The Simpsons

Season 20 Episode 1

Sex, Pies and Idiot Scrapes

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Sep 28, 2008 on FOX
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Episode Summary

After yet another day in court for disorderly conduct, Homer takes up bounty hunting for extra money. But after Flanders saves him during a case, they become partners in their new occupation. Once the partnership takes a turn for the worse, Homer becomes the hunted, as Ned is on the prowl for him after he skips bail. Meanwhile, Marge mistakenly takes a job at an erotic bakery.moreless

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  • Great Episode

    Homer almost gets shot in the brain by a gun by Snake. Ned Flanders puts bullet proof glass in front of Homer so it would reflect back to Snake, Homer and Ned become a bounty hunting team. Ned Flanders complains when Homer puts a bag over their face cause he almost killed them. When Flanders gets fed up over Homer, Flanders finds out Homer is the last bail jumper, the episode ends with Ned Flanders chasing Homer. Until they fall in wet cement. Meanwhile, Marge little did she know was working at an erotic bakery. When Homer was in prison he opens a cake that says to the love of my lifemoreless
  • Great Season premiere

    Homer becomes a bounty hunter, and when Flanders saves his life on one of his missions, they soon become bounty hunter partners.

    Meanwhile, Marge gets a job at an erotic bakery.

    This was a pretty good episode. There were many funny jokes, but the episode was boring in some places. I loved the beginning with the irish parade. I also loved the Batman parody Homer and Flanders, and I liked how Homer tazered the coffee, and other things. And If you look closely, you can see Sideshow Bob escape from prison in this episode.

    Overall Grade: 90%/A-

    Not the best, but still good.moreless
  • Hilarious first two acts... "WTH" third act

    Homer and Ned become bounty hunters, but soon they start to fight when they can't agree on stuff. Then Ned goes to resign, but his boss tells him he needs to catch one more person: Homer.

    Meanwhile, Marge has been working in a bakery... an erotic one.

    Homer finds out Ned plans on turning him in, so he goes through whatever he can to avoid getting caught. This includes a highly overly cartoony third act. At the end however he is caught and is put in jail.

    The first two acts had a decent amount of humor, and I feel like one of those fans who had been watching the show since day one, but I hated the third act. Too wacky. I don't know how people overlook it, it really makes the episode feel terriblemoreless
  • Homer and Ned become bounty hunters.

    Well let's face it, the Simpsons have been around for 20 years and I think its safe to say that no one could predict the show would be this successful. The episode that would kick off this season had great hype around it, and many felt that this would be a classic episode that would define the Simpsons take on comedy. Let's face that facts tho that this episode did not live up to anyone's expectations. The epsiode had a couple of gags that gave me a chuckle and I think the plot had some potential, but I just don't think that the writers did all they could with an idea as good as this. However, all in all this episode was pretty well written and had a well-thought out idea behind it. 8/10moreless
  • Alright episode. But I dont think it lived up to the hype that surrounded this episode and its promo. Nonetheless it was still entertaining.

    Homer is sent to jail after a haphazard, booze-free brawl at the Springfield St. Patrick's Day parade. When he goes to get his bail bond, Homer meets Lucky Jim and Wolf the Bounty Hunter and decides to try his own hand at the lucrative profession. The new-and-improved Homer the Bounty Hunter soon teams up with Ned Flanders to create quite the unlikely bounty-hunting duo, but when Homer's new no-mercy attitude gets the best of him, Flanders is less than impressed. Meanwhile, unbeknownst to her, Marge begins working at an erotic bakery. Like I said before this episode was decent but it didnt live up to what we all expected it to be.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

Julia Louis-Dreyfus

Julia Louis-Dreyfus


Guest Star

Robert Forster

Robert Forster

Lucky Jim

Guest Star

Tress MacNeille

Tress MacNeille

Agnes Skinner, Brandine Del Roy, Dolph and others

Recurring Role

Joe Mantegna

Joe Mantegna

Fat Tony

Recurring Role

Karl Wiedergott

Karl Wiedergott

Additional Voices

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Sideshow Bob is spotted twice in this episode. First his image comes across on the fax machine in Homer and Ned's office and later he can be seen escaping jail.

    • Goof: In the scene where Ned is a magician there is an animation glitch. For about 1 second his eyes seem to pop out of his glasses.

    • Music in this episode
      "Toora Loora Loora" an Irish Lullaby (Lisa sings this to settle the quarreling Irish at the parade.)
      "Electric Avenue" by Eddy Grant (Heard during Homer and Ned's bounty hunting montage.)

    • Goof: When Bart is first seen in this episode, he's wearing a light green T-shirt with a 4 leaf clover symbolizing St. Patrick's Day. But when he's viewing the Irish folk dancers, he's wearing his regular orange-colored shirt. However, when he's viewing the parades between the Irish and Northern Irish, he's back in his green shirt.

  • QUOTES (4)

    • (Principal Skinner treats Superintendent Chalmers to dinner at his home.)
      Superintendent Chalmers: Seymour, those string beans were cooked to perfection. After 20 years, I am finally starting to like you.
      Principal Skinner: Just wait for dessert, sir. I made it with you in mind.
      Superintendent Chalmers: Outstanding. I'll just shut my eyes and let you place it before me.
      (Selma's erotic cake accidentally flies in through the window and lands on the table in front of Chalmers and Skinner and the two recoil in horror when they see it.)
      Agnes: (from upstairs) Seymour! What's going on? I'm coming down there!
      Superintendent Chalmers: Quick! We'll have to eat from each end. We'll know we're safe when our lips meet in the middle.

    • Judge Snyder: Bail is set at $25,000.
      Homer: (scoffs) I make that in a year.

    • Marge: This was such a pleasant St. Patrick's day until the Irish people showed up.

    • Mayor Quimby: Greetings, fellow Irishmen and lady-Irishmen!

  • NOTES (2)

    • During Homer and Ned's chase scene, Homer jumps into a moving limousine and then exits victorious with an Emmy in his outstretched arm; a nod to The Simpsons 2008 Emmy win from a few weeks prior for Outstanding Animated Programming.

    • Blackboard Joke: None.
      Couch Gag: The family rushes to the couch and is then cryogenically frozen a la Han Solo in The Empire Strikes Back. Boba Fett then enters and takes them away.


    • Jackie Brown
      Robert Forster voicing a bail bondsman in this episode is quite possibly a reference to the Quentin Tarantino movie Jackie Brown where he also plays the same role.

    • AC/DC
      The song Homer and Ned sing in the car, "Kindly Deeds Done for Free," is a parody of Australian rock band AC/DC's "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap" from the 1976 album of the same name.

    • The Simpsons Game
      The scene involving Ned chasing Homer through the planetarium is a reference to the "Bartman Begins" stage of The Simpsons Game (2007).

    • Grindhouse
      One of the bounty hunters in Lucky Jim's stable is a woman with an automatic rifle for a leg, parodying the Cherry Darling character from the "Planet Terror" segment of the 2007 film Grindhouse.

    • Dog the Bounty Hunter
      Wolf the Bounty Hunter is an obvious parody of Duane Chapman, otherwise known as Dog the Bounty Hunter who stars in a reality series of the same name on A&E.

    • Batman
      While Homer is reminiscing about starting the bounty hunter business with Flanders, the visuals and music are referencing the 60's TV series Batman, starring Adam West.

    • The French Connection
      The car chase scene is taken from the 1971 film The French Connection, starring Gene Hackman as Popeye Doyle.

    • Marvel Comics
      Parodies of The Incredible Hulk and The Thing, two Marvel Comics superheroes, can be seen fighting each other during the St. Patrick's Day parade. The "Mulk" (this episode's version of the Hulk) can also be spotted in court, at the sentencing line right in front of Homer.

    • Sex, Lies and Videotape
      The title of this episode is a play on the title of the 1989 Steven Soderbergh film Sex, Lies and Videotape.