Episode Fact File: The Town

One more episode to the 600 episodes milestone! This Sunday, October 9th, 2016, Fox aired “The Town“, the 3rd episode of Season 28 and the 599th episode to date. This Episode Fact File will recap the episode with pictures, video clips and more. Get the scoop right after the jump!

The Town

Episode Description:

After Homer catches Bart rooting for Springfield’s football rival, the Boston Americans, he plans a family “hate-cation” trip to Boston in an attempt to show Bart that Boston is a terrible city.

Episode Details: ‘The Town’ is the 3rd episode of Season 28 as well as the 599th episode of The Simpsons. The episode aired on FOX on October 9th, 2016 and was written by Dave King and directed by Rob Oliver with Al Jean and Matt Selman as show runners.


After complaining to Marge about serving dinner slowly, Homer goes to Moe’s Tavern to watch the football match between Springfield Atoms and Boston Americans, where he meets Boston fans. The two fan groups start mocking each other, expecially after the mascot of the Boston team wins them the match by a touchdown, by cheating. After saying he’s going to lose it if he sees a Boston fan after the way they won, back at home he’s surprised by Bart wearing a Boston Americans hat.

Homer, trying to convince him to switch teams, take him around Springfield, but Bart refuses saying that the Boston people are his people. Startled, Homer starts hallucinating the Boston Americans team, and decides to take the family on a “hate-cation” to Boston, to show Bart how terrible the city is.

After the trip they arrive at Boston, where Homer starts provoking the people, but gets caught underneath a cart full of bobbleheads, and is saved by many doctors, learning of the healthcare in the city and being impressed by it. Afterwards, Marge, Lisa and Maggie explore the city on their own and learn about the beauty of the town, including an area for nerds that impress Lisa greatly.

Meanwhile, Homer and Bart go candlepin bowling, Homer being reclutant to try, but once he does he starts liking it more than bowling, and starts to see the good in Boston. Back at the hotel, happy with how the city turned out to be, the whole family decides to move to the town.

Homer finds a job at a candy factory that looks like the Power Plant and Lisa find herself liking the school and the teacher, however Bart finds out that detention in the school is not as much fun, as the kids in detention are seen singing instead of being the bad kids he expected. He finds out that the city is not made for him, but instead for intellectual and nerds like Lisa, so he tries to ruin the city for the family so they can move back home.

To do so, Bart takes the family on a parade for the last game won by cheating by the Boston Americans, where Homer tries not to get angry, but when offered a Boston Americans hat he couldn’t resist and snaps it in half and start calling them cheaters. The family returns back to Springfield, with Marge being mad for making them leave, but Bart has now changed sides, while Lisa is hallucinating being still at Boston‘s school.

PRODUCTION: The episode was originally titled “Patriot Games”, as seen in the script cover. However, the title was changed in January 2016 to “The Town”.

The Town script

A deleted scene showed Bart and Lisa outside a “Stawp & Shawp” (referencing Stop & Shop) with newspaper dispensers filled with The Herald newspapers.



The episode was nominated for an Emmy Award in July 2017 for the Outstanding Animated Program category.





Massachusetts area references


  • The tunnel scene was slightly edited from the version on the trailer:
    • Homer‘s line went from “Delicious, delicious rage.” to “I’ve never loved hating anything so much!”
    • Smog was added to the background.
  • This episode ended up airing on the Pacific Coast at 9:12pm PT due to overtime of the 2nd 2016 Presidential Debate, and other lead-out programs airing first.


  • Inside the tunnel, a blue truck is behind the Simpsons family‘s wagon, after the townie throws a cup at them, there’s a car instead.
  • The Boston Americans‘ mascot had no helmet, meaning that he wouldn’t be allowed to participate in the play even if he is one of the players.
  • Homer apparently first learns of candlepin bowling in this episode, despite previously making reference to it in My Mother the Carjacker.




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That is all from this week’s Episode Fact File and I would like to thank WikiSimpsons for the information for this post and Nathan for the base design of it.

WikiSimpsons: Season 28 Page, The Town

TSTOTopix: Episode Fact File: Season 28: What We Know So Far!
(Part 1: 2015) (Part 2: 2016 #1) (Part 3: 2016 #2)
(Part 4: 2016 #3)

Till next time, Happy Tapping everyone!

fox_broadcasting_companyThis pictures and videos are from the “The Town” episode of FOX show The Simpsons. Their use is believed to qualify as fair use under United States copyright law.


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