The Simpsons

Season 19 Episode 1

He Loves to Fly and He D'ohs

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Sep 23, 2007 on FOX
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He Loves to Fly and He D'ohs
After Homer saves Mr. Burns' life, he is rewarded with a trip in Mr. Burns' private plane. A depressed Homer realizes he will never again receive a chance to fly in a luxurious private jet, so Marge hires Homer a life coach to help get him out of his rut.moreless

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  • The ninteenth season begins with Homer saving Mr. Burns' life at the Springfield Mall. Burns rewards Homer with a ride to Chicago on his private plane. Homer, realizing he will never fly on a private plane again after the trip, becomes very depressed.moreless

    A very disappointing way to start the new season. This episode was flat and had a recycled plot (How many times has there been an episdoe where Homer is deeply depressed and then saved by his family?). While Lionel Richie's cameo provided some welcome relief, Stephen Colbert on the other hand had some clever dialouge, but wasn't all that good as an uninteresting life coach who, unsurprisingly, turns out to be a fraud. I certainly hope this isn't a sign of things to come for the upcoming season, it if is, season ninteen will be very long for sure.moreless
  • The Simpsons return in 19th Season.

    Eveyone know that The Simpsons return in 19th Season Premiere, it was fantastic episode that i ever in my life. Home and Mr. Burns in Chicago, i can not say that Homer said the funny quote "Hmm, What the ocean doing doing in the sky?" that Matt Groeaning is ver genuis so i made thos rating a 100% good, even when they opemimg squence the event from The Simpsons Movie, and so this season is going to be comediest show on FOX. My favorite part when Homer flys and say in fummy quote also end of this episode, that show rocks!moreless
  • Bad premise

    The episode is the first one that came out after the movie, so a lot of people were probably expecting something big. I always do for new Simpsons episodes, but this one was just... awful. Barely any good jokes, a lot of jokes where the character sounds very forced. The plot also was not interesting in the slightest, and as many episodes around this time, before and after this one, it has a lot of jokes that go on long after they were even a little funny. The only real decent thing is the opening, the jokes were almost all pretty badmoreless
  • Not the best episode by a long way.

    I was looking forward to seeing this episode as it seemed to have all the ingredients of a Simpsons classic: a good storyline with a lot of possibilites, a hyped guest star and some typical Homer dumbness. However, the end result left a lot to be desired.

    The premise sounds simple enough: Homer goes on a private plane then can't live without one. But it just took so damn long to get there. To help control the big guy's new addiction, Marge has a therapist, voiced by Stephen Colbert. Is it just more or would you have liked to see Colbert voice himself? This is one of the episode's major plotholes: how the heck did we get here? Homer arrives back home from the flight and Colbert is already with Marge! Unless those two have a little thing going on and they were caught in the act, what precisly was he doing in the Simpsons home?

    The episode does have some good moments, however. Homer trying to run back to the plane was great and Bart's "At least you tried" cake was classic. It's these sort of little visual gags that stand out in this episode. Namely, Homer pinning up a poster for a lost sandwich with a description of "delicious".

    To summarise, there are much better episodes of "our favourite family" out there and for a season premire this could have been so much better. However, it's worth seeing for the "lost sandwich" gag alone!moreless
  • funny but still

    this is the series premiere and I gotta say, they still got it! all these people say that this will be never be as funny(which is true)but, they come pretty dang close. first off they start with a brilliant intro that picks up after the movie.Nowadays homer is a little smarter and nicer to Bart but it just doesn't pick up right. now its another one of those great homer schemes.over the years he done many things like homer the guru and homer the golfer but this gotta be the better ones.he saves mr burns life and gets to go on a private jet.but since he wont be able to go on another plane again, he trys to get a new one with a help of an adviser.great episode, great story and great show!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

Lionel Richie

Lionel Richie


Guest Star

Stephen Colbert

Stephen Colbert

Colby Krause

Guest Star

Pamela Hayden

Pamela Hayden

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

Recurring Role

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 (12)

    • Music From This Episode
      "My Kind of Town" by Frank Sinatra (Used during the Chicago montage with Homer and Mr. Burns.)
      "Clair de Lune" by Claude Debussy (Used several times throughout the episode during Homer's times of depression and loneliness.)

    • The Wrigley Field sign in Chicago says on the bottom line, "The 1908 World Champions", which is the last time the Cubs won the World Series. The real sign has an electronic display at the bottom.

    • Stores in the Springfield Mall: Restoration Software, Designer S'mores, Jewelry, Crazy E.T.'s Phone Home, The Shoe-Inn, Box Barn, Ah, Fudge!, Cost-Mo.

    • The Burns Construction sign during the intro reads: "Building Cheaply Charging Dearly." On the sign is a picture of Mr. Burns holding money bags.

    • During the montage in Chicago, Mr. Burns sports a Chicago Cubs baseball cap and Homer wears Brian Urlacher's #54 Chicago Bears jersey.

    • Mr. Burns' shopping list:
      Laudanum (Crossed off)
      Cotton gin (Crossed off)
      Spats (Crossed off)
      Cell phone
      Brooklyn Dodgers

    • On the bulletin board at the power plant Homer staples up a sign with a sandwich on it reading: "Lost Sandwich Description: Delicious."

    • Places spotted as Mr. Burns and Homer enjoy a night on the town in Chicago: Ditka's, Wrigley Field, Wherever the White Sox Play, First Bank of Oprah, Ferris Bueller's Day of Beauty, and Second City Theater. A sign on the facade of Second City Theater reads: "See great comedians before they get fat."

    • Homer reveals that he has a 217 bowling average.

    • iPhones are on sale for 20 cents at the Springfield Mall.

    • Homer's favorite pizza is Chicago deep dish.

    • The year on the penny Mr. Burns leans into the fountain after is 1989, the same year The Simpsons made its series debut.

  • QUOTES (16)

    • Homer: One small coffee, please. And a bunch of those placemats with the mazes on them.
      Pimple-Faced Kid: They're all the same maze.
      Homer: Somebody's gotta do 'em.

    • Mr. Burns: Why do I need another penny? I have billions. Still, if I don't take it, that hoodlum over there might.

    • (Mr. Burns takes Homer out for dinner.)
      Mr. Burns: So, Simpson, I hear you like pizza pie.
      Homer: I do! My favorite is Chicago deep-dish.
      Mr. Burns: Chicago, eh? Well, what if I took us there now?
      Homer: Drive to Chicago? I don't have time for that. I have to be back at work by Monday and my boss is a total jerk.

    • Homer: Oh, what's the point of putting my socks on? I'd just have to take them off again a week later.

    • (Homer calls Colby Krause to help coach him through a situation.)
      Colby Krause: All right Homer what is it you're attempting to do? Win over a difficult client?
      Homer: I'm trying to land a plane with no experience!
      Colby Krause: Homer, I gotta tell you I'm not very good. I went to the Harvard of the South.
      Homer: Duke? That's good!
      Colby Krause: Not Duke.
      Homer: Vanderbilt?
      Colby Krause: A little further south. Don't make me say it.

    • (Bart catches Homer at Krusty Burger instead of his "new" job.)
      Homer: I couldn't bear to tell your mother, so I hang out here all day.
      Bart: But, Dad, you gotta tell her. She's been buying brand-name groceries.
      Homer: Brands like "Miser's Choice" and "Day-Old Delights"?
      Bart: No, things rich people buy, like Campbell's soup and Pepsodent.

    • Marge: Homer, you smell like Chicago. Did you fly there in a commercial airline?
      Homer: No way. Commercial is for losers and terrorists. I flew in a private plane.
      Marge: Wow, is it much different from normal plane?
      Homer: Please, tell me you're joking. It's the difference between champagne and carbonated pee.

    • (Homer meets Mr. Burns' flight attendant.)
      Svetlana: My name is Svetlana, but you can call me "Hey, baby."
      Mr. Burns: And just so you know, she'll do anything for you. Anything except sex. And I do mean anything.
      Homer: (Drooling) Ohh, I'm aroused... and confused.

    • Colby Krause: Homer, here in the bowling alley, you're a totally different man. Relaxed, confident...
      Homer: Is this going somewhere?
      Colby Krause: What we have to do is figure a way to make "Bowling Alley Homer" into "Everyday Homer."
      Lenny: I have an aunt who became an uncle. Is it like that?
      (Awkward silence. Lenny wanders off.)
      Colby Krause: I want you to wear those bowling shoes out the door and everywhere you go. It's crazy, but it just might work!
      Homer: Dr. Frederick J. Waxman, you're a genius!
      Colby Krause: That's not my name.
      Homer: I wasn't talking to you.

    • (Homer takes the control of the jet.)
      Marge: Homie, what are you doing? You don't know how to fly!
      Homer: I drove a car over a cliff once! How different could it be? (Looks out through the windshield.) Hmm, what's the ocean doing in the sky?

    • Mr. Burns: You saved my life! There must be something I can do for you.
      Homer: (Thinks) A cookie! No, a car! No, a cookie!
      Mr. Burns: You're getting a free dinner.
      (Homer gasps)
      Mr. Burns: With...
      Homer: Yeah?
      Mr. Burns: ...Me!
      Homer: Me? But that's you!

    • (Mr. Burns thinks to himself just before drowning.)
      Mr. Burns: I guess this is the end. I just wish I'd spent more time at the office.

    • (Homer pays a private jet pilot.)
      Homer: Okay, so this should be enough money to get me up in the air, have a frank talk with Marge, then maybe eat a deviled egg.
      Pilot: Well, anything for a fellow Marine.
      Homer: (Salutes) Yeah, Semper fudge.
      Pilot: Uh, did you just say "Semper fudge"?
      Homer: No, I said the right thing.

    • (Homer arrives home after his first day on the "new" job.)
      Marge: So, how was your first day at your new job?
      Homer: Oh, it was great! Flew to Tulsa on the company jet. Did my job in a way consistent with I what I already told you. (Nervously) Because that's what you do... when you have a job.
      Lisa: I'm so proud of you, Dad!
      Homer: Stop peppering me with questions!

    • Mr. Burns: (to Homer) Now let's enjoy the Miami of Canada -- Chicago!

    • (Smithers helps Mr. Burns shop for a cell phone.)
      Smithers: What happened to that mini-cell phone I gave you, sir?
      Mr. Burns: Ooh, I thought that was a lemon drop.
      (Mr. Burns stomach suddenly vibrates.)
      Smithers: I'll go get the number de-listed.

  • NOTES (4)

    • Unlike other episodes that have Homer's D'ohs in the title, this one doesn't have it replaced with the expression "(Annoyed Grunt)."

    • Itchy & Scratchy: "Come Flay With Me" Scratchy suffers the perils of commercial airlines as he is inadvertently mauled and maimed on a plane full of mice. Then Scratchy screams as a stewardess explains that they all have to spend 3 more hours on the tarmac before the plane can takeoff.

    • The episode's opening sequence is different from the one that's usually seen, as it shows Springfield in a rebuilding stage as a result of the events from The Simpsons Movie. As Bart skateboards home, a mutated multi-eyed pink squirrel with fangs jumps onto his shoulder, only to get knocked off by a wrecking ball before it attacks him. Mr. Burns has his own construction company, indicated by a couple of signs, including a large billboard with the slogan, "Building cheaply. Charging dearly." Burns is pictured holding a pair of money sacks. Bart showboats, passing by President Schwarzenegger, Colin, Moe (dressed in a bathrobe and a pylon on his head), Russ Cargill and Boob Lady. Homer comes home with the silo he used for his pet pig's waste strapped on top of his car and the garage and house aren't quite rebuilt yet. The Spider-Man theme music is heard when Spider-Pig/Harry Plopper is sitting on the sofa when the family arrives. They sit down as Homer picks up the pig and cradles him, affectionately calling him "My summer love" as the pig oinks.

    • Blackboard Joke: I will not wait 20 years to make another movie.
      Couch Gag: Plopper the pig is sitting on the couch, the family rushes in and sits next to him. Homer holds him and says "My summer love".


    • Michael Jackson
      While preparing to bowl, Homer performs the moonwalk and spins around and ends on his toes, a la Michael Jackson.

    • Casper the Friendly Ghost
      When Homer is driven to Monty's private plane, he exclaims "A p-p-private jet!" This is an allusion to the show Casper the Friendly Ghost, where those who see Casper exclaim "g-g-ghost!"

    • Ferris Bueller's Day Off
      In Chicago, Mr. Burns and Homer enter a salon called Ferris Bueller's Day of Beauty, referencing the title of the 1986 film, Ferris Bueller's Day Off. When they leave the salon Homer and Mr. Burns are dressed and styled like Cameron and Ferris; two of the movie's main characters.

    • Costco
      At the mall a Cost-Mo store can be seen in the background. The name of the store is a parody of the name of the real-life super-store giant, Costco.

    • The Second City
      In Chicago Homer and Mr. Burns visit Second City Theater, where improvisational comedy is performed. The name of the theater is a homage to "The Second City" which is an actual improvisational comedy theater in Chicago where many famous comedians and Saturday Night Live performers got their first start. The performer wearing a Chicago Cubs ball cap is modeled after and voiced by Dan Castellaneta who also got his start at "The Second City" in Chicago.

    • E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial
      Mr Burns shops at a cell phone store in the mall called, "Crazy E.T.'s Phone Home." The store name is a reference E.T.s famous line, "E.T. phone home," from the 1982 film E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial.

    • Delta Air Lines
      The title of this episode is a play on the old Delta Air Lines slogan, "We love to fly, and it shows."