The Simpsons

Season 13 Episode 17

Gump Roast

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Apr 21, 2002 on FOX



  • Trivia

    • This is one of the few post-1992 episodes to use the original longer end credits theme, which was mainly used on episodes produced by Klasky-Csupo, Inc. and retired from regular use when the show moved production to Film Roman.

    • 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

    • 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

      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

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

      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

    • 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

    • 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."