The Simpsons

Season 5 Episode 15

Deep Space Homer

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Feb 24, 1994 on FOX
out of 10
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Episode Summary

At the plant, Homer never gets to be employee of the month; they even choose an inanimate carbon rod over him. At NASA the ratings are down, so they begin a campaign to recruit an everyday loser for the next pointless mission. Naturally, Homer and Barney are among the finalists. The family gets to go to Florida while they train. Barney is kicking Homer's butt, but alcoholism ends his quest. Homer gets really nervous about the mission. He will go with two former astronauts, so he can't screw up like he always does, right? Nope! He brings potato chips into space and wreaks havoc on the mission. James Taylor comes up with a plan to save them, but Homer screws up again. An inanimate carbon rod finally saves them for their reentry. Homer once again fails to get any recognition, because a rod takes the spotlight.moreless

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  • perfect

    what i liked- everything after Homer goes up to space is just hilarious, like the ants, "I for one welcome our new insect overlords", Grampa proclaiming Homer is 'of course' going to be alright because it's 'tv', the ending with the rod getting all the credit, 'you win be default.' 'woohoo! default. the two sweetest words in the english language', homer calling bill clinton and the line about 'if anyone knew where to get tang, i knew it would be you.'

    really funny episode. homer going in space is unique and it has a lot of funny moments. A+moreless
  • One of the greatest Simpson ep of all time.

    This episode, truly, is one of the greatest Simpson episode of all time. The whole plot of Homer going into space was pure genious from the writers, same with the jokes. It had som suspense, and that rod got all the credit! Hilarious!

    That rod was in newspapers, when the people of Springfield don't care that Homer was the one that put it there.

    Plus, at the beginning, when it got Employee of the MOnth (Or week, i forget) Was klassic, too.

    I also liked the scene with the ants. One was like, "Save the queen!" and another, "Who's the queen?" and another, "I'm the queen!" and then another, "No, I am!" was just really awesomely sweetical in so many ways it's hard to put them down in this review.

    So, if you're into the Simpsons, or are a first time viewer, watch this episode first. You will get a very good first impression.

    10 out of 10, a perfect score from me.moreless
  • this was a really good ep

    this was a good ep of the simpsons show in this ep the space station want to send a avarage man into space and they recruit homer and barney as astrounts and then homer and barney start to do alot of tests and homer is the man they choose at the end of the training period and then homer goes up into space with the volager aplo 11 vetrain buzz aldrin. homer and the others are up in space but homer causes things to go wrong like open a bag of chips and stuff and ants start to go lose and stuff and then homer saves the day and they sussfuly land . this was a good epmoreless
  • Wacky is the one word that can describe this episode, but then again most of these stroylines are, and that's what makes them great!!!

    Homer and Barney are recruited to be NASA astronauts, so the organization will be more appealing to the common man. It looks like Barney will actually be the one shot into space, but when he falls off the wagon, Homer goes instead. In the space capsule, Homer causes all forms of accidents and conflicts with other astronauts like Buzz Aldrin, until he actually endangers the lives of everyone by breaking the handle off of an outer door. The only thing that can save the day is a heroic inanimate carbon rod. Guest Stars: Buzz Aldrin as himself; James Taylor as himselfmoreless
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Dan Castellaneta

Dan Castellaneta

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

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

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

Buzz Aldrin

Buzz Aldrin


Guest Star

James Taylor

James Taylor


Guest Star

Maggie Roswell

Maggie Roswell

Maude Flanders, Helen Lovejoy, Miss Hoover, and others

Recurring Role

Pamela Hayden

Pamela Hayden

Milhouse Van Houten, Rod Flanders, Jimbo Jones, and others

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (7)

    • Music From This Episode:
      - "The Blue Danube Waltz" by Johann Strauss the Younger (during the classic potato chips in zero gravity scene)

    • The sign outside Cape Canaveral reads: "Cape Canaveral-Formerly Cape Kennedy-Formerly Cape Arbuckle"

    • While the other astronauts hum "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" during reentry, Homer opts to sing the Golden Graham cereal jingle as the Corvair plummets towards Earth.

    • Homer says to Buzz Aldrin, "I don't think this contest is over yet, Buzz, if that is your real name." His given name was Edwin Eugene Aldrin, but he legally changed his name to Buzz Aldrin in 1988, so technically it is his real name.

    • At the press conference, Homer wears an apron reading ''Hail To The Chef''.

    • When Barney's jet pack fails, he bounces along the roof of a pillow factory, and is then run over by a marshmellow truck.

    • When Homer is sucked outside the space ship and is clutching the hatch-handle, we see a camera view of him from the outside of the ship on the NASA monitor.

  • QUOTES (25)

    • (The family watches Homer's launch on TV.)
      Bart: Go, Dad, go!
      Lisa: How doth the hero, strong and brave, a celestial path to the heavens paved!
      (The family stares at her.)
      Lisa: Go, Dad, go.

    • NASA Scientist: Sir, we've run into a serious problem with the mission. These Nielsen ratings are the lowest ever.
      NASA Executive: Oh, my God! We've been beaten by "A Connie Chung Christmas."

    • Buzz Aldrin: So Barney, we hear you're kickin' ass.
      Homer: I, uh, don't think this contest is over yet Buzz. If that is your real name. I believe there is still a little something called the swimsuit competition.
      Buzz Aldrin: There's no swimsuit competition, Homer.
      Homer: You mean I shaved my bikini zone for nothing?

    • Homer: (on the phone) Hello, is this NASA? Good! I'm sick of your boring space launches! And another thing! How come I can't get no Tang around here?

    • Kent Brockman: Well, this reporter was ... possibly a little hasty earlier and would like to reaffirm his allegiance to this country and its human president. It may not be perfect, but it's the best government we have. For now.

    • Lisa: Come on, Dad. You can make it!
      Grampa: Oh, of course he'll make it, it's TV.

    • Homer: Default? Woohoo! The two sweetest words in the English language!

    • Scientist: Gentlemen, I'd like you to meet the two experienced astronauts who will accompany the winner into space, Race Banyon and Buzz Aldrin, the second man on the moon.
      Buzz: Second comes right after first!

    • Homer: The only danger is if they send us to that terrible Planet of the Apes. Wait a minute... Statue of Liberty... that was our planet! You maniacs! You blew it up! Damn you! Damn you all to Hell!

    • Scientist: Maybe we should finally tell them the big secret -- that all the chimps we sent into space came back super-intelligent.
      (A chair swivels round, revealing a Chimp in a suit)
      Chimp: No, I don't think we'll be telling them that.

    • Mr. Burns: Compadres, it is imperative that we crush the freedom fighters before the start of the rainy season. And remember, a shiny new donkey for whoever brings me the head of Colonel Montoya. (Smithers whispers to him) And by that, I mean, it's time for the worker of the week award.

    • Homer: Well, here I am, right on time. I don't see Barney "Let's crash the rocket into the White House and kill the President" Gumble...

    • Homer: Ah, TV respects me. It laughs with me, not at me!
      (Homer turns on the TV)
      Man on TV: (pointing and laughing uncontrollably) Ha, ha, you stupid--

    • Bart: Wow. My dad an astronaut. I feel so full of ... what's the opposite of shame?
      Marge: Pride?
      Bart: No, not that far from shame.
      Homer: Less shame?
      Bart: Yeah.

    • TV Announcer: (after the Itchy and Scratchy episode) VIEWER ADVISORY: The preceding program contained scenes of extreme violence and should not have been viewed by young children.

    • Homer: You're right, Marge. Just like the time I could have met Mr. T at the mall. The entire day I kept saying, 'I'll go a little later. I'll go a little later.' And then when I got there, they told me he'd just left. And when I asked the mall guy if he would ever come back again, he said he didn't know. Well, I'm never going to let something like that happen again! I'm going into space right now!

    • James Taylor: (singing) Sweet dreams and flying machines, in pieces on the ground. Oops. Uh, sweet dreams and flying machines, flying safely through the air.

    • Countdown at NASA: Three... two... one... make rocket go now!

    • Homer: Union rule 26. "Every employee must win 'Worker of the Week' at least once, regardless of gross incompetence, obesity, or rank odor." Heh heh heh heh.

    • Kent Brockman: The spacecraft has apparently been taken over – "conquered" if you will – by a master race of giant space ants. It's difficult to tell from this vantage point whether they will consume the captive earth men or merely enslave them. One thing is for certain. There is no stopping them; the ants will soon be here. And I for one welcome our new insect overlords. I'd like to remind them that as a trusted TV personality, I could be helpful in rounding up others to toil in their underground sugar caves.

    • Homer: Wow, former president James Taylor.

    • Ant #1: Protect the queen!
      Ant #2: Which one's the queen?
      Ant #1: I'm the queen.
      Ant #2: No you're not.

    • NASA Man: Gentlemen, you've both worked very hard, and in a way you're both winners. But in another, more accurate way, Barney is the winner.

    • Marge: You know Homer, when I found out about this I went through a wide range of emotions: first I was nervous, then anxious, then wary, then apprehensive, then kinda sleepy, then worried, and then concerned. But now I realize that being a spaceman is something you have to do.
      Homer: Who's doing what now?

    • Homer: (on the phone) Hello, is this President Clinton? Good. I figured if anyone knew where to get some Tang, it would be you.

  • NOTES (4)

    • In the DVD commentary for this episode, Matt Groening says he doesn't like the sight gag of Homer's face changing to Popeye and Nixon when he's experiencing excessive G-force.

    • This episode has Barney give up drinking before space travel. Apollo astronaut Buzz Aldrin himself gave up drinking right before going to the moon.

    • Itchy & Scratchy: "Scar Trek: the Next Laceration"
      Scratchy is the pilot of a space ship. He eats a sandwich, then Itchy pops out of his stomach (as in the 1979 film Alien) with a sandwich in his hand and eats it. Then he throws Scratchy in the airlock and hits the "blow hatch" button. Once Scratchy is outside the spacecraft, Itchy uses the ship's mechanical arms to grab him and saw him in half on the rings of some planet. Scratchy's legs fly away. He tries to "swim" after them as they float toward the planet, but he is perplexed when they somehow burst into flames despite the planet's lack of an atmosphere. Itchy then uses the ships arms to pull Scratchy's helmet off, then he pokes his bulging head with a pin and it explodes. The blood spatter spells out "the end." Then we see a warning: "The preceding program contained scenes of extreme violence and should not have been viewed by young children."

    • Blackboard Joke: none
      Couch Gag: The Simpsons come in to find an obese man taking up space on the couch. The family sits on the couch anyway, but now they are scrunched together.

  • ALLUSIONS (15)

    • Alien
      Itchy bursts out of Scratchy's chest, much like the Alien bursts out of John Hurt's chest in the 1979 classic Alien.

    • Deep Space Nine
      The title of this episode is a play on the title of the Star Trek spin-off series, Deep Space Nine.

    • Airplane II: The Sequel
      Homer imitates Nixon during the shuttle take off a la Airplane II: The Sequel, circa 1982 .

    • Star Trek
      When Homer and Barney are fighting in a gladiator type setting, the music as well as the scientists waging Quatloos on them reference the Star Trek episode "The Gamesters of Triskelion"

    • United States National Motto
      The magazine reads "In Rod We Trust." This is a reference to the United States national motto and phrase that appears on U.S. currency/coins "In God We Trust." This is also the state motto of Florida.

    • The Right Stuff
      The scene where the two astronauts hum "The Battle Hymm of the Republic" while falling to earth, is a take on the 1983 movie The Right Stuff, where John Glenn hums the same song during his historical descent to earth.

    • Itchy & Scratchy Show: "Scar Trek: The Next Laceration"
      The title of the Itchy & Scratchy cartoon is a play on the TV series Star Trek: The Next Generation. Itchy popping out of Scratchy's stomach is reminiscent of Alien.

    • Kent Brockman: (nervously) The Corvair spacecraft has been taken over -- 'conquered,' if you will -- by a master race of giant space ants.
      Giant ants enslaving humans and ruling from sugar caves -- as Kent Brockman predicts will happen -- is taken from Empire of the Ants.

    • Popeye
      Homer's face changes into Popeye as he spins on the centrifugal force machine. He then says, "I can't stands no more!" I phrase popularized by Popeye himself.

    • The Beverly Hillbillies
      OFF's arrival at Cape Canaveral parodies the opening credit sequence in The Beverly Hillbillies.

    • The Adventures of Johnny Quest
      Race Banyon, one of the astronauts on crew, is named after the best friend of Johnny Quest's father.

    • Homer: The only danger is if they send us to that terrible Planet of the Apes. Wait a minute... Statue of Liberty... that was our planet! You maniacs! You blew it up! Damn you! Damn you all to Hell!
      Homer's screaming of that line along with the pounding of his fist on the stage is an exact parody of the (relatively) famous scene involving Charlton Heston in the original 1968 movie Planet of the Apes movie. In the movie, Heston is on the beach pounding his fist into the sand as he sees the twisted wreckage of the Statute of Liberty, now realizing that the Apes' planet is actually Earth in the future.

    • Married...With Children
      On the television you can see a parody of FOX's first television hit show, Married...With Children. Peg always asks Al for sex, but he always says no. And Al loves spending time in his bathroom, hence he preferred flushing the toilet that was next to the couch once more than having sex with Peg. Speaking of the toilet in the living room, this indeed was seen in the real show. In the Married... With Children episode "A Dump of My Own", Al decided to build his own bathroom in the garage, and the toilet he bought spent some time in the living room next to the couch, before Al installed the plumbing in the garage and moved it to its place.

    • Tim Allen: Oh no! I've killed Wilson! Looks like it's back to jail for me.
      Tim Allen went to jail on drug charges before he was a celebrity. This scene also parodies the time Tim ran over Wilson with his lawn mower on the ABC sitcom Home Improvement.

    • 2001: A Space Odyssey
      Throughout this episode, there are many homages to the 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey. Particularly the ending.