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The Simpsons: Thursdays with Abie

Grampa finally gets the attention he's waited so, so long for when human-interest columnist Marshall Goldman talks with Grampa while in an amusement park. Grampa tells Marshall about the time he was on a World War II battleship, and Marshall publishes the story in the Springfield Shopper, increasing Grampa's popularity in Springfield drastically. However, when Grampa decides to "dump" Homer as he's not been a good son, Homer looks for his own surrogate father, but instead, he finds a note that suggests Marshall may be planning to kill Grampa.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 21x9
Production Number: MABF02
Airdate: Sunday January 03rd, 2010

Guest Stars
Karl WiedergottKarl Wiedergott
voiced Various
Marcia WallaceMarcia Wallace
voiced Edna Krabappel
Pamela HaydenPamela Hayden
voiced Various
Russi TaylorRussi Taylor
voiced Martin Prince
Tress MacNeilleTress MacNeille
voiced Various
Mitch AlbomMitch Albom
voiced Himself
Main Cast
Dan CastellanetaDan Castellaneta
voiced Homer Simpson, Abraham Simpson, Krusty the Klown, Barney, Willy, Sideshow Mel, Mayor Quimby, Hans Moleman, Gil, Itchy, Various
Julie KavnerJulie Kavner
voiced Marjorie "Marge" Bouvier Simpson, Patty Bouvier, Selma Bouvier, Jacqueline Ingrid Bouvier, Various
Nancy CartwrightNancy Cartwright
voiced Bart Simpson, Nelson Muntz, Ralph Wiggum, Todd Flanders, Kearney, Various
Yeardley SmithYeardley Smith
voiced Lisa Simpson, Various
Hank AzariaHank Azaria
voiced Apu, Moe, Chief Wiggum, Carl, Comic Book Guy, Dr. Nick Riviera, Prof. Frink, Cletus, Sea Captain, Kirk Van Houten, Various
Harry ShearerHarry Shearer
voiced Mr. Burns, Smithers, Dr. Marvin Monroe, Ned Flanders, Seymour Skinner, Otto, Kent Brockman, Dr. Hibbert, Lenny, Rev. Lovejoy, Various
Episode Notes
One of the characters seen in this episode is Mitch Albom, an author in the series, but a real author as well, and this episode pays some attention towards him, in which the title is a parody of one of his works in real life.

Couch Gag: Homer is standing on a coiled platform, which launches him (and the rest of the Simpson family) through a pinball game called "Couch Gag Chaos."

Episode Quotes
Grampa: Why don't we let Homer tell the story.
Homer: Really, me? You mean it?
Grampa: I think you're ready for your first ramble.
Homer: I've been waiting for this day for so long. The year is 1946, and in a world torn, a single flowerblooms and that flower is an angry Japanese monster named Godzilla. How am I doing dad?
Grampa: I'm hanging on every word.

Lisa: Chief, my brother fell in the storm drain!
Chief Wiggum: I'm strictly an above the ground policeman, what you need is the sewer cops.
Lisa: Fine, what's the number?
Chief Wiggum: Lisa, you're old enough now that I can tell you the truth. There's no such thing as sewer cops. It's just something we tell the kids to feel safe.
Lisa: What about Bart?
Chief Wiggum: Well if you miss him, you can yell into a toilet.

Grampa: Look at that, they re-created the thirties: tent cities, failing banks.
Marshall: Nope, those are real.

Cultural References
This episode's title is adapted from 'Tuesdays With Morrie', the 1997 non-fiction novel written by Mitch Albom which was adapted to a 1999 tv-movie of the same name that starred Jack Lemmon & (the Simpson's very own) Hank Azaria

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