The Simpsons

Season 14 Episode 2

How I Spent My Strummer Vacation

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Nov 10, 2002 on FOX
7.9
out of 10
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Episode Summary

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How I Spent My Strummer Vacation
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When Homer can't pay for his beer, he finds alternate means for altering his consciousness. When he finally is given a beer, it puts him over the edge and into a cab home. His cab ride home is videotaped (a la HBO's Taxi Cab Confessions) and his family sees him complaining about them, the family got in the way of his dream to be a rock star. To help him get over these feelings, they send him to The Rolling Stones' Rock N' Roll Fantasy Camp. Homer, Barney, Apu and others learn how to be a rock star from the likes of Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Elvis Costello, Lenny Kravitz, Brian Setzer, and Tom Petty. When his dream week is over, Homer is totally despondent; his rock star dream has been shattered. Mick offers him the opportunity to help them out with their upcoming benefit gig. Everyone (including Homer) thinks he is going to play on stage with the stars; the rock stars of course just want him to be their roadie. When he starts testing the microphones, he starts to steal the show, the rock stars fight back and a riot breaks out.moreless

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • could've been better

    5.5
    what i liked- homer on the taxicab show, homer being so drunk he throws his keys in the sewer, thinks moe, lenny and carl are chasing his car that he pretends to drive, and then him getting in a taxi, and upon being asked where he would like to go he says "Moe's", "We're here for one reason and one reason only!" "To Rock!" "Who said that?" (Homer points to Otto) "That's right Otto, to rock!" This episode was overall OK, but I think it could've been better. A lot of the humor is from the guest stars themselves and there is not a whole lot else besides what I listed that I found particularly funny. 2.5/5 or so.moreless
  • Homer goes to Rock and Roll camp.

    9.0
    FOr this being the first episode of season 14, I thought that the show got off on the right foot for sure. The whole first act was funny with Homer confessing in the cab was funny, and just the whole idea of Homer going to rock and roll camp was just hilarious and a good idea. Especially the end of the episode where Homer drives Bart and Lisa to school in the that huge devil head that breathes fire. I felt that it was a fitting way to end the episode. My favorite part of the episode was when the people at the camp where making out with the cardboard cut outs of fans haha. Anyway it was a great episode. Watch it.moreless
  • Rock and Roll Homer

    9.1
    When Homer is secretly videotaped complaining about his family during an episode of "Taxicab Conversations," they send him off to a rock and roll fantasy camp so that he can regroup and try to live his dream.



    Once there, he lives the life of a rock star, as taught to him by the likes of Mick Jagger, Elvis Costello, Keith Richards, Brian Setzer, Tom Petty and Lenny Kravitz. When the camp ends after a week, Homer doesn't want to leave. He just wants to rock.



    Mick Jagger then invites Homer to come on stage for a benefit concert they're giving. Once on stage, Homer realizes that he's not a star, but just the groups Roadie. Homer decides to then wail on a guitar and introduce the band with a musical number of his own. Mick, Elvis, Keith, Tom, Lenny and Brian try to run Homer off stage and a riot breaks out at the venue. In the end, the rockers apologize to Homer for their behavior and ask him to come on stage for another benefit concert. Homer declines however, saying that he's already the rock star of the Simpson family, so there's no need to go on stage any longer.moreless
  • Rock n Roll Fantasy Camp

    9.4
    the episode was side splitting from the beggining to the end. the start was hlarious with homer trying to get drunk through ways such as inhaling thin air and trying to drive away after he throws his keys in the drain ("oh, running up to the car, eh?) the fantasy camp scenes were hilarious especially homer eating pills he found on the floor and the secret that no matter what town you go to you say it's the best damn town in the world:

    "so when you said it in springfield last year you didn't mean it?"

    "uh, yes, but that's only because sprinfield really is the best damn town in the whole wide world"



    there are no bad scenes in this episode and it is guaranteed to have you in stiyches every time you watch it from the opening credits to homer's "test" songmoreless
  • A music episode-Sweet idea.

    8.8
    The famous Mick Jagger and a bunch of other muscians guest star in an episode starring Homer when he gets sent to a music camp where he learns how to rock. And he becomes a real rock star. It's like taht film, The School of Rock, and it's a really cool episode. Homer is great when he plays that 'Testing' song in the end!
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

Brian Setzer

Brian Setzer

Himself

Special Guest Star

Keith Richards (II)

Keith Richards (II)

Himself

Special Guest Star

Lenny Kravitz

Lenny Kravitz

Himself

Special Guest Star

Marcia Wallace

Marcia Wallace

Edna Krabappel

Recurring Role

Karl Wiedergott

Karl Wiedergott

Various

Recurring Role

Pamela Hayden

Pamela Hayden

Various

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (3)

  • QUOTES (21)

    • Lenny Kravitz: Couldn't you find a more energy-efficient Satan?
      Mick Jagger: Lenny, don't you have a crotch to stuff?

    • Homer: My dream has been shattered into shards of a broken dream!

    • Brian Setzer: We'll start with the fundamentals -- playing a burning guitar with your teeth.

    • Homer: Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp? But I thought you guys were mad at me. For once in my life, I'm confused.

    • Homer: Hey Moe, you got any beer?
      Moe: Check the fridge.
      (Homer takes a beer out of the fridge)
      Moe: Wait a minute, I'm at work. You gotta pay for it!

    • (after Homer's rock star friends give him his "Honorary Roadie" jacket)
      Homer: You misspelled "Guitar Hero"!

    • Mick Jagger: And no matter where you are, you always say 'It's the wildest town in the whole damn world.'
      Wiggum: So when you said it in Springfield last year you didn't mean it?
      Mick Jagger: Yeah sure I did, but only because Springfield really is the wildest town in the whole damn world.
      (everyone cheers

    • Homer: What the, where's my money?
      Marge: Dear Homie, had to buy diapers for Maggie, love Marge.
      Homer: huh?
      Marge: Simpson.
      Homer: Oh.

    • (Homer and the gang are at "Lyrics Workshop With Tom Petty")
      Homer: But rock stars are supposed to be about drinking, and getting drunk and boozing it up.
      Apu: And girls that have legs and know how to use them.
      Otto: And why I can't drive 55.
      Tom Petty: You just want mindless, generic rock?
      Homer: Precisely.

    • (After taking some pills he found on the floor)
      Homer (talking fast): Isn't Mick cool? I thought he'd be all like, "I'm a rock star, aren't I great?", but he's just like you or me or Jesus over there. (points to an empty corner)

    • Mick Jagger: Simpsoooooonnnnnn!!!

    • Homer: I don't remember anybody telling me I was gonna to be on TV. (Drinks from a cup that says "I was on Taxi Cab Conversations")

    • Homer: You see, marriage is like a coffin, and each kid is another nail.

    • Homer: I can't believe they cancelled Monkey Trauma Center for this!

    • Mick Jagger: Rule number one: There are no rules! Rule number two: No outside food.

    • (After Homer escapes Lenny, Carl and Moe)
      Taxi Driver: Where to?
      Homer: Moe's Tavern.

    • Mick Jagger: Welcome to Rock n' Roll Fantasy Camp, where you'll experience the complete rock n' roll lifestyle, without the lawsuits and STDs.
      Homer: Wooo! STDs!

    • Homer: No! Don't go! I wanna keep on rocking! A-one, a-two-
      (Elvis Costello drives by and takes the guitar)
      Elvis Costello: I'll take that.
      Homer: Noooooooooooo!
      (Elvis Costello drives back)
      Elvis Costello: It came with a pick.
      (Homer hands Elvis the pick and he drives off)

    • Marge: I had to tell Mr. Burns that you had violent diarrhea.
      Homer: Oh couldn't you come up with a less embarrassing lie?
      Marge: But you did have violent diarrhea. Nobody open the hallway closet until I say so.
      (Bart and Lisa shudder.)

    • (Homer walks into the girls' bathroom and they scream)
      Homer: All access.
      (They ooh and ahh)

    • Lisa: Dad, you knew this day was coming!
      Homer: I knew nothing!

  • NOTES (4)

    • The Gracie Sound is Mick Jagger shouting "Simpsoooon!"

    • As the end credits roll, behind the scenes of the rock stars recording their voices are shown.

    • Blackboard Joke: None.
      Couch Gag: The family water-skis into the living room and everyone else is perched on Homer's back as he hits a ski jump. When they are airborne, each family member lands on their appropriate place on the couch. Two sharks (each with one of Homer's legs in their mouth) join the family in watching television.

    • It was intially reported that Robbie Williams would be appearing in this episode; when it did air, he was nowhere to be seen.

  • ALLUSIONS (4)

    • Homer (singing): I'm so hot for me, I'm so hot for me, I'm so hot for me and I'm so cold!

      Homer is attempting to sing the Rolling Stones song "She's So Cold" but he has the lyrics wrong. The real line is, "I'm so hot for her and she's so cold."

    • Jimi Hendrix: Homer playing a burning guitar with his teeth is a reference to Hendrix the extremely talented guitarist. Hendrix was known for setting his guitars on fire and then playing them with his hands, feet, and teeth.

    • Mick Jagger: Cheer up Homer; it's only Rock 'n Roll Camp.
      Homer: But I like it.

      "It's only Rock 'n Roll But I Like It" is a classic song by The Rolling Stones.

    • Mick Jagger: SIMPSOOON!!
      Mick Jagger yells at Homer in the same way Mr. Spacely (voice of Mel Blanc) yelled at George on "The Jetsons."

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