The Simpsons

Season 18 Episode 5

G.I. (Annoyed Grunt)

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Nov 12, 2006 on FOX
out of 10
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Episode Summary

Bart pre-enlists in the Army and when Homer goes to the Recruitment Center to clear up the mess, he is tricked into enlisting in the Army himself. Upon completion of basic training, Homer is assigned to lead some troops against a disgruntled Army Colonel in a war games simulation.moreless

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  • Bunch of hidden gags.

    When the Army showed kids how cool it is to join, one scene had a squad land at a concert stadium, out of the helicopter, equipped with electric guitars! Cool gag! You have to go back to the 1985 GI Joe episode, Cold Slither (where the Joe team ended up forming a band & singing their theme song).

    When the little helicopter chased Homer around, the enemy was watching. After the helicopter blew up in a room full of TNT, it ended in cartoon fashion. The Warner Brothers closing trademark (That's All Folks!) with the closing music of early Three Stooges shorts!moreless
  • Bart, after seeing an exagerated recruiting film at school, enlists in the Army. Homer goes to the recruiting office and gets Bart out of his enlistment, but in turn enlists himself.moreless

    This episode's portratyal of the Army recruiters and how they lie and exagerate to get people to enlist is definitely the highlight of this episode which is why I am giving it a high rating. Having been approached by military recruiters myself, I can say the portrayal is near perfect. There is terrific dialouge throughout this episode which another contributing factor to the rating I have given. In looking at Kiefer Sutherland's character it obvious that the producers of the episode have seen Full Metal Jacket a few times. Definitely one of the funnier episodes of this season.moreless
  • terrible

    if you're a fan of overly cartoony episodes of this show, you'll love this one. Homer and friends in the army. that idea itself is somewhat interesting, but the execution of it makes me wanna puke. There's little to no laughs and the third act is really one of the worst things I have seen in this show. It was bad. The episode as a whole had maybe one or two laughs, and they weren't even really clever, just too stupid you had to laugh. Definitely a weak episode, my overall grade is a D because of the couple laughsmoreless
  • Homer joins the army.

    After Bart gets out of a commitment to join the Army at 18, Homer falls prey to a couple of Army recruiters and lands himself in basic training. Homer, of course, treats this like summer camp and infuriates his hard-nosed colonel when he is unfazed by the constant hazing and humiliation. Homer is assigned as the enemy of the Armys war games, but when the war games get out of hand and Springfield becomes the battlefield, Homer and the Springfield community must join forces before the city goes up in smoke. This was a decently funny episode about the armed forces in our country. I thought it was well-written at points and then a little bland at others. All in all a solid episode.moreless
  • Funny yet riduculous....

    After getting Bart out of a commitment he made to join the Army at 18, Homer falls prey to a couple of Army recruiters and ends up in basic training. Treating it like a summer camp, Homer infuriates his sergeant by not cracking under pressure from the hazing and humiliation. Marge and Grandpa end-up trapped in the Army as well due to some questionable tactics by the recruiters when they appeal to get Homer out of basic training. The group is put in a mock military operation as terrorists so the Army can show the power and excellence of the new computer system; however, Homer and the others continue to avoid capture and eventually leave the operation to get food in Springfield where they are mistaken for real terrorists. After leading the military on a humiliating chase through town, Homer is able to take down the US Army by threatening them with the power plant.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

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

Harry Shearer

Harry Shearer

Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders, Principal Skinner, Waylon Smithers, Kent Brockman, and others

Kiefer Sutherland

Kiefer Sutherland

The Colonel

Guest Star

Pamela Hayden

Pamela Hayden

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

Recurring Role

Karl Wiedergott

Karl Wiedergott

Additional Voices

Recurring Role

Tress MacNeille

Tress MacNeille

Agnes Skinner, Brandine Del Roy, Dolph and others

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • Music from this episode
      "Toy Soldiers" by Martika (The song played while the soldiers undergo basic training.)
      "Alexander Nevsky" by Sergei Prokofiev (The classical choral music that plays during the Army recruitment video.)

    • The Squeaky-voiced Teeen's surname is revealed to be Freiderson.

    • In this episode the Springfield Mall is fine but in "Please Homer Don't Hammer 'Em" it was deserted.

    • In one scene you can clearly see footprints in the grass yet when the tank rolls through there are no marks whatsoever.

    • When Marge Simpson is talking to her kids (Lisa and Bart), she shows a big sign of a phone tree. It shows these readable numbers with 555 prefix (couldn't read the bottom ones even on digital format):

      Marge Simpson: 0123
      Ned Flanders: 0172
      Selma: 0182
      Lenny: 0154
      Helen Lovejoy: 0134
      Patty: 0193
      Carl: 0148

      Marge Simpson calls Helen but she didn't dial 0134 unless it was another Helen.

    • Some of the stores at Springfield Mall include:
      House Of No Refunds
      Electronics, Etc.
      TATTERS - Clothes For Orphans
      The Sole Provider
      Ice Cream

  • QUOTES (13)

    • Marge: Don't worry. I have a secret weapon. One more deadly then any gun.
      Bart: Lisa's face?
      Marge: A phone tree.

    • Marge: Homer our son joined the army!
      Homer: Yeah big deal. By the time Bart is eighteen we're gonna control the world… We're China right?

    • Recruiter: We just want to talk to you about something near and dear to us.
      Dolph: What? Being Gay.
      Recruiter: Close. The ARMY.

    • Recruiter: Yo! I don't know which one I dig more Hip Hop, Crunk or serving my country.
      Jimbo: Are you guys hitting on us?

    • Moe: Heh, heh. This is the first time I ever watered down my liquor!
      Lenny: Moe, why are your eyes darting back and forth like that?

    • Homer: How would you like to be stacked naked in a pile and while a hillbilly girl points and laughs at you?
      Cletus: That was our last Christmas card!

    • Private: Sir, you can't just invade an American city without authorization.
      Colonel: Yes, I can. Congress slipped it into the National Broccoli Day proclamation.

    • Homer: Hey baby. Ya' like obstacle courses?

    • (Homer peers out of a manhole cover at oncoming tanks)
      Homer: Bring it on chumps!
      (Tank runs over the manhole he's peeping out of)
      Homer: Oooh! Fingers, fingers fingers!

    • Sergeant: Gentleman, I'm going to be frank; never before has the ARMY accepted recruits with such low test scores.
      Homer: That's an odd way to start handing out medals!

    • Narration on Recruiter's Film: The Army, it's everything you like.

    • Principal Skinner: I'd do anything for my beloved Army.
      Recruiter: How about re-enlisting?
      Principal Skinner: How about you bite me?

    • Milhouse: Bart, can we go to Banana Republic? There's a mannequin there I have a crush on.
      Bart: Milhouse, that is the most pathetic thing I've ever . . . (sees mannequin) Oh my God, she's beautiful!

  • NOTES (2)

    • The trailer for "The Simpsons Movie" debuted with the airing of this episode. The movie will be released on 27 Jul 2007.

    • Blackboard Joke: We are not all naked under our clothes.
      Couch Gag: After the family sits the on the couch as usual the TV slides out of the way and the couch starts moving forward. As it moves forward the family is subjected to the phases of a car wash.


    • David Mamet:

      Moe uses "watching a snappy David Mamet play" as one of his excuses for his darting eyes. Mamet is a playwright/film-director, known for his fast-talking characters and surprise twists in such plays as Glengarry Glen Ross and Speed the Plow.

    • Army recruitment video:

      The recruitment video starts with a shot of a knight pulling out a sword out of a rock pillar in the middle of a lava pit. This is an obvious parody of the ads put out by the US Marines that show a knight fighting a dragon in a volcano.

    • The "great military leader" that Homer imagines is a parody of Cap'n Crunch. Cap'n Crunch is the mascot of the cereal of the same name.

    • "How would you like to be stacked in a pile while a hillbilly girl points and laughs at you?"

      A reference to Pfc. Lynndie England, who, while serving at the Abu Ghraib prison, posed in two infamous pictures: one where she was pointing at the genitalia of various prisoners, and one where she was standing behind a dog pile of prisoners giving the "thumbs up" sign.

    • Friday The 13th:

      In the recruitment video, the last person you see getting shot by the helicopter is Jason Voorhees, the famous killer in the 10 "Friday The 13th" movies.

    • The drill instructor nicknames one of the soldiers "Maverick," an obvious reference to the 1986 movie Top Gun and Tom Cruise's character Lt. Pete "Maverick" Mitchell. This is also somewhat of an inside joke, because Kiefer Sutherland does the Colonel's voice and he and Tom Cruise were both in the movie A Few Good Men.

    • Full Metal Jacket
      The sergeant forcing Homer to eat donuts while the company does push ups, is a reference to a scene in the 1987 film Full Metal Jacket where Private Pyle is caught with a donut and the men in his barracks have to do push ups while he eats it, causing them all to turn on him.

    • Homer (to the drill instructor): Are you going to ask us our major malfunctions?

      In a well-known scene from the Vietnam War movie Full Metal Jacket, Gunnery Sergeant Hartman (R. Lee Ermey) asks Private Pyle (Vincent D'Onofrio), "WHAT IS YOUR MAJOR MALFUNCTION, NUMBNUTS? DIDN'T YOUR MOMMY AND DADDY GIVE YOU ENOUGH LOVE WHEN YOU WERE GROWING UP!?"

    • The title of the episode is a reference to the popular soldier toy figure "G.I. Joe."