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Thursdays with Abie 

Homer becomes jealous when a syndicated newspaper columnist begins publishing Grandpa's stories, while Bart is assigned to take care of the class's stuffed sheep for the weekend.


Matt Groening (created by), James L. Brooks (developed by) | 4 more credits »


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Episode cast overview:
Dan Castellaneta ... Homer Simpson / Grampa Simpson / W.C. Fields / Additional Voices (voice)
Julie Kavner ... Marge Simpson (voice)
Nancy Cartwright ... Bart Simpson / Nelson Muntz / Ralph Wiggum / Additional Voices (voice)
Yeardley Smith ... Lisa Simpson (voice)
Hank Azaria ... Moe Szyslak / Marshall Goldman / Old Jewish Man / Clark Gable / Chief Wiggum / Carl Carlson / Coach Krupt / Additional Voices (voice)
Harry Shearer ... Park Announcer / Ned Flanders / Jasper Beardly / Montgomery Burns / Train Conductor / Lenny Leonard / Additional Voices (voice)
Mitch Albom ... Himself (voice)
Marcia Wallace ... Edna Krabappel (voice)
Pamela Hayden ... Milhouse Van Houten (voice)
Tress MacNeille ... Slimu Host / Agnes Skinner / Springfield Shopper Receptionist / Buck-Toothed Boy / Various (voice)
Russi Taylor ... Martin Prince (voice)
Karl Wiedergott Karl Wiedergott ... Various Roles (voice)


Grampa is sitting on a bench waiting for his family when a thoughtful-looking man named Marshall Goldman approaches him and asks to hear about his life. Grampa tells Goldman about the time he was on a World War II battleship, which was hit by an enemy torpedo, and Goldman, a human-interest columnist, publishes it in The Springfield Shopper. Later, Grampa meets Mitch Albom and shares another story with Goldman for a follow-up article. Homer becomes jealous of Grampa's newfound fame and seeks a surrogate father. But when Homer discovers a draft of Goldman's third story, he must race to find Grampa before it is published and his life is changed forever. Written by FOX Publicity

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3 January 2010 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


This episode parodies Tuesdays with Morrie (1999), including a cameo by author Mitch Albom. Hank Azaria, who played Albom in the film, is also a series regular. That film's other lead, 'Jack Lemmon', has also made a guest appearance, and was the inspiration for the character Gil. See more »


During the scene with Marshall trying to kill Abe on the Tinseltown Starliner, when Homer is getting lowered by Lenny and Carl, there's a shot where they're both showed. In that shot, Lenny doesn't have his signature stubble beard. In the next shot in which they're shown, it's back. See more »


Ralph Wiggum: Clouds are God's sneezes!
Mitch Albom: Ooh, I like this kid!
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References Tuesdays with Morrie (1999) See more »


Mary Had a Little Lamb
Written by Sarah Josepha Hale
Performed by Nancy Cartwright
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Great Episode with a Subject I Really Wanted to See them Discuss,
21 October 2014 | by lesleyharris30See all my reviews

Thursday with Abie is a great Simpsons episode with a very well written storyline and several very funny scenes.I really enjoyed that the show finally touched base with a subject that I had wanted to see them discuss for a while before this episode came out,the fact that Grampa tells many unbelievable stories,this episode looks at that and shows us if some of his stories and or aren't true.I would have liked to have seen the character that was writing about Grampa's life develop a bit more,just a few minutes to find out why he wanted to become a writer and a back story behind his statement."I'll finally be successful in my mothers eyes".Thursday with Abie is nowhere near a highlight of the 21st season,but it's an enjoyable episode.

Grampa is delighted to meet an author who wants to write about his life,but he may have more up his sleeves that it may seem.

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