The Simpsons

Season 16 Episode 16

Don't Fear the Roofer

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM May 01, 2005 on FOX
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Don't Fear the Roofer
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Springfield is experiencing an unusually strong thunderstorm, and the rain is causing roofs to leak all over town. Homer devises a unique solution for getting the rain water out of their house that ultimately fails and sends him dejected off to Moe's, where he ruins Lenny's surprise party. Homer goes off wandering and finds himself at a bar called Knockers, where he makes a new friend named Ray, who is a licensed and bonded roofer. Marge takes the kids on some errands while Homer and Ray almost begin the roof repairs; they screw around and never get around to doing any work until he gets called away. Marge wants Homer to fix the roof by himself. Homer runs into Ray at the Builder's Barn and Ray promises to stop by later and help him with the roof. Homer waits for him, but Marge is skeptical that Ray even exists when Ray never shows up. Marge has Homer placed in the mental ward of the hospital and she and no one else can confirm that Ray really exists. Dr. Hibbert recommends and gives Homer electro-shock therapy. Six weeks later Homer's treatments are over and to everyone's surprise Ray turns up at the hospital to celebrate Homer's release. Plausible explanations, even one by Stephen Hawking, are given to explain why no one had ever seen Ray before.moreless

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Loved it

    10
    I liked the whole idea of Homer waiting his "new quick" best friend

    so -real- thing, then the twist and anti-twist was much fun too
  • Whats the deal with the show not being funny anymore.

    0.5
    Homer isn't a drunken idiot, Bart is having homework parties and not fighting with Lisa anymore, Marge always has things her way, and Lisa is getting on my nerves more than before. This show used to be known for it's hilarity and Barts crank calls to Moe, and Lisa getting beat up and pranked all the time by Bart. I barely found any enjoyment in this episode as the plot is not adventurous and not as funny as in Seasons 13-15. I barely find the hilarity in "the gods are bowling" and Bart having homework parties. The gerbil getting sick at the beginning of the episode was Lisa's fault for not taking care of him, not Homer's. If this keeps up, the Simpsons won't last much longer.moreless
  • Is Homer Insane?

    10
    Homer makes a new friend at a Hooters-esque Bar named Ray Magini. He fixes people's roofs, and Homer asks if he would fix the Simpsons roof. He agrees, but when he doesn't show, Marge doubts his existence. Everyone does, and they all make Homer feel like he is going crazy. So Dr. Hibbert does some tests to find out how sane/insane Homer is.



    So, was Ray Magini real or a figment of imagination? Only way to find out is to watch this hilarious episode.



    This episode was probably 16's best. Load of humor and a really decent plot that keeps you wanting more.moreless
  • A good episode

    8.0
    In this episode after Homer feel no one wanted him around he meets Ray(Voice of Ray Ramono) and the 2 become best friends and then Homer asks Ray to help him fixs the roof then after a while everyone is tell Homer that Ray is not real and they think homer is going crazy that they try to help him out then after a while Homer see Ray his him with a chair and I love it when Ray said no questions my exits and punches Homer. Then Ray tells everyone why they never see him and tell everyone that a contracter is a crook whats up with thatmoreless
  • Pretty good episode with many good jokes, and with a new famous guest star: Ray Ramono.

    9.5
    After a thunderstorm destroys the family's roof, Homer jets off to Moe's where he interrupts Lenny's surprise party. He is kicked out and goes to a bar called Knockers where he meets a roofer named Ray. While organising to fix his roof the two become close friends. When Marge and the kids leave home, Ray begins the roof repairs but having fun with Homer prevents him from finishing the job. Marge returns home and thinks Homer spent the whole time napping. Homer runs into Ray at the Builders Barn and he promises to stop by to fix his roof. When he never comes, Marge has Homer committed to a mental institute since nobody can confirm that Ray exists. Six weeks later Homer's treatments are finished and Ray turns up to celebrate his release. Stephen Hawking gives a plausible explanation as to why nobody had seen Ray before this time.moreless
Julie Kavner

Julie Kavner

Marge Simpson, Patty Bouvier, and Selma Bouvier

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

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

Ray Romano

Ray Romano

Ray Magini

Guest Star

Karl Wiedergott

Karl Wiedergott

Additional Voices

Recurring Role

Tress MacNeille

Tress MacNeille

Agnes Skinner, Brandine Del Roy, Dolph and others

Recurring Role

Stephen Hawking

Stephen Hawking

Himself

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (14)

    • (Dr. Hibbert is forced to work on Homer's roof to repay his error)
      Dr. Hibbert: Homer, can I knock off? I've got surgery in the morning.
      Homer: Not if those gutters aren't cleaned, you don't.

    • Moe: It's a surprise party for Lenny, thrown by his closest friends.
      Homer: So what's Stephen Hawking doing here?
      Stephen Hawking: I live here now. You're looking at the new owner of the Little Caesars down the street. Pizza Pizza...Pizza Pizza...Pizza Pizza...Pizza Pizza...Sorry, that button sticks.

    • (Dr. Hibbert places a mouthpiece in Homer's mouth)
      Dr. Hibbert: Homer, that's just to bite on, not to eat. (He sighs as Homer swallows the mouthpiece)
      Homer: Sorry. Give me one that doesn't taste so good.
      Dr. Hibbert: That was rubber covered in Vaseline!
      Homer: Marge, write that down so we can have it at home.
      Dr. Hibbert: We can't begin this treatment soon enough.

    • Bart: Hey, Dad. Remember when you said if I used a chainsaw unsupervised, I'd hurt myself? Well, you were wrong. I hurt someone else.
      Squeaky-Voiced Teenager: (Moaning after a giant chandelier has dropped on him) Oooooh! I have 45 minutes to get ready for the prom!

    • Homer: I think Ray could be my new best friend. We think alike, we act alike, we finish each other's sandwiches . . .

    • Homer: Don't worry, honey. I found us a roofer last night, and you'll never guess where.
      Marge: Knockers on Route 98.
      Homer: How did you know! (Gets up wearing a T-shirt from the Knockers bar.)
      Marge: (Sarcastically) I'm psychic!

    • (Dr. Hibbert holds up a picture of Marge)
      Homer: Real.
      (Hibbert holds up a picture of Itchy and Scratchy)
      Homer: Not real.
      (Hibbert holds up a picture of Bart)
      Homer: Real.
      (Hibbert holds up a picture of Robin Hood)
      Homer: Real.
      Dr. Hibbert: Oh, sorry, Homer. But recent historical evidence indicates that Robin Hood did not actually exist.
      (He shocks Homer again)
      Homer: (Gibbering) Fascinating!

    • (After Homer's first shock treatment)
      Marge: How you feeling, Sweetie?
      Homer: Much better.
      Dr. Hibbert: Do you see anyone here who isn't here?
      Homer: Nope, just you, Marge, and Yogi Bear. (pause, then laughs) Kidding!!
      Dr. Hibbert: (laughs) Well, I see your sense of humor's not affected. (seriously) That's a very bad sign. (Proceeds to shock Homer again)

    • (As everyone wonders why they couldn't see Ray before, proving Homer wasn't insane):
      Bart: Wait, wait, wait wait! How come at Builder's Barn, I saw Homer talking to thin air?
      Ray: Well, that...hmmmm....
      Stephen Hawking: I can answer that! I've been tracking a tear in the fabric of space-time which combined with airborne pieces of metal at Builder's Barn to create a miniature black hole. This anomly interposed itself between Homer and Bart, causing a gravitational lens which abosrbed the light reflected from Ray the roofer.
      Lisa: That seems...feasible.
      (Everyone cheers)
      Marge: Wait, there's still one last thing that doesn't make sense. Why did you start fixing our roof and just disappear?
      Ray: That's easy--I'm a contractor. (Everyone laughs)
      Marge: That's right--you're all crooks! (Everyone laughs again)
      Ray: Yeah, yeah. We're all crooks, it's true!

    • (At the end of the ordeal) Homer: Wait a minute. I went through a lot of pain and suffering because of this little 'misunderstanding'. Somebody owes me big! Dr. Hibbert: Well, Homer, I could make it up to you. Maybe a free eyescrapping? Homer: That's a given. There's something else; something much more else.

    • (After Homer is discharged from Calmwood Mental Hospital)
      Ray: Hello, Homer!
      Homer: (screams) It's Ray! I see him again! Monster! You don't exist! (Smashes a chair on him)
      Ray: Hey, no one calls me a monster and questions my existence! (punches Homer back)
      Homer: The awesome power of the human mind! (faints on floor)
      Marge: I see Ray too.
      Bart: So do I.
      Dr. Hibbert: Uh-oh. Well, I'm not worried. You've already agreed not to sue me for anything.
      Marge: When did I agree to that?
      Dr. Hibbert: You did when I validated your parking.
      Marge: (holding up her parking slip) You didn't validate my parking.
      (Dr. Hibbert punches a hole in the slip)
      Dr. Hibbert: Check and mate. (chuckling smuggly)

    • Ray: So as I was saying, Homer, Mondays, 9 o'clock, CBS, they say everybody loves that guy, but I don't get it.
      Homer: What do you talking about?
      Ray: Hey, I am just saying, catch it while you still can.
      Homer: What time is the show on?
      Ray: Mondays, 9 o'clock, CBS
      Homer: And what's the network?
      Ray: CBS.
      Homer: And what time?
      Ray: 9 o'clock.
      Homer: If I want to watch it, what day?
      Ray: Monday, Monday 9 o'clock.
      Homer: And this is on the radio.
      Ray: No, it's television. Monday, at 9, CBS.
      Homer: And if I want to see it, what time should I watch it?
      Ray: 9 o'clock.
      Homer: On what channel?
      Ray: CBS.
      Homer: What day?
      Ray: Monday.
      Homer: On the RADIO?
      Ray: Television.
      Homer: Turn the television to what channel?
      Ray: CBS.
      Homer: And what time?
      Ray: 9 o'clock on Monday.
      Homer: Now for I wanna see it on a certain day, what will be the best day to see it?
      Ray: It's only on a Monday.
      Homer: What time will be a good time?
      Ray: 9 o'clock, from 9 to 9:30.
      Homer: So, if I turn my radio on at 9 o'clock
      Ray: Not a radio, television
      Homer: So it's Mondays at 9, by NBC
      Ray: CBS
      Homer: CBS
      Ray: 9 o'clock
      Homer: On the radio
      Ray: Television
      Homer: Televsion at 3 o'clock.

    • Kent Brockman: Kent Brockman here with StormWatch 6! Professor Frink, what's the scientific explanation for this unusually severe thunderstorm?
      Professor Frink: Well, Kent, we are exploring two theories at this point. A: Either we have a super cell of high pressure fronts, or B: God is bowling! With the balls and the pins and the rental shoes and the very bad cheese pizza that comes in squares.

    • Homer: Don't worry. Ray will be back any minute.
      Marge: It's after six. He's not coming back. He's a lousy roofer and a flake.
      Homer: Hey! Watch what you say about him. I think Ray could be the one.
      Marge: The one what?
      Homer: My new best friend. We think alike. We act alike. We finish each other's sandwiches...
      Marge: I don't wanna hear any more about Ray! Tomorrow morning you buy some shingles and fix that roof yourself!
      Homer: Ray's not gonna like that.
      Marge: You're not married to Ray.
      Homer: Well if I was, we'd have taller kids!

  • NOTES (5)

    • Ray Magini is animated to look like and is voiced by Ray Romano.

    • This is the second time we see Calmwood Mental Hosptial. The first time was in the episode "Hurricane Neddy".

    • Celebrated by Fox as the 350th episode. Opening text of the episode was "350th Episode, Man."

    • Blackboard Joke: None.
      Couch Gag: The living room is an almost fully assembled jigsaw puzzle, with only the pieces with the family members heads needing to placed. The person completing the puzzle places all the heads on correctly except for Homer and Maggie. He then swaps it, and says "woo-hoo!"

    • Though this episode was celebrated as the show's 350th episode, you can see above that it's really the 351st.

  • ALLUSIONS (4)

    • Ray: Catch it while you still can!
      Ray plugs Ray Romano's own TV show, Everybody Loves Raymond. at the end of the show, telling everyone the time & network that it's on. "Catch it while you still can!" is a reference to the fact that "Raymond" is currently in it's final season.

    • Restaurant: Knockers
      Knockers is obviously a spoof of the popular big breasted waitress filled restaurant/sports bar Hooters.

    • Episode Title: Don't Fear The Roofer
      The episode title is a parody of the band Blue Oyster Cult's hit, "Don't Fear The Reaper."

    • n/a: Sesame Street
      Homer's friend Ray the roofer actually exists, while no one else believes he exists (because he leaves just before others arrive, or other circumstances). This references Big Bird's "imaginary friend" Mr. Snuffleupagus during the early years of Sesame Street. In the end, Homer is vindicated (when Ray shows up at the mental institution), just like Big Bird was when everyone saw Snuffy.

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