The Simpsons

Season 10 Episode 8

Homer Simpson in: "Kidney Trouble"

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Dec 06, 1998 on FOX
8.0
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Homer Simpson in: "Kidney Trouble"
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Homer comes to his father's aide when it is discovered that Grampa needs a new kidney. But right before the operation Homer gets cold feet.

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  • kidney

    3.0
    grampa's kidneys explode and homer is all set to give him one of his. but he leaves grampa because he is scared of the operation. but he realizes what a selfish jerk he was, and then he is all set to again. but he runs away once again, only this time, he gets crushed by a car.



    I'd rather this have turned into a sweet episode rather one with homer being so insensitive and a jerk to his father. homer is really unlikable in this episode, I feel, and he just is not funny. OVerall grade for this episode- Dmoreless
  • In the words of Comic Book Guy, this is absolutely "Worst Episode Ever"!

    1.0
    Homer's selfishness is blatant throughout this episode, as he chickens out multiple times in giving his kidney to Grandpa Abe. Homer also refuses to stop at the gas station when Grandpa needs to pee during a road trip taken by the family. All of the humor seems forced and contrived--I did not laugh at a single joke anywhere when I watched this for the very first time on FOX in 1998. I was thinking, "What were the writers smoking?" This, along with the "King of the Hill" episode "Joust Like A Woman", are candidates for the TV Hall of Shame, alongside many poorly thought out turkeys such as "Mr. Terrific" and "My Mother, The Car".moreless
  • Season 10, Episode 8.

    9.3
    The Simpsons has gotten less funny as time went on... However, the episodes are still entertaining. I enjoyed the beginning when it's Abe's birthday and he thinks the Simpsons remembered, and they tried to drive away but couldn't. Abe later needed a kidney after his burst because Homer wouldn't let him go to the bathroom. Homer ended up giving his in the end. I can't believe the whole thing with Homer touching Bart at the end... That was sick, but pretty funny. I didn't really pay too much attention because I was on the computer, but not a necessarily bad episode...moreless
  • Organ donor by proxy

    8.0
    Ehm, once again crazy Homer Simpson leads an episode of our beloeved show. This is not bad, after all, he has turned into a star after Bart's Simpson slowly burn into the has-been dark corner of the television. Homer and his father can be such a bunch of complete morons sometimes, I can't believe they still talk to each other. The best part for me in this episode is Homer's escape from obligation by sailing off in a ship where other lost souls are embarked on a journey with no retunr. Hey grampa Abe, I think you are reaping what you sow!moreless
  • Great ending but pointless.

    7.9
    When Homer refuses to pull the car over and let Grampa go to the bathroom, the old man's kidneys explode. Out of guilt, Homer agrees to donate one of his kidneys to his father. But just before the operation, Homer, fearing he won't survive, flees the hospital and hops aboard a boat headed to an unknown destination. On the boat, he meets a group of lost souls who accept him until he reveals that he left his sick father waiting for a kidney. The lost souls throw Homer overboard and he realizes that he must go through with the transplant. As luck would have it, Homer gets run over by a car on the way to the hospital. When he wakes up in a hospital bed, he discovers that not only has he broken all of his limbs, but Dr. Hibbert has removed his kidney and given it to Grampa.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

Tress MacNeille

Tress MacNeille

Agnes Skinner, Brandine Del Roy, Dolph and others

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Karl Wiedergott

Karl Wiedergott

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (9)

  • QUOTES (23)

    • (Bart, comments on how Homer ran out on the kidney procedure.)
      Bart: Even I wouldn't do that, and I'm America's bad boy!

    • Bart: Try not to move, Dad. You swallowed a lot of motor oil.

    • Abe: Mmm, can't get a good sarsaparilla like this in Springfield. It angry's up the blood.
      Bartender: You like it huh?
      Abe: UP YOURS!

    • Homer: What if instead of donating one of my old worn out kidneys, I gave grandpa that artificial kidney I invented.
      Marge: Oh Homer, that was just a beer can with a whistle glued to it.

    • Lisa: Besides, nothing's too good for a wonderful generous guy like you!
      Homer: Well that's what I always thought but somehow…
      Bart: Check it out, dad. I rented all your favorite gorilla movies! 'Gorilla Squadron,' 'Gorilla Island 6.'
      Homer: 'Ape's-A-Poppin!' Ooh, the airline version!
      Lisa: Can I fluff your pillow?
      Homer: Nothing's too good for me!

    • Tour Guide: There's old Curly. He played the town preacher until we laid him off. But he still hangs around.
      Curly: Help me please I'm sick!
      Homer: Ahahahahahahaha!
      Marge: Homer!
      Homer: But it's funny, Marge! The guy's sick!
      (Curly falls into a water trough.)
      Lisa: Uh, shouldn't we help him?
      Bart: He knows what he's doing.

    • Robot 1: Hey, these cards are mine. (Flips table over, spilling the cards on the floor)
      Robot 2
      : Now look what you've done!
      Robot 1
      : I'm sorry; I don't know what came over me.
      Robot 3
      : (One eye is sparking) Let's forget this whole thing happened.
      Homer: What the heck is this, a tea party? Somebody kill somebody!! (The robots look at him and get out their guns, and start shooting at him.)
      Marge: What is it with you and robots?

    • Homer: I can live at sea! The sea forgives all! Unlike those mean old mountains! I hate them so much!

    • (After surgery)
      Homer: You butcher, give it back!
      (Grampa dances and exits the room.)
      Marge: You shorted your life significantly, so someone else can have a slight extension of theirs.
      Homer: Aww. Come here, give me a hug.
      (The family hugs)
      Homer (Touching Bart's kidney area): I have everything I need right here.
      Bart: (Laughing) Dad, stop you're tickling me.
      Homer: Yes, tickling...
      Bart: Hmm?

    • Grampa: Don't worry about me. I'm going to a better place...Shelbyville Hospital.

    • Bart: Hey, mom, look what I got!
      (He gives Marge a wanted poster with Homer's face on it)
      Marge: (Laughs) That's cute. Did you get it from the souvenir shop?
      Bart: No, that guy over there is giving them out.
      (He points to police officer giving the wanted posters to tourists.)

    • Marge: Aren't you going to give him the Last Rites?
      Reverend Lovejoy: That's Catholic, Marge. You might as well ask me to do a Voodoo dance!

    • Lady: So one day, I stole a loaf of bread, put it in the freezer until it was very hard...then robbed a bank with it!

    • Grampa: Am I dead yet?
      Marge: No.
      Grampa: How 'bout now?
      Marge: No!
      Grampa: Now?
      Marge: I'll tell you when you're dead, Grampa!
      Grampa: Thank you!

    • (Homer starts to have second thoughts about donating his kidney.)
      Homer: Oh, but I don't want them cutting up my soft supple body. Why didn't somebody tell me what I was volunteering for? This is everybody's fault but mine!

    • Tour Guide: Founded by prostitutes in 1849, and serviced by prostitute express riders who could bring in a fresh prostitute from St. Joe in three days, Bloodbath Gulch quickly became known as the place where a trail hand could spend a months pay in three minutes.

    • Marge: This is so sweet of you to take us out like this, Homie. C'mon kids, three cheers for your father. Hip hip--
      Lisa: Mom, don't--
      Marge: Hip hip--
      Bart: We heard you the first time!
      Marge: Hip hip--
      Homer: Hey, I'm trying to drive here.

    • Bart: This ghost town is gonna be great. Now with 30 percent more gunfights.
      Marge: And 40 percent more rootin' tootin!

    • Tour Guide: First on our tour is the whore house, then we'll visit the cat house, the brothel, the bordello, and finally the old mission.
      Marge: Oh, thank heaven!
      Tour Guide: Lots of prostitutes in there!

    • Homer: If I die during the operation, will you do one thing for me?
      Marge: Oh, anything, sweetheart.
      Homer: Blow up the hospital.
      Marge: Well...I said I'd do it, so I guess I'll have to.

    • Captain McCallister: Welcome to the Ship of...Lost Souls!
      Homer: The back of the ship says "Honeybunch".
      Captain McCallister: Argh, I've been meaning to paint that over.

    • Homer: Quit harvesting me with your eyes!

    • Homer: It's because they're stupid. That's why everybody does everything.

  • NOTES (1)

    • Blackboard Joke: I am not a licensed hairstylist.
      Couch Gag: The living room is flooded, the TV is floating on a lily pad, and another lily pad is floating where the couch should be. Maggie swims up and onto the lily pad, only she is colored green and has the body of a tadpole. Then the rest of the family, also colored green but with frog bodies, jump onto the lily pad. After they settle in and squat down on the lily pad in their normal couch lineup, Homer opens his mouth and a long, frog-like tongue whips out to turn on the TV.

  • ALLUSIONS (3)

    • Hospital Intercom: Doctor Bombay, come right away.
      A quick reference to the phrase used to summon Doctor Bombay, the warlock family doctor on the television series Bewitched.

    • Homer: I'm the luckiest man in the world, now that Lou Gehrig is dead.
      Lou Gehrig was a first basemen for the New York Yankees. During his retirement speech he stated "I consider myself to be the luckiest man on the face of the Earth." His retirement was forced due to his diagnosis with ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease, as it would be named later.

    • Hospital Intercom System: Doc Martens to Podiatry. Doc Martens is a famous shoe brand. A doctor of the same name works in the Podiatry wing of the Springfield Hospital.

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