September 23, 2014
In Springfield: The second episode of the series to use digital ink and paint, which would become standard practice two seasons later.
Beyond Springfield: Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia; first resident crew enters the International Space Station; Supreme Court stops Florida recount, making George W. Bush president.
Notable guests: The Who, Stephen King, John Updike, Andre Agassi, Serena Williams, Amy Tan, Drew Barrymore, 'N Sync.
Season rating: 14.7 million viewers.