The Simpsons

Season 19 Episode 9

Eternal Moonshine of the Simpson Mind

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Dec 16, 2007 on FOX
out of 10
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Episode Summary

Homer wakes up to find himself outdoors and covered in snow, without memory of the night before. When he arrives home, he finds everyone missing. Seeking help from Moe and Professor Frink, Homer tries to piece together his memory to find out what happened to him.

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  • One of the best simpsons episode ever! (Spoilers inside)

    After 18 full seasons and a film the simpsons writers have still something to say. The plotof this episode is wonderful, it has all in it: lots of comedy and some suspence. I also enjoyed the couch gag which is the best ever done (we can also see that in two other episodes). Homer's quest for his memory is absolutely awesome and the fact that he had already planned it all makes it even funnier. If the writers keep producing such a high quality episodes the series can go on forever! To summarize: watch this episode now, you won't regret it!moreless
  • amazing!!!

    this is the 19th season of the simpsons and the writers are still coming up with incredible episodes like this one. This episode was one of the best episodes ive seen and they just made a really good plot for it. 9.1?? that is crazy, i would have thought that it might be atleast a high 8 but.. WOW. i like the ice age part to it, that was a really funny parody of the movie Ice Age. I also liked the blimp that was about to crash and the youtube part where homer had a huge flash back of his life. i rate this a ten. it was just terrificmoreless
  • Homer awakens outside his home covered in snow with no memory of how he got there. When he goes inside, Marge and the kids are nowhere to be found. Homer then embarks on a mission to find out what has happened, hoping Professor Frink can help.moreless

    Except for some predictable plot points (Did anybody really think Marge was cheating on Homer, or that Homer hit Marge?), I found this episode to be the best of the season so far. There are quite a few laughs here (escpecially Homer's tobaggan ride with Lisa and Bart) and the animation is well done. I particularly liked seeing the clips from past episodes as Homer explores his memory. I like what I saw here. I hope this episode is the first of an upward trend for the show as "The Simpsons" heads into 2008 because I have had enough disappointment.moreless
  • Wow! One of the best new episodes of The Simpsons!

    "Eternal Moonshine of the Simpson Mind"

    Grade: A*

    Seriously, an episode like this with a decent amount of jokes, a well crafted plot, and many twists and turns of being a parody of a similar movie name makes this one very special. It's amazing to believe that on rare occassions, The Simpsons can still pull out quality 10/10 episodes after 20 years, and this is one of them.

    The episode begins with Homer waking up on a Wintery morning, in which he doesn't remember anything and concludes that he drank too much the night before. Homer returns to the Simpsons house to discover no one is in there, whilst the dog hates him for no apparant reason. Homer, being confused, heads to Moe's and asks him what happened here the following night. Moe says that Homer took a "Forget-Me-Shot" drink, which wiped out his previous 24 hours of memory as a result. Chief Wiggum tells Homer that there was a phone call from Flanders about that night, and goes to Ned.

    Homer tries to get answers from Ned but with no luck, and he starts to have memory flashbacks. The first one is Wiggum questioning Homer in giving Marge a black eye in which he and Marge both say it was an accident, saying she walked into a door. With still not enough memory to work out what happened, Homer decides to go to Grampa, and he tells him to go to a Professor Frink to regain his past memories.

    Homer uses the technology, and travels in his past memories, in which he decides to take a past Bart and Lisa to help him. In a memory of last night, Homer walks in and discovers Marge on a seat with another man, in which Marge says she didn't want him to find out this way. As a misleading assumption, Homer assumes that Marge was cheating on him and gives her a black eye as a result.

    As Homer thinking he's lost the family after finding out, he reaches a side of the bridge and thinks of commiting suicide. He begins to reconsider, until a "guardian angel" appears, in which its Patty and Selma. Patty and Selma tell Homer to jump off, whilst Homer thinks if he's going to make them happy he won't. Patty and Selma push him off themselves, and Homer's life begins to flash his eyes in a Youtube spoof video of "A Picture A Day". As a result, Homer remembers everything about the following night.

    The truth is revealed, and Homer finds out that the man in Marge's room was actually Duffman, who Marge was arranging for a surprise party for finishing his community service, and Marge didn't want Homer to find out. Homer tries to open a Duff Champagne to celebrate, but accidently hits Marge in the eye, resulting in the injury. Homer then remembers he is still falling, but lands on a moon bounce pad on a boat.

    Everyone is on the boat to celebrate Homer's party, but Homer is confused. Marge explains she lied to Chief Wiggum because he would spoil everything to Homer, and he didn't want his wife to be there. Lenny and Carl explain that Homer was at Moe's after the incident, wanting to forget everything that happened and took the "Forget-Me-Shot", but before drinking it he tells Lenny and Carl he may start to remember things differently, and demands that a moon bounce pad is on the boat just in case he commits suicide. The episode ends with Homer still confused on why the dog attacked him, as Bart tells him the dog always does that cause he doesn't feed him or take him out for a walk.

    Overall, one of the finest and most well crafted episodes of The Simpsons. Eternal Moonshine Of The Simpson Mind is not an episode to miss, and my favourite part of it was the 1 minute Youtube "Picture A Day" Spoof. An awesome episode, and quite possibly reaching my top 10 perhaps?moreless
  • Eternal Moonshine of The Simpson Mind is a classic already, in my opinion. The snapshots of all the previous episodes, clever plot and running jokes and gags seem to fit in perfectly.moreless

    As Homer is trying to remember what he did the previous night, he goes to Frink to try to jog his memory. The machine he is hooked up to shows him floating around in a bubble to a time in the past to figure out what happened to him.

    There were many jokes and gags that are staples of The Simpsons, as well as a few new ones.

    As for the staples, scenes showing Homer's slow-wittedness were well-placed. The scene of him in the bubble saying "I need help, like Bart, but smart....LISA!" That made me laugh, that was a perfect portrayal of the Homer we have all come to love.

    Other scenes including the running gag of Homer choking Bart, even the scene where Moe is showing the tape and keeps stopping at parts of the tape that show how ugly he is. These are all running jokes and classic ones from The Simpsons.

    As for new bits, the scenes showing Bart beating up the younger Homer's are unforgettable. The scene in the beginning with the acorn was a nice homage to Ice Age. There was one joke in particular that I enjoyed. It was a new joke, but had a classic Simpsons feel to it. Homer wonders why Santa's Little Helper had been mean to him, and Bart answers "because you never feed him, pet him, or take him out to pee." (should recheck for actual quote).

    The youtube scene was great, all the references to our culture, like the scene when SLH attacks him and he's telling him to use "mapquest, fine google maps." That was priceless.

    Frink was his usual nerdy self, with a clever acronym for NERD - Not Even Remotely Dorky.

    Overall, the show was a nice reminder of what The Simpsons used to be and what they obviously still can be. I am anxious for the rest of the season.moreless
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

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

Dan Castellaneta

Dan Castellaneta

Homer Simpson, Grampa Simpson, Barney Gumble, Krusty the Clown, Groundskeeper Willie, and others

Tress MacNeille

Tress MacNeille

Agnes Skinner, Brandine Del Roy, Dolph and others

Recurring Role

Karl Wiedergott

Karl Wiedergott

Additional Voices

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • In Homer's flashback, it shows his 21st birthday and he is drinking beer. Homer must of drank an incredible amount of beers to be able to make three objects out of beer cans!

    • During the teenage portion of Homer's life flashing before his eyes, he can be spotted in the same style outfit that Gene Simmons wore in the band KISS.

    • Music From This Episode
      "Winter Wonderland" by Felix Bernard (Only the music is heard in the background as the episode opens.)
      "It's a Beautiful Morning" by Rascals (Heard during the Synergy cell phone commercial that Homer mistakes for one of his memories.)
      "Everyday" by Carly Comando (Used while Homer's life flashes before his eyes in a parody of the viral video, everyday.)
      "Day After Day" by Badfinger (Heard as Homer's party boat sails into the moonlight.)

    • According to this episode, Duffman suffers from dyslexia.

  • QUOTES (5)

    • (Grampa suggests that Homer should go see Professor Frink to help him remember what happened the night before.)
      Homer: Really? Oh, that's great, Dad. How can I ever repay you?
      Grampa: Punch that orderly who takes sips out of my juice.
      Homer: Done.
      (Cut to Homer punching an orderly who is about to make a bed.)
      Grampa: No, wait. That's the guy that saved my life.

    • Homer: Strap me in, nerd!
      Professor Frink: To me, "nerd" stands for Not Even Remotely Dorky. So thank you. Thank you for the compliment.

    • (Homer assumes the worst when he sees Marge on the couch with Duffman.)
      Homer: The mother of my children with the reason for my children!

    • Homer: Dad, I can't remember what I did last night. Do have any idea?
      Grampa: You come to me for help rememberin'? That's like asking your horse to do your taxes--Which I did in 1998. (Shows photo of horse using an adding machine.)

    • (Homer seeks Flanders help to find out what happened to him.)
      Homer: Flanders, why did you call the cops last night?
      Ned: I had to--I heard a hubbub, Bub.
      Homer: What did I do?!
      Ned: Well, I can't say for sure, but as a Christian, I assume the worst.

  • NOTES (2)

    • This episode won the 2008 Emmy Award for "Outstanding Animated Program (for Programming Less Than One Hour)".

    • Blackboard Joke: The capital of Montana is not "Hannah".
      Couch Gag: As the family sits down on the couch, the camera starts to pull back from the living room, then Earth, outer space, galaxies, DNA, skin cells, and then Homer's head, causing Homer to say, "Weird."


    • Contact
      The Couch Gag featured in this episode is an homage to the opening shot from the 1997 film Contact.

    • Hannah Montana
      The Blackboard Joke for this episode, "The capital of Montana is not 'Hannah'", references the popular Disney Channel show, Hannah Montana.

    • The Fountain
      The way Homer travels through his memories in his bubble is similar to the way Hugh Jackman's character travels in Darren Aronofsky's 2006 film, The Fountain.

    • The Game
      The scene where Homer falls off the bridge is much like the scene from the 1997 movie The Game, where Michael Douglas jumps off a building, his life flashes before his eyes and ends up in a moon bounce his friends had set up, waiting for him to drop in at his birthday party.

    • Miller High Life
      While planning for Homer's surprise party, Duffman plugs the new Duff Champagne, "The Beer of Champagnes." Duff Champagne's tagline is a parody of Miller High Life's tag line: "The Champagne of Beers."

    • everyday
      The "Picture a day for 39 years" montage of Homer's life is a parody of Noah Kalina's everyday viral video in which Kalina has taken a picture of himself everyday for 6 years and then rapidly displays the pictures in chronological order in the video.

    • YouTube
      Right after Homer's life flashes before his eyes, a shot shows links to videos labeled "PICTURE A DAY FOR 39 YEARS" and "KITTEN SMOKES ON TOILET" in the style of the display screen that follows the conclusion of videos on

    • Ice Age
      The scene with the squirrel trying to gather the acorn is a parody of Scrat and his adventures in acorn gathering from the 2002 film, Ice Age.

    • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
      The title of this episode is a parody of the title of the 2004 film, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.