The Simpsons

Season 16 Episode 13

Mobile Homer

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Mar 20, 2005 on FOX
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Mobile Homer
Marge takes the kids on a Sunday drive while Homer is at home attempting to clean out the garage. After Homer suffers a garage-door-to-the-throat incident, Marge wants them to buy life insurance. Homer however is deemed uninsurable. Fearing that with no insurance for Homer they will go broke, Marge starts cost-cutting measures. Homer is against these new measures and takes the nest egg that Marge has made and spends it on the down payment for a new motor home. Marge tells him to enjoy being the king of his new castle, because she is no longer speaking to him. Homer is now living in the RV in the backyard and he and Marge try to entice Bart and Lisa to come and stay with them. Homer then opens up the backyard as a RV park, until Marge puts an end to it and they get into a big fight, which makes Bart and Lisa take action. Bart decides they need to take the RV back to the dealer. Homer and Marge try to stop the pair who has managed to get the RV onto the freeway. The RV crashes onto a Turkish container ship, which is leaving port. With the right enticement, mushroom soup, Marge gets the ship to turn around, saving the children and what is left of the RV. The RVs fate is determined when Homer try to put it on the dock.moreless

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  • Great

    Homer buys an RV, even though Marge told him not to. So, they have a fight, and Bart and Lisa are sick of it so they steal the RV and plan to return it. Good plan! I mean... I didn't know CHILDREN could drive! Joking aside, it was an OK episode, better than some others from the season, but of course it was also weaker than some others. Overall it was funny, the plot was OK I Guess, but it could have been better, and thus my grade for the episode is a high "B". Good, could've been little bettermoreless
  • Hilarious...... DO I need to say much more?????

    While Marge and the kids are out on a drive, Homer has the garage door close on his neck. Marge wants them to buy life insurance but he is deemed uninsurable due to a poor health record. Marge starts cost-cutting measures, leaving Homer angry because he makes their money. He takes their savings and spends it on the downpayment for a motor home which he chooses to live in. This causes a feud between Homer and Marge. Homer opens up the backyard to an RV convoy until Marge cuts their electricity. Bart and Lisa decide the motor home is the cause of their parents bickering and decide to drive it back to the dealer. Marge and Homer rush after them, but the RV crashes onto a container ship. Marge entices the pilot to turn around with budget tinned soup. They have a feast and the marriage is patched up.moreless
  • This was a very good episode. I laughed at many times.

    I loved this episode as I do many of The Simpsons episodes. Typical Homer getting stuck under the garage door, getting beat up by Mickey and Goofy, getting stuck in a presidents' nostrils at Mt. Rushmore. It was funny when Homer and Marge were going back and forth with offers to get Bart and Lisa to live with them when Homer was living in the RV in the backyard. It was cool when Bart and Lisa were driving the RV down the freeway and it said Runaway Truck Lane, but the Coming Soon was hidden behind a bush and they crashed onto a Turkish ship. I give this episode a 5 out of 5.

  • Hilarious

    This episode is a great example of what different parents do in a divorce to get the kids to see their side (though my parents never did that) and Homer saying that "toorrow can be Christmas" winning the argument was a great scene. Homer blowing all of the money on an RV to spite Marge was definitely a good plot and Bart and Lisa stealing the van in order for Marge and Homer to patch things up could not have been a better ending. This is an episode about another stupid financial decision by Homer...and these plots never get old!moreless
  • Homer and Marge fall out! But of course, get back together again to save their kids.

    Again, a good episode. Homer purchases a cmpervan with a nest egg of money Marge was saving up. That bonfire party was halirious, and I was glad Homer made some friends too. And Marge spoling it made me laugh too. Season 16 is a very funny season and this is one of the whole season. Also, bart and Lisa driving the campervan was so darn cool. To finish my reviews, Mobile Homer was very good and well-written.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

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 (1)

    • Homer's vacation related injuries:
      - Disneyland: Got beaten up by Mickey and Goofy.
      - Mt. Rushmore: Stuck inside the nostrils of one of the presidents.
      - France: Had a big loaf of French bread stuck right through his body.

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Homer: Is spider poison, human poison?

    • Homer: You can't enjoy money when you're dead so why not have fun now!!
      Marge: Don't you think you've had enough fun? Last year you spent $5,000 on donuts, $2,000 on scalp massages, $500 on body glitter.
      Homer: Hey, I earned that money. While you lounge around here doing laundry and putting up drywall, I'm at work busting my hump.
      Marge: Oh, please. From what I hear you waltz in there at 10:30, take a nap on the toilet, then sit around Googling your own name until lunch.
      Homer: (gasping) Who told you that?!
      Marge: You shouted it while we were making love!! Now look here mister, I pay the bills, I do the budget and I'm in charge of the money. Hmmm!

    • Insurance Rep: Mr. Simpson before we can insure you we need to ask you some questions. Have you ever had a heart attack?
      Homer: Haven't we all.
      Insurance Rep: Strokes?
      Homer: None…no wait, three. (chuckles) Since the last one I don't remember so good.
      Insurance Rep: Are you a smoker?
      Homer: Yes I am.
      Marge: You don't smoke!!
      Homer: Shhh!! (whispering) I want her to think I'm cool.

    • Marge: I am so sick of that story about finding an onion ring in your French fries! It was twenty years ago!
      Homer: That was my Woodstock!

    • Marge: Is there anything more fun than a nice Sunday drive?
      Bart: Oh yeah it's great. Why don't we top it off by reading to old people.
      Lisa: Well I think, in these days of petro-terrorists and ozone depletion, a Sunday drive reeks of bio-hubris.

    • Turkish Captain: You are a wise woman. It is a shame you dress like a Lebanese prostitute!

    • Nelson: Ha, ha! People died in those shirts!

  • NOTES (3)

    • Although not voiced by the same person, Cowboy Bob returns to the show, the first time since season one.

    • Two Springfield locations not seen for a long time, Bob's RV Ranch from The Call Of The Simpsons & The Merry Widow Insurance Company from Homer's Triple Bypass reappear in this episode.

    • Blackboard Joke: none
      Couch Gag: The family enters the living room and sits on the couch like normal, only this time Homer pulls at his head, revealing that it is really Sideshow Bob wearing a mask. Then Sideshow Bob, wielding a knife, begins chasing Bart around the living room.


    • Lifetime
      Marge watches the Wifetime channel. This is a spoof of cable network's Lifetime.

    • Homeless to Harvard: The Liz Murray Story
      The Wifetime movie Marge watches, "From Homeowner to Homeless," is a reference to the Lifetime movie Homeless to Harvard: The Liz Murray Story starring Thora Birch.

    • Episode Title: "Mobile Homer"
      The title is a pun on mobile homes.

    • n/a: Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf
      The sniping couple named George and Martha, who mention using "death of their son" to mask their sorrow is a reference to the 1966 classic film Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf. (The "dead son" in that film was a fictional child invented by the couple.)

    • n/a: Garfield Comics
      The opening skit, depicting Homer's battle with spiders, is inspired by a recurring gag in Jim Davis' Garfield comic strip.

    • n/a: Charlotte's Web
      The can of bug poison – Charlotte's Dead Spider Poison – Homer uses to kill the spiders is a play on the popular E.B. White children's tale "Charlotte's Web." The can art (a pig looking up at a dead spider) is styled just like the book.

    • n/a: Various Music
      Music heard in this episode includes "I've Been Everywhere" by Johnny Cash, "Welcome To The Jungle" by Guns N' Roses, and "Istanbul (Not Constantinople)" by They Might Be Giants.

    • Nelson: Ha-ha! People died in those shirts!
      The T-shirts Bart and Lisa wear are:
      • Lisa – Hooters Manhattan Beach
      • Bart – ERA Now (a popular TV shirt from the early 1980s, during the push for the Equal Rights Amendment).

    • n/a: 1980's TV Guide Covers
      TV Guide covers from the 1980s include one with ALF ("Why ALF Hates Victoria Principal") and a Miami Vice-esque cover.