The Simpsons

Homer and Apu

Season 5, Ep 13, Aired 2/10/94
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  • Episode Description
  • Apu loses his job at the Kwik-E-Mart after he sells Homer tanted meat. Homer feels bad and lets Apu live at the Simpson's home while he is unemployed. In an attempt to get his job back, Apu and Homer travel to India to talk with the head of the Kwik-E-Mart corporation. Back in Springfield, James Woods fills in Apu's position.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Greg Daniels

  • Mark Kirkland

  • James Woods (I)


  • Dan Castellaneta

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

  • Hank Azaria

    Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, Moe Szyslak, Chief Wiggum, Comic Book Guy, Lou, and others

  • Fan Reviews (9)
  • Absolutely Perfect!

    By TheCjm1999, Jan 16, 2013

  • perfect

    By futuramarama, Aug 18, 2011

  • Has many classic moments, and is an instant classic

    By Southparkfa, Jul 11, 2010

  • Who needs the Kwik E Mart?

    By fenway98, Jun 13, 2010

  • this was a good ep

    By cube2k8, May 18, 2010

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (28)

    • (Homer eats some expired, rancid ham.) Homer: Oh, stomach churning...bowels clenching...not much time...must finish.

    • (Apu sees Homer in the shower with a candy stuck in his chest) Apu: What's that? Homer: Eh…I like to leave it there.

    • Apu: Oh, the searing kiss of hot lead, how I've missed you! I mean, I think I'm dying.

    • Homer: Apu, if it'll make you feel any better, I've learned that life is one crushing defeat after another until you just wish Flanders was dead.

    • Apu: (Near the top of a mountain) There she is! The world's first convenience store! Homer: This isn't very convenient. Apu: Must you dump on everything we do?

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    Notes (4)

    • This episode was nominated for the 1994 Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Music and Lyrics for the song, "Who Needs The Kwik-E-Mart?".

    • Clear back in the Season 1 DVD commentary, we learn that Apu's last name "Nahasapeemapetilon" was the full name of of a high school friend of writer Jeff Martin.

    • Blackboard Joke: I will not go near the kindergarten turtle. Couch Gag: The family's heads pop from behind the couch one by one.

    • TV Guide notes this episode as being one of the funniest moments in TV history.

    Trivia (6)

    • The undercover news van has "ORDINARY VAN" written on it in huge letters.

    • According to the deleted scenes, Apu wears a wig.

    • The Kwik-E-Mart does not accept checks from Chief Wiggum, Reverend Lovejoy, Homer J. Simpson, Homer S. Simpson, H. J. Simpson, Homor Simpson or Homer J. Fong.

    • A sign in the world's first convenience store reads: ''The Master Knows All Except Combination To Safe.''

    • The slogan of the Monstromart: ''Where Shopping Is A Baffling Ordeal.''

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    Allusions (4)

    • Fight Back Kent Brockman's "Bite Back" show is similar to David Horowitz's Fight Back.

    • JFK Homer's line, "No way man! Get yourself another patsy man!" is similar to a line said in the 1991 film JFK.

    • Lawrence of Arabia Apu and Homer's trip to India is a parody of the 1962 movie Lawrence of Arabia.

    • Dune This scene with Lisa reacting to Apu's spicy cooking is a reference to Frank Herbert's novel Dune, which is about a planet where rare spice is mined that allows the hero to see beyond time and space. Lisa's glowing blue eyes in this segment are also from Dune.

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