The Simpsons

Season 13 Episode 17

Gump Roast

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Apr 21, 2002 on FOX
6.7
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Gump Roast
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Our story begins a la "Forrest Gump", with Homer sitting on a park bench waiting for the rest of the family to arrive. While Chief Wiggum initially tells him isn't interested in hearing Homer's life story initially, he becomes intrigued as Homer goes right into it, in the form of flashbacks (clips). Homer is picked up and brought blindfolded to the Springfield Friar's Club where emcee Krusty the Klown and other friends and family roast Homer with their memories (more clips from past episodes). Bart and Lisa start followed by Mr. Burns, Grampa Simpson & Agnes Skinner, Reverend Lovejoy & Ned Flanders (a la "The Smothers Brothers"). The proceedings are interrupted by Kodos and Kang, whom rest the entire fate of humanity upon one human being, Homer Simpson; they cite him as "the fat selfish epitome of modern man". They probe him revealing more clips, which helps prove to them that humans are unfit to continue existing. Lisa talks them into probing the innocent mind of a child. The probing of Maggie's mind reveals to Kodos and Kang the most important thing of all for them; Earth is where there favorite celebrities live. Kodos and Kang attend the "People Choice Awards" and the episode ends with a wacky little ditty celebrating more clips, but telling the viewers "not to fear, they have stories for years."moreless

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  • nothing happened...

    4.5
    it was a somewhat poor episode, and this is from me, someone who usually does not dislike clip shows. it had a unique plot, but I find it sad when the CLIPS from episodes is the funniest part fo the episode. The episode itself had very little humor that made me laugh. The only part I really like is the They'll Never Stop The Simpsons song, a song I sing to myself a lot and know all the words too. Otherwise, kind of dull episode, and thus my grade for it is a D+ or so. Pretty poor episode, methinksmoreless
  • Definitely the best clip show.

    10
    I'm suprised I like this. Clip shows and flashback episodes are never usually the best, but this one was actually pretty good. It brings back memories from a few years ago, when season 13 played all the time, and it has several pretty funny scenes in between the clips, like Homer at the friars club, and when Kang and Kodos arrive. And of course, the song at the end, "They'll Never Stop the Simpsons" made it even better. (I say that they should make an episode where "Marge becomes a robot, maybe Moe gets a cell phone and bart owns a bear) Besides they even apologized at the end of the song.moreless
  • Pretty good clip show.

    8.5
    This episode begins with a parody of Forrest Gump, with Homer sitting on a bench with a box of chocolates, telling Cheif Wiggum his life story. Later, the family picks Homer up for his roast. Homer is surprised the roast pokes fun at him, but he has fun looking back at great memories with the kids, Marge, his father, and all the adventures he's had. Kang and Kodos soon interrupt Homer's roast, and say is the epitome of the ugly man, or something like that. They are going to destroy the Earth, but they see Maggie has great memories with her father. The Simpsons give the aliens tickets to the People choice awards.



    This was a pretty good episode for a clip show, and I loved the song at the end.



    Overall Grade: 85%/B+moreless
  • A roast to Homer!

    7.5
    Well let me start off by saying that all clip shows are just filler garbage that are a waste of time. At least that's what I thought before I saw this episode, but this is hands down the best clip show of the series. I loved the parody of forrest gump in the beginning of the episode, and the idea of Homer not knowing that a roast is when people make fun of you in a playful way. Considering its a clip show its not a bad episode, but its definately not anything to write home about unless you like a good clip show. Unfortunately I dont.moreless
  • Good parody of Forest Gump, but I hate clip shows...

    7.6
    In another classic clip show, Homer J. Simpson is the talk of the town as the Springfield Friar's Club decides to "roast" him. All his close friends and even Mr. Burns relay Homer's countless foibles, follies and fables. Just as the roast is about to end however, the two aliens, Kang and Kodos crash the party and threaten to destroy the earth because they can find no innocence or good. It's not until they probe Maggie's mind that they find there are things on earth worth living for. The innocence of a child. An ok episode, but once again I HATE CLIP SHOWS...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

Alec Baldwin

Alec Baldwin

Himself

Guest Star

Kim Basinger

Kim Basinger

Herself

Guest Star

Ron Howard

Ron Howard

Himself

Guest Star

Tress MacNeille

Tress MacNeille

Agnes Skinner, Brandine Del Roy, Dolph and others

Recurring Role

Karl Wiedergott

Karl Wiedergott

Additional Voices

Recurring Role

Stephen Hawking

Stephen Hawking

Himself

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Celebrities seen at the "People's Choice Awards" include: Brad Pitt, Jennifer Aniston, Drew Carey, Harrison Ford, Garth Brooks, Julia Roberts, Tom Arnold, Mel Gibson, Pierce Bronson, Bette Midler, Whitney Houston, Jason Alexander, Burt Reynolds and Michael Jeter.

    • When Homer says to Chief Wiggum, "did you say life story" and they show the clip of Homer in the womb, it's the same clip from the beginning of "Homer the Heretic" from Season 4.

    • Dr Hibbert and Moe were at the roast even though they were arrested.

    • When Homer has a flashback of him and the family car, one of the short clips shows him in Moe's car (5F12) instead.

  • QUOTES (13)

    • Homer: (On life in the womb) Things started out great! I ate what my mother ate--and my mother loved chili!

    • Krusty: We're all here tonight for one reason… to keep Homer away from the buffet!
      Dr. Hibbert: He He He.
      Nelson: Ha ha!
      Mr. Burns: Excellent!
      Homer: That was at my expense! What kind of a roast is this!?

    • Homer: Then came the day that changes every couple forever. The day we got our elephant.

    • Kang: [Homer] is the fat, selfish epitome of modern man!
      Moe: (outraged) He stole my bit!
      Kodos: Now we shall probe you to see if you are worthy.
      Moe: (still outraged) Word for word!

    • Kodos: Ooh! Burt Reynolds and Michael Jeter!
      Kang: Could an Evening Shade reunion be in the works?

    • Kodos: Gasp! There's Shannen Doherty! Didn't you have a thing with her?
      Kang: Don't go there!

    • Homer: Want a chocolate?
      Wiggum: Hold it right there, Forrest Plump! This town has laws against impersonating movie characters.
      Moe: Oh Behave!
      Dr. Hibbert: Luke, I am your father. Ah hee hee hee.
      Moe: Eh…Shagadelic.

    • Grandpa: I first met Homer in 1927, in a bar in Brooklyn. Little did I know that he would soon become Mrs. Joe DiMaggio.

    • (Agnes and Abe introduce more clips of Homer. Agnes is wearing a green see-through dress modeled after Jennifer Lopez, which wows Abe.)
      Abe: Wow! What is holding that dress up?
      Sideshow Mel: (From audience) The collective will of everyone in this room!

    • Krusty: Look, you weren't in the dress rehearsal, so you're not in the show!

    • Kang: This baby thinks of nothing but trendy Hollywood celebrities.
      Kodos: We can learn much from your species.

    • "They'll Never Stop The Simpsons lyrics
      (Sung by Dan Castellaneta)

      Ullman shorts
      Christmas show
      Marge's fling
      Homer's bro

      Bart in well
      Flanders fails
      Whacking snakes
      Monorail

      Mr. Plow
      Homer space
      Sideshow Bob
      Steps on rakes

      Lisa's future
      Selma's hubby
      Marge not proud
      Homer chubby

      Homer worries Bart is gay
      Poochie, U2, NRA
      Hippies, Vegas, and Japan
      Octupulets and Bart's boy band

      Marge murmurs
      Maude croaks
      Lisa Buddhist
      Homer tokes

      Maggie blows Burns away
      What else do I have to say?!

      They'll never stop The Simpsons
      Have no fears
      We got stories for years
      Like...

      Marge becomes a robot
      Maybe Moe gets a cell phone
      Has Bart ever owned a bear
      Or...

      How 'bout a crazy wedding
      Where something happens and do-do-do-do-do
      Sorry for the clip show

      Have no fears
      We got stories for years...

    • Lisa: Xena can't fly.
      Lucy: I told you. I'm not Xena, I'm Lucy Lawless.
      Lisa: Oh.

  • NOTES (4)

    • Dan Castellaneta sings the song at the end of the episode.

    • This is only the 4th Kang and Kodos appearence in a non-Halloween episode. The first one was when Kang was seen in the alien line-up in "The Springfield Files," then they both did a brief cameo in "Behind the Laughter," then, for what seems like no reason what-so-ever, they appeared in the ending credits of "Simpson Tall-Tales."

    • This show features clips from "The Way We Was", "Take My Wife, Sleaze", "Bart Gets an Elephant", "The City of New York vs. Homer Simpson", "Faith Off", "Grift of the Magi", "Brush with Greatness", "30 Minutes Over Tokyo (twice)", "Mom and Pop Art (twice)", "Homer to the Max", "Guess who's Coming to Criticize Dinner", "Hungry Hungry Homer", "Mountain of Madness", "Little Big Mom", "The War of the Simpsons", "The Parent Rap", "Last Tap Dance of Springfield", "A Tale of 2 Springfields", "Children of a Lesser Clod", "Lisa's 1st Word", "I'm With Cupid", "They Saved Lisa's Brain", "Tree House of Horror X", "New Kids on the Blecch (twice)", "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire", "Life on the Fast Lane", "O Brother, Where Art Thou", "When Flanders Failed", "Whacking Day", "Marge vs. the Monorail", "Mr. Plow", "Deep Space Homer", "Cape Feare", "Lisa's Wedding", "A Fish Called Selma", "Marge Be Not Proud", "The Itchy & Scratchy & Poochie Show", "The Cartridge Family", "Homer's Phobia", "8 Misbehaven'", "Alone Again Natura-didd-ly", "She of Little Faith", "Weekend at Burnsie's", "Who Shot Mr. Burns (1)" and more that the contributor (surfersk8er) can't remember off the top of her head.

    • Blackboard Joke: None
      Couch Gag: The couch is replaced by a giant slot machine. The slots spin and land on pictures of Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa. A "7" shows up in Maggie's place and a bell sounds as coins fall out of the slot machine and onto the floor.

  • ALLUSIONS (4)

    • Hello Kitty
      The probe that Kang and Kodos use on Maggie is a "Hello Probie" brand featuring a cat. This is in reference to the popular Japanese "Hello Kitty" products.

    • The scene between Rev. Lovejoy and Ned Flanders is a reference to The Smothers Brothers, Tom and Dick. They would play the guitar and stand-up bass while Tom, the "dumb" one, would mess up the words and his brother Dick would chastise him for it.

    • :
      Agnes Skinner's dress is very similar to J.Lo's controversial green dress.

    • Dan Castellaneta: "Ullman Shorts, Christmas Show..."
      "They'll Never Stop The Simpsons" is a spoof of the 1989 Billy Joel hit "We Didn't Start The Fire."

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