The Simpsons

Season 3 Episode 20

Colonel Homer

3
Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Mar 26, 1992 on FOX
8.6
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Homer discovers a beautiful country music star in the making and becomes her manager, which raises concerns for Marge about his fidelity.

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  • After another fight with Marge Homer gets in the car and drives hundreds of miles to a red neck bar. There he meets waitress (and aspiring singer) Lurleen Lumpkin. After listening to one of her songs Homer decides to start her music career.moreless

    10
    This episode is my favorite of the series. Lurleen's (Voiced by Bevery D'Angelo) song is hysterical and there are many laughs throughout. The scene of Homer's drive to Flaming Pete's is terrific. Homer provides the most laughs by being totally oblivious to Lurleen's sexual advances. The scene at the recording studio is one of the funniest moments in the entire series. The laughs make up for the fairly predictable ending (Who didn't think Homer would catch on and realize that Lurleen was trying to get him to leave Marge?). Any fan of The Simpsons should not miss this classic episode.moreless
  • perfect

    10
    what i liked- Lurleen Lumpkin's character as a whole, all the various comments Homer makes during the movie, and Marge yelling at him and people applauding her, "Marge, it takes two to lie. One to lie, and one to listen", Bart and Lisa seeing a scary movie, Homer and Marge making up with each other at the end, Lurleen singing that song about homer and marge at the end of the episode, amongst other things.

    good episode. i wonder why Matt Groening didn't write anymore episodes by himself? This was really spectacular, and who knows how to write a great episode of a show better than the creator of said show? A+ episodemoreless
  • this was a good ep

    8.5
    in this ep of the simpsons homer dicovers a beatiful country singer after getting into a fight with marge and he starts to spend more time with her and it causes problems in the marige between homer and marge and she wonders if she is losing him to a younger women.after a huge success with the country star homer decides to go back home so his wife marge and his kids and it ends on a happy note this was a good ep ithought of the simpsons and it makes season 3 really good . its a good ep between marge and homer.moreless
  • Yeehaw!

    8.0
    Following a big fight with Marge after going to the movies, Homer wanders to a bar in the middle of nowhere and sees and becomes infatuated with a Southern cocktail waitress Lurleen who sings songs that Homer can't get out of his head. Homer becomes the girl's manager and as her country music career skyrockets, his marriage with Marge starts to crumble. At the end Homer must make a choice. This episode effectively brings the show back to the 70's, where cartoons were clean and wholesome with a strong focus on family values. The opening act with the family going to the movies is a firm homage to this theme.



    This is the only episode to be written by Simpson creator Matt Groening. While his jokes are funny and the plot is good, they are only really like this on a superficial level. There is no evidence behind his plot and jokes of any real structure or complexity which are heavily featured in episodes written by people such as Jon Vitti and certainly John Swartzwelder. I also think this is the precise reason why Harry Shearer has never won an Emmy for his vocal work on the show, his voices are entertaining and diverse yet don't contain any of the subtleties that Dan and Hank convey flawlessly, hence their 3 Emmys each. Groening's script is symptomatic of his original vision of having The Simpsons has a straightforward family comedy which has long since become obscured by the many writers who have amplified the shows zanyness and satirical nature until it almost contradicts family values. It's interesting to ponder; if Groening was to write an episode now, during the show's 20th year would his script follow his original vision or comply with the trend that has been embedded in the show. It's never really certain just who the audience is meant to side with; the first half sympathises with Homer while the second half sympathises with Marge. While this adds a nice look at the two sides of a spousal disagreement; other viewers may find this just confusing. This episode was directed by Simpsons directing maestro Mark Kirkland, Kirkland is quite a good director, despite his episodes not having the cinema quality of David Silverman, and uses nice designs and layouts but there are too many instances where you feel that he just isn't trying. But this lack of detail could be blamed on the extreme lack of technology at the early stages of the show. Some positive elements are the nice uses of bright and crazy colors (note the orange sky and pink clouds in the opening scene) and the suprisingly attractive drawing of Lurleen Lumpkin. Colonel Homer is a good episode, for a first - time writer Groening does an admirable job of arranging and pacing a script with a lack of depth being expected seeing as he has only has experience with writing comics couple this with the reliable work from Mark Kirkland as director and the always strong vocal performances from the key cast and you have a great half hour of The Simpsons.moreless
  • For Matt's first writing job, I never really fell in love with this episode from the start.

    7.9
    Homer and Marge have a fight after attending a boring movie and Homer drives off angry. As he drives, he pulls up to a honky-tonk bar called Beer 'N' Brawl where he meets an aspiring country music singer named Lurleen Lumpkin. Struck by her talent and her beauty, Homer becomes her manager, securing her gigs and a record deal while at the same time fraying his relationship with Marge. Even though it's clear that Lurleen is falling in love with Homer, he resists her come-ons and signs away Lurleen's contract to another manager in order to be a better husband to Marge.moreless
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  • TRIVIA (8)

    • The Beer'N'Brawl only serves Fudd Beer.

    • The different movies at the theater include:
      * I'll Fry Your Face III
      * The Smell in Room 19
      * Space Mutants VI
      * Honey, I Hit a School Bus
      * Look Who's Oinking
      * The Stockholm Affair
      * Ernest vs. The Pope

    • Yodelin' Zeke shows up on "Ya Hoo" with a bandage around his head. He was beat up at the Beer'N'Brawl earlier in the episode.

    • The Beer'N'Brawl sells Laramie High Tar cigarettes.

    • The show Ya hoo! stars Yodelin' Zeke, Butterball Jackson, Freddie Boy and Yuma, Cloris Moselle, Big Shirtless Ron, Orville and Hurley, Gappy Mae, Hip Diddler, Rudy, The Ya Hoo Recovering Alcohlic Jug Band, and Lurleen. Although they're not listed in alphabetical order, the announcer says they are.

    • Lurleen's other songs include: ''I'm Basting a Turkey With My Tears,'' ''Don't Look Up My Dress Unless You Mean It'' and 'I'm Sick of Your Lying Lips and False Teeth.''

    • The sign at the Royal King Trailer Park reads: ''14 Days Without A Tornado.'' When Homer returns later in the episode, it says 2 instead of 14.

    • When Homer is in the bar listening to the music, you can see a (real) bug on Homer's eyes. It looks like there was a bug there during the final stage of this episode, and the camera man didn't notice.

  • QUOTES (24)

    • Redneck 1: Hey you, let's fight.
      Redneck 2: Them's fightin' words!

    • Hillbilly 1: I caught my wife in bed with my best friend.
      Hillbilly 2: You bitter?
      Hillbilly 1: Yeah, bit HIM too!

    • Homer: Is there any room in that bed for a dag-burn fool?
      Marge: Always has been.

    • Homer: Marge, let's end this feudin' and a fussin' and get down to some lovin'.

    • Homer: They don't call me Colonel Homer because I'm some dumb-ass army guy.

    • Bart: Much as I hate that man right now, you gotta love that suit.

    • Marge: Homer, how much did you just give that man?
      Homer: Calm down, Marge, it's just our life savings. I'm not going into hock for this.

    • Homer: Marge, you make it sound so seamy. All I did was spend the afternoon in her trailer watching her try on some outfits.

    • Homer: Lurleen, I can't get your song out of my mind. I haven't felt this way since "Funky Town!"

    • Lurleen: My name's Lurleen Lumpkin.
      Homer: That's a pretty name.
      Lurleen: Oh, you think so?
      Homer: Maybe. I'm not sure. I forgot it.

    • Willy: (on a mechanical bull) Ach! How come no one else's chair is doin' this?!

    • Homer: I got you a gig on TV.
      Lurleen: Oh Homer! You're as smart as you are handsome!
      Homer: Hey!! Oh, you meant that as a compliment.

    • Studio Owner: Ah, this studio has a lot of history, uh.. Buddy Holly stood on this spot in 1958 and said 'There is no way in hell that I'm going to record in this dump'
      Homer: I'm sure Lurleen will love it!
      Marge: Homer, how much did you just give that man!
      Homer: Calm down Marge, it's just our life savings!

    • Homer: Oh no, I went to this bar the other night and the.
      Moe: Hey, wa…wait a minute. You went to another bar?
      Homer: Moe, I was 100 miles out of town!
      Moe: Oh Homer...

    • Lurleen's Song: That's why you flipped your pickup truck, right off the interstate!
      Homer: That's right (fast) except for the pickup truck.

    • Guy: Lets give a big country welcome to Yodeling Zeek!
      Audience: *applause*
      Zeek: Yodel-e-hee, yodel-e-i-hee, odel-e-hee.

    • Homer: I'm going now, and I don't know when you'll see me again
      (he drives off, then comes back to drop Maggie off)
      Lisa: I guess that executive stress ball we got him for Christmas isn't working.

    • Homer: I've heard how this ends, it turns out the secret code was the same nursery rhyme he told his daughter!
      Audience: Oooh!
      Homer: Hey, it's pretty obvious if you think about it!
      Marge: Oh shut up Homer, no one wants to hear what you think!
      Audience: Yeah! *applause*

    • Marge: Well, what are we going to see?
      Bart: Ernest Cuts The Cheese!
      Lisa: Honey I Hit A School Bus!
      Homer: Look Who's Oinking, Look Who's Oinking!
      Marge: Since we'll never agree, why don't you kids pick a movie, your dad and I will pick a movie, then we'll all meet in the lobby later?
      Bart/Lisa: Thanks mom!
      Homer: Two tickets for...
      Guy: Lemme guess... Look Who's Oinking?
      Homer: That's right!
      Guy: Sold out!

    • Lisa: Just tell me when the scary part is over!
      Bart: It's over....
      Lisa: Aaaaaaaah!

    • Homer: Ooh, there's a good one!
      Marge: That spot says compact only!
      Homer: Marge, that's just the suggestion car size...easy...easy... how am I doing on the right?
      Lisa: Um, we're getting a lot of sparks over here, dad!
      Homer: Uh huh, easy...easy...mmm perfect, alright everybody out the window!

    • Homer: Marge, it takes two to lie...one to lie and one to listen.

    • DJ: This is K-U-D-D 570 AM. Hey, don't touch that dial, you've got KUDD on it.

    • Homer: Marge, you're standing in the way of my boyhood dream of managing a beautiful country singer.
      Marge: You're boyhood dream was to eat the world's biggest hoagie and you did it at the county fair last year, remember? (Marge holds up a photo of homer eating a giant hoagie)

  • NOTES (5)

  • ALLUSIONS (5)

    • Coal Miner's Daughter
      Matt Groening wrote this episode loosely based on the 1980 Loretta Lynn biography Coal Miner's Daughter which featured Bevery D'Angelo who guest stars in this episode.

    • Deliverance
      When Homer first drives to Lurleen's house, the kid on the porch playing banjo is a parody of the 1972 film Deliverance.

    • Episode Title: Colonel Homer
      The episode title and Homer's attire make reference to Colonel Tom Parker, the manager of Elvis Presley.

    • Hee-Haw
      The show "Ya-Hoo" is a spoof of the television show Hee-Haw, the classic comedy variety and country music series that aired from 1969-1993.

    • Look Who's Talking
      The movie "Look Who's Oinking" is a parody of the film Look Who's Talking.

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