The Simpsons

Season 2 Episode 11

One Fish, Two Fish, Blowfish, Blue Fish

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Jan 24, 1991 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Homer has only twenty-four hours to live, after he consumes a poison puffer fish at a sushi restaurant.

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  • Wish they could've used the original ending

    This was a good episode. At the end, Homer vows to live life to the fullest but instead is sitting on the couch, stuffing his face and watching tv. I kept wondering if Homer would have the consequence of some of the things he did. Then I found out that the ending they used wasn't the original. The original ending had Homer at the Flanders' barbecue, cooking steaks as he promised Ned that he would, Homer's father is there still telling him how much he loves him, Homer has also gotten a phone call that he is to go see Mr. Burns first thing on Monday because he's in big trouble (for telling Burns to eat his shorts). Homer looks miserable. Marge comes over to Homer and says,"Homer, you are happy to be alive, aren't ? Aren't you?" Homer won't answer, probably because he now wishes he was dead. Then the screen goes black and the credits come just like in all the episodes. That ending would've been good, the cast and crew loved it. You expect some of things Homer does, especially telling off Burns, to come back and bite him in the butt and originally, they were supposed to. But the original ending made the episode too long so it was cut. Wish they could have it on the dvd special features.moreless
  • Another perfect episode.

    The episode begins in the kitchen, where Homer waits impatiently for a meat loaf dinner cooking in the microwave. When the microwave dings, Homer calls everyone into the kitchen for dinner. A gloomy Lisa complains about the fact that every Thursday the family eats meat loaf for dinner. She suggests trying something different on Friday night, and Marge supports the idea. Homer isn't too happy though, as Friday night is always pork chop night. After some convincing and begging, Homer grants Lisa's wish and they decide to eat out at a sushi restaurant the next night. On Friday night the Simpson family enter The Happy Sumo, the local sushi restaurant. Inside the restaurant, a Japanese hostess shows the Simpsons to their table; on the way she introduces them to the chefs behind the counter, and shows them the karaoke bar. Once the family is seated, Akira, their waiter, comes out to take their order. Everyone quickly orders, except for Homer, who reluctantly decides on a few different dishes. Cut to the kitchen, where the master chef expertly prepares a dish and his apprentice struggles with preparing another. Back in the restaurant, Akira serves the Simpsons their food. A grumbling Homer closes his eyes and pinches his nose, as he tries his first piece of sushi. He is surprised to find out that he actually likes the sushi, and quickly begins gobbling up the rest of his meal. A quick cut to the karaoke bar, reveals that it is filled with Japanese business men and up on stage a Japanese man sings Gypsies, Tramps, and Thieves by Cher. Homer eagerly orders more food off the menu to try. Meanwhile, Bart and Lisa have made their way on stage in the karaoke bar, and they perform the theme to Shaft. By now, Homer has tried everything on the menu, except for a fish called "fugu." He asks Akira to bring him some fugu; Akira attempts to tell Homer the dangers of eating the poisonous fish, but Homer will hear none of it and demands some fugu. In the kitchen, the master chef hears a car horn honk in the parking lot; he tells the apprentice to cover for him for a little while. As soon as the master chef disappears, Akira walks into the kitchen and orders some fugu for Homer. The apprentice becomes a little overwhelmed and remarks that fugu can be potentially fatal if prepared improperly, so he goes out to the parking lot to find the master chef. Cut to the backseat of Mrs. Krabappel's car, where she and the master chef are, "getting busy." The apprentice walks up to the car and interrupts them, telling the master chef that he is needed in the kitchen. But the master chef tells the apprentice that whatever it is, that he has to do it. Back in the kitchen, the apprentice studies a diagram of fugu, which looks like a spiky puffer fish, and concentrates as he prepares Homer's dish. Cut to Homer, who finishes his fugu, as Akira and the apprentice chef watch. In the kitchen the master chef returns and is shocked and mortified to see that someone has prepared fugu, without his expertise. Both chefs and Akira rush out to tell Homer that they have reason to believe he has eaten poison. They recommend that he be rushed to the hospital. Quick cut to a wailing ambulance, and then cut to Homer, who is in his underwear and waiting alone in a hospital room for news from Dr. Hibbert. Dr. Hibbert and Marge walk into the room with somber faces, and Dr. Hibbert informs Homer that if in fact he has consumed the fatal poison, he has 24 hours left to live. Dr. Hibbert leaves the room and gives Marge and Homer some privacy. They both look at each other and come to grips with Homer's fate.

    10 out of 10moreless
  • A classic episode for a classic serie.

    This episode have a very classical plot: Homer gets poisoned and have only 24 hours left to live, so he decides to make a list of things to do and people to see before he dies.

    Although jokes are not the best on this chapter (we can see, for the first time I think, Mrs Krabapple as a cougar, that's something important :P), I think this is one of the best chapters, since a very interesting view on Homers mind is shown.

    Even when lots of time Homer is shown as an egocentrical and bad father, and even as a bad person, on this episode the priorities for Homer are shown really well on his list: He wish to give something important to all of his sons, make peace with his father, say goodbye to all of his friends, and show his love to his wife. The other part of the list are classical for any middle-class person: Some personal pleasures and a little revenge on his boss. When time pass and he realize that he can't complete all on his list, the first things that erase are the single person pleasures. Then, when there is even less time, he choose to go and have a last dinner with his family even before saying goodbye to his friends, as any father would do, but when a friend gives him a hand, he can't refuse to say goodbye to all of them and have a last beer.

    Later, when he sees that he can't reach in time for dinner, he runs to make love with his wife, say goodbye to all of his sons and gets in a couch to live another day.moreless
  • another winner for the simpsons

    in this ep it was about the family goes to suschi restruant and homer orders a puffer fish and the chef thinks the guy that cut it did it wrong and homer ate the posine and they think he is only going to live for another 24 hours and homer startes to go do things like drink his last bear go talk with his father and do stuff with the kids and homer falls asleep in the chair and wakes up and from that day foward he vows to go and live life to the best way possible. such a good epmoreless
  • 24 hours

    the simpsons go to a new restaurant, where homer eats some bad fish- and it leaves him poisoned. Now homer has one day left to live, and wants to spend it doing stuff, i.e. spending time with the kids, grampa, one last beer, etc. homer reconciles with his father, and he goes to bed at night. the next morning, it is revealed that homer is still alive, and he vows to start living life to the fullest.

    classic episode. very emotional in some parts and also pretty funny. one of s2's best, my overall grade is without a doubt, A+moreless
Dan Castellaneta

Dan Castellaneta

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

Larry King (I)

Larry King (I)


Guest Star

George Takei

George Takei


Guest Star

Sab Shimono

Sab Shimono

Master Chef

Guest Star

Hank Azaria

Hank Azaria

Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, Moe Szyslak, Chief Wiggum, Comic Book Guy, Lou, and others

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (9)

    • According to this episode, Barney lives in front of the jail. In episode 9-16, "Dumbbell indemnity," it is shown that Moe also lives in front of the jail.

    • When Homer eats the first batch of sushi, there were only 6 pieces of fish on his plate, but he was scarfing down more than 6 when he continued to eat.

    • The director of this episode, Richard Sakai, makes an animated cameo singing karaoke (voiced by Dan Castellaneta).

    • Homer's List of "Dumb Things I Gotta Do Today"
      1. Make list
      2. Eat a hearty breakfast
      3. Make videotape for Maggie
      4. Have man-to-man with Bart
      5. Listen to Lisa play her sax
      6. Make funeral arrangement
      7. Make peace with Dad
      8. Beer with the boys at the bar
      9. Tell off boss
      10. Go hang gliding
      11. Plant a tree
      12. A final dinner with my beloved family
      13. Be intimat (sic) with Marge

    • The Happy Sumo restaurant is located on Elm Street.

    • Flanders's doormat reads "Welcome to the Flanders Country." A sign by their closet reads "Bless This Mess."

    • In the credits it shows Homer eating pork rinds. That scene was also used in episode 1-6, "Moaning Lisa."

    • When they are in the car together Master Chef calls Mrs. Krabappel as Mrs. Crab Apple.

    • Just after Homer is done shaving, his face appears completely clean. However, after Bart spills the aftershave and Homer is bending down toward Bart, Homer's normal five o'clock shadow suddenly and mysteriously reappears on his face out of thin air. Just as it does in many other episodes, this is one of the series running jokes.

  • QUOTES (20)

    • Homer: I just want you to know that I love you, Dad.
      Grampa: You do?
      Homer: Uh-huh.
      Grampa: Oh, son, I love you too. Hey, how about a hug?
      (Homer and Abe hug)
      Homer: Dad!
      Grampa: Sonny boy!
      Homer: Papa!
      Grampa: Junior!
      Homer: My old man.
      (Homer crosses "Make peace with Dad" on his list.)

    • Toshiro: (Looking at a diagram of the blowfish) Poison… poison… tasty fish!

    • (Homer and Barney drive by Mr. Burns, who is sitting on a park bench.)
      Homer: Hey, Burns, eat my shorts! (They drive off)
      Mr. Burns: Who the Sam Hill was that?
      Smithers: (Looking through binoculars.) Why, it's Homer Simpson, sir. One of the schmoes from Sector 7G.
      Mr. Burns: Simpson, eh? I want him in my office at nine o'clock Monday morning. We'll see who eats whose shorts.

    • Dr. Hibbert: Um, your wife agreed that I should break this to you.
      Homer: No need, Doc. I can read Marge like a book. (Looks at Marge, who is very glum.)
      Marge: Hmm.
      Homer: Ooh, it's good news, isn't it?

    • (Homer looks over the menu.)
      Homer: There's got to be something I haven't tried. Huh? Hey, hey, what's this? Fugu!
      Akira: (Gasps.) It is a blowfish, sir. But I should warn you that one—
      Homer: Come on, pal. Fugu me!

    • (While Marge appears to be tossing a salad Homer watches the microwave.)
      Homer: Is it done yet? Is it done yet?
      Marge: Your meatloaf will be ready in eight seconds, Homer.
      Homer: D'oh! Isn't there anything faster than a microwave?
      (Homer watches dinner cook)
      Homer: Four… three… two… one… Bing! We have meatloaf!

    • Japanese waitress: This is our karaoke bar. Now it is empty but soon it will be hopping with drunken, Japanese business men.

    • Toshiro: Master, you are needed in the kitchen.
      Master Chef: I said cover for me, damn it!
      Toshiro: But, Master, we need your skilled hands.
      Master Chef: My skilled hands are busy! You do it!

    • Homer: Okay, okay, where do want to go?
      Lisa: Anywhere but hamburgers, pizza, or fried chicken!
      Homer: Fine! We'll go to Mars!

    • Marge: Tomorrow night, it might be nice to go out for dinner.
      Homer: Tomorrow night? Friday? Pork chop night? Marge! We haven't missed pork chop night since the great pig scare in '87!

    • Homer: What are you getting at?
      Lisa: Well, you're always trying to teach me to be open-minded, try new things, live life to the…
      Homer: What are you talking about? Nobody's trying to teach you that!

    • Homer: Goodbye, Maggie. Stay as sweet as you are. Goodbye, Lisa. I know you'll make me proud. Goodbye, Bart. ... I like your sheets.

    • Moe: (Answers the phone) Hello, Moe's Tavern. Birthplace of the Rob Roy.
      Bart: Is Seymour there? Last name Butts.
      Moe: Just a sec. Hey, is there a Butts here? A Seymour Butts? Hey, everybody, I wanna Seymour Butts!
      (Everyone in the bar laughs.)
      Moe: Oh, wait a minute... Listen, you little scum-sucking pus-bucket! When I get my hands on you, I'm gonna pull out your eyeballs with a corkscrew!
      (Bart and Lisa bust out laughing.)

    • Dr. Hibbert: You have twenty-four hours to live.
      Homer: Twenty-four hours!
      Dr. Hibbert: Well, twenty-two. I'm sorry I kept you waiting so long.

    • Homer: Poison? What should I do, what should I do? Tell me, quick.
      Chef: Oh, no need to panic. There's a map to the hospital on the back of the menu.

    • Chefs: (All yell in Japanese.)
      Simpsons: Aaaah!
      Waitress: Please, do not be alarmed, our chefs are just saying hello.
      Homer: Oh, okay. Hello!

    • Homer: If I said `no' the first time, what makes you think I'm going to say `yes' the second time?
      Lisa: Nothing, but you may say `yes' the ninety-ninth time.
      Homer: Oh? Try me.
      Lisa: Please, Dad.
      Homer: No.
      Lisa: Please, Dad.
      Homer: No.
      Lisa: Please, Dad.
      Homer: No.
      Lisa: Please, Dad.
      Homer: No.
      Lisa: Please, Dad.
      Homer: No.
      Lisa: Please, Dad.
      Homer: Oh, okay, okay.

    • (Homer, at the hospital after eating some poisoned blowfish.)
      Homer: (Imitating Lisa) Try something new, Homer! What'll it hurt you, Homer? (Regular voice) I never heard of a poison pork chop!

    • Dr. Hibbert: Now, a little death anxiety is normal. You can expect to go through five stages. The first is denial.
      Homer: No way! Because I'm not dying!
      Dr. Hibbert: The second is anger.
      Homer: Why you little!
      Dr. Hibbert: After that comes fear.
      Homer: What's after fear? What's after fear?
      Dr. Hibbert: Bargaining.
      Homer: Doc, you gotta get me out of this! I'll make it worth your while!
      Dr. Hibbert: Finally, acceptance.
      Homer: Well, we all gotta go sometime.
      Dr. Hibbert: Mr. Simpson, your progress astounds me.

    • Homer: Ahem. This is a videotape for my daughter Maggie. Hi, Maggie! I'm speaking to you from beyond the grave. Woooooooo! Hee hee hee, hope that didn't scare you. Well, Maggie, you're grown-up now, and unless you taped over this, you're probably wondering what kind of man your father was. He was a simple man, a kind man, a gentle man who loved his children and- (Phone rings) D'oh! Hello! Yeah, he's here, who is this? (Scratches butt) Bart's friend Milhouse? Bart! Get your butt down here!

  • NOTES (2)

    • Writer Nell Scovell notes on the DVD commentary that there was originally to have been a final scene in which Homer suffers the consequences of his last-day activities (agreeing to go to the Flanders' barbeque, rekindling his relationship with Grandpa, and telling off Mr. Burns). Marge then asks a miserable Homer, "You ARE happy to be alive, aren't you?" This scene was cut for time constraints.

    • Blackboard Joke: I will not cut corners. (Followed by a series of ditto marks.)
      Couch Gag: The couch tips backwards, and Maggie pops out from behind.


    • Cher
      Richie Sakai performs a karaoke version of Cher's song "Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves."

    • Bart: He's a complicated man but no one understands him but his woman.
      A quick and funny reference to the Isaac Hayes song from the show Shaft.

    • D.O.A.
      The premise of the episode is taken from the film D.O.A., where a man learns he has been poisoned.

    • Pamphlet: So You're Going To Die
      The pamphlet Dr. Hibbert hands Homer is taken right out of the 1979 film All That Jazz.

    • One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish
      The title of this episode is a parody of the classic Dr. Seuss book, One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish (1960).

    • The Graduate
      When Homer runs from the broken down car, it is similar to Benjamin Braddock's run to the church at the last minute. Homer then bangs on a glass window yelling Marge's name exactly as Benjamin Braddock's banging on the window yelling Elaine Robinson's name in the 1967 film, The Graduate.