The Simpsons

Season 4 Episode 11

Homer's Triple Bypass

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Dec 17, 1992 on FOX
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Homer's Triple Bypass
Homer is diagnosed with clogged arteries and needs a triple bypass heart surgery. But the $40,000 price tag on the operation forces Homer to turn to Dr. Nick as a cheap alternative.

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  • perfect

    what i liked- the somewhat serious tone to some of the scenes, barney thinking homer was going to be getting a sex-change operation, the end of the episode where we see homer and his heart, 'bed goes up, bed goes down, bed goes up, bed goes down', ned and homer being in the same room, amongst other things.

    good episode. it's kind of sad in some places and of course it is also very funny. sad, good plot, and very humorous? i have no choice but to bestow upon this episode the perfect grade of an A+moreless
  • this was a good ep

    in this ep of the simpsons homer has another heart attack and he needs a tripple bypass and this is a funny ep i thoguht. and homer is near death if he does not get the sergy that cost 40,000 dollars. and the simpsons must find another way and they go to find a doctor that will do it for less doctor nick except he does not know what he is really doing and lisa has to help him through the posiger . that is very dangrious. this was a great ep that was hilrious even though its not funny for a heartattack and its no jokemoreless
  • Hilarious to see Homer in pain, but a real life heart-attack is nothing to joke about

    In a series of terrifying X-ray shots of Homer's chest, we see that his heart is dangerously clogged with plaque and doughnut residue and that he is in need of a triple bypass operation. The operation costs $40,000, but Homer cannot afford that much, so he goes to Dr. Nick Riviera, who agrees to do the operation for $129.95. During the operation, Dr. Nick loses his nerve and only Lisa, who has been studying the heart, can talk him through the procedure. Homer recovers and is able to live a long, doughnut-filled life. Very funny episode, but a real heart-attack is nothing to joke about...moreless
  • Homer under the knife.

    Homer's heart suffers in this episode. This is one classic on how Homer has his heart condition. This is a fine example on how to keep your heart healthy, Simpsons style. I also liked the Cops parody, and shows how stupid the police of Springfield are. Another great episode from Season 4.
  • Homer needs surgerh, and they go to Dr. Nick.

    While driving his car, Homer hears a thumping noise. When he goes to get it checked, he is told that it is his heart. Mr. Burns catches Homer loafing at work and fires him. When Homer hears the news, his heart stops. After learning he has had a heart attack, he learns he needs a $40,000 coronary bypass operation. Lacking the money for the operation, Homer applies for health insurance. Right before he signs the new policy, he has another heart attack, and his application is rejected. He sees a commerical for Dr. Nick Riviera, who will preform any operation for only $129.95. He checks in for the operation, with nothing to loose. Dr. Nick rents a tape to show him what to do during the surgery, but the most important part has been taped over. Dr. Nick cuts Homer and freezes, but then Lisa, who has studied the operation guides him through the operation. Soon, Homer is back to normal again.

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

Maggie Roswell

Maggie Roswell

Maude Flanders, Helen Lovejoy, Miss Hoover, and others

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • The puppets Homer uses to explain the operation to his kids are Akbar and Jeff (without their fezzes) from Matt Groening's comic strip, "Life in Hell."

    • Snake's license plate reads: "EX CON"

    • At the beginning of the episode, Police Chief Wiggum asks Reverend Lovejoy if "this is 742 Evergreen Terrace." The reverend points next door to Snake's house, but 742 Evergreen Terrace is what we know the Simpsons' address to be.

  • QUOTES (17)

    • Barney: If Homer wants to be a woman, so be it.
      Homer: Barney, I'm not getting a sex change!

    • Dr. Nick: The knee bone's connected to the something. The something's connected to the red thing. The red thing's connected to my wrist watch... Uh oh.

    • Moe: Now let's have a minute of silent prayer for our good friend, Homer Simpson.
      Barney: How long has it been?
      Moe: Six seconds.
      Barney: Do we have to start over?
      Moe: Hell no.

    • Homer: And Lisa...
      Bart: (whispers into Homer's ear)
      Homer: I guess this is the time to tell you...
      Bart: (whispers into Homer's ear)
      Homer:...that you're adopted and I don't like you..... BART!

    • Homer: Bed goes up, bed goes down. Bed goes up, bed goes down. Bed goes up, bed goes down.

    • Homer: Kids, kids. I'm not going to die. That only happens to bad people.
      Bart: What about Abraham Lincoln?
      Homer: He sold poison milk to school children.

    • Dr. Nick: Call 1-600-DOCTORB. The B is for Bargain!

    • Hibbert: I must warn you though, this procedure will cost you upwards of $30,000.
      Homer: Aaarrrggh! (collapses)
      Hibbert: I'm afraid it's now $40,000.

    • Mr. Burns: That's right, keep eating...Little do you know you're drawing ever closer to the poison donut! (cackles evily) There is a poison one, isn't there Smithers?
      Smithers:, sir. I discussed this with our lawyers and they consider it murder.
      Burns: Damn their oily hides!

    • Homer: Ooh, oatmeal, what a delightful treat! Aw, there's a bug in it.
      Marge: No there isn't.
      Homer: Trust me.
      (starts eating bacon)
      Bart: Dad, there's a bug on that.
      Homer: Meh.

    • Chief Wiggum: This is Papa Bear. Put out an APB for a male suspect, driving of some sort, heading in the direction know, that place that sells chili. Suspect is hatless. Repeat, hatless.

    • Cops: In Springfield Lyrics:
      Bad cops, bad cops.
      Bad cops, bad cops.
      Bad cops, bad cops.
      Bad cops, bad cops.
      Springfield cops are on the take,
      But what do you expect for the money we make?
      Whether in a car or on a horse,
      We don't mind using excessive force.
      Bad cops, bad cops.
      Bad cops, bad cops.

    • (While watching a glowing Homer behind an X-ray)
      Dr. Hibbert: Now Mrs. Simpson, what you see here is the radioactive dye we injected into your husband's bloodstream.
      Nurse: But doctor! I haven't injected the dye yet!
      Dr. Hibbert: Dear lord...

    • (Marge, Patty and Selma are clipping discount coupons.)
      Patty: Buy three tubes of Mister Blister, get one free.
      (The phone rings. Marge answers)
      Marge: Hello. Yes? Oh my Lord!" (Hangs up) Homer's in the hospital, they think it's his heart!
      Patty: Oh my God!
      Selma: What?
      Patty: Five cents off wax paper!
      (Selma slaps her cheek in amazement)

    • Dr. Hibbert: Homer, I'm afraid you'll have to undergo a coronary bypass operation.
      Homer: Say it in English, Doc.
      Dr. Hibbert: You're going to need open heart surgery.
      Homer: Spare me your medical mumbo jumbo.
      Dr. Hibbert: We're going to cut you open, and tinker with your ticker.
      Homer: Could you dumb it down a shade?

    • Homer: I keep hearing this irregular thumping noise.
      Gas Station Attendant: It's your heart, and I think it's on its last thump!
      Homer: Whew, I was afraid it was my transmission.
      (Homer drives off.)
      Kid: Where's he going?
      Gas Station Attendant: You remember that old Plymouth we just couldn't fix?
      Kid: We're going to sell him to Mr. Nikopopolous?!
      Gas Station Attendant: You're a dull boy, Billy.

    • Apu: Poor Mister Homer. Could it be that my snack treats are responsible for his wretched health?
      Customer: Give me some jerky.
      Apu: Would you like some vodka with that?
      Customer: Oh, what the hell, sure.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Conan O'Brien later said that this was a real turning point for the show. He and other writers made Homer so stupid that he actually forgot to make his heart beat. He felt the show got a lot better after goof balls like him left to pursue other ventures.

    • Blackboard Joke: Coffee is not for kids. (Written in jittery handwriting)
      Couch Gag: The family is micro-sized.


    • The Restaurant at the End of the Universe
      Homer's fantasy of eating a roast pig, which speaks, recommending the rump, is inspired by a similar moment in Douglas Adams' novel, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe, with a cow that's been raised to want to be eaten.

    • Grampa: Oh, Homer. This world was never meant for one as beautiful as you.
      A direct quote from Don McLean's song "Vincent (Starry Starry Night)".

    • Chief Wiggum: This is Papa Bear. Put out an APB for a male suspect, driving a... car of some sort...
      Wiggum calling himself "Papa Bear" is a quick and funny reference to the show Starsky & Hutch.

    • Show: COPS: In Springfield
      The opening scene is a parody of the television show COPS.

    • Flanders: Dear God, thank you for Ziggy comics, little baby ducks and 'Sweating to the Oldies Vols. 1, 2 and 4.
      A quick and funny reference to the "Sweatin' To The Oldies" workout series, featuring fitness guru Richard Simmons.