The Simpsons

Season 13 Episode 9

Jaws Wired Shut

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Jan 27, 2002 on FOX
out of 10
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Episode Summary

After Homer accidentally breaks his jaw, and has it wired shut, he can't speak and the family realizes silent Homer is much easier to be around. When the wires come off Homer remains the same attentive and silent father he was with an injured jaw and the family actually starts to yearn for their old Homer back.moreless

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  • superb

    what i liked- "maybe a hug will cork her cry hole", lisa complaining about ralph (Gotta love Ralph, eh?), Soccer Mummy, the gay pride parada (We're here. We're queer. Get used to it), homer actually becoming the type to care and listen to the problems of others, the Duffman trivia challenge (probably the funniest scene in the episode), homer becoming like his own self and being able to talk again, Bart asking if he can imitate Jackass (the tv show), etc.

    good episode. the description is more than a little odd (oh, homer breaks his jaws when he runs into a statue, so his jaws are wired shut and he can't talk), but the episode as a whole is pretty funny, so my final grade is an A- or so. it's not perfect but it is really closemoreless
  • Great Episode!!!!

    For being disruptive during a movie, Homer gets chased by teenagers working there all through town. He crashes into a Dredrick Tatum statue, and breaks his jaw. Homer is forced to wear wired headgear to fix his jaw. Since he can't talk, he starts spending time with his family. Marge is even going to dances with him.

    Soon, Homer gets his headgear taken off. Marge fears that he will return to his old, rude self, but he is the same as when he was with the headgear. Marge becomes very bored, so she decideds to enter the demolition derby. When she is about to get run over, Homer drinks beer and becomes stronger, and saves Marge.

    This was a great episode. I loved the whole movie scene, with the giant kit kat. I also loved Lisa imitating Ralph, Moe's phone call, Milhouse on the kids taht still wet the bed segment, and the popeye parody.

    Overall Grade:95%/A+moreless
  • Homer has his jaws wired shut.

    Well I think that this episode was very funny and at the same time very apporpriate and needed. Homer can be sort of a jerk sometimes (its just his character), and it was good to see him develop into a better listener. My favorite part of the whole episode was hands down the pop eye parody that was absolutely priceless! This episode in my opinion really could not have been better as the idea they presented did not give them much room to work with but nonetheless the Simpsons, the masters of comedy, proved that even ideas that seem stupid can be transformed into a good story.moreless
  • This type of humor makes the Simpsons great, and what it is!!!!

    While running rampant through Springfield, Homer accidentally smashes into a new statue of Dredrick Tatum, the heavyweight champion of the world, and breaks his jaw. Dr. Hibbert wires his jaw shut to allow it to heal, and forces Homer to shut his mouth…for once. Because he can't speak, Homer is forced to listen to his family for the first time. To everyone's surprise, Homer is surprisingly good at listening to their problems/concerns and creates harmony in the family. When he finally gets the wires off, he remains the good listener. Marge steadily begins going crazy as Homer is now the voice of reason in the family. She begins coming loose at the seams and needs an outlet. She decides to take matters into her own hands and fulfill one of Homer's dreams for herself: driving in a demolition derby. Except when she's in the ring, she begins getting pummeled by the other cars. Homer is forced to lose his gentile side and revert back to old-Homer to save the day and ultimately the marriage itself.moreless
  • another homer problem

    this is a great episode it has everything a simpsons episode should have a stupid homer a sensible going on non sensible marge. an new kind of homer emerges from this episode but then it goes back to normal.

    the episode starts off at a movie theater and homer starts a uproar when the movie commercials keep on piling up. he attempts to run from the ushers and breaks his jaw runnning into a statue now his jaws are wired shut and to addapet to it he has to be more attentive and when he finaly gets his unwired he has decided not become the embarassing homer he used to be.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

Dana Gould

Dana Gould


Guest Star

John Kassir

John Kassir

Various Animal Sounds

Guest Star

Karl Wiedergott

Karl Wiedergott

Additional Voices

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 (23)

    • (When the donkey gets tired)
      Homer: Ahh, looks like I needs some fuel for me mule, some gas for me ass.

    • (At the demolition derby)
      Marge: Catch ya later, radiator! Oh my God. I hit someone... then I taunted him. I've never felt so alive!

    • (From the set of Afternoon Yak.)
      Barbara Walters-Type: Marge, what was Homer like before he broke his jaw?
      Marge: Well, he would eat all the time. We'd be making love and he'd have a mouthful of Hershey's Miniatures.
      Homer: (Shamefully) Krackle was my favorite.

    • Grampa: Three wars back, we called sauerkraut "Liberty Cabbage." And we called Liberty Cabbage "Super Slaw." And back then a suitcase was known as a "Swedish Lunchbox." 'Course nobody knew that but me... anyway, "long story short" is a phrase whose origins are complicated and rambling.

    • Marge: A formal! The one place you can wear a tiara and not look crazy.

    • Marge: (to Homer) I am not making you another sparerib smoothie! Most people with their jaws wired shut lose weight!

    • (At the Gay Pride Parade Homer notices the men on the "Fab Abs" float.)
      Homer: Oh, look at those abs! Everyone here has a six-pack and I'm the only one with a keg.

    • Bart: Oh, isn't it great to have the old Dad back?
      Lisa: I thought you liked the new Dad.
      Bart: Whatever.

    • (After a bad day at school.)
      Lisa: We were playing Four Square, and I called no double-taps, and Ralph double-taps, and I said, "You're out," and he said, (Imitating Ralph) "I can do a somersault," which has nothing to do with anything!
      Homer's Brain: Aww... maybe a hug will cork her cry-hole.

    • Bart: Hey, Dad, I'm going to make a human yo-yo. If you object, clearly say, "No."
      (Homer mumbles "No.")
      Bart: No objections, eh? That's great.
      (While Homer mumbles angrily, Bart walks over to Milhouse, who is wearing padding and a helmet.)
      Bart: Milhouse, are you ready to imitate that Jackass show?
      Milhouse: All those disclaimers make me want to do it more!

    • Dr. Hibbert: He won't be able to talk for quite some time. I've wired his jaw shut. It's all explained in this pamphlet. (Hands a pamphlet to Marge)
      Marge: (Reading) "So, your life is ruined."

    • Usher #1: They're out of control!
      Usher #2: Well, if we wanted to live forever, we wouldn't have become ushers.

    • (At the movie theater.)
      Homer: (Muttering under his breath) So many previews, so many previews, so many previews--
      Announcer: And now, our feature presentation.
      (Homer gasps)
      Announcer: If that's a phrase you like to hear, then you'll love Movie Call!
      (Homer screams)

    • (More at the movie theater. A word scramble game appears on the movie screen with a silhouette and the words MOT HANKS.)
      Lisa: These are so easy. It's obviously Tom Hanks.
      (The answer appears on the movie screen: OTM SHANK)
      Lisa: Who?
      Apu: Otm Shank. He is India's answer to Brian Dennehy.

    • (At the Gay Pride Parade)
      Male Marchers: We're here, we're queer, get used to it!
      Lisa: You do this every year! We are used to it.
      Male Marcher: Spoilsport!

    • Bart: So the substitute teacher comes in and says her name is Mrs. Doody. And everyone's looking at me like "take it, Bart, run with it!" And it hits me--I've become a clown... a class clown. And it sickens me!
      Homer's Brain: Wow, Bart has feelings. (Laughs) Mrs. Doody!

    • Moe: Ah, you must be here for the, uh, Duff Trivia Challenge.
      Duffman: That's right, local distributor! One of you could win a lifetime's supply of Duff! Okay, chug monkeys! What beverage, brewed since ancient times, is made from hops and grains?
      Lenny: How about "Ancient Hop Grain Juice"?
      (Homer realizes the answer and incoherently tries to say "Beer, beer, beer!")
      Moe: Wait, wait, wait! Homer's trying to make a guess.
      Homer: (Frantically) Brr, brr, brr!
      (Homer turns the beer tap on and points at it.)
      Moe: What are you doing? You're gettin' some kind of booze all over me.
      (Homer cries)
      Duffman: (Blows air horn) Time's up, the answer is... Beer! Ooh, duff luck!
      Carl: I never would have figured that out.
      Lenny: That's the kinda thing you just gotta know.
      (Homer cries some more)

    • (Heard from inside the "Stayin' in the Closet" float at the Gay Pride Parade.)
      Smithers: We're gay, we're glad.
      Patty: But don't tell Mom and Dad!

    • Duffman: Hey, Duff lovers! Does anyone in this bar love Duff?
      Carl: Hey, it's Duffman!
      Lenny: Newsweek said you died of liver failure.
      Duffman: Duffman can never die, only the actors who play him! Oh yeahhh!

    • Marge: This has been one of the most magical evenings of my life.
      Homer: (Mumbling) I'm horny.
      Marge: I don't know what you said, but I'm sure it was beautiful.

    • Homer: (Shouting) Stop the madness! Start the movie!
      Lisa: Maybe we should calm Dad down.
      Bart: I prefer to egg him on. Hey, Dad, has the movie started yet?
      (Homer yells and screams)

    • Homer: Marge I'd stand here and argue with you, but then I'd have to pour myself a new glass of milk.

    • (On the set of Afternoon Yak.)
      Barbara Walters-Type: Our next topic: "My son still wets the bed."
      (Milhouse and Luann Van Houten enter the set.)
      Milhouse: You told me we were going to Red Lobster!

  • NOTES (3)

    • Itchy & Scratchy: "To Kill a Talking Bird" Itchy and Scratchy star in a public service announcement before at the movie theater. They team up together to stop an annoying duck who won't quit talking on his cell phone during a movie. Itchy replaces the duck's phone with a stick of dynamite and blows the duck to smithereens. Itchy then slices open Scratchy, pulls out his intestines and throws them at the screen and they spell, "Please No Talking."

    • This episode was nominated for the 2003 WGA Award (TV) for Animation.

    • Blackboard Joke: None.
      Couch Gag: The family room appears on screen in black and white with an old-timey feel. Homer enters acting like Charlie Chaplin of silent film era fame and the rest of the family enters in period piece clothing and take their places on the couch.


    • Pie Times
      This is a clearly spoof of High Times, a New York based magazine promoting marijuana. The picture shows a hipper eating a pie.

    • Popeye
      The scenes where Homer drinks a beer and becomes powerful while Marge yells for help are allusions to the popular comic and cartoon Popeye.

    • To Kill a Mockingbird
      The title of the Itchy & Scratchy cartoon, "To Kill a Talking Bird," is a play on the title of the 1960 Harper Lee novel To Kill a Mockingbird.

    • Mike Tyson
      Drederick Tatum's line, "Litter is my most treacherous fault. I would like to eat his children," parodies Mike Tyson's infamous pre-fight line about Lennox Lewis, "I want to eat his children!"

    • Eyes Wide Shut
      The title of this episode is a play on the title of the 1999 film Eyes Wide Shut directed by the late Stanley Kubrick and starring Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman.