The Simpsons

Season 12 Episode 15

Hungry, Hungry Homer

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Mar 04, 2001 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Hungry, Hungry Homer
The Simpson family goes to "Blockoland". When Lisa gets ripped off, Homer sticks up for her and is successful. He vows to start helping the little guy. He helps Bart get a girlfriend and helps Marge get her hair streaked. He even tries to help Lenny get a refund from the Springfield Isotopes' owner, H.K. Duff VIII. In doing so, he discovers that the owner is moving the baseball team to Albuquerque. He tries to tell the media about it, but they don't believe him. He vows to go on a hunger strike to call attention to the situation. This seems hopeless, because of Homer's voracious appetite. He chains himself to a lawn chair and starts getting a lot of attention. Then management, seizing an opportunity, begins exploiting him until the truth finally comes out about the Albuquerque deal.moreless

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  • Medicore

    One of the weakest Simpsons episodes of the series.
  • Not many episodes of The Simpsons have more than couple of events happening. In this episode The Simpsons travel to Block-o-land, in the way home Homer decides to become a good man and helps people solve their problems.moreless

    Not many episodes of The Simpsons have more than couple of events happening. In this episode The Simpsons travel to Block-o-land, in the way home Homer decides to become a good man and helps people solve their problems. The title of the episodes come to play in the last part of the episodes when Homer tries to convince everybody that their baseball team is moving to Albuquerque, but nobody believes him.

    The episode starts with funny scene when Maggie starts up the car's engine to go to Block-o-land without waiting for the rest of the family. There aren't many funny things, everything is in blocks, even the river where Homer nearly drowns. In the way home, Homer helps the criminal guy and then the good deeds of Homie don't stop. These good things will put Homer on hunger strike and it can't get funnier than that.

  • One of my favourite episodes of the series so far....

    Hungry Hungry Homer originally aired on the Fox network on March 4, 2001. I didn't watch it when it originally aired, I watched it years later as a re - run. The episode quickly became one of my favourites. The plot line of Homer going on a hunger strike was fresh for the show. The episode was hilarious and never at one point during it was I bored or dissatisfied with the episodes. John Swartzwelder was a terrific writer of The Simpsons episodes, (No he isn't dead, he just no longer writes for The Simpsons), and he deserves credit for this wonderfully hilarious and interesting episode. It is in my opinion one of the series finest episodes!moreless
  • Hungry Homer

    When Homer learns that the Springfield Isotopes are planning to move to Albuquerque. But of course nobody believes "Crazy Homer Simpson." So he goes on a hunger strike that lasts a week. Then the truth is revealed and everyone believes Homer. The end.

    This is often rated as one of, if not, the best of season 12. Whilst I don't agree, it is a pretty decent episode nonetheless. It's certainly not the funniest of the season, but it was a nice change for Homer to be nice and actually try to help out people. So, it was a decent offering.moreless
  • Homer goes on a hunger strike.

    Homer becomes a Good Samaritan after seeing the benefit of helping people. When he attempts to get Lenny a refund on his Springfield Isotopes season tickets, Homer discovers that the baseball team's new owner, Duff Beer, plans to move the team to Albuquerque. Homer tries to rally the town in protest, however, no one believes his allegation. To expose Duff's plan, he stages a hunger strike by chaining himself to a light pole near the stadium. Days later, the Duff Corporation deems Homer their ballpark attraction. They unchain him and tempt his cravings with an Isotope Dog Supreme. Before eating it, Homer realizes that the Southwestern ingredients on the hot dog prove that the team is moving to Albuquerque.

    Another wonderful episode from this amazing season. Its good to finally see a Simpsons episode recieve some love. Definately a must see episode!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

Stacy Keach

Stacy Keach

Howard K. Duff VII

Guest Star

Marcia Wallace

Marcia Wallace

Edna Krabappel

Recurring Role

Tress MacNeille

Tress MacNeille

Agnes Skinner, Brandine Del Roy, Dolph and others

Recurring Role

Pamela Hayden

Pamela Hayden

Milhouse Van Houten, Rod Flanders, Jimbo Jones, and others

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

  • QUOTES (16)

    • Bart: Why did I get this Lego shirt?
      Marge: Don't you mean Blocko shirt?

    • Homer: I'm wasting away! Oh…I'm down to a B-cup.

    • Homer: Is this the executive office of the ball club.
      Guy: Nope, this is the equipment shed.
      Homer: Is that it?
      Guy: That's where we keep the water heater.
      Homer: Is…
      Guy: That's a tractor.
      Homer: I see.

    • Lenny: The team's been terrible since they got bought by the cheap heartless Duff corporation. Hey Moe, give us a Duff! Ah yeah, sweet Duff.

    • Homer: Got a problem, Bart?
      Bart: The girl at school won't go to the dance with me.
      Lisa: (childish singing) Bart's got a girlfriend!
      Bart: No I don't, that's the problem.
      Lisa: (childish singing) Bart's got a problem!

    • Homer: Welcome to real life Lisa, you can't fight City Hall… aka, Blocko Land. So don't even try!
      Marge: What kind of a thing is that to tell your children?
      Homer: It's what I always tell them. I told them that twice yesterday and then again as they were going to sleep.

    • Homer: (Looks at distorted mirror) I am a robot. Do what I say! (Chuckles, then moves to the next mirror.) I am a washing machine. Do what I say!

    • Homer: I don't mind being called a liar when I am lying, when I am about to lie, or just finished lying. But not when I am telling the truth!

    • Homer: So I gave the guy directions, even though I didn't know the way. Because that's the kind of guy I am this week.

    • Homer: The satisfaction of helping another human being is all the thanks I et cetera.

    • Ralph: His tummy sounds angry, daddy.
      Chief Wiggum: Yep, that's his stomach eating itself.

    • Moe: Man, Homer's really losing it.
      Carl: Yeah, but his weary shuffling makes my heart smile.

    • Homer (to Lisa): Any friend of Marge is a friend of mine.

    • TV Reporter: How much did you love Block-o-Land?
      Young Child: It was alright, I guess.

    • Homer: Kids, how would you like to go to Blockoland?
      Bart and Lisa: Meh.
      Homer: But the TV gave me the impression that--
      Bart: We said, "Meh."
      Lisa: M-E-H. Meh.

    • Homer (singing and shuffling while chained to the lawn chair): Dancing away my hunger pangs. Moving my feet so my stomach won't hurt. I'm kind of like Jesus, but not in the sacrilegious way ...
      Moe (to Carl): Man, he's really losing it.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Blackboard Joke: "Temptation Island" was not a sleazy piece of crap.
      Couch Gag: The family are karate students.

    • A baseball team called the Albuquerque Isotopes now actually exists. The team, formerly the Calgary Cannons, plays in the Triple-A level Pacific Coast League (PCL).

    • With this episode the series now passes Married... With Children for the most episodes of a comedy on Fox.


    • Ghost: I am the spirit of Cesar Chavez.
      Cesar Chavez helped found the United Farmworkers union and was their first leader. The UFW fights for fair wages and safe working conditions for American farmworkers, many of whom are Hispanic migrant laborers. Cesar Chavez and the UFW staged hunger strikes (as Lisa mentions) and other protests, including boycotts.

    • Bart: Good Grief!
      Homer is lying on top of Santa's Little Helper's dog house, much like Snoopy in Peanuts. Also, Bart walks out saying "Good Grief" a.k.a., Charlie Brown.

    • Homer: (reading from "My Core Beliefs") Wow, he really hates Wayne Rogers!
      Mike Farrell is probably best known his portrayal of Captain B.J. Hunnicut on the popular war dramedy M*A*S*H. However, Farrell wasn't the first to be Alan Alda's sidekick on the show; Farrell only appeared on the show after Wayne Rogers (Captain "Trapper" John McIntyre) left the show at the end of its 1974 season.

      Blocko Land is a reference to LEGOLAND, a LEGO themed park with locations in the US, UK, Germany and Denmark.

    • Referee: You knocked his block off!
      A line from a commercial for "Rock'em Sock'em Robots," which was a toy manufactured and sold in the 1960s (and beyond). The toy featured a pair of robots--one red and one blue--in a boxing ring. By working controls, you could have your robot punch your opponent's head. A win was scored when you 'knocked your opponent's block off' (caused his head to elevate above normal neck alignment).

    • Episode Title:
      The episode's title is a spoof of the children's board game "Hungry Hungry Hippos."