The Simpsons

Season 7 Episode 24


Aired Sunday 8:00 PM May 19, 1996 on FOX
out of 10
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Episode Summary

After Bart and Lisa inform Homer that his taste in music has become old, he decides to get into the current music scene and takes the kids to a music festival, Lalapalooza, where he accidentally discovers he has a talent for taking a canon ball to the gut. Soon Homer finds himself traveling with the festival and putting his health in danger as he continues performing his amazing feat for cheering crowds.moreless

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  • Feeling bad about the fact his kids hate his taste in music, Homer takes the kids to a music festival in hopes of being cool again.

    "Homerpalooza" is one of the highlights of season seven. It starts off on the right foot with a terrific opening sequence. The numerous guest stars do a terrific job in keeping the episode funny and entertaining. Rock legend Peter Frampton is excellent as the older performer who just does not seem to get any respect from anybody! Billy Corgan and his band Smashing Pumpkins have a number of good scenes as well. The only thing I did not care for is the ending. As we have seen many times through out the long run of this series, it could not have been more obvious that Homer would give up all that he gained to be with his family. As soon as the doctor told Homer he would die if he took another cannon blast, we all knew what would happen. Still, "Homerpalooza" is a rockin' episode of "The Simpsons". Check it out.moreless
  • this was a good ep

    in this ep of the simpsons show bart and lisa both tell him his taste in music is old and is not up to date so to feel like he is cool homer decides to take the kids to a rock festival and there having a good time when homer gets up on stage and takes cannon ball to the stomic and so that becomes popular so he travels with the group and becomes a big stage act except homers doctor says one more will kill you he dives out of the way when the thing comes to springfield and he did it for his family this was a good epmoreless
  • Homerpalooza

    Homer takes Bart and Lisa to a music festival. There, he gets treated badly by others, but when a cannon goes out, and a pig hits him- hard- in the stomach, and doesn't feel any pain, he is considered a "Freak" and is put in a freak show, where he is hit by a cannon. But soon this starts to hurt his stomach, and he is told be a doctor if he gets hit again, he will die. Now Homer needs to decide if he wants to be popular or if it is not worth it.

    Good episode, Grade B+/A-moreless
  • What a father does for love

    I remember when I used to believe that I was cool. But now I am starting to see that I am not that cool anymore according to younger people. This probably means that I am getting old just like Homer feels in this episode. The sad part is that Homero starts to do something that goes against his own health and life and all this for love to his children. He wants his kids to look up to him, to see him as their hero and he partly obtains this but at a great cost. A good episode with a good message.moreless
  • Homer is told by Bart and Lisa that he is not cool, to prove to Bart and Lisa he still has it homer takes them to Hullabalooza an alternative rock music festival. Homerplazza is a episode that starts strong but trails off and ends up nowhere.moreless

    Homerplazza is fine episode of the Simpsons with a lot great gags. Homer's mid life crisis it both hilarious and moving at times. With the shot of him looking into the mirror being a particularly nice touch. Gampa's speech is one of my own personal highlights. Homerplazza also smartly parodies Gen X along with including some of the strangest dialog ever given to guest starts. Bart and Lisa's horror at homers actions and music taste is very indefinable and done without seeming bratty. This episode does fall flat half way through with the cannonball plot feeling very forced and not very clever or funny. The very last scene with the family in the car is funny and cute though.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

Cypress Hill

Cypress Hill


Guest Star

Peter Frampton

Peter Frampton


Guest Star

The Smashing Pumpkins

The Smashing Pumpkins


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

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • According to this episode Capital City is 30 miles away from Springfield.

    • In a shot of Homer you see Ska/Rock/Punk band No Doubt directly behind him at the festival. The reason for this is because Eric Stefani, one of the animators for The Simpsons at the time, is Gwen Stefani's brother.

  • QUOTES (26)

    • Freak Show Manager: Homer, I'm sorry. There's nothing worse than a yellow-bellied freak… unless that's his act. I expect your letter of resignation on my desk.
      Homer: You have a desk?
      Freak Show Manager: I mean, the hood of my car.

    • Freakshow Manager: And now, Springfield, this is the moment that you've been waiting for, the man who embodies everything about Rock 'N' Roll, except the music. Homer Simpson!

    • Mr. Burns: (chuckles) And to think, Smithers, you laughed when I bought TicketMaster. "Nobody's going to pay a 100% service charge."
      Smithers: Well, it's a policy that ensures a healthy mix of the rich and the ignorant, sir.

    • Bart: So, what's it like being famous, dad?
      Homer: People know your name, but you don't know theirs. It's great.

    • Teen 1: Oh, here comes that cannonball guy. He's cool.
      Teen 2: Are you being sarcastic, dude?
      Teen 1: I don't even know anymore.

    • Homer: You know, my kids think you're the greatest. And thanks to your gloomy music, they've finally stopped dreaming of a future I can't possibly provide.
      Corgan: Well, we try to make a difference.

    • Marge: So… you want to go on tour with a traveling freak show.
      Homer: I don't think I have a choice, Marge.
      Marge: Of course you have a choice.
      Homer: How do you figure?
      Marge: You don't have to join a freak show just because the opportunity came along.
      Homer: You know, Marge, in some ways, you and I are very different people.

    • Freak Show Manager: (to Homer) Sir, I run Hullabalooza's pageant of the transmundane - the freak show, and I've been looking for a big fatso to shoot with a cannon. I'd like very much for you to be that fatso.

    • Bart: Dad, you cannot wear that! That's a Rastafarian hat.
      Homer: Pft! Hey, I've been safariing since before you were born.
      Lisa: Wearing a Jamaican hat makes a bold statement about your connection to reggae music.
      Homer: Well, excuuuuuse me!
      (sticks a sticker on his hat that says "Too cool for this planet")
      Bart: You know what, dad? Maybe we'll go exploring on our own for a while.
      (the kids run away)

    • (Bart and Lisa in a mosh pit)
      Bart: What is that smell?
      Lisa: It smells like Otto's jacket…

    • Cypress Hill: Before we start, we have a lost child here. If she's not claimed within the next hour, she will become property of Blockbuster Entertainment.

    • Lisa: Generation X may be shallow but at least they have tolerance and respect for all people.
      Homer: Hey a freak show!

    • Bart: Dear Lord, if you keep Homer from embarrassing us today, we promise to build several churches in your honor.

    • Homer: Well, we'll have to organize a car pool. Hey! Every day will be like a road trip… with your dad… to school!

    • Peter Frampton: Do you feel ... like we do.
      Jimbo: Man, that guy's guitar is talking.
      Otto: Hey, my shoes are talking too.
      Otto's Shoes: Don't worry, we won't hurt you, we only want to have some fun.

    • Tech Guy: Who is playing with the London Symphony Orchestra? Come on people, somebody ordered the London Symphony Orchestra. Possibly while high. Cypress Hill, I'm looking in your general direction.
      Cypress Hill Member: Hey man, did we order a--an orchestra?
      (Whispers pass around)
      Cypress Hill member: Uh, oh, yeah, yeah, we think we did. Uh, do you know "Insane in the Brain"?
      Orchestra Guy: Uh...we mostly know classical. But we could give it a shot.
      (The orchestra play over the top of "Insane in the Brain")
      Marge: This, I like.

    • Marge: This is so exciting. Last time I got to go backstage was when Bart ripped his pants at the Christmas play.
      Bart: Mom!
      Cypress Hill Member: Haw Haw!

    • Freak Show Manager: Gee, I don't like the sound of that.
      Homer: No biggy, I'm cool.
      Freak Show Manager: Homer, nothing's more important to me than the health and well-being of my freaks ... I'm sending you to a vet.

    • Guy: Aw man, there goes Peter Frampton's big finale. He's gonna be pissed off.
      Peter: You're damn right I'm gonna be pissed off! I bought that pig at Pink Floyd's yard sale!

    • Lisa: It may be bleak, but this music is really getting to the crowd.
      Bart: Ah, making teenagers depressed is like shooting fish in a barrel.

    • (In a flashback, Grampa Simpson catches Homer and Barney singing and dancing in Homer's room.)
      Grampa: What the hell are you two doing?
      Barney: It's called rockin' out!
      Homer: You wouldn't understand, Dad. You're not "with it."
      Grampa: I used to be "with it." But then they changed what "it" was. Now what I'm "with" isn't "it" and what's "it" seems weird and scary to me. It'll happen to you.
      Homer: No way, man. We're gonna keep on rockin' forever.

    • Bart: Dad, no one cares about any of your stupid dinosaur bands. You have the worst, lamest taste in music ever.
      Homer: I'm just trying to party with you guys!
      Bart: Homer, first of all, it's par-tay, and second, we wouldn't par-tay with you if you were the last dad on earth!

    • Homer: Now when I listen to a really good song, I start nodding my head, like I'm saying 'yeeess' to every beat. Yes, yes, yes, this rocks. And then sometimes I switch it up like, No, no, no! Don't stop a-rockin'!

    • Homer: bout those rainbow suspenders, huh?
      Bart: Dad!
      Homer: Pretty cool way to keep your pants up, eh?

    • Bart: Dad, do you wear boxers or briefs?
      Homer: (looks into his pants) Nope.
      Bart: What religion are you?
      Homer: You know, the one with all the well-meaning rules that don't work out in real life. Uh… Christianity.

    • Corgan: Hey cannonball, I like your statement: when life takes a cheap shot at you, you stand your ground. Billy Corgan, Smashing Pumpkins.
      Homer: Homer Simpson, smiling politely.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Courtney Love was originally scheduled to guest star in this episode, but did not call in on the day of her record. Previously one of the bands used in the episode had remarked that if Courtney Love was in the episode, they would be out.

    • On "50 Greatest Funny Moments in Music", a countdown show on VH-1, this episode was titled the 2nd greatest moment because of its humor and musical guest stars. It beat Weird Al at number three and lost to the movie "Spinal Tap" at number one.

    • Blackboard Joke: None.
      Couch Gag: The living room is in black light and the family are fluorescent-colored. An electric guitar riff plays until Homer turns the light on.


    • Keep On Truckin'
      When Homer is buys a Rastafarian hat and plans to re-connect with the young people, he starts walking in a strange way that is animated with his front leg slightly longer than the back. This is a throwback to the popular 1970's Robert Crumb drawing entitled Keep On Truckin', which just goes to show just how far out of it Homer is.

    • Homer: I used to rock and roll all night and party every day.
      This is a reference to the KISS song "Rock and Roll All Nite," which has the lyrics "I want to rock and roll all night and party every day!"

    • Homer: Don't trust anyone over thirty. And now, Peter Frampton!
      Bob Dylan originally came up with the line about not trusting anyone over thirty. The joke is that Peter Frampton is well over thirty.

    • Peter Frampton: "I bought that pig at Pink Floyd's garage sale!"
      The pig that was accidentally launched was the giant inflatable pig that appeared on the cover of the Pink Floyd album "Animals."