The Simpsons

Season 10 Episode 17

Maximum Homerdrive

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Mar 28, 1999 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Maximum Homerdrive
After entering an eating contest, Homer fills in for his truck driver opponent, who after the contest is no longer able to drive. While on the road Homer and Bart discover the other truckers' shocking secret. Meanwhile, Marge and Lisa's attempts to buy a doorbell introduce them to the heroic Señor Ding-Dong.moreless

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  • Trucker

    Homer gets in a beef eating contest with a trucker by the name of Red Barcley. Homer loses, but Red dies in the end due to too much meat.

    Other truckers are upset by this. Red was supposed to be on a delivery mission. So, Homer goes on this mission and of course he takes Bart.

    Meanwhile Lisa and Marge pass the time at home by installing a new doorbell., which never ends.

    A pretty bad episode. Not my least favorite, but it really is bland. Very low on laughs and a really crummy plot with a crummier sub plot. D+ for suremoreless
  • Homer tries trucking

    This is one of those episodes that we are starting to see quite a lot latly in this very loved tv show of mine. Episodes which are good but lack the punchlines of long ago. In this one Homer and bart decide to go at it once again. For one more time these tow fellas decide to do something really stupid as usual, to finnish a truk driver's delivery route through the United States. This of course is going to end pretty bad but the boys manage to get away with in some unespected manner. An ok episode with ok laughsmoreless
  • One of my favorite episodes from season 10...

    When Homer accidentally causes the death of Red, a famous truck driver, he and Bart take over Red's truck to deliver his last load. While they're away, Marge and Lisa buy a new doorbell. On the road, Homer learns of a long-held trucker secret: All the trucks are controlled by an auto-drive system and the drivers just hang out as the trucks drive themselves. When Homer can't keep the secret, several angry truckers try to run him off the road and kill him for violating the code of silence. Meanwhile, Marge has troubles of her own when the new doorbell malfunctions and plays the Carpenter's "Close to You" over and over again. Homer escapes his attackers and brings Red's delivery to its destination. Returning home, he discovers a mob scene outsidehis house as everyone in town tries to stop the annoying doorbell. Only Senor Ding-Dong, the mysterious and debonair dean of doorbells, can stop it with his magic touch.moreless
  • who would have thought that competing in a meat-eating competition would open the door to a world of truck driving and doorbells?

    this episode is great especially where homer promises to keep the auto driver secret and seconds later in the episode blabbing to a bus of tourists not to worry because they have an auto driver. senor ding dong was a great B story with the annoying doorbell tone that all of springfield was sick of before it is revealed that all you need to stop it is to whip the doorbell with senor ding dong's whip. duh! i found the main story very entertaining and this is one of those memorable episodes with not one unfunny scene throughout the whole half-hour.moreless
  • Truck-driving and doorbell ding-donging disasters!

    I loved this episode. Marge's doorbell was halirious as hwo t annoyed everyone, playing the same tune over and over again. Also, the starting bit is funny when Homer had t eat the giant steak. His whole truck-driving scheme was halirious, and that auto-drive thingy was cool. Homer and Bart on the front was alos very funny, and it looks like something Homer would do. One whole episode of complete craziness! "Maximum Homerdrive" was a very funny episode with a lot of wacky thinsg happening that I loved.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

Karl Wiedergott

Karl Wiedergott

Additional Voices

Recurring Role

Tress MacNeille

Tress MacNeille

Agnes Skinner, Brandine Del Roy, Dolph and others

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • Just before Homer says 'he's not breathing', Red can be seen blinking even though he is supposed to have died!

    • During the past episodes, people have been explaining to Homer what people are saying to him, but now in this episode, it is Bart who Homer is explaining to Bart who Red is.

    • Trucker codes spotted in this episode:

      10-33 Actual bear in air.
      10-34 Can't unchain wallet.
      10-35 Hot enough for ya?
      10-36 Ghost truck on highway.
      10-37 Ask me about my grandchildren.
      10-38 Outsider blabbing about auto-drive system.
      10-39 I love you, gay buddy.
      10-40 Taxes due.

    • The doorbell Marge buys plays "Close To You" by The Carpenters.

    • When Marge and Lisa go to Señor Ding-Dongs Lisa shows Marge a yellow doorbell, but in the next shot it is dark blue.

    • When Homer turns on the truck's radio, we hear "Wannabe" by the Spice Girls. In the closed captioning, it says "Dancing Queen" by ABBA.

  • QUOTES (18)

    • Homer: Well son, I guess it's time to go home.
      Bart: Any thoughts on how we're going to get there?
      Homer: No, but I'm sure the good Lord will provide.
      (nearby an engineer argues with a man in a military uniform)
      Engineer: Are you crazy? I'm not driving a trainload of napalm to Springfield. (throws his cap on the ground and walks off)
      Homer: Thank you.

    • Homer: Look, son. It's one of Nature's most beautiful sights… the convoy.
      (one of the Trucks hits Homer's trailer)
      Bart: He hit us!
      Homer: Oh, I should have known. They're hazing us, to initiate us into the truckers' fraternity. (the truck is hit again) Thank you sir, may I have another?
      Bart: Dad, they're trying to kill us.
      Homer: Oh, why do all my trips end like this?

    • Trucker: All right, pal, here's the deal. You stumbled on a secret that only truck drivers are supposed to know… (Homer giggles) … Hey, pay attention and stop looking at that squirrel.
      Trucker 2: We get forty bucks an hour to drive these rigs. You think anybody'd hire us if they knew we weren't driving the trucks?
      Homer: Wow, you guys are even lazier than me. Well, don't worry, I'll keep your secret.

    • Homer: Uh, yeah. I need something that will keep me awake, alert, and reckless all night long.
      Clerk: Well, Congress is racing back to Washington to outlaw these. (shows him a bottle of pills)
      Homer: Sold!
      (Swallows the pills straight away)
      Clerk: Hey, you can't take that many pep pills at once.
      Homer: No problem, I'll balance it out with a bottle of sleeping pills.

    • Gwen: Little more hi-test, darling?
      Homer: Sure thing … (reads her nametag) Gwen.
      Gwen: I'll be right back with your pie, hon.
      Homer: Ah, there's a nice friendly gal.
      Bart: Yeah.
      Homer: Wouldn't it be great to live right here at the truck stop, watching all the people come and go? You could have a different best friend every day.
      Bart: I suppose.
      Homer: Great! I'll write your mother and tell her the marriage is off. Then, when the paperwork is done, I'll make Gwen my wife.
      Gwen: Will that be all, sweetie?
      Homer: For now.

    • Bart: Oh, let me go with you, Dad.
      Homer: Don't you have school?
      Bart: Don't you have work?
      Homer: Ah, touché!

    • Trucker: Thirty-eight years and never missed a shipment. But I guess this is one delivery old Red won't be making.
      Homer: Oh, yes he will. And on time, too.
      Marge: Oh, no, Homer, no.
      Homer: I've got to, honey. I owe it to old Red as both his friend and his killer.

    • Hibbert: (checks for Red's pulse) This man is dead. Looks to me like beef poisoning. (crowd gasps) Probably from some other restaurant. (crowd is relieved and they continue on eating)

    • Homer: What's happening to me? There's still food, but I don't want to eat it. I've become everything I've ever hated!

    • Marge: Is it safe to eat that much food, Dr. Hibbert?
      Hibbert: You know, I wouldn't have thought so before I bought twelve percent of this restaurant, but now I feel a balanced diet can include the occasional eating contest.

    • Lisa: Lousy meat-eating scum!
      (Marge, Homer and Bart look at her, shocked)
      Lisa: Not you!

    • Homer: (Upon seeing Red) He's not breathing! Don't people usually breathe?!

    • Marge: Someone's coming! I think they're Jehovah's Witnesses.
      Jehovah's Witness #1: You know, maybe we're bothering people.
      Jehovah's Witness #2: Yeah, you're right! Let's get real jobs!

    • Lisa: Oh, look, it's Milhouse selling seeds, and he's coming this way! Oh no, the birds got him!

    • Marge: You didn't need to throw the food on the floor!
      Homer: Didn't I?

    • Marge: Your father traded all our tools for M&M's again.

    • Homer: I thought this was supposed to be a steak house, not a little girly, underpantsy, pink doily, tea party place!
      Waiter: Well, there is one steak that's available only by special request. We call it, uh, Sir Loin-A-Lot. It's, uh, the size of a boogie board.
      Homer: Ooh, I'll have that one. And to drink … meatballs.
      Waiter: Very good, sir.

    • Bart: I think I heard somewhere that cows like being killed.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Matt Groening's new primetime cartoon Futurama premiered immediately after this episode, and became the first show to air at 8:30 after The Simpsons to get more viewers than The Simpsons. This feat was done again the next week, and then Futurama moved to Tuesday, and since then no show airing after The Simpsons at 8:30 has gotten more viewers.

    • Blackboard Joke: It does not suck to be you.
      Couch Gag: The family comes in, but now Homer and Marge are children while Bart and Lisa are adults. Maggie is now a doll that Marge has.


    • For Whom the Bell Tolls
      When Chief Wiggum tries to shoot the doorbell, he says "The bell tolls for thee." This is play on the line, "Therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee" from a 17th century John Donne poem.

    • JFK Assassination
      One of the gas stations that Homer stops at is called "The Gassy Knoll." This is an allusion to the Grassy Knoll, which is one of the supposed locations that JFK's assassin used.

    • Sir Lancelot
      The steak that Homer eats is called "Sir Loin-a-lot." This is an allusion to one of the Knights of the Round Table, Sir Lancelot.

    • Navitron Auto Drive: I'm afraid I can't let you do this, Red.
      The auto-drive's warning is an eerie imitation of HAL, the computer in the 1968 Stanley Kubrick film, 2001: A Space Odyssey.

    • Maximum Overdrive
      The title of this episode is a spoof of the title of the 1986 film Maximum Overdrive.

    • The ending tanker chase is a loose reference to the 1989 James Bond film Licence to Kill, where Bond has to defeat the villain, Sanchez, and his four Kenworth tankers, full of liquidized drugs. The part where Homer flips the truck over the fleet is an outrageous stunt, like Bond doing a wheelie and driving the tanker he stole on two wheels, thanks to a roadside ramp.