The Simpsons

Season 8 Episode 3

The Homer They Fall

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Nov 10, 1996 on FOX
out of 10
User Rating
181 votes

By Users

Episode Summary

Bart buys an extravagant belt on a trip to the mall, but the school bullies beat him up and steal it. When Homer goes to confront the parents of the boys in Moe's Bar he promptly receives a beating of his own. During the beating, however, Homer remains completely unfazed; Moe sees this and proposes to Homer that he test out his abilities in boxing.moreless

Who was the Episode MVP ?

No results found.
No results found.
No results found.
  • Great Episode!!!!!!

    Homer realizes he can take many blows to the head without falling down, so Moe turns him into a boxer. Homer's trick is to let the opponent punch him as many times as he can, until the opponent gets tired, and Homer pushes him down. Homer does this every fight, and he wins every fight. One day, Homer is offered to fight heavyweight Dredrick Tatum, but Moe realizes Dredrick could kill him. So he saves Homer before he dies.

    This was a pretty good episode. I loved how Homer tired out so easily during practice. I also loved Moes office in the women's restroom, and The sarcastic clerk giving Comic Book guy a taste of his own medicine.

    Overall Grade:90%/A-moreless
  • this was a good ep

    in this ep of the simpsons moe sees that homer can really take a punch. and so moe urges home to become a boxer to bring back some of his glory days and so moe gets homer to fight other boxers and he wins them thing is homer just sat there and let them puch him and got tired. thing is he gets into the ring with fredick tatum the heavy weight champion of the world and homer things he like the other guys thing is marge is afraid so moe gets homer out of there by air liffting him out of the stadium this was one of my favorite epsmoreless
  • The Homer They Fall

    Homer realizes he cannot fall to the ground easily, so Moe uses this to make Homer become a boxer. He becomes very popular, but soon he is booked to fight the top fighter, Dredrick Tatum, who would literally kill Homer. Now Moe must decide which is more important: making a lot of money, or the well-being of his best friend. The fight goes on, but Moe ends up saving Homer before the fight is over.

    A classic episode, I think. Humor, plot, characterization, everything was great. One of my faves from my favorite season. My overall grade is an A+moreless
  • Homer becomes a boxer.

    When Homer is beaten up by the parents of Bart's bullies, Moe notices he can take a blow to the head without falling. With a long history in boxing, Moe talks Homer into becoming a boxer and he assigns himself as manager. Homer's strategy is to take the punches until the opponent wears himself out, then when they are down to give them a nudge. His rise gains attention of Lucius Sweet, who wants Homer to fight Drederick Tatum, to which Moe accepts. Moe promises Sweet that Homer will stay up for three rounds, and promises Marge that he will throw in the towel as soon as Homer appears in any danger. When the fight begins, it is clear that Homer will not last the three rounds. Moe airlifts Homer to safety. You Only Move Twice was a tough act to follow but this did quite well. I loved this episode. Moe was a great character to revolve the plot around alone with Homer. Another must see episode.moreless
  • One of my top 3 episodes.

    This was such a great episode. I don't know what to say other than absolutely hilarious. I laughed out loud. The little moments from Tatum telling the rioters to shut up to the fly on the mitt that homer was punching to the end credits which were brilliant. People who need people, if you didn't think that was hilarious you're made of stone. This is a classic example of the type of humor that they have to offer, which is the awesome type. This is one of the few episodes where they demonstrate a complete mastery of that unique style they have. Really comedic in the small moments. The little things that characters do, the detail accompanied by a dramatic quality which adds to the quality and impact of the humor but at the same time not so serious where you can't laugh at it. It's really an art what they do when they do it. It's definitely not on every episode and when it is, sometimes they don't get the formula right. The formula on this episode, perfect. One of my top 3 episodes.moreless
Yeardley Smith

Yeardley Smith

Lisa Simpson

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

Harry Shearer

Harry Shearer

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

Hank Azaria

Hank Azaria

Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, Moe Szyslak, Chief Wiggum, Comic Book Guy, Lou, and others

Dan Castellaneta

Dan Castellaneta

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

Michael Buffer

Michael Buffer


Guest Star

Paul Winfield

Paul Winfield

Lucius Sweet

Guest Star

Sally Stevens

Sally Stevens


Guest Star

Pamela Hayden

Pamela Hayden

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

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (8)

    • Music From This Episode
      "People Who Need People" by Barbara Streisand (plays over the closing credits, which show a montage of Moe's humanitarian efforts during his cooling-off period)
      "Time For Some Action" by Redman (Tatum's theme song)
      "Why Can't We Be Friends" by War (Homer's theme song)

    • According to this episode, Anthony D'Amico is Fat Tony's real name. It is also the name of a recording engineer who works on the show.

    • In a deleted scene, it is revealed that the Simpson men have always been great boxers. Some of the Simpsons to participate in the sport were: Silas Simpson (legendary boxing oaf), Gentleman Jim Simpson (went 214 rounds without getting his derby scuffed), Abe Simpson (aka - "The Piledriver" on account of a medical condition), and now of course, Homer.

    • In Moe's "office" on the orange poster it says Szyslak vs. Oakley who is one of the writer/producers of the show. It says also Kirkland vs. Silverman who are both directors on the show.

    • Homer boxes under the auspices of the Association of Semi-Pro Boxers, or ASSBOX.

    • Bart gets his belt from ''Miscellaneous, Etc.''

    • Drederick Tatum's prison number is 4F03, the production code for this episode.

    • Drederick Tatum first appeared in 7F13, Homer Vs. Lisa and the Eighth Commandment.

  • QUOTES (23)

    • (During the fight, Moe gives Homer some ringside advice.)
      Moe: Hang in there Homer. Only 440 more seconds. (to Grampa) He's getting a second wind.
      Grampa: No, he's getting killed. He's gonna die on his feet!

    • Barney: Man, you'd never get me into a ring. Boxing causes brain damage. (Drinks some varnish)

    • Lucius: Your boy looks a little soft, Moe. You do remember our arrangement?
      Moe: Yeah, don't worry, you'll get your three rounds.
      Lucius: Stupendous. Because if he goes down before that bell rings, your future's going with him.
      Moe: Okey-doke. Future's down the crapper. Gotcha.

    • Dr. Hibbert: You have an absolutely unique genetic condition known as "Homer Simpson" syndrome.
      Homer: Oh, why me?

    • Homer: You know Lucius Sweet?! He's one of the biggest names in boxing! He's exactly as rich and as famous as Don King, and he looks just like him, too!

    • Homer: Son, there's only one thing punks like that understand: squealing. You've got to squeal to every teacher and every grown-up you can find. Coming to me was a good start.

    • Bart: (Beat up) Hey, dad.
      Homer: Looking good, son. Hey! What happened to your belt?

    • Jimbo: Hey Simpson, wanna trade belts?
      Bart: Well, not really, 'cause yours is just a piece of extension cord.
      Kearney: Hey, dude, he's ragging on your cord.
      Jimbo: Get him!

    • Comic Book Guy: Yes, finally! I would like to return your quote-unquote Ultimate Belt.
      Salesman: I see. Do you have a receipt, quote-unquote, sir?
      Comic Book Guy: No, I do not have a receipt. I won it as a door prize at the Star Trek Convention, although I find their choice of prize highly illogical, as the average Trekker has no use for a medium sized belt.
      Salesman: Whoa, whoa! A fat, sarcastic, Star Trek fan. You must be a devil with the ladies.
      Comic Book Guy: Hey, I...uh, de--oh...
      Salesman: Gee, I hate to let you down, Casanova, but, uh, no receipt, no return.
      Bart: I'll give you four bucks for it.
      Comic Book Guy: (Sighs) Very well. I must hurry back to my comic book store, where I dispense the insults rather than absorb them.

    • Bart: Hey, Lis! Check out this space-age toothbrush.
      Lisa: That's an electric nostril groomer.

    • Announcer: Celebrities at ringside tonight: Star of the McBain action films, and feature player in the Hollywood prostitution scandal: Rainer Wolfcastle! (applause) TV anchorman and Springfield institution, Mr. Kent Brockman! (audience boos and throws things at him)
      Kent Brockman: (laughs) This just in, go to Hell!

    • Lisa: Mom's right, Dad. The odds against you winning are a thousand to one.
      Homer: Whoa, I don't think it's that unlikely.
      Lisa: Those are the odds they're giving in Vegas.
      Homer: All right, I think we've heard just about enough from Mr. Newspaper today. (Tosses the newspaper away)

    • Interviewer #1: Champ, do you feel remorse for your crime?
      Tatum: Oh, yes. Believe me, my god, if I could turn back the clock on my mother's stair-pushing, I would certainly, reconsider it.
      Interviewer #2: Drederick, ah, what do you think of Homer Simpson?
      Tatum: I think he's a good man. I like him. I got nothing against him, but I'm definitely gonna make orphans of his children.
      Interviewer #3: Uh, you know, they do have a mother, Champ?
      Tatum: Yes, but I would imagine that she would die of grief.

    • Moe: Who's gonna knock you down?
      Homer: No one!
      Moe: When are you gonna fight back?
      Homer: Never!
      Moe: What are you gonna do?
      Homer: Nothing!
      Moe: That's my boy!

    • Moe: Okay, punching isn't your thing. But that's okay. You're not that kind of fighter. What you're gonna do is stand there while your opponent gets exhausted from over-punching.
      Homer: Then I can just push him over.
      Moe: That's right, and if the ref's not looking, you can kick him a couple of times.

    • Homer: You used to be a boxer just like me?
      Moe: Yup. They called me Kid Gorgeous. Later on, it was Kid Presentable. Then Kid Gruesome. And finally, Kid Moe.

    • Moe: Are you man enough to test every one of your limits?
      Homer: Yes.
      Moe: And are you man enough to throw a punch should the opportunity arise?
      Homer: Yes!
      Moe: And are you man enough to give me a sixty percent cut?
      Homer: Yes!
      Moe: I'll take it.
      Homer: Woo-hoo!

    • Moe: Fun's over, fellas! If you're gonna beat up my friend in my bar, there's a two-drink minimum.

    • Homer: Look, Marge! They opened a new high-tech gadget store! You love high-tech gadgets.
      Marge: No, I don't.
      Homer: Like bull you don't. Come on. [grabs Marge's arm]
      Marge: Homer, please! You're hurting my arm.
      Homer: No I'm not.

    • (Dolph, Jimbo, and Kearney are about to beat up Bart.)
      Bart: I was hoping it wouldn't come to this, but you guys asked for it.
      (Bart hits a button on his utility belt that fires a rocket with a note that says "Call Police Assistance Needed")
      Bart: Can't you read?! Call the police!
      (They beat him up anyway)

    • (Dolph's, Jimbo's, and Kearney's fathers beat up Homer.)
      Jimbo's dad: That's for telling me how to raise my son. (Punches Homer)
      Dolph's dad: And this is for the crummy life I had to live. (Punches Homer)

    • Marge: Homer, you don't know how to box, you're 38 years old, and you haven't gotten any exercise since grade school. Of all the crazy ideas you've had, this one ranks somewhere in the middle. Before you even consider this, I insist you consult a doctor.
      Homer: No problemo.
      (Marge pecks Homer on the cheek and walks off.)
      Marge: (yelling) A competant doctor!
      Homer: (off-screen) D'oh!

    • (Homer is getting the stuffing beat out of him in the ring.)
      Marge: (Frantically) Somebody stop the fight! Where's the doctor?!
      Dr. Nick: (Excitedly and Enthusiastically) Kill him! Kill him!

  • NOTES (3)


    • Star Trek
      Comic Book Guy wins the Ultimate Belt as a door-prize at a Star Trek convention.

    • Doctor Who
      The shape of the displays in the technology store bare a striking resemblance to the control console of the time machine in the classic British sci-fi series, Doctor Who.

    • Raging Bull
      The musical score, flash-photography, as well as the slow-motion effects in the black and white boxing scenes are all direct references to the 1980 Martin Scorsese film Raging Bull.

    • James Miller
      The Fan Man is a reference to James Miller, who in 1993 made national headlines by flying into a boxing match at Caesar's Palace between Riddick Bowe and Evander Holyfield.

    • Mike Tyson's Punchout
      Homer's opponents prior to facing the invincible Dredrick Tatum are all styled like the boxers in the popular NES video game Mike Tyson's Punchout.

    • Professional Boxing
      Heavyweight boxer Dredrick Tatum is styled after former world heavyweight champion Mike Tyson, and Tatum's manager, Lucious Sweet, is a direct replica of Don King; who was formerly Mike Tyson's manager during his prime.