The Simpsons

Season 5 Episode 9

The Last Temptation of Homer

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Dec 09, 1993 on FOX
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Episode Summary

A female employee is hired at the plant. She has an attraction for Homer and Homer must fight his equal attraction for her. In the mean time, Bart becomes an outcast and makes friends with a group of nerds after he is prescribed glasses, scalp salve, special shoes, and throat spray which changes his voice.moreless

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  • great

    what i liked- Homer's 'unsexy thoughts', Bart's "I'm a nerd" and Milhouse saying that same thing, "The refuge of the damned", Homer not cheating on Marge (predictable, but hey, it's all about how you get to that ending, and the execution was good), etc.

    decent episode. i got more laughs out of Bart's plot, and the main plot was a little on the boring side, but overall it did have some hilarity. B- or so as my final grade, i think is fairmoreless
  • this was a good ep

    in this ep of the simpsons at the plant homer is talking to the new guys when they see a new worker has been hird and she is beatiful and her name is mindy and she is attratied to homer simpsons becasue she likes the things he does. and marge starts to worry about it. and then when homer and mindy find out that there going on a bussiness trip homer comes home and tells marge she starts to worry about the marrige and then homer goes way thinking about that and when they go out to eat him and mindy homer gets a fortune cookie saying they will have sex. and homer is worried abou that but he decides not too. and he comes home to marge this was a good epmoreless
  • The Last Temptation of Homer

    Bart discovers he needs glasses, and orthopedic shoes for his feet leaving him looking like a nerd. Mr. Burns hires a female employee at the Power Plant. Mindy gains Homers attention by sharing their similar interests; beer and tv. Burns assigns Homer and Mindy to represent the plant at an energy convention. Homer enjoys his time with Mindy. They order room service together, trade insults, then win a romantic dinner for two at a Chinese restaraunt. After dinner they return to Homer's room. Homer thinks that she wants to sleep with him, but instead of giving into temptation, he invites Marge to take Mindy's place at the hotel.moreless
  • After being busted by the Department of Labor, Mr. Burns is forced to hire a woman named Mindy Simmons. Homer is instantly attracted to her the second he meets her. He soon begins to worry that his attraction might lead him to cheat on Marge.moreless

    One negative thing I have to say about this episode is something that could be said for many of the 400+ episodes of the series: predictability. It was obvious from the start that Homer would remain faithful to Marge. However, as is also the case with many "Simpsons" episodes, this episode manages to overcome that flaw with a very entertaining and well written episode. The highlight is the very clever allusion to "The Wizard of Oz." Homer's two scenes with the hotel belboy (the ending scene especially) are another highpoint. Michelle Pfieffer does a very good job in her role.moreless
  • Homer is attracted to the plants only female worker, Mindy. They end up representing the plant in capitol city, and temptation is strong between the both of them.

    Some people say that there's too much hype about this episode because there aren't many funny bits. In a way, I have to agree with them, there aren't many funny bits. But the great thing about this episode is that there are so many things in it that The Simpsons doesn't usually have. The best of these being a 'will they, won't they?' climatic storyline which has only happened once in the Simpsons ('Life on the Fast Lane'), but I found this episode much better than 'Life on the Fast Lane'. Normally this kind of storyline doesn't work in a comedy like The Simpsons, but the writers and voiceovers do a spectacular job in making it work. This is also one of those iconic episodes which everyone knows about even if they don't watch the Simpsons.moreless
Dan Castellaneta

Dan Castellaneta

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

Hank Azaria

Hank Azaria

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

Harry Shearer

Harry Shearer

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

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

Yeardley Smith

Yeardley Smith

Lisa Simpson

Michelle Pfeiffer

Michelle Pfeiffer

Mindy Simmons

Guest Star

Werner Klemperer

Werner Klemperer

Guardian Angel

Guest Star

Marcia Wallace

Marcia Wallace

Edna Krabappel

Recurring Role

Phil Hartman

Phil Hartman

Lionel Hutz, Troy McClure and Additional Voices

Recurring Role

Pamela Hayden

Pamela Hayden

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

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (7)

  • QUOTES (34)

    • Female Department of Labor Officer: This power plant violates every labor law in the book. We found a missing soccer team from Brazil working in the reactor core!
      Mr. Burns: That plane crashed on my property!

    • Smithers: Someone is charging room service to the company, sir.
      Mr. Burns: Well, we'll just see about that!
      (Mr. Burns walks over to a cage full of winged monkeys and opens it.)
      Mr. Burns: Fly, my pretties, fly!
      (The monkeys jump out the window, and fall to the ground.)
      Mr. Burns: (Sighs) Continue the research.

    • Lisa: Well from the words in your song, you're smitten by a woman named Mindy… or a man named Andy.

    • Homer: (about Mindy) Temptress! I also bet she thinks that Ziggy has gotten preachy over the years.

    • Homer: Even the Chinese are against me.

    • Mindy: Well, desserts aren't always right.
      Homer: But they're so sweet!

    • Lisa: Dad, why are you singing?
      Homer's Brain: Tell a lie, tell a lie.
      Homer: Uh, because I have a small role in a Broadway musical. It's not much, but it's a start.
      Homer's Brain: (sarcastically) Bravo. (slow clapping)

    • Newton: Homer, I'm your guardian angel. I've assumed the form of someone you'd recognize and revere: Sir Isaac Newton.
      Homer: Sir Isa-who-who?

    • Lenny: Aw, if they hire a woman we won't be able to spit on the floor.
      Carl: And we can't take off our pants when it gets real hot.
      Homer: And we won't be able to pee in the drinking fountain.
      (Lenny and Carl stare at him)
      Homer: Er, I mean, not--you know, if we wanted to--not that I ever did.

    • Charlie: Well, sir, I won't bore you with the details of our miraculous escape, but we desperately need a real emergency exit!
      Mr. Burns: Why, that's a fabulous idea! Anything else you'd like? How about real lead in the radiation shields? Urinal cakes, maybe?

    • Ned: Kids… did anybody pray for giant shoes!?
      Rod: I did!
      Ned: Okaley Dokely!

    • Hotel Manager: And there's your king size bed for--(Makes various sexy noises).
      Homer: Stop that, I love my wife and family. All I'm gonna use this bed for is sleeping, eating, and maybe building a little fort!

    • Homer: (writing on his hand) Mindy, because of our uncontrollable attraction, I think we should avoid each other from now on.
      Lenny: (writing on his hand) Max, what I did was because of alcohol and anger...
      Guy with huge hand: (writing on his hand) I am tired of these jokes about my giant hand. The first such incidence occurred in 1956 when...
      Mindy: Hi Homer!
      Homer: Mindy! Uh...Ahem...
      Homer's Brain: Oh no, I'm sweating like Roger Ebert...
      Homer: Mu...Murphy... You, you are an elf... uncontrollably... I think!

    • TV Announcer: Just do it!
      Homer: AAAAAHHH!
      TV Announcer: Examine your scalp for ringworm!

    • Grampa: That raccoon stole my lamb chop!

    • (Homer climbs into a cramped elevator with Mindy, but does not notice her.)
      Homer: I've made it the whole day without seeing her again! (Notices Mindy) Aah! I mean--Haalow!
      Mindy: Eh...I guess we'll be going down together--I mean getting off t--I mean...
      Homer: That's okay. I'll just push the button for the stimulator--I mean elevator!

    • Homer: Moe, I need your advice... See I've got this friend named Joey Joe Joe Junior Shabadoo.
      Moe: That's the worst name I've ever heard.
      Guy: (Runs out of the bar, crying)
      Barney: Aye! Joey Joe Joe!

    • Homer: So uh...what do you guys think of Mindy?
      Carl: We love cake. Anybody see the game last night?
      Homer: Yeeeah. That Mindy seems real nice.
      Lenny: Homer, what's with you? You're talking during a coffee break!
      Carl: Yeah, usually you just take the box of donuts into the bathroom!
      Homer: Mindy has a motorcycle!

    • Sherri & Terri: Nice glasses four eyes!
      Nelson: Yeah, nice shoes...uh... two feet...uh.

    • Doctor: Hmm...throat looks a little red...I better spray it.
      Bart: (Coughs then in a nerdy voice.) Ooh, thanks nice lady, my voice is crazy with this brain already. Ooh, I feel so much better Mr. Medical science-type person.

    • Bart: You mean it ain't me noggin it's me peepers? Well that's just loverly!

    • Bart: Each parking space is a mere one foot narrower, indistinguishable to the naked eye. Therein lies the game.
      Millhouse: I fear to watch...yet I cannot turn away!
      Principal Skinner: Blasted woman, you parked too close, move your car!
      Mrs. Krabappel: I'm in the lines. You got a problem, go tell your mama.
      Principal Skinner: Oh, don't worry, she'll hear about this!

    • (Colonel Klink appears before Homer as his guardian angel.)
      Homer: Colonel Klink! Did you get my Letters?
      Colonel Klink: I'm not actually Colonel Klink. I'm just assuming his form.
      Homer: Heh heh, did you know Hogan had tunnels all over your camp?
      Colonel Klink: Homerrrrrrr!

    • Homer: Colonel Klink! Why have you forsaken me!?
      (A "ghost" in the form of Colonel Klink appears in front of Homer.)
      Colonel Klink: What is it!
      Homer: (Chuckles) Did you know Kinch had a radio in the coffee pot?
      Colonel Klink: He did?

    • Mindy: I've got a really wicked idea that could get us into a lot of trouble.
      Homer: Mindy, we have to fight our temptations.
      Mindy: No Homer, let's do it ... Let's call Room Service!

    • (After fantasizing about Mindy)
      Homer: What the hell was that? I knew I shouldn't have eaten that packet of powdered gravy I found in the parking lot.

    • Lisa: Look, Dad, I made fish sticks. They're burned on the outside, but they're frozen on the inside, so it balances out.

    • Homer: Another day, another box of stolen pens.

    • (Homer and Mindy represent the nuclear power plant at the National Energy Convention.)
      Man: Thanks for poisoning the planet, bastards!
      Mindy: Get bent!
      Man #2: No more Chernobyls!
      Homer: Go to Hell! (Throws a brick at him)

    • Homer: Think unsexy thoughts think unsexy thoughts think unsexy thoughts...

    • Homer: Oh Marge, you came and you found me a turkey on my vacation away from worky.

    • Mr. Burns (to a duck): Get back to work, Stuart!

    • Homer: (Singing) Oh Mindy.
      You came and you gave without flaking,
      but I sent you Ben Gay.
      Oh Andy
      You kissed me and stopped me from something...

    • Bart: (seeing his reflection in Milhouse's glasses) I'm a nerd!
      Milhouse: (seeing his reflection in Bart's glasses) So am I!

  • NOTES (1)

    • Blackboard Joke: All work and no play makes Bart a dull boy.
      Couch Gag: The living room is the set of The Late Show With David Letterman.


    • Barry Manilow
      When Homer is singing "Mindy" in the bathroom (and later "Margie") the tune is the same as the Barry Manilow song, "Mandy."

    • I Dream Of Jeannie
      The song Homer hums while fantasizing about Barney in a bikini is the theme to 60's sitcom I Dream of Jeannie.

    • The Nutty Professor
      When Bart is fitted with the glasses and platform shoes, his voice and appearance are similar to Jerry Lewis in this classic film. Of course this is also where Prof. John Frink gets his entire character.

    • Lady and the Tramp
      Homer and Mindy share a chili dog just like Lady and Tramp share a strand of spaghetti in the 1955 movie Lady and the Tramp.

    • The Wizard of Oz
      After Homer and Mindy order room service, an alarm sounds in Mr. Burns office. Outraged by their actions, Burns releases his flying monkeys, which inevitably fall to the ground. This is a reference to the classic 1939 film, The Wizard of Oz.

    • Birth of Venus
      When Homer has a hallucination and sees Mindy as "a naked chick riding a clam," this is a spoof of Sandro Botticelli's Birth of Venus painting. Venus (or Aphrodite) is the Greco-Roman goddess of love and beauty. Mindy even has reddish hair like the goddess in the painting.

    • The Last Temptation of Christ
      The title of this episode is a parody of the title of the 1988 film, The Last Temptation of Christ. There is also a line where Homer says, "Colonel Klink, why have you forsaken me?" This quote is similar to Jesus' reputed words on the cross. You can find this in The New Testament.

    • Bart: All work and no play makes Bart a dull boy.
      In the 1980 film The Shining, Jack Nicholson repeatedly types "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy". On a typewriter rather than a blackboard.

    • Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In
      Homer's brain saying "Bravo" and clapping slowly is similar to an end gag on Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In where one person is in the audience saying "Bravo" in a sarcastic tone and claps slowly.