The Simpsons

Season 17 Episode 17

Kiss Kiss, Bang Bangalore

6
Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Apr 09, 2006 on FOX
8.6
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At the power plant a movie is shown where the workers endorse outsourcing and Mr. Burns announces that he is closing the plant and moving the work to India. Homer is the only union employee left on the payroll and he is sent to India to train the replacement workers, when he succeeds beyond expectations, he is given total control of the plant and declares himself a god. Meanwhile, Selma & Patty take Bart and Lisa to their MacGyver convention. When they discover Richard Dean Anderson doesn’t like MacGyver and much as they do, they kidnap him in retaliation. Anderson escapes only to enjoy the thrill and he turns himself back in so that he can escape again. When it happens over and over again, soon Patty and Selma are the ones who need a means of escape.moreless

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  • Homer works at India and becomes a God

    10
    At the power plant a movie is shown where the workers endorse outsourcing and Mr. Burns announces that he is closing the plant and moving the work to India. Homer is the only union employee left on the payroll and he is sent to India to train the replacement workers, when he succeeds beyond expectations, he is given total control of the plant and declares himself a god. Meanwhile, Selma & Patty take Bart and Lisa to their MacGyver convention. When they discover Richard Dean Anderson doesn't like MacGyver and much as they do, they kidnap him in retaliation. Anderson escapes only to enjoy the thrill and he turns himself back in so that he can escape again. When it happens over and over again, soon Patty and Selma are the ones who need a means of escape. I thought that this was an excellent episode of "The Simpsons". I thought that both plots in this episode were perfect and handled very well and lots of clever and brilliant humor throughout. The parts that definitely gave me a good laugh were the cow taking Homer's iPod and then Homer showing the love to the cow (that literally cracked me up), Selma and Patty kidnapping Richard Dean Anderson, Moe shooting himself (by accident), Homer becoming a God in India and everyone worshiping him, Selma and Patty showing Richard Dean Anderson their slideshows, and more. So yeah, both of the storylines were definitely worth watching. Overall, an excellent episode of "The Simpsons". 10/10moreless
  • India

    9.0
    Homer goes to India for his job, and he soon becomes like a God to Indians. Oh no...



    Selma and Patty finally meet Richard Dean Anderson, who starred as Macgyver. But when he admits he did not like working on that show, they are heartbroken, so they kidnap him. At the end, Richard Dean leaves and never comes back, and the family leaves India.



    As usual, had some good laughs scattered around, and it had a nice plot. My overall grade would be a B+ or A-, I can not really decide which is more accurate at the moment. Still goodmoreless
  • Homer works in India, when he becomes a God. Patty and Selma finally meet Richard Dean Anderson.

    8.8
    Season 17 hit a home run with this episode as Homer goes to India with some very funny scenes there. It felt like it had been a while with a storyline with Patty and Selma and this one was very promising. One of the best guest star appearances ever, with Richard Dean Anderson as Macgyver. His escape plans were great, and funny.



    Apu's relative Cody was cool to see in this show, with his many accents and languages. I'm glad the writers/producers brought in Mr.Burns and Smithers into this episode instead of just focusing on Homer. Great episode of season 17!!!



    Hope you enjoy the review!moreless
  • Homer goes to India and they worship him as a GOD!!!! What could be better????

    9.6
    At the power plant a movie is shown where the workers endorse outsourcing and Mr. Burns announces that he is closing the plant and moving the work to India. Homer is the only union employee left on the payroll and he is sent to India to train the replacement workers, when he succeeds beyond expectations, he is given total control of the plant and declares himself a god. Meanwhile, Selma & Patty take Bart and Lisa to their MacGyver convention. When they discover Richard Dean Anderson doesn't like MacGyver and much as they do, they kidnap him in retaliation. Anderson escapes only to enjoy the thrill and he turns himself back in so that he can escape again. When it happens over and over again, soon Patty and Selma are the ones who need a means of escape.moreless
  • Funny as! if you love stargate and/or hate macguyver you'll love this ep they bag out stargate fans alot too but all in good fun.

    9.8
    A good episode where mr burns outsources the neuclear power plant to india and homer goes with it.

    more importantly Richard dean anderson gueststars in this episode and makes reference to "his new show stargate sg-1" and says that he hated macguyver. Much to patty and selma's dislike. there is also a funny part where comic book guy is interviewing RDA and says "ok question SG1" This episode bags stargate fans quite a bit but it's all in good fun also the references made to macguyver's inverting prowess are quite funny, especially comming from Richard Dean Anderson himself.



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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

Richard Dean Anderson

Richard Dean Anderson

Himself

Guest Star

Meher Tatna

Meher Tatna

Unknown

Guest Star

Kishor Kumar

Kishor Kumar

Playback Singer

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

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • In this episode, Richard Dean Anderson was promoting his new show, Stargate SG-1. This episode takes place in 2006, Stargate SG-1 premiered in 1997.

    • Goof: In this episode Marge says her birthday is in May, but in Episode 395 "Marge Gamer" she states that she shares a birthday with Randy Quaid, which would make her birthday October 1st.

    • Dan Castellaneta and Richard Dean Anderson previously worked together on the Stargate SG-1 episode "Citizen Joe," in which through a device they could see each other's lives.

  • QUOTES (12)

    • Homer: This isn't India! Where's the University of Notre Dame? The Indy 500? Wrigley Field? Dodger Dogs?

    • Patty: He's escaped!
      Selma: We'll be busted for kidnapping. I can't face jail.
      Patty: I can.

    • Patty: Richard Dean Anderson!
      Selma: Why did you come back?
      Richard Dean Anderson: To tell you how I escaped.

    • Richard Dean Anderson: My real-life escape from your love dungeon was the most exciting thing I've ever done.
      Patty: It was?
      Richard Dean Anderson: Tie me up so I can do it again. But this time don't make it so easy.
      (The sisters enthusiastically tie RDA to a chair. Selma knocks him on the head with a hammer, leaving him dazed.)
      Selma: Too much?
      Patty: Not for MacGyver.
      (Knocks RDA out cold.)

    • Richard Dean Anderson: Okay, here's the plan. You lock me in the trunk of a car and park it under the pier at low tide. All I need are these everyday objects: a nail file, a Farmers' Almanac, a gun with no bullets, some bullets and three of my MacGyver writers.

    • Homer: Alright book, I didn't read you and you didn't read me. But we're both in this together! So say something smart or get ready to run like hell!

    • Patty: Richard Dean Anderson, you just pissed off the wrong Richard Dean Anderson fans!

    • Comic Book Guy: Richard Dean Anderson, of the four Star franchises: Wars, Trek, Gate and Search; Gate is easily my third favorite.

    • Comic Book Guy: (Noticing Richard Dean Anderson's disappearance) Whoa! He's gone!
      Conventioneer 1: There must be a Stargate in this stadium!
      Conventioneer 2: Everybody look for it!
      Comic Book Guy: Wait! Wait! I have some even more exciting news! There is a girl in the audience!
      Conventioneer 2: Everybody look for her!
      Willie: This is a kilt! And I'm not a girl!
      Conventioneer 3: You're as close as we'll ever get! Get him!

    • Homer: (to the cow) Come on baby, don't play hard to milk.

    • Richard Dean Anderson: (As he's being kidnapped) Watch the face! I need that for acting!

    • Mr. Burns: You know Smithers; "I told you so" has a brother. His name is, "Shut the hell up!"

  • NOTES (2)

    • This episode was nominated for the 2007 WGA Award (TV) for Animation.

    • Blackboard Joke: None.
      Couch Gag: The family enters the living room in the form a playing cards being dealt. Bart is the Jack, Marge the Queen, Homer the King, Lisa an Ace and Maggie is the Joker.

  • ALLUSIONS (11)

    • Guard: Behind one of these doors is Homer Simpson, behind the other a Bengal tiger. Choose wisely.
      This is a reference to the short story The Lady Or The Tiger by Frank Stockton. A man must choose between two doors--behind one is a tiger, behind the other a beautiful woman. It's left to the reader's imagination what the outcome was.

    • Homer: You're giving me absolute power?
      Smithers: Sir, doesn't that corrupt?
      Mr. Burns: Absolutely not!

      This is a play on the famous quote, attributed to nineteenth century historian, Lord Acton: "Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely."

    • Mr. Burns: No office talk; I'm floating down the Ganges with my new chums.
      Smithers: Those are corpses!

      The Ganges River is sacred to Hindus, believed to aid the dead on their path toward the next life, and so it is a traditional funereal practice to deposit partially cremated remains in the river to this end. Those unable to afford cremation are often deposited whole.

    • Johnny Mera Naam
      The song that everyone dances to at the end of the episode is from Johnny Mera Naam (1970) starring Dev Anand, Hema Malini, and Pran. The song is called "Pal Bhar Ke Liye", and is sung by the legendary Kishor Kumar and Usha Khanna.

    • When Richard Dean Anderson stated "It was just a paycheck" It is reminiscent of the Saturday Night Live skit where William Shatner told fans at a Star Trek convention to "get a life" and "it was just a TV show."

    • Miss Cleo: Apu's cousin Kavi using a Jamaican accent to be 'Queen Mama Jambo' is a reference to Miss Cleo, a person who was made semi-famous in the late 90s/early 2000s by being featured in commercials for a Psychic hotline, then quickly discredited by not being a) Jamacian nor b) a psychic.

    • "Outsourcing, take me away!": Reference to a famous 70s/80s commercial for Calgon bath soap in which a woman releases all the worries of her day as she relaxes in a bath while saying "Calgon, take me away!"

    • Apocalypse Now
      The expedition Burns sends out to retrieve Homer is a reference to the 1979 film Apocalypse Now, based on Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness. As the small steamer chugs up river the music playing is "The End" by the Doors, which plays over the final scenes of the film. In the book, a man is sent up the Congo River to retrieve a Mr. Kurtz who has gone insane, and is worshiped as a god by the people who are local to the area.

    • Mac Tonight:

      Mac Tonight was a rather creepy character used in some McDonald's commercials in the 80's. He was a man with a crescent moon head (frighteningly similar to one of the monsters in Clive Barker's "Night Breed") who played the piano and sang a customized version of the song "Mack the Knife." The commercial can be viewed here.

    • The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson:

      Homer tells Mr. Burns he is "playing Karnak" with a plant worker, then puts on a turban and makes a guess about the answer to a supposed question about "Hindu." This is referring to Johnny's sketch, "Karnak the Magnificent," in which he would wear a turban and "guess" answers to questions given to him by Ed McMahon.

    • Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
      The episode title is a take on the title of the 2005 film Kiss Kiss Bang Bang which starred Robert Downey Jr. and Val Kilmer. It is also a reference to James Bond, who was dubbed "Mr. Kiss-Kiss, Bang-Bang" by an Italian journalist in 1962.

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