The Simpsons


Season 12, Ep 9, Aired 1/7/01
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  • Episode Description
  • An x-ray reveals that Homer has a crayon lodged in his brain that has been there since childhood. Upon removal of the crayon, Homer's IQ suddenly jumps to a very high level; he and Lisa form a great new bond, but when his way of life changes drastically he wonders if removing the crayon was a good idea.

  • 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 (11)
  • i did enjoy the episode

    By vbkzlfie, Jul 16, 2008

  • Hilarious, sad, and touching the whole time

    By Southparkfa, Jun 20, 2010

  • Homer is smart

    By futuramarama, Nov 14, 2009

  • Homer becomes smart after a crayon is removed from his brain.

    By Hornets3, Sep 04, 2009

  • Without a doubt one of the most hilarious episodes in the series. Homer suddenly becomes smart because a crayon is removed from his brain.

    By Iverson82094, Sep 01, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (19)

    • (After the crayon re-insertion) Lisa: Dad, how could you? We were connecting in such a meaningful way. Homer: We were what in a what what? (Lisa sighs) Homer: Yeah, that reminds me, I need a sandwich.

    • Homer: Now, who's up for a trip to the library tomorrow? Notice I no longer say liberry or tomorrie.

    • Kent Brockman: Animotion is up an eighth... after plunging seventy five points this morning! Homer: Oh, I hope plunging means up, and seventy five means two hundred! Kent Brockman: The firm declared super-dooper bankruptcy, which is terrible news for the company's one stockholder, Homer Simpson.

    • Homer: Family meeting! Family meeting! (the rest of the family runs into the dining room and quickly takes their seats) Okay, people, let's keep this short. We all want to get home to our families. (all laugh) All right, first item: I lost our life savings in the stock market. Now let's move on to the real issue: Lisa's hogging of the maple syrup. Lisa: Well, maybe if Mom didn't make such dry waffles. There, I said it. Marge: Well, maybe if you'd eat some meat you'd have a natural lubricant. (gasps, and turns to Homer) You lost all our money? Homer: Point of order -- I didn't lose all the money. There was enough left for this cowbell. (rings it softly, and the bell breaks apart in his hands) Damn you, eBay!

    • Carl: I can't feed my family with a cod-piece!

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    Notes (4)

    • In the 2002 movie Trapped (starring Kevin Bacon, Courtney Love, Charlize Theron and Stuart Townsend), the little girl (Dakota Fanning) is watching this episode on TV right before she is kidnapped.

    • In 2001, this episode won an Emmy for Outstanding Animated Program (For Programming Less Than One hour). This episode was nominated for the Annie Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement for Writing in an Animated Television Production.

    • The R in the title of this episode should be backwards.

    • Blackboard Joke: Network TV is not dead. Couch Gag: Five tubes over the couch spit out Homer, Marge, Maggie, Lisa, and Fry from Futurama. Fry is then sucked back up into his tube and replaced by Bart.

    Trivia (1)

    • Booths seen at the animation festival include: "Happy Little Elves", "Radioactive Man", "Veggie Tales", "Trek Tales", "Cel-Out", "History of Animation", "Itchy & Scratchy", "3D Training Videos", "Poochie!", and the "Lance Murdock Cartoon Show".

    Allusions (6)

    • Runaway Bride The movie Homer goes to see is Love is Nice, starring Julia Roberts and Richard Gere. A parody of Runaway Bride, which also starred Julia Roberts and Richard Gere. Also, Julia's character wears a wedding dress in both movies.

    • Homer: I'll make him an offer he can't refuse. This is Don Corleone's famous line from the 1972 film The Godfather. Homer imitated Marlon Brando's voice as well.

    • Davey and Goliath At the animation festival, the Flanders family sees a sick and twisted version of Davey and Goliath, called Gravey and Jobriath, a very wholesome bible-based claymation show from the 1960's.

    • Spike & Mike's Sick & Twisted Festival of Animation "Sick, Twisted, F***ed-Up Animation Festival" is where the Simpsons go for an unusual animation festival. The name of the festival parodies the title of the film, Spike & Mike's Sick & Twisted Festival of Animation, an anthology of animated short subjects.

    • The Jack Benny Program The Louie character in the old Itchy and Scratchy cartoon is a nod to Rochester from The Jack Benny Program.

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