The Simpsons

Season 12 Episode 17

Simpson Safari

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Apr 01, 2001 on FOX
out of 10
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Episode Summary

Simpson Safari
The Simpsons win an African safari vacation and get more than they bargained for.

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • poor

    What I liked: everything in the opening- "I want everything in one bag, but I don't want the bag to be heavy", "Bag boys have feelings to you know!" "Oh, no you don't," and the ending to the first act was funny. "I sense a great evil is coming!" The episode quickly got worse after the first act when the Simpsons went to Africa. I usually do not dislike episodes but this one just is not very interesting to me. I did not laugh as much as I would have liked, coming from the Simpsons, and the plot was pretty boring and did not keep my interest, so overall my final grade is a low D. Passable, but not by much.moreless
  • The Simpsons go to Africa.

    A belated prize awaits Homer in his next box of animal crackers, one which starts the family out on an exotic trip to Ngorongoro, Africa. This episode along with Saddlesore Galatica and Kill the Alligator and Run are among the most hated episodes of the series for NO reason. This was a decently good episode with some great jokes (President Mutu getting overthrown!) The part where the lady goes insane is always labled as creepy for me, but for the most part this was a pretty good episode that is not as bad as people say. Give it a watch.moreless
  • a really bad simpsons episode where the family win a safari trip in africa from finding a metal giraffe in homers cracker from the 60's

    it is just a plain boring painful episode that didnt impress me atall i waited for something good to happen but nothing did. right get this the family thinks theyre gonna be eaten by an aligator or a crocodile like they are gonna be eaten they wouldnt kill a character they only do that on halloween specials well ye to build up tension but it is so obvious and predicting you can guess easily that theyre not gonna die. this is like the only episode i dont like as much as all the others i think all the others are brilliant.moreless
  • Seriously, where's the plot, jokes, or even the fun in this episode? It's not really there, and this is the worst Simpsons episode ever created, period.

    It's so bad that I don't know where to begin. Oh yeah, it's a plotless episode that is basically a bunch of mostly crappy jokes put in just to make it go somewhere. Besides the strike in the beginning, nothing works as well as it should. The Simpsons needed food so Homer finds old animal crackers from the 60s in the attic(finding a gold animal cracker) and wins a free trip to Africa. From there, it's all jokes and no storylines. If watching this family having a vacation is about as good as it gets, what's so amusing about it when the jokes work less than half of the time? Plus, it's similar to the Japan episode, only that episode was superior to this one. No matter how many times I watch this episode, I just won't understand it and not like it either. It has no purpose to it too. Overall, worst simpsons episode ever.moreless
  • Not as horrible as everyone says

    I really do not understand why people call this episode that was so rib-cracking hilarious one of The Simpson\'s lowest points. Sure, it\'s a little silly but what is so horribly wrong about silly? It started off with a great gag, a bag boy Strike, which pulled off into a typical crazy simpsons one step leads to another where Homer wins a free trip to Africa! Its always fun to see the Simpsons in other places and make fun of the stereotypes. It was particularly funny to see Lisa get shutten up several times as the laws of natures were defied (the flower, the cheetah hatching from the egg (cut in syndication), and hippopatomuses hate water), and the stereotypes were well played, including the bush baby on Titenges shoulder and the fierce authoratarian leadership. I really wish they could have finished a better way than finding a chimp scientists headquarters, but it was fine, not the best ending. Overall, this had some pretty funny jokes and though its lame ending was an overall good episode

    Best Line: Lisa, getting eaten by a crocodile is just like going to a giant blendermoreless
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

Frank Welker

Frank Welker

Santa's Little Helper and Additional Animal Voices

Recurring Role

Karl Wiedergott

Karl Wiedergott

Additional Voices

Recurring Role

Tress MacNeille

Tress MacNeille

Agnes Skinner, Brandine Del Roy, Dolph and others

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (20)

    • Dr. Bushwell: Everyday, I get up at 5:30, watch the chimps, eat a quick lunch of roots and water, then more chimp-watching. After dark, I come home and think about chimps until it's time for bed.
      Homer: You must be the most boring woman on earth.
      Dr. Bushwell: Possibly, but...
      Homer: I mean, I knew scientists wasted their lives, but geez!

    • Homer: (Searching through the cupboards) "Sulpher Jerky"? "Cream of toast"? Where did we get this crap?
      Marge: Most of it was sent by relatives who can't see very well.

    • (An egg hatches and a rhino comes out)
      Lisa: Rhinos don't hatch from eggs.
      Homer: What did you just see, Lisa?
      Lisa: I know, but . . .
      Homer: What did you just see?

    • Homer: On the plane, I'm gonna need two seats (points to his butt cheeks) for the twins.

    • Flight Attendant: Please prepare for our landing in Tanzania.
      (Someone hands her a note)
      Flight Attendant: Excuse me. It is now called New Zanzibar.
      (Someone hands her another note)
      Flight Attendant: I'm sorry. It is now called Pepsi Presents New Zanzibar.

    • Homer: Hurry up, I can't stand here jabbing you all day!
      Bag Boy: Please, ow, stop, ow! Bag boys have feeling too, you know!
      Homer: No you don't!

    • Homer: So, I've noticed your home smells like feces. And not just monkey feces.

    • Homer: Olive oil? Asparagus? If your mother wasn't so fancy, we could shop at the gas station like normal people.

    • Bart: I need this candy for school…candy class.
      Homer: Well okay, but get five bags in case we eat four on the way home.
      Lisa: My teacher said I need cupcakes…cupcakes to learn.
      Homer: In the cart.
      Bart: I'm out of wine…
      Homer: Cart.

    • Lisa: These are just pictures of monkeys from famous movies! This is disgraceful, Doctor!
      Dr. Bushwell: All right! So I snapped! You don't understand the crushing loneliness and greed!

    • Bart: Well, I found another one.
      (Bart crosses off "warthog" on his animal watching sheet)
      Lisa: Bart, you didn't see a warthog.
      Bart: I'm looking at one right now.
      Lisa: Mom, Bart implied that I was a warthog.
      Marge: No one's a warthog.
      Bart: What about him?
      (Bart points to a warthog in the car)

    • Monkey: I found another diamond!
      Other Monkey: That's a zircon, you idiot!

    • (Kitengi turns off the lights and leaves.)
      Marge: Homer, did you remember to tip Kitengi?
      (A pair of eyes appear in the dark.)
      Kitengi: No, he did not!

    • Homer: The Simpsons are going to Africa.
      Family: Yay!
      (In Africa, two tribesmen dance around a fire. Suddenly, one of them stops)
      Tribesman: What is it, N'gungo?
      N'gungo: Evil is coming.
      Tribesman: What shall we do, N'gungo?
      N'gungo: (puts his mask on the other tribesman's head) You are N'gungo now!

    • Ms. Skinner: And you! Start over! I want everything in one bag.
      Bag Boy: Yes, ma'am.
      Ms. Skinner: But I don't want the bag to be heavy.
      Bag Boy: I don't think that's possible...
      Ms. Skinner: What are you, the "possible police"? Just do it!

    • Homer: Getting eaten by an alligator is just like falling asleep, in a giant blender.

    • Kitengi: They'll be back! They left their cargo pants.

    • Homer: Now we look at the map.
      (Turns animal crackers box over to see a picture of Africa.)
      Homer: Hee-hee, a monkey. Now, according to animal crackers, there's no river here--
      (He goes to take a step forwards.)
      Marge: Homer, stay in the boat!

    • Marge: This song has been going on for hours.
      Homer: Yeah! It's like the Allman Brothers!

    • Lisa: Find the golden giraffe and win a trip to Africa?
      Homer: Africa? They're bound to have food there!

  • NOTES (2)

    • This episode was nominated for the 2001 Emmy Award for Outstanding Music Composition for a Series (Dramatic Underscore).

    • Blackboard Joke: I will not flush evidence.
      Couch Gag: The family enters the living room and forms a kick line. They are joined by chorus girls, jugglers and then the living room wall rises into the air as the camera pulls back revealing a show biz spectacular that also features magicians, balancing elephants and trapeze artists.


    • The character of Dr. Joan Bushwell appears to be based on Jane Goodall, a famous primatologist and chimpanzee researcher who has also worked in Tanzania.

    • Waitress: Kiss my grits!

      This is a classic line spoken by the character Flo (played by Polly Holliday) from the 70's sitcom Alice.

    • Marge: Even on the soles of her shoes.
      The greenpeace person states that Dr. Joan Bushwell has "Hidden Diamonds Everwhere," In which Marge replies with "Even on the soles of her shoes." This reference is to a song written in 1986 by Paul Simon titled "Diamonds on the Soles of her Shoes," a song about a rich girl.