The Simpsons

Homer vs. Lisa and the 8th Commandment

Season 2, Ep 13, Aired 2/7/91
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  • Episode Description
  • Lisa fears that the family might go to Hell, when Homer gets an illegal, free cable TV hookup. Then she makes a stand by refusing to watch it causing problems throughout the family.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Steve Pepoon

  • Rich Moore

  • Al Jean

  • Mike Reiss

  • Jay Kogen

  • Fan Reviews (12)
  • Great

    By jmbsonic555, Oct 17, 2011

  • Superb

    By Southparkfa, Aug 22, 2010

  • a good avarge ep

    By cube2k8, May 05, 2010

  • religion

    By futuramarama, Apr 05, 2010

  • This episode contained my favorite ending of all time. As Homer cuts the power your TV screen goes black

    By Iverson82094, Jan 28, 2008

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (12)

    • Bart: (about Hell) Wouldn't you eventually get used to it, like in a hot tub?

    • (While in Sunday School; Bart raised his hand) Mrs. Albright: Yes, Bart? Bart: Are there pirates in Hell? Mrs. Albright: Yes, thousands of them. Bart: (rubs hands) Hoo hoo, baby!

    • (In bed, Homer and Marge argue about the illegal cable.) Marge: But Homer, I’m afraid that cable has become an evil presence in our home. Homer: (Sternly) Marge, I never put my foot down about anything. Marge: No-- Homer: But I am severely tempted to do it over this. (Raises foot) Marge: Oh, Homer. Homer: Marge, I’m sorry. I think it’s coming down. Marge: No, Homer! Not-- Homer: (Sticks foot over floor) It’s coming down. My foot, it’s-- Marge: No! Homer: That’s it, Marge. The cable stays. The foot has spoken. (Slams foot down)

    • (Bart and the family watch TV.) Bart: Oh, cool! This is where “Jaws” eats the boat! … Man, this is where “Die Hard” jumps through the window. … (Laughs) Whoa! This is where “Wall Street” gets arrested! (Chuckles)

    • (Moses appears before the Israelites with the Ten Commandments.) Moses: The Lord has handed down to us Ten Commandments by which to live. I will now read them in no particular order. “Thou shalt not make any graven images.” Hezron, Carver of Graven Images: (Throws down chisel) Oh, my God! Moses: “Thou shalt not commit adultery.” Zohar the Adulterer: Ah, well. Looks like the party’s over. Homer the Thief: (Chuckles) Hey, Moses, keep ‘em comin’. Moses: “Thou shalt not steal.” Homer the Thief: D’oh!

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    Notes (4)

    • The blackboard gag refers to "The Bartman", a dance created by a Simpsons 1991 music video "Do the Bartman".

    • This episode won the Outstanding Animated Program award at the Emmys in 1991.

    • First Appearance: Troy McClure, Drederick Tatum

    • Blackboard Joke: I will not make flatulent noises in class. Couch Gag: The family all do a little dance in front of the couch, then they jump on.

    Trivia (5)

    • As Homer channel surfs you can hear him come across the "Porch Pals" episode of Itchy and Scratchy from the episode "Itchy & Scratchy & Marge."

    • A plant next to the couch grows to maturity, then dies as the Simpsons watch hours on end of cable.

    • The Flanders' doorbell plays the theme song from the 1960's claymation show Davey and Goliath.

    • Sign outside the church: "God, the Original Love Connection."

    • The broadcaster who announces during the pre-fight coverage, is the same man who announced Todd Flanders and Bart's putt-putt golf showdown in episode 2-6, "Dead Putting Society."

    Allusions (4)

    • Stardust Memories The Top Hat Entertainment Channel features a movie called Stardust Mammeries, which is a twisted take on the Woody Allen movie Stardust Memories.

    • Broadcast News On the Adult Film Channel a promo for the show Broadcast Nudes can be heard. This is a play on the title of the 1987 film Broadcast News, written and directed by Simpsons producer James L. Brooks.

    • North by Northwest Homer jumping in front of the illegal cable salesman's truck to flag it down, and getting hit in the process, mirrors a scene in the 1959 film North by Northwest.

    • Professional Boxing Heavyweight boxer Drederick Tatum is styled after former world heavyweight champion Mike Tyson. Tatum's manager, Lucious Sweet is a near carbon copy of Don King. Watson, Tatum's opponent, is the Simpsons' version of James "Buster" Douglas.

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