The Simpsons

Season 21 Episode 1

Homer the Whopper

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Sep 27, 2009 on FOX
7.7
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Homer is cast as the lead in Everyman, a super hero movie written by Comic Book Guy. But the newly christened actor has trouble staying on the exercise and diet regimen that his provided fitness trainer lays out for him.

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  • Great start for the twenty first season

    8.5
    Homer is cast as the lead in Everyman, a super hero movie written by Comic Book Guy. But the newly christened actor has trouble staying on the exercise and diet regimen that his provided fitness trainer lays out for him. I thought this was a great start of season 21. I hasn't seen it two years which was the premiere, but I still remember it. Also, I wanted to review some of the episodes I've seen from this show since there's nothing review on. Anyway, the episode wasn't that perfect, but the plot was handled good. It guest stars Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg who actually wrote the episode. Homer being casted for some super hero movie was great. Some the good/funny parts include the movie posters, Bart and Millhouse were saying stupid things about Spider-Man making Comic Book Guy mad, the editing of Homer's size, Matt Groening's (the creator of the show) appearance, and maybe some parts. My score is lower because this episode could have been better. Overall, a great episode. 8.5/10moreless
  • Solid episode. Slightly above average

    9.0
    The episode starts with Bart and Millhouse entering the android dungeon. They ask Comic Book Guy if Spider Man started as a comic. Comic Book Guy is angered by the question and heads into the back of the store to calm down. Then, Bart finds a comic called Everyman, that Comic book guy created. He tells him to publish it, so he does and soon, the comic is every where and gets to a movie studio. The people at the studio decide to make the comic into their new summer movie. they then start casting for the new character and Homer is chosen by Comic Book Guy. Studio decides to get homer in shapee, so they hire Lyle McCarthy to train homer. Homer soon gets into great shape. However, Homer begins his excessive eating habits and begins as fat as he was before ass he is filming for the movie. When the movie is first shown, there are scenes where Homer is fat and when Homer is thin. The film flops and the film is not shown anymore. A solid episode to say the least. Nothing really horrible about it, and it had some very good scences, but then some failed jokes. Overall, an above average season premier. B+moreless
  • Bland start to a great season

    7.5
    Comic Book guy creates Everyman, a superhero whose powers are the ones he drains temporarily from comic book heroes. Bart and Milhouse check it out, and encourage him to publish it. Such comic becomes a sucess and the Big Hollywood companies want to make an Everyman movie. Comic Book Guy agrees, but has one ocndition: to pick the lead role, and guess who gets it: yeah, Homer! But he needs to get thinner so Hollywood hires celebrity coach - Lyle McCarthy (guest star Seth Rogen) to do it. After a montage



    Lyle McCarthy: We don't have much time, so we'll do it to a montage to the song, "Eye of the Tiger"

    Homer: Aww, that song is a little on the nose. Can we do it to David Bowie's "Heroes?"

    Lyle: Eh, it's your montage



    After that Lyle leaves, so Homer has noone to stop him from eating, and ends up fat again, and Everyman is cancelled. Overall it was a good episode, but didn't offer the comdy other episodes do.moreless
  • A great start to season 21! Keep it up Groening!

    9.0
    I actually somewhat like this one. I'm surprised it was a new episode from these god awful 00's, it was a Simpson improvement. They even got Seth Rogen to both guest star and guest write. I liked the part when they were filming and Homer couldn't control himself eating cheese cubes, lol! I also liked when Homer and marge were about to "do it", but the button on Homer's pants flew off and hit Marge. This episode reminded me of most of the Simpsons episodes from the 90s. It had a lot of the 90s stuff that was once in The Simpsons in the 90s. I hope this season continues to be good and maybe The Simpsons could improve and turn back to normal.



    Grade: A/B



    Best episode since "Four Great Women" episode.moreless
  • Homer becomes a movie star when Comic Book Guy's comic-book hero becomes a hot property in the film business.

    8.0
    The plot: Bart and Milhouse discover CBG's comic-book hero, Everyman, when trying to annoy CBG. When CBG becomes popular with his superhero series, Hollywood producers snap up the movie rights, and star Homer as the lead character. Homer needs to go on a fitness regime and his personal trainer (Seth Rogen; guest star & co-writer of this ep)gets him a six-pack within a month, and Homer's life becomes better. However, Homer's trainer leaves and Homer's food addiction rises again. Can he finish the film without the flab? The review: The good news is that this is the best "new" ep (out of around series 18-21 eps), and that really has got some funny jokes in it. The bad news: some of the jokes aren't funny, and the personal trainer is a love-him-or-hate-him character. But apart from that, Seth Rogen did a great job of writing the ep, and I think after this, more celebs should write eps.moreless
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Dan Castellaneta

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

Seth Rogen

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Lyle McCarthy

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Matt Groening

Matt Groening

Himself

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Kevin Michael Richardson

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Security Guard

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Pamela Hayden

Pamela Hayden

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

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Tress MacNeille

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Agnes Skinner, Brandine Del Roy, Dolph and others

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Karl Wiedergott

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • This is the second episode in which Matt Groening, creator of the show, has guest starred as himself. He is seen loading his truck with Bongo Comics, his own line of comic books.

    • At the gates of Ginormous Pictures, posters advertise the following movies: Episode VII: The Apology, Alvin & The Chipmunks 3: Gettin' Rabies!, Welcome Back Potter and Fat Suit staring Eddie Murphy.

    • This is one of the rare episodes where they censor strong cusses with a bleep sound.

  • QUOTES (0)

  • NOTES (1)

    • Blackboard Joke: The class hamster isn't just sleeping.
      Couch Gag: The family waits for a subway train; when a train stops, the doors open revealing their living room. The family boards the couch, the doors shut and the train takes off.
      Billboard Gag: If I Kill You, You Don't Pay. Dr. Nick Riviera.

  • ALLUSIONS (3)

    • Spider-Man
      The lizard-like being that fights Everyman during the footage of the movie shown at the test screening bears a strong resemblance to the Lizard, a recurring villain in the Spider-Man comics.

    • Picasso
      The mural that Nelson is painting in the school yard resembles Picasso's "Guernica" but with some visual references to the Simpsons.

    • Burger King
      The title of this episode is a play on the Burger King franchise slogan "Home of the Whopper".

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