
    for Rocky and Bullwinkle (Rocket J. Squirrel and Bullwinkle J. Moose),
    whose initials were in honor of their creator, Jay Ward.  Apparently,
    as of episode AABF02, Homer's "J" stands for "Jay."  Decide for yourself
    which answer is more consistent.

    According to MG, Bart's middle name is Jo-Jo, and not Jebediah as stated
    previously in the _Rainy Day Fun Book_.  One can only guess that some facts
    got lost when the RDFB was made.  The name was given to him by none other
    than Nancy Cartwright.


Q:  Which one's Itchy and which is Scratchy?

A:  As Lisa and Bart explained to Herb Powell:

      Lisa:  "The mouse's name is Itchy, and the cat's name is Scratchy."
      Bart:  "They *hate* each other."
      Lisa:  "And they're not shy about expressing it."


Q:  Which one's Patty and Which one's Selma?

A:  Sometimes referred to as the "Gruesome Twosome".  Patty usually wears a
    necklace with round beads and doesn't part her hair.  Selma wears a
    necklace with oval beads and does part her hair.  Selma wears earrings
    shaped like the letter "s", and Patty wears triangle-shaped earrings.
    Marge differentiated them for Homer in 7F15 thusly:

     Homer: "Which one's Selma, again?"
     Marge: "She's the one who likes Police Academy movies and Hummel
            figurines, and walking through the park on clear autumn days."
     Homer: "Oh, yeah yeah yeah.  But I thought she was the one that didn't
            like to be ... you know ... touched."
     Marge: "It's Patty who chose a life of celibacy.  Selma simply had
            celibacy thrust upon her."


Q:  What are the names of the bullies who pick on Bart, and which is which?

A:  Their names are Jimbo Jones, Dolph, and Kearney.
     - Jimbo is the tall kid with the purple stocking hat and black T-shirt.
     - Dolph is the short kid with the hair that hangs over his eyes.
     - Kearney is the stocky kid with the shaven head.


Q:  How come the Halloween Specials don't follow established continuity?

A:  The "Treehouse of Horror" series is, according to MG, non-canonical and as
    such the writers can do whatever they choose, such as put Mr. Burns'
    country home in Pennsylvania, have the family appear to have long forked
    tongues, or give Bart a twin brother named Hugo.


Q:  Where did they get the money to animate the THOH short "Homer^3"?

A:  Writer David S. Cohen approached David Silverman with the idea of a
    computer-animated sequence.  Simpsons staff went to California-based
    computer animation company Pacific Data Images, which set aside a portion
    of their budget for self-promotional projects.  PDI was quite eager to get
    world-wide exposure and sank their self-promotional budget into "Homer ^3"
    --giving "Treehouse of Horror VI" a segment animated free of charge.


Q:  Are Smithers and Karl gay (or bisexual)?

A:  According to Producer David Silverman, Yes, Waylon Smithers and Karl
    (Homer's secretary from 7F02, not Lenny's co-worker) are both gay.  End of
    discussion.


Q:  Wasn't Smithers black in one episode?

A:  Sort of.  When "Homer's Odyssey" was being produced, Smithers was
    accidentally animated with the wrong color.  This goof is entirely the 
    fault of Klasky-Csupo and Producer David Silverman assures us that Waylon
    was always meant to be yellow.

    David suggests that you imagine that Smithers had just come back from a
    vacation in the Caribbean with a deep tan when the episode took place.


Q:  Who is that bee guy?

A:  Springfield's TV show starring a man in a bumblebee costume is similar
    to the show "Lo Mejor De Chespirito" from the Miami-based Univision
    network.  Correlation has also been made to the show "El Show de
    Luis De Alba."

    For a long time the character's only known name was "Bumblebee Man",
    however, in "Team Homer" we learn that his real name is Pedro.


Q:  And the guy who runs the comic shop, what's his name?

A:  According to the production staff, the owner of the comic shop is simply
    known as "Comic Book Guy".  CBG is supposed to sound like Ralph Bakshi.


Q:  What's that thing Homer says?  Doh? Dough? D'ohh?

A:  The correct way to spell it is "D'oh!"  Homer's trademark "D'oh!"
    manifested out of a general exclamation to indicate anger, and therefore
    was and has always been referred to in scripts as "Annoyed Grunt."
    Therefore most titles that feature "D'oh" in them have the "D'oh" replaced
    with (Annoyed Grunt) (e.g., "E-I-E-I-(Annoyed Grunt).")


Q:  Exactly how old is Homer? 35? 36? 38???

A:  Contrary to strange developments in recent years, Homer is really 36, as
    confirmed in 9F02, "Lisa the Beauty Queen."  And since characters don't
    age in the series, the LISA chooses to acknowledge his age as being 36, not
    38 ("The Homer They Fall"), OR 39 ("The Wizard of Evergreen Terrace").


Q:  How old is Mr. Burns?

A:  104 ("Who Shot Mr. Burns? Part One") and/or 81 ("Simpson and Delilah").


Q:  Is Bart's friend named Milhous or Milhouse?

A:  Although it is true that he is named after former U.S. President Richard
    Milhous Nixon, his full name is correctly spelled as Milhouse Van Houten.


Q:  What are the names of Milhouse's parents?

A:  Kirk Van Houten and Luann Van Houten.  They divorced in the eighth season
    episode "A Milhouse Divided."


Q:  What's the deal with the rake scene in "Cape Feare" (9F22)?

A:  According to the writers, the truth is that the episode was running short,
    and so the rake scene was stretched out in order to fill time.


Q:  The trivia questions in 3F31 said the cash register in the titles read
    "NRA4EVR", and that both B.G. Murphy and Dr. Marvin Monroe died during
    Season Six.  When did Dr. Monroe die, and the FAQ just said the register
    reads "847.63".  What's going on here?

A:  The trivia questions in 3F31 are gags made to troll the audience, just like
    the images of Matt Groening, James L. Brooks, and Sam Simon in the episode
    are not what those people really look like.  The cash register question is
    a gag referring to the people who have labeled the show as "the most
    liberal on television" by portraying it as having an ultra-conservative
    slant.

    "Bleeding Gums" Murphy died in episode 2F32, "'Round Springfield".
    Doctor Marvin Monroe, a character much-disliked by some of the writers,
    passed away quietly sometime during the season, his death marked only by
    the appearance of the Marvin Monroe Memorial Hospital in 2F20.


Q:  With the passing of Phil Hartman, will Troy McClure and Lionel Hutz have
    new voices?

A:  All sources indicate that Matt Groening has retired the characters out of
    respect for Phil, and another voice actor will not be supplying their
    voices in place of Mr. Hartman.


Q:  Who is the person playing the baritone saxaphone for Lisa?

A:  Terry Harrington.


2.2  Background, Production, and Broadcast
---  -------------------------------------

Q:  Who is Matt Groening?

A:  Matt Groening, born February 15th, 1954, is the creator of "The Simpsons"
    and "Life in Hell".  Intending to be a professional writer after leaving
    Evergreen State College, WA (graduated in 1977 at 23), his disappointing
    career in L.A. came to an end with the unexpected success of his "Life in
    Hell" comic strip.  It was "Life in Hell" that attracted the attention of
    James L. Brooks of Gracie Films, who in 1985 invited MG to develop an idea
    for a future project that later became the animated Simpsons shorts shown
    during "The Tracey Ullman Show".


Q:  What exactly does he do for "The Simpsons"?

A:  Matt Groening is officially known as the show's Creative Consultant, and
    has a hand in almost every phase of the production process, like one can
    if they're the CC.  However, it is stressed that the talented people
    employed by Gracie Films, Film Roman, et al. are responsible for
    practically the entirety of what happens.
 
    Additionally, he's an executive producer.  (The Internet Movie Database has
    a broader explanation of what an executive producer's duties are at
    <http://us6.imdb.com/Glossary/E#executive_producer>.

    His name appearing on all Simpsons merchandising is a trademark
    requirement, by agreement with the 20th Century Fox Film Corporation, who
    bought the rights and ownership of "The Simpsons".
    
    Incidentally, the distinctive font ("Matt") used by the show and magazine
    were specially designed in PostScript by Apple Computer employees, and
    based on his own handwriting (surprise).  Sorry, but they're proprietary.

    However, a look-alike font based on MG's "Life in Hell" script called
    "AKBAR" is available at <http://web.mit.edu/jonb/www/groening/akbar.html>.


Q:  Why wasn't MG's name on 2F31?

A:  MG asked that his name be removed from the credits to "A Star Is Burns"
    because he felt the episode was one very long commercial for "The Critic",
    and that it creates the image that the two shows are somehow linked
    together, which of course isn't the case.


Q:  What are all these hexidecimal numbers people keep talking about?

A:  The numbers (7G06, 7F19, 9F08, 2F05, AABF01 etc.) refer to the production
    code assigned by the production team.  Each story has its own p-code which
    refers to the season which it was produced for, but not necessarily the
    one it was broadcast in.  One or two episodes are usually held over for
    broadcasting early the following season, hence 7F24 was the Season Three
    opener.  As a general rule of thumb:

      7G   codes refer to Season One episodes
      7F   codes refer to Season Two episodes
      8F   codes refer to Season Three episodes
      9F   codes refer to Season Four episodes
      1F   codes refer to Season Five episodes
      2F   codes refer to Season Six episodes
      3F   codes refer to Season Seven episodes
      3G   codes refer to special episodes commissioned during S7
      4F   codes refer to Season Eight episodes
      5F   codes refer to Season Nine episodes
      AABF codes refer to Season Ten episodes

    The p-codes do not appear to be actual hexidecimal numbers.  James L.
    Brooks said he got the idea for the Season One codes for "The Simpsons"
    from the fact that Homer works in sector 7G at SNPP.

    Production codes for 20th Century Fox productions seem to be undergoing
    revamps.  Conclusive information on this change is not yet available.  See
    snpp.com's Season Ten information page
    <http://www.snpp.com/episodes/season10.html> for information on The
    Simpsons' particular change in production codes.

 -> Consult the Episode QuickList or the Episode Guide for a listing of stories
    and p-codes.  (See Sec 3.2)


Q:  Where do you get the production codes from?

A:  Watch the closing credits to each episode.  The credit page with the
    copyright information (usually the fifth page from the end) contains the
    line "THE SIMPSONS  EPISODE #____" which is the p-code for that episode, 
    with the exception of 7G08 where the p-code immediately follows the
    copyright notification.  The p-codes for the music videos are found on
    the broadcast tapes' slates (special title cards for TV station personnel).


Q:  Where do the episode titles come from?

A:  Some newspapers print the episode titles.  The book _Simpson Mania_ lists
    Season One titles; Brian Howard was able to get "inside" information for
    Season Two and Three titles.  Season Four, Five, Six, and Seven titles were
    provided by David Mirsky, and later by Bill Oakley.  Episodes 7G07 and 7F10
    were actually broadcast with their titles.  The titles for the shorts are
    listed in the credits to "The Tracey Ullman Show".  The music video titles
    are, of course, taken from their song titles.
    
    At this time, episode titles seem to be obtained through inside sources
    related to the series and the network.


Q:  How is a Simpsons episode created?

A:  Production on a given season begins in December, when the writers go to one
    of two "writers' retreats" to pitch and develop approximately 16 story
    ideas, which end up developed into about 12 scripts.  Episodes from season
    one were often animated with about 12,000 drawings.  The number gradually
    increased to about 24,000 drawings, but not due to the change from Klasky-
    Csupo to Film Roman.


Q:  What was the first episode?

A:  The Simpsons is one of those series that don't have one specific first
    episode.  Production wise, the first episode created was 7G01 "Some
    Enchanted Evening" (pushed over to the end of the first season because a
    scene was being re-animated).  The first broadcast half hour was 7G08
    "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire."  The pilot episode to launch the
    series on Fox was 7G02 "Bart the Genius."


Q:  Why do the production codes in Season Six jump from 2F22 to 2F31?
    And what about 3F31 in Season Seven?

A:  The current production staff at "The Simpsons" has only enough resources to
    put together roughly 22 episodes a season.  However, for Season Six an
    arrangement was made with the staff of "The Critic" to produce two
    additional episodes.  Those two episodes were given the p-codes 2F31 and
    2F32.

    Currently, Fox is demanding the production of 25 episodes per season.
    In 1994 to 1996, the arrangement was 24 new shows and 1 clip show.
    For Season Six, a former writer was called in at the last minute to hack
    together 2F33, even going so far as to use a pseudonym - "Penny Wise"
    (implying that Fox is "Pound Foolish" of course!) and so the episode was
    given the highest p-code available to distance it from the other episodes.
    Similarly, the Season Seven clip show was designated as 3F31 - and this
    time "Pound Foolish" was even named as the director!

    Season Nine saw The Simpsons' fourth clip show, "All Singing, All Dancing"
    (5F24).

 -> David Silverman admitted to using the alias `Pound Foolish' as director of
    3F31.  He also directed 2F33, "Another Simpsons Clip Show."


Q:  What's this I keep hearing about "The Simpsons" being cancelled?

A:  All sources indicate that 20th Century Fox is eager to take Simpsons as
    far as Season Twelve, and current Executive Producer Mike Scully has signed
    on to be Executive Producer until then, however, that does not confirm the
    decision to do a twelfth season.  At the time being, the only thing that
    prevents the confirmation of a Season Eleven is the official word from Fox,
    but it can be taken for granted that there will be a Season Eleven.

    Simpsons receives strong enough ratings, so in all likelihood if the
    series ends, it will not be due to Fox cancelling it.  Stay tuned.


Q:  How do I pronounce...

  "Groening"?   A:  In one of the Life In Hell strips and in the "Rolling
                    Stone" article, MG mentioned that it rhymes with
                    "complaining"; the "Newsweek" article rhymes his name with
                    "raining".

  "Yeardley"?   A:  "Yeardley" is a variant spelling of the British name
                    "Yardley", whose pronunciation is non-problematical.


Q:  Have any of the episodes been released on video?

A:  A set of 12 SECAM VHS tapes featuring 24 episodes from Season One and
    Season Two is available in France, released by Fox France.

    A set of 4 PAL VHS tapes featuring 8 episodes from Season One is also
    available in Finland.

    A set of 3 PAL VHS tapes featuring 6 episodes each from Season One were
    released to Italy in 1991.

    Several videos have been released to the U.K., and as imports to the rest
    of Europe.  In April, 1997, video released was "The Dark Secrets of the
    Simpsons"; in September, the video released was "Springfield Murder
    Mystery"; in November, "Crime & Punishment"; in April, "Sex, Lies and the
    Simpsons" and in May, 1998, "The Simpsons Against the World."  New releases
    are upcoming as well.  Details on the releases are as follows (supplied by
    Torsten Kracke): 

     4182S       The Dark Secrets of The Simpsons (released April 28th, 1997):
                     The Springfield Files (3G01) / Homer the Great (2F09)
                     Lisa the Iconoclast (3F13) / Homer: Bad Man (2F06)
     6019S       Springfield Murder Mystery (released Sep. 29th, 1997):
                     Who Shot Mr. Burns? Parts 1+2 (2F16 / 2F20)
                     Black Widower (8F20) / Cape Feare (9F22)
     7797S       Crime & Punishment (released Nov, 3rd 1997):
                     Marge in Chains (9F20) / Homer the Vigilante (1F09)
                     You only move twice (3F23) / Bart the Fink (3F12)
     0411S       Sex, Lies and the Simpsons (released April 14th, 1998)
                     The Last Temptation of Homer (1F07)
                     Bart After Dark (4F06) / New Kid on the Block (9F06)
                     Lisa's Rival (1F17)
     0387S       The Simpsons Against the World (released May 18th, 1998)
                     Homer vs. Patty & Selma (2F14) / Marge vs. the Monorail
                     (9F10) / Homer vs. Lisa and the 8th Commandment (7F13)
                     Bart vs. Australia (2F13)
                  The Simpsons: Heaven and Hell (released: August 31st,
                  1998) 
                     Treehouse of Horror (7F04) / Bart's Comet (2F11)
                     Dog of Death (8F17) / In Marge We Trust (4F18)
                  Scary Simpsons (released: October 5th, 1998)
                     Treehouse of Horror II (8F02) / Treehouse of Horror III
                     (9F04) / Treehouse of Horror IV (1F04) / Treehouse of 
                     Horror V (2F04)
     0290S        The Last Temptation of Homer (released: Nov. 9th, 1998)
                     Simpson and Delilah (7F02) /
                     One Fish, Two Fish, Blow Fish, Blue Fish (7F11) /
                     Homer Alone (8F14) / Colonel Homer (8F19)
     1410S        Too Hot for TV (released: March 8th, 1999)
                     Treehouse of Horror IX (AABF01) / The Cartridge Family
                     (5F01) / Natural Born Kissers (5F18) / Grampa vs. Sexual
                     Inadequacy (2F07)

    Each video costs 12.99 UKP.

    In North America, the Christmas special (7G08) is available on Fox Video
    on a single NTSC VHS tape, title #1915.  Three triple-packs of VHS tapes
    containing two uncut episodes on each tape were released to NA.  The first
    triple-pack contained various Season One episodes, plus a Tracey Ullman
    Show short per tape, and the second features Season Two episodes.  The most
    recent triple-pack features episodes from Season Three.  Information on
    these videos is available through
    <http://www.foxworld.com/simpsons/shppr03.htm>.


Q:  What's all this about syndication?
 
A:  Episodes that have already had their seasonal run on Fox have been made
    available as a syndication package by Fox.  This means that any station can
    buy it and show it at any time they choose, not just Fox Network
    affiliates.

    The Simpsons began their syndication run in September, 1994, a little after
    it reached its 100th show.  Once a series reaches its 100th show, it will
    wind up in syndication.


Q:  Why are the syndicated episodes being cut?

A:  Syndicated episodes are edited to fit the standard length of any other
    syndicated show to allow more commercials to be shown.  This means that
    some scenes are shortened or removed entirely.  As such, the first 
    material to be edited usually includes the title sequence (which is why
    the syndicated titles are even shorter than the standard abridged
    sequence in recent US broadcasts by Fox) and scenes that are not integral
    to the plot - often meaning some of the most memorable lines are missing
    from the syndicated versions.  

    There are a few exceptions, however.  Some episodes are left uncut, but
    compressed to gain additional seconds.  Also, sometimes, the last two
    seconds of an act is cut for a commercial break.  Here's the list of
    episodes that were never cut: 

    7G04 There's No Disgrace Like Home    8F23 Brother, Can You Spare Two Dimes
    7F05 Dancin' Homer                    9F01 Homer the Heretic
    7F07 Bart vs. Thanksgiving            9F12 Brother from the Same Planet
    8F03 Bart the Murderer                9F15 Last Exit to Springfield
    8F11 Radio Bart                       2F08 Fear of Flying
    8F15 Separate Vocations               2F32 'Round Springfield
    8F19 Colonel Homer                    4F16 The Canine Mutiny

    7G04 is the shortest episode of The Simpsons ever.  Keep in mind
    that the only episodes that appear in syndication with full-length
    openings are 7F06 "Bart the Daredevil" (borrowed from 7F10) and 4F19
    "Homer's Enemy."

    The episode "Team Homer" was modified in syndication.  A scene in which
    Homer anticipates winning a bowling tournament showcases him flushing a
    stolen supporting actor Oscar down the toilet.  The name engraved on the
    award was Haing S. Ngor, an actor who was murdered February 25th, 1996.
    In syndication, the name was changed to Don Ameche.


Q:  Why was the Tracey Ullman Show short "Babysitting Maggie" cut on Fox?

A:  There was a protest over the 1987 airing of a scene in which Maggie sticks
    a fork in an electric socket.  The scene was clipped from the Fox reairing,
    and wasn't shown in syndication, either.

    The scene, however, was based upon an actual incident, according to David
    Silverman.  As a boy, MG was at a party when the lights flickered.  A
    moment later, a boy walked into the room holding a fork.  He pointed to it,
    and said, "Hot."


Q:  Has The Simpsons won any Emmys/awards?

A:  The Simpsons has received 31 Emmy nominations, and 15 wins.  The series
    won Outstanding Animated Program awards in 1990 (for "Life on the
    Fast Lane"), 1991 (for "Homer vs. Lisa and the Eighth Commandment"), 1995
    (for "Lisa's Wedding"), 1997 (for "Homer's Phobia") and 1998 (for "Trash of
    the Titans.")

    The series won its sixth consecutive Annie Award November of 1997 for the
    episode "Homer's Phobia."  Additionally, the series won a Peabody award
    sometime at the end of March, 1997.

    See the Emmy Awards and Nominations for The Simpsons page for a complete
    listing of Simpsons' Emmy awards and nominations.
    <http://www.artist-bros.org/olombard/lisa/emmys.htm>


Q:  What's this rumor I keep hearing about a Simpsons movie?

A:  MG is doubtful that will ever happen, and most likely an animated or live
    action movie similar to "The Flintstones" will not be produced, and
    no plans for a film exist.


2.3  Comics, Music, Contest and Newsgroup-Specific
---  -------------------------------------

Q:  How do I contact Matt Groening or the producers/writers of the show?

A:  You can send your praises, questions, comments, sympathy cards, and
    hate mail for Ian Maxtone-Graham to:

                         The Simpsons
                         c/o Twentieth Television
                         Matt Groening's Office
                         PO Box 900
                         Beverly Hills, CA 90213


Q:  What about Email addresses for Matt Groening or the production staff?

A:  If MG has an Email address, he has not made it public.  Several of the
    writers and producers do have Email addresses, but they are not publically
    available and should not be given out as a matter of courtesy.

    However, there is an Email address for questions and comments about Fox
    shows in general, askfox@foxinc.com.


Q:  I have a script/story idea I want to show to the producers...

A:  The best advice here is to get yourself an agent.  Due to potential legal
    problems, the producers and writers aren't supposed to read unsolicited
    scripts or story materials, and so it's best not to bother them in the
    first place.  This isn't because the writers are being snobs, it's because
    of union rules, the violation of which _could_ cause people to get fired,
    or even sued.


Q:  What's Bongo Comics Group/Simpsons Illustrated?

A:  "Simpsons Illustrated" was a quarterly "fan" magazine that is no longer
    in print.  Issues of SI include cast and production staff interviews, fan 
    artwork, and lots of trivia.  A Simpsons annual and a special 3-D issue
    were also published.  Back issues are nearly impossible to find.

    The publishers of the magazine (at least in the US) have gone on to
    collaborate with Matt Groening to form the Bongo Comics Group.  Titles
    include three-issue limited series: "Radioactive Man", "Krusty Comics",
    and "Itchy & Scratchy Comics"; a one-off I&S holiday issue, and a Lisa
    comic, all of which have run their course. 

    Currently in production is one bi-monthly title, "Simpsons Comics."
    A limited series featuring Ned Flanders was rumored for Fall 1996, however,
    it did not matieralize.

 -> Bongo Comics does not offer subscriptions at this time.


Q:  What are the words to "The Itchy & Scratchy Show" theme?

A:  "They Fight! And Bite!
     And Bite and Bite and Fight!
     Fight Fight Fight!
     Bite Bite Bite!
     The Itchy & Scratchy Show!"


Q:  Where can I get the music from "The Simpsons"?

A:  Currently three albums, and singles associated to the first released have
    been released.  "The Simpsons Sing the Blues," "Songs in the Key of
    Springfield" and "The Yellow Album."  Singles from the former include:

        The Simpsons Sing the Blues     Album   CD, MC, Vinyl.
        Do the Bartman                  Single
                CD single, release version. 12" vinyl release.
        Deep, deep trouble              Single
                CD Single, Promotional & release version. 12" vinyl release.
        Sibling Rivalry                 Single
                CD Single, release version. (12" Vinyl?)

    The opening theme from Season One appears on Danny Elfman's CD, "Music for
    a Darkened Theatre."  The version of the theme used in subsequent seasons
    is available on "Television's Greatest Hits" volume 7, `Cable Ready'
    (Catalog# - TVT 1900-2).  A longer guitar rendition is on Danny Gatton's
    disc "88 Elmira Street."

    There are also CD singles in existence for "Do The Bartman" and "Deep, Deep
    Trouble" which contain remixes of those songs not on the album or cassette
    singles.  Information on these, and the tracklist for "Songs in the Key of
    Springfield" exist in the FAQ on the WWW.  Rumor has it that a "Sibling
    Rivalry" CD single was also created, but no confirmation exists for this.

    The second album, "The Yellow Album," which was on an exceedingly long
    delay, was finally released November 24th, 1998--six years after the album
    was recorded late in 1992.  Information about the album is available
    through The Simpsons Archive at <http://www.snpp.com/news/pr10_29_98.html>.


Q:  The Soundtrack Album, "Songs in the Key of Springfield" is great.  Will
    there be a follow-up to it?

A:  Rhino Records, which released a 51-track complilation of songs aired on
    the series on March 18th, 1997, gave composer/album producer Alf Clausen
    the go-ahead to produce a follow-up album.  Despite the politics that
    jeopardized the plans to release the album, "Go Simpsonic: A Whole Lot More
    Music From The Television Series," it seems the plans are back on for its
    release and it should materialize sometime in the fall of this year.


Q:  Is my local station cutting the episodes?

A:  Probably not, unless you're watching the syndicated versions of the
    episodes, which are edited.  Episodes broadcast in England and Australia
    are routinely censored to abide with younger children's viewing guidelines
    because of the time slots used by these countries.  In Germany, the series
    runs now, usually without its end credits, at a late time slot.  The
    abridgement of the title sequence in the US is done by the Fox network.
    Canadian viewers, who don't get the episodes through Fox are usually
    granted the pleasure of a full episode each week.

    In Belgium, the commercial broadcast station VT4 airs uncut
    episodes of The Simpsons on an irregular, but usually daily basis.
    Only the episodes 8F15 and 2F09 were edited.  Thanks for Werner
    Peeter for supplying this information (corrections are welcome).


Q:  Why are some clips shown in commercials not in the transmitted episode?

A:  Each episode is produced with extra and alternate animation, to allow the
    directors the freedom to decide just what will and won't work, up until a
    few days before a show goes to air.  Fox has access to the footage before
    the final cuts are made, and so it's not unusual for extra material to
    materialize during the promotions.

    Also, the Fox network has taken to mixing clips from previous episodes
    with clips from upcoming episodes, supposedly to make episodes more
    enticing or exciting.  The best example of this is the commercial for
    "The Itchy and Scratchy and Poochie Show" in which Homer's character
    Poochie is on TV and Lisa says "The network has sunk to a new low,"
    the footage coming from 9F22 "Cape Feare."


Q:  What's this I hear about a real life version of the Simpson house?

A:  Kaufman and Broad has designed a 2,200 square ft., 4-bedroom house in
    Henderson, NV just outside of Las Vegas which looks exactly like the
    Simpsons' house.  Pepsi-Cola Company set up a contest to give this very
    house away to someone.  With certain beverage products came a game piece
    with a number, which, if matched with the number flashed during the ninth
    season premiere of The Simpsons, would be the winning number.  The winning
    number was 9786065.

    The winner, 63-year-old great grandmother Barbara Howard from Richmond,
    Kentucky, was given the keys to the $120,000 house December 10th, 1997.


Q:  And who was the winner of 1995's "Who Shot Mr. Burns?" 1-800-COLLECT
    contest?

A:  Fayla Gibson.  And unlike the promos said (which led most to believe the
    winner would be animated with the Simpsons in the series), she was given a
    drawing of herself with the Simpsons.


Q:  Is the "Simpsons" production staff aware of Usenet and a.t.s?

A:  Yes.  Although Matt Groening has never appeared on the Internet publically
    as himself (as far as anybody knows anyway), he has dropped several clues
    in references to certain discussion threads from a.t.s. which appeared in
    his "Life in Hell" comic strips.  His presence was finally confirmed by the
    December 7, 1994 edition of the _Philadelphia Inquirer_ which ran an
    article dealing with alt.tv.simpsons, in which MG admitted:

    "I lurk [on a.t.s] but the other writers on the show were reluctant to
    have me admit that." 

    However, in June 1993, MG did accept an invitation from the Prodigy service
    to chitchat with their users, personally answer a few of those annoying
    standard questions, and detail the reality of his involvement with the
    show.

    Apparently, the transcript of the chat session seems to have disappeared
    from the Simpsons Archive, and no new URL is currently yet available.

    Other producers of the show have made brief appearances on the Internet
    and America On-Line, and the Simpsons drinking game has apparently
    circulated through the production offices, and seems to have been
    well-received.  

 -> The drinking game is also available.  (See Sec 3.2)

    In the past, many postings have claimed to have originated from Matt
    Groening and other identities.  One should immediately be skeptical of
    *any* messages that claim to have been sent by a notable personality - it
    is a trivial exercise to fake an article so that it appears to have come
    from another person.



  -===============< Section III - Frequently Requested Lists >===============-


3.1  The Episode Capsules
---  --------------------

     The episode capsule is perhaps the ultimate resource file for every
episode of "The Simpsons" outside of the production offices.  It contains a
summary of the script, reviews, and observations posted to the newsgroup for
each episode.  For more details, see the episode capsule FAQ or check out one
of the capsules themselves.

     With the exception of the second music video, 7F76, capsules exist for
every episode, short, and music video preceeding season eight.  Season Nine and
Season Ten's episode capsules are in the middle of production and will be
finished and released as soon as possible.

     Benjamin Robinson <benjamin@snpp.com> is the current capsule compiler,
replacing the previous maintainer, Frederic Briere, during the slow production
of the Season Eight capsules, and during the airing of Season Nine.  The
originator of the episode capsules is Raymond Chen, who produced most of the
capsules through Season Four.  James Cherry took over capsule duties from
Season Five until midway through Season Seven.  Ricardo Lafaurie finished the
latter half of Season Seven.  Chris Baird, Dave Hall, Scott Simpson, and Juha
Terho are responsible for the remaining handful of capsules not produced by
Raymond Chen, James Cherry, or Ricardo Lafaurie.

     The episode capsules are available at <http://www.snpp.com/episodes.html>
The Episode QuickList is available at <http://www.wcat.com/simpsons/seq.txt>.

 -> Look for a revision of the first four season's episode capsules in the
    future. 

3.2  Required Reading
---  ----------------

     In addition to the LISA, several other reference works are available,
such as cast lists and episode guides.  These documents are highly recommended
for persons interested in more details on these particular aspects of the show.

     (NOTE: Certain documents have been neglected for quite some time.  They
are being edited and worked on, but in the meantime, do not be surprised if you
find some documents with information that does not go beyond Season Six or
Season Seven.)

Episode Guides and Technical Documents:              Maintained By:
   "The Simpsons" Episode Quicklist                    Brian Petersen
   "The Simpsons" Episode Guide                        Jordan Eisenberg
   "The Simpsons" Writers & Directors                  Brian Petersen
   "The Simpsons" Cast List                            Jouni Paakkinen
   "The Itchy & Scratchy Show" Episode Guide           J.D. Baldwin
   Couch, Blackboard Punishment, & Airdates Listing    Don Del Grande
   Bart's Prank Calls To Moe's Tavern                  Don Del Grande
   Episode Capsule FAQ                                 Benjamin Robinson
 
Miscellaneous Documents:                             Maintained or Created By:
   Compendium of the Bile-inducing Genre of            Andrew Gill
   Frequently Asked Questions (CBG-FAQ--Mini FAQ)
   Upcoming Episodes List                              Don Del Grande
   List of Syndication Stations and Air Times          Jason Hancock
   Where is Springfield?                               Dave Hall
   "The Simpsons" Drinking Game                        Joey Berner
   Syndication Cuts Guide                              Frederic Briere


     There are also many other documents available that are not listed here,
such as character files, song lyrics, ASCII pics, and much more.  See the List
of Lists for more information, or browse the FTP and WWW sites.  (See Sec 1.6)


3.3  The alt.tv.simpsons Mail Server
---  -------------------------------

     Many of the documents referred to here are available via the
alt.tv.simpsons mail server.  With this service, you can request these files to
be sent right to your Email box quickly and easily without the use of FTP or
WWW.

     To request more information about the server, as well as instructions and
a list of documents currently available through the service, send Email to
<ats@lyris.snpp.com> with the phrase "Info" as the subject of your message.



  -=====================< Section IV - Closing Remarks >=====================-


4.1  Acknowledgements
---  ----------------

I want to take this time to thank the previous FAQ maintainers for making this
document possible with their past hard work on making the LISA as informative
as it is.  Those people are: Matthew Kurth, Gavan McCormack, Chris Baird,
Raymond Chen and Brendan Kehoe.  Also, thanks to Fox Legal for not bothering me
about maintaining this file.



4.2  Contributors
---  ------------

These people have contributed in some fashion to this document, both with and
without their knowledge, and I'd like to thank as many as I can think of at
this point.

Chris Baird                   Bob Beecher                   Joey Berner
Frederic Briere               Chris Cammack                 Paul Canniff
Cristina Cebba                Vince Chan                    Raymond Chen
James A. Cherry               Terri Clendenin               Ben Collins
Chris Courtois                Christopher Dent              Rick Diamant
Gary Goldberg                 Don Del Grande                Geek Boy
Dave Hall                     Tim Harrod                    Tony Hill
Tammy J. Hocking              David Kendall                 Torsten Kracke
Matthew Kurth                 Chad Lehman                   Bren Lynne
Gavan McCormack               Gary S. Nabors                Jouni Paakkinen
Werner Peeters                Brian Petersen                Matt Rose
Sarah Rosenbaum               John Schulien                 Paul Shandi
Tony Shepps                   Juha Terho                    Elson Trinidad
Aaron Varhola                 Julien Villeret               Ohbuchi Yutaka

Acknowledgement is also given to all the Simpsons-related publications which
have also provided key background information for this document.

Special acknowledgement also goes out to Matt Groening for his Bongo Comics
columns and David Silverman, who has provided invaluable information through
various means, most particularly lectures which served to tie up certain
nagging details.  Thanks also to those of the production staff that
occasionally come down from the mountain to enlighten those of us outside of
the loop.  Thanks guys!


4.3  Disclaimer and Copyright
---  ------------------------

     This document is Copyright (c) 1997, 1998, 1999 Artist Bros. Enterprises
and may not be modified and/or distributed, or used for-profit without consent
of the current maintainer.  This includes, but is not limited to: CD-ROMs,
magazines, books, newspapers, or television broadcasts.  Free distribution is
encouraged provided the document is unabridged, unmodified, and unaltered.

     This Copyright does not extend to, and is not intended to infringe upon,
the characters, names, and related indica of "The Simpsons" which remains
Copyrighted by, and a Trade Mark of, Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation.

     The information in this document has been checked where appropriate, and
is considered as accurate as possible.  However, Pobody's Nerfect.  As such,
Artist Bros. Enterprises takes no responsibility for incorrect or inaccurate
information beyond correcting the error in the next official LISA release.

               "Who would've guessed reading and writing would pay off?"
                          - Homer Simpson, "Mr Lisa Goes to Washington" [8F01]

                         -= Don't have a cow, Man! =-

--
  Ondre Lombard, wakkojr@wcat.com

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