The Simpsons

Season 9 Episode 19

Simpson Tide

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Mar 29, 1998 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Simpson Tide
Homer gets fired from the nuclear plant and decides to join the Naval Reserve. Other reservists include Moe, Barney, and Apu. Meanwhile, Bart gets an earring to look cool, but Homer makes him quit wearing it and ends up taking it with him to sea. Because of Homer's nuclear experience, he is assigned to a nuclear submarine. The Captain likes Homer because of his witty and wise remarks and he promotes him. During a war game exercise, the Captain leaves Homer in charge; things get bad, when the Captain becomes incapacitated. Homer makes some bad decisions and nearly starts a war. Bart's earring comes in handy when the ship springs a leak.moreless

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  • Simpson Tide is one of my personal favorites episodes of The Simpsons.

    (Pardon my English please). I admit the story line of this episode is ridiculous, that is for sure. But from the very beginning there is amazing concentracion of jokes which influenced me through my whole childhood. (No sentiment, just very used VHS). Homer's donut trial, his idea of putting a donut into a reactor core, inappropriet question, clapper, Homer shouting he's a freak, Barney's mother!, coming soon - Starbucks (we didnt have one of those in Czech Rep. in those days), Homer's pronunciation of 'nuclear', "This is completely different!", in a Czech dub version Moe says tv show Friends is 'out', Grampa saying "Homer maybe a communist, but he's not a pornstar", UN building - over there, "You mean water?" line... Second half is a bit slower, yes, but these jokes provided me and my friends hours of laughter.moreless
  • Gagfest

    This episode is almost strictly a gagfest, which means that the gags and jokes seem more important then the plot. This doesn't make it a bad episode, it just means that it has more gags and jokes then most other episodes.

    In this episode, Homer, Apu, Barney and Moe join the Naval Reserves. But Homer is named captain of the ship they are on when they accidentally launch the old one out of a torpedo.

    So, this episode is really wacky. Is it good wacky? Pretty much. There seems to be more "jokes per-minute" things. Every other line was a joke it seemed. Still great thoughmoreless
  • Revisited this episode recently and I have to say this is criminally underrated.

    Just the right amount of absurdness and wit that combines elements of a typical season 5 and 6 episode, and I love it. To me it just goes to show that the storyline can be quite out there and still be an excellent episode. It's too bad Al Jean's return to the show (especially in most recent years) hasn't been met with this standard.

    It might not be on the level of the most brilliant episodes the show ever concocted, but it's a very entertaining 22 minutes and one of the best of season 9. Plenty of great gags succeed and the dialogue here has that aura that lends itself to prime Simpsons.moreless
  • meh

    this episode is fairly boring

    the Bart part i have to admit is okay but the Homer scenes were unfunny just stupid. I did not like this episode very much at all.few funny parts stick out in my head such as ralph saying " that is so 1991" to bart doing the bart man but overall, terribly terrible of all terribles. the homer part and the navy was all such a blur and not very funny. also a part that i disliked was the whole russian roulette in the back of moe's bar thing! THAT WASN'T FUNNY AT ALL! seriously? i mean i love season 9 but this is a disgracemoreless
  • this was a good ep

    in this ep of the simpsons show homer and his friends join the navy reserve and homer does not know what he is doing and is not that smart so he causes a international incident which leads to the sub to take fire and he is put in control of the sub as the leader. and he must lead his group to safy and his other friends barney is drinking in one of the fire chambers and bear cans fall out . this was a funny ep and it had some good moments. and that is why i gave it a 8.5moreless
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

Bob Denver

Bob Denver


Guest Star

Rod Steiger

Rod Steiger

Captain Tenille

Guest Star

Michael Carrington

Michael Carrington

Navy Instructor

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 (33)

    • (after Homer has fired the sub captain at the second submarine, leaving a human-shaped dent in the second submarine)
      Second Submarine Crewman: We've been hit by an officer!
      Second Submarine Captain: If they're going to fire on us, we'll respond in kind! Fire! (several crewmen grab the captain) Not me, a torpedo!

    • Lisa: I think you're a hero, Dad!
      Homer: Well, I couldn't have done it without Bart. Boy, I guess I was wrong about that earring. It saved us all.
      Bart: Hey, can I get a tattoo that says "Bite Me"? You never know when it might come in handy!
      Homer: I don't think so, son.
      Bart: King Cobra?
      Homer: No.
      Bart: Weapons-grade plutonium?
      Homer: Ask your mother.
      Bart: Knock-out drops?
      Homer: No.
      Bart: Ninja death stars?
      Homer: Maybe for Christmas.

    • Man: Attention, Homer Simpson. you have ten seconds to explain your actions before we open fire.
      Homer: Uh ... it's my first day!

    • Apu: You saved us, Homer!
      Homer: Mr. Moe, prepare to surface!
      Moe: Would you wanna stop callin' me "Mr. Moe"?
      Homer: No.

    • Barney: May day, may day! The engine room has sprung a leak! It's filling up with a clear, non-alcoholic liquid!
      Homer: You mean water?
      Barney: Yeah, that's it.

    • Kent: Well sir, treason season started early this year, as a nuclear sub was hijacked by local man Homer Simpson.
      (A picture of Homer, dressed as a drunk, dancing Russian, pops up on the screen.)
      Marge: Oh my God!
      Lisa: I told him that photo would come back to haunt him.

    • Female Officer: Fifteen seconds to collision! We need a decision.
      Homer: Hmm, what would the Captain say in my spot?
      (From inside the torpedo tube, Captain Tennille yells.)
      Tennille: Don't fire the torpedoes!
      Homer: Fire the torpedoes!

    • Lisa: Be careful, Dad.
      Homer: Oh, Lisa, it's just war games. It's not like a game could hurt me.
      (Homer starts imagining)
      Homer: Damn you, Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots! Can't we all just get along?

    • Homer: You know, Marge, joining the reserves was the best thing I ever did. I feel good about myself, I'm helping my country, and later I'm going to get Gilligan's autograph.
      Marge: I'm so proud of you, Homey!
      Homer: Then I'll whomp him with my hat! (laughs)

    • Man with Eye Patch: Lost this eye in Haiti. I was drinking a Mai Tai, and I forgot to take the little parasol out.

    • Principal Skinner: Young man, the school dress code specifically forbids the wearing of earrings unless you're of Gypsy obstraction.
      Milhouse: Well, uh, I'm a Gypsy.
      Principal Skinner: Oh, really! Prove it.
      Milhouse: Uh, I vant to suck your blood!
      Principal Skinner: Nuh-uh, that's a vampire. But, uh, they're also covered. Carry on!

    • Milhouse: Hey, Bart. Check out my new earring. Pretty cool, huh?
      Bart: Milhouse, my Mom wears earrings. Do you think she's cool?
      Milhouse: No! I think she's hot! Sorry… it just slipped out.

    • Homer: See you in a week!
      Lisa: Good luck, Dad! Although I'm morally opposed to the Military Industrial Complex of which you are now a part.
      Homer: Aw, that's sweet, honey. I'll bring you back a hat.
      Bart: Hey, Homer, bring me back a torpedo.
      Homer: No.
      Bart: But Flanders got his kids torpedoes!
      Homer: Oh, he did, did he? I'll show him! I'll bring you a weapon of unimaginable destructive power!
      Marge: Homer!
      Homer: But only if you're good! … Even if you're not.

    • Homer: Well guys, I won't be seeing you for a while.
      Barney: Where you going?
      Homer: I've joined the Naval Reserve!
      Barney: Well, I'm not gonna let anything happen to my best friend. I'm joining too!
      Moe: Well I'm not going to let anything happen to my two best customers. I'm joining too!
      Apu: And although my religion strictly forbids military service, what the hey! I'm in too!

    • Doughnut 1: Homer Simpson, you stand accused of eating half the population of the planet of the doughnuts!
      Doughnut 2: As Homer's defense attorney, I feel we should be mercifu… hey! Did you just take a bite out of me?
      Homer: Uh… maybe.

    • Homer: Please remain calm and think of your loved ones!
      Moe: Oh Mr. Snuggles, I wuv you so...What you lookin' at!?

    • Abe: My Homer is not a Communist. He may be a liar, a pig, an idiot, a Communist, but he is NOT a porn star!

    • Homer: Well, I guess that's everyone. Except earring boy!
      Bart: Come on, dad didn't you do anything wild when you were a kid?
      Homer: Well, when I was 10 I got my ears pierced. But this is completely different!

    • Ralph: My neck hurts and my ear hurts. I have two owies!

    • Marge: What on earth possessed you to getting an earring?
      Bart: Milhouse has one!
      Marge: If Milhouse jumped off a cliff--
      Bart: Milhouse jumped off a cliff? I'm there!

    • Guy: Can I help you?
      Bart: I'd like to get my ears pierced!
      Guy: Better make it quick, kiddo, in five minutes this place is becoming a Starbucks!

    • Homer: No way man! My hair is who I am!
      (Homer's two hairs are cut off)
      Homer: Oh, I'm a freak!

    • Homer: We live in a highly technological age where fighting a war is as simple as turning off a light
      (He starts clapping)
      Marge: We don't have a clapper!
      Homer: (Clapping) Sorry, can't hear you, Marge. I'm clapping!
      (Homer claps for several seconds before throwing the lamp out the window.)
      Homer: Nightie night!

    • Sergeant: Your mommies aren't here!
      Barney: Mine is!
      (Cuts to Barney's mom who looks exactly like him except for a dress, long hair and a girly hat and she belches)

    • Sergeant: All right Simpson, you don't like me and I don't like you.
      Homer: I like you.
      Sergeant: All right, you like me, but I don't like you.
      Homer: Maybe you'd like me if you got to know me!

    • Homer: Damage report, Mr. Moe.
      Moe: Sonar: out. Navigation: out. Radio: out.
      Homer: Enough of what's out! What's in?
      Moe: Ice-blended mocha drinks and David Schwimmer.
      Homer: Yes, he is handsome in an ugly sort of way.

    • (Milhouse shows off his earring to the kids in awe on the bus.)
      Bart: Hey, if you want cool, check this out. (Singing) "Everybody if you can do the Bartman/Shake your body, turn it out if you can, man/Do the Bartman, yeah!"
      (The kids look at him bored.)
      Ralph: That is so 1991.

    • Moe: Main power down. Auxiliary power down. We're down to mood lighting here!
      (A Muzak version of "Girl from Ipanema" begins to play, and Homer starts to dance)

    • (Homer is dreaming)
      Donut: Mmm, Homer.

    • Homer: You can't spell "dishonorable" without "honorable."

    • Tennille: I'm a man of few words… Any questions?
      Homer: Uh, is the poop deck really what I think it is?
      Tennille: (laughs) I like the cut of your jib.
      Homer: What's a jib?
      Tennille: (laughs, then speaks to his sergeant) Promote that man.

    • Tenille: Simpson, as you have experience in a nuclear power plant, you can serve on a submarine.
      Homer: Nu-cue-lar. It's pronounce nu-cue-lar.

    • Tennille: Tell me, young man, what do you want out of life?
      (While Tennille was speaking, Homer is trying to reach a bowl of peas from the center of the table.)
      Homer: I want peas!
      Tennille: We all want peace! But it's always just out of reach.
      Homer: (moans) Uh huh?
      Tennille: So, what's the best way to get peace?
      Homer: With the knife! (Gets his peas)
      Tennille: Exactly! Not with the olive branch, but the bayonet! Ha, ha, Simpson, you're like the son I never had.
      Homer: And you're like the father I never visit.

  • NOTES (1)


    • Captain & Tennille
      Right before Homer is about to be shipped off a man named Captain Tennille talks to the Naval Reserves, a reference to the singing duo of Captain & Tennille.

    • In-N-Out Burger
      The name of the shop that Bart goes in to get his piercing is called In 'N Out Eat Piercing, a play on the title of the popular fast food chain In-N-Out Burger.

    • Homer: Mr. Sulu, take a left.
      Sulu: Aye aye, Captain. Setting course for Rigel 7, I mean, home.
      Mr. Sulu, a character from the original Star Trek series (played by George Takei), serves on the submarine for some reason.

    • Moe: The Deer Hunter? That reminds me...
      Moe has some people in the back room of the bar playing Russian roulette like the POW's were forced to do in the 1978 film The Deer Hunter.

    • Crimson Tide
      The title of this episode as well as parts of the plot, allude to the 1995 movie Crimson Tide.