The Simpsons

Season 1 Episode 7

The Call of the Simpsons

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Feb 18, 1990 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Homer buys the family an RV and they set out for an off-road adventure in the forest.

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  • Superb Episode

    This is one of the better episodes of season 1. It's still not perfect, but we're almost going there. This episode's plot is very great. I have to say the funniest scene in the episode was any time when Maggie was with the bears, not knowing what situation she is in. Other funny parts in the episodes were Homer blowing the foghorn of the RV, Bart and Lisa guessing the odor and Bart answered Homer's feet, Homer's echoing, Homer and Bart terrified of Maggie's pacifier Bart comes out alive naked (the same thing with Homer), Homer eating honey , and then getting covered in mud (which the news thinks he's Bigfoot). My score is lower because is the same reason as all the other season 1 episodes: boring at times, though there's less boring scenes than the previous episodes. Overall, this episode of the Simpsons was superb.

    Score: 9/10moreless
  • Besides Few Laughs, Average Simpsons Episode

    The highlight of the episode was easily Bart and Homer's attempts at surviving in the wilderness.

    However, other than that, the episode was more random and implausible than anything else. By that I mean that this episode is a lot wackier than anything else done in this era of the Simpsons production. The episode was good. Not bad, but not great.
  • Not bad, but not perfect.

    The episode begins with Homer and Bart outside doing yard work when Ned Flanders pulls up in his brand new RV and shows it off to Homer and Bart. In an effort to try to keep up with Ned, Homer takes the family to Bob's RV Round-Up in search of an RV of their own. Bob the RV salesman comes out and introduces Homer to an RV called the Ultimate Behemoth, and gives the family a tour. During the tour Homer and the kids express their awe of the RV and Marge worries about the cost. Bob takes Homer into the office to work out a price and run a credit check. It turns out the Ultimate Behemoth is a little out of Homer price range. So, Bob shows Homer the most run down, beaten up, small RV on the lot and pressures him into buying it, ignoring Marge Lisa and Bart's disapproval. Later, after loading up their "brand new" RV Homer gloats to Flanders about his purchase and the Simpson family head out to go camping. On the way Homer take a less beaten path and ignores Marge's suggestions for a map or stopping for directions. Calling his RV an all-terrain-vehicle, and much to the worry of everyone else, Homer plows through a forest and decides to stop randomly in the middle of nowhere. When the RV finally comes to a screeching halt it ends up teetering on the edge of a cliff. Everyone quickly gets out of the RV and it plummets over the edge along with everything they brought with them, resulting in a fiery explosion at the bottom of the drop.

    Overall, 8 out of 10moreless
  • Jealous of Ned Flanders' new RV, Homer buys one (if you could call it that) and takes the family to the woods for an outdoor adventure. They have an adventure all right, but not exactly what he had in mind.moreless

    "The Simpsons have entered the forest." Albert Brooks makes the first of many appearances on "The Simpsons". It's certainly a memorable debut. The laughs do not stop with the visit to Bob's RV Roundup. They get even better when the family heads to the great outdoors. From their scary drive into the woods to Homer making the transformation from human to Sasquatch, you won't stop laughing until Marge turns off the bedroom light. One can argue if the first season of "The Simpsons" is one of the best or worst, but it has produced some very memorable episodes. Hysterical episode.moreless
  • Call of the Simpsons: Homer buys a van which soon gets them lost in the wilderness.

    Review for Call of the Simpsons:

    This episode was well paced in the first and second acts but then the third act just seem to happen. It didn't really have anything to do with the plot. It was amusing but it didn't explain what happened very well. The ending just happened as well (Probally the worst season 1 ending) Apart from the third act and ending this episode was pretty funny. The jokes were OK but the physical humor was very good. While not the best season 1 still captured the humor of the show.

    Score for Call of the Simpsons: B-, 3.5/5, 7/10, Goodmoreless
Dan Castellaneta

Dan Castellaneta

Homer Simpson, Grampa Simpson, Barney Gumble, Krusty the Clown, Groundskeeper Willie, and others

Harry Shearer

Harry Shearer

Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders, Principal Skinner, Waylon Smithers, Kent Brockman, and others

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

Recurring Role

Albert Brooks

Albert Brooks


Recurring Role

Maggie Roswell

Maggie Roswell

Maude Flanders, Helen Lovejoy, Miss Hoover, and others

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • The Ultimate Behemoth RV Features: Two stories high with a fireplace, a full kitchen, four deep fryers--"One for each part of the chicken," a big screen television set, and its own satellite--The Vanstar 1, orbiting the planet.

    • Headlines seen in the National Informer include: "I Married Bigfoot", "Wife Pleads: 'Call Him Homer'" and "The Bigfoot Diet: 'Pork Chops Aplenty.'"

    • Signs at Bob's RV Roundup include: "We'd rather make a friend...(Followed by a smiley face) Than a profit. (Followed by a frowny face.)", "We give credit to everyone.", "Bankruptcy, shmankruptcy!", and "No credit? Good!"

  • QUOTES (16)

    • (Bart runs to Homer after he is shot by a tranquilizer dart.)
      Homer: Avenge me, son. Avenge my death.
      (Homer starts to snore loudly and Bart looks at him surprised.)

    • (At a press conference scientists discuss their findings on Homer.)
      German Scientist: This much I believe we can agree upon: this specimen is either a below-average human being or...a brilliant beast.

    • (Homer and Bart search for a way out of the forest.)
      Homer: Through here, boy. Back to civilization.
      Bart: How do you know?
      Homer: When you're an experienced woodsman like me, you get a feel for these things. It becomes natural, like a third sense.

    • (Bob the RV salesman tries to sell Homer the small, beat up RV.)
      Bob: Mr. Simpson, you're never gonna own a better RV. And I don't mean that in a good way. I mean literally, buddy. This is for you, you know? It's this or a wagon.

    • (Bob the RV salesman checks Homer's credit on a computer, and a siren wails when the results come back.)
      Homer: Is that a good siren? Am I approved?
      Bob: You ever known a siren to be good? (Chuckles) No, Mr. Simpson, it's not. It's a bad siren. That's the computer in case I went blind, telling me, "Sell the vehicle to this fella, and you're outta business." That's what the siren says.

    • (Bob the RV salesman shows the Simpson family the "Ultimate Behemoth.")
      Bart: Does it have its own satellite dish, sir?
      Bob: You can tell your son it has its own satellite. The VanStar One, launched last February, just for this thing, that's all.
      Bart: Whoa, man!
      Marge: I'm not sure that we can afford--
      Homer: Does it have a deep fryer?
      Bob: It has four of them--one for each part of the chicken.

    • (A naturalist captures a muddy Homer on tape and the footage is shown on the news.)
      Reporter: Now, the naturalist who took these absolutely extraordinary pictures was most impressed by the creature's uncivilized look, it's foul language and, most of all, it's indescribable stench.

    • (Homer and Bart survive after falling over a waterfall.)
      Homer: Oh, Bart! Oh, Bart, my beautiful son! Why couldn't You have taken me? Of all the fates on Heaven and Earth, why did this one befall me? (Sobs Loudly)
      Bart: Don't have a cow, Dad.
      Homer: What the--D'oh! (Sees Bart on the other side of the river.) You're alive! And (Chuckles) buck naked!
      Bart: I'm not the only one, Home boy.
      Homer: What? Oh! (Chuckles) Jungle man.
      (Homer beats his chest and hollers like Tarzan.)

    • (After his RV crashes at the bottom of a canyon, Homer needs a minute alone.)
      Homer: (To Marge and the kids.) Now you all stay here for a minute while I go over this way and try to get my bearings.
      (Homer walks into the woods a little ways.)
      Homer: What am I gonna do? I've murdered us all!
      Homer's Echo: I've murdered us all! I've murdered us all!
      Homer: Shut up!
      Homer's Echo: Shut up! Shut up!
      Homer: D'oh!
      Homer's Echo: D'oh! D'oh!
      (Marge groans, as she and the kids can hear Homer's echo.)

    • (Bart and Lisa entertain each other in the back seat of the RV.)
      Bart: Turkey farm?
      Lisa: No.
      Bart: Skunks?
      Lisa: No.
      Bart: Slaughterhouse?
      Lisa: No.
      Marge: What are you doing back there?
      Lisa: We're playing, "What's that odor?"
      Bart: Dad's feet?
      Homer: Bart!
      Lisa: You win, Bart.
      Homer: Lisa!
      Bart: Are we there yet, Dad?
      Homer: I'll tell you when we get there. Go back to your smell game.

    • (Homer drives by Ned Flanders's house in his "new" RV.)
      Homer: Hey, Flanders! Look what I've got!
      Ned: (Whistles) Oh, she's a beaut! Hey, congratulations, Simpson! I'm sure you'll have loads of fun!
      Homer: (Chuckles to Marge) Jealous.

    • (Homer's "Bigfoot" story is reported on TV.)
      Reporter: Naturally, we'll have more on this story as soon as it develops. We now return you to the President's address, already in progress.

    • (Homer and Bart head off to find civilization.)
      Lisa: Remember, Dad, the handle of the Big Dipper points to the North Star.
      Homer: (Chuckles) That's nice, Lisa, but we're not in astronomy class. We're in the woods.
      (Marge and Lisa both groan.)

    • Bart: Hey, Dad, how come we can't get a decent mower, like the Flanders have?
      Homer: Just be happy with what what you've got, son. Don't try to keep up with the Flander-es-es.

    • (Bob the RV salesman sees Homer walk onto the lot.)
      Bob: Thank you, God.

    • (Ned Flanders shows off his new RV to Homer.)
      Homer: But, uh, how can you afford something like this, Ned? I get your mail once in a while, and you make only $27 a week more than I do.

  • NOTES (5)


    • The Sound of Music
      The music you hear as the family is going through the woods in the RV is similar to a piece of music from the 1965 musical, The Sound of Music.

    • The Call of the Wild
      The title of this episode is a parody of the title of Jack London's 1903 novella, The Call of the Wild.