The Simpsons

Jaws Wired Shut

Season 13, Ep 9, Aired 1/27/02
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  • Episode Description
  • After Homer accidentally breaks his jaw, and has it wired shut, he can't speak and the family realizes silent Homer is much easier to be around. When the wires come off Homer remains the same attentive and silent father he was with an injured jaw and the family actually starts to yearn for their old Homer back.

  • 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 (9)
  • superb

    By futuramarama, Aug 21, 2011

  • Great Episode!!!!

    By fenway98, Aug 10, 2010

  • Homer has his jaws wired shut.

    By Hornets3, Aug 14, 2009

  • This type of humor makes the Simpsons great, and what it is!!!!

    By Iverson82094, Jan 18, 2008

  • another homer problem

    By bender21345, Dec 09, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (23)

    • (When the donkey gets tired) Homer: Ahh, looks like I needs some fuel for me mule, some gas for me ass.

    • (At the demolition derby) Marge: Catch ya later, radiator! Oh my God. I hit someone... then I taunted him. I've never felt so alive!

    • (From the set of Afternoon Yak.) Barbara Walters-Type: Marge, what was Homer like before he broke his jaw? Marge: Well, he would eat all the time. We'd be making love and he'd have a mouthful of Hershey's Miniatures. Homer: (Shamefully) Krackle was my favorite.

    • Grampa: Three wars back, we called sauerkraut "Liberty Cabbage." And we called Liberty Cabbage "Super Slaw." And back then a suitcase was known as a "Swedish Lunchbox." 'Course nobody knew that but me... anyway, "long story short" is a phrase whose origins are complicated and rambling.

    • Marge: A formal! The one place you can wear a tiara and not look crazy.

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    Notes (3)

    • Itchy & Scratchy: "To Kill a Talking Bird" Itchy and Scratchy star in a public service announcement before at the movie theater. They team up together to stop an annoying duck who won't quit talking on his cell phone during a movie. Itchy replaces the duck's phone with a stick of dynamite and blows the duck to smithereens. Itchy then slices open Scratchy, pulls out his intestines and throws them at the screen and they spell, "Please No Talking."

    • This episode was nominated for the 2003 WGA Award (TV) for Animation.

    • Blackboard Joke: None. Couch Gag: The family room appears on screen in black and white with an old-timey feel. Homer enters acting like Charlie Chaplin of silent film era fame and the rest of the family enters in period piece clothing and take their places on the couch.

    Trivia (4)

    • We learn Homer's likes read to Pie Times.

    • Music featured in this episode "Les Preludes" by Liszt

    • When Dr. Hibbert is checking the scan of Homer's head, you can see the crayon in Homer's brain from episode 12-9, "HOMR."

    • Films playing at the Googleplex include: The Final Chapter--A New Beginning, Too Many Premises, Editor-In-Chimp, Wedgie: The Movie, Shenani-Goats!, Chocolate 2: The Vanillaing, Air C.H.U.D., Clone Me an Angel, and Dude, Where's My Pepsi.

    Allusions (5)

    • Pie Times This is a clearly spoof of High Times, a New York based magazine promoting marijuana. The picture shows a hipper eating a pie.

    • Popeye The scenes where Homer drinks a beer and becomes powerful while Marge yells for help are allusions to the popular comic and cartoon Popeye.

    • To Kill a Mockingbird The title of the Itchy & Scratchy cartoon, "To Kill a Talking Bird," is a play on the title of the 1960 Harper Lee novel To Kill a Mockingbird.

    • Mike Tyson Drederick Tatum's line, "Litter is my most treacherous fault. I would like to eat his children," parodies Mike Tyson's infamous pre-fight line about Lennox Lewis, "I want to eat his children!"

    • Eyes Wide Shut The title of this episode is a play on the title of the 1999 film Eyes Wide Shut directed by the late Stanley Kubrick and starring Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman.

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