Stark Raving Dad

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    Another perfect premiere

    By jmbsonic555, Oct 17, 2011

    After a misunderstanding at work, Homer is committed to a mental institution, where he meets an interesting man claiming to be Michael Jackson. Meanwhile, Lisa's birthday is fast approaching and a reluctant Bart is forced with the task of getting Lisa a birthday present.



    Overall, this is a really good episode



    10 OUT OF 10



    perfect!

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  • 8.5

    The third season begins with Homer being sent to a mental institution due to a misunderstanding at the power plant. While committed he meets a man who says he is Michael Jackson. Back home Lisa's birthday is approaching and she expects a gift from Bart.

    By meathead704, Sep 28, 2010

    This episode is one of the best season openers in the entire twenty plus season run of "The Simpsons". The laughs start from the very beginning when Lisa wakes up Bart to remind him of her birthday. The late Michael Jackson does a terrific job in one of the best guest appearances ever on the show. He ranks up there with Kelsey Grammar's frequent appearances as Sideshow Bob. There were some predictable moments in this episode, but they did not take away from the episode's appeal. The explanation as to the mental patient's true identity is a definite high point.moreless

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  • 10

    May be my Fav! (PS: All reviews do is give a portrait of the reviewer)

    By TayLawAbrahamse, Jun 12, 2010

    MJ's the ultimate performer, someone who only sings with his heart, something so rare that when you hear his voice (its him talking, an impersonator for the singing due to contractual issues, although I believe he wrote the song), its a light that cuts clean through all the mud. That, with such a wonderful premise, which still rings insightful today (like all the early ones), makes this one of my absolute favorites. I've always connected to Lisa the most, and I love that song and how its a nice ep. I won't undermine it by saying much more, but if Michael is somewhere in the world, I'd just like to say thank you for everything. Anyone could recover from anything with your music.moreless

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  • 10

    Michael Jackson

    By futuramarama, Jan 10, 2010

    Homer meets Michael Jackson at an insane asylum. On the day Homer gets out of the asylum, Michael comes to the Simpsons home. News gets out that Michael Jackson is coming over, and everyone who gathers at the Simpson home is shocked and appalled that the man they are looking at is white, not black. So now everyone turns on Bart, who started the rumors that Michael was coming. And Bart has other things to worry about- Lisa's mad because he never got her a birthday present. So Michael and Bart write and sing a special song for her on her special day.



    A great episode, Michael was great, and may he RIPmoreless

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  • 10

    R.I.P



    Michale Jackson A.K.A John Jay Smith

    By KingBoo112, Aug 13, 2009

    It's Lisa's Birthday soon! She reminds Bart that her birthday is coming up and that he forgets her birthday every year. Bart promises to get her the best present ever. There's only a pink shirt for Homer. Homer has no choice but to wear a pink shirt to work. As a result, Mr. Burns believes Homer is being a "free thinking anarchist" and now he's in trouble! Dr. Marvin Monroe makes a test that Homer has Bart fill out. The results cause poor Homer to be sent to a mental institution, where he shares a room with some stranger....It was Michael Jackson! :O. Marge comes to visit Homer and convinces his doctors that Bart is the reason that Homer is a maniac. Homer gets an official certificate that says he is not insane and Michael reveals that he is only in the hospital voluntarily. Homer calls and tells Bart that he is bringing Michael Jackson to stay for a few days. Against Homer's wishes, Bart lets the word out and all of Springfield turns out to see Michael Jackson. The town thinks, "what a rip-off!" when the faux Michael is shown by Homer. Now Bart's in trouble! Lisa writes an angry letter to Bart after believing he forgot her birthday once again.After hearing Lisa writing an angry letter to Bart, Michael convinces Bart to let him help. Together they write and make a cute song for Lisa's birthday called "Happy Birthday Lisa". Then the guy admits he's not Michael Jackson! :O He's a guy from somewhere in New Jersey, but he still says goodbye to the Simpsons, and they live happily ever after!



    Grade: A+



    R.I.P Michael Jackson A.K.A, John Jay Smith.moreless

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  • 8.5

    Homer in a mental institution..

    By titiembe, Mar 17, 2008

    So basically after Homer goes to work in a pink shirt, he has to go into a mental instituion... then he meets a man claiming to be Micheal Jackson, and he helps Homer through his tough time there. Later, Homer is realeased when Marge testifies for him and Micheal comes home with them. Then, Micheal helps Bart write a birthday song for Lisa after Bart forgets about her birthday again. After that musical piece it is revealed that the man who called himself Micheal Jackson was really some other guy. The funniest part of this episode was when Homer was stamped with the "Insane" on his hand. So overall it was a great episode.moreless

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  • 8.6

    WOW What a season opener!!!!!!!

    By Iverson82094, Jan 08, 2008

    When he wears a pink shirt to work, Homer's coworkers mistake him for a mental patient and commit him to the New Bedlam Rest Home for the Emotionally Interesting. While there, Homer meets a tall, stocky white man who claims to be Michael Jackson. Despite his reservations, Homer befriends "Michael" and takes his new pal home with him upon his release. Meanwhile, Lisa celebrates her eighth birthday without a present from Bart, who was too inconsiderate to get her anything. With "Michael's" help, Bart writes a special song for Lisa that proves to be the best gift she ever received. Witnessing the tender scene, "Michael" admits that he's really Leon Kompowsky, a bricklayermoreless

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  • 9.0

    Another very good season opener.

    By DaGamePhreak, Aug 19, 2007

    Bart mixes his red hat in with all the whites, and Homer has to wear a pink shirt to work. Burns sends him to a mental institution where he meets Michael Jackson. Jacko tries to help him out to prove he's not insane. Meanwhile, Bart feels it's inevitable that he has to get Lisa a birthday gift.



    "Stark Raving Dad" is an excellent episode - one of the better season premiere episodes ever on The Simpsons. This is yet another episode I wouldn't necessarily consider a funny episode, but one that's fun to watch nonetheless. A well worthwhile episode from season 3.moreless

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  • 8.7

    Whoever has this stamp on his hand is insane.

    By lxdawg25, Apr 30, 2007

    This is definitely one of the most classic episodes of the entire series. It has one of the best set-ups a laundry accident that leads to Homer being committed. I'm also a fan of episodes that poke fun at the fact that they're a show "Spare me the tiresome antics of The Simpson Family." The jokes throughout this episode are pretty well made sometimes ranging from slap you in the face obvious to great comic interactions between the actors. This episode really came in strong and tapered off some at the end as we see the relationship of Bart and Lisa develop, the more emotional scenes left somethings to be desired. With a great nod to One Flew Over the Cuckoo's nest Homer plays the part superbly, not as the energetic and emotional upstart as Jack's McMurphy, but as a slow idiot who can't quite understand the situation he's in.



    A review of this episode wouldn't be complete without talking about Michael Jackson's role. Despite recent transgressions this is a classic example of why he was ever popular. The back and forth between him and Homer is great almost like they were brothers. All in all this is a great episode. The emotional scenes leave something to be desired but there are enough jokes to keep you entertained, especially if you care to look for them all.moreless

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