Compared are the First Run (aired on 12/16/2012) and the Alternate Cut (aired on 21/23/2012)
- 1 exclusive scene in the First Run: 69 sec
- 1 exclusive scene in the Alternate Cut: 78.3 sec
Episode 8 of Simpsons Season 24 didn't have a couch gag in its first run on TV. Instead, there was an additional clip with Charles Montgomery Burns between the actual ending and the credits. Excellent! :-)
The problem here was the standard length of approx. 21 minutes per episode and the producers certainly didn't want to cut Mr. Burns' commentary about the election results.
One week later, there was a rerun on TV that dealt with these (compared to other episodes) eye-catching differences. The "Family Guy-ish" cutaway gag with Burns at the end of the episode was missing here. As compensation, the Alternate Cut contains a long couch gag by Bill Plympton. But the couch gag wasn't exactly new footage because it had also been used for Episode 23x18 ("Beware My Cheating Bart"). A comparison showed that the couch gag in the previous season is 100% equal to the one of the last episode.
Ergo: watching the "Regular Version" (First Run) will do the trick. And even that should be the only available version on a DVD/BD-to be, one doesn't have to be upset because there's no exclusive footage whatsoever in the Alternate Cut. As already mentioned, the couch gag is also available in an episode of season 23. Hopefully, no one comes up with the idea to remove the cutaway with Burns for the DVD and BD release.
Time index refers to
First Run in NTSC / Alternate Cut in NTSC
Alternate Cut longer
00:05 / 00:05-01:24
The First Run immediately zooms in from the Simpsons font to Kent Brockman's speech. To be more specific: Kent Brockman appears in the letter "P" when the camera zooms in. The Alternate Cut on the other hand zooms in to the above-mentioned couch gag.
Now a very long detailed couch gag drawn by Bill Plympton follows. This couch gag basically explains the background story of the Simpsons couch:
When Homer was still young, he fell in love with the love and experienced any kind of romantic things with it, including a baby couch. But when he met Marge, the couch became secondary and had to make it own its own (at a stripbar among other things). When the couch intends to end it, Homer does save it and takes it home to the Simpsons house.
First Run longer
19:05-20:14 / 20:24
After the first two credits about the executive producers had been displayed, the First Run continues with a cutaway gag (Family Guy viewers might have a little déjà-vu here). As usual, the cutaway is completely out of context. Anyway, now we see a little clip called "Montgomery Burns explains the 'Fiscal Cliff'". Then the remaining credits follow.
First the card, then an exterior shot of Mr. Burns' mansion. The inscription on the left stone gets altered after a lightning.
Smithers approaches Mr. Burns in the armchair. Mr. Burns seems down.
Smithers: "More cheese, sir?"
Burns: "No. Any word from Karl Rove?"
Smithers: "Sir, despite what he's been telling you, it's over. Romney lost."
Burns: "Damn it. I guess it's time I explain to these good people the upcoming fiscal cliff."
The background becomes a scale which is being explained by Mr. Burns. He's got a different wardrobe now: "Think of the economy as a car and the rich man as the driver. If you don't give the driver all the money, he'll drive you over a cliff."
At the same time, Smithers moves a toy car near the line until it falls at the end of the line.
Burns: "It's just common sense. Furthermore, rich people feel things more deeply than the common man."
Then a shot of a bunch of devastated rich people at an election party.
Burns: "And we've got to change our approach to immigration. I have a progressive proposal to let into this country 200 grimy Irishmen a year. I've got lots of potatoes that need peeling and stables to be mucked out."
Smithers arrivs with a cellphone and says: "Sir, the insta-polls are in. You're just digging yourself deeper."
Burns: "Well, then let me just say this. Marco Rubio es un pañuelo rosa."
Smithers: "I'm afraid you just made things even worse."
Burns: "How? Why?"
Smithers: "You just said Marco Rubio is a pink handkerchief."
Burns: "This public service announcement is over."
Bodyguards arrive and knock over the camera.
During the black screen, the following comment is audible: "Execute the cameraman."
+ 69 sec
Alternate Cut longer
20:24 / 20:34-20:35
Now the credits for the additional couch gag in the Alternate Cut.
The remaining credits are played slightly faster in the Alternate Cut to make up for the couch gag credits. In the end, there's no difference in running time at all because of that.