The Simpsons

Season 15 Episode 2

My Mother the Carjacker

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Nov 09, 2003 on FOX
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My Mother the Carjacker
Marge wants Homer and the kids to watch television. The program she wants them to see is a segment of Kent Brockman's news program called "Oops Patrol." She identified a headline containing a reference to the mayor's "erection," as opposed to his election. For her effort, she wins a t-shirt, which makes her the envy of Springfield. Even Homer is jealous and sets out to win his own t-shirt. Homer tries to find his own funny headline, but instead finds a secret message to him contained in the first character of each row in a newspaper article about a giant pizza. "Homer meet me 4th street overpass midnite." Since it is today's paper, he follows his gut (drags Bart along) and keeps the appointment. His rendezvous turns out to be with his mother. Homer tries to help his mother elude the police, but he brings her right into their hands. Mr. Burns wants Mona Simpson to stand trial for the sabotage she did to his germ warfare lab back in the 1960's. On the witness stand, Homer pleads for his mommy, which the jury grants him. Homer enjoys catching up with his mother and steals a room from Flanders' house, for her new room. Mr. Burns is able to exact some revenge on Mona Simpson, by getting her to confess to falsifying her name at the entrance to national parks, which it turns out is a national offense. Homer laments the loss of his mother yet again. Homer hijacks the prison bus, but his mother wants to keep his involvement in her escape unknown and she does this by throwing him off the bus. She is almost successful in evading capture, until the bus goes through a guard rail, sinks into a lake and is subsequently cover by an avalanche of boulders. At her funeral, Homer loses his mother once again, when her coffin rolls down the hill. There is always a chance she will return as the coffin was found to contain last week's garbage. Homer looks for a message from his mother in the news and finds one that seems to satisfy him, but misses out on the one she's actually left for him in a giant taco article that she is alive and has been eating clam chowder, "Rhode Island style with crackers that keep on coming."moreless

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  • Homer's mother returns.

    Well once again I think this was a well written episode, and I dont think there is any reason at all to hate this episode. It hat suspense, humor, and a heart warming story all wrapped together in a great episode. I loved the way that Mona commmunicated with Homer; it was very cleaver to use the first letter from each line. Also, some of the news paper headlines are hilarious. However, I felt sorry for Homer seeing as he thinks his mother is dead, and he wont see her for a long time. Anyway this is a fantastic episode. Definately make time to watch this episode.moreless
  • Pretty darn good..... However I do not think that it was as good as the rest of classical season 15.....

    When Marge gets a free shirt for finding an embarassing headline, Homer wants to do the same. He eagerly searches newspapers for humerous headlines and discovers an article with a secret message for him to meet someone at midnight. He takes Bart and an incognito Mother (Mona) Simpson emerges. They take her home but when the car ploughs into the police station she is put on trial for her 60's fraud. Cleared of all charges she comes to live with the family. Mr. Burns, still eager to put her behind bars finds her guilty of supplying false information on a National park register, a federal offense. She is taken to prison on a bus which Homer hijacks. When the police catch up, she makes sure Homer isn't in the bus when they find it. The bus carrying Mona ploughs off a cliff and she is assumed dead. After her funeral, we are shown a newspaper with a message saying she escaped the bus and is still on the run.moreless
  • An above average episode that continues the great start to season 15.

    When I first heard about this episode, I was unsure if it would be good. The show has had trouble in the past with reintroducing one-time characters - for example, Cookie Kwan (the real estate agent) and Lindsey Neagle (business woman, sexual predator). But this time it worked very well. Homer's mother was great as always and the episode progressed perfectly.

    I liked the opening, and Homer's subsequent need to outdo Marge. Then he meets his mother again. One thing I noticed is that the emotion in this episode was extremely well placed, I don't remember Homer doing his usual "crying for no reason" thing, this time he had a reason to be sad. I also liked the ending, it was good that they went for a 'nice' ending to reference "Mother Simpson".

    Although this episode was not, and never could have been, as good as "Mother Simpson", it was still a nice episode, one I would readily watch again soon.

  • Homer's mother returns

    this episode had some very good scenes and is a great way to start the fifteenth season, one of the best seasons since season 10. mona simpson returns as homer's mother and is ripped right away towards the end after a grave death. but did she really die? the newspaper clippings were hilarious with homer trying to find something to get him that fabulous T-shirt after stretching marge's shirt. It was a good idea for the writers to bring back homer's mother after nearly 10 years (but less than one year in simpsons-time) and this was definitely well written and a great returning character, unlike herb who seems to be ignoring the simpsons family since he made up with homer 12 years ago. some brother he is!moreless
  • Very helpful how our lust to win turns us to follow a diffrent path. Mayor unveils erection to cheering crowd! Hillarious!

    Homer finds a secret message from his mother in the local newspaper (springfield shopper) in an attempt to win a Oops Patrol tee-shirt for himself. His previous attempts failed but he finds a secret message and catches up with his mother. She unfortunately gets arrested for crimes commited in the 1960s (love the flashback stock montage by the way!). Homer is devastated and attempts to bring back his mum but she gets 'dies' in an accident.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

Glenn Close

Glenn Close

Mona J. Simpson

Guest Star

Karl Wiedergott

Karl Wiedergott

Additional Voices

Recurring Role

Tress MacNeille

Tress MacNeille

Agnes Skinner, Brandine Del Roy, Dolph and others

Recurring Role

Pamela Hayden

Pamela Hayden

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

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • In the prison bus, when a prisoner says "I hope this bus ride never ends," you can see that she and another inmate have the same ID number, 5231.

    • Chief Wiggum arrests Mona Simpson in this episode even though back in "Mother Simpson" he tipped her off after getting into the Police Academy.

    • At the end when Homer was looking for another message from his mother, Marge said it was two in the morning but the clock in the kitchen read nine o'clock

  • QUOTES (27)

    • Grampa: Mona, I'll always remember raspberry trolley cars, because my mind is shot.

    • Gil: Now Lisa, would you agree that your grandmother is a sweet, harmless woman who could hardly be considered a menace to society?
      Lisa: If you ask me, she's less dangerous than Bart.
      Bart: If it please the court, I would like to go ape on my sister.

    • (Homer crashes into the police station)
      Chief Wiggum: All you destroyed were bricks, mortar, and attorneys!
      Attorney: Remember me… as a drain on society!

    • Wiggum: Alright, let's check it out. But if you're wrong, you and Lou have to kiss each other.
      Lou: Hey Chief, I checked with the union and you can only do that once.

    • Homer: Mom, I swear on your eventual grave, I will never, ever let the police get their hands on you!

    • (to Homer)
      Female Prisoner 1: You're alright donut breath.
      Female Prisoner 2: You're like the son I never killed.

    • (message in the paper for Homer)
      Mona: Homer. Your mother loves you. I escaped from the bus the moment before it plunged off the cliff. I then hitched a ride from a nice young couple. We had lunch at a lovely diner. They had clam chowder, Rhode Island style. I never knew there was such a thing! And the crackers kept on coming.

    • Lisa: I say we hit them where they live. With a candlelight vigil.
      Homer: Candlepin bowling? That's a great idea. We'll play right after I break your grandmother out of prison.

    • Moe: Mrs. Simpson, when you took off, you left a hole in Homer's heart that he's been trying to fill with alcohol for 20 years. God bless ya!

    • Kent: During her years on the lam, Simpson lead an exemplary life working as a crossing guard, oral historian, reader for the blind, listener for the deaf, and reacher for the short. Yet local villain Montgomery Burns seen here terrorizing children in a nineteenth century wood-cut insists that she stand trial.

    • Homer: Marge, I don't know what this is but sometimes you've just gotta go with your gut.
      Marge: You always go with your gut. This time why don't you listen to your brain.
      Homer: Alright I will! (in his brain an animal is playing a ukulele) That's why I don't listen to my brain. And away we go!

    • Homer: Okay, Drought Threatens To Turn West Into Dessert! Yum yum! I think I'd like some whipped cream on my Wyoming!
      Lisa: Dad. The word's desert and those farmers are suffering!
      Homer: From what? Too much hot fudge? Hah! Yee Hee! Come on Bart show me some love.
      Bart: Don't drag me down with you old man.

    • Burns: Man, that is some good E! (ether)

    • Bart: This bridge smells like urine.
      Homer: They all do.
      Bart: Fresh urine.
      Homer: Hey, the bathroom's a block away. (He zips up)

    • Homer: I think the government has better things to do than to read my mail.
      (cut to agents reading letters from a bag called 'Simpson Mail')
      FBI Agent: Most people write letters to movie stars. This Simpson guy writes to movies. "Dear Die Hard. You rock. Especially when that guy was on the roof. P.S: Do you know Mad Max?"

    • (Homer and Bart are changing messages on a warning sign. A message comes up saying "Stacey will you marry me?)
      Homer: Awww.
      (Next message: What do you mean 'no'?)
      Homer: Haha! Loser!
      (Third message: I hope your car blows up)
      Homer: Geez, pal.

    • (the prisoners are having a good time singing and laughing in the bus)
      Female Prisoner: I hope this bus ride never ends! Because I'm getting executed when I get off.

    • Dr. Hibbert: What an amusing T-shirt, Marge! I'll trade you for a tote-bag that says Prozac!
      Marge: No thanks. I'm wearing my cure for depression.
      Dr. Hibbert: Come on… give me that shirt! I'll put you at the top of the heart transplant list…
      Marge: My heart is fine.
      Dr. Hibbert: It could always be a little better.

    • Bart: Mom made the Oops Patrol! Hot damn!
      Homer: Bart, you're not at school. Don't swear!

    • Homer: I love you so much! But it's so hard for me to trust you… Oh what the heck! Give me a hug you.
      Mona: Homer, you're hugging a bum.
      Homer: I know, I'm working my way up to you!
      Bum: Hey! Give me back my wine!

    • Bart: Grandma!
      Mona: Oh, Bart. (they hug) Are you still a little hell raiser?
      Bart: Yes'm.

    • (on the hijacked prison bus, and realising the cops are right behind them)
      Homer and Mona: D'oh!

    • Wiggum: Then listen to me lady; the only way you're getting off this mountain is in a box, or a vermicular.
      Lou: What about a hot air balloon?
      Wiggum: Yeah, pipe down Jules Verne.
      (see "All Allusions" for more info)

    • Homer: (in the witness box) Now I'm not a man who's good with words…
      (very long pause)

    • Homer: I couldn't sleep because I thought there might be a sign of my mom in one of these articles. They never did find her body.
      Bart: Then what was in the coffin?
      Homer: Last week's garbage. I missed the pickup date.

    • Homer: Mom, I'm gonna hide you where there's no one around for miles. Disney's California Adventure!

    • Homer: (to a sleeping Bart) Psst... hey pal. Hey buddy, wake up. Wanna go on an adventure with your old man?
      Bart: No...
      Homer: You have no choice. (camera pulls back to reveal they're already driving in the car) There's coffee in the thermos.

  • NOTES (4)

    • This episode was nominated for the 2004 WGA Award (TV) for Animation.

    • When they show the things Mona has been doing while on the lam one of them is reading to the blind. One of the blind people she is reading to is the guy who bought Santa's Little Helper in a previous episode.

    • This is Homer's mother's first appearance since episode 136, "Mother Simpson," from 1995.

    • Blackboard Joke: None.
      Couch Gag: The family enters the living room and sits on the couch; while they are sitting there they all grow old and turn to dust.

  • ALLUSIONS (13)

    • During the scenes with Homer re-enacting his childhood for his mother, the song being played is "The Mother and Child Reunion" by Paul Simon.

    • Homer: Bless the loom that fruited you.
      Homer is referring to Fruit of the Loom, one of the top companies that produce cotton T-shirts and underwear.

    • Homer: We'll hide you where there's no people, Disney's California Adventure.

      Homer is referencing a park in Disneyland and it had the lowest attendance in Disney park history.

    • 60's montage:

      The music playing during the 60's montage is Jimi Hendrix's version of "All Along the Watchtower."

    • The song that Mona was singing along with the inmates was "I Fought The Law". This song was originally recorded by Bobby Fuller Four and has been covered by several artists such as The Clash and Green Day.

    • n/a: CR: Pep Boys
      On the bridge, when Homer is waving the flashlight around, he shines it on the three large heads on the sign for "The Zip Boys". This is a reference to the billboards for Pep Boys Auto Parts which feature large heads of Manny, Moe and Jack.

    • Homer: And away we go!
      This is the famous line - as well as Homer's action while saying it - that Jackie Gleason always used when starting his variety shows of the 1950's and 1960's.

    • :
      The John Lennon song "Mother" plays while Homer is looking at the photos.

    • Mr. Burns: "You've falsely signed every national park register from Acadia to Zion!"
      Acadia was one of the earliest French settlements in North America and the national park in Bar Harbor, Maine is named for it. Zion is another national park located in southern Utah. Learn more at the national parks website...

    • :
      When Homer is showing the family funny newspaper clippings, they are backed with blackboard, just as the headlines are on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno."

    • Wiggum: Yeah, pipe down Jules Verne.
      While Jules Verne is noted as one of the forefathers of science fiction with works such as "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" and "From the Earth to the Moon," he was also a writer of adventure novels such as "Around the World in 80 Days" and "Five Weeks in a Balloon." The latter novel (which was the first of Verne's best know work) featured a hot-air balloon journeying across the unexplored territories of Africa. Contrary to what film adaptations of the novel would have you believe, there was no hot air balloon in "Around the World in 80 Days." Refer to my Jules Verne website for...

    • Homer: "I can see hidden messages…"

      The scene where Homer notices a coded message to him is a reference to mathematician John Nash's exceptional ability to decipher codes and encryptions, specifically the scene in the 2001 film "A Beautiful Mind" based on him, with the newspaper clippings on the walls.

    • :
      The title of the episode is a reference to the 1960s television series starring Jerry Van Dyke called "My Mother the Car."