The Simpsons

Homer Defined

Season 3, Ep 5, Aired 10/17/91
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  • Episode Description
  • Homer inadvertently saves the nuclear power plant from a meltdown and becomes an unlikely hero. Meanwhile, Milhouse's mother forbids him from hanging out with Bart.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Howard Gewirtz

  • Jay Kogen

  • Wallace Wolodarsky

  • George Meyer (II)

  • Richard Sakai

  • Fan Reviews (12)
  • Perfect

    By jmbsonic555, Oct 17, 2011

  • this was a good ep

    By cube2k8, May 15, 2010

  • homer lucky

    By futuramarama, Apr 06, 2010

  • "Pulling a Homer"- (lol)

    By titiembe, Mar 18, 2008

  • Way better than last week's episode

    By Iverson82094, Jan 29, 2008

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (21)

    • (Homer saves Shelbyville power plant after performing "Eenie, meenie, miney, mo" as before) Aristotle Amadopolis: Thank you, Homer, for saving my plant... (becomes angry, throws down his sunglasses) ...with that idiotic rhyming!!! Do you even know what button you pushed?!? Homer: Sure! Mo!

    • Mr. Burns: Oh "meltdown". That's one of those annoying buzz words. We prefer to call it an un-requested fission surplus.

    • Otto: Bye little dudes. Don't learn anything I wouldn't learn!

    • Kent Brockman: Eenie meenie miney mo. Is Homer a hero? The answer is no.

    • Barney: I had to give a speech once. I was pretty nervous, so I used a little trick. I picture everyone in their underwear. The judge, the jury, my lawyer, everybody. Homer: Did it work? Barney: I'm a free man, ain't I?

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    Notes (6)

    • The first Simpsons episode to outsource the animation production to Anivision in Korea. Anivision would animate several Simpsons episodes from this season up until Season 10, after which, Akom and Rough Draft become the main overseas animation studios for The Simpsons.

    • In the premiere of this episode, there are two lines by Bart and Mr. Burns, which respectively are "Bad influence, my ass!" and "I had better kiss my sorry butt goodbye." The censors apparently got complaints from the "Mothers Against" groups, so in all of the repeats on FOX, the words were swapped. That is, from then on, Mr. Burns said "I had better kiss my sorry ass goodbye," and Bart's line was now, "Bad influence, my butt!" In syndication, however, the lines have returned to normal. The DVD has both scenes intact, but with the words reversed.

    • Howard Gewirtz was brought in by Jim Brooks as a freelance writer for Season 3. This is the only episode he has written for the series.

    • Itchy & Scratchy: "My Dinner With Itchy." At Itchy's restaurant, Itchy pours drinks for himself and Scratchy. Scratchy drinks his down and realizes that he drank acid. As Scratchy's body burns away, Itchy throws his glass of acid into Scratchy's face. Blinded, Scratchy runs out of the restaurant, only to have a streetcar run him over.

    • First Appearance: Luann Van Houten

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    Trivia (9)

    • The song Otto hums while driving the bus to the Kwik-E-Mart is the 1973 rock instrumental "Frankenstein" by The Edgar Winter Group

    • Radioactive waste leaks out of a trash can outside the plant coffee room.

    • Mr. Burns wears Smithers' radiation suit during the meltdown.

    • Magic Johnson is the first athlete to ever appear on The Simpsons.

    • The running gag of Mr. Burns' feebleness begins with this episode; he barely manages to give Homer a "Thumbs-up" during the award ceremony.

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    Allusions (4)

    • Contestant: I'd like to solve the puzzle. "Three Loins in the Fountain?" (BUZZ) The TV show Grampa and others watch during the crisis at Springfield Nuclear Power Plant is none other than Wheel Of Fortune.

    • Skinner: They called me old-fashioned for teaching the duck-and-cover method, but who's laughing now!
      The method taught – by Bert the Turtle – to students to supposedly protect themselves in the event of a nuclear attack was immortalized in the Civil Defense short, Duck and Cover. Students were taught this method (crouching below a desk or other barrier) during the height of the Cold War, when it seemed war would break out at any time.

    • Headline: AMERICA'S FAVORITE PENCIL: #2 IS A #1
      The newspaper U.S. of A Today (and lightweight stories sometimes contained within) is an obvious pun on the USA Today daily newspaper.

    • Goldfinger The countdown for the meltdown stops at 007. In the 1964 film Goldfinger James Bond defuses the nuclear bomb at Fort Knox and the counter stops at 007.

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