The Simpsons

Season 2 Episode 2

Simpson and Delilah

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Oct 18, 1990 on FOX



  • Trivia

    • In the break room at the nuclear plant, there's a sign near the coffee pot that mentions the coffee refill "honor system" and says that refills are 25 cents. None of the workers seem to be honoring this request, however.

    • Homer gets his hair cut at Jake's Unisex Hair Palace.

    • LOOK HARD: The address of Dimoxinil is 485 Hair Plaza in Hair City, Utah.

    • When Karl takes Homer to a clothing store called Royal Majesty, two different signs can be seen. The sign in the front of the store reads, "For the obese or gangly gentleman." And a sign seen in the fitting area reads, "You rip it, you buy it."

    • Homer's other hair-growth products: ''Hair Master,'' Gorilla Man,'' ''Hair Chow,'' ''Bald Buster,'' ''NU GRO'' and ''U Wanna B Hair-E.''

    • On security camera footage, the power plant employee, Charlie, can be seen smoking a cigarette in front of a no smoking sign.

    • At the power plant, Homer casually hangs his hard hat over a flashing red valve meter that reads, "Danger."

    • Homer reads a Playdude magazine at Jake's Unisex Hair Palace.

    • The following can be spotted on the power plant insurance form that Homer fills out for his Dimoxinil: Homer's birth date is 5/10/1955. His Social Security number is 568-47-8008. Homer incorrectly checked the "Female" box, then scratched it out and checked the "Male" box. Homer's reason for needing Dimoxinil is, "To keep brain from freezing."

    • The heart on the Dimoxonil T-shirt had hair growing on it.

    • In the executive washroom, the string quartet is playing this piece of music:
      Claude Debussy - String Quartet No. 1 Op. 10 in G Minor.

    • Goof: When talking to the doctor about using his health insurance, Homer's hairline above his ear vanishes in a shot, then reappears.

    • Goof: The package of floss changes color in the bathroom cabinet. When Homer first opens the cabinet the floss container is white. Then the morning that Homer discovers his new hair, the floss container in the cabinet is blue.

    • In this episode Mr. Burns claims to be 81 years old.

  • Quotes

    • (After the Dimoxinil is spilled on the floor, Homer rubs his head on the carpet and cries)
      Lisa: Dad seems to be taking this in a less than heroic fashion.

    • (Mr. Burns and Smithers study security camera footage.)
      Mr. Burns: Morons. Pathetic morons in my employ, stealing my precious money. This is hopeless. None of these cretins deserves a promotion.
      Smithers: Well, it's in the union contract, sir. One token promotion from within per year.
      Mr. Burns: Wait! Who is that young go-getter? (Points at a monitor with Homer on it.)
      Smithers: Well, it sort of looks like (Chuckles) Homer Simpson, only more dynamic and resourceful.
      Mr. Burns: Simpson, huh? Hmm. An unspoiled lump of clay to mold in my own image. Our new junior executive. Bring him to me!

    • (After losing his hair again, Homer struggles through a presentation in front of the power plant executives.)
      Homer: Uh, the long-term benefits more than offsetting the one-time cost for a net savings of f-five thousand, two, uh, hundred an--(Stammers) Oh, lots of money.

    • (Homer runs through the town rejoicing about his new hair.)
      Homer: Good morning, Moe's Tavern!
      Barney: Hey! It's the president!

    • (Homer, Lenny and Carl eat lunch at the power plant)
      Homer: D'oh! Outta tartar sauce. They call this a portion? Hey, Lenny, are you gonna use all of your tartar sauce?
      (Lenny slides his lunch tray away from Homer)
      Homer: Dry fish sticks. This sucks.
      Carl: Quit complaining, chrome dome.
      Homer: D'oh! If I had hair, you wouldn't be calling me that!

    • Lenny: Homer, don't be a sap all of your life. Just fill out a few medical insurance forms creatively. Charge that Dimoxinil stuff to the company.
      Homer: But it's a thousand bucks. Burns would can my butt in no time flat.
      Lenny: (Sarcastically) Ooh! A thousand bucks. So what? To Mr. Burns, that's one less ivory back scratcher.

    • (The Simpson family watches a game show called Grade School Challenge on TV)
      Game Show Host: Okay, the capital of North Dakota is named after what German ruler?
      Homer: Hitler!
      Marge: (Questioning Homer) Hitler, North Dakota?
      Patty and Selma: (In unison) Bismarck.
      Girl Contestant: Bismarck!
      Bart: (To Homer) Hitler?
      Homer: Hey, I'm still beating you, boy.
      Game Show Host: Okay, the colors of the Italian flag are red, white, and what?
      Bart: Blue!
      Homer: Yellow!
      Bart: Orange!
      Selma: Green.
      Bart: Red!
      Patty: Green.
      Bart: Purple!
      Homer: Red! White! Black! Green!
      Girl Contestant: Green.
      Homer: I was right! (Claps)

    • (Marge discusses Homer's new hair with Patty and Selma.)
      Marge: He's much happier at work and--Well, just between us girls, he hasn't been this frisky in years!
      Patty: Mmm.
      Selma: I don't wanna think about it.

    • (Karl sits down for his interview for the assistant job with Homer)
      Karl: You don't belong here.
      Homer: Huh?
      Karl: You don't belong here.
      (Karl stands and points at Homer across the desk)
      Karl: You're a fraud and a phony, and it's only a matter of time until they find you out.
      Homer: (Gasps) Who told you?
      Karl: You did. You told me with the way you slump your shoulders, the way you talk into your chest, the way you smother yourself in bargain-basement lime-green polyester.

    • (Homer is busy strangling Bart after he wasted the rest of the Dimoxinil.)
      Homer: Boy...must...die!
      Bart: (Groans) I love you, Dad!
      Homer: D'oh!
      (Homer stammers and lets Bart go.)
      Homer: Dirty trick. Okay. I'm not gonna kill you, but I'm gonna tell you three things that are gonna haunt you for the rest of your days. You've ruined your father, you've crippled your family, and baldness is hereditary!
      Bart: (Shocked) It is?

    • Homer: Dear God, give a bald guy a break. Amen.

    • Burns: Let the fools have their "tar-tar sauce."

  • Notes

    • In order to receive it's former U rating in the UK on the Simpsons "Complete Second Season" DVD sexual references in the audio commentary version of this episode were cut out by the BBFC to avoid the 12 rating.

    • The character of Karl was played by openly gay actor Harvey Fierstein, and it is at least implied that Karl is also gay. This marks the beginning of a trend of several LGBT characters on The Simpsons. The character was supposed to reappear in "Three Gays of the Condo," but Fierstein objected.

    • Blackboard Joke: Tar is not a plaything.
      Couch Gag: The family does a dance before sitting down.

  • Allusions

    • Mr. Burns: You know, I was watching the DuMont last night, and I happened to catch a fascinating documentary on Rommel, the Desert Fox.
      DuMont was one of the first companies to produce television sets. But the pun is that back in the early 50's, DuMont had its own television network in competition with the big three, much like what FOX is doing now. In fact, many of the current FOX stations and buildings once belonged to the DuMont network.

    • Minoxidil
      The chemical Minoxidil is commonly found in most hair grow solutions. Homer's hair restoration product is called Dimoxidil, which is a slight twist on the Minoxidil name.

    • Karl: They've given you...the key!
      The scene where Homer receives the key to the executive washroom is a parody of a similar scene in the 1957 film Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?

    • Sampson And Delilah
      The episode title, "Simpson and Delilah," spoofs the bible story of a long-haired, brawny Jew, named Sampson, and the evil, seductress Philistine, Delilah.

    • It's A Wonderful Life
      In the montage when Homer runs joyously through downtown with his new hair, we see a visual of a church bell ringing. The visual itself, the way it fades in, and the emotion in the scene could all be a reference from the end of the 1946 film It's A Wonderful Life.

    • Homer: Of all the rip-off, screw-job, gyp-joint--
      Homer's tear-choked complaint about Dimoxinil costing $1000, is a parody of one of Bogart's famous lines from the 1942 film Casablanca.