Springfield of Dreams

2. LIFE ON THE FAST LANE (1990) Marge has a near affair with Jacques, her debonair French bowling instructor, played by the brilliant Albert Brooks. The instructor was Swedish in the original (titled "Bjorn to Be Wild"), but Brooks wisely changed him to French, and improvised much of the hilariously seductive dialogue with Julie Kavner (as Marge), most of which was cut for time.

1. BART THE DAREDEVIL (1990) The scene in which Homer accidentally attempts to skateboard across Springfield Gorge and doesn't make it is pretty funny, but even funnier—for me, the funniest moment in the series—is when he's loaded into an ambulance, which then hits a tree, sending Homer back over the cliff while strapped to a gurney. Truly inspired mayhem.

Originally posted Jan 14, 2000 Published in issue #521 Jan 14, 2000 Order article reprints