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The Simpsons

Season 17 Episode 6

See Homer Run

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Nov 20, 2005 on FOX
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Episode Summary

In order to help provide Lisa with a positive older male role model, Homer becomes a safety salamander for Springfield Elementary. His pursuit of safety leads him to a terrible car accident where he rescues everyone. With his new found popularity as a safety salamander Homer, encouraged by the rest of Springfield, decides to run for mayor.moreless

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  • Safety Salamander

    Homer upsets Lisa a lot, so to make it up to her, he becomes the safety salamander, a mascot that teaches safety to children. He becomes instantly popular, and soon Mayor Quimby might be losing his job, so several people try to become the new mayor, including Homer. But in the end he doesn't become the mayor and Quimby remains the mayor. Also, Lisa loves her father again.

    A good episode, it has one of my least favorite lines/jokes in the series, but otherwise it is a pretty food and funny episode, I thought. Overall grade would be a Bmoreless
  • It really makes you wonder how people can watch this and say that the show has gone down hill. Are they flippen crazy???

    It's fathers day, and when Bart purchases Homer a multi-function knife, Lisa decides to make her gift more personal. But when Homer doesn't appreciate her hand-drawn daughter-loves-father story, she rampages out of control, to the point where Skinner calls Homer and Marge into school for counselling advice. Homer decides he must win back his daughter's love, becoming the school's new "Safety Salamander". Meanwhile, Bart steals a street sign displaying his name to impress the bullies. This leads to a multi-car pile up, where Homer as the salamander rescues people from their cars. The pile up results in public scrutiny of Mayor Quimby and a recall election which most Springfield residents campaign for. Lisa decides with Homer's salamander suit, he could run for mayor and she could be his manager. But when his suit is destroyed the townspeople decide Homer's not worth listening to but Lisa is proud of him for trying anyway.moreless
  • One of the best episodes of season 17. It's very funny and makes you wonder how people can watch this and say the show has gone downhill.

    This episode is downright hilarious. There are funny moments throughout the whole episode and each one makes you laugh out loud. Homer's wacky adventure to try and win Lisa back takes him from being a safety icon, to a hero, and even to mayor. A true classic.

    The only problem I had with this episode was that the plot didn't manage to stay consistent. A few times it would seem as if the plot changed to something completely different. Although this was annoying, I just had to remind myself that this is what the episode is about: a wild adventure to win Lisa back.

    Overall this is a very good episode. Many times I found myself laughing out loud, especially the "Do it Yourself, You Lazy As*" store. This episode is definetly worth watching and will definetly tickle your funny bone.moreless
  • Homer gets another mascot job: Safety Salamander

    This episode has a ridiculous plot, starting with Homer believing there was a Father’s Day Eve along with other fictional facts that he came up with (Daddy Claus) and this leading to Bart getting him a cool present and Lisa getting him a homemade book, to which Homer shows little interest. To win Lisa back, he becomes a safety salamander so popular that he goes in the running for mayor. Luckily, Homer didn’t become Mayor or it would have been a little too repetitive (A Tale of Two Springfields) and the episode has many funny gags throughout though a few scenes lacked a little or didn’t make sense.

    Overall, this is an episode that is worth watching but not 100% entertaining.moreless
  • Lisa and Homer have relationship problems again.

    For some reason I really really like the episodes which heavily invole Homer and Lisa and their difficult relationship.

    If I were Lisa I wouldn't want anything to do with Homer, but they somehow manage to resolve their differences.

    In See Homer Run, Homer likes Bart's fathers day present (a special knife) a whole lot better that Lisa's (a book she made herself) and he doesn't do a very good job at thanking Lisa for her present.

    The episode goes on from there and Homer runs for major along with plenty other wackos. But by the end of the episode Homer and Lisa have truly bonded whic is great to see.

    There are plenty of funny moment too which include Moe's unhealthy obsession with Marge which has been going on for a while now!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

Karl Wiedergott

Karl Wiedergott

Additional Voices

Recurring Role

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

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (15)

    • Homer: I can't believe I lost after Ben Affleck campaigned day and night for me.
      Lisa: Yeah, I warned you about that.

    • Kent Brockman: Mr. Simpson, what about those photos of you strangling your child?
      Homer: Why should we let this election be influenced by a photo taken hours ago?

    • Homer: (talking about Duff) Expand my brain, learning juice.

    • Marge: Did you just vomit in that suit?
      Homer: A little.
      Marge: Have you cleaned that suit once since you got it?
      Homer: No, but I swam in it.

    • Homer: What can I do? I'm only one man.
      Lisa: Lincoln was only one man.
      Homer: Are you sure there wasn't a midget in his hat? I read an email that said there was.

    • Jimbo: If you're lame enough to vote, vote for me.
      Announcer: Jimbo: tough on nerds, tougher on dorks.

    • Homer: One adult and one baby please.
      Lisa: I'm not a baby, a baby is 0 - 2.
      Homer: Her first words! (whispering) play along! It's 50 cents less for babies!

    • (Homer pulls Mr. Smithers and Mr. Largo out of a burning car)
      Mr. Largo: We were carpooling, and that's it!

    • Dolph: Hey Milhouse! Cool kids ride bikes with their eyes closed!
      Milhouse: (off screen) I'm cool!
      (We hear the sounds of Milhouse getting hit by a train at a rail crossing. His glasses fly into the air on screen and land, broken.)
      Dolph: I'm outta here, I've got Hebrew school.

    • Homer: Tis the season to be jolly!
      Lisa: In mid June?

    • Homer: I'll never stop trying to redeem myself in your eyes.
      (The tail of his suit pats Lisa's head)
      Lisa: How did you do that?
      Homer: (creeped out) I don't know.

    • (Homer is pulling Nelson out of a pile of burning crashed cars)
      Lenny: Three cheers for our new hero!
      Homer: Only three? (turns to put an unconscious Nelson back)
      Lenny: Okay, six.
      Homer: That's more like it.

    • Homer: (seeing the pile of burning crashed cars) This looks like a job for a father trying to win back his daughter's love!

    • Bart: Hey mom, can I have some money to buy dad a present?
      Marge: If I give you money, how is the gift really from you?
      Bart: Where do you get your money?
      Marge: (pause) Here's a ten, make your own card.

    • Homer: So sweetie, am I your hero again?
      Lisa: Jenny's dad takes her to the zoo once a month. Why can't you be that kind of dad?
      Homer: (Chuckling) Now sweetie, you know daddy's not allowed to go to the zoo anymore.
      Lisa: (Dejectedly) Oh yeah.

  • NOTES (2)

    • This episode was nominated for the 2006 WGA Award (TV) for Animation.

    • Blackboard Joke: None.
      Couch Gag: The family enters the living room and take their usual places on the couch, only the camera pulls back and we find that the living room and the family are part of a zoo exhibit on the home world of the aliens Kang and Kodos.


    • Total Recall
      After Mayor Quimby states that he can be taken out of office simply by a recall election, various people chant "Recall, recall, recall." This is very similar to a scene in the 1990 film Total Recall, where one of Arnold Schwarzenegger's friends mimics a TV ad for "Rekall."

    • Homer: This looks like a job for a father trying to win back his daughter's love!

      Obviously a reference to Superman's famous line "This looks like a job for Superman!"

    • Dick and Jane
      The title of this episode refers to the series of Dick And Jane children's books, one of which is titled See Dick Run.