The Simpsons

Season 7 Episode 8

Mother Simpson

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Nov 19, 1995 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Homer buys a dummy and fakes his death to get out of work. Since he has died, the power company turns off the power to his home. When Homer goes to get it turned on again he discovers that his mother is still alive. He brings her home to meet his family and he discovers why he has not seen her for 27 years. She is a former hippie on the run from the law. Her old nemesis, Mr. Burns, spots her at the post office and tells the cops from Dragnet. They look for her, but she escapes again and has a tear-filled goodbye with Homer before she leaves for good.moreless

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  • The episode that proves the simpsons are the best of the best

    The reason that I said that this was one of the ground-breaking episodes is because hwo they inserted, and (flawlessly) pulled off an emotionally touching story without losing laughs along the way. In this episode, Homer fakes his own death to get out of work. He eventually goes to fix his error when he finds his mother, whom he thought to be deceased. The story here for the most part was very emotional, and with a hint of depression. You have to be heartless to not feel bad for Homer when you see the bond he and his mother. Overall, a pivoital episode for the show, and well worth watching. 10/10 A+moreless
  • The Last Scene is one of the Saddest, Best Moments in the Show's History

    Homer fakes his own death, and in the process, meets his mother, whom he thought was dead all this time. It turns out she was a 60's radical, who had to go on the lam to avoid being arrested. In the end, she again needs to leave Homer because otherwise she will go to jail.

    A good episode, has a good story, laughs, and the end is easily one of the best moments in all of Simpson's history. Definitely one of season 7's bests, if not the best from the season, this episode gets an A+ from me. Perfect episodemoreless
  • this was a good ep

    in this ep of the simpsons homer comes in contact with his mother for the first time since she left years ago. and he learns that she is on the run from the law when she was younger she destroyed a germ lab. that was owend by mr burns. and homer wants to spend more time with her she washes him in a tub and its great to they see that she is hiding when she sees police and all fake names in her perse. and homer drives her to the station to get on the bus as mr burns looks for her. this was a good epmoreless
  • Homer discovers his mother is alive and the Simpson family help protect her against Mr.Burns and the cops.

    This is a great episode that we will all remember as Homers mother, Mona, makes her first appearance. There were some really great parts to this episode, Homer faking his death was brilliant and I liked Lenny and Carl commentating the dummys fall down the waterfall. I liked how the writers/producers brought Mona Simpson into the episode. How about Maggie dancing and doing the monkey, that was unexpected and a quick laugh for me!

    Well, I think the writers/producers did a great job not focusing just on humor, but making this a very emotional episode!

    Excellent episode! That I will always enjoy watching!

    Hope you enjoy the review!moreless
  • Homer fakes his death just like his mother did once.

    When you look at this episode from afar, you start to see little patterns that make a whole lot of sense and were invisible to you when you just watched. For example, it never ocurred to me that Homer fakes his death in this episode because his mother did it once and this somehow runs in the family or in the genes. This episode is not very funny, at least not for me, but it is really nice. The way Homer and his mother treat and look at each other is just so warm and amazing, even for a cartoon.moreless
Dan Castellaneta

Dan Castellaneta

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

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

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

Glenn Close

Glenn Close

Mona J. Simpson

Guest Star

Harry Morgan

Harry Morgan

Bill Gannon

Guest Star

Pamela Hayden

Pamela Hayden

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

Recurring Role

Maggie Roswell

Maggie Roswell

Maude Flanders, Helen Lovejoy, Miss Hoover, and others

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Music From This Episode:
      - "Waterloo" by ABBA (Smithers accidentally tapes this song over Mr. Burns' cassette)

    • While lying on the couch, Grandma is reading Steal This Book by Abbie Hoffman.

    • When Mona accidentally bangs her head on the hood of the van and yells "D'oh!", the voice sample was not performed by Glenn Close but it was a clip from a temp track done by Pamela Hayden. The reason for the change was due to the fact Glenn Close could not yell "D'oh!" in a proper manner.

  • QUOTES (17)

    • Lisa: (turning on the dryer) So no one will be able to hear us...
      Bart: What!?
      Lisa: (turning off the dryer) All right, we don't need the dryer!
      Bart: What!?

    • Marge: Mother Simpson, we'd like to ask you a few questions about your past.
      Mother Simpson: Can't reminisce. Sleeping. (starts snoring)

    • Homer: Oh, why does my death keep coming back to haunt me!?

    • Homer: Don't forget me!
      Mother Simpson: Don't worry, Homer, you'll always be a part of me. (hits her head on doorframe) D'oh!

    • Mother Simpson: We made it, Homer!
      Homer: It's all thanks to our anonymous tipster. (on phone) But who are you? And why did you tip us off?
      Chief Wiggum: (on phone) Well, it's cause of your old lady that I got rid of my asthma that was keeping me out of the academy.
      Homer: Thanks.
      Chief Wiggum: Sure. Just think of me as an anonymous friend who rose through the ranks of the Springfield police to become Chief Clancy Wig--
      Homer: (hangs up) Yak, yak, yak, yak, yak!

    • Man: Yep, I saw her. That is to say, I seen her. She seemed like a nice lady.
      Mr. Burns: Well, that nice lady set the cause of biological warfare back thirty years!
      Smithers: We're only now finally caught up.

    • Mother Simpson: Abe?
      Grampa: What the … Now here's a piece of bad news.
      Mother Simpson: Oh, Abe, you've aged terribly!
      Grampa: What do you expect? You left me to raise the boy on my own!
      Mother Simpson: I had to leave! But you didn't have to tell Homer I was dead!
      Grampa: It was either that, or tell him his mother was a wanted criminal! You were a rotten wife, and I'll never, ever forgive you! (pause) Can we have sex? Please?
      Mother Simpson: (disgusted) Oh, Abe.
      Grampa: Well, I tried! What's for supper?

    • Mother Simpson: (singing) How many roads must a man walk down before you can call him a man?
      Homer: Seven!
      Lisa: No, Dad, it's a rhetorical question.
      Homer: Rhetorical, eh?..... Eight!
      Lisa: Dad, do you even know what rhetorical means?
      Homer: Do I know what rhetorical means?!

    • (Homer pushes a fake Homer off a cliff to get out of work)
      Carl: Oh no! He's going over the falls!
      Lenny: Oh good. He snagged that tree branch.
      Carl: Oh no! The branch broke off!
      Lenny: Oh good. He can grab onto them pointy rocks.
      Carl: Oh no! Them rocks broke his arms and legs.
      Lenny: Oh good. Those helpful beavers are swimming out to save him.
      Carl: Oh no! They're biting him, and stealing his pants.

    • Homer: I thought you were dead!
      Mother Simpson: I thought you were dead!
      Gravedigger: Bang blasted! Isn't anybody in this dad-gummed cemetery dead?
      Moleman: (in a coffin) I didn't want to cause a fuss, but now that you mention it.

    • Joe Friday: FBI. The jig is up.
      Grampa: Alright! I admit it, I am the Lindbergh baby! Waah! Waah! Googoo! I miss my fly-fly dada!
      Joe Friday: Are you trying to stall us, or are you just senile?
      Grampa: A little from Column A, a little from Column B.

    • Mr. Burns: I'd like to send this to the Prussian consulate in Siam by aeromail. Am I too late for the 4:30 auto-gyro?
      Squweaky Voiced Teen: Uh, I better look in the manual.
      Mr. Burns: (groans) Oh, the ignorance.

    • Homer: There's one thing I don't understand, all those years, why didn't you try to contact me?
      Mother Simpson: But I did. I sent you a care package every week!
      Homer: Oh come on Ma, we use that same line on the kids when they're at camp.

    • Chief Wiggum: (reading Homer's tombstone upside-down) Put out an APB on a Uosdwis R. Jewoh. Uh better start with Greektown.
      Joe Friday: That's "Homer J. Simpson", Chief. You're reading it upside down.
      Chief Wiggum: Uh, cancel that APB. But, uh, bring back some of them, gyros.
      Joe Friday: Uh, Chief… You're talking into your wallet.

    • Mother Simpson: You know, Lisa, I feel like I have an instant rapport with you.
      Lisa: (visibly moved) You didn't dumb it down. You said "rapport."
      (A police cruiser rolls down the street)
      Mother Simpson: Gotta run! Grandma stuff!

    • Bart: Hey, since you were a no-show at all the big moments of my life, you owe me years of back presents, Christmases, report cards (grabs a calculator) Hmm, 75 bucks a pop plus interest and penalties…you owe me $22,000.
      Homer: I'll Kwanza you! (strangles Bart)
      Mother Simpson: Homer, don't be so hard on little… (whispering) what is his name?

    • Homer: Damn you, Walt Whitman! I hate you, Walt freakin' Whitman! Leaves of grass, my ass!

  • NOTES (4)

    • The song that the staff wanted to get for Burns' tape was "Wake Me Up Before You Go Go" by Wham! They changed it to "Waterloo" by ABBA, due to the fact they would have had to pay $25,000 for the rights to the Wham! song.

    • Harry Morgan, who did the voice of Officer Bill Gannon, originally acted on Dragnet, the 1960's color series as that same character.

    • Blackboard Joke: None.
      Couch Gag: The TV room is a bowling lane and the family are bowling pins.

    • This episode was dedicated to Jackie Banks, an animation staffer who passed away.


    • Homer: Damn you, Walt Whitman! I hate you, Walt freakin' Whitman! Leaves of grass, my ass!
      This alludes to the book of poems called Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman.

    • Minnie Pearl
      On Mother Simpson's fake driver's license for "Muddie May Suggins," she wears a flowered hat with the price tag still on it. This was the signature look for the late southern comedian Minnie Pearl, whose real name was Sarah Cannon.

    • Martha Stewart
      One of Mother Simpson's aliases is the name of domestic diva Martha Stewart.

    • John Knowles
      In a conversation between Lisa and Mother Simpson, they both say how much they hate John Knowles and his novel A Separate Peace. John Knowles was an American writer (b. 1926, d. 2001) and A Separate Peace is the novel for which he is mostly known. It is believed it was inspired by his experiences as a high school student at Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire.

    • Mother Simpson: (singing) How many roads must a man walk down, before you can call him a man?
      Mother Simpson was singing "Blowin' In The Wind," one of Bob Dylan's best known songs. Lisa accompanied her on the saxophone.

    • Dragnet
      Harry Morgan reprises his role as Bill Gannon from Dragnet, the character Joe Friday also appears.

    • Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In
      Maggie does a "Laugh-In"-inspired dance with the trademark camera zooms and music from that show.