The Simpsons

Season 15 Episode 5

The Fat and the Furriest

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Nov 30, 2003 on FOX
out of 10
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Episode Summary

The Fat and the Furriest
It is Mother's Day and Homer goes with the kids to Sprawl-Mart to buy Marge a better gift. They find Abe working there as a greeter and Lisa asks her aunts to help them pick out a gift. Patty and Selma recommend the Kitchen Carnival, which makes food fun. Marge likes the gift, which can deep fry, make cotton candy and caramelize anything. Later that night, Homer creates an 85 lb. sugar ball and he seems to fall in love with his new creation. Marge insists that he get rid off of the ball, which he takes to the dump. At the dump he gets attacked by a bear. He returns home and finds that his attack was covered by the media. He's been labeled a coward and it begins to affect his life. Too combat his fear he needs to attack the bear that bested him, and he constructs a bear attack proof suit. Marge forbids him from using the suit, but he goes anyway. With help from Lenny, Carl, and Bart, Homer goes out into the woods in search of the bear. Of course when he actually encounters the bear, he is without the suit. The bear takes Homer to his cave and Homer removes the tag from the bear that was causing it discomfort. He bonds with the bear and tries to keep it from being hunted. He lends the bear his bear proof suit and it helps to get him to the wildlife sanctuary, where the bear is free to be attacked by other animals.moreless

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  • It amazes me how easily pleased some people are

    This episode is about Homer fighting a bear, after getting beaten up by one.

    It starts off pretty well, with the family discussing mother's day gifts, something that I thought was just a pleasant reminder of how family-centred the show used to be, and gets better when Homer buys a gift that Marge loves.

    However, things get worse when this gift leads to Homer paying a visit to the dump and then getting attacked by the bear. Rather than everyone feeling sorry for him, and congratulating him on his escape, something that would be a normal response to someone getting attacked by a bear, the whole town laughs at him for his cowardice because he ran away - something that I found ridiculous and made the rest of the episode completely implausible. This wasn't helped by Homer taking revenge on the bear - even though it's at risk of his life and marriage, something he even mused was ludicrous.

    Then, when trying to take revenge on the bear, Homer discovers that it was a tag put on the bear by a hunter and decides to help it and ensures the bear's freedom by taking it to the wildlife sanctuary, which was in the end, an okay ending.

    But why does the Simpsons have to be so implausible? Why did people laugh at Homer when he was attacked by a bear? Why did he try and take revenge? Why did the episode largely ignore the fact that the hunter was a revolting person?

    Perhaps if the episode has centred on the hunter, and how much of a despicable person he was, something that was only touched on, it would have been much more interesting, enjoyable and could actually make a point. They could have delved into matters such as 'who's the real monster here?'. Cliched I know but I just want to return to a time where the Simpsons made meaningful points about morals and ethics in society. Even when it does touch on it, when Homer chooses to save the bear rather than kill it, surely it should have been rounded off with a moment between Homer and Lisa about who he really respects her values?

    I'm not putting forward the greatest ideas in the world here, but I just want the Simpsons to carry a bit of sentiment, and actually make you think, it used to do that, why can it not do that any longer? Why does the Simpsons have to be so devoid of sentiment?

    Despite this, this episode did have a few good moments. The beginning was good, as I have said before and there were a few good gags, Homer's obsession with the 'candy' ball was a quite amusing reminder of Homer's previous obsession with his sandwich and when Homer is in his bear armour and tells Marge how stupid she looks was probably the standout point of the episode. And at least they did try and make some sort of point about cruelty to animals and bear hunting but as is so often the case with the Simpsons nowadays, whackiness is much preferred to plausibility and including any emotion or morals.moreless
  • Homer takes a real beating in this episode, and he gets laughed at.

    I believed this episode to be not so good and not that funny. I don't normally feel sory for Homer's pain, but in this one I couldn't help feeling for him. Poor Homer, being beaten up by a bear, then everyone sees him on TV and laughs? How sad is that? There were only some good scenes in this episode, and at some parts laughed, but if Homer wasn't abused so mcuh in this episode I would of given this a much higher rating. How would anyone in Springfield like it if a giant bear tried to kill you, then everyone thought you werehalirious and humiliated you? You'd feel sad, right? I do think this episode needs to be fixed up, because Homer being abused like that is too much. But there are some good bits in it so it gets 5.3 instead of naything really low.moreless
  • Homer develops a fear of bears.

    This has always been an episode that has stood out in my mind, and is an episode that when I think about the Simpsons this episode comes to mind. That being said, I personally love this episode. Overall this episode was simply hilarious and in my opinion could not be any funnier! Homer's trouble with the bear as a result to a painful ear tag was cleverly made into this story. This is yet another episode that I dont understand why it is hated. The ending of the episode was great! It was good to see Homer cared about the bear and brought it to saftey! Amoreless
  • Homer vs the bear..... Man vs an animal the eternal fight..... LOL

    When Homer purchases Marge a 'Kitchen Carnival' for Mothers Day he creates a giant ball of cotton candy and caramel. When it becomes attached to ants and animals he is forced by Marge to take it to the dump, where he is attacked by a grizzly bear. The cowardly attack is taped by a hunter and sent to the media, making him the joke of the town. When his cowardess begins to affect his life he decides to attack the bear that did it to him. After creating a bear attack suit, Marge forbids him to put his life at risk but he sneaks out with Bart, Lenny and Carl to do so anyway. The bear approaches him when he is without his suit and takes him to his cave. Homer removes a tag from his ear that caused him discomfort and the bear becomes attached to him. He helps the bear get to a wildlife sanctuary before hunters kill him. Using Homer's suit as a disguise, the bear runs through the pack of hunters to the safety of the sanctuary.moreless
  • Avearge episode with some very funny parts. Worth tuning in to.

    Animals on The Simpsons always provide a lot of good humour, and this episode was no exception. While the first act was typically disjointed, and had no real relevance to the rest of the episode, it was good enough to keep me entertained. However, I disliked the scene at the dump and the link into the main storyline. I can\'t say why exactly, it just didn\'t seem... right.

    But once Homer\'s bear paranoia sets in, the episode picks up again. The hunter character was good and seemed well thought out. I loved some of the subtle humour they added in his scenes. The only thing I didn\'t like is when he actually ate the bird sandwich, it ruined the joke. Also the appearance of Lenny and Carl seemed unnecessary - they are probably the most over-used characters in recent Seasons.

    The final act was pretty funny, though the ending seemed too rushed. I would have preferred the opening to be shorter and the last act to have been more carefully thought out. But overall, a decent episode, I guess.

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

Charles Napier

Charles Napier

Grant Connor

Guest Star

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

Karl Wiedergott

Karl Wiedergott

Additional Voices

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Three songs are featured in this episode: "Eye of the Tiger" by Survivor, "Afternoon Delight" by the Starland Vocal Band and "I Got You Babe" by Sonny and Cher.

  • QUOTES (33)

    • Homer: Oh my God! I'm gonna be killed by a bear! Well, I guess I don't have to worry anymore about the dangers of smoking. (lights up a pipe and begins smoking it) Smooth…

    • Grandpa: Welcome to Sprawl Mart!
      Lisa: Grandpa?! You have a job?
      Homer: How dare you challenge my perceptions of what old people can do!

    • (pushing a trolley full of stuff)
      Homer: But I still haven't found the perfect gift for Marge! Only imperfect stuff for me…

    • (to Patty and Selma)
      Homer: I never thought I'd say this, but you slags are alright.

    • (things keep getting stuck to Homer's ball of candy)
      Homer: Ah! Ants! Ah! Birds! Ah! Cats! Ah! Flanderises!!!

    • Marge: Homie, it's time you got rid of that thing. All that candy is rotting your brain.
      Candy Ball: I think you should get rid of her… then we can be together. Forever!
      Homer: Maybe you're right, Marge. Or maybe you're right Candy Ball… no, Marge. Hmm, then again… no, Marge! Definitely Marge.

    • (Homer is throwing away the candy ball)
      Homer: Good-bye, old friend. I'll think of you whenever I have a stroke or a heart attack.

    • Bart: Dad, you got attacked by a bear?!
      Homer: (angry) I did a lot of stuff today. I went to Starbucks, but you didn't see that on tape.

    • Homer: Gentlemen! Sometimes a man must put his marriage at risk for reasons that are confusing, even to him.

    • Marge: Is there any sign of my husband?
      Grant Conner: (looking at tracks on the ground) Hmm, your husband appears to be traveling with the bear. Either as hostage or as, what we call, a 'forest bride'.
      Marge: Eww…

    • Lisa: He made it! He's finally protected from man.
      Bart: Yeah, but now he's being attacked by an elephant!

    • Homer: Kids, we're going Mother's Day shopping. I'm glad this holiday only comes every four years.

    • Patty: Hey, look! It's Hairy-Ass Tubman.
      Homer: Well, well... if it isn't Fatty and Smellma!

    • Homer: If I'm gonna die, I'm gonna die a man.

    • Grant Connor: Mr. Simpson, if you want to find that bear that attacked you, use this. It tracks an electronic tag I stuck in the bear's ear. It's the same technology they use to keep tabs on Gary Busey.
      Homer: Finally... science has joined forces with revenge.

    • Bart: I'm gonna pour caramel on my clothes; and then – finally – I can eat my shorts.

    • (watching Christian videos with talking vegetables on TV)
      Pickle Moses: Mighty Yamesees, we are weary of building your food pyramid. Let my pickles go!
      Homer: Mmmm, Moses... (drools)

    • Homer: If something happens to me, you have to carry on the Simpson name.
      Bart: Screw that! When I turn grow up I'm legally changing my name to 'Joe Kickass'.

    • (Homer accidentally knocks the books off the shelves in Maggie's room. He picks one up and reads the cover)
      Homer: 'The Bear Went Over The Mountain?!?'
      (picks up another book)
      Homer: 'The Berenstain Bears?!?'
      (picks up another book)
      Homer: Oh… Goldilocks… And The Three Bears!!! Arrrgh!!!

    • Lou: Chief, that guy shouldn't be in the carpool lane. His passenger is just a big piece of candy.
      Chief Wiggum: I wish mine was.
      Lou: What?
      Chief Wiggum: Nothin'.

    • Grandpa: Here's what you gotta do: find that bear that whipped ya and whip 'im back!
      Homer: Can I fight human style, by slowly poisoning his environment until he loses his fur and becomes sterile?

    • Lisa: You can strangle Bart, but you can't strangle your humiliation.
      Homer: It's a deal!

    • Grant Connor: Now listen! The bull grizzly is 7 feet tall, weighs more than a Mazda Miata, and can tear through a tree like a Jewish mother through self-esteem.

    • Homer: Well, I'm gonna make sure it never harms another living creature!
      (throws electric clip into the water, killing loads of fish and a scuba diver)

    • Homer: Wait, stop! I know bullets can be scary sometimes, but I have an idea. First, we pull off all your fur.
      (pulls the bears fur, but gets growled at)
      Homer: Alright, alright, I'm still thinking. Huh! They're looking for a male bear, right?
      (pulls out a knife, but the bear knocks it away)
      Homer: Oh, it's so easy to condemn, so hard to create.

    • (the bear is hitting the elephant with a baseball bat)
      Homer: Circle of Life.

    • Homer: Are you a care bear?
      Care Bear: I'm an intensive care bear.
      Homer: Why does a bear need a crowbar?
      Care Bear: I don't like to get my hands dirty.

    • Marge: Mr Connor, thank you for helping find my husband. I don't want my last words to him to be "clip your toenails, they look like Fritos".

    • (Homer is modelling his suit of armour)
      Marge: Homer, there's no rear on that thing.
      Homer: I know. If I get really scared, I don't want to ruin the suit!

    • Homer: What can I say? I love nature!

    • Homer: Is this thing hurting you?
      (pulls the tag off the bears ear, attaches it to his own and starts running around screaming as he gets shocked)
      Homer: (pulls the tag off) Okay, it's probably the tag… but just to be sure.
      (puts it back on his own ear and starts screaming again)

    • Lisa: Dad, you can't take revenge on an animal. That's the whole point of Moby Dick.
      Homer: Lisa, the point of Moby Dick is be yourself.

    • Homer: That's it kids… suckle daddy's sugar ball…

  • NOTES (6)

    • A FOX promo had Homer saying "I'm going to die like a man ---- standing up and pissing my pants!" The parts about pissing pants was cut.

    • The mention of a Mazda Miata by the hunter is the second time this season of a character talking about a Miata (the first time was in "The President Wore Pearls" when Homer was making fun of Nelson).

    • Abe's website is shown as, but unlike other Simpsons website listings, this domain appears to belong to someone else.

    • The song "Eye of the Tiger" by Survivor was played not only during Homer's "tinkering session" building the suit, but was also played in the preview (and subsequently the episode) for the season premiere of "The Bernie Mac Show. Perhaps FOX recently acquired the rights for the song and is getting their money's worth?

    • Homer must wish that Springfield still had the Bear Patrol ("Much Apu About Nothing" - Season 7).

    • Blackboard Joke: None.
      Couch Gag: In an homage to the 1960's spy-comedy Get Smart (complete with music), Homer goes through a series of secure doorways, goes inside a telephone booth, dials a number and falls through the floor onto the couch in his proper position, joining the rest of the family.


    • When Homer dips his head in the cotton candy machine, he says, "Only my hairdresser knows for sure." This is a nod to the old Clairol commercials back in the 60's in which the voice-over said "Does she or doesn't she…only her hairdresser knows for sure."

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      The bear in Homer's protective suit running through the hunter's gauntlet is a direct spoof of the 1977 Clint Eastwood film "The Gauntlet."

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      Many elements of the show's plot – including Homer removing the tracking device that was causing the bear much discomfort and the grateful bear bonding with Homer thereafter – are lifted from old folk tales, including "Androcles and the Lion" and Aesop's "The Slave and the Lion."

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      The name of the mega-discount store Sprawl-Mart is a play on the Wal-Mart name.

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      The opening couch gag (Homer walking through a series of closing doors before falling through a chute in a pay telephone booth and into his correct position on the couch) pays homage to the 1960's spy-comedy Get Smart.

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      The Christian vegetable program seen at the beginning of the episode is a parody of "VeggieTales."

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      The suit Homer creates is based on the one created by Troy James Hurtubise, a self-styled "close-quarter bear researcher" and seen the documentary "Project Grizzly." Visit the "More Info" link to find out more about this suit and to see a clip of Troy testing it out.

    • :
      The title is a parody of the title of the 2001 movie, "The Fast and The Furious."