The Simpsons

Season 8 Episode 9

El Viaje Misterioso de Nuestro Jomer (The Mysterious Voyage of Homer)

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Jan 05, 1997 on FOX
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El Viaje Misterioso de Nuestro Jomer (The Mysterious Voyage of Homer)
After Homer downs several Guatemalan insanity peppers at the annual chili cook off, his consciousness goes on a mystical journey, complete with a talking coyote spirit guide, to discover his soul mate.

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  • this was a good ep

    homer goes to a chilli festival and he is like the top dog becasue he likes chilli but the thing is he embrisses marge all the time there he gets to go but thing is he embarises marge there and then he comes back and eats a the chill and is the king again but he gets lost in the desert and he goes on a journey looking for his soul mate this was a good ep i thought at first he does not think its marge but at the end he does and the save the boat from crashing and it crashes some were eles and shorts come out of it. this was a good epmoreless
  • El Viaje Misterious do Nuestro Jomer {The Mysterious Voyage of Homer}

    Homer goes on a quest after eating some weird chili peppers, and discovers he needs to find his soul mate. But he immediately declares that the soul mate is obviously Marge. But when Marge is furious at him for something, Homer thinks Marge might not be his soul mate. So he goes out to meet his soul mate. But at the end he realizes the only soul mate he has, is who he expected: Marge.

    A good episode, kinda predictable {of course Marge is his soul mate}, but still good nonetheless. My overall grade would be an A+, definitely recommendmoreless
  • Homer searches for his soul mate.

    After promising to behave, Marge lets Homer attend the annual Springfield Chili Cook-Off. After eating a dish laced with potent Guatemalan peppers, he begins to hallucinate. In his altered mind-state, Homer experiences a fantasy involving a talking coyote. He tells him that in order to become a complete person, he must find his soul mate. Homer arrives home from the cook-off. Marge accuses him of breaking his promise, and Homer leaves the house and roams the city convinced that Marge is not his soul mate after all. He convinces himself that only a lonely lighthouse keeper would understand him, so he heads to the lighthouse. He finds out that the lighthouse is operated by a computer. Marge farrives at the lighthouse and apologizes to homer. He realizes she is his soul mate after all. This episode was in a word: strange. However, I loved some of the jokes like Homer breaking the sun. The Simpsons took a risk on a strange plot but it all worked out in the end.moreless
  • The Simpons take a risk and it pays off

    When Homer arrogantly thinks he can handle any chilli, no matter how hot, he goes on a strange and mystical journey after going one pepper too far. When he returns to reality he realises that maybe he and Marge aren't meant to be so he leaves her.

    This isn't a typical Simpsons episode; it's semi - serious and insightful the whole way through and even its "comedy" moments have a deeper meaning.

    What affects the episode's poignancy is that we all know how the episode will end and if a movie was presenting these sorts of themes; an unpredictable ending is crucial. Because we know what's coming, rather than anticipation the final act comes off as just routine. The dream sequence is hands down not only the best part of the episode but i'm having trouble naming any scenes in The Simpsons that top this. The breathtaking animation which used a variety of methods coupled with the overall intrigue made it unforgettable and the fact that it was all animated by one man instead of sweatshop workers in Korea made it all the more personal. While in that fantasy land we had the rare feeling of wanting to see everything in it but at the same time being afraid of what we might find. When he wakes up we're given the "Wizard of Oz" routine of whether or not it was real but it's up to each viewer to make up their mind. When returning from Oz, it goes from color to black and white. Meaning that the amazing animation goes back to the standard one but the visual composition gives meaning to its appearence.

    Dan Castellaneta basically carries the episode single - handidly and does so superbly, nailing all the nuances and cadences that if we closed our eyes we'd think it came from a movie. Johnny Cash lends his vocals to the talking fox and it's great to have a voice actor who doesn't inherently try to be funny, his soulful voice adds a lot to the four - legged friend. This episode sees the show taking a break from convention and exploring deeper meanings and while it may not be as consistently funny or entertaining as previous and subsequent episodes the issues it addresses and the way they're presented in both a familiar and personal way is where the magic is.moreless
  • Homer and Marge once again prove their love for each other.

    How many times have we seen an episode in which Homer and Amrge are reassuring either one about their realtionship and love? It seems to me like way too many. But I think I understand why. You see, Homer is such an idiot sometimes that Marge must be questioning her marriage all the time. This episode has its moments and for a person who is in love or is looking for the love of his lie, it can b e aa little depressing. A laugh here and there keep the episode interesting. This eight season is starting to feel strange as I was expecting. Everyone says this is the beginning of the downward spiral!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

Johnny Cash

Johnny Cash

Homer's Spirit Guide

Guest Star

Maggie Roswell

Maggie Roswell

Maude Flanders, Helen Lovejoy, Miss Hoover, and others

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

  • QUOTES (26)

    • (A ghost train barrels toward Homer during his hallucinatory-induced dream.)
      Homer: (screams) A ghost train! And so little time to get out of the way. Now less! Now none!

    • Homer: (After seeing Wiggum's chili with insanity peppers) Uh Wiggy, my chili's getting cold.

    • Homer: It's like you're from Venus-
      Marge: -And you're from Mars.
      Homer: Oh, sure, give me the one with all the monsters.

    • Homer: But how did you find me?
      Marge: Well, I was sure you'd be on foot, because you always say public transportation is for losers. And I was sure you'd head west, because Springfield slopes down that way. And then, I saw the lighthouse, and I remembered how you love blinking lights. Like the one on the waffle iron.
      Homer: Or that little guy on the "Don't Walk" sign.

    • Homer: Look, just give me some inner peace, or I'll mop the floor with ya!

    • Coyote: Clarity is the path to inner peace.
      Homer: Well, what should I do? Should I meditate? Should I get rid of all my possessions?
      Coyote: Are you kidding? If anything, you should get more possessions. You don't even have a computer.

    • Homer: I hope I didn't brain my damage.

    • Lisa: I'm gonna go get some vegetarian chili before they get desperate and add meat.
      Bart: I'm gonna go claim some valuables at the lost-and-found.

    • Homer: Oh, well, of course, everything looks bad if you remember it.

    • Homer: Hey, who cut something out of my paper?
      Lisa: Not me.
      Bart: Not me. I'm more of a mail-tamperer.
      Marge: Don't look at me. Just because I'm holding a pair of scissors.

    • Homer: Oh, honey, I didn't get drunk. I just went to a strange fantasy world.

    • Helen Lovejoy: Howdy, howdy, Marge and Hom- oh my mistake, Homer's not even with you! Probably just knocking back a few "refreshments".
      Marge: Thank you for your concern Helen. Homer isn't drinking today.
      Helen Lovejoy: Oh, I think it's lovely that he said that, and that you believed him!
      Reverend Lovejoy: Now, Helen, let us not glory in Homer's binge-drinking. There but for the grace of God goes Marge herself.

    • (Homer goes to eat Ned Flanders' five-alarm chili.)
      Homer: Five-alarm chili, eh? (Takes a bite) One...two...Hey, what's the big idea?
      Ned: Oh, I admit it. It's only two alarm, two and a half, tops! I just wanted to be a big man in front of the kids.
      Todd: Daddy, are you going to jail?
      Ned: We'll see, son. We'll see.

    • (Homer eats Chief Wiggum's peppers.)
      Mayor Quimby: This can't be happening!
      Dr. Hibbert: By all medical logic, steam should be coming out of his ears!
      Krusty the Clown: His ears, if we're lucky!

    • Homer: Hey, Barney! Soul mate! Let me buy you a beer.
      Barney: Okay, but I'm not your soul mate. I'm really more of a chum.
      Homer: Well, what about you, Lenny?
      Lenny: I'm a crony.
      Homer: Carl?
      Carl: I'd say acquaintance.
      (The camera pans to other patrons.)
      Larry: Colleague.
      Sam: Sympathizer.
      Bumblebee Man: Compadre.
      Kearney: Associate.
      Dr. Hibbert: Contemporary.
      Moe: I'm a well-wisher, in that I don't wish you any specific harm.

    • Coyote: (In Homer's mind) Find your soul mate, Homer. Find your soul mate.
      Homer: Where? Where?
      Coyote: This is just your memory. I can't give you any new information.

    • Coyote: Fear not, Homer. I am your spirit guide.
      Homer: (warily) Hiya.
      Coyote: There is a lesson you must learn.
      Homer: If it's about laying off the insanity peppers, I'm way ahead of you.

    • Homer: Okay, retrace your steps. Woke up, fought with Marge, ate Guatemalan insanity peppers, then I--Oh...

    • (as the lighthouse suddenly comes back on)
      Captain McCallister: Jonathan Livingston Seagull! We're on a collision course! Hard a-starboard!
      Helmsman: Uh ... port?
      Captain McCallister: Aye, port.

    • (comparing his record collection to Marge's)
      Homer: Look at these records! Jim Nabors, Glen Campbell, the Doodletown Pipers. Now look at her records, they stink!

    • (Marge notices an adorable spice rack.)
      Marge: Eight spices? Hmm, some must be doubles. (Picks up one that says "Oregano") Or-uh-gahn-o? What the hell?

    • (Homer kicks the tortoise because it was slow, then runs to where it landed.)
      Homer: (Pointing to a tiny pyramid) Oh, you want me to climb that, huh? No problemo.
      (As he takes a step, the pyramid grows much taller.)
      Homer: Owww! (to tortoise) This is because I kicked you, isn't it?
      (The tortoise nods.)

    • Homer: Maybe we do have a--
      Marge: Profound mystical understanding?
      Homer: We do! Oh, Marge! We're number one! We're number one! In your face, space coyote!
      Marge: Space coyote?

    • (Homer's silhouette can be seen in the lighthouse's spotlight)
      Bart: Hey, look! Is that dad?
      Lisa: Either that or Batman's really let himself go.

    • Homer: That talking coyote was really just a talking dog.
      Dog: Hiya, Homer! Find your soul mate!
      Homer: Wait a minute, dogs can't talk!
      (dog barks)
      Homer: Damn straight!

    • Bart: Hey, Mom, where's Homer?
      Marge: (angrily) Your father decided he'd rather come home in a taxi... or a police car.

  • NOTES (4)

    • An actual note from the Fox Censors regarding this episode: "To discourage imitation by young and foolish viewers, when Homer begins to pour hot wax into his mouth, please have him scream in pain so kids will understand that doing this would actually burn their mouths."

    • In 2008, the fast food chain Carl's Jr arranged with 20th Century Fox to have this episode rerun in nine major markets in order to promote and tie in with its relaunch of its popular Chili Cheese Cheeseburger and Chili Cheese Fries food items to its menu.

    • Homer's hallucinations during Act II, as well as at the very end of Act I, in particular when his body becomes somewhat of a liquid state, were all originally drawn by David Silverman.

    • Blackboard Joke: None.
      Couch Gag: Bart, Lisa, Maggie, and Marge parachute down from the sky onto the couch. Homer, however, falls flat on his face with an unopened parachute.


    • Chief Wiggum: Hey, everyone, look who's back! It's the biiiiiig baby! Oh! This porridge is too hot! Oh, wah, wah, wah!
      The taunt that Wiggum made towards Homer Simpson when Homer intended to re-taste the Insanity Pepper was a reference to the story Goldilocks and the Three Bears, where Goldilocks noted that Papa Bear's porridge was too hot.

    • Batman
      Lisa makes a reference to comic book hero, Batman, after Homer's silhouette can be seen in the light house's spot light. This is a spoof on the infamous Bat-Signal. Used to call for Batman when his crime fighting assistance is needed.

    • Beetlejuice
      The striped snake that Homer comes across, and other parts of his hallucination, parody the 1988 film Beetlejuice.

    • The Twilight Zone
      The lighthouse keeper actually being a computer is a reference to the 1963 episode of The Twilight Zone, "The Old Man in the Cave", in which a man in a cave turns out to be a computer.

    • The Beatles / Pink Floyd
      The animation during the beginning of Homer's hallucinations is based on The Beatles' film "Yellow Submarine" and Pink Floyd's film "The Wall". The Beatles are even referenced when Jasper says, "Goo goo ga-joob" when Homer approaches him.

    • The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
      Music from the 1966 film, The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, play when Homer goes up to Chief Wiggum's chili stand.

    • Charlie Brown
      When Homer first starts tripping on the chili, he hears Mrs. Krabappel speaking just like the teacher from the Charlie Brown television specials.