The Simpsons

Season 18 Episode 3

Please Homer, Don't Hammer 'Em

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Sep 24, 2006 on FOX
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When Marge discovers she has a knack for carpentry, she begins her own carpentry handyman service. However, the town of Springfield can’t come to grips with the idea of a female carpenter and Marge is forced to disguise her work by using Homer as a front. Meanwhile, Bart begins to blackmail Principal Skinner, when he discovers that Skinner is highly allergic to peanuts.moreless

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  • Great Post Golden Era Episode!

    8.5
    Summary

    When Marge discovers she has a knack for carpentry, she begins her own carpentry handyman service. However, the town of Springfield can't handle the fact of a female carpenter and Marge is forced to disguise her work by using Homer as a front. Meanwhile, Bart begins to blackmail Principal Skinner, after he discovers that Skinner is highly allergic to peanuts.

    This is one of my favourite Season 18/Later Era Episodes, and honestly i think Season 18 was the last decent season. I love the bit when Homer is stuck in a little ditch after escaping the builders, plus there were other great jokes as well. The episode somehow has two jokes relating to Homers Butt, but overall a great episode.moreless
  • Not the best Season 18 episode I've seen but it's still great to watch

    8.0
    When Marge discovers she has a knack for carpentry, she begins her own carpentry handyman service. However, the town of Springfield can't come to grips with the idea of a female carpenter and Marge is forced to disguise her work by using Homer as a front. Meanwhile, Bart begins to blackmail Principal Skinner, when he discovers that Skinner is highly allergic to peanuts. I thought that this was a great episode of "The Simpsons". While it wasn't the greatest or funniest Season 18 episode that I have ever seen, I still find this episode great to watch. My score is low because I didn't like how Homer was taking Marge's credit for the carpentry when Marge deserves to get FULL credit on her work and to even top it all off, Homer still didn't give Marge credit near the end of the episode even though Lisa keeps reminding him to do that. I also thought the ending to the main plot with Homer being in the hospital after the rollercoaster was completely destroyed was really lame and not a very good ending. I also thought it was mean of Bart to blackmail Principal Skinners about his allergies with peanuts but it was also funny at the same time so it really wasn't that huge of an issue... it's mainly the main plot to the episode that had problems. Other than that, I enjoyed this episode and it has some parts that did crack me up such as when Marge was looking through all of the peanut products and then saw the "Good Grief, More PEANUTS" video (which was Charlie Brown), the scene with the race cars just crashing into each other (that was immediately after the scene with Marge looking through the peanut products), the Stars Wars reference between Bart and Principal Skinners (that was just so hilarious), the very ending with Bart and Principal Skinners ending up in the hospital and they shrimps/peanuts at each other, and there were some more parts that were mildly funny. It was also good that Principal Skinners found out what Bart is allergic to which is shrimp so I'm glad that we wasn't gonna tolerate Bart blackmailing him anymore. Overall, it was a great episode of "The Simpsons" but I didn't really like Homer in this episode and it was boring in some parts... I still like it though and that's all that matters. 8/10moreless
  • carpentry and allergies

    5.5
    this episode was nice, i didn't like the main plot a lot, it was alright, and i liked how the sub plot of the allergies started, but the ending of it was too cartoony {yes there is such a thing as too cartoony}. Both plots had equal share of good jokes, but i just did not like how either ended. Both started off OK, but the ends of both were just something that could have been a lot better, in my mind. So my grade is a C, I think the sub plot was better even though the ending was lamemoreless
  • Great episode

    9.0
    In this episode Homer buys books about carpentering but then Marge becomes a carpenter but guys won't hirer her because she is a girl then Marge got an Idea that Homer is the carpenter but Marge does the work.Then Bart learns that Skinner is allgic to peanuts and Bart makes Skinner do whatever Bart wants then Skinner learns that Bart is allgic to shrimp and then they have a lightsword battel and I really like the part when Bart say Kids don't die! Then Homer tells everyone that marge did the work and I like the part when He say I'am perfect then Homer and Bart and Skinner are in that doctor.moreless
  • Marge is a gifted carpenter.

    9.0
    Hoping to see a new side to Homer, Marge convinces him to buy a refined collectionof carpentry books. To Marge's dismay, the books only gather dust until she accidentally breaks a nightstand and uses the books to fix it herself. Soon Mage is hammering everything and decides to tansform her skills into a business. But the esidents of Springfeld don't tust her to make repairs so she hires Homer as a "front" while she handles the real work. Meanwhile peanuts are no longer allowed at Spingfield Elementry and Bart finds out Skinner has the allergy. Pretty good episode that we dealed with here. I thought it was funny how Homer got the credit for Marge's work. Somewhat typical of today's world if you ask me haha! The "B" plot was good although incosistent (Bart's allergy). However, I can overlook this. Well-done writers Bravo.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

Karl Wiedergott

Karl Wiedergott

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Maggie Roswell

Maggie Roswell

Maude Flanders, Helen Lovejoy, Miss Hoover, and others

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Pamela Hayden

Pamela Hayden

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

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (6)

    • Music from this episode
      "Duel of the Fates" composed by John Williams (Used during Bart and Principal Skinner's stick fight.)

    • The vending machine in the couch gag contains 3 rows of characters. First row: Homer-C5, Marge-G9, Maggie-A2, Lisa-B3, Bart-C4. Second row: Moe-D5, Lenny-B7, Carl-J7, Patty-F6, Apu-A3. Third row: Mr. Burns-J10, Smithers-B5, Nelson-C1, Mrs. Krabappel-F7, Krusty the Clown-B9.

    • Stores seen in the Springfield Mall: 1987 Calendars!!!, Yesterday's Puppies (Pet Store), Dukakis Campaign H.Q., Captain Blip's Zapateria (Arcade), and Rock Bottom Remainders (Bookstore).

    • Books spotted in the Rock Bottom Remainders bookstore at the Springfield Mall: Wisconsin From Above, Veterans' Day Parades, Smiles of Ireland, The Kansas City Royals: Forever Champions, Drink Your Own Blood and Save, and The Time-Life Carpenter's Library.

    • Video arcade games seen inside Captain Blip's Zapateria at the Springfield Mall: Click Clack, Unipede, Remington Steele: The Game, Rocky III vs. Clara Peller, Devil's Advocate, Triangle Wars, Polybius, Space-Tac-Toe, and Monkey Kong.

    • In this episode, it is revealed that Principal Skinner is allergic to peanuts, Bart is allergic to shrimp, and Milhouse is allergic to his own tears.
      On an interesting note, in season 16 in the episode titled "Mommy Beerest", Bart can be seen piling shrimp onto his plate at the beginning of the show.

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Marge: Homer, your butt just gave me an idea.
      Homer: Yep, it'll do that.

    • (At the video arcade in the Springfield Mall, Bart plays a parody of Asteroids called "Triangle Wars.")
      Bart: What's going on here? Am I destroying these triangles or trying to assemble them? What's does this button do?
      (Bart presses the "Hyperspace" button.)
      Bart: (Moans) Now my ship is pooping more triangles.
      (The video game emits an electronic chime.)
      Bart: Oh, no. I won a free game.

    • (The Simpson family arrives at the Springfield Mall.)
      Lisa: This place is lookin' a little run down.
      Bart: Yeah, hasn't been the same since they murdered the Mayor's dad here.

    • (Principal Skinner finally stands up to Bart's peanut threats.)
      Principal Skinner: Simpson, you've been waving your nuts in my face for too long. Eat shrimp and die!
      (Principal Skinner holds up a stick with a shrimp attached to it.)
      Bart: No! I'm allergic!
      (Bart holds up his stick with a peanut attached to it.)
      Principal Skinner: Stick-on-stick. Just like the knights of old.
      Bart: No one teaches me history!

    • (At the Springfield Mall, Homer finishes eating his tube of gummy worms.)
      Marge: Well, if you're through, let's check out that discount book warehouse.
      Homer: (Whining) We already own a book!

    • (A depressed Homer watches as his scaled down model of "The Zoominator" roller coaster crumbles and burns.)
      Lisa: Dad, here's a thought. If you just gave Mom credit, maybe she could help you.
      Homer: Sweetie, you don't understand. If I can do this myself, then all those lies I told will be true. Don't you want Daddy's lies to be true?
      Lisa: I'd like a daddy who lived in the real world!
      Homer: To Daddy, the real world gets fainter and fainter every day.

    • (Marge hides as Kent Brockman inspects the gazebo she built.)
      Kent Brockman: Mm-mmm! Simpson, you're a master craftsman.
      Homer: Listen, what would you say if I told you a woman did most of the work?
      Kent Brockman: I'd have this gazebo torn down and built into a coffin...for your manhood.
      Homer: (Shrieks)
      Kent Brockman: Why did my hypothetical scenario scare you so?
      Homer: Uh, like all manly men, I have a vivid imagination.
      Kent Brockman: Well said! Let's take off our shirts and wrestle.

    • Marge: Bart, here's a letter from your school.
      Bart: A fire? I didn't start a fire in the teachers' lounge! I mean, what fire? I mean, a letter from school? Please elaborate.
      Marge: Someone at your school has a life-threating peanut allergy.
      Bart: Cool! Who is it?
      Marge: Ah, the letter doesn't say. But from now on, no peanut products are allowed on school property.
      (Marge examines Bart's lunch box.)
      Marge: Hmm, let's see what you've got. Peanut butter and jelly sandwich, trail mix, starring peanuts. Good grief, more peanuts!
      (Marge holds up a copy of "Good Grief, More Peanuts" by Charles M. Schultz.)

    • (Using peanuts as a threat, Bart forces Skinner to do things against his will at Comic Book Guy's shop.)
      Principal Skinner: (Clears throat) Excuse me. I'm supposed to stand in your store window and breast-feed Bilbo Baggins.
      Comic Book Guy: Your cowering suggests that Bart has found your kryptonite.
      Principal Skinner: Kryptonite? What's that? The "ite" suffix suggests a mineral.
      Comic Book Guy: I do not know whether to laugh or cry at your ignorance. I shall laugh. Ha, ha! Kryptonite is Superman's greatest weakness.
      Principal Skinner: Wait, maybe Bart has a kryptonite!
      Comic Book Guy: Perhaps. But for now you may suckle your Baggins.
      (Comic Book Guy hands a Bilbo Baggins doll to Principal Skinner.)

    • (Marge shows up at Krusty the Clown's doorstep to build him a hot tub.)
      Krusty the Clown: A lady carpenter? I don't know. What if you get pregnant and I'm left with half a hot tub? And don't tell me you're infertile. I ain't fallin' for that again.

    • (Marge goes on a carpentry binge, and builds all sorts of things.)
      Lisa: Wow, Mom, you made all this?
      Bart: It's like you're the Jesus of carpentry!
      Marge: Aww, what sweet blasphemy.

  • NOTES (1)

    • Blackboard Joke: None.
      Couch Gag: The couch is replaced by a vending machine filled with figurines of the family along the top row and the rest of the rows filled with various Springfield residents. Ralph Wiggum enters the living room and selects C5 on the machine, which dispenses him a figurine of Homer. He bites the head of Homer and exits.

  • ALLUSIONS (9)

    • The game Space-Tac-Toe is an allusion to the game Tic-Tac-Toe.

    • One of the games is called Unipede which is like the game Centipede

    • One of the the games is called Click Clack which is like the game Dig-Dug.

    • Asteroids
      The game Bart plays in the arcade, Triangle Wars, resembles the old Atari version of Asteroids, where you destroy rocks, and alien spaceships.

    • Star Wars: Episode I and Episode III
      Skinner and Bart's fight with the sticks borrows from these films, especially with the actual music from the movies.

    • I, Robot
      Inside the bookstore at the Springfield Mall, a book titled "I, Scoundrel" can be seen. This is a spoof of I, Robot, which is a collection of science fiction short stories, authored by Issac Asimov.

    • Rock Bottom Remainders
      The bookstore in the Springfield Mall is named, "Rock Bottom Remainders." There is also a musical band of the same name. The band is made up of famous published writers such as, Stephen King, Dave Barry and The Simpsons creator, Matt Groening.

    • Remington Steele
      The plot for this episode follows the set-up of the popular 1980's television show, Remington Steele: A talented woman hires a man to be the figurehead for her company, because she can't get anyone to trust a female in her profession.

    • Please Hammer Don't Hurt 'Em
      The title of this episode, "Please Homer, Don't Hammer 'Em," is a parody of MC Hammer's second album, Please Hammer Don't Hurt 'Em, released in 1990. Ironicly, when MC Hammer won an American Music Award for this album in 1991, Bart was there to give him the statue.

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