The Simpsons

Season 22 Episode 12

Homer the Father

3
Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Jan 23, 2011 on FOX
7.6
out of 10
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124 votes
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Homer becomes obsessed with a 1980s family sitcom and starts acting like the show's father and he insists that Bart earn the dirt bike that he wants. Bart does it by selling his father's nuclear secrets to anyone who'll buy him the dirt bike.

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  • Awful, absolutely awful.

    1.0
    So Homer acts like his usual self, getting parenting advice from tv is nothing new to Homer. Yet it seems to be the main plot in this episode. And as usual nothing goes the way as on tv, which leads us to Bart. Bart is wanting new toys like always and like similiar episodes Bart resorts to theiving to get it, except this time He is willing to sell Nuclear secrets to the chinese....Im gonna stop right there. This is no bart ive ever seen before. Way way way out of character for him. In fact this entire episode seems to be a condensed story of something ive never read before. I sat, watching this episode, trying to laugh but unable to find anything worth laughing at. I am a Simpsons fan(own seasons 1-13 on dvd) but i dont mind the simpsons acting out of character if its funny or good. But that is not the case here. Absolutely abysmal episode and i cannot fathom how anyone can rate this episode with anything higher than a 2.moreless
  • Homer acts like a father to get Bart a new dirt bike

    9.0
    Homer starts acting like the father on a 1980s sitcom, and when he suggests that Bart earn the money to get the dirt bike he wants, Bart does - by trading secrets with the Russians and Chinese; James Lipton conducts an animated Inside the Actor's Studio-type interview (but it's not clear yet if it's with The Simpsons (part of the interview Lipton did with the cast on his show was "in character", and they could just animate that) or with the cast of the previously-mentioned 1980s sitcom (which Homer would probably see and then realize that parenting is not quite as easy as it looks on TV. I thought this episode was excellent. It was improved from the previous episode. This episode was very funny all the way through. I laughed at Milhouse's overalls, Bart on Lisa's PC, the retina scanner gag, A-Team of Finland, Ned turning Maude's picture around, the vodka in the humidifier, the show where the guy cusses, and a like few more. Overall, this episode was excellently done, but not the best. 9/10moreless
  • Pretty good episode.

    9.0
    In this episode, Homer is obsessed with and 80's sitcom and starts acting like the father on the show. He makes Bart earn the bike that he wants. Bart does that by selling secrets about his father's nuclear plant to anybody who will buy him a dirt bike.



    I think this was a pretty good episode because Homer acts like a real father for once. The onlything that I didn't really like was the fact that Bart would sell secrets for a dirt bike, but other than that, it was a really good episode. 9/10moreless
  • Homer starts watching reruns of a popular 80s sitcom. Homer soon becomes obsessed with the show and starts to behave the like the father character on the show just as Bart tries to convince Homer to buy him a moped.moreless

    7.5
    "Homer the Father" is one of the better episodes of the season. One thing is for sure, it's a definite improvement over the abysmal "Donnie Fatso." Unlike that episode, "Homer the Father" has well written dialogue, sharp site gags and some good laughs. Another highlight is the great parodies of The E! True Hollywood Story and Inside the Actor's Studio. The storyline concerning Bart's efforts to get the moped works well also. The episode also had a terrific climax. The scene at the opening of the nuclear plant in China was a clever way to end this very entertaining episode.moreless
  • Homer acts like a real father

    9.0
    I thought that this was a superb episode of "The Simpsons". It was very cool to see Homer act like a real dad for once and the writers did a very good job writing the plot for it. I was glad that Homer told Bart that he can't get the mini bike unless Bart gets good grades. It was very funny when Homer started to act like a real dad after watching the 80s sitcom "Thicker Than Waters". The only thing I didn't like was when Bart was willing to tell the president of the countries about Homer's nuclear secret just for a mini bike. I mean... come on... Bart did all that just for a stupid mini bike. There were some very scenes in this episode but there are so many funny scenes that made me laugh pretty hard. Even though I didn't like the thing of Bart giving the nuclear plant to all of the countries... I did laugh at the name of the group such as The CIA (Chinese Intelligence in America), FBI (French Bureau of Investigation), and ATF (A-Team of Finland). Those are the countries that want to get the nuclear plant from Bart. Overall, this was a superb episode of "The Simpsons". 9/10



    Note: marebear2009 requested me to review this episode.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

James Lipton

James Lipton

Himself

Guest Star

David Mamet

David Mamet

Himself

Guest Star

Garry Marshall

Garry Marshall

Unknown

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

Chris Edgerly

Chris Edgerly

Unknown

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • After watching the TV show Homer raves about the various producers and especially praises the "Consulting Producer" and during the opening credits (in the hammock scene) it is shown that Dan Castellaneta (who voices Homer) is the Consulting Producer for the show.

  • QUOTES (0)

  • NOTES (1)

    • Show Title: Moe performing a ski jump before getting knocked off by the title when it zooms into view.
      Billboard Gag: Springfield Seafood. 50% More Fish Eyes (with Blinky, the three-eyed fish pictured on a platter).
      Chalkboard Gag: Prince is not the son of Martin Luther King.
      Couch Gag: Just as the family approaches to sit on the couch, it comes to life and runs off, leading to a chase. The scene suddenly switches to the main headline in the Springfield Shopper, first as "Couch Flees Family, Hides in Newspaper". The pages are turned as it stars in other articles, including "Couch Wins Big Game" in the Sports section, "Couch Visits N.Y.S.E. (New York Stock Exchange)" in the Business section, "Sofa Sale" in the Sales section, "Couch Gag" in the Comics, and upon seeing "Yellow Family seeks couch. All is Forgiven" in the Classifieds, it has a change of heart and gets hugged by the family when they finally reach it. Afterward, the next day's Shopper has the headline "Family Reunited with Couch, Sits" with the Simpsons happily sitting on the couch.

  • ALLUSIONS (4)

    • The creater of the show Thicker Than Waters was Sheldon Leavitt. This is a parody of producer Sheldon Leonard who produced several TV sitcoms of the 1960s like Make Room For Daddy, The Andy Griffith Show, and The Dick Van Dyke Show.

    • The A-Team

      Homer watches The A-Team of Finland. This is a parody of the 1980s show The A-Team where four men travel in a van led by John "Hannibal" Smith (played by George Peppard) and three men (played by Mr. T, Dirk Benedict, and Dwight Schultz) that help people while on the run by the military police by a crime they didn't committ. The show aired from 1983-1987.

    • The show Homer watches "Upscalien In Da House" is a parody of "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" and "ALF" that aired in 1990-1996 and 1986-1990 respectively.

    • I Love Lucy:

      The shop on TV was I Lost Lucy and shows her tombstone. This is like the 1950s show I Love Lucy created by Lucille Ball and her husband Desi Arnaz and they have misadventures with The Mertzes (played by Vivian Vance and William Frawley). The show ran from 1951-1957.

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