The Simpsons

Season 11 Episode 5

E-I-E-I-(Annoyed Grunt)

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Nov 07, 1999 on FOX
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Episode Summary

The Simpson family goes to see a Zorro movie. Snake is rude after the movie, so to protect Marge's honor Homer challenges him to a duel, but Snake runs away at the onset of conflict. Overfilled with confidence, Homer starts challenging everyone to a duel by slapping them his glove. It gets him his way, until he slaps a Southern Colonel. The Colonel accepts his challenge and shows up at his front door at dawn. Homer chickens out and the family flees town. The man and his wife set up camp on Homer's lawn, while the Simpson family searches for a place to stay. Homer remembers Abe's old farm, so they go there and they become farmers. Homer has the repeated misfortune of tractors tipping onto him and he has no luck growing crops. He decides to use plutonium from the nuclear plant as a fertilizer. Radioactive tomatoes grow overnight, but they taste like ashtrays and are highly addictive. Apparently, they are tomatoes mixed with tobacco, which Homer starts marketing as "Tomacco." Lisa has moral problems with it. The Laramie tobacco company offers Homer $150,000,000 for the plant. Homer is not very good at negotiating, so he fails to cash in. When they return home, animals are addicted to the plant. They revolt, a la "Animal Farm" and a sheep destroys the last plant. The family returns home and Homer finishes the duel with a mere flesh wound and a hilarious "Glove Slap" rounds out the episode.moreless

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  • Tomacco makes this episode for most

    Homer is inspired by a Zorro movie to slap people with a glove to get whatever he wants. He goes too far however and he hits a Southern Colonel- one who loves to duel people.

    So Homer and the family run away to a farm where Homer grew up. There, there's nothing, so Homer mixes a lot of plants and crops and vegetables, and makes tomacco, which is dangerously addictive.

    At the end they return Home after the animals eat up all the tomacco. The Southern Colonel duels Homer, and instantly shoots him.

    A really overrated episode it seems. Not really a funny episode by any meansmoreless
  • Glove slap!! Baby, glove slap!!!!

    After seeing a Zorro movie, Homer starts slapping everyone with a glove and challenging them to a duel. Of course, everyone would just let Homer slap them and forget about the duel. Until one day, Homer slaps a southern colonel, and he accepts the duel. Homer tries to avoid him, but he's staying on The Simpson's lawn. Homer says it's not safe for them in Springfield, so The Simpsons move to the ranch where Homer lived as a child. However, nothing Homer plants there is growing, until he orders plutonium and the his tomatoes grow. But they taste like tobacco, so Homer calls it Tomacco, and it becomes a huge success.

    This was a very funny episode. I loved many lines, espicially Ralph's:It tastes like Gramma!!! I want more!!!!!! Overall Grade:95%/A+moreless
  • To avoid a duel with a souther colonel, Homer escapes to his childhood farm, and creates Tomacco.

    This was easily one of my favorite episodes of all time because it was just absolutely hislarious from start to finish. Don't even get me started on the muscial number from act 1 where Homer goes around slapping everyone and challenging them to a duel so he can get what he wants. Another favorite part is when Homer gets shot in the arm at the end, and Magre suggests going to the hospital, and Homer just says "after pie" haha. Just so many priceless jokes that made this episode so great. IMO this was a series classic, and in my top 10 episodes for sure.moreless
  • In attempt to avoid a duel with a Southern Colonel, Homer takes the family and flees to his father's abandoned farm. Homer's attempts at farming fail miserably until he uses plutonium as a fertilizer and creates a tomato/tobacco hybrid.moreless

    I laughed from start to finish in the very clever and entertaining episode. The scenes where the tractor overturns onto Homer are hysterical. Only the writers on "The Simpsons" can take the same joke, use it multiple times in a single episode, and still make it funny each time. One of the most clever and funny scenes is where Lisa walks into the delapitated barn and finds and unshorn sheep (or at least she thinks she does). I laughed very hard at the climax of that scene. I also liked the terrific allusion to "Night of the Living Dead." Great.moreless
  • Season 11, Episode 5.

    Not entirely bad. Homer brings the Simpsons into the lavatory, not to discuss the one hundred and fifty million dollar offer, but to discuss the chemistry between the two negotiators. LMAO! Homer decides they should get one hundred and fifty billion, and the negotiators drive away. Haha, they want to sell kids tobacco, and they act like it's not wrong. Tomacco. Haha! Not the best episode, but not bad for the eleventh season. I hate how FOX shows end five minutes earlier, take two minute commercial breaks, air the credits for one minute, and then take another two minute commercial break. That's pretty dumb.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

The B-52's

The B-52's


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

Tress MacNeille

Tress MacNeille

Agnes Skinner, Brandine Del Roy, Dolph and others

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • How did the sheep survive the crash?

    • The farmhouse is in the same dilapidated state as it was in the beginning of "Grandpa vs. Sexual Inadequacy", even though it appeared to burn down at the end of that same episode.

    • The casting for the Zorro movie is:

      Zorro...................John Byner
      Robot Zorro.............Shawn Wayans
      Mrs. Zorro..............Rita Rudner
      Scarlet Pimpernell.Curtis "Booger" Armstrong
      King Arthur.............Cheech Marin
      Man in the iron mask....Gina Gershon
      Wise Nun................Posh Spice
      Stupid Nun..............Meryl Streep
      Time Traveler #1........Stone Cold
      Steve Austin
      Orangutan at dance......"Puddles"
      Gay-seeming Prince......Spalding Gray
      Man Beating Mule........Eric Roberts
      Mule beating Man........"Gus"
      Hiccupping Narrator.....Pele
      President Van Buren.....Robert Evans
      Corky...................Anthony Hopkins
      Voice of Magic Taco....James Earl Jones

      The Producers would like to thank:
      Film board of Canada
      The Philadelphia Flyers
      The makers of Whip Balm
      Mr. Robert Guccione
      The Teamsters Pension Found
      AAABest Bail Bonds
      Mr. and Mrs. Curtis "Booger" Armstrong

  • QUOTES (26)

    • Homer: Don't push, there's plenty of tomacco for everyone!
      Marge: Don't forget your mincemeat pie!
      Homer: You're scaring the customers, honey.

    • Carl: Hey Lenny, sending some outgoing mail?
      Lenny: You know it!
      Carol: I'll probably send some tomorrow.
      Lenny: I hear that!
      (High five)

    • Marge: Looks like you were saved by a Christmas tree.
      Homer: And somebody wanted to get rid of it in April!

    • (The family is eating dinner, but they have no food since Homer's attempts at farming have been unsuccessful)
      Marge: More tumbleweed Lisa?
      Lisa: No thank you. I'm still finishing my bristles.

    • Homer: Dueling at dawn, how did it ever come to this?
      Lisa: The National Weather Service says dawn is still predicted for 6:20 a.m. and to please stop calling.

    • Skinner: Mother please. You're embarrassing me.
      Agnes: No I'm not. Seymour needs the toilet! His bladder's full. Full of urine!

    • (Watching Zorro)
      Bart: It's a history lesson come to life.
      Lisa: No it isn't. It's totally inaccura..
      Bart: Quiet, here come the ninjas!

    • Pimple Faced Teen: I'm sorry; we're not supposed to put butter on the milk duds.
      Homer: You're not supposed to go to the bathroom without washing your hands either!
      Pimple Faced Kid: Touché.

    • Farm Animal: (grunting) Tomaco!

    • (After a tractor overturns on him.)
      Homer: Help boy, get Lassie!
      Bart: Lassie?
      Homer: I mean Lisa!

    • Bart: (after sampling a Tomacco plant) BLEH! Tastes like cigarette butts!

    • Rapper: From the Z to the O to the double R-O,
      He's the dude in the mask from the barrio.
      With his horse and his mask and his big old sword,
      He'll cut your butt from a '52 Ford.

    • (to the tune of their song "Love Shack")
      B-52s: A glove slap in a little old face will
      Get you satisfaction.
      Glove slap ba-a-beee ...
      Glove slap, baby.
      Glove slap, baby, glove slap!
      Glove slap, I don't take crap!
      Glove slap, shut your big yap.

      (The following lyrics are heard over the end credits.)
      B-52s: Glove slap, shut your big yap.
      Oooh, glove baby, that's where it's at. Yeah!
      Glove, baby, give it a...

    • Lisa: I thought you hate it.
      Bart: Not when you are addicted to it.

    • Phone Operator: To continue, please insert 10 cents.
      Homer: Ah, screw it.

    • Chief Wiggum: Go ahead, Ralph! The stranger is giving you a treat.

    • Announcer: Buzz Cola, the taste you'll kill for!
      Dead Nazi: Available in zee lobby!
      Lisa: Do they really think cheapening the memory of our veterans will sell soda?
      Homer: I have to go to zee lobby!

    • Colonel: Well I wouldn't be much of a southern gentleman if I didn't offer to help you carry that tree.
      Marge: Oh, no, thank you Colonel, you'll get sap on your dueling blouse.

    • Ralph: (After tasting Tomacco) It tastes like Grandma.
      Chief Wiggum: What? Let me see that. (He takes a bite) Wow, it does taste like Grandma.
      Ralph: I want more!

    • Lisa: You're about to launch a terrible evil on the world. You've got to destroy this plant!
      Homer: I know, honey. But what can I do as an individidual? I wouldn't know where to begin.
      Lisa: Just burn that plant right now and end this madness.
      Homer: I wish I could make a difference, Lisa, but I'm just one man.
      Lisa: Grrrr!
      Homer: I agree, but how?

    • Homer: If we learned one thing from The Amazing Colossal Man and Grasshopperus, it's that radiation makes stuff grow real big, real fast.
      Marge: But didn't Grasshopperus kill Chad Everett?
      Homer: Only because he tried to reason with him.

    • Homer: Oh, it's been a month. Why won't anything grow?
      Marge: Maybe it needs more fertilizer.
      Homer: I'm only one man, Marge.

    • Bart: I'll dig an outhouse.
      Lisa: I'll weed the floor.
      Marge: I'll repress the rage I'm feeling.
      (plasters a frustrated smile on her face)

    • Jimmy Carter: You have offended me. I challenge you to a duel!

    • Bart: She's lying! Slice her head off!

    • Homer: (about raccoons) Just think of them as cats with rabies.

  • NOTES (1)

    • Blackboard Joke: I did not win the Nobel Fart Prize.
      Couch Gag: The living room is now a trendy club where everyone is let in, except Homer.


    • Saving Private Ryan
      The Buzz Cola commercial seen before the movie shows World War II soldiers landing on the beach alludes to the opening scene of the 1998 film Saving Private Ryan.

    • Old MacDonald Had a Farm
      The title of this episode is a play on the "E-I-E-I-O" line from the nursery rhyme "Old Macdonald had a Farm".

    • Foghorn Leghorn: The colonel's accent and manner of speaking ("Sir, I say, Sir") references this mischievous rooster character of Warner Brothers cartoons. In turn, Foghorn Leghorn's voice and manner of speaking was based off the character Senator Claghorn of The Fred Allen Show radio program, performed by Kenny Delmar.

    • The farmer using an elephant to measure the height of his stalks of corn is in reference to a song in the Broadway musical "Oklahoma!" wherein the corn is as 'high an elephant's eye.'

    • Various: Zorro kills the three Musketeers
      The "advertisement" that at first appears to be a movie parodies _Saving Private Ryan_. The Zorro movie parodies _The Mask of Zorro_ and _The Man in the Iron Mask_. All three movies came out in 1998.

    • The ToMacco-craving animals trying to break into the barricaded farmhouse recall the zombies from George Romero's 1968 film Night of the Living Dead.

    • The Simpsons' farming montage music is the theme song from "Green Acres."

    • The Buzz Cola ad at the start of the episode is from the D-Day landing sequence of the 1998 film Saving Private Ryan.