The Simpsons

Season 4 Episode 9

Mr. Plow

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Nov 19, 1992 on FOX
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Episode Summary

At the local auto show, Homer is pressured into buying a snow plow truck and he starts up a surprisingly successful business as "Mr. Plow." Things go well for Homer until Barney starts his own slow plow business and steals all of Homer's customers.

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  • perfect

    what i liked- homer and barney's rivalry, homer's mr. plow song, the end of the episode, all the snow melting abruptly, barney as the baby in the diaper (and him losing it and then saying 'hi ma!'), adam west's appearance was funny, "the waiting game sucks, who wants to play hungry, hungry hippos", amongst other things.

    classic simpsons episode. full of laughs and a great plot in which barney and homer have a fight. i love this episode a lot, and it is one of those where it doesn't matter how many times i have seen it, it is still funny. A+moreless
  • mr plow

    This episode originally aired in 1992 yet somehow it still holds up to this day. Family Guy has created many episodes that are vastly similar to this, but I do not think that you can really compare anything to the original "Mr. Plow."

    It was not all that funny, but Phil Hartman's recurring character was always good for a laugh, and there were some scenes that were undeniably charming. I think other shows have passed this show, and then lapped this show again, but if there is nothing else on at the time, there are worse ways to spend your evening.moreless
  • Classic

    This is one of the most iconic Simpson's episode to date. Homer loses his car in a snowstorm and attends an auto show in the hopes of finding a new car. He is then talked into buying a large truck in which he uses to start a new snow plow business. He is very successful in his business and is even given the key to the city. Homer's friend, Barney, starts his own business, "The Plow King" and begins to steal many of Homer's customers. This is one of my favorite episodes and one that I would recommend it to anyone.moreless
  • this was a good ep a classic

    in this ep of the simpsons its snowing out and homer is pressurd into buy a plow and its put to good use and starts making a bussiness out of it and there making money on it and then barney one of his best friends starts to steal his costomers away after buying a even big plow and calling it plow king an homer gets really angrey and jealous so he causes a avalance and is best friend almost dies until homer rescues him . this was a classic ep and a good ep writting by the writters they did a really good job i am mr plow classicmoreless
  • Truley some of the Simpsons writers best work...

    At the auto show, Homer impulsively buys a snow plow and starts a business as Mr. Plow. An incredibly snowy winter sets the business rolling, making Homer a success and earning him the key to the city from Mayor Quimby. All is well until Barney sets up a rival business as the Plow King and wipes the streets with Homer. To cut out his competition, Homer calls Barney under an assumed name and dispatches the Plow King to clear a path on forbidding Widow's Peak. Barney foolishly drives up there and is caught under an avalanche. Only Homer can save him from an icy death and both men agree to work together as a team. Right at that moment, the sun bursts out and all the snow in Springfield melts into puddles, leaving them both without livelihoods.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

Adam West

Adam West


Guest Star

Linda Ronstadt

Linda Ronstadt


Guest Star

Phil Hartman

Phil Hartman

Lionel Hutz, Troy McClure and Additional Voices

Recurring Role

Pamela Hayden

Pamela Hayden

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

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

  • QUOTES (18)

    • Kent Brockman: Could this record-breaking heat wave be the result of the dreaded Greenhouse Effect? Well, if 70-degree days in the middle of winter are the "price" of car pollution, forgive me if I keep my old Pontiac.

    • Moe: Linda Ronstadt?! How did you get her?
      Barney: Ah, we've been looking for a project to do together for a while.

    • Repo Guy: Hello this is the Repo Depot, I'm just calling to distract you while we reposess your plow.
      Homer: Oh yeah, how dumb do you think I... oh.

    • Woman: Could you make sure not to scrape my asphalt?
      Homer: Kiss my asphalt...

    • Mayor Quimby: These look like teeth marks.
      Homer: I thought there was chocolate inside.... Well, why was it wrapped in foil?
      Mayor Quimby: It was never wrapped in foil!

    • Homer: (rapping) I'm Mr. Plow and I'm here to say, I'm the plowingest guy in the USA. I got a big plow and I move a lot of things, just like your cow if you have one!

    • Man: Hello, I'm calling from Delinquent Accounts at Kumatsu Motors.
      Homer: Oh, you want the Mr. Plow who plows driveways. This is Tony Plow, you know, from Leave It To Beaver.... Yeah they were gay.

    • Homer: Flanders, I thought I was your plow man?
      Ned: Uh Homer, why don't you plow it again?
      Homer: Forget it, pal. I don't need your phoney baloney job. I'll take your money, but I'm not gonna plow your driveway!

    • Ronstadt: When the snow starts a-fallin', There's a man you should be callin', That's KL5-4796, Let it ring! Mr. Plow is a loser and I think he is a boozer.
      Barney: So you better make that call to the Plow King!

    • Homer: Now we play the waiting game..... Ahh, the waiting game sucks. Let's play Hungry Hungry Hippos!

    • Homer: (singing) Call Mr. Plow. That's my name, that name again is Mr. Plow!

    • Homer: Well, I really should discuss this with my wife.
      Salesman: Your wife? (cracks an imaginary whip)
      Homer: What, you think I'm going to buy a $20,000 truck just because you
      make that noise?
      Salesman: (cracks his whip again)
      Homer: Okay, I'll take it.

    • Homer's Brain: Don't tell him you were at a bar! (gasp) But what else is open at night?
      Homer: It's a pornography store. I was buying pornography.

    • Homer: It may be on a lousy channel, but the Simpsons are on TV!

    • Kent: Hardest hit by the blizzard is Springfield's forbidding Widow's Peak. Our own Arnie Pie is on the scene.
      (Arnie is doing a live remote by helicopter)
      Arnie: Everything's snowed in! All I can see is white!
      Kent: Arnie, please! The ski conditions.
      Arnie: (Camera is upsidedown) Mayday! Mayday! I think I'm flying into a mountain! Tell my wife I lo- (Static)
      Kent: That's great, Arnie!

    • Homer: My prices are so low, you'll think I've suffered brain damage.
      Bart: You are fully bonded and licensed by the city, aren't you, Mr. Plow?
      Homer: Shut up, boy.

    • Bart: Who's up at 3:17 AM watching TV?
      Homer: Alcoholics, the unemployable, angry loners...

    • Homer: There's a $10,000 bill in it for you.
      Barney: Oh yeah? Which president's on it?
      Homer: Uh, all of them. They're having a party. Jimmy Carter's passed out on the couch.

  • NOTES (2)


    • Citizen Kane
      The snow dome being crushed in the Mr. Plow commercial is inspired by the snow dome being crushed in the classic 1941 film Citizen Kane.

    • Raiders Of The Lost Ark
      The snowmen melt very similar to the Germans in Raiders Of The Lost Ark.

    • Bonnie And Clyde
      Bart plays in a car said to be the one Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow were riding in the day they were killed in a police ambush. The car is taken from the film Bonnie And Clyde.

    • Agency: McMahon & Tate Advertising Agency
      The name of the ad agency – which Homer hires to produce better commercials after the Plow King goes into business – is a play on the name of the McMann and Tate Advertising Agency seen on Bewitched.

    • Homer: Yeah, they were gay.
      Homer tells the repo man on the phone that he is not Mr. Plow; he is Tony Plow from Leave It To Beaver. The actor's name is actually Tony Dow.

    • The Godfather
      Homer's clearing of the road after a blizzard to allow Springfield Elementary School to have classes as usual (on what would have otherwise been a snow day), and Bart getting ambushed by a rain of snowballs from angry and disgusted classmates after getting off the school bus, parodies gunfight scene from the film The Godfather.

    • Homer: I'm Mr. Plow, that's the name. That name again is Mr. Plow!
      The lyrics and tune directly spoof Roto-Rooter, the plumbing and drain service company.

    • Brockman: The Plow King is trapped!
      Kent Brockman's "special bulletin" about the avalanche copies Walter Cronkite's announcement of President Kennedy's assassination on Nov. 22, 1963. Apparently, Barney's "Plow King" had become a major celebrity in Springfield!

    • Show: Carnival of the Stars
      This Troy McClure-hosted circus special, with Springfield celebrities performing various circus stunts, is a parody of the Circus Of The Stars television specials.