The Simpsons Forever
The Simpsons Forever
Episode 1 Season 1 7G08 December 17, 1989
Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire
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Episode Summary
Marge asks her children what they would like for Christmas. Lisa requests a pony. Bart asks for a tattoo. Marge takes them to the mall to buy presents. Bart spies a tattoo parlor and lies about his age to get a "Mother" tattoo. With only "Moth" completed, Marge bursts in and drags him out. She spends the family's Christmas money on removing Bart's tattoo and plans to use Homer's Christmas bonus to buy presents. However, Mr. Burns does not give his employees a bonus.

Discovering he has no money for Christmas, Homer gets a job at the mall as a Santa Claus. Bart goes to the mall and harasses Santa, pulling off his beard and exposing his identity. Homer is left without a job and only thirteen dollars. He gets a hot tip from his buddy, Barney Gumble, and takes Bart to the dog track. Homer bets on another dog, "Santa's Little Helper," on a hunch instead. Santa's Little Helper finishes last.

As a dejected Homer and Bart leave the track, Santa's Little Helper gets the boot from his owner for losing another race. Bart is ecstatic when Homer reluctantly agrees to take the dog home. The pair leave with the mutt, ready to tell the family that there will be no Christmas. However, Marge and Lisa assume Santa's Little Helper is the family present and are overjoyed.
Chalkboard Gag
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Couch Gag
There was no couch gag for this episode.
  • The episode begins with the title The Simpsons Christmas Special
  • Sign outside school reads Springfield Elementary School Annual Christmas Pagent "***1/2*" Springfield Shopper
  • The Simpsons first cat Snowball I was run over
  • Sign outside SNPP reads Seasons Greetings from Springfield Nuclear Power Plant
  • Bart gets his tattoo from The Happy Sailor Tatoo Parlor
  • Other stores in the mall include Toys and The Popcorn Shack
  • Homer shops for gifts at Circus of Values
  • Homer drives past X-Mas Trees Slightly Irregular and steals a tree from No Trespassing land
  • Homer made a total of $13.00 working as a mall Santarn
  • At the Springfield Downs Whirlwind wins the dog race while Santa's Little Helper (#8) comes in last
  • Other dogs in the race included Quadruped, Fido, Dog O' War and Chew My Shoern
  • The episode ends with a photo snapshot that reads Merry Christmas from The Simpsons
Notable Characters in This Episode
Homer Simpson
Marge Simpson
Bart Simpson
Lisa Simpson
Maggie Simpson
Snowball II
Santa's Little Helper
Grampa Simpson
Patty Bouvier
Selma Bouvier
Barney Gumble
Dewey Largo
Moe Szyslak
Mr. Burns
Ned Flanders
Principal Skinner
Milhouse Van Houten
Ralph Wiggum
Todd Flanders
Wendell Borton
Happy Little Elves
Dr. Irving Zitsofsky
Mervin Monroe
Santa's Little Helper's Owner
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In this Episode
SongJingle Bells
SongRudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
SongWe're in the Money
MovieHappy Little Elves Christmas Special
Mimi Pond
David Silverman
James L. Brooks
Matt Groening
Sam Simon
Executive Producer(s)
James L. Brooks
Matt Groening created by
Sam Simon
Starring Cast
Dan Castellaneta
Julie Kavner
Nancy Cartwright
Yeardley Smith
Harry Shearer
Hank Azaria
Jo Ann Harris
Pamela Hayden
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