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The Simpsons

Season 9 Episode 1

The City of New York vs. Homer Simpson

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Sep 21, 1997 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Homer must face one of his most hated foes: New York City. He takes the rest of his family on a trip to the Big Apple to retrieve his car after Barney borrows it and leaves it parked at the World Trade Center.

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  • Helppppp

    How do watch the episodesssssss??? They don't show up
  • The ninth season begins with Homer and family heading to The Big Apple to retrieve their missing car.

    Though there is a bit of sadness watching this episode in the aftermath of September 11, 2001, "The City of New York vs. Homer Simpson" remains to this day one of the best season openers of this long running series, if not THE best. I watched it again recently and laughed just as much as I did the first time I saw it. This is one of the best written episodes of the entire series hands down. Homer's vision of Flushing Meadows had me laughing so hard I could not breathe. How funny was the scene of Homer trying to urinate in a mailbox? The laughs don't stop there. Marge and the kids' adventure in the city was terrific as well. The Betty Ford musical was masterfully done. This episode did something that I previously thought was impossible: it made that horrible "Macarena" song tolerable! If you have not seen this excellent episode, I highly suggest you sit back, relax, crack open a can of Crab Juice and enjoy it to the fullest. You will laugh yourself silly guaranteed.moreless
  • Laugh until I cry watching this episode, again and again

    Anyone who has a negative thing to say about this episode, aside from its portrayal of the Twin Towers when it aired four years before 9/11, just has no sense of humor IMO. From Barney's nervous breakdown as he's selected to be the designated driver to Homer picking crab juice over Mountain Dew, I could watch so many scenes in this one episode where I'm laughing until it hurts. One scene that really gets me hysterical is an underrated scene on the bus, shortly before they arrive in New York - Homer wakes up and starts punching his legs; telling Marge he can't feel them. Of course it turns out it's actually the legs of the tall man sitting behind him lol!moreless
  • Dude, wheres's my car?

    And we were not suppossed to have such an amazing episode in the ninth season of the Simpsons or atleast, that's what most of the reviews you read online say. I really like this episode, starting with its great plot. The way things evolve and how it really feels like a real story that could happen to you or me.

    The jokes are also here and there which helps to keep the tension strong and not make us feel as if this were a comedy. The best part for me is when Homer remembers the time he visited New York in the 80s. Because it really looks like the big apple back then: dirty, insecure and even the colors are identical. Good one for the drawing team!moreless
  • Homer and the family go to NYC to retrieve his car, which Barney parked inbetween the twin towers.

    A really overrated episode. I think the main reason this episode is so popular is because of the fact that it has not seen daylight for a long time, owing to its featuring of the Twin Towers.

    Anyway, like I was saying, really overrated. After a very messy first act, Homer then stays by his car waiting for most of the second and third acts, while the family go shopping - I much prefer the latter, which has some funny moments.

    This features Jerkass Homer outside and inside NYC for a fair extent of time. It's really an overall meagre offering. Despite the fact that this episode aired during Season 9, Scully can't be blamed for its badness, as it's a leftover from the Oakley & Weinstein era - and the leftovers are never as good as the main meat. 4.3/10moreless
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

Joan Kenley

Joan Kenley

Phone Voice

Guest Star

Michael Dees

Michael Dees


Guest Star

Tress MacNeille

Tress MacNeille

Agnes Skinner, Brandine Del Roy, Dolph and others

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Homer's watch keeps disappearing and reappearing in the early scenes with his car.

    • Music From This Episode
      "The Entertainer" by Scott Joplin (Used in Homer's Flashback)
      "Oh Yeah" by Yello (Duffman's theme)
      "New York, New York" by Frank Sinatra (Heard at the end of the episode)

    • The bus line that the Simpsons ride is named Sit-N-Stare Bus Lines.

    • When Homer's big D'OH echoes through New York, a shot of the Empire State Building observation deck is shown. When looked at closely, on the right side of the observation deck, you can see Marge, and either Bart or Lisa.

    • Marquee at the cinema in Homer's flashback: "Jeremiah's Johnson", "The Godfather's Parts, II" and "Five Sleazy Pieces."

  • QUOTES (24)

    • (From the bus, Bart spots 3 Jewish men with long beards standing on a street corner)
      Bart: Hey, it's ZZ Top! (Yelling from the window) You guys rock!
      Man #1: Eh...Maybe a little.

    • (After Homer destroys the car boot)
      Homer: Hehe, Homer one. New York nothin'. (Steps on destroyed car boot) D'oh!

    • Bart: That took too long. How come we had to transfer in Atlanta twice?
      Lisa: I just say we should have payed the extra $1.50 and got a bus with restrooms!

    • Marge: We'll meet you in Central Park at 5:00.
      Homer: Okay, but not a minute later. Once the sun goes down, all the weirdos turn crazy. (looks at person on street) I'm on to you!

    • Marge: I don't think it's a good idea to be driving around in a car you built yourself.
      Homer: (Building a car out of a mattress) Okay, Marge, either you can stand there and complain, or you can get started knitting me those seatbelts.

    • Homer: New York is a hellhole. And you know how I feel about hellholes.

    • Barney: I can't drink. I'm the designated driver.
      Duffman: Ah, that's swell. Duff Beer wholeheartedly supports the designated driver system. Now, who wants to party?!

    • Homer: Awright New York, I'm comin' back! But you're not gettin' this! (throws his wallet into the fireplace)
      Lisa: Dad, our baby pictures were in there!
      Homer: Don't you start!

    • Bart: Hey, immigrants! Beat it! Country's full!
      Sailor: OK people, you heard the lady. Back into the hold. We'll try Canada.

    • Lisa: Mom, are those rabbits dead?
      Marge: No, no, Lisa they're just sleeping, upside down…and inside out.

    • Lisa: Here's a better idea. You give me your address and I'll write to you.
      Bums: OK. Send it to Jesus, uh, care of the Pentagon.

    • Homer: They expect me to sit here from nine to five? That's how many hours? (Homer looks at his wrist watch) ten, eleven, denominator, er…Where's Lisa when you need her?!

    • Lisa: Look at all those beautiful shoes! I know they're made from animals, but wow!
      Marge: Hmmm, if only I didn't already have a pair of shoes.
      Bart: Speaking of shoes, I don't care about shoes; I'll meet you ladies back here in half an hour.
      Lisa: Yeah, okay, Dad
      Marge: Stay where I can see you, honey

    • Homer: Goodnight Barney, don't forget to bring back my car back tomorrow, just slide it under the door.

    • Vendor: Khlav kalash! Khlav kalash!
      Homer: Can you go across the street and get me some pizza?
      Vendor: No pizza, only khlav kalash.
      Homer: Uhh, all right. I'll take a small bowl.
      Vendor: No bowl. Stick. Stick!
      Homer: Blech! That's just...awful!(After finishing his khlav kalash) Now what do you have to rinse that awful taste out of my mouth?
      Vendor: Mountain Dew or Crab Juice.
      Homer: Yech! Geez! I'll take a Crab Juice! (Drains his crab juice in one gulp) More, more, more! Uh oh! You got a men's room in there?

    • Taxi driver: Get off the road you freakin' maniac!
      Bicyclist: (Being dragged by taxi driver) Yeah, you jackass!

    • Marge: Of course you'll have a bad impression of New York if you only focus on the pimps and the C.H.U.D.'s.

    • Homer: I'm getting out of this city alive, even if it kills me!

    • Lisa: Dad, you can't judge a place you've never been to.
      Bart: Yeah, that's what they do in Russia.

    • Barney: All I remember was being a guest lecturer at Villanova, or maybe it was the street corner.

    • Old Lady: How frightfully rude! I certainly hope someone stabs him in the eye!

    • (Homer is biting on the bolts of the boot)
      Tower 1 Man: Hey, when your done with that, I got somethin' up here you can bite on!
      Tower 2 Man: Hey, why don't you be polite, you stinking puss bag? You gotta call that number on the boot. Sorry 'bout that guy; they stick all the jerks in Tower 1.
      Tower 1 Man: That's it! I'm comin' over there!
      Tower 2 Man: Yeah, you come over here!
      Seedy Man On Top of Tower 1: Shut up, the both o' yas!

    • Lisa: Can we come back next year dad?
      Homer: We'll see honey…
      (bag of medical waste hits him in the face)
      Homer: …We'll see.

    • Pleasant Female Voice: Thank you for calling the Parking Violations Bureau. To plead 'Not Guilty' press one now.
      (Homer presses one)
      Pleasant Female Voice: Thank You. Your call has been…
      Gruff Male Voice: Rejected.
      Pleasant Female Voice: You will be assessed the full fine, plus a small…
      Gruff Male Voice: Large lateness penalty.
      Pleasant Female Voice: Please wait by your vehicle between the hours of nine A.M. and five P.M. for Parking Officer Steve…
      Gruff Male Voice: Grabowski.

  • NOTES (5)

    • During the summer of 1997 Fox ran a contest with the first prize being a real life full scale replica of the Simpsons house built in Las Vegas by Kaufman Broad. The winning number … 9786065 … was announced during the second commercial break of the original airing of "The City of NY vs. Homer Simpson."

    • Blackboard Joke: None.
      Couch Gag: The family are Harlem Globetrotters and show off their basketball tricks to the music of "Sweet Georgia Brown."

    • The very tall man whose legs Homer pounds on the bus is the same man that forced Nelson to walk the streets in his underwear in "22 Short Films About Springfield".

    • In 1998, this episode won an Emmy for Outstanding Music and Lyrics, for the song, "You're Checkin' In". This episode won the 1998 Annie Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement for Music in an Animated Television Production for the song, "You're Checkin' In".

    • First Appearance: Duffman.


    • C.H.U.D.
      Homer's line while describing his past experience in New York as a teen: "And that's when the C.H.U.D.s came at me" is an allusion to the 1984 B-horror film, C.H.U.D. (an acronym for Cannibalistic Humanoid Underground Dwellers).

    • Storm of the Century
      The way Moe lets his customers pick an egg and if the egg is black than they can't drink beer. This resembles Stephen King's novel and movie Storm of the Century when the demon named Linoge (aka: Legion) wants a child from one of the people from Little Tall Island and he wants them to pick a stone out of the bag, if one stone is black than he takes that child from the parents.

    • Ben Hur
      When Homer races alongside the horse drawn carriage, it strongly parodies the famous chariot race from the 1959 film Ben Hur. This same scene was also parodied in the earlier episode, "Saturdays of Thunder".

    • Woody Allen
      During Homer's flashback to when he visited New York, you see a man dumping trash on him and that man is comedy writer/director Woody Allen. Who was last seen in a spinning newspaper in the "King Homer" story in 9F04 "Treehouse of horror III".

    • The Sting
      The scene with "The Entertainer" playing in the background is reminiscent of the opening scene to the 1973 film The Sting, notably with the same song playing in the background.