The Simpsons

Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?

Season 2, Ep 15, Aired 2/21/91
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  • Episode Description
  • Homer discovers that he has a long lost half-brother, who happens to be the wealthy head of Powell Motors in Detroit, Michigan. He meets with Herb, and while there Herb asks Homer to help him design a car for the average American, as he feels that his company has lost its roots.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Jeff Martin

  • Wesley Archer

  • Al Jean

  • Mike Reiss

  • Jay Kogen

  • Fan Reviews (9)
  • Perfect

    By jmbsonic555, Oct 17, 2011

  • Homer screws up the life of his half-brother

    By Southparkfa, Jul 21, 2010

  • 80,000

    By cube2k8, May 05, 2010

  • brother-brother

    By futuramarama, Apr 05, 2010

  • The origin of Homer's brother Herb Powell. Loved this episode!

    By Iverson82094, Jan 28, 2008

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (18)

    • (Homer's artsy commercial for his newly designed car: The commercial uses far away shots of Homer driving the car on a mountain road overlooking the ocean and up close shots of Homer inside the car.) Woman: (Off camera and singing.) Whatever Homer wants… Homer: (Narrating) All my life, I have searched for a car that feels a certain way. Woman: (Off camera and singing.) … Homer gets. Homer: (Narrating) Powerful like a gorilla, yet soft and yielding like a Nerf ball. Now, at last, I have found it. (A title card reads: "Homer, The Car Built for Homer.")

    • (Herb gives the Simpsons a tour of his mansion.) Herb: While you're here, I want you to make yourselves right at home. Anytime you're hungry, anytime day or night, Cook will make you anything you want. Homer: Even pork chops? Herb: Absolutely. We have a tennis court, a swimming pool, a screening room-- Homer: You mean, if I want pork chops, even in the middle of the night, your guy will fry 'em up? Herb: Sure. That's what he's paid for. Now, if you need towels, laundry-- Homer: Wait! Herb: Maids-- Homer: Wait, wait, wait, wait! Let me see if I've got this straight. It's Christmas day, 4:00 a.m., there's a rumble in my stomach-- Marge: Homer, please! Herb: (Laughs and grabs Homer around the shoulder.) Your old man sure loves pork chops! Bart: (Laughs) He sure does, Uncle Herb.

    • (Homer introduces his kids to Herb.) Herb: So, Lisa, are you the little hell-raiser your father told me about? Lisa: No, sir. I can assure I’m not. Bart: (Proudly) I’m the little hell-raiser, sir. Marge: Would you like to hold the baby, Herb? Herb: Oh, I’m afraid I wouldn’t know how. Homer: (Holding Maggie in one arm.) Oh, what’s to know? Just dive in. Catch! (Tosses Maggie over to Herb.) Herb: Oh! (Catches Maggie in his arms and smells her.) God, that new baby smell. Homer, you’re the richest man I know. Homer: (In awe) I feel the same about you.

    • (Homer attempts to contact his long lost brother over the phone) Marge: Any luck, Homey? Homer: No, I called all three Herbert Powells in Detroit. Nothing. Marge: Hmm. Well, you wanna try that H. Powell? (Points in phonebook) Homer: H.! Of course! That could stand for Herbert! It's a long shot, but--(Dials the phone)

    • (Bart and Lisa bicker at the dinner table.) Homer: Quiet, you kids! If I hear one more word, Bart doesn't get to watch cartoons and Lisa doesn't get to go to college. Bart and Lisa: (In unison) Dad! Homer: Not one word! (Bart and Lisa trade insults via sign language and giggle at each other.) Homer: I thought I said knock it off. Lisa: We didn't say anything. Bart: Not one word. Homer: Well, no "pantomomine" either.

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    Notes (5)

    • First Appearance: Herb Powell

    • Matt Groening has an uncredited voice cameo in this episode. As Herb Powell (Danny Devito) is laughing on the floor with Bart and Lisa after watching an episode of Itchy and Scratchy, he says something about spending his life in boardrooms. Then after another short laugh the audio changes from Devito's voice to Matt Groening's and he says: "This old fool's wasted his life."

    • Itchy & Scratchy: "Sundae Bloody Sundae." Itchy works as a soda jerk. Scratchy sits at the counter and tries to order, but Itchy grabs him and shoves him into a milkshake cup. Itchy puts Scratchy through the blender and pours his liquefied body into a tall old-fashioned soda glass.

    • The idea of having Danny DeVito voice Homer's brother didn't come up until the last minute when Sam Simon brought it up. He was brought in as a favor from Jim Brooks.

    • Blackboard Joke: I will not sell land in Florida.
      Couch Gag: They sit normally on the couch and Maggie pops out of Marge's hair.

    Trivia (12)

    • Features on Homer's dream car: * Large beverage holder * A ball on top of the aerial * Tail fins * Two bubble domes * Shag carpet * Horns that all play "La Cucaracha" * A separate bubble dome with optional straps and muzzles

    • The concept car Homer designs looks similar to a General Motors concept car from the 1950's called, the "Firebird III."

    • The Simpsons stop at an ESEO gas station so Homer can relieve himself.

    • The orphanage director is one of Dr. Hibbert's long lost brothers. (Bleeding Gums Murphy is his second).

    • According to the end credits of the McBain movie that Grandpa Simpson and Jasper watch, the next McBain film will be titled: "You Have the Right to Remain Dead."

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    Allusions (8)

    • Sunday Bloody Sunday The title of the Itchy & Scratchy cartoon, "Sundae Bloody Sundae" is a parody of the U2 song title "Sunday Bloody Sunday."

    • James Bond Films The end credits to the McBain film are designed to be a parody of the kind you see in James Bond films.

    • Homer: Whatever Homer wants, Homer gets. Homer's line is a parody of the line, "What Lola wants, Lola gets," from the musical and film Damn Yankees!

    • Herb: As far as I'm concerned, I have no brother. Herb's line is taken straight from the 1972 film The Godfather.

    • Twins The reveal of Homer having a brother, as well as Danny DeVito playing Herb Powell, are tributes to the 1988 film Twins.

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