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The Simpsons

Season 10 Episode 13

Homer to the Max

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Feb 07, 1999 on FOX
out of 10
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Episode Summary

Homer to the Max
A popular TV character named Homer Simpson forces our Homer Simpson to change his name to Max Power. He becomes popular with hip Springfielders, who lead him to run afoul of the law.

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  • Ok episode

    When a TV show called Police Cops airs, everyone falls in love with the suave, ultra cool Homer Simpson character on the TV show. Homer gets a lot of attention, because of his name being the same as the characters. But in the next episode, Homer gets replaced by an oaf sidekick. Homer soon becomes embarrased, even tough his behaviors are similar to the characters. So he changes his name to Max Power. "I got it off a Hair dryer." says Homer. Everything is turning out great for Homer. Mr. Burns is rememebering his name, and he is invited to a fancy party.

    Overall Grade: B-/81%.

    Not the best episode, but not the worstmoreless
  • Homer is not that stupid!

    Homer again! homer is the leading character of this show, again! that still surprises me. Anyways, Homer I think this time is not being so dumb, after all, he manages to see himself portrayed as a very stupid person, In previous episodes we have seen him not being bothered at all when people calls him stupid. But this time, he is different, he can see that his TV version is seen as a clown, an idiot, a moron and tries to do something about it. You can't be that dumb Homer j!

    Once again a watchable episode, not the best or the worst, just enough to keep you glued to the screen.moreless
  • Max Power

    To me this episode is underrated. I mean, yea, i don't find it that good, but i don't think it deserves a D or an F. I think this episode has some funny scenes and a nice plot, the only thing I dislike is the third act, that's why my grade is not higher. The third act is too boring for me, but the rest of the episode is pretty good, I think at least. My overall grade is a C+/B-, it is a pretty good episode, not as bad as others say, but certainly not "A" material, i don't think.moreless
  • Homer messes up things. Same old,same old.

    After a new t.v show has a character called Homer Simpson, Homer's popularity becomes large but when the character becomes a big fat buffoon, Homer goes and changes his name. His new name gives him oppurtunities which Homer takes but he gets disappointed to know that the oppurtunity he picked was only a a tree saving campaign but then Homer ends up cutting down all the trees those " tree huggers " were trying to protect.Unoriginal episode. It was funny at times like the whole Fox and CBS thing at the end with Homer getting shot and Homer wanting to change Marge's name but the whole storyline in total crapped up in this episode. An oponion not many people share with me but opnonions differ. Anyway this is their tenth season and it's okay if they become unoriginal at times. Favorite character from this episode : Homer !!! A.K.A Max Powers. Good stuff !!moreless
  • Many good Homer moments in this episode

    When he finds out that a character on the TV show Police Cops is named Homer Simpson, the real Homer decides to change his name to Max Power. The new name earns him new, high-profile friends like Trent Steel, a young businessman. Steel invites "Max" and his wife Marge to a garden party, where they meet such luminaries as Ed Begley, Jr. and Bill Clinton. While Clinton tries to seduce Marge, Homer learns that the gathering is part of an effort to save the Springfield redwoods, and joins the protest. After chaining themselves to the giant trees, "Max" and his buddies are attacked by police. As he runs from the cops, "Max" accidentally pulls down the tree he's attached to, which in turn knocks down the entire forest. Humiliated, he retreats from his new friends and returns to being Homer Simpson. Guest Star: Ed Begley, Jr. as himselfmoreless
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

Ed Begley Jr.

Ed Begley Jr.


Guest Star

Maggie Roswell

Maggie Roswell

Maude Flanders, Helen Lovejoy, Miss Hoover, and others

Recurring Role

Tress MacNeille

Tress MacNeille

Agnes Skinner, Brandine Del Roy, Dolph and others

Recurring Role

Karl Wiedergott

Karl Wiedergott

Additional Voices

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • When Homer and Marge draw up at the fancy house, the letters on the "twenty two" sign are on two lines, but when they go through the door of the house, the words are on one line

    • When Homer makes his comment about how animated shows don't pay the actors anything, his body shakes like he's laughing long before you can hear him laugh.

    • In the mall you see Ruth Powers (the woman in the red bandana), then she walks in front of herself as the crowd gathers around Homer.

  • QUOTES (25)

    • Homer: (After watching 'Police Cops') Wow, they captured my personality perfectly. Did you see the way Daddy caught that bullet?
      Lisa: That's not really you, Dad. He's just a fictional character who happens to have the same name.
      Homer: (Pause) Don't confuse Daddy, Lisa.

    • (Arriving at a party thrown by Springfield's elite)
      Marge: And look at the house number! It's spelled out in letters!
      Homer: Honey, from now on, everything is gonna be spelled in letters.

    • Begley: Hang in there, Max. Saving the environment is a hard, grueling job.
      Homer: That's what I'm saying! See Marge, this guy gets it.

    • Homer: Oh, this is the worst party ever!
      Marge: I don't know. Remember that New Year's Eve at Lenny's? He didn't even have a clock.

    • Homer: Uh, oh. Here comes Lorne Michaels. Pretend you don't see him.
      Lorne: Ah, Max Power. Trent said I absolutely must meet you. This is fabulous …
      Homer: Anyway, Marge, how do you feel about the economy?
      (Lorne walks away dejected)

    • Burns: Ah! Max Power! How's every little thing?
      Homer: You remembered my name!
      Burns: Well, who could forget the name of a magnetic individual like you? Keep up the good work, Max!
      Homer: Mr. Power.
      Burns: Yes, of course. Mr. Power.

    • Grampa: Oh, wait a minute. The family name is my legacy to you. I got it from my father, and he got it from his father, and he traded a mule for it! And that mule went on to save Spring Break!

    • Lisa: Max Power?
      Homer: Dynamic, isn't it?
      Bart: I love it, Max.
      Marge: You changed your name without consulting me?
      Homer: That's the way Max Power is, Marge. Decisive, Uncompromising! And rude!

    • Homer: The whole town's laughing at me. Even that cat out there! Bart, kill that cat!
      Bart: Okay!
      Homer: And that big yellow flower!
      Marge: Homer, your growing insanity is starting to worry me. Why don't you talk to the producers of the show? Maybe they'll make your character suave again.
      Homer: Hmm … I guess I could. But while I'm gone, keep an eye on that weird-looking kid down there.
      Marge: Bart?
      Homer: Yeah. "Bart."

    • Carl: Hey, Mr. Simpson, sir, can I get your autograph?
      Homer: All right, what's the name?
      Carl: Uh, Homer, we've worked together for ten years. (Homer stares at him blankly) It's Carl. (Homer writes on notepad) You only wrote my name. Um, I wanted yours.
      Homer: Take it or leave it … (reads notepad) Carl.

    • Homer: (on phone) Hello? Yes, this is the original Homer Simpson. Who is this?… The Debbie Pinson, who was the Homecoming Queen at high school?…Yes, I'm still available.
      Marge: (takes phone) No, he's not!
      Homer: Marge that was Debbie Pinson! Deb-bie Pin-son!!
      Marge: No dating!
      Homer: Oohhh!

    • Bart: (watching police cops) This isn't bad.
      Homer: Isn't bad? Tell me one thing mankind has ever done that's any better?
      Lisa: The Renaissance?
      Homer: This is better.

    • Criminal #1: Let's get this bank back to our hideout and we'll break into it later.
      (suddenly, a car pulls up.)
      Criminal #1: It's the cops!
      Criminal #2: Worse. The Police Cops.

    • TV Announcer: The start of television's second most exciting season -- midseason is just two hundred exciting seconds away!
      Homer: Door?
      Marge: Locked!
      Homer: Phone?
      Lisa: Unplugged!
      Homer: Dog? Cat?
      Bart: Taped and corked.
      Homer: Perfect.

    • Max Power: Max Power.
      Trent: Hey, great name!
      Max Power: Thanks. I got it off a hair dryer!

    • Homer: He's named like my name!

    • Chief Wiggum: (to Homer) Well, if it isn't that stupid cop from TV. (Picks his ear with his pistol) Ahh, yeah.

    • Marge: But I married Homer Simpson! I don't want to snuggle with Max Power.
      Homer: You don't snuggle with Max Power, you strap yourself in and feel the G's!

    • Homer: Amimation's better because they don't have to pay the actors squat!
      Ned Flanders: (In a completely different voice): Plus they can replace them and no one can tell the diddlely difference!

    • Man: So, where to eat. You like thai?
      Homer: Tie good, you like shirt?

    • Homer: Kids, there's three ways to do things. The right way, the wrong way, and the Max Power way!
      Bart: Isn't that the wrong way?
      Homer: Yeah, but faster!

    • Homer: (singing) Max Power, he's the man whose name you'd love to touch, but you mustn't touch!
      His name sounds good in your ear, but when you say it, you mustn't fear!
      Cause his name can be said, by anyone!

    • Homer: To Max Power, every letter is as important as the first one! Or is it more important? No, as important.

    • Man: Did you have lunch yet?
      Max Power: Yeah… but I usually have three or four of them.

    • Marge: Are you sure it's a federal law that I have to dance with you?
      Bill Clinton: You know I'd change that law if I could Marge… but, I can't!
      (men blabbing into Clinton's ear)
      Bill Clinton: Oh shoot, Quebec got the bomb! Well I gotta go…

  • NOTES (2)

    • According the season one DVD commentary, there is a Homer Simpson who works in a nuclear plant in Georgia and has had problems with people confusing him with the cartoon character. This episode's storyline is very similar to this.

    • Blackboard Joke: No one cares about my sciatica.
      Couch Gag: Marge takes a laundry basket into the living room and hangs Homer, Bart, Lisa, and Maggie out to dry.


    • The TV show Police Cops is a clearly homage to Miami Vice. Also Homer Simpson and his partner resemble Sonny Crockett and Rico Tubbs.

    • Producer: He's a street smart fish-out-of-water in a world he never made.

      The "A World He Never Made" line possibly refers to Howard the Duck's comic book's banner line "Trapped in A World He Never Made". Howard was a sarcastic duck who was from another planet & was in this world's version of Cleveland.

    • Chief Wiggum: Eddie, swab this joker's eyes with mace.
      Humboldt County sheriff's deputies used this torturous technique of swabbing the eyes with pepper spray on four non-violent protesters at a sit-in in a congressman's office in Eureka, California in 1996. The protesters were there because of an agreement allowing logging of redwood forests in Northern California.