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Three Dreams Denied

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"Three Dreams Denied"
The Simpsons episode
Episode no.Season 32
Episode 7
Directed bySteven Dean Moore
Written byDanielle Weisberg
Production codeQABF02
Original air dateNovember 22, 2020 (2020-11-22)
Guest appearance(s)
  • Ben Platt as Blake
  • Paul Rudd as himself
Episode features
Couch gagThe family rushes home to their couch, who they have stood up for a Thanksgiving dinner. The couch promptly tells them to "go sleep on the bed" on they stalk off sadly.
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"Three Dreams Denied" is the seventh episode of the thirty-second season of the American animated sitcom The Simpsons, and the 691st overall. It aired in the United States on Fox on November 22, 2020.[1] The episode was Steven Dean Moore written by Danielle Weisberg.[2]

Ben Platt guest-stars in the episode as Blake, while Paul Rudd appears as himself.[1] In the episode, Comic Book Guy goes to Comicalooza, Bart becomes a voice-over actor, and Lisa gets a new rival at school. It also received generally positive reviews, and was watched live in the United States by 4.41 million viewers.


After Agnes Skinner sells her son's Radioactive Man doll to him for cheap, Comic Book Guy sells it online, which allows him to go on his dream trip to Comicalooza. Meanwhile, Lisa meets a new boy in school named Blake, who she is happy to learn also plays the saxophone, and Bart meets a voice-over actor who gets him a job at an animated TV show.

On the plane, Comic Book Guy tries to come up with the perfect question to ask at a panel, in hopes of being given a job at Marvel Studios. Outside of Comicalooza he manages to come up with a question, but when his turn comes, he forgets it. He returns to Springfield despondent, but cheers himself up again by abusing Ralph Wiggum.

At school, Blake tricks Lisa into losing her chair. However, Lisa realizes that she can play her saxophone outside of school and decides to play at the mall, where she finds out that other people really appreciate her music.

Meanwhile, Bart invites Nelson Muntz and his friends over to watch his show. Upon watching it, Bart finds out he voices a princess, which causes the others to make fun of him. Later, Bart's character ends up actually being a ruthless killer, which impresses everyone.

In a mid-credits scene, Comic Book Guy can be seen sitting on a bench outside Comicalooza, writing questions. He asks why the first thing people think when they see Superman is a bird, and proposes a Superhero called "SuperSpiderBat," a combination of Superman, Spider-Man, and Batman. In the background, many pop culture characters (or people cosplaying as them) can be seen, including Robin, a Minecraft guy, Matt Groening, Morbo from Futurama, Deadpool, Poison Ivy, and Ahsoka Tano perched atop Anakin Skywalker.


Ben Platt appeared in the episode as Blake and Paul Rudd appeared as himself.[3] Rudd previously guest-starred in two other episodes.[4] Dawnn Lewis also appears as an airplane stewardess.


Viewing figures[edit]

In the United States, the episode was watched live by 4.41 million viewers.[5]

Critical response[edit]

Tony Sokol with Den of Geek said, "The Simpsons are always self-referential, but it gets very subliminal in 'Three Dreams Denied.' ... This week, Bart is playing a voiceover actor. I’m sure Professor Frink could come up with some reason this somehow flays the laws of animation physics. This is probably why the episode falls short. No one episode of The Simpsons can handle the voiceover click-track continuum, smooth jazz and the ultimate question to ask at Comicalooza. It’s just too much. In the past, The Simpsons could have borne the extra weight. They’ve always had cross plots, subplots and occasional mini-arcs which play out under the radar. Each of the three stories are strong, funny and have the pathos or peril needed to make them great. In that sense, 'Three Dreams Denied' is very much operating in The Simpsons early mode. While the journey flies by without too many bumps, the episode lives up to its title." He also gave the episode three out of five stars.[6]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "(SI-3202) "Three Dreams Denied"". The Futon Critic. October 29, 2020. Retrieved October 30, 2020.
  2. @AlJean (June 23, 2020). "@danielleweisber it's a terrific script" (Tweet). Retrieved October 23, 2020 – via Twitter.
  3. Darwish, Meaghan (November 18, 2020). "'The Simpsons': Paul Rudd & Ben Platt Attend Springfield's Comic-Con in First Look (PHOTOS)". TVInsider. Retrieved November 30, 2020.
  4. Snlerson, Dan (October 10, 2013). "Simpsons episode to feature voices of Judd Apatow, Channing Tatum, Paul Rudd, Leslie Mann and Seth Rogen". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved October 30, 2020.
  5. Metcalf, Mitch (November 24, 2020). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Sunday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 11.2.2020". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved November 24, 2020.
  6. Sokol, Tony (November 23, 2020). "The Simpsons Season 32 Episode 7 Review: Three Dreams Denied". Den of Geek. Retrieved November 24, 2020.

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