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The Simpsons

Season 16 Episode 6

Midnight Rx

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Jan 16, 2005 on FOX
8.1
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The power plant's office party is being held at the Springfield Air and Space museum, where amongst other things we learn that Agnes Skinner was a wing-walker back in the 1920s. Mr. Burns is acting unusually nice, and then he makes an announcement that the employee prescription drug program has been canceled. Other companies follow suit, the citizens of Springfield At Springfield Retirement Castle, due to the high cost of medication, they cut their residents off cold turkey. Grandpa goes to his son's home with a plan; he has a friend that will help them out. He and Homer go to Canada where they meet the friend that gives them cards that will let them get all the drugs they can carry. They return home and their drugs are in high demand. Ned and Apu accompany them on their next trip to Canada, but an unfortunate incident with Apu and a hot cup of coffee gets their cover blown as they try to cross the border. They are banished from ever returning to Canada. Because he can no longer afford the medication he requires Smithers' thyroid begins to swell causing a concern for Mr. Burns, he doesn't want to have to train anyone else on his filing system. He provides the means, his old wooden plane The Plywood Pelican, for Homer to invoke his plan to fly into Canada. They load up, but on the return flight the plane encounters trouble. Burns bails out, leaving Homer and Grandpa to crash land the plane in Springfield's town square, where their smuggled drugs are hit. Meanwhile, Mr. Burns has cured Smithers and decides to reinstitute the drug program for all his full time employees. Homer comes home from work to report that he is now a freelance consultant, complete with a lump on his throat.moreless

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Homer bgins to smuggle drugs over the border is there much more to say to make you believe that this is a great episode???

    8.9
    At Homer's office party at the Springfield Air & Space Museum, Mr. Burns drops the news that the employee prescription drug problem is terminated due to rising health costs. Other major companies follow his lead. When the Retirement Castle can't afford their drugs, Abe with Homer's help decides to smuggle drugs from across the border in Winnepeg. Pretty soon everybody comes to Homer for their drugs. Apu, wanting to get away from his family asks to come on Homer's next drug run, and when Ned wants Insulin for Todd, comes along too. Homer is caught at the border and the foursome are jailed. They are asked to leave Canada and never return. Meanwhile Smithers thyroid starts swelling up due to Burns' drug cancellation. Homer, Abe, and Burns fly across the border in Burns' plane to smuggle more drugs. The trio crashland back home but avoid being arrested thanks to everybodys gratification.moreless
  • Now, there are only three parachutes. This one's for me, and these two are for my nephews. Goodbye!

    10
    This is one of my favorite episodes of Season 16 (and that is saying a lot since it is not one of my favorite seasons) but still, I must admit that this episode is w-o-n-d-e-r-f-u-l! I just love this episode, it's storyline might be a little weak, but it is still a really funny episode. Everything begins when drugs are cancelled in Springfield, and Homer and Abe decide to go to Canada to export some illegal drugs to Springfield and to sell them at high prices, eventually Apu and Ned decide to go on with them too. I love the part with Ned and Apu discussing about their gods, and the part where Ned apparently find another person just like him, that apparently is Satan when he offers him a cigarrete. But that is not all, Homer and Grandpa eventually get discover, Smithers gets sick and Mr. Burns uses his plane to take Abe and Homer to Canada and bring down all the drugs they can. When the plane begins getting down, Burns suggests that they lose weigh to which Homer replies that he can get thinner by doing excercise, but eventually gives up and decides to die better (a really hilarious line) and then it gets better when Burns finds three parachutes and says "Now, there are only three parachutes. This one's for me, and these two are for my nephews. Goodbye!" really, really funny line! And the end where Mr. Burns has to kiss Smithers was also great! I love this episode!moreless
  • Homer becomes a drug smuggler. Need I say more?

    10
    After Mr. Burns takes away his and everyone who works at the Nuclear Power Plant health plan, Homer must find a way to to get medical help for his family. His dad then comes up with a way after the retirement come cuts off his prescription medication. The plan is to go to Canada and smuggle prescription drugs to the town of Springfield. Soon, Ned and Apu join in and thing go wrong from there.



    A funny story and a strange ending to boot make this another great episode from Fox and proves to others this is a great episode and show!moreless
  • One of TV's best shows doing what it does best

    9.7
    This was classic Simpsons -- something it\'s been a while since we\'ve seen. Proves that there\'s not only still lots of life left in the show after 16 seasons, but that it hasn\'t lost its sharp satiric bite. Reminds me a bit of the episode in which Homer became a labor negotiator when Burns cut the nuclear plant\'s dental program. Proves that the Simpsons is best when doing social / political satire. Flanders\'s exchange with his Canadian counterpart and his argument with Apu over religion were brilliant. All the while, the show makes fun of arguments for the status quo of America\'s health care system actually bandied about by our ultra - conservative government and populace, holding them up to well - deserved ridicule.moreless
  • Drug program cancelled

    9.2
    This episode is very creative with Mr Burns acting nice - an obvious sign that something bad is going to happen (unless he's in alen mode again). The episode goes from good to hilarious as Homer and Abe go into the drug smuggling business, Homer dressing up as a mexican when crossing the border and it turns out they're going into Canada. The Ned lookalike was hilarious aswell, showing that the only way you can talk like Ned (diddly) is if you're high. Very well written and an original plot, Midnight Rx is a good episode all around, especially Burns' appearances, taking the remaining parachutes.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

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 (5)

    • Warning phrases that are printed on prescription containers (flashed on screen during the drug sequence):
      Two refills remaining.
      Take as directed.
      Blood pressure: Normal.
      Do not operate heavy machinery.
      Cholesterol: High normal.

    • Music from this episode
      "I Want a New Drug" by Huey Lewis and the News.
      "White Rabbit" by Jefferson Airplane (During the drug sequence).
      "Baby Got Back" by Sir Mix-A-Lot.

    • Dr. Hibbert's pharmaceutical babes dance was brought to you by these over-the-counter drugs:
      Allegra - An anti-allergy medicine.
      Celebrex - Anti-arthritis pills.
      Prilosec - Used to treat ulcers.

    • The 'Now Entering Winnipeg' sign reads: "We Were Born Here, What's Your Excuse?"

    • Sign at U.S./Canadian border reads: "Now Celine Dion - Free".

  • QUOTES (9)

  • NOTES (1)

    • Blackboard Joke: None.
      Couch Gag: The family enters the living room and they take their usual places on the couch. Nothing happens, causing Lisa to quip "What can't we sit on the couch without something happening?" Just then Homer gets stabbed by a large spear.

  • ALLUSIONS (13)

    • The Core
      When the wooden plane Homer and Mr Burns is in descends down into the city, and glides and stops just before it crushes Police Chief Wiggum, is a spoof of the scene in The Core (2003), when the space shuttle makes an emergency landing in the Los Angeles river, and stops just before hitting the bridge worker.

    • Computer: You have defeated the Doombot and sealed the portal, Phobos is safe!
      This is a reference to the computer game Doom 3. The player assumes the role of a soldier on Mars where he has to disable the portal that would allow creatures from hell to destroy the colony.

    • E.T.: the Extra-Terrestrial
      Mr. Burns' and Smithers' escape from the mob of angry power plant workers on a pedal-powered aircraft, passing a full moon as they gain altitude, is just like the scene where Elliot and E.T. fly on the bicycle in the 1982 film E.T.: the Extra-Terrestrial.

    • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
      The glass coffin where comatose Smithers lies is similar to the one used for Snow White in the classic 1937 Disney film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

    • Spirit of St. Louis
      The plane featured in the film, depicting a young Agnes Skinner as a wing-walker, is similar to the Spirit of St. Louis historical aircraft.

    • Homer: Do you think those guys on Friends need another friend? I would have been perfect as Rachel's Irish cousin.
      One long-running show pays tribute to another – the recently departed Friends. Homer gives a nod to the long-running sitcom's frequent plot device (well, any sitcom's frequent plot device) of visiting relatives from foreign countries. He also alludes to Friends frequent plot of the men seeming to have each had intimate relations with one of the women at one time or another.

    • King Kong
      The scene where Homer considers having King Kong sneak him and Grampa into Canada much (like the giant ape held Fay Wray in his arms), and 1930s-vintage planes shooting at the simian, pay homage to the 1933 classic film King Kong.

    • VFW
      Canada's "Veterans Of One War" is similar to the United States' "Veterans Of Foreign Wars."

    • Krusty the Clown: Now kids, I want you to go to your parents' medicine cabinet and find all the pills labeled lithium dibromide and send them to me ...Now!
      Krusty's attempt to trick his youthful audience into sending him medicine to treat his bipolar disorder mimics children's TV host Soupy Sales' 1965 joke to have children send him "some of those funny green pieces of paper with all those nice pictures of George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and Alexander Hamilton". Due to the uproar parents made, Sales was suspended from the air for a week.

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      "The Plywood Pelican" is a reference to the gigantic plane nicknamed "The Spruce Goose" that eccentric aviator Howard Hughes built containing an inordinate amount of wood. Burns says he managed to fly it at six feet for four feet; Hughes flew the Spruce Goose at 70 feet for almost a mile, not a great achievement for a normal airplane but a wonder for this monstrosity. This is the second big comparison of Mr. Burns and Howard Hughes, the first being in the season 5 episode "$pringfield (or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Legalized Gambling)."

    • Dudley D0-Right
      In Canada, Homer & Grampa buy drugs at a place called "Dudley Do-Drugs", an obvious parody on the old cartoon show Dudley Do-Right, which featured a Canadian Mountie as the main character. The store also has a mascot that's a caricature of Dudley.

    • Ralph: I'm cuckoo for contraband!
      An obvious parody of the phrase "I'm cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs!", which was the catch phrase for Sonny, Cocoa Puffs' brand cereal mascot.

    • Midnight Express
      The title of this episode, as well as the plot of drug smuggling, are taken from the book and subsequent 1978 film of the same name, Midnight Express.

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