The Simpsons

Season 5 Episode 11

Homer the Vigilante

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Jan 06, 1994 on FOX
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Episode Summary

While a cat burglar prowls Springfield and evades capture, Homer forms a vigilante group to protect the city. But the power quickly goes to his head and an unlikely source figures out the identity of the cat burglar.

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  • perfect

    what i liked- the cat burglar taking bart's stamp collection, "Lisa, never ever stop in the middle of a hoedown", the ending with Malloy escaping jail, and the men who were digging keep digging (No, no, dig UP stupid!), Homer choking the stage manager, "Fell asleep? I was drunk!" "I believe you dad", the ending to act one, etc.

    hilarious episode from my favorite writer, John Swartzwelder. lots of hilarity and a good mystery aspect to it, what more could you want? A+moreless
  • this was a good ep

    in this ep of the simpsons there is a man going around robbing springfild and he robs the simpsons house they wake up and realize they have been robed. and he is the cat burgler. and homer decides enough is enough and he puts togeather a team of vilanties to try to stop the catbugler and then time after time it becomes like no use he is still getting by till they discover from grampa it is a old man who is doing the crimes and they go and find him and arrest him. this was a good ep i thoughtmoreless
  • Damn you Mulloy.

    A cat burglar robs everyone on Evergreen Terrace, including Lisa. Homer gives Lisa a jug to replace her sax. When she is unsatisfied with the jug, he vows to get it back for her. The police are far too incompetent to get anywhere, so Flanders starts a neighborhood watch. Homer becomes the leader and lets the power go to his head. They beat unruly people with sacks of doorknobs and commit other crimes. The burglar steals a jewel from the museum, from under Homer's watch. Abe figures out it was his neighbor, Mulloy. Upon his arrest, Mulloy charms everyone. Homer mocks him in his cell and Mulloy tells everyone that he hid a large sum of money underneath a tree. They all rush to the location and dig for it, finding nothing. Mulloy uses this time to escape from prison.

    Underage teen drinking beer!

    He was walking more vertical then usual... very hilarious episode. The jug thing with homer was very funny

    "You know lisa, music helps daddy think"

    Hilarious and random 9.4moreless
  • Go Simpsons keep it up

    A cunning cat burglar named Molloy is robbing Springfield's citizens of their most prized possessions. Homer forms a citizens' watch group that winds up breaking more laws than they protect. Molloy continues his crime spree uninterrupted, but when he sets his sites on the world's biggest cubic zirconia housed in the Springfield Museum, he winds up getting busted and returns everything he stole. Guest Star: Sam Neill as Molloy. Back to back amazing episode that will go down in Simpsons history as two of the best ever in the history of the whole flippen show... Go Simpsons keep it up..moreless
  • Brilliant episode. Due to a burglar robbing everyone in the neighbourhood, Homer and a few other decide to form a Vigilante group which ends up causing more trouble then the burglar himself. One of the best Simpsons episodes ever.moreless

    Brilliant episode. Due to a burglar robbing everyone in the neighbourhood, including Barts tv and stamp collection, Lisas saxophone, and Marges pearl necklace, which she turns out to have a whole ball full of in a drawer. Homer and a few other decide to form a Vigilante group to find and stop said burglar and other crimes but ends up causing more trouble then the burglar himself. Incuding beatings which are up by 400% procent, fires and destruction of cars and properties. One of the best Simpsons episodes ever, from the best season, season 5. Very highly recommended, see it if you haven't already.moreless
Dan Castellaneta

Dan Castellaneta

Homer Simpson, Grampa Simpson, Barney Gumble, Krusty the Clown, Groundskeeper Willie, and others

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

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

Sam Neill

Sam Neill


Guest Star

Pamela Hayden

Pamela Hayden

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

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

  • QUOTES (32)

    • Grampa: You see? Old people aren't so useless after all. Malloy's old and he outsmarted the lot of you. And I'm even older and I outsmarted him. (Laughs)
      Moe: Shut up.
      Grampa: I've had my moment.

    • Jimbo: Hey, you're that drunken posse. Wow! Can I join ya?
      Homer: I don't know, can you swing a sack of doorknobs?
      Jimbo: Can I!
      Homer: You're in. Here's the sack.
      Moe: But you gotta supply your own doorknobs.

    • (talking about how Molloy stole the diamond)
      Grampa: There was something different about the way he was walking that day. Much more vertical than usual. (Molloy was climbing with rappel.)

    • Kent Brockman: When cat burglaries start, can mass murders be far behind? This reporter isn't saying that the burglar is an inhuman monster like the Wolfman, but he very well could be. So, professor: would you say it's time for everyone to panic?
      Professor: Yes I would, Kent.

    • Homer: Hello, Police? Are you sitting down? Good! I wish to report a robbery.
      Chief Wiggum: (bored) A robbery, right. Thanks for the report. (hangs up) That's another one, Lou… 723 Evergreen Terrace. (Looks at a map with the robbery locations marked on it) Well, there doesn't seem to be any pattern yet, but if I take this one and move it here…and I move these over here… hello! It almost looks like an arrow!
      Lou: Hey, look, Chief: it's pointing right at this police station.
      Chief Wiggum: Let's get out of here!

    • Homer: People can come up with statistics to prove anything Kent. Forty percent of people know that!

    • Homer: (reading the paper) "Asleep at the switch"! I wasn't asleep, I was drunk!
      Bart: I believe you, dad.

    • Homer: Oh my God! Underage kids drinking without a permit!

    • Kent Brockman: Hordes of panicky people seem to be evacuating the town for some unknown reason. Professor, without knowing precisely what the danger is, would you say it's time for our viewers to crack each other's heads open and feast on the goo inside?
      Professor: Yes I would, Kent.

    • Homer: So, Mr. Malloy, it seems that the cat has been caught by the very person who was trying to catch him.
      Principal Skinner: How ironic.

    • Kent Brockman: Well, what do you say to the accusation that your group has been causing more crimes than it's been committing?
      Homer: Oh Kent, I'd be lying if I said my men weren't committing crimes.
      Kent Brockman: (pause) Mmm, touché.

    • Homer: Lisa, the mob is working on getting your saxophone back, but we've also expanded into other important areas. (pulls out a piece of paper) Literacy programs. Preserving our beloved covered bridges. World domination--
      Lisa: World domination?
      Homer: Uh, heh, that might be a typo.
      Homer's Brain: Mental note, the girl knows too much.

    • Homer: Now we need code names. I'll be Cue-Ball, Skinner can be Eight-Ball, Barney will be Twelve-Ball, and Moe, you can be Cue-Ball.
      Moe: You're an idiot.

    • Homer: Aw, Dad, you've done a lot of great things, but you're an old man now, and old people are useless.

    • Ned: Since the police can't seem to get off their duff-a-roonies to do something about this burglar-ino, I propose we start out own neighborhood watch (pause) aroony! (everyone cheers) Now, who should lead the group?
      Man: You!
      Everyone: (cheering again) Flanders! Flanders! Flanders!
      Ned: Well, I don't have much experience, but I'd be--
      Moe: Someone else!
      Ned: (more cheers) Someone else! Someone else! Someone else!
      Homer: I'm someone else!
      Lenny: He's right!
      Homer: We don't need a thinker, we need a doer! Someone who'll act without considering the consequences!

    • Homer: Lisa, never, ever stop in the middle of a hoedown!

    • Homer: Okay, here's our new family security rules. Be home before dark, and make sure you're not followed. Lock all doors and windows.
      Marge: And don't take candy from strangers.
      Homer: Marge, they're only human!

    • Lisa: We are insured, aren't we, Mom?
      Marge: Homer, tell your child what you bought when I sent you to town to get some insurance.
      Homer: Curse you magic beans!
      Marge: Oh, stop blaming the beans.

    • Ned: Hi-dilly-ho, neighborinos!
      Homer: Can't talk, robbed, go Hell.

    • (inside a very large hole)
      Mayor Quimby: Mmm, I guess we're not gonna find anything.
      Otto: Well how we gonna get outta here?
      Homer: We'll dig our way out!
      Chief Wiggum: No, no, dig up, stupid!

    • (discussing the where-abouts of the buried treasure)
      Homer: Nooo kidding?
      Chief Wiggum: Big T, huh?
      Homer: Well... I guess I'll be going to my home now and... sleep.
      Chief Wiggum: Yeah... me too.... I will also go home.... for sleep.

    • Lisa: Dad, maybe this will cheer you up. (plays song by blowing an empty bottle)
      Homer: Oh! It doesn't work anymore.... I didn't say stop!

    • Homer: We'll be right back!
      Kent Brockman: You don't get to say that!

    • Marge: I don't think the guns are a good idea!
      Homer: Marge! We're responsible adults a--
      (Gun shot)
      Moe: Whoops!
      Homer: And if a group of responsible adults can't handle firearms in a responsible way--
      (Gun shot)
      Captain McCallister: Sorry!
      (gun shot)
      Principal Skinner: Uh oh!
      (Gun shot)
      Moe: Me again...
      (Gun shot)
      Bart: Sorry.

    • Bart: The burglar even took my stamp collection!
      Lisa: You! Had a stamp collection!? (everybody laughs *phone rings*)
      Nelson: Stamp collection!? Haha!

    • Jimbo: You let me down, man! Now I don't believe in nothin'! I'm goin' to law school!
      Homer: NOOOOOOOO!!!

    • Principal Skinner: Good Lord! My Stormin' Norman commemorative plates stolen!… Again…

    • Homer: No burning leaves without a permit!
      Man: But I have one!
      Homer: Too late!

    • (Telephone rings)
      Kent Brockman: Well, it looks like we have our first caller. And I mean ever, because this is not a call-in show.

    • Homer: So I said to him, "Look buddy, your car was upside-down when we got here. And as for your grandma, she shouldn't have mouthed off like that."

    • Grampa: I'm filled with piss and vinegar! At first, I was just filled with vinegar.

    • Apu: Thank you for coming. I'll see you in Hell!

  • NOTES (1)


    • The Pink Panther
      During the burglaries, the theme from the 1963 film The Pink Panther plays.

    • Beatnik Poet: Zen New Jersey nowhere.
      This is similar to Allen Ginsberg's poem Howl which contains the line, "Who vanished into nowhere Zen New Jersey."

    • It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World
      The ending where the town runs to find a treasure buried beneath "a big T" is a reference to the 1963 film It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World where everybody runs to find a treasure buried beneath "a big W."

    • Dr. Stranglove or : How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
      When Homer rides the bomb, it is a reference to the 1964 classic film Dr. Stranglove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb.