The Simpsons

Season 20 Episode 21

Coming to Homerica

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM May 17, 2009 on FOX
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Episode Summary

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Ogdenville's economy takes a stumble after tainted barley is discovered in Krusty's veggie burgers and the unemployed of Ogdenville flock to Springfield. When Mayor Quimby closes off the town's borders and enlists private citizens to help patrol them, Homer puts together a border patrol group.

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Julie Kavner

Julie Kavner

Marge Simpson, Patty Bouvier, and Selma Bouvier

Nancy Cartwright

Nancy Cartwright

Bart Simpson, Nelson Muntz, Ralph Wiggum, Todd Flanders, and others

Yeardley Smith

Yeardley Smith

Lisa Simpson

Hank Azaria

Hank Azaria

Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, Moe Szyslak, Chief Wiggum, Comic Book Guy, Lou, and others

Harry Shearer

Harry Shearer

Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders, Principal Skinner, Waylon Smithers, Kent Brockman, and others

Dan Castellaneta

Dan Castellaneta

Homer Simpson, Grampa Simpson, Barney Gumble, Krusty the Clown, Groundskeeper Willie, and others

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Music from this episode:

      "Sing, Sing, Sing" by Louis Prima, recorded by Benny Goodman (played while Springfield is building the wall)

    • This episode aired on Norwegian Constitution Day, (17th of May) which may go to explain the abundance of Norwegian culture featured in this episode as well as the Norwegian flag appearance at the end.

    • Sign behind Kent Brockman when announcing the food-poisoning epidemic in Springfield: SPEW-NAMI.

  • QUOTES (1)

    • Homer: Men, our negative energy has been harnessed to help keep Springfield's borders secure from Ogdenvillians. But first, our group needs a name that evokes America's proud history of citizens rising up to defend our way of life.
      Cletus: The Klan?
      Homer: Well, there are no bad ideas, but let's keep trying.
      Cletus: The Nazis?
      Homer: Okay, you stop trying.

  • NOTES (1)

    • Blackboard Joke: It's "Facebook," not "Assbook."
      Couch Gag: The family literally runs through a montage of classic sitcoms (The Honeymooners, The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Brady Bunch and Cheers) before making it to the couch safely.
      Billboard Gag: Spider Pig the Musical. Music by: U2 and Alf Clausen.
      Ralph: It's dark!

  • ALLUSIONS (4)

    • The TV show the family is watching is called "The Drowningest Catch." This is an allusion to the reality show The Deadliest Catch.

    • Cheers
      During the opening couch gag the family briefly appears as characters on the sitcom Cheers when Sideshow Bob walks in the door of the bar. The character of Sideshow Bob is voiced by Kelsey Grammer, who was a regular cast member on Cheers.

    • Up
      When Lenny and Carl are floating in the sky in the lawn chair, a house carried by balloons floats by. A clear reference to the 2009 Disney/Pixar film Up.

    • Coming to America
      The title of this episode is a play on the title of the 1988 Eddie Murphy film Coming to America.

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