The Simpsons

Season 13 Episode 21

The Frying Game

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM May 19, 2002 on FOX
7.0
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128 votes
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Homer's ordered Marge an anniversary gift, a pond for the backyard. The new pond attracts a screaming caterpillar. The "screamapillar" as the family finds out is an endangered species and by law they are responsible for its well being. When Homer believes he has killed the insect he tries to hide that fact. The "screamapillar" is okay, but Homer is found guilty of "attempted insecticide" and "aggravated buggery" and is sentenced to 200 hours of community service. Homer begins delivering "Meals on Wheels" and runs scared into the closet when one of his elderly clients appears to be threatening him with an axe. It turns out she is just a kindly old woman, who asks Homer to join him for some company. He starts lending her a hand, and she seems to be taking advantage of him. Marge goes to see her and then finds herself helping the old woman as much as Homer has been. When the old woman turns up dead; Homer and Marge are considered top suspects, when they are named beneficiaries of the woman's will. They suspect the "man with braces," who they saw leaving the scene. Everyone suspects them. When the woman's diamond necklace is found in their home, they are arrested. The children are sent to a yokel foster home and Marge and Homer are found guilty and sentenced to the electric chair. When Homer realizes that Marge is going to miss the children, he confesses to the crime, which allows for her release. On the electric chair Homer is about to be electrocuted when it is revealed he is a participant on a new reality game show "Frame Up". The man with the braces is the host, and Homer's murder victim is actually still alive. The old woman is actually Carmen Electra in disguise. Homer is freed, but disgusted that people's lives are toyed with for TV ratings; this he says while looking Carmen Electra directly in the breasts.moreless

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  • superb

    9.0
    homer and marge are accused of killing an elderly woman they had been doing chores for. their punishment? death! Could this be the end of the Simpsons, or will they figure out a way to get out of this mess and prove their innocence?



    good episode, it had some adult jokes i didn't really care for but overall it was a nice enjoyable plot- I actually thought Homer might die! So, it was an enjoyable episode, and so my overall grade for the episode would be a B+ or an A- or so. A really superb episode from the seasonmoreless
  • After hurting an endagered species, Homer must do community service. When the women he is helping out is murdered, he and marge are the main suspects.

    9.0
    This has to be one of the most underrated episodes in the whole series. Sure the plot was wacky but it had some funny jokes, and it was nice to see that Homer really loved Marge and was willing to sacrifice his own life for her; it was very touching. The funniest part was when Mr. Burns covered for Homer at the nuclear plant! Also I thought Carmen Electra was a great guest star. Especially cuz it set up the joke of Homer starring at her boobs ha. Bottom line its a very underappreciated episode that has a lot to show for itself. B+moreless
  • Too nutty of a plot...

    8.2
    Homer's ordered Marge an anniversary gift, a pond for the backyard. The new pond attracts a screaming caterpillar. The "screamapillar" as the family finds out is an endangered species and by law they are responsible for its well being. When Homer believes he has killed the insect he tries to hide that fact. The "screamapillar" is okay, but Homer is found guilty of "attempted insecticide" and "aggravated buggery" and is sentenced to 200 hours of community service. Homer begins delivering "Meals on Wheels" and runs scared into the closet when one of his elderly clients appears to be threatening him with an axe. It turns out she is just a kindly old woman, who asks Homer to join him for some company. He starts lending her a hand, and she seems to be taking advantage of him. Marge goes to see her and then finds herself helping the old woman as much as Homer has been. When the old woman turns up dead; Homer and Marge are considered top suspects, when they are named beneficiaries of the woman's will. They suspect the "man with braces," who they saw leaving the scene. Everyone suspects them. When the woman's diamond necklace is found in their home, they are arrested. The children are sent to a yokel foster home and Marge and Homer are found guilty and sentenced to the electric chair. When Homer realizes that Marge is going to miss the children, he confesses to the crime, which allows for her release. On the electric chair Homer is about to be electrocuted when it is revealed he is a participant on a new reality game show "Frame Up". The man with the braces is the host, and Homer's murder victim is actually still alive. The old woman is actually Carmen Electra in disguise. Homer is freed, but disgusted that people's lives are toyed with for TV ratings; this he says while looking Carmen Electra directly in the breasts.moreless
  • Pretty bad. Very dissapointing.

    6.4
    This episode was just lame. It starts with Homer buying Marge a nice anniversary present (a small water garden). Okay so far. But then they find out it is inhabitied by a 'screamapillar' - basically a caterpillar that constantly screams. And it's an endangered species.



    Eventually, an annoyed Homer kills it, and is forced to do community service. He works for an old lady (soon Marge does as well), who is murdered, leaving Homer and Marge as the main suspects. Okay, so this story is plausible. Then, when they are both about to get the death penalty, it turns out it was all part of a game show. The end.



    Yet another episode spoilt by a bizarre, off-the-wall ending - although, there wasn't much to spoil anyway as the episode was already bad. I don't really want to write any more about it, so I'll just give my rating and this advice: never watch this episode.

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  • Homer and Marge get framed for murder and then it's revealed that it was all fake.

    6.6
    This episode did not start off very well with the Screamapillar gag as it was lame. This episode also had seemingly random plotting and had no direction until the middle of the second act. After that, the episode had a fairly good plot up until the very end when everything was revealed as fake. For me, that threw the entire episode away because by the end, nothing had happened or changed. However, it was a good satire on reality television. It revealed that show producers will do anything to make their show popular. If the episode would've had direction earlier in the episode, then there would've been more detail in the actual plot and it would've been more enjoyable.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

Carmen Electra

Carmen Electra

Herself

Guest Star

Frances Sternhagen

Frances Sternhagen

Mrs. Myrna Bellamy

Guest Star

Tress MacNeille

Tress MacNeille

Agnes Skinner, Brandine Del Roy, Dolph and others

Recurring Role

Karl Wiedergott

Karl Wiedergott

Additional Voices

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (4)

  • QUOTES (17)

    • Lovejoy: Nice dress.
      Catholic Minister: Oh, go home and have sex with your wife!
      Lovejoy: That's it, bring it on!

    • Judge Snyder: Have you reached a verdict.
      Juror: Verdict? Is that what we were supposed to do?
      Judge Snyder: In all my years on the bench!
      Juror: Cause that's what we did!
      Judge Snyder: (laughs) You juries!

    • Bart: I'm Bart and this is Lisa.
      Cletus: Dem city names, from now on you're Dengus Squatburg Jr. and Pamela E. Lee.
      Lisa: But I like my old name.
      Brandine: You hush up now, Dengus!

    • Homer: I'd kill for a beer…
      Moe: Right away, sir, I don't want no trouble.
      Homer: Hmmm… I'd stab somebody for a pickle. Give me some peanuts.
      Moe: Uh uh uh, you didn't say you'd kill me.
      Homer: (sighs) I'll kill you if you don't give me some peanuts.

    • Mrs. Bellamy: Can I call you the next time I need a muscular he-man?
      Homer: Hey, I'm not running an employment service, you old ba… ohhh, you mean me? I'd be delighted.

    • Homer: "Meals on Wheels" eat it up or I go to jail!
      Old Man: Didn't these meals used to have a cobbler?
      Homer: Uuh, they discontinued the cobbler.
      Old Man: You smell like cobbler.
      Homer: Now let's not get into who smells like what!

    • Homer: I crushed that horrible bug, what shall I do!?
      Evil Homer: Bury it, quickly, before anyone finds out.
      Good Homer: Oooh, I'm gonna tell!
      Evil Homer: The hell you will! (kills good Homer) Now we're in this together!

    • Marge: I finally have a peaceful place to sit and hear my own thoughts. (thinking) How much money did he piss away on this?

    • Lenny: Yeah, you must be some kind of marriage super-genius, how about a few tips?
      Homer: Certainly, Lenford. Make every day a celebration of your love. Surprise her with a pasta-salad. Put a mini beret on your wang.
      Lenny: Oh, this stuff is gold.
      Carl: Happy marriage, here I come.

    • Federal agent: Mr. Simpson, allowing an endangered species to die is a federal offense under the "Reversal of Freedoms Act of 1994".

    • Chief Wiggum: Well, I'd like to thank you both for cooperating with--Did ya do it!?
      Marge: Chief Wiggum, Homer and I are innocent.
      Chief Wiggum: I'm sorry I can't believe I tried to trick you with such an underhanded ques--Did ya do it!?
      Marge: No!
      Homer: Now if you'll excuse us, we'll be on our--Does that ever work!?
      Chief Wiggum: Nah, nah it never does.

    • (Homer confesses and says Marge has nothing to do with it so she is set free.)
      Marge: My love, you saved my life!
      Homer: Now you, do it for me!

    • Mrs. Bellamy: That man took my diamond necklace.
      (The burglar laughs)
      Homer: Don't worry. You'll be juuussttt fine.
      (He sees a pair of scissors stuck in Mrs. Bellamy's back)
      Homer: O... kay.

    • Michael Clarke Duncan: Want some corn bread, Mr. Jangles? Well, you can't. 'Cause I'll kill ya!

    • (Homer talking to Carmen Electra's breasts.)
      Carmen Electra: My face is up here Homer.
      Homer: I've made my choice!

    • Homer: You know, if you let us go, there's a diamond necklace in it for you.
      Wiggum: I hope you're not suggesting that I would take that necklace as a bribe. Think again, dirtbag, 'cause I can swipe it later from the evidence locker.

    • Kent Brockman: And the elephant who couldn't stop laughing was put to death.

  • NOTES (4)

    • This is the second time the Simpsons were tricked on a game show. In "30 Minutes Over Tokyo," the family thought they were on a volcano, but they really weren't.

    • This episode aired at 7:30 PM, Eastern; so that FOX could make room for series finale of the The X-Files.

    • Blackboard Joke: None.
      Couch Gag: The family room appears on screen in black and white with an old-timey feel. Homer enters acting like Charlie Chaplin of silent film era fame and the rest of the family enters in period piece clothing and take their places on the couch.

    • The series finale of the "The X-Files" which aired following this episode, was based upon the same type of plot as Mulder was put up for murder and sentenced to death...

  • ALLUSIONS (5)

    • The "man with braces" seems to be a parody of "the one-armed man" of the 1960s ABC TV series, 1993 film and year 2000 CBS series The Fugitive. In the two series and the film, Dr. Richard Kimble is framed for the murder of his wife, but he constantly claims "it was the one-armed man" much the same way Marge and Homer continuously claim that "it was the man with the braces." Also, in "The Fugitive" and in this episode, we know the character the accused claim to be the "real" murder IS the (apparent) murderer.

    • :
      The title is a takeoff of the 1992 film "The Crying Game".

    • Lots of references to the 1999 film The Green Mile: first, the quote: "Dead man walkin' on the green mile!"; then, the black man who asks Homer to "Give me your hands"; and finally, the black man's mouse, Mr. Jingles.

    • Pamela E. Lee, Lisa's new name, is a play on words with actress Pamela Anderson Lee and Confederate general Robert E. Lee. Bart's new name was "Dingus Squatford Jr," origin unknown.

    • Host: You're on Frame-Up!
      Frame-Up is similar as the NBC TV reality series "Spy TV", which tricks people by doing unrealistic things they might not like and catches them on camera. Unlike the people caught on "Spy TV", Homer is not amused.

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