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



  • Trivia

    • Music From This Episode
      "At Seventeen" by Janis Ian (playing during Homer's journey to find his soul mate in the streets)
      "Short Shorts" by Royal Teens (plays at the end of the episode after the ship of "hotpants" crashes on the beach)

    • The light bulb for the lighthouse is a ''40,000 Watt Energy Miser'' bulb.

    • The article in ''Kickin' Back'' is called ''Fifty Ways To Waste Your Weekend''.

    • The sign for the beer garden reads: ''Proof Of Age Or Exact Change Required''.

    • Stands at the cook-off: ''Apu's Vegetarian Chili'', ''Professor Frink's Virtual Chili'', ''A Little Bit of Lenny'', ''Firehouse Ned's Five-Alarm Chili''.

    • A sign at the cook-off reads: ''Please Lick Spoons Clean After Each Use''.

  • Quotes

    • Marge: (on chili fest) Okay, I kept it from you! But I had a good reason. Every time you go, you get as drunk as a poet on payday!

    • (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

    • 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.

  • Allusions

    • 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.