The Simpsons

Season 19 Episode 2

Homer of Seville

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Sep 30, 2007 on FOX
7.8
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Homer of Seville
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While receiving treatment for an injured back at the hospital, Homer discovers that he has beautiful opera voice. Even though Homer must sing while lying on his back for his voice to sound operatic, Mr. Burns hires him to sing at the Springfield Opera House, where he quickly becomes a star. Through his newfound stardom, Homer develops a large throng of fans including the lovely Julia, an obsessive and dangerous stalker.moreless

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • While receiving treatment for a back injury, Homer discovers that he has a very good singing voice, but only when he is lying on his back. Mr. Burns hires him to perform at the Springfield Opera House where Homer soon develops a legion of loyal fans.moreless

    5.0
    A second consecutive disappointment for the ninteenth season of The Simpsons. I was bothered by the fact that the story of Homer finding a new job was used here. As other reviews for this episode have pointed out that has been done so many times before in this series. I can't believe the producers of the show decided to use this tired story line again. I knew before the episode began that Homer, despite achieving enormous success at his new job, would quit at the end of the episode. Some clever dialouge can't save this boring and uninteresting episode.moreless
  • Homer becomes an opera singer and runs into a stalkerish fan.

    7.5
    The second episode of season 19, like the first, failed to reach the fantastic quality that we as fans set as the bar so often when we think of the Simpsons franchise. Maybe that its just because I dont care for opera that much, but this episode just didnt fully cut it for me. By no means is this episode HORRIBLE, but it just grew a little bland at times. The only thing I did like in this episode was the stalerish fan of Homer. The rest of the plot was WAY to out there, I mean the idea of Homer being able to sing well on his back? Anyway, give this episode a watch if you enjoy the opera or opera music. Other then that, dont waste your time.moreless
  • Homer singing!

    9.8
    This is one of the funniest episode ever. I really liked Homer and his beautiful voice. I think that this episode is really well written and original. It is funny to see Homer, and the Simpsons family, in this kind of storyline.. Homer as an Opera singer? Homer getting famous? Homer getting stalked? Funny, funny and again.. Funny!

    I mean after 19 seasons this show is still great, and in my opinion this episode is a fine example. You can't say this is a classic Simpsons episode; it's pretty different from the other storylines but this is for sure a great example of the quality work done in this show.moreless
  • good.

    7.6
    Personally I found this a little better than that plane episode. The plot isn't that great but the beginning was pretty funny with all those puns. and that funeral crashing part is a classic. now we get to the main plot part. Kinda boring because I dont give a crap about opera but, there were some funny movie references like the lenny and carl part and the old lady attack. Personally the only way I like the simpsons is because its the simpsons. a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a amoreless
  • Yet another amazing scenario episode.

    10
    I've never been on the "Simpsons isn't funny anymore" bandwagon, but wow did I ever CARE about this episode. I think I may have laughed every single seconds. Earlier in the day I caught the classic babysitter bandit episode, and wow is there a huge difference in the quality of writing. Sure the art back then was lack-luster, but at least the characters had... CHARACTER! Bart was actually a funny character in those days; I couldn't believe it! Now he just kind of hangs out in the background tossing in the occasional ironic remark. Seriously, Homer lying on his back singing opera is supposed to make me laugh,hell yeah... Who the heck is writing this episodes these days? I realize it's gotta be hard to come up with ideas at this stage in the game, but picking a random story from the news and writing some random related stuff that happens to Homer in his latest stint away from work is JUST PLAIN SILLY! Great job, simpsons staff!



    Long Live KOBE BRYANT!!!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

Maya Rudolph

Maya Rudolph

Julia

Guest Star

Placido Domingo

Placido Domingo

Himself

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

Maggie Roswell

Maggie Roswell

Maude Flanders, Helen Lovejoy, Miss Hoover, and others

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Goof: The extended couch gag sequence showcasing Homer's evolution ends with Marge asking him "Did you bring the milk?" But from her lip movement, it looks more like she's saying "What took you so long?", which was what she said the first time this sequence was shown in the season 18 episode, "Homerazzi".

    • When Homer forgets his lines he sings "Uh-oh Spaghetti-os". This was the catch phrase of the fictional police officer Homer Simpson in the season 10 episode "Homer to the Max".

    • Restaurants spotted or mentioned after the family leaves church: Griddler on the Roof, Thank God It's Fried Eggs, Luftwaffle's, Bodacious Frittatas, Buffet the Hunger Slayer, and Denny's.

    • Music From This Episode
      "If Ever I Would Leave You" by Andy Williams (Sung by Homer and Dr. Hibbert in the hospital.)
      "Superhero" by Jane's Addiction (Used during the Entourage parody while Lenny and Carl are in a limo with some of Homer's fans.)
      "Don Giovanni" by Mozart (Used during the montage that shows Julia contiually coming on to Homer.)
      "Se Il Mio Nome Saper Voi Bramate" by Rossini (Sung by Homer during The Barber of Seville opera.)

    • Church marquee reads: "Today's Topic: Jesus: The Real American Idol"

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Homer: That church service was so boring! I did a whole book of find-a-words.
      Lisa: Dad, all you circled were the I's and A's.
      Homer: Those are words.

    • (Homer and Marge enjoy the buffet at a wake.)
      Marge: Oh Homer, you gotta try this roast beef au jus.
      (Homer takes a bite.)
      Homer: Mmm! Au jus! Not quite gravy, not quite blood.

    • (Mr. Burns and Smithers visit the morgue.)
      Mr. Burns: Ah, nothing lifts my spirits like shopping. Let's see, (Points) I'll take his liver, a case of Adam's apples, (Points) that motorcycle man's mustache.
      Smithers: Oh, the money you've contributed to anti-helmet laws has really paid off, sir.
      Mr. Burns: Well, young people are my future.

    • (In the dressing room after Homer's first performance.)
      Bart: Dad, you were great!
      Lisa: And you contributed to our culture!
      Homer (Worried) Well, I didn't mean to.
      Lisa: No, no. It's a good thing.
      Homer: (Relieved) Oh, good. This makes up for me showing up drunk to the father-daughter dance.
      Lisa: The dance isn't till next week.
      Homer: Sorry, Lisa. Can't change the future.

    • Homer: (to Julia) So, did you see the show tonight? Remember the part where I forgot the words and I just sang "Uh-oh Spaghetti-os"? I'm hoping they send me a case.

    • (Homer warms up his voice before a performance.)
      Homer: (Singing) D'oh, d'oh, d'oh, d'oh, d'oh, d'oh, d'oh, d'oh. Woo, woo, woo, woo, woo, woo-hoo. Stu, stu, stu, stu-pid Flanders.
      (Ned Flanders peeks in the dressing room.)
      Ned Flanders: Why the crescendo, my dear, old friend-o?
      Homer: (Singing) Get lost you waste of a mustache.
      Ned Flanders: Okily-dokily.

    • Marge: Homer, we're trapped! Your fans will rip us to pieces!
      Homer: Not me. They love me.

    • (Placido Domingo towel snaps Homer in the locker room after a performance.)
      Placido Domingo: Nice set, Homer. That was a hot one.
      Homer: Wow, praise from Placido Domingo.
      Placido Domingo: Just call me P-Dingo.
      Homer: Ehh, I'll think about it.

    • Mr. Burns: My boy, you are a star.
      Homer: Woo-hoo!
      Mr. Burns: An opera star.
      Homer: (Disappointed) Oh.

    • Dr. Hibbert: Homer, you have a mild back sprain. And you also ingested a dangerous quantity of grave dirt.
      Homer: Well, you're always telling me I should eat more dirt.
      Dr. Hibbert: Not dirt, vegetables!
      Homer: Which grow in what?

  • NOTES (1)

    • Blackboard Joke: The Wall Street Journal is better than ever.
      Couch Gag: This extended version showcases the evolution of Homer Simpson, beginning as a single-cell organism which continuously divides to a more complex organism, first as a jellyfish, then a common fish that nearly escapes the clutches of an octopus that resembles Mr. Burns. Getting out of the ocean, Homer evolves into a prehistoric lizard that extends his tongue to snack on an insect that resembles Lenny. He then evolves into a slightly larger lizard with a scale on his back that sees a Pterodactyl resembling Agnes Skinner flying overhead. Homer then evolves into a rat that gets chased by a Tyrannosaurus resembling Bart, who then gets into a battle with a Triceratops resembling Lisa. Homer hides in a hole just before a large asteroid crashes on Earth, wiping out all dinosaur life. Homer comes out of the hole, passing the bony fossil of T-Rex Bart, before changing into a sloth, then a monkey as he approaches a jungle, becoming more apelike upon swinging through the trees. Leaving the jungle, a brief Ice Age occurs as he evolves from Neanderthal, to caveman, and passes caveman Moe (who gives a brief "Hey" hello) before he de-evolves into a rat. Homer continues evolving, morphing into period clothing with appropriate backgrounds from medieval, Spanish explorer, Pilgrim, English scholar, and finally to modern day Homer Simpson with the nuclear plant in the background as he finally reaches home and walks over Santa's Little Helper sleeping on the doorstep as he enters the house. With the rest of the family sitting on the sofa, Marge asks him "Did you bring the milk?" Homer can only give an exhausted sigh of relief.

  • ALLUSIONS (7)

    • Thank God It's Friday
      The restaurant Thank God It's Fried Eggs is an allusion to the phrase and chain of restaurants "Thank God It's Friday", along with a 1978 movie of the same title starring Donna Summer.

    • Entourage
      In this episode, Lenny and Carl act much like the characters Drama and Turtle from the TV series, Entourage. Aside from the homage to Drama and Turtle, the theme song from Entourage ("Superhero" by Jane's Addiction) is used in this episode as well.

    • Raiders of the Lost Ark
      Julia closes her eyes to reveal "love" and "you" on the lids to Homer, just as an infatuated student does to Harrison Ford's Indiana Jones character in the 1981 film Raiders of the Lost Ark.

    • Fiddler on the Roof
      One of the restaurants that the family passes by after church is called Griddler on the Roof. This is a play on the title of the 1971 film, Fiddler on the Roof.

    • Buffy the Vampire Slayer
      One of the restaurants that the family passes by after church is called Buffet the Hunger Slayer. This is a play on the title of the television series, Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

    • Citizen Kane
      When Homer starts to sing at the first opera, the camera pans up to Lenny and Carl in the rafters. This is a homage to the scene from the 1941 film Citizen Kane in which Susan Alexander Kane makes her opera debut.

    • Episode Title: "The Homer of Seville"
      The title of this episode is a take on the title of the opera and play, The Barber of Seville, written in the late 18th century.

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