The Simpsons

Homer Simpson in: "Kidney Trouble"

Season 10, Ep 8, Aired 12/6/98
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  • Episode Description
  • Homer comes to his father's aide when it is discovered that Grampa needs a new kidney. But right before the operation Homer gets cold feet.

  • 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)
  • kidney

    By futuramarama, May 02, 2010

  • In the words of Comic Book Guy, this is absolutely "Worst Episode Ever"!

    By BatJane, Feb 09, 2011

  • Season 10, Episode 8.

    By Wanted23, Aug 14, 2008

  • Organ donor by proxy

    By twilightboy, Jun 04, 2008

  • Great ending but pointless.

    By Iverson82094, Jan 28, 2008

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (23)

    • (Bart, comments on how Homer ran out on the kidney procedure.) Bart: Even I wouldn't do that, and I'm America's bad boy!

    • Bart: Try not to move, Dad. You swallowed a lot of motor oil.

    • Abe: Mmm, can't get a good sarsaparilla like this in Springfield. It angry’s up the blood. Bartender: You like it huh? Abe: UP YOURS!

    • Homer: What if instead of donating one of my old worn out kidneys, I gave grandpa that artificial kidney I invented. Marge: Oh Homer, that was just a beer can with a whistle glued to it.

    • Lisa: Besides, nothing's too good for a wonderful generous guy like you! Homer: Well that's what I always thought but somehow… Bart: Check it out, dad. I rented all your favorite gorilla movies! ‘Gorilla Squadron,’ ‘Gorilla Island 6.’ Homer: ‘Ape's-A-Poppin!’ Ooh, the airline version! Lisa: Can I fluff your pillow? Homer: Nothing's too good for me!

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    Notes (1)

    • Blackboard Joke: I am not a licensed hairstylist. Couch Gag: The living room is flooded, the TV is floating on a lily pad, and another lily pad is floating where the couch should be. Maggie swims up and onto the lily pad, only she is colored green and has the body of a tadpole. Then the rest of the family, also colored green but with frog bodies, jump onto the lily pad. After they settle in and squat down on the lily pad in their normal couch lineup, Homer opens his mouth and a long, frog-like tongue whips out to turn on the TV.

    Trivia (9)

    • It is impossible to explode your kidney from "holding it in" too long.

    • Dr. Hibbert said both of Grampa's kidneys were fine the day before the "blowout", but in "Old Money" from season 2 Grampa tells Bea Simmons that he has only one working kidney.

    • When Homer was parallel parking the railcar, he looked awfully out of proportion to the cars on either side of him. If you look closely you'll see that he barely comes up the to height of the boot on the closest car.

    • The tracks in the concrete appear before the railcar wheels rolled over it.

    • Maggie isn't seen with the family during the hospital scenes.

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    Allusions (3)

    • Hospital Intercom: Doctor Bombay, come right away. A quick reference to the phrase used to summon Doctor Bombay, the warlock family doctor on the television series Bewitched.

    • Homer: I'm the luckiest man in the world, now that Lou Gehrig is dead. Lou Gehrig was a first basemen for the New York Yankees. During his retirement speech he stated "I consider myself to be the luckiest man on the face of the Earth." His retirement was forced due to his diagnosis with ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease, as it would be named later.

    • Hospital Intercom System: Doc Martens to Podiatry. Doc Martens is a famous shoe brand. A doctor of the same name works in the Podiatry wing of the Springfield Hospital.

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