Deep Space Homer

Trivia, Quotes, Notes and Allusions

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.

  • Lisa: Come on, Dad. You can make it! Grampa: Oh, of course he'll make it, it's TV.

  • Homer: Default? Woohoo! The two sweetest words in the English language!

  • Scientist: Gentlemen, I'd like you to meet the two experienced astronauts who will accompany the winner into space, Race Banyon and Buzz Aldrin, the second man on the moon. Buzz: Second comes right after first!

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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''.

  • When Barney's jet pack fails, he bounces along the roof of a pillow factory, and is then run over by a marshmellow truck.

  • When Homer is sucked outside the space ship and is clutching the hatch-handle, we see a camera view of him from the outside of the ship on the NASA monitor.

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.

  • The Right Stuff The scene where the two astronauts hum "The Battle Hymm of the Republic" while falling to earth, is a take on the 1983 movie The Right Stuff, where John Glenn hums the same song during his historical descent to earth.

  • Itchy & Scratchy Show: "Scar Trek: The Next Laceration" The title of the Itchy & Scratchy cartoon is a play on the TV series Star Trek: The Next Generation. Itchy popping out of Scratchy's stomach is reminiscent of Alien.

  • Kent Brockman: (nervously) The Corvair spacecraft has been taken over -- 'conquered,' if you will -- by a master race of giant space ants.
    Giant ants enslaving humans and ruling from sugar caves -- as Kent Brockman predicts will happen -- is taken from Empire of the Ants.

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