The Simpsons

Season 21 Episode 11

Million Dollar Maybe

2
Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Jan 31, 2010 on FOX
8.7
out of 10
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167 votes
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Episode Summary

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Homer skips a date with Marge so he can buy a lottery ticket; when he wins a million dollars, he fears Marge's reaction to having blown off the date for a chance at fortune and he keeps his winnings a secret while showering the family with anonymous gifts. Meanwhile, Lisa helps to keep the senior citizens at the Springfield Retirement Castle stimulated with some video games.moreless

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  • Subplot is better

    8.5
    Homer skips a date with Marge so he can buy a lottery ticket; when he wins a million dollars, he fears Marge's reaction to having blown off the date for a chance at fortune and he keeps his winnings a secret while showering the family with anonymous gifts. Meanwhile, Lisa helps to keep the senior citizens at the Springfield Retirement Castle stimulated with some video games. I thought this was a great episode. It is better than the previous episode. I don't really enjoyed Homer's plot very much but I liked the subplot much better. Funny parts were Spider-Pig's appearance, Homer break dancing, Mr. Burns playing the Zii, Ricardo's 15 seconds of fame,Homer tries to calm down and accidentally dies, and a few more. Overall, a great episode. 8.5/10moreless
  • Wait, am I shooting at the Nazis? - Mr. Burns

    8.5
    My new favourite episode of the 21st season, It has what every fun episode needs, a main plot focusing on Bart of Homer (or both), and a less funny, but fun B story focusing on Marge, lisa of Maggie.



    Pros: The appearences of Barney and Bumblebee Man, they have reduced appearences now!!!, funny jokes, nice parodys, and funny camoes from Burns, Moe, Apu, and Milhouse.



    Cons: Where was Maggie???, i know she doesn't change the plot much , but she was there for 2 minutes, when at the park, and when Marge changes her diaper, also no Flanders or Skinner!!



    My favourite jokes, When Homer tries to calm down and accidentally dies, when Homer speaks spanish, when he tosses Bart and Spider-pig!!!!!!!!moreless
  • A funny, heart-warming episode.

    8.5
    Best episode of season 21 so far, the storyline was genuinely heart-warming and got Homer's characterization spot on, something that not all new episodes get right.



    This episode showed that starting with a solid storyline is the best way to result in good humour too. Marge's solo wedding performance was one of the funniest Simpson's moments in some time.



    The downside was the Lisa side story - not a bad idea, but felt more like time-filler with no real resolution or point. If they'd tied this into the main storyline (Homer donates to the home?) then the episode would've been perfect.



    Great effort though and well done to the creators on this one. Hope they keep it up.moreless
  • Good

    9.0
    Homer wins the lottery, but he skips out on a date with Marge. But when he wins, he decides not to tell anyone and to instead spend the money on various gifts for the family. But when Bart finds out, he starts blackmailing Homer to do whatever he wants so he will not tell Marge. But at the end, Homer tells, and Marge and him makeup.



    It was good, some parts I did not like a whole lot, but the overall tone was nice, I thought, Homer doing nice, kind things for the family. Overall grade would be a B-moreless
  • Homer and Marge plan a performance at the wedding of Marge's cousin. Homer misses the wedding when he waits for hours on end at the Kwik-E-Mart for a lottery ticket, which turns out to be a winner. However, Homer has to keep his winnings hidden.moreless

    7.5
    Here's something original. Homer wins the lottery and then squanders every penny of his winnings. That's something we have never seen before on any television show. Like the previous episode this one could not be more predictable if it tried. The same can be said for the episode's second storyline. As soon as Lisa bought the Zii for Abe and his fellow Retirement Castle residents, I knew things would change and then go back to normal by episode's end. What helps this episode is the well written dialouge and clever sight gags. The best being when Homer injures his shoulder.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

Chris Martin

Chris Martin

Himself

Guest Star

Marcia Wallace

Marcia Wallace

Edna Krabappel

Recurring Role

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

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (1)

  • NOTES (1)

    • Show Title: Spider-Pig swinging by via webbing a la Spider-Man.
      Billboard Gag: None.
      Blackboard Joke: None.
      Couch Gag: Homer arrives alone, then takes out an iPhone and activates a "Couch Gag" application, inputting the others to join him, who indeed do so onscreen. He then gets an incoming call from Mr. Burns. After the family is seen sitting with him for real, he screams. And instead of answering the phone, he swallows it.

  • ALLUSIONS (4)

    • Benson & Hedges cigarettes

      Grandpa: I'm callin' you Benson and Hedges because you're getting smoked!

      Benson & Hedges is a brand of cigarettes.

    • Circuit City
      The name of the store where Lisa was buying a converter box was named Circuit Circus. This is parody of the name of the electronics store Circuit City when they filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and went out of business.

    • Nintendo Wii
      Lisa buys a Funtendo Zii for the people at the Retirement Home. Funtendo Zii is a parody of the Nintendo Wii, a video game system by Nintendo that uses a wireless remote to play games.

    • Million Dollar Baby
      The title of this episode is a play on the title of the 2004 Clint Eastwood film Million Dollar Baby.

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