The Simpsons

Season 2 Episode 13

Homer vs. Lisa and the 8th Commandment

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Feb 07, 1991 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Lisa fears that the family might go to Hell, when Homer gets an illegal, free cable TV hookup. Then she makes a stand by refusing to watch it causing problems throughout the family.

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  • Great

    A title card reads Mt. Sinai: 1220 B.C. The camera pans down from a shot of Mt. Sinai and reveals a village of Israelites below. Hezron, Carver of Graven Images, is busy working at his tent, making miniature golden calf statues to sell for profit; when Homer the Thief, who bears a striking resemblance to Homer Simpson, approaches and greets Hezron. While the two make small talk, Homer steals mini statues whenever Hezron isn't looking. Zohar the Adulterer approaches and joins the conversation. The three of them converse together when suddenly; Moses appears on the side of the mountain bearing the Ten Commandments. Hezron, Homer, and Zohar are all disappointed to hear that the traits that they have earned names for are now banned by God and his Commandments.

    8.5 out of 10

    a great episode.moreless
  • Superb

    In this episode, Homer gets illegal cable and has some many channels to watch, and while most of the family doesn't care, Lisa feels like it's stealng breaking the 8th commandment. Lisa continues to protest when Homer invites everyone to his house to watch the live wrestling match on the cable. This episode was great for season 2, as it shows alot about Lisa's character and is very funny. Lisa's version of hell was very realistic for her. This episode was an excellent addition to season 2m, and one of the first classics of the series, so far. 9/10 A-moreless
  • a good avarge ep

    in this simpsons ep homer sees that nedflanders did not want the cable that the guy came too hook up and so homer calles the guy over and he hooks up the free cable and homer goes to work and tells everyone that he has it and bart watches to much and falls asleep in class and homer tells people to come over for the fight and lisa is the only one that thinks its bad and that there going to hell so she is causing problems and homer gets locked out of his house and lisa is talking and after the fight is over he goes and cuts the power to the free cable .moreless
  • religion

    lisa thinks that homer is going to hell because of illegal cable.

    a good episode on the topic of religion and the commandments. a good episode but not one of their bests, I didn't think. It of course has some good moments, but I just didn't get into it as much has I would have liked. I liked the ending and a few other parts, but ultimately I can't give it above a B- or so. Funny in some parts with a good ending, but still not one of my favorites of the series, or season for that matter. Oh well, still watchable of coursemoreless
  • This episode contained my favorite ending of all time. As Homer cuts the power your TV screen goes black

    Homer gets an illegal cable TV hookup for free just in time for the major boxing match. Lisa learns the 8th Commandment "thou shall not steal", and fears the family will be punished for stealling the cable. Marge joins Lisa when she decides not to watch the television, and on the night of the big match, Homer feels sorry for sending his family outside. He joins them outside while his friends watch along in front of the TV. When the match is over he snips the cable, leaving half the neighborhood in blackout mode in the process. A funny episode as Lisa grows mor concered for her family's souls...moreless
Dan Castellaneta

Dan Castellaneta

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

Hank Azaria

Hank Azaria

Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, Moe Szyslak, Chief Wiggum, Comic Book Guy, Lou, and others

Recurring Role

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

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

  • QUOTES (12)

    • Bart: (about Hell) Wouldn't you eventually get used to it, like in a hot tub?

    • (While in Sunday School; Bart raised his hand)
      Mrs. Albright: Yes, Bart?
      Bart: Are there pirates in Hell?
      Mrs. Albright: Yes, thousands of them.
      Bart: (rubs hands) Hoo hoo, baby!

    • (In bed, Homer and Marge argue about the illegal cable.)
      Marge: But Homer, I'm afraid that cable has become an evil presence in our home.
      Homer: (Sternly) Marge, I never put my foot down about anything.
      Marge: No--
      Homer: But I am severely tempted to do it over this. (Raises foot)
      Marge: Oh, Homer.
      Homer: Marge, I'm sorry. I think it's coming down.
      Marge: No, Homer! Not--
      Homer: (Sticks foot over floor) It's coming down. My foot, it's--
      Marge: No!
      Homer: That's it, Marge. The cable stays. The foot has spoken. (Slams foot down)

    • (Bart and the family watch TV.)
      Bart: Oh, cool! This is where "Jaws" eats the boat! … Man, this is where "Die Hard" jumps through the window. … (Laughs) Whoa! This is where "Wall Street" gets arrested! (Chuckles)

    • (Moses appears before the Israelites with the Ten Commandments.)
      Moses: The Lord has handed down to us Ten Commandments by which to live. I will now read them in no particular order. "Thou shalt not make any graven images."
      Hezron, Carver of Graven Images: (Throws down chisel) Oh, my God!
      Moses: "Thou shalt not commit adultery."
      Zohar the Adulterer: Ah, well. Looks like the party's over.
      Homer the Thief: (Chuckles) Hey, Moses, keep 'em comin'.
      Moses: "Thou shalt not steal."
      Homer the Thief: D'oh!

    • (Marge inquires about Sunday school.)
      Marge: So, what did you children learn about today?
      Bart: Hell.
      Homer: Bart!
      Bart: Well, that's what we learned about. I sure as hell can't tell you we learned about hell unless I say "hell," can I?
      Homer: Eh, The lad has a point.
      Bart: Hell, yes!
      Marge: Bart!
      Bart: (Singing) Hell, hell, hell, hell, hell, hell, hell, hell, hell, hell, hell, hell, hell.
      Marge: Bart, you're no longer in Sunday school. Don't swear!

    • (Mr. Burns arrives to watch the big fight.)
      Mr. Burns: Oh, Simpson, good news. I brought some mun-chies. Eh, Smithers, the Cheetos.

    • (Apu arrives for the big fight.)
      Apu: Oh, hello, Mrs. Homer! I've brought an assortment of jerkies.
      (Apu hands Marge the jerkies.)
      Homer: Ooh, did you swipe those from work?
      Apu: Oh, certainly not. What has been implied here?

    • (Mr. Burns and Smithers watch security camera footage of Homer inviting the guys over for the big fight.)
      Smithers: Um, he's Homer Simpson, sir. One of your drones from Sector 7-G.
      Mr. Burns: Excellent. I'm so keen on seeing Watson vs. Tatum II, I'd even go to an employee's house. Oh, I can picture it now. The screen door rusting off it's filthy hinges, mangy dogs staggering about, looking vainly for a place to die.
      Smithers: Permission to speak frankly, sir?
      Mr. Burns: Permission granted.
      Smithers: Well, you are quite wealthy--
      Mr. Burns: Thank you, Smithers. Your candor is most refreshing.
      Smithers: No, no, I mean, why don't you pay for the fight yourself?
      Mr. Burns: Ah, Smithers, the big title fight is one of those rare occasions that I savor the sights, the sounds and (sniffs) ah, yes, the smells of men.
      Smithers: You haven't lost the common touch, sir.

    • (Homer watches a Jerry Seinfeld type comedian on TV.)
      Comedian: Don't you hate it when you go to the bathroom… and there's no toilet paper?
      (Homer and the TV audience laugh.)
      Homer: It's funny 'cause it's true!

    • (Troy McClure hosts an infomercial for a new type of candy that cleans and straightens teeth.)
      Troy McClure: Ladies and gentlemen, I'd like you to meet the inventor, Dr. Nick Riviera.
      (Audience applauds)
      Dr Nick: Thank you, Troy! Hi, everybody!
      Audience: Hi, Dr. Nick!

    • (Marge and the kids come home from shopping.)
      Homer: Oh, hey, hey. Family, family, come here. I have an announcement to make. The Simpsons have cable!
      Bart and Lisa: (In unison) Cable!?
      (The kids excitedly clamour in front of the TV.)
      Homer: That's right, 68 channels. MTV for the kids, (To Marge) VH-1 for us. Sixteen hundred hours of quality programming, every day!
      Marge: Homer, we've talked about cable before. Do you really think we can afford it?
      Homer: (Chuckles) Nothing a month? Yeah, I think we can swing that.
      Marge: Mmm. Are you sure this is legal?
      Homer: Don't worry, Marge. Take a look at this.
      (Homer hands Marge a pamphlet entitled, "So, You've Decided To Steal Cable.")
      Marge: (Reads from pamphlet) "Myth: It's only fair to pay for quality first-run movies. Fact: Most movies shown on cable get two stars or less, and are repeated ad nauseam." Hmm. I don't know.
      Homer: (Enticingly) Marge.
      (Homer turns the channel.)
      Woman Announcer: Hear Me Roar, the network for women.
      Woman TV Host: In the next half-hour, we'll show you how to cut your first-aid bill in half by making your own band-aids.
      Marge: Ooh, that's a good idea.

  • NOTES (4)


    • Stardust Memories
      The Top Hat Entertainment Channel features a movie called Stardust Mammeries, which is a twisted take on the Woody Allen movie Stardust Memories.

    • Broadcast News
      On the Adult Film Channel a promo for the show Broadcast Nudes can be heard. This is a play on the title of the 1987 film Broadcast News, written and directed by Simpsons producer James L. Brooks.

    • North by Northwest
      Homer jumping in front of the illegal cable salesman's truck to flag it down, and getting hit in the process, mirrors a scene in the 1959 film North by Northwest.

    • Professional Boxing
      Heavyweight boxer Drederick Tatum is styled after former world heavyweight champion Mike Tyson. Tatum's manager, Lucious Sweet is a near carbon copy of Don King. Watson, Tatum's opponent, is the Simpsons' version of James "Buster" Douglas.