The Van Houtens Act 2 in Live! The Rundown and What You Need To Know

If You’re Having Issues Collecting Sunglasses, Note: Some of you are having issues earning sunglasses.  The task to earn the Sunglasses has to take place at the Springfield Heights Theater.  The files do indicate that the backup location, in case you haven’t yet unlocked the theater, is the Brown House.  Unfortunately, there must be an issue with the coding because even with a Brown House and no Theater it’s not working.  So, unfortunately, there’s nothing you can do about it right now but contact EA or wait until they correct it with a patch.  Odds are they’ll release a patch shortly once folks complain about it.

Hey Howdy Hey Tappers!

Who’s ready for more Van Houten fun?  Act 2 of the Van Houtens has arrived!

Remember, this Act will still be playable until the event ends on September 16th.  However, Act 3 will start on August 30th (note the Sunday start date). 

Things kick off for Act 2 with some dialogue between the kids of Springfield Elementary, Milhouse and Annika…

Nelson: Whoa. Is that…Van Houten? With a girl?
Sherri and Terri: She’s pretty. And so mature looking.
Janey: Wait, which one of you said which part of that?
Sherri and Terri: I said she’s pretty. And I said she’s mature looking.
Milhouse: It looks like my plan is working. Everyone is smitten with envy at the sight of such a power couple.
Annika: Fine. Just don’t touch me.
Milhouse: Yes, milady!
Annika: That includes with your eyes.

This triggers the Act 2  questline, Sidekicked Aside, and is followed by 4hr  tasks for Milhouse and Annika, as well as a task to collect Act 2 Currency (115).  Sidekicked Aside is the questline that will take you through unlocking all of this Act’s prizes.

Let’s take a look at what else is in store during Act 2…

Here’s the Act 2 Synopsis from EA:

Now that Milhouse is the center of everyone’s attention, Lisa starts to become jealous and is having
difficulty dealing with Milhouse’s sudden popularity. And since Milhouse no longer has time to hang out
with Bart, the two decide to team up to try and break up Milhouse and Annika.

Lisa attempts to suggest that Milhouse and Annika might be related, but that plan falls short, so Bart
convinces Milhouse that everyone at school is laughing at him behind his back because Annika wears the pants in their relationship. With some additional persuading from Bart, Milhouse publicly breaks up with Annika.

However, after everyone sees Milhouse break up with someone much cooler than him, they crown
Milhouse the most popular kid in Springfield Elementary.

As I stated above, you’ll go right into the Sidekicked Aside questline, which is what the Act 2 story will follow. This questline is how you’ll unlock the Act 2 prizes.

The currency we’re working on collecting for Act 2…


I’ll lay out specifically what you need to do for each part in the turbo tappin’ post, but I don’t want any of you to get messed up with this.  So don’t forget to SCROLL!

Here are the prizes for Part 2:

Squishee Machine- Sidekicked Aside Pt. 1 and 115

Gelato Stand- Sidekicked Aside Pt. 2 and 115

Sjoelbak Table- Sidekicked Aside Pt. 3 and 115

Mystery Box Token- Sidekicked Aside Pt. 4 and 155

Cool Milhouse- Sidekicked Aside Pt. 5 and 195

Questline, which I’ll post later, will show how each is unlocked. 

Characters who can complete tasks for Act 2:
Kirkedemious Van Houten (Premium)
Milhoose (Premium)

Characters earn:

5/4hrs for Freemium
8/4hrs for New Premium

Act 1 Prizes

These are STILL unlockable if you haven’t completed that prize track.  You have until the event ends to unlock ALL the prizes.  So keep going with the earlier Acts if you haven’t yet finished it. You have until September 16th to finish those…


Here’s what’s included today:

New stuff…

Discover Vancouver Bus and Milhoose – 150 Donuts.  Leaves stores when the event ends…

All other returning content, that arrived during Act 1 remains until the event ends. (including the Mystery Box)

And that’s it my friends.  The details of Act 2 of the Van Houtens Event!

Thoughts on this act?  Share em below!

35 responses to “The Van Houtens Act 2 in Live! The Rundown and What You Need To Know

  1. There’s been an update so that you no longer need the Springfield Heights Theater to earn sunglasses. All characters are now sent to Springfield Elementary instead.

  2. Act 2 choked my Kindle. All I get is the loading spin. I know I should report it to EA but I just don’t care anymore. This relationship is about over.

    • uninstall and reinstall

    • Unfortunately it has gotten to the point that even if you took to Twitter to hash things out with @EAhelp ? That small dedicated EA Staff would probably tell you to stop using a Kindle and start using another device (Android, Apple) …. I dunno what the problem is between Amazon and EA, but it sure feels like Kindle gets no Tech Support.

      Any Tapper who has to leave the Game App due to their Devices OS will be missed, but if you manage to pick up an affordable Samsung Tab A 8″ ? Please come back and join whatever fun is left.

  3. Whoops, it’s “DisCOUVer Vancouver bus”. As a canuck I thought it was amazing. Americans seem to think we say OO instead of uh, etc, but I’ve never nooticed it myself.

  4. What location do we need to complete it

  5. Will somebody order a falafel and tell EA Bob to issue the patch?

    It’s a good thing that these events give you lots of time to complete.

  6. Unrelated to this event but I just unlocked the Gil’s deal “duff gardens”.
    Anyone knows if the quest line (that rewards the duff gardens decorations) will trigger if I get duff gardens from the yearbook instead (it’s much cheaper)
    Please and thank you

  7. I might be in the minority but I’m really looking forward to unlocking these prizes. I plan on putting the Milhouse Squishee Machine, Gelato Stand and Sjoelbak Table in my Milhouse’s birthday party area. Cool Milhouse looks cool. The bus and Milhoose definitely fit in with the other Canadian items.

    Question: Do you know if you can get multiples of any of the act 2 items? I’d love to have more gelato stands and squishee machines scattered around my town.

    • Another question: the issues with the characters collecting sunglasses, is that only the freemium characters that are affected or is it also preventing Kirkedemious and Milhoose from collecting sunglasses? I only asked out of curiosity since I don’t have either and wonder if they go somewhere else for the sunglasses.

      • Premium characters for this one would go to Costingtons or Brown House

        • Thank you for clarifying that Alissa regarding Costington’s 👍🏻

          So, Noobs, I hope you all have the Springfield Mall, because that’s a fun Task for Millhouse an Annika (it’s part of Act 2’s grind for Prizes) and it’s nice to see somewhere else besides the Brown House getting used.

          I’m going to have fun with Millhoose eh! 🇨🇦😂

        • Alissa: Thanks, at least the premium characters don’t seem to be affected by it.

          CJBrownLV: Nice to know that there’s tasks at the Springfield Mall since it doesn’t get used very often. The Brown House is my least favourite location because of how overused it is by characters but at least its used as a backup location if a building isn’t unlocked.

    • I didn’t see any options to use Simpsons💲 or 🍩’s to purchase extras of Act 2’s Prizes (and no, if you manage to find uses out of anything? I’m glad to hear that! 😊 ) I just prefer Buildings, or Decor, that offer Character Tasks – especially Visual Tasks …. and this is where I respectfully gave EA a 👍🏻 for Act 2’s Premium Character Combo (Millhoose, eh! 🇨🇦)

  8. Have plenty of brown houses, but still getting the message.

  9. Act 2 (so far)

    Millhouse an Annika are quite the couple (or are they? – poor Millhouse!)

    Characters obtain Event Currency at Costington’s and Height’s Theatre (hey, I like when EA does something different!) 😃👍🏻

    Characters get sent to Springfield Mall (yay!), Brown House too many times (boo!), But not once to Van Houten’s House (what the deuce? an Event that’s supposed to take place at the Van Houten’s, but Characters don’t get sent there? that’s pure L-EA-Z-Y!) 🤷🏼‍♂️

    You will 😂 at the Character Dialogue, you will 👍🏻 at the new Premium Character Combo (Milhoose w/Discouver Vancouver Bus), you will 👎🏻 at how much Event Currency to obtain for 1 Token / 12 🍩’s (155! – and here’s where I stopped expediting with 🍩’s today so that I could 🍩 Farm before getting another Bart Simpson Screen!)

    Act 2 Prizes

    Milhouse Squishee Machine – Dumb, does nothing with Characters, Stored!

    Gelato Stand – Dumb, does nothing with Characters, Stored!

    Sjoelbak Table – Dumb, does nothing with Characters, Stored!

    1 Token / 12 🍩’s – thanks?

    Cool Milhouse – to be determined!

    I enjoyed the Questline with Millhoose , ’cause Act 2 so far has been a dud for me (yes I know I’m offering my opinion uber early, but I don’t defend Dumb and / or L-EA-Z-Y!) 🤷🏼‍♂️


    Yes having additional Premium Characters obtain Event Currency does help (but we all know this already!) 😉

  10. I have brown house and cant farm the sun glasses

  11. I can’t none of my characters to get the 3d sunglasses it keeps saying job location is unavailable. Anyone else having issues

  12. I have a problem with Act 2! It says that the building is not available and I can’t farm the sunglasses! What can I do?

    • You need the springfield heights theater or a Brown House to complete the task.

      • Looks like all the comments on reddit you need the Springfield heights theater and I don’t even have it.. why would EA send you to lock location that most people probably don’t have or even touch the heights mission

        • Every time they list a building that’s for higher levels they list a backup (typically Brown House). But for some reason, it seems the Brown House isn’t triggering. Likely a bug in the coding. They should correct the issue.

      • I have two brown houses but I haven’t unlocked the theater yet, and it keeps saying that the jobs are unavailable… I’ll unlock the theater and see if it fixes the issue

    • Javi368


      Please use the information I left Justin regarding Costington’s solution. Alissa is correct in that eventually a small dedicated to TSTO Staff will correct the problem with a patch download (when? how soon? why so L-EA-Z-Y? hey, all of you affected by this snafu need to jump on EA’s social networks for TSTO and make some noise ’til it’s fixed!)

      Meanwhile you could still 🍩 Farm ! 😉

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