The Simpsons

Homer's Odyssey

Season 1, Ep 3, Aired 1/21/90
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  • Episode Description
  • Homer struggles to find meaning in his life after he is fired from the nuclear power plant for causing an accident.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Wallace Wolodarsky

  • Wesley Archer

  • Jay Kogen

  • Al Jean

  • Mike Reiss (I)

  • Fan Reviews (48)
  • This episode's plot is freaking lame, but Moaning Lisa is a tad lamer than this.

    By fsaenz0125, Aug 24, 2014

  • Lame episode

    By sebibellas, Aug 05, 2013

  • Lame episode

    By copper20, Apr 03, 2013

  • Boring episode. that's coming from a massive SImpsons fan

    By SLionsCricket, Oct 08, 2012

  • A little too emotional.

    By jmbsonic555, Oct 17, 2011

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (16)

    • (Chief Wiggum speaks at the city council meeting.) Chief Wiggum: Well, it's no secret. Our city is under siege by a graffiti vandal known as "El Barto." Police artists have a composite sketch to go over and if anyone has any information, please contact us. (A sketch is passed around; Bart gets it and sees that the drawing is of an older, stubbly, mean looking version of himself.) Bart: Cool, man.

    • Homer: Beer. Now there's a temporary solution.

    • (A depressed Homer prepares to search for a new job) Marge: There, there, Homer. You'll find a job. You've caused plenty of industrial accidents, and you've always bounced back.

    • (Mr. Burns offers Homer the new job of safety inspector) Mr. Burns: The generous offer I’m making is good for exactly…30 seconds, Simpson. Homer’s Brain: Me, in charge of safety? This place could blow sky high. Nah. I’ll concentrate on my work now. Gee, this guy’s desk sure is big. I can’t let Marge support the family. This guy’s got the cleanest shirt I’ve ever seen. What should I--. Mr. Burns: Simpson, time’s up. Homer: Mmm, what the hey. I’ll take the job. Mr. Burns: Excellent.

    • (The cartoon character Smilin' Joe Fission informs Bart's class about nuclear energy.) Smilin' Joe Fission: Uh-oh. Whoops. Looks there's a little leftover nuclear waste. No problem. (Smilin' Joe tucks the waste under a rug.) Smilin' Joe Fission: I'll just put it where nobody'll find it for a million years.

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    Notes (9)

    • The elderly couple that makes fun of Homer when he walks past them with the boulder were suppose to be regular recurring characters who would offer off-kilter comments to what they see. But the idea was quickly dropped.

    • In this episode, Bart makes a prank phone call to Moe´s tavern for the first time.

    • Mr. Burns says his catchphrase "Excellent" for the first time in this episode.

    • Otto is designed to look like The Simpsons writer Wallace Wolodarsky.

    • In this episode Homer is promoted and becomes the "Safety Inspector" at the power plant; he stays like that for the rest of the series.

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    Trivia (11)

    • Waylon Smithers was mistakenly animated in this episode and appears as an African American, this was corrected and in all other episodes he appears with his intended skin color.

    • Homer pens his suicide note on "Dumb Things I Gotta Do Today" stationery.

    • Going to the Nuclear Power Plant the children pass the Springfield Toxic Waste Dump, the Springfield Tire Yard (which is not on fire as of yet), the Springfield State Prison, and Springfield Elementary School.

    • Springfield Shopper headlines: "Simpson Says Safe!", "Dozens Cheer Homer Simpson", "Homer Simpson Strikes Again!", "Watch Out Here Comes Homer" and "Enough Already Homer Simpson."

    • When Bart takes advantage of Homer and has him sign his report card, the report card reads as follows: Science: U, Social Studies: F, Reading: U, Math: F, Writing: U, and Physical Ed: D

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    Allusions (4)

    • Al Jolson Mr. Burns makes a reference to Al Jolson as he watches Homer lead a safety rally in front of the nuclear power plant. Al Jolson was a revered and popular singer/Broadway/film star during the early 20th century.

    • They Might Be Giants The heading on Homer's small notepad, "Dumb Things I Gotta Do Today," is a funny reference to the band They Might Be Giants and a lyric from a song called "Put Your Hand Inside The Puppet Head."

    • Get Smart After Smithers shows Bart's class the film, he leads the class on a tour and they walk through doors that open much like the doors that open during the opening sequence of the 1960's TV show, Get Smart.

    • Homer's Odyssey
      The title for this episode obviously comes from the Greek epic, Homer's Odyssey.

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