The Simpsons

Homer the Vigilante

Season 5, Ep 11, Aired 1/6/94
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  • Episode Description
  • While a cat burglar prowls Springfield and evades capture, Homer forms a vigilante group to protect the city. But the power quickly goes to his head and an unlikely source figures out the identity of the cat burglar.

  • Cast & Crew
  • John Swartzwelder

  • Jim Reardon

  • Sam Neill


  • 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)
  • perfect

    By futuramarama, Aug 18, 2011

  • this was a good ep

    By cube2k8, May 18, 2010

  • Damn you Mulloy.

    By meatboys, Aug 30, 2008

  • Go Simpsons keep it up

    By Iverson82094, Jan 23, 2008

  • Brilliant episode. Due to a burglar robbing everyone in the neighbourhood, Homer and a few other decide to form a Vigilante group which ends up causing more trouble then the burglar himself. One of the best Simpsons episodes ever.

    By BarSmith21, May 17, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (32)

    • Grampa: You see? Old people aren't so useless after all. Malloy's old and he outsmarted the lot of you. And I'm even older and I outsmarted him. (Laughs) Moe: Shut up. Grampa: I've had my moment.

    • Jimbo: Hey, you're that drunken posse. Wow! Can I join ya? Homer: I don't know, can you swing a sack of doorknobs? Jimbo: Can I! Homer: You're in. Here's the sack. Moe: But you gotta supply your own doorknobs.

    • (talking about how Molloy stole the diamond) Grampa: There was something different about the way he was walking that day. Much more vertical than usual. (Molloy was climbing with rappel.)

    • Kent Brockman: When cat burglaries start, can mass murders be far behind? This reporter isn't saying that the burglar is an inhuman monster like the Wolfman, but he very well could be. So, professor: would you say it's time for everyone to panic? Professor: Yes I would, Kent.

    • Homer: Hello, Police? Are you sitting down? Good! I wish to report a robbery. Chief Wiggum: (bored) A robbery, right. Thanks for the report. (hangs up) That's another one, Lou… 723 Evergreen Terrace. (Looks at a map with the robbery locations marked on it) Well, there doesn't seem to be any pattern yet, but if I take this one and move it here…and I move these over here… hello! It almost looks like an arrow! Lou: Hey, look, Chief: it's pointing right at this police station. Chief Wiggum: Let's get out of here!

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    Notes (1)

    • Blackboard Joke: I am not authorized to fire substitute teachers. Couch Gag: The family explodes on contact.

    Trivia (6)

    • Goof: When Homer is on the news talk-show he puts his hand on his chest and the opening of his shirt appears over the back of his hand.

    • A poster in Flanders' rumpus room reads: ''Seven days without a drink makes me weak.''

    • A headline in the newspaper reads: "Man Marries Woman In Wedding Ceremony"

    • Pictures of Fat Tony and Ms. Botz (the baysitter bandit) can be seen at the police station.

    • Goof: Chief Wiggum says the Simpsons' address is 723 Evergreen Terrace. Their address is actually 742 Evergreen Terrace.

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    Allusions (4)

    • The Pink Panther During the burglaries, the theme from the 1963 film The Pink Panther plays.

    • Beatnik Poet: Zen New Jersey nowhere. This is similar to Allen Ginsberg's poem Howl which contains the line, "Who vanished into nowhere Zen New Jersey."

    • It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World The ending where the town runs to find a treasure buried beneath "a big T" is a reference to the 1963 film It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World where everybody runs to find a treasure buried beneath "a big W."

    • Dr. Stranglove or : How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb When Homer rides the bomb, it is a reference to the 1964 classic film Dr. Stranglove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb.

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