The Simpsons

Season 20 Episode 7

Mypods and Boomsticks

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Nov 30, 2008 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Homer suspects Bart's new friend, Bashir, of involvement with a terrorist plot to destroy the Springfield Mall.

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  • One of the best

    I loved the I-Maniac theme about MyPod,MyPad ,IBad

    also the funny yet respected view of the muslims' life , not all are terrorists

    Loved this funny episode so much
  • Not the best.

    Bart becomes friends with a muslim kid named Bashir, but Bashir is having trouble getting along with the other kids, because he's muslim. When Bart invites Bashir's family over for dinner, Homer thinks they're really nice. But then Moe proves to him that muslims are evil. Homer now thinks Bashir's father is going to blow up the Springfield mall.

    Meanwhile, Lisa becomes obbsessed with her new Mypod, a music playing device.

    This was an okay episode. There were some funny scenes, like the dream with the genie from Aladdin, The Itchy and Scratchy cartoon, and the cult Moe started, but most of the episode was boring.

    Overall Grade: 75%/C+moreless
  • homerland security

    Bart meets a new kid anmed bashir who he brings home and homer thenb suspects he is form a family of terrorists and devises a plot to prove his point after being encouraged to do so from his friends. also lisa is able to get a mypod from krusty and uses it to impress her friends but racks up a big bill and thus goes to steven mobs to lower her bill which ends up getting her a job at mapple. it turns out bashir family is not a group of terrorist so homer was wrong. it was funny when homer tried to save the duff beer truck.moreless
  • OK

    Lisa gets a myPod, a parody of... wait for it.. an iPOD! And she ends up downloading too many songs and she simply cannot pay her bill, so she ends up getting a job telling people to Think Differently.

    Bart makes a new Islamic friend, Bashir. But Homer does not trust Bashir and his parents, and thinks that they are planning a terrorist plot to blow up something in Springfield. Turns out he was right- er- he thought he was right, when he takes out a bunch of explosives out of the mall- the old one, the one that was SUPPOSED to be blown out. D'oh! All is easily forgiven however.

    A rather weird episode with a lot of hit-and-miss gags. I didn't really like Lisa's sub plot, but the main one was greatmoreless
  • I loved some of the great jokes in this episode. The only problem I have with this epsiode is that its to over used of a plot with many other shows. The Simpsons usually come up with their own wacky ideas, but I guess not this time.moreless

    The Simpson family takes a trip to the Mapple Store at the Springfield Mall where Lisa get her very own Mypod, and Bart interrupts an announcement from Steve Mobbs with his own voiceover, causing pandemonium to break loose in the store. On his way home from the mall, Bart narrowly escapes punishment and befriends a Muslim boy named Bashir. Homer becomes suspicious of Bart's new friend and invites Bashir, his mother (guest voice Shohreh Aghdashloo) and his father over for dinner so he can investigate their supposed anti-American sentiments. Having already offended Bashir and his family at dinner, Homer goes to their home to apologize, but he instead snoops around their house, Â… la Jack Bauer, and uncovers what he believes to be a terrorist plot to blow up the Springfield Mall. The race is on as Homer tries to warn the residents of Springfield about the impending disaster.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

Shohreh Aghdashloo

Shohreh Aghdashloo


Guest Star

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

Russi Taylor

Russi Taylor

Martin Prince, Sherri, Terri and others

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Marge: You're teaching Bart a terrible lesson of intolerance!
      Homer: I'm sorry. It's just so fun and easy to judge people based on religion.

    • Kearney: What's your name, sweat stain?
      Bashir: Uh, Bashir?
      Kearney: "Bash here?" I love a kid that comes with directions.

    • Marge: Okay, remember our deal: Everyone gets to return one Christmas present with no hurt feelings. (holds up calendar with "From Bart" sticker) I'm returning this kitten calendar.
      Lisa: (holds up identical calendar) Um, I'm also returning this kitten calendar.
      Homer: Kitten calendar.
      (Maggie holds up kitten calendar)
      Bart: Hey, those are 15-month calendars! That gives you three extra kittens.
      (The family stares at him blankly. He takes back the calendars)
      Bart: That's the last time I get you guys a Christmas present at the last minute. (looks at back of calendar) Man, those are ugly kittens.

    • Homer: Praise to Oliver.
      Mina: That's "Allah."
      Homer: Aw, we'll look it up in the Corona.

    • Homer: Marge! I was right! Everybody is whatever I think they are!

    • Bashir: (holding Bart's slingshot) Bart forgot this, sir.
      Homer: Sir? That's the kind of respect you'd have to strangle out of an American kid.

  • NOTES (3)

    • This episode received special praise from The Council on American-Islamic Relations for "bringing to light how Americans can work toward mutual respect and inclusion by getting to know their neighbors." and "for tackling the disturbing phenomenon of Islamophobia."

    • Itchy & Scratchy: "diEpod Slaylist" Itchy cranks up Scratchy's myPod volume so loud that it melts his brain. Itchy replaces Scratchy's brain with Einstein's. A much smarter Scratchy invents the atomic bomb, then upon realizing its destructive power he invents a time machine and goes back in time to stop himself from inventing the A-bomb. But just as he goes to warn himself, he realizes it's a trap; Itchy has replaced the old Scratchy with an A-bomb decoyed as Scratchy. Itchy watches from a distance as the A-bomb explodes and then enters his own time machine and heads for Studio 54 circa the '70s.

    • Blackboard Joke: Prosperity is just around the corner.
      Couch Gag: The family rushes into the living room and is startled to see Bart writing "I will not bring the chalkboard home" on a chalkboard.


    • Futurama
      When Steve Mobs is speaking from his undersea headquarters, you see a horned female narwhal swimming in the background. This is a nod to another Matt Groening creation, Bender's Big Score which is a feature-length movie based on the series Futurama.

    • Disney's Aladdin In Homer's dream, he meets a blue genie very much like the one from the 1992 Disney animated film and subsequent TV series, Aladdin (1994-95). Not only does the genie look nearly exactly the same, but Dan Castellaneta also voiced the Genie in both the Aladdin TV show and the Kingdom Hearts video games, as well as the movie The Return of Jafar.

    • 24
      Moe says to Homer, "Then you Jack Bauer them into giving you all their secrets", referring to the lead character on the popular FOX TV series 24, which also has several sub-plots involving Islamic extremist terrorists. The TV show playing in Moe's tavern also looks suspiciously like 24. Also, an actress who starred in fourth season of this show, Shohreh Aghdashloo, voiced Mina, Bashir's mother.

    • 1984
      Comic Book Guy throwing the hammer into the video screen displaying Steve Mobs is a parody of the commercial which first introduced the Macintosh during the 1984 Super Bowl. The commercial is itself entitled 1984 as it was an allusion to the book/movie of the same name by George Orwell.

    • Apple
      All the products in the Mapple store, Lisa's mypod, and Steve Mobs are all obvious parodies to the Apple company and its CEO Steve Jobs. Also, one of Mobs' employees mentions that they fired him and rehired him years later, playing on the fact Steve Jobs was out of Apple for some years.

    • Bedknobs and Broomsticks
      The title of this episode is a play on the title of the 1971 Disney film Bedknobs and Broomsticks.