The Simpsons

Season 19 Episode 3

Midnight Towboy

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Oct 07, 2007 on FOX
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Midnight Towboy
Homer starts working in the towing business, but gets into some trouble when the town sets up Homer to look like he is towing on a rival's turf after he becomes greedy with power. Meanwhile, Marge signs up for a counseling program that teaches parents how to raise young children to become independent, but the program works a little too well on Maggie.moreless

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  • Homer (again) decides to take up a new job, this time as a tow truck driver. Meanwhile Marge has noticed that Maggie has become "too clingy" and seeks advice via the Internet on how to make Maggie become more independent, but later comes to regret it.moreless

    I will admit when I heard what the basic storyline of this episode was going to be, Homer finding a new job, I wasn't at all optimistic (Wasn't that storyline used in the previous episode?). While I wasn't entirely wrong, it follows the same storyline as last week's episode, the episode was better than I expected it to be thanks mainly to some very funny scenes and well written dialogue. I laughed a lot during this episode (especially the scenes of Marge cradling the sack of potatoes). It's feels good to say that again about The Simpsons. Very good episode.moreless
  • Homer becomes a tow truck driver.

    Well we see the first fantastic episode of season 19 kick off in its third attempt, and let me be the first to say it was worth the weight. Even tho over the years Homer has had many jobs, the writers still keep the plots very fresh and orderly. The idea of Homer as a tow truck driver didnt appeal to me at first, until this episode started sending out some great jokes. For example, Homer towing away the Sunday school bus with the kids still in it. I think I speak for all of us when I say that I hope the rest of the season is as good as this episode.moreless
  • fantastic homer episode.

    midnight towboy was one of the best episodes of season nineteen.both stories of this episode are funny, enjoyable, cleverly plotted, and a nice twist when he both stories come to a one major climax. after watching this episode, i really thought the simpsons still has a glimpse of hope. a tiny little bulb that opens once a while to create a fantastic episode. this one was one of the opening of the bulb. i did not find anything wrong with this episode. i did not really laugh at simpsons jokes. because it is getting kinda old.... but this episode is one of the giggle episodes. not too strong, not too light.

    overall, terrific episode. the 21 minutes will stun you all.moreless
  • Another job for Homer. This time it means Springfield gets the tow.

    The third job for Homer this season actually know makes the saying true: third time IS the charm! There was gerat humour in this episode and Matt Dillon actually was funny here. Great moments with Maggie and Marge (C.R.I.E.) And Maggie even saved the day again for Homer. While looking for milk, Homer stumbles upon Guido Town. He meets a tow truck driver named Louie and he soons anooys Springfield with all of his power (Just like God says Homer), so they decide to have Homer be taken hostage by Louie. And Maggie must save her bumbling dad again!

    All in all, fun episode. I liked what happened without Homer, showing the town they needed Homer. The next one was just as good, though, with Marge and a robber.moreless
  • Homer gets a new job: Tow truck driver!

    From Homer crying over spilt milk to Maggie and Santa's Little Helper performing an elaborate rescue, this episode is hilarious and well plotted.

    Homer going mad with power and towing friends' cars, and the town trying to get their revenge, which results in a kidnapping is very funny, and has great lines, and Springfield's roads going haywire without Homer to tow away their problems is terrifically exaggerated.

    As for Maggie becoming independant, this is a very good subplot, and Marge being more alone than Maggie is a great twist on the expected plotline.

    Overall, both stories are very funny, and merge very well at the end.moreless
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

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

Dan Castellaneta

Dan Castellaneta

Homer Simpson, Grampa Simpson, Barney Gumble, Krusty the Clown, Groundskeeper Willie, and others

Matt Dillon

Matt Dillon


Guest Star

Pamela Hayden

Pamela Hayden

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

Recurring Role

Tress MacNeille

Tress MacNeille

Agnes Skinner, Brandine Del Roy, Dolph and others

Recurring Role

Karl Wiedergott

Karl Wiedergott

Additional Voices

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Trivia: The Rich Texan has a phobia of beards and mustaches.

    • Lenny's license plate reads "DUI GUY".

    • Music From This Episode
      "Shout!" by The Isley Brothers (Homer and the kids sing it during the Animal House parody.)
      "On The Dark Side" by John Cafferty & The Beaver Brown Band (Heard as Homer drives into Guidopolis.)
      "Cochise" by Audioslave (Heard while Homer hitches a ride with Louie in his tow truck.)
      "Rock-a-bye Baby" (Heard when Marge cuddles a sack of potatoes in place of Maggie.)
      "Under the Boardwalk" by The Drifters (The imprisoned tow truck drivers sing it to Homer, while trapped in Louie's basement.)

    • During Homer's search for milk, the following sign is spotted:
      "Mr. T
      Is The
      Capital City Playhouse"

    • Louie turns his car radio onto station 87.9 FM. 87.9 is the furthest signal to the left on FM radio and is used primarily for low-wattage, public access stations.

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Homer: When you married a man who would years later, without warning, become a tow-truck driver, you knew what the deal would eventually be.

    • Carl: It sure is nice not having Homer around to tell us where we can and can't park.
      Lenny: Yeah. Without the crushing rule of law, society will do a better job of regulating itself.

    • Bed Time Krusty Doll: Don't let the bed bugs bite! Krusty's anti-bed bug spray sold separately; may contain poison.

    • Lisa: There must be a website that can help you deal with a clingy baby.
      Marge: Oh, I don't want to bother the internet with my problem.
      Bart: Aw, come on, Mom. We'll help you surf.
      (Marge sits down at the computer, grabs the mouse and starts clicking away.)
      Bart: Click that one, Mom.
      Lisa: No, go up.
      Bart Keep going--up, up, up!
      Lisa: The blue ones are ads.
      Bart: That's the toolbar.
      Lisa: No you've opened Word; close it!
      Bart: Close it. Do-don't save it!
      Lisa: Stop clicking.
      Bart: Don't go there!
      Lisa: Why are you buying a freezer?!
      Bart: Don't click the cart or you've bought it!
      Lisa: Aw, you clicked the cart!
      Marge: (Upset) If you're so smart, you do it!
      (Bart pushes one button and finds a baby website; Marge groans.)

    • (Louie explains the perks of being a tow truck driver to Homer.)
      Homer: When you call in sick, who do you call?
      Louie: I don't call in sick, I work when I want to.
      Homer: Sometimes you want to work?
      Louie: Hey, I get to drive around, eat when I want to, eyeball the highway honeys--(Honks his horn at a woman on the street.)
      Woman: I'm your aunt, stupid!
      Louie: … and lasso the street cattle.
      Homer: Street cattle?
      Louie: The cars I tow, I got all kinds of names for them: She-atas, Hebrew canoes, spam cans, Swedish speedballs, and of course, stretch lame-os.
      Homer: Some of those were pretty funny.

    • (Homer decides to become a tow truck driver.)
      Louie: Now just remember two rules. One, stick to Springfield. If I catch you on my turf, I'll rip off your head, vomit down your neck, pull out your heart, show it to your head, then shove 'em both down your neck hole, to which I previously alluded.
      (Homer tries to jot everything down.)
      Homer: (Mumbling) "… which I previously alluded…" Are there two "L's" in "alluded"?

    • (Homer celebrates his new job, while at Moe's.)
      Homer: I've got tow dough I'm lookin' to blow, Moe.
      (Homer spreads some money on the bar.)
      Moe: Huh?
      Homer: I'm buying a round of the fanciest drink you got.
      Moe: Four "Lobster-politans" comin' up.

    • Ned Flanders: Top of the mornin', Tow-mer.
      Homer: It's Homer, idiot.
      Ned Flanders: (Chuckles) So it is. I'm just here to pay the fine for the Sunday School bus. You towed it with the kids still in it.
      Homer: (Chuckles) I guess I'm more powerful than God now.
      Ned Flanders: You know what they say: "With great power comes great responsibility."
      Homer: Who said that?! I'll kill them with my power!

    • (Bart uses an exact-o knife to extract the word "whore" from the Bible and he pins it up on his bulletin board along with a few others.)
      Bart: We can say these swears anytime we want because they're in the Bible!
      Milhouse: I don't think "Leviticus" is a swear.
      Bart: Shut the hell up, you damn ass whore!

    • Marge: Bart, I'm starting to worry about your father.
      Bart: Well, I know he seems to get dumber every year, but lately he's plateaued.

  • NOTES (1)

    • Blackboard Joke: None.
      Couch Gag: The family room is built out of Legos. Using stop motion filming, the family is then assembled out of Legos, one by one. Homer's full head of hair is replaced by a Lego block which more justifies his baldness. Homer responds with, "D'oh!"


    • Transformers/Shrek the Third
      Homer, imprisoned in Louie's basement, tells the tow truck drivers the plot of two 2007 summer movies: First Transformers, and then Shrek The Third.

    • Discount Auto Parts
      The car shop "Stolen Auto Parts" is an allusion to the chain of car shops in the southeastern part of the US called "Discount Auto Parts."

    • Pep Boys
      The shop seen in Guidopolis called Stolen Auto Parts has a picture of the 3 guys who bare a striking resemblance to the three guys featured on the logo for Pepboys.

    • Justin Timberlake
      One of Maggie's dolls is named "Justin Timberwolf". This is a play on pop singer Justin Timberlake's name.

    • Coke/Mentos Viral Video
      When Homer asks Apu what happened to all the milk, Apu responds that he sold it all to teen-agers, because there is a rumor that milk, Mentos and lotto scrapings will make jet-pack fuel. This is an reference to the viral video of two lab-students dropping Mentos into Coke which causes an "explosive" reaction.

    • Spider-Man
      While conversing with Homer, Ned Flanders says: "You know what they say: 'With great power comes great responsibility.'" Flanders' quote is straight from the comic book series and 2002 film, Spider-Man.

    • National Lampoon's Animal House
      At the begining of this episode, Homer, Bart, Lisa, Ralph, and Milhouse are partying in togas singing "Shout." This is a reference to the 1978 comedy National Lampoon's Animal House.

    • Midnight Cowboy
      The title of this episode is a parody of the title of the 1969 film, Midnight Cowboy.