The Simpsons

Gump Roast

Season 13, Ep 17, Aired 4/21/02
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  • Episode Description
  • Our story begins a la "Forrest Gump", with Homer sitting on a park bench waiting for the rest of the family to arrive. While Chief Wiggum initially tells him isn't interested in hearing Homer's life story initially, he becomes intrigued as Homer goes right into it, in the form of flashbacks (clips). Homer is picked up and brought blindfolded to the Springfield Friar's Club where emcee Krusty the Klown and other friends and family roast Homer with their memories (more clips from past episodes). Bart and Lisa start followed by Mr. Burns, Grampa Simpson & Agnes Skinner, Reverend Lovejoy & Ned Flanders (a la "The Smothers Brothers"). The proceedings are interrupted by Kodos and Kang, whom rest the entire fate of humanity upon one human being, Homer Simpson; they cite him as "the fat selfish epitome of modern man". They probe him revealing more clips, which helps prove to them that humans are unfit to continue existing. Lisa talks them into probing the innocent mind of a child. The probing of Maggie's mind reveals to Kodos and Kang the most important thing of all for them; Earth is where there favorite celebrities live. Kodos and Kang attend the "People Choice Awards" and the episode ends with a wacky little ditty celebrating more clips, but telling the viewers "not to fear, they have stories for years."moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Julie Kavner

    Marge Simpson, Patty Bouvier, and Selma Bouvier

  • Harry Shearer

    Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders, Principal Skinner, Waylon Smithers, Kent Brockman, and others

  • Dan Castellaneta

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

  • Nancy Cartwright

    Bart Simpson, Nelson Muntz, Ralph Wiggum, Todd Flanders, and others

  • Yeardley Smith

    Lisa Simpson

  • Fan Reviews (11)
  • nothing happened...

    By futuramarama, Aug 25, 2010

  • Definitely the best clip show.

    By mike493, Aug 03, 2007

  • Pretty good clip show.

    By fenway98, Aug 09, 2010

  • A roast to Homer!

    By Hornets3, Aug 13, 2009

  • Good parody of Forest Gump, but I hate clip shows...

    By Iverson82094, Jan 18, 2008

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (13)

    • Homer: (On life in the womb) Things started out great! I ate what my mother ate--and my mother loved chili!

    • Krusty: We're all here tonight for one reason… to keep Homer away from the buffet! Dr. Hibbert: He He He. Nelson: Ha ha! Mr. Burns: Excellent! Homer: That was at my expense! What kind of a roast is this!?

    • Homer: Then came the day that changes every couple forever. The day we got our elephant.

    • Kang: [Homer] is the fat, selfish epitome of modern man! Moe: (outraged) He stole my bit! Kodos: Now we shall probe you to see if you are worthy. Moe: (still outraged) Word for word!

    • Kodos: Ooh! Burt Reynolds and Michael Jeter! Kang: Could an Evening Shade reunion be in the works?

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    Notes (4)

    • Dan Castellaneta sings the song at the end of the episode.

    • This is only the 4th Kang and Kodos appearence in a non-Halloween episode. The first one was when Kang was seen in the alien line-up in "The Springfield Files," then they both did a brief cameo in "Behind the Laughter," then, for what seems like no reason what-so-ever, they appeared in the ending credits of "Simpson Tall-Tales."

    • This show features clips from "The Way We Was", "Take My Wife, Sleaze", "Bart Gets an Elephant", "The City of New York vs. Homer Simpson", "Faith Off", "Grift of the Magi", "Brush with Greatness", "30 Minutes Over Tokyo (twice)", "Mom and Pop Art (twice)", "Homer to the Max", "Guess who's Coming to Criticize Dinner", "Hungry Hungry Homer", "Mountain of Madness", "Little Big Mom", "The War of the Simpsons", "The Parent Rap", "Last Tap Dance of Springfield", "A Tale of 2 Springfields", "Children of a Lesser Clod", "Lisa's 1st Word", "I'm With Cupid", "They Saved Lisa's Brain", "Tree House of Horror X", "New Kids on the Blecch (twice)", "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire", "Life on the Fast Lane", "O Brother, Where Art Thou", "When Flanders Failed", "Whacking Day", "Marge vs. the Monorail", "Mr. Plow", "Deep Space Homer", "Cape Feare", "Lisa's Wedding", "A Fish Called Selma", "Marge Be Not Proud", "The Itchy & Scratchy & Poochie Show", "The Cartridge Family", "Homer's Phobia", "8 Misbehaven'", "Alone Again Natura-didd-ly", "She of Little Faith", "Weekend at Burnsie's", "Who Shot Mr. Burns (1)" and more that the contributor (surfersk8er) can't remember off the top of her head.

    • Blackboard Joke: None Couch Gag: The couch is replaced by a giant slot machine. The slots spin and land on pictures of Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa. A "7" shows up in Maggie's place and a bell sounds as coins fall out of the slot machine and onto the floor.

    Trivia (4)

    • Celebrities seen at the "People's Choice Awards" include: Brad Pitt, Jennifer Aniston, Drew Carey, Harrison Ford, Garth Brooks, Julia Roberts, Tom Arnold, Mel Gibson, Pierce Bronson, Bette Midler, Whitney Houston, Jason Alexander, Burt Reynolds and Michael Jeter.

    • When Homer says to Chief Wiggum, "did you say life story" and they show the clip of Homer in the womb, it's the same clip from the beginning of "Homer the Heretic" from Season 4.

    • Dr Hibbert and Moe were at the roast even though they were arrested.

    • When Homer has a flashback of him and the family car, one of the short clips shows him in Moe's car (5F12) instead.

    Allusions (4)

    • Hello Kitty The probe that Kang and Kodos use on Maggie is a "Hello Probie" brand featuring a cat. This is in reference to the popular Japanese "Hello Kitty" products.

    • The scene between Rev. Lovejoy and Ned Flanders is a reference to The Smothers Brothers, Tom and Dick. They would play the guitar and stand-up bass while Tom, the "dumb" one, would mess up the words and his brother Dick would chastise him for it.

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      Agnes Skinner's dress is very similar to J.Lo's controversial green dress.

    • Dan Castellaneta: "Ullman Shorts, Christmas Show..."
      "They'll Never Stop The Simpsons" is a spoof of the 1989 Billy Joel hit "We Didn't Start The Fire."

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