The Simpsons

Season 15 Episode 19

Simple Simpson

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM May 02, 2004 on FOX
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Simple Simpson
Homer is intrigued by a commercial that talks about a contest that will allow the winner, the finder of a golden ticket, a trip to "Farmer Billy's Bacon Factory." Homer buys a lot of pork products but is only able to find a silver ticket, which allows him to judge the pig competition at the county fair. When Homer sees an injustice being done to Lisa's entry in the place setting competition, he decides to take action. Remembering Chief Wiggum's warning about felony assault, he disguises himself as "Pie Man" and delivers a pie in the face as revenge. He disappears as quickly as he came, making Springfield wonder if they will ever see him again. When Bart gets ripped off by Comic Book Guy, "Pie Man" delivers some "key lime justice." The police decide that "Pie Man" needs to be stopped and they shoot him when he makes his next appearance. He takes time out from his fleeing to save Marge and then kisses her, even though she tells him she's a married woman. Later at home, the wounded Homer makes a promise to Lisa (who's figured out his disguise) that he will stop his pie avenging. When Mr. Burns goes too far, "Pie Man" makes another appearance, but his escape from the plant is thwarted by his own laziness. Mr. Burns turns him into his personal hit man. Homer finds himself in a dilemma when Mr. Burns wants him to deliver a pie in the face of Lisa's Buddhist hero the Dalai Lama. When he comes clean in front of a crowd, no one believes that he was capable of being the "Pie Man," only his family believes in him.moreless

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  • After seeing Lisa berated at a competition by a nasty judge, Homer decides to cheer his daughter up in a rather odd way.

    There's no need to fear, Pie Man is here! "Simple Simpson" is the best episode of season fifteen. What made this episode work so well for me is not just the great jokes and sight gags, but that it is also an excellent satire of the superhero genre as a whole. Hint after hint, mainly due to Homer's ineptitude, is dropped that Homer is Pie Man. Yet the citizens of Springfield all miss them and have no clue as to Pie Man's identity. Despite not disguising his voice and just covering his face with a mask, nobody can figure out the obvious. I have always had that problem with such comic book heroes as Robin and Green Lantern. This episode does not leave any cliche out. There is always one person who knows the hero's identity and in this case its Lisa. Even the name Pie Man just cracks me up. There are many more great moments in this classic episode. Just all the more reason why you should see it if you have not already.moreless
  • I really wanted to give this episode a perfect score but a couple of things just had to ruin it

    I thought that this was a superb episode of "The Simpsons". It would have been an excellent episode and possibly one of my favorite episodes of this show but a couple of things just had to ruin this episode and they bugged me so much that I had to take away 10 points and make this episode a 9 instead of a 10. The first thing that bugged me about this episode was Mr. Burns. I really didn't like Mr. Burns in this episode and I really didn't like it when he found out about Homer being "Pie Man" and blackmailing him to do all of the tasks or else he tells everyone that Homer is "Pie Man". The second and last thing that bugged me was the ending with Homer revealing to everyone at Springfield that he is "Pie Man" but no one believes that Homer is "Pie Man" because is what everyone just called him a "dumb@$$". I know Homer is stupid but that just seems kinda mean and stupid that everyone wouldn't believe he's "Pie Man" just because he is dumb. Other than those things, I really liked this episode but I wish that I LOVED this episode instead of REALLY LIKING this episode. Anyways, Homer being a superhero called "Pie Man" made me laugh so hard and everything that he did as "Pie Man" which is mainly throw pies into people's face was genius and original. Lisa already knowing that Homer is "Pie Man" was funny. I just really loved seeing Homer as "Pie Man" in this episode because it was funny, entertaining, and original all the way. Overall, if a couple of things didn't ruin this episode for me, it would have gotten a 10.... oh well, a 9 is still a very good score though. 9/10moreless
  • Homer becomes pie man.

    This is literally one of the greatest episode in Simpsons history, and definately one of my favorite episode by far. Homer was the perfect fit for pie man and this episode was just chaulk full of endless gags and giggles. I loved how stupid Homer was in trying to keep his secret identity and basically I love this whole episode. In my opinion this is a must see episode because it is just flawless. This just proves to you that the Simpsons is still purely brilliant and that there is no decline. I know that when I look back on this series this episode will be one of the first episodes I think of. IMO this episode could not have been any better. A+moreless
  • One of the best episodes that you can watch. Utterly hilarious...... This is why the later seasons are still amazing.....

    Homer wins a place judging a pig competition at the county fair. When Homer sees an injustice being done to Lisa's entry in the place setting competition, he disguises himself as "Pie Man" and delivers a pie in the face as revenge. He disappears as quickly as he came. When Bart gets ripped off by Comic Book Guy, "Pie Man" strikes again. The police decide that "Pie Man" needs to be stopped and they shoot him when he makes his next appearance. As Pie Man he woo's Marge and then kisses her. Lisa walks in on the wounded Homer and he promises he will stop using his alter ego. When Mr. Burns goes too far, "Pie Man" makes another appearance, but his escape from the plant is thwarted by his own laziness. Mr. Burns turns him into his personal hit man. When Mr. Burns wants him to deliver a pie to Lisa's Buddhist hero the Dalai Lama, he comes clean in front of a crowd, but only his family believe it was him all along.moreless
  • Even the newer seasons have episodes that belong in Seasons 1-9

    This episode started off with huge laughs and when Homer becomes the Pie-Man, you'll love it. It had many super hero references, a plot about heroism, and some of the funniest jokes you'll ever hear in the newer seasons, as it's funnier than most episodes before and after this one. I laughed so hard at jokes like Mr. Burns forgetting about Homer working for him, Homer revealing himself when attacked by cops, and Homer's heroic acts were funny as well.

    When Burns found out his identity, in other for Homer to hide his identity, he he must do bad deeds for Burns, which was funny and cruel at the same time. Homer reveals himself in the end to stop doing bad deeds and such.

    The ending was ok, and some jokes were not that funny(like Police Wiggum turning on the police siren, is that even funny), but overall, this was a fantastic episode and is one of Season 15's best episodes ever.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

Nichelle Nichols

Nichelle Nichols


Guest Star

Tress MacNeille

Tress MacNeille

Agnes Skinner, Brandine Del Roy, Dolph and others

Recurring Role

Karl Wiedergott

Karl Wiedergott

Additional Voices

Recurring Role

Pamela Hayden

Pamela Hayden

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

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (26)

    • Lisa: Dad, it's obvious you're Pie Man. We've been getting his mail for weeks.

    • Country Singer (singing):
      I could please Ms. Barbra Streisand,
      By spitting on the flag,
      And strangling a bald eagle,
      On the cover of some mag,
      But I love my country,
      To me she has no sins,
      If you don't buy my record,
      Then Al Qaeda wins!

    • Homer: Wherever injustice shows its ugly face, I will be there, for I am the Pie Man.
      Bart: And wherever Pie Man is, the cupcake kid will not be far behind.
      Marge: While you two are up on the roof, why don't you take the leaves out of the gutter?

    • Homer: Oh, I can't do this in front of Lisa. Oh, why does she have to believe in things!

    • Mr. Burns: Simpson! You'll rue the day you took that pie tin, poked holes for eyes, and attached a rubber band around the back.
      Homer: It's not a rubber band it's a scrunchee!

    • Homer: I'll keep my promise, honey.
      Mr. Burns: No looking at pictures of loved ones!
      Homer: (murmurs) Lousy Burns bald headed
      Mr. Burns: No angry grumbling under your breath!

    • Pie: Throw me! I'm old and stale! I might just kill him. Ahahahahaaaa!
      Cake: Don't do it Homer, you made a promise to Lisa!
      Homer: Since when do I listen to cakes!

    • Wiggum: Oh, way to go Lou, you hit him!
      Lou: You sound like you're surprised.
      Wiggum: I'm trying to give you positive re-enforcement, jerk!
      Lou: That's positive, calling me a jerk?
      Wiggum: You are a jerk!

    • Marge: Ooh, I bet he's Ned Flanders!
      Homer: Flanders!? He's not man enough to trim my crust, I mean, Pie Man's crust. Uh, I'm not Pie Man.

    • Singer: This song is about a country I love, you may have heard of it, it's called America.
      Homer: Hey I know that country!

    • Homer: What you doing sweetie?
      Lisa: I'm drawing a picture of my newest hero. Pie Man.
      Homer: Gee, I thought I had a bigger package than that.

    • Wiggum: One more assault Simpson and you're going down. Heh, I didn't know I could fit in a bubble, I must be losing weight!

    • Milhouse: Finally, a superhero that kids can love.
      Nelson: What about Fist Face?
      Milhouse: Fist Face? Who's Fist Face? Why won't you tell me who Fist Face is. I demand you reveal the identity of Fist Face.
      Nelson: It's you. (punches him)

    • Homer: That's right, Pie Man is me, mild-mannered Homer Simpson.
      Lisa: You're not mild-mannered, you're often liquored-up and rude.

    • Homer: Quiet, the commercial is on... if we don't watch these, it's like we're stealing TV!

    • Bart: What do those women expect? When you sign a contract with FOX, you know you're going to be betrayed and humiliated.

    • Mr. Burns: Now open the folder. It contains your next victim.
      (Homer opens the folder and takes out a picture.)
      Homer: No not him! Anyone but him! I've had my problems with him, everyone has. But like every monster he just wants to be loved.
      (Picture is shown to be Homer)

    • Homer: Welcome to my secret lair.
      Lisa: Dad, this is the basement. Here's the iced tea I left down here this afternoon.

    • Homer: No trap can hold Homer Simpson! Uh, but I'm not Homer Simpson... I'm the Pieman! Homer Simpson away! I mean, the Pieman.

    • (Homer smashes Mr. Burns with a pie)
      Homer: I've run out of pie-related puns!

    • Homer: Judge a pig contest? I don't know, I'm no super-genius... or are I?

    • PieMan: Don't do the crime if you can't do the "Key Lime"!

    • Host: We told you ladies that you would be coming to an island to compete with other woman, and try to capture the heart of a millionare, well we lied.
      (The ladies gasp)
      Host: You are actually staying on a peninsula.

    • Kent Brockman: Pie! Tasty dessert, tricky math thing, and now a weapon used to fight crime.

    • Mr. Burns: Simpson! You're late, bald and stupid. I'm docking you a day's pay!

    • Marge: I knew you were the pie man all along.
      Homer: Was it because of the kiss?
      Marge: No, you'd have to be an idiot not to know it was you in that costume!

  • NOTES (2)

    • When Homer is watching the bacon commercial at the beginning, if you look closely you can see Ralph Wiggum riding the conveyor belt with the pigs.

    • Blackboard Joke: None.
      Couch Gag: A la Batman the couch is replaced by a series of poles with each family member's name on a pole. They slide down the poles and land on the couch, each clad in various "Bat Attire." Homer as Batman, Marge, Lisa and Maggie as Batgirl, and Bart as Robin.


    • When Homer draws his super hero, it actually looks like Mega Man from the Mega Man 3 "Got Weapon" screen.

    • Homer: I found the golden ticket!
      The whole subplot with the golden tickets in packs of bacon is a reference to the 1964 children's book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl, which was made into a move twice; in 1971, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory starring Gene Wilder and in 2005, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, starring Johnny Depp.

    • :
      FOX's promos for this episode (and possibly the episode will include this as well) use the opening theme for the 1967-1970 version of Spider-Man.

    • Jack of All Trades
      When Homer/Pieman swirls his cape outside the Dalai Lama meeting, and the cape transition/wipes to the next scene, it's the same transition they used when Jack Styles, as the Daring Dragoon, swirled his cape and switched scenes in the series Jack of All Trades.

    • :
      There are multiple references to the 2002 film "Spider-Man" including Homer's costume sketches and the upside-down kiss he shares with Marge.

    • : "It's clobberin' time!"
      This exclamation is a play on the war cry of The Thing, a member of the Fantastic Four. His catch phrase is "It's clobberin' time!"

    • :
      The part where Homer calls himself "mild mannered" is a reference to Superman where Superman's alter ego Clark Kent is mild mannered. The part where Pie Man is a vigilante comes from Batman because Batman is considered a vigilante and of course the Spiderman reference which is mentioned above.

    • :
      The title (and the pies in the plot) is a reference to the nursery rhyme "Simple Simon."

    • :
      The show the Simpsons are watching at the beginning of this episode, is a rip-off of "Joe Millionaire". (According to the episode, "Today, I am a Klown" it was Krusty who had the idea for this show in the Simpsons world.)