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Simpsons Legalized Gambling

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While Marge waits for Homer`s shift to end at Mr. Burns` casino, she finds a neighborhood on the floor and uses it to play a slot machine. She wins and becomes addicted to the game almost immediately. While Mr. Burns` Casino is a success, he becomes even more withdrawn and eccentric, developing a deep fear of microscopic germs. Burns grew a long beard, long fingernails and toenails, and wore pajamas all the time, forcing Smithers to wear a hospital gown and building a model airplane, the Spruce Moose, which he seemed to believe to be real. Legalized gambling arrives in Springfield as a new source of revenue after news arrives that the city`s economy is on the hill. As Mr. Burns builds a casino, Homer gets a job as a blackjack dealer, Marge is addicted to slot machines, Bart opens his own casino in the trees to show a teenage worker who kicked him out because he is a minor, Mr. Burns` constant surveillance of the casino makes him Howard Hughes in his later years, and poor Lisa can`t find anyone who helps her make her Florida costume for the school state contest.

Homer spies on Marge, who gambles and makes more money. With this, he stops her by pulling Marge away from the slot machine and throwing him to the ground. Homer tells her how angry he is with her for breaking his promise to Lisa and making her cry. Marge realizes how much her neglect affects her family and apologizes. Homer persuades Marge to admit that she has a gambling problem, and she considers therapy, but Homer disagrees, claiming it`s too expensive. At a town hall, Mayor Quimby makes suggestions on how to improve Springfield`s declining economy. Director Skinner suggested that the city legalize gambling to rejuvenate its economy. Everyone, including Marge, who travels often, likes the idea.

Lord. Burns and Mayor Quimby work together to build a casino where Homer will be hired as a blackjack dealer. Burns designed the casino himself, with his image on the body of a mermaid adorning the neon sign. Homer rubs it on Marge`s face and tells her that her gambling addiction was worse than her flaws. She is offended and tells Homer to help her, not rub her. Homer tells Marge that she gets this because she neglected her family and broke her promise to help Lisa make her Florida suit. He finally agrees to let her go as long as she takes the trouble not to return to the casino. It`s a premise that`s deep and rich enough to last an entire season. « $pringfield » is therefore full of inspired subplots that reflect the game`s considerable impact on Springfield.

Burns decides to build a casino and descends into a madness unmistakably similar to that of Howard Hughes as he hides from a world he is convinced will be invaded by vicious germs, and builds his dream plane, the Spruce Moose (Hughes` version of the legendary spruce goose). Spruce moose is the opposite of spruce goose. The Spruce Goose was the largest aircraft of its time; In contrast, the spruce moose is just a tiny airplane model that Burns, in his narcissistic delusion, is convinced will actually fly. Marge spends all her time at the casino, neglecting her family. She doesn`t notice when Maggie crawls away from the slits and is nearly torn apart by a white tiger from Gunter and Ernst`s circus act. She forgets to help Lisa make a costume for her geography contest and forces her to wear one designed by her father, which consists of Homer creating a shabby costume of « Florida » misspelled as « Flomade » on the front. Homer bursts into the casino looking for a margin. Surveillance cameras intercept his rampage, prompting Burns to demote him to his former job at the plant. After realizing how much he misses the plant, Burns decides to go back. When Homer confronts Marge about her behavior, she realizes she has a gambling problem. However, when they leave, Homer takes the revelation as a way to deflect criticism from his own questionable behavior by pointing out their gambling addiction.

Back home, when Lisa wakes up from a bad dream of the Boogeyman, an armed Homer and the children hide behind a frightened mattress and pull from his blanket at everything he thinks is the Boogeyman. When Marge finally returns home and sees what happened, she promises to spend more time with her family instead of playing. The next day, Bart intercepts Robert Goulet to perform at his casino while he has been hired to play at Mr. Burns` casino; Goulet is a hit, sings the child`s favorite « Jingle Bells, Batman Smells » and accidentally punches Milhouse in the face with his microphone and prefers to enjoy it. As I`ve noted many times, Springfield is constantly on the brink of an apocalyptic uprising (and perhaps even an uprising ending civilization). Springfield represents an incredibly fragile and fragile ecosystem. All it takes is a light breeze to turn the ordinary madness of everyday life into a full-fledged crisis. Opening the Pandora`s box of legalized gambling in Springfield is more like a hurricane of ominous omens. The episode was written by Bill Oakley and Josh Weinstein and directed by Wes Archer. [1] The story of the episode comes from a newspaper article that Oakley and Weinstein found about a Mississippi town that introduced the river boat game.

[2] Oakley said another inspiration for this was that there hadn`t been many episodes about Springfield as a whole and how « ugly » the city was, so they filled the entire first act with scenes showing how « ugly » and « dark » Springfield was. [3] Oakley particularly liked the animation of the casino lights on the slot machines and the lamps on the ceiling. The « way they radiate » had always amazed him. [3] Archer, who directed the animation of the episode, also found that they went well. The lights were particularly difficult for her to animate at the time, as the show was traditionally animated on cels, so Archer was pleased with the results. A deleted scene from the episode shows Homer handing cards to James Bond.[4] .