The Simpsons

Season 4 Episode 16


Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Feb 18, 1993 on FOX
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Lisa conducts a secret experiment for the Springfield Elementary School science fair to see who's smarter, Bart or a hamster. Meanwhile, Homer is forced to swear off beer after being arrested on a D.U.I.

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  • perfect

    what i liked- bart throwing the tomato at skinner, and lisa using him as her guinea pig for her new experiment (only to lose at the end), homer trying to get out of the power plant (like the giant spider and how he gets passed it), the ending with homer and marge riding into the sunset on the bike, singing, homer's beer song, amongst other things.

    great episode and the ending is one of the best endings to a Simpsons episode ever. lots of good parts in it, and like i said, the ending is amazing. A+ episode, no doubt in my mind about it.moreless
  • this was a good ep

    in this ep of the simpsons lisa is doing a science fair project on bart to see who is smarter a hamster or bart and in this ep homer is caugth drinking behide the wheel and he must sweer off bear for ahwhile becasue he does not want to get in anymore trouble and he sees its very hard seeing people around him drink like his old buddies from the bar . this was a great ep thought and it has some hilrious parts in it and i thought it was funny with bart and the hampster and homer tring to sweer off bear something that is not possiblemoreless
  • Homer stops drinking for a month!

    After Marge convinces Homer to stop drinking for a month, Homer goes insane and realizes how he heavily he relies on beer to brighten up his life.

    Duffless seems a little less funny when you read the description but trust me, it is a very good episode. It is often left out of Simpsons fans' lists of favorite episodes, wich I find curious because this episode is fantastic. It has a great plot, a few laugh out loud moments, and overall great writing. My favorite moments would have to be Homer on a bike, Homer at the Duff brewery, and a few other great moments. Oh, I almost forgot. There is a not as funny side plot about Lisa where she swears revenge on Bart for ruining her project. All though this side plot was not as good as the main plot, I loved the Clockwork Orange parody. So, overall, great episode that really is underappreciated.moreless
  • great episode

    Very good episode... one of the best of the season. Homer goes to the duff brewery ... wiggum gets into all sorts of crazy antics. Homer quits drinking which is a tragedy but nevertheless adds to the countless laughs that this episode has to offer. While all this is going on Lisa is busy preparing for the science fair which bart is determined to ruin for her. There are some very classic scenes of the early simpsons era in this episode. Very funny stuff. I think i've repeated some of the lines from this episode over a hundred times in the last ten years and theyre still funny.moreless
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

Marcia Wallace

Marcia Wallace

Edna Krabappel

Recurring Role

Phil Hartman

Phil Hartman

Lionel Hutz, Troy McClure and Additional Voices

Recurring Role

Pamela Hayden

Pamela Hayden

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

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (9)

    • In this episode, we learn that Hans Moleman is 31 years old, and his older appearance is due to alcohol having "ruined his life."

    • Ned Flanders claims he has not drank alcohol for 4,000 days. This means that he last had a drink about 11 years and 348 days ago.

    • According to Homer's License:

      Homer J Simpson
      742 Evergreen Terrace
      Springfield, NT 49007

      Ht: 6'
      Hair: None
      Eyes: Blue
      DOB: 5/12/56

      Class C license
      Number C4Q43243

    • Things found in bottles of Duff, by Phil, the quality-control guy at the Duff Brewery: Mice, rat, syringe, and a nose.
      Things he didn't find: Dentures, a fish, a broken bottle neck and Adolf Hitler's head.

    • A McCarthy-era sign reads: "I Knew He Was a Commie 'Cause He Didn't Drink Duff Beer"

    • A Prohibition-era sign at the Duff Brewery reads: "Prohibition Got You Down? Drink Doctor Duff's Health Tonic"

    • Goof: At Moe's, we can see one of the barflies sitting beside Barney and at the end of the bar at the same time.

    • Two of the people appearing in the driving class with Homer are his neighbor Ruth and Dr. Hibbert's wife.

    • Some of the different types of beer at the Duff Brewery include Duff, Duff Lite, Duff Dark, Duff Dry, Raspberry Duff, Tartar Control Duff, Lady Duff, and Duff Gummi Beers.

  • QUOTES (23)

    • (1960 Duff Beer commercial)
      Announcer: And now a word from our sponsor.
      John F. Kennedy: I would like to take this opportunity to express my fondness for Duff Beer.
      Richard Nixon: I'd also like to express my fondness for that particular beer.
      Homer: The man never drank a Duff in his life...

    • Principal Skinner: Over, under, in and out, that's what shoe tying is all about.

    • Marge: Homer, I want you to encourage Lisa with her science fair project.
      Homer: Yes, syrup is better than jelly.

    • Marge: I don't know if I like you experimenting on your brother.
      Lisa: Please, mother, it's purely in the interest of science.
      Lisa's Brain: That'll learn 'em to bust my tomater.

    • Lisa: What have you done with my report?
      Bart: I've hidden it. To find it you'll need to decipher a series of clues, each more fiendish than…
      Lisa: Got it!
      Bart: D'oh!

    • Judge: Your license is hereby revoked and you are to attend traffic school and two months of AA meetings.
      Homer: Your honor, I'd like that last remark stricken from the record.
      Judge: No.

    • Chief Wiggum: Mrs. Simpson, I have some bad news; your husband was found DOA.
      Marge: Oh my God! He's dead?!
      Chief Wiggum: Oh, wait, I mean DWI. I always get those two mixed up.
      Mrs. Phillips: My name's Mrs. Phillips. You said my husband's DWI?
      Chief Wiggum: Um, why don't you talk to that officer over there? I'm going out to lunch.

    • Lionel Hutz: Don't worry, Homer. I have a fool proof strategy to get you out of here: surprise witnesses, each more surprising than the last. I tell you, the judge won't know what hit him!

    • Lisa: I've grown a futuristic tomato by fertilizing it with anabolic steroids.
      Bart: The kind that help our Olympic athletes reach new peaks of excellence?
      Lisa: The very same.

    • Principal Skinner: Well, Edna, for a school with no Asian kids, I think we put on a pretty darn good science fair.

    • Moe: You'll be back!!! And you, And you (to Barney). And you.
      Barney: Of course I'll be back, if you didn't close I'd never leave!

    • Homer: I would kill everyone in this room for a drop of sweet beer.

    • Moe: C'mon, Homer, do it for your old pal Moesy.
      Barney: But Moe, yesterday you called Homer a worthless sack of --
      Moe: Pipe down, rub-a-dub!

    • Homer: When I was 17,
      I drank some very good beer.
      I drank some very good beer,
      I purchased with a fake ID.
      My name was Brian McGee.
      I stayed up listening to Queen, when I was 17.

    • Homer: All right, starting tomorrow no beer for a month.
      (Marge turns off the light and Homer opens a can, audibly)
      Marge: What was that noise?
      Homer: I was saying, "Psssst, I love you."

    • Marge: Homey, I'd like you to do something for me.
      Homer: You name it.
      Marge: I want you to give up beer for a month.
      Homer: You got it. No deer for a month.
      Marge: Did you say beer, or deer?
      Homer: .... Deer.

    • McClure: Here's an appealing fellow. In fact, they're a-peeling him off the sidewalk.
      Homer: Hehehe, It's funny cause I don't know him.

    • Homer: W, X, Y, and Z. Now I know my ABCs, won't you come and play with me.
      Eddie: Flawless.
      Lou: We also would have accepted, "tell me what you think of me."

    • Homer: Marge, I'm goin' to Moe's. Send the kids to the neighbors, I'm comin' back loaded!

    • Homer: The other day, I was so desperate for a beer that I ate the sand under the bleachers at a football game.
      Reverend Lovejoy: I cast thee out!

    • Moleman: My name is Hans. Drinking has ruined my life. I'm 31 years old!

    • Homer: To lift the spider's curse, simply recite a Bible verse. Uh... Thou shalt not... Oh, the hell with it. (Homer, throws a rock at the spider's head.)

    • Otto: My name is Otto; I love to get blotto.

  • NOTES (3)


    • Bewitched
      The signs some of protesters use have the names McMahon and Tate on them. McMahon and Tate Advertising is from the classic TV show Bewitched and is where Darrin Stephens worked at during the series.

    • Tupperware
      Patty and Selma hold a Supperware (an obvious spoof of Tupperware) meeting in the Simpson home.

    • Historical References
      The references throughout the years at the Duff plant include Prohibition in the 20's (Dr. Duff's Health Tonic), Amos 'n' Andy. in the early 50's (the Q-Zone commercial), McCarthyism in the 50's ("I knew he was a COMMIE"), and the presidential debateof 1960 between John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon.

    • The Three Stooges
      While trying to pick up the cupcakes the first time, Bart does a few impressions of Curly from the The Three Stooges. He also does this when agreeing to hold Lisa's tomato when she goes to retrieve her math book.

    • Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
      Just before the end credits, we see Homer giving Marge a bike ride as she sits on the handle bars, as we hear in the background the song "Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head" performed by B.J. Thomas, which continues through the end credit sequence. The scene is almost a carbon copy of the scene in the 1969 film, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, where Butch (played by Paul Newman) is giving Etta Place (played by Katherine Ross) a ride in a bicycle while the same song plays.

    • Homer: I'm here for the Alc-Anon meeting.
      Alc-Anon (the Springfield support group for recovering alcoholics) is a play on the real-life Alcoholics Anonymous and Al-Anon.

    • Troy: Hi! I'm Troy McClure. You might remember me from such Driver's Ed films as "Alice's Adventures through the Windshield Glass" and "The Decapitation of Larry Leadfoot."
      Two quick references to the book "Alice's Adventures Through The Looking-Glass" and a parody of the film The Reincarnation Of Peter Proud.

    • A Clockwork Orange
      Bart falling to the ground trying to reach the cupcakes is a reference to the 1971 film, A Clockwork Orange.

    • Homer: When I was 17...
      The song Homer sings is a parody of the song "It Was A Very Good Year" by Frank Sinatra.