The Simpsons

Deep Space Homer

Season 5, Ep 15, Aired 2/24/94
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  • Episode Description
  • At the plant, Homer never gets to be employee of the month; they even choose an inanimate carbon rod over him. At NASA the ratings are down, so they begin a campaign to recruit an everyday loser for the next pointless mission. Naturally, Homer and Barney are among the finalists. The family gets to go to Florida while they train. Barney is kicking Homer's butt, but alcoholism ends his quest. Homer gets really nervous about the mission. He will go with two former astronauts, so he can't screw up like he always does, right? Nope! He brings potato chips into space and wreaks havoc on the mission. James Taylor comes up with a plan to save them, but Homer screws up again. An inanimate carbon rod finally saves them for their reentry. Homer once again fails to get any recognition, because a rod takes the spotlight.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • David Mirkin

  • Carlos Baeza

  • Buzz Aldrin


  • James Taylor


  • Dan Castellaneta

    Homer Simpson, Grampa Simpson, Barney Gumble, Krusty the Clown, Groundskeeper Willie, and others

  • Fan Reviews (14)
  • perfect

    By futuramarama, Aug 18, 2011

  • Homer's Space Odyssey

    By sh811a, Aug 14, 2010

  • One of the greatest Simpson ep of all time.

    By AangPhantom777, Jan 23, 2008

  • this was a really good ep

    By cube2k8, May 18, 2010

  • Wacky is the one word that can describe this episode, but then again most of these stroylines are, and that's what makes them great!!!

    By Iverson82094, Jan 23, 2008

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (25)

    • (The family watches Homer's launch on TV.) Bart: Go, Dad, go! Lisa: How doth the hero, strong and brave, a celestial path to the heavens paved! (The family stares at her.) Lisa: Go, Dad, go.

    • NASA Scientist: Sir, we've run into a serious problem with the mission. These Nielsen ratings are the lowest ever. NASA Executive: Oh, my God! We've been beaten by "A Connie Chung Christmas."

    • Buzz Aldrin: So Barney, we hear you're kickin' ass. Homer: I, uh, don't think this contest is over yet Buzz. If that is your real name. I believe there is still a little something called the swimsuit competition. Buzz Aldrin: There's no swimsuit competition, Homer. Homer: You mean I shaved my bikini zone for nothing?

    • Homer: (on the phone) Hello, is this NASA? Good! I'm sick of your boring space launches! And another thing! How come I can't get no Tang around here?

    • Kent Brockman: Well, this reporter was ... possibly a little hasty earlier and would like to reaffirm his allegiance to this country and its human president. It may not be perfect, but it's the best government we have. For now.

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    Notes (4)

    • In the DVD commentary for this episode, Matt Groening says he doesn't like the sight gag of Homer's face changing to Popeye and Nixon when he's experiencing excessive G-force.

    • This episode has Barney give up drinking before space travel. Apollo astronaut Buzz Aldrin himself gave up drinking right before going to the moon.

    • Itchy & Scratchy: "Scar Trek: the Next Laceration" Scratchy is the pilot of a space ship. He eats a sandwich, then Itchy pops out of his stomach (as in the 1979 film Alien) with a sandwich in his hand and eats it. Then he throws Scratchy in the airlock and hits the "blow hatch" button. Once Scratchy is outside the spacecraft, Itchy uses the ship's mechanical arms to grab him and saw him in half on the rings of some planet. Scratchy's legs fly away. He tries to "swim" after them as they float toward the planet, but he is perplexed when they somehow burst into flames despite the planet's lack of an atmosphere. Itchy then uses the ships arms to pull Scratchy's helmet off, then he pokes his bulging head with a pin and it explodes. The blood spatter spells out "the end." Then we see a warning: "The preceding program contained scenes of extreme violence and should not have been viewed by young children."

    • Blackboard Joke: none Couch Gag: The Simpsons come in to find an obese man taking up space on the couch. The family sits on the couch anyway, but now they are scrunched together.

    Trivia (7)

    • Music From This Episode: - "The Blue Danube Waltz" by Johann Strauss the Younger (during the classic potato chips in zero gravity scene)

    • The sign outside Cape Canaveral reads: "Cape Canaveral-Formerly Cape Kennedy-Formerly Cape Arbuckle"

    • While the other astronauts hum "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" during reentry, Homer opts to sing the Golden Graham cereal jingle as the Corvair plummets towards Earth.

    • Homer says to Buzz Aldrin, "I don't think this contest is over yet, Buzz, if that is your real name." His given name was Edwin Eugene Aldrin, but he legally changed his name to Buzz Aldrin in 1988, so technically it is his real name.

    • At the press conference, Homer wears an apron reading ''Hail To The Chef''.

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    Allusions (15)

    • Alien Itchy bursts out of Scratchy's chest, much like the Alien bursts out of John Hurt's chest in the 1979 classic Alien.

    • Deep Space Nine The title of this episode is a play on the title of the Star Trek spin-off series, Deep Space Nine.

    • Airplane II: The Sequel Homer imitates Nixon during the shuttle take off a la Airplane II: The Sequel, circa 1982 .

    • Star Trek When Homer and Barney are fighting in a gladiator type setting, the music as well as the scientists waging Quatloos on them reference the Star Trek episode "The Gamesters of Triskelion"

    • United States National Motto The magazine reads "In Rod We Trust." This is a reference to the United States national motto and phrase that appears on U.S. currency/coins "In God We Trust." This is also the state motto of Florida.

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