The Simpsons

Helter Shelter

Season 14, Ep 5, Aired 12/1/02
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  • Episode Description
  • When Homer is injured at work, his compensation is use of a luxury sky box. The family enjoys the luxuries, but Lisa is bored and joins the masses rink side. She gives one of the players some score tying advice and is rewarded with Kozlov's hockey "tree". The stick is mounted in Lisa's room where later that night termites break out of the stick and do much damage to the family home. Until the Russian no-wood-nick termites can be thoroughly exterminated, 6 months from now, the Simpson family is homeless. The family tries a number of options but settle upon trying out for a home where they are required to live like its 1895. They pass the audition and start living the lifestyle. When the "1895 Challenge" sinks in the ratings, the producers try to stir things up by adding Squiggy from Laverne and Shirley. When even that doesn't work, they relocate the house to a river and watch it float downstream. Eventually the house comes to shore and falls apart. Now the family finds themselves without food and shelter as the TV crew eats away. The encounter and tribe of refugees from another reality program and together they fight to return to civilization, where they can find quality scripted television. When even that fails them, they start to entertain themselves.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 (8)
  • started good, got bad

    By futuramarama, May 14, 2012

  • Helter Shelter

    By casabonita83, Dec 23, 2009

  • The Simpsons go on reality TV.

    By Hornets3, Aug 30, 2009

  • Not my favorite episode...

    By Iverson82094, Jan 08, 2008

  • reality and the simpsons a great combonation

    By bender21345, Nov 28, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (16)

    • Ned: Well, cock-a-diddily-doo! What a Marge-alicious way to start my Flander-rific day.

    • (Homer mounts the hockey stick Lisa got on her wall) Bart: This sucks! How come Lisa gets something and I don't? Homer: Because she took the trouble to wander away and talk to a stranger.

    • Crew Member #1: Gee, now I know what if feels like to be tormented. Crew Member #2: And yet I learn nothing!

    • Homer: (sobbing) I can't remember the last time I cried like this. Lisa: Uhhh, when you put your shirt on backwards. Homer: (sobbing) Oh yeah.

    • Homer: That's Lenny? Oh, I wanted the black one!

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    Notes (3)

    • The name 'Helter Shelter' was the name of a homeless shelter that Homer and Flanders volunteer at in 'Homer loves Flander'

    • The bottle of termite poison has actor James Coburn's face on it. James Coburn died two weeks before this episode first aired.

    • Blackboard : Milhouse did not test cootie positive. Couch Gag: The family sits on the couch and a cursor comes down and picks Homer up and places him on the other side of the couch next to Bart. Then the cursor clicks on the wall and changes the wall's color to green. Finally the painting of the sailing ship on the wall is clicked upon and replaced by the Mona Lisa.

    Trivia (9)

    • Apu says that Oreos weren't invented until 1896, but they were invented in 1912.

    • When the Simpsons are in the 1895 house, the background music is "The Entertainer" by Scott Joplin. This is anachronistic because "The Entertainer" was not published until 1902. In fact, Joplin's first published piece ("The Great Crush Collision March") was not published until 1896.

    • When the Simpsons asked the executives to share their lunch, they said they weren't allowed to interfere with the reality of the show, yet they just sent the Simpsons and their house down river.

    • Other shows on the reality channel included Suckerpunch, Mystery Injection, and Tied To A Bear.

    • Oreo cookies were invented in 1912, despite the fact that Apu said they were invented in 1896.

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    Allusions (13)

    • Mitch: Hi, i'm Mitch Hardwell, creator of the 1895 challenge, and by creator i mean i saw it on Dutch television and tweaked the title. This is a reference to Big Brother, which was created by John de Mol, the show became such a hugh succes in the Netherlands that there soon were Big Brothers all over the world, however there were also many reality show who just "tweaked" the show a little bit and made it a "new" show.

    • Homer: (to Marge) Maybe I could wuther your heights. Wuthering Heights is a novel by Emily Bronte that was written in 1847. Homer doesn't seem like the type to read classic novels, but there have been several movie versions of Wuthering Heights, which is probably where his reference comes from.

    • Buster Brown Bart says that he "looks like Buster Brown—whoever that is". Buster Brown was a comic strip character from the early 20th century. It makes sense that he would not know who Buster Brown is since it is from long before Bart's time. More Information

    • Moe:: I'm gonna drive a golden spike where your union meets your central pacific!
      The first U.S. Transcontinental Railroad was completed when the Union Pacific Railroad building west from Omaha, Nebraska and the Central Pacific Railroad building east from Sacramento, California met at Promontory Summit, Utah on May 10, 1869. In a famous ceremony, a golden spike was driven in the last tie plat to commemorate the joining together of the two tracks.

    • Homer: 1895? Forget it. We'd be too late to save Lincoln and too early to save Kennedy.
      President Lincoln was assassinated in 1865. President Kennedy was assassinated in 1963. Moe says, "You could save McKinley." President Mckinley was assassinated in 1901.

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