The Simpsons

Season 12 Episode 6

The Computer Wore Menace Shoes

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Dec 03, 2000 on FOX
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As Mr. X Homer starts his own web page where begins revealing Springfield's secrets. He ultimately wins the Pulitzer Prize for his work so he reveals himself to the public. When everyone knows that he is Mr. X his ability to obtain secrets disappears. So he begins making up stories. When one of those stories turns out to be the truth, he is kidnapped and taken to "The Island," a place where those who know too much are taken out of society.moreless

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  • Mr. X is Homer Simpson.

    10
    As Mr. X Homer starts his own web page where begins revealing Springfield's secrets. He ultimately wins the Pulitzer Prize for his work so he reveals himself to the public. When everyone knows that he is Mr. X his ability to obtain secrets disappears. So he begins making up stories. When one of those stories turns out to be the truth, he is kidnapped and taken to "The Island," a place where those who know too much are taken out of society.



    What I did like:

    * Homer dragging the computer behind the car all the way home.

    * When Homer told the computer to kill Flanders. What I didn't like:

    * this episode went from really funny to really weird at the end.



    This episode was pretty good and it would have been even better if the ending wouldn't have been so weird. To me, it seemed like they just gave up after the first half of the show, like they got eveybody laughing and watching and into the show that after that they didn't care anymore because people were watching and that's all they cared about.moreless
  • MY GOD!!!!

    1.0
    What the hell was this? This is one of the worst Simpsons episodes I've ever seen!. I don't care if it has The Prisoner jokes or not, this episode was just too stupid!.



    Homer gets a new computer and starts a new website and calls himself Mr X and then he makes up news and gets popular and then these people take him to a mysterious island. What the hell? This is one of the worst plots ever!.



    The worst part of this episode has to be the ending though. I mean, Homer fights his German double Homer and then when he defeats him Santa's Little Helper just gases all of the Simpsons out and they all seem to live happily ever after on the island. Come on! That was just so rushed and stupid!.



    I hate watching this episode! It's always on and it's really getting on my nerves. It's just tooooo stupid!. I didn't find any of this episode that funny at all, and even the slightly funny parts on this episode can't help this really crappy Simpsons plot/ending.moreless
  • Hilarious

    10
    My favorite, or at least one of my favorites, from the season known as 12. A lot of people dislike the third act because of the pure wackiness, and yes it is wacky, but I don't know, there's something about it I strongly like. Hilarious plot almost all the way through.



    It is very strong on humor, the only joke I really don't like is the starving children line. And the scene with Homer singing on the toilet is totally something that only little kids would howl at, IMO, because it is dumb {the joke I know, but seriously... singing while crapping?}.



    Great season 12 offeringmoreless
  • Homer is Mr. X

    9.0
    As Mr. X Homer starts his own web page where begins revealing Springfield's secrets. He ultimately wins the Pulitzer Prize for his work so he reveals himself to the public. When everyone knows that he is Mr. X his ability to obtain secrets disappears. So he begins making up stories. When one of those stories turns out to be the truth, he is kidnapped and taken to "The Island," a place where those who know too much are taken out of society. Another funny episode here. The only thing I really didnt like was how the episode went from really cool and funny to just plain weird. Despite this, the episode maintained its hilarity (which is a good sign).moreless
  • good, but awkward.

    8.0
    The whole Homer finding out what a computer is and making the website of Mr X conspiracy breaker is interesting. And i expected it to end with Homer realising what he has done and quitting is "job". But instead he gets taken away to the island where people who knows to much gets taken away. People there also get drugged. Okay from that point it was starting to get interesting,starting a new topic from the Mr X thing. But the last few minutes of this episode was rushly done and it seemed like the writers did not edited the episode that well. And the ending was creepy and unfinished.



    overall its interesting,funny, original in some basis and i liked how the writes altered this episode s story that well.moreless
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

Patrick McGoohan

Patrick McGoohan

Number 6

Guest Star

Marcia Wallace

Marcia Wallace

Edna Krabappel

Recurring Role

Tress MacNeille

Tress MacNeille

Agnes Skinner, Brandine Del Roy, Dolph and others

Recurring Role

Pamela Hayden

Pamela Hayden

Milhouse Van Houten, Rod Flanders, Jimbo Jones, and others

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (6)

    • The computer salesman says one of his computers is the kind astronauts use to do their taxes and Homer says, "I was an astronaut!" The salesman doesn't believe him, but Homer was actually an astronaut during the episode "Deep Space Homer."

    • The woman presenting the Pulitzer never mentioned the category in which Homer won the prize.

    • Near the new pool, there is a guy with the words "City Worker" on the back of his blue shirt putting finishing touches on a statue. He is using cement from a bag labeled POTHOLE CEMENT. Later, when we see people repairing the pothole, they are wearing orange jump suits, and the stuff they are filling the hole with is most definitely tar.

    • When Homer enters his URL to show the family his page, all the keys he types are function keys, control keys, and numeric keypad keys and no letters.

    • In an early shot we see no lamp but a few minutes later we see a red lamp.

    • When Homer had the computer in the kitchen it had a can holder and other features. But when he was using it on the sofa it had none of those features on it.

  • QUOTES (21)

    • Homer: No one can silence me but me!
      Fake Homer: That arranged can be.

    • Homer: Who are you, and why are you holding me here? I want answers now, or I want them eventually!

    • Lisa: Well, you can't post news if you don't have any.
      Homer: That's a great idea! I'll just make up some news!
      Lisa: Ugh, at least take off your Pulitzer Prize when you say that!

    • (Mr. X reports that Apu's bagels are really old donuts)
      Chief Wiggum: In the interests of public safety, we have confiscated every donut, bagel, cruller and bear claw in the city. And some coffee.

    • Leader: As far as your family knows, Homer Simpson is walking in the front door right about now.
      Homer: (Taking his face out of ice cream with needles sticking out) I'm sorry, what?
      (Next scene at the Simpson house)
      Marge: Homie!
      Fake Homer: (Speaking with a German accent) Marge, honey, Fraulein, I'm home!
      Marge: You're not my husband!
      Fake Homer: Jah, please forgive my unexplained two week absence. To make it up to you we will go out to dinner at a sensibly-priced restaurant, then have a night of efficient German sex.
      Marge: Well, I sure don't feel like cooking.

    • Number 6: Welcome friend, I'm number 6.
      Number 15: I'm number 15. What number are you?
      Homer: I am not a number! I am a man! And don't you eve…oh wait, I'm number 5. Ha, ha! In your face, number 6!
      Number 6: Yeeessss... Well done.

    • Moe: If Mr. X were here right now, I'd buy him a tall frosty!
      Homer: Hey Moe, can you keep a secret?
      Moe: No.
      Homer: Not even a little one?
      Moe: No.
      Homer: What if I just whisper it?
      Moe: No, I tells ya!

    • Reporter: This morning Mr. X reported that your own department ...
      Wiggum: I know, I know, but I assure you, the police do not take prisoners out of their cells and race them...anymore.
      Reporter: What about using the electric chair to cook chicken?
      Wiggum: Yeah, alright, this press conference is over. It's over, Phil! It's over!

    • Homer: Get out, who told you that?
      Bart: Nelson!
      Homer: Hmm, that's the kind of dirt that belongs on my web page.
      Lisa: You can't post that on the internet, you don't even know if it's true!
      Homer: Nelson has never steered me wrong, honey. Nelson is gold!
      Bart: You know, it might have been Jimbo.
      Homer: Beautiful, we have confirmation.

    • Homer: Now then... computer…kill Flanders!
      Ned: Did I hear my name? My ears are burning!
      Homer: (whispering) That's a good start, now finish the job!
      Ned: Oh, you're busy. Catch you later, compu-tator!
      Homer: Oh, five thousand dollars for a computer and it can't even handle a simple assignment!

    • Homer: Who brought us here?
      Number Six: I don't know.
      Homer: Did you bring us here?
      Number Six: No.

    • Number 6: Number 27 knows how to turn water into gasoline. Number 12 knows the deadly secret behind Tic-Tacs. And I invented the bottomless peanut bag.

    • Bart: (Suspicious of a German-accented operative masquerading as Homer) There's something different about you.
      Operative: Ja... I am a new tie vearink.
      Bart: Oh, right.

    • Agnus: Seymour, are you looking at naked ladies?
      Seymour Skinner: No, Mother.
      Agnus: You sissy!

    • (after the press found his swimming pool)
      Quimby: Good lord! We've dicovered the ruins of an ancient city. (the press just looks at him) Ok, you do better!

    • Homer: If there's a better use for the Internet, I haven't found it.

    • Comic Book Guy: There is no emoticon for what I'm feeling.

    • Lenny: According to my uncle, Miss Springfield isn't as beautiful as she seems. Word is she uses appearance-altering cosmetics.
      Moe: Oh my God, that's shocking.
      Carl: The public should be warned. I wish Mr. "X" was here.
      Homer (slyly): Oh, I don't know, Carl, he might be closer than you think.
      Carl: Are you him? Are you Mr. "X"?
      Homer: No.
      Carl: But you talked in the real sly voice. Hey, hey, everybody! Homer's Mr. "X".
      Homer: I am not! (slyly) …or am I?
      Lenny: Are you?
      Homer: No.

    • (Bart is thumbing through a comic book at the Kwik-E-Mart when a bound-and-gagged Apu finally gets his attention. He rushes over and removes the duct tape from Apu's mouth.)
      Apu: (Gasping for air) This is not a library!!

    • Homer: Save me, Mr. X! Oh, wait, I'm Mr. X.

    • Number Two: Why did you think a balloon would stop them?
      Scientist: Shut up! That's why!

  • NOTES (3)

  • ALLUSIONS (5)

    • Homer: Computer, kill Flanders.
      Homer tries to instruct his computer by speaking into the mouse. In Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, Scotty did the same thing when trying to use a Macintosh Plus.

    • Springfield Forest: Witch-free since 1998.
      Mock on the movie The Blair Witch Project.

    • Homer asks Number Six: "Did YOU bring us here?" which plays on two in-jokes. One: Number Six was revealed to be Number One, the leader of the Village, in the metaphysical series finale of The Prisoner. And two: McGoohan (aka Number Six) created the series itself; hence, he brought EVERYONE to the Village.

    • When Homer is on his raft escaping, and the two people are watching him on the huge screen, it parodies Jim Carrey escaping on his boat while Ed Harris was watching him on a huge monitor in the 1998 film The Truman Show.

    • The episode title is likely derived from the Disney live action comedies The Computer Who Wore Tennis Shoes, originally made in 1969 with Kurt Russell and remade in 1995.

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