The Simpsons

Season 12 Episode 9


Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Jan 07, 2001 on FOX
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Episode Summary

An x-ray reveals that Homer has a crayon lodged in his brain that has been there since childhood. Upon removal of the crayon, Homer's IQ suddenly jumps to a very high level; he and Lisa form a great new bond, but when his way of life changes drastically he wonders if removing the crayon was a good idea.moreless

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  • i did enjoy the episode

    I really enjoyed this episode. It stuck to the storyline and didn't go way off track. I was surprised to find Homer even funnier as a genius. I loved the excessive use of pop cultural references, too, such as Japanimation, smoking, pipe bombs and planned parenthood, ebay, and more that I can't remember. Also, I thought the jokes were clever, just like the old days. The only thing I had trouble swallowing was that Moe is suddenly an unlicensed physician. That was the perfect opportunity for ol' Dr. Nick to pop into the show and they wasted it. Still, I really like this episode.moreless
  • Hilarious, sad, and touching the whole time

    In this episode, when Homer and his family go to an animation festival, Homer ends up loving an Animotion device, which detects the movements of a person, and then animates them. Homer then uses his life savings to buy 500 shares of Animotion, and eventually he loses it all. He then becomes a human test subject, and there it is discovered that there is a crayon lodged up his brain. They remove it and his IQ skyrockets. Then, he and Lisa begin bonding with each other, but while this is happening, everything else is going horrible. The idea that Homer's intellect went down because he stuck a crayon up his nose was and still is extremely convincing because it's something that he totally would do. Overall, one the best in long time, maybe even ever. 10/10 A+moreless
  • Homer is smart

    Homer learns from doctors that the reason he is stupid is because he has had a crayon in his brain from a game he played when he was younger. So it is removed and he becomes smarter. A little too smart perhaps, and people soon start hating Homer... or at least his smart version. He then changes to the "Blissful boob I was."

    A pretty decent episode by season 12 standards, which is arguably Scully's best season. Yes, it is mostly all about Homer, but he isn't as annoying as usual and he doesn't get a stupid job or anything, so I can look past this.moreless
  • Homer becomes smart after a crayon is removed from his brain.

    An x-ray reveals that Homer has a crayon lodged in his brain that has been there since childhood. Upon removal of the crayon, Homer's IQ suddenly jumps to a very high level; he and Lisa form a great new bond, but when his way of life changes drastically he wonders if removing the crayon was a good idea.

    This has to be another one of my favorite episodes of the series. I love the whole plot of this episode, and all the jokes were hilarious and spot on. This is without a doubt a must see episode for any Simpsons fan.moreless
  • Without a doubt one of the most hilarious episodes in the series. Homer suddenly becomes smart because a crayon is removed from his brain.

    After Homer loses all of the family's savings on the stocks, he has doctors begin testing on him to make money. After an x-ray is taken of Homer's brain, it appears that something is stuck in it. They remove and learn that this is the reason for Homer's stupidity because he becomes much smarter without the crayon in his brain. Once everyone in the family learns that Homer has become smart he is able to build a strong relationship with Lisa. However, Homer's new found competence destroys his relationship with others because of closure to the Nuclear Power Plant. Homer must choose does he shove another crayon into his brain or does he keep his strong relationship with Lisa. Check out this episode you will not be disappointed!moreless
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

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

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Booths seen at the animation festival include: "Happy Little Elves", "Radioactive Man", "Veggie Tales", "Trek Tales", "Cel-Out", "History of Animation", "Itchy & Scratchy", "3D Training Videos", "Poochie!", and the "Lance Murdock Cartoon Show".

  • QUOTES (19)

    • (After the crayon re-insertion)
      Lisa: Dad, how could you? We were connecting in such a meaningful way.
      Homer: We were what in a what what?
      (Lisa sighs)
      Homer: Yeah, that reminds me, I need a sandwich.

    • Homer: Now, who's up for a trip to the library tomorrow? Notice I no longer say liberry or tomorrie.

    • Kent Brockman: Animotion is up an eighth... after plunging seventy five points this morning!
      Homer: Oh, I hope plunging means up, and seventy five means two hundred!
      Kent Brockman: The firm declared super-dooper bankruptcy, which is terrible news for the company's one stockholder, Homer Simpson.

    • Homer: Family meeting! Family meeting! (the rest of the family runs into the dining room and quickly takes their seats) Okay, people, let's keep this short. We all want to get home to our families. (all laugh) All right, first item: I lost our life savings in the stock market. Now let's move on to the real issue: Lisa's hogging of the maple syrup.
      Lisa: Well, maybe if Mom didn't make such dry waffles. There, I said it.
      Marge: Well, maybe if you'd eat some meat you'd have a natural lubricant. (gasps, and turns to Homer) You lost all our money?
      Homer: Point of order -- I didn't lose all the money. There was enough left for this cowbell. (rings it softly, and the bell breaks apart in his hands) Damn you, eBay!

    • Carl: I can't feed my family with a cod-piece!

    • Moe: Alright, tell me when I hit the sweet spot.
      Homer: Deeper, you pusillanimous pilsner pusher!
      Moe: Alright, alright.
      (With a small hammer and chisel, he taps the crayon further up Homer's nose.)
      Homer: De-fense! Woof-woof! De-fense! Woof-woof!
      Moe: Eh, that's pretty dumb. But, uh...
      (He taps once more)
      Homer: Extended warranty? How can I lose?
      Moe: Perfect.

    • Homer: Questions?
      Nelson: A moron says what?
      Homer: Not being a moron, I wouldn't know. However ... (mumbles inaudibly)
      Nelson: What?
      Homer: Ladies and gentlemen, I give you your moron.

    • Marge: Lisa, a missing crayon could be anywhere.
      (Homer jumps into the house through a window)
      Homer: Who wants lottery tickets?
      Marge: Okay, it's in his brain.

    • Homer: Please, turn me back into the blissful boob I was.
      Scientist: Sorry, we don't play god here.
      Homer: Huh? You do nothing but play god! And I think your octo-parrot would agree with me.
      Octo-Parrot: Awk! Polly shouldn't be!

    • Operator: For automated stock prices, please state the company name.
      Homer: Animotion.
      Operator: Animotion, up 1 1/2.
      Homer: Yahoo!
      Operator: Yahoo, up 6 1/4.
      Homer: Huh? What is this crap?
      Operator: Fox Broadcasting, down 8.

    • (Homer sitting next to a "Diet Drug Z-3" jar, with food going past him on a conveyor belt, but he only sits there without touching the food.)
      Male Scientist: That appetite-suppressant is amazing.
      Female Scientist: Homer, you really have no desire to eat that food?
      Homer: Food? I'm blind!
      (He starts running in the room while screaming.)
      Male scientist: Who's gonna buy a pill that makes you blind?
      Female scientist: We'll let marketing worry about that.

    • Scientist: We could perform a surgery and remove the crayon from your brain. It could vastly increase your brain power. Or it could possibly kill you.
      Homer: Hmm ... increase my killing power, eh?

    • Moe: That's right, I'm a surgeon.

    • Banker: Uh sir, this is a joint account, you'll need your wife's signature too.
      Homer: Oh! Yes of course, uh, she's, uh, behind that plant.
      (Homer runs to behind the potted plant and begins to mimic speaking to Marge...)
      Homer: Hello, Marge! (speaking in a very fake "Marge" voice) Hi, Homey! (normal voice) Sign this, please. (in "Marge" voice, signs slip while in a "sexy" pose) You're the boss!
      (now Homer kneels down, imitating a child with an almost Lisa-esque voice...)
      (kid voice) Daddy, ask the man for some candy! (stands up, normal voice) No-no, no candy for you. (kneels, kid voice) Well at least get some candy for yourself. (pokes out from plant, chuckles in normal voice) Kids...

    • Homer: I was working on a flat tax proposal and I accidentally proved there's no God.
      Ned Flanders: We'll just see about tha--Oh, maybe he made a mistake? Nope... it's air-tight.

    • Homer: Is there no place for the man with the 105 IQ?

    • Homer: It's so tragic the way they hopped on pop.

    • Homer: It's uter-us, not uter-you.

    • Carl: (After Homer leaves in the middle of the day) So does he still work here or what?

  • NOTES (4)

    • In the 2002 movie Trapped (starring Kevin Bacon, Courtney Love, Charlize Theron and Stuart Townsend), the little girl (Dakota Fanning) is watching this episode on TV right before she is kidnapped.

    • In 2001, this episode won an Emmy for Outstanding Animated Program (For Programming Less Than One hour). This episode was nominated for the Annie Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement for Writing in an Animated Television Production.

    • The R in the title of this episode should be backwards.

    • Blackboard Joke: Network TV is not dead.
      Couch Gag: Five tubes over the couch spit out Homer, Marge, Maggie, Lisa, and Fry from Futurama. Fry is then sucked back up into his tube and replaced by Bart.


    • Runaway Bride
      The movie Homer goes to see is Love is Nice, starring Julia Roberts and Richard Gere. A parody of Runaway Bride, which also starred Julia Roberts and Richard Gere. Also, Julia's character wears a wedding dress in both movies.

    • Homer: I'll make him an offer he can't refuse.
      This is Don Corleone's famous line from the 1972 film The Godfather. Homer imitated Marlon Brando's voice as well.

    • Davey and Goliath
      At the animation festival, the Flanders family sees a sick and twisted version of Davey and Goliath, called Gravey and Jobriath, a very wholesome bible-based claymation show from the 1960's.

    • Spike & Mike's Sick & Twisted Festival of Animation
      "Sick, Twisted, F***ed-Up Animation Festival" is where the Simpsons go for an unusual animation festival. The name of the festival parodies the title of the film, Spike & Mike's Sick & Twisted Festival of Animation, an anthology of animated short subjects.

    • The Jack Benny Program
      The Louie character in the old Itchy and Scratchy cartoon is a nod to Rochester from The Jack Benny Program.

    • Flowers for Algernon
      The plot to this episode is drawn from the book Flowers for Algernon. That book is a first-person narrative (in journal entry form) of a retarded man on whom experimental surgery is performed, tripling his IQ of 70. His social understanding and relationships do a complete 180, as do Homer's.