The Simpsons

Season 3 Episode 22

The Otto Show

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Apr 23, 1992 on FOX
out of 10
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Episode Summary

Bart invites Otto the school bus driver to stay at his house when Otto loses his job after it is discovered that he doesn't have a driver's license.

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  • Average episode

    Eh, it was an average one. But here are some parts I like/funny parts: Skinner yelling at Ralph to shut up, Otto not knowing what the new lock and evicted sign was, Otto and Snake trashing the concert, Homer forgetting Milhouse , and milhouse being stuck in the chairs, Bart throwing the frisbee at the guy and the guy was not able to realize it (Rock n roll really does brainwash ya!) Overall this was an average episode, but It had good laughs.moreless
  • great

    Otto being able to drive the school bus is revoked because he does not have a driver's license. He ends up being kicked out of his place, and so he moves in with The Simpsons. Good luck, Simpsons family!

    good episode. I liked how rough Otto made it for the Simpsons, like scaring Lisa with stories for instance. I liked the joke about how little Otto had in his apartment. "If something is hard, it's not worth doing". Good episode with some good laughs. B+/A- as my final grade.moreless
  • this was a good ep

    in this ep of the simpsons the school bus driver auto loses his licence he must get it back so bart invites him to stay at the simpsons and he must try to get his licence back we learn how auto lives whens he stays there and the family asks selma to help him get his job back working for th bus school bus driver. and this also featured spinal tap

    this was a great ep ithought that was about the school bus driver auto for once. and it had some laughs in it . so that is why i gave it a 85moreless
  • A great episode

    The Otto Show is where Otto looses his licence taking a wild short cut so the kids won't be late for school, he moves in with the Simpsons after being evicted from his apartment. He tries to get his license back and is helped along by selma so Otto can gloat to Homer that he could do it. This was a very good episode one of my many favorites of The Simpsons series, very funny. This was the first really good season from the simpsons, not by the comedy but by the story lines, they were all very good episodes even when they weren't that funny and that is what makes a show goodmoreless
  • Another great episode; finally an episode centered around everyone's favorite bus driver Otto!!! :}

    Bart and Milhouse attend a Spinal Tap concert, but it turns into a comedy of errors and degenerates into a riot. Nonetheless, Bart is impressed by the aging heavy metal band and wants to become a rock guitarist.

    Homer and Marge decide to buy Bart his own electric guitar, but Bart struggles to learn how to play it. The next morning on the school bus, Bart asks Otto to show him how to play, and Otto-with the bus still stopped in traffic-wows his passengers with an impromptu concert. However, Otto loses track of time and is forced to drive recklessly to school. In the ensuing chaos, the bus runs Spinal Tap's bus off the road (causing it to catch fire and presumably kill Spinal Tap), and turns over onto its side in the town square. Numerous people call Springfield Elementary School to report the accident, earning Otto a reprimand from Principal Skinner. However, when Officer Eddie asks for Otto's driver's license to complete his report, he is forced to admit he doesn't have a license. Otto loses his job, and Skinner takes over his route. Skinner finds it hard going because he is not as aggressive a driver as Otto, and ends up being trapped at a busy intersection for the entire day.

    Things quickly go downhill for Otto. He fails his driver's test at the Springfield DMV (not helped when he mistakes the examiner, Patty for a transsexual), he is unable to find a new job, and he is evicted from his apartment. Bart finds him living in a dumpster, and agrees to let him live in the Simpson's garage. Homer and Marge disapprove of this, and Bart tries to convince them that Marge in fact has agreed to let Otto stay, presenting a tape recording where she did so; in reality though, it features Bart doing a poor impression of his mother. Marge is not fooled by this (although Homer is), but reluctantly agrees to let him stay.

    Otto makes a nuisance of himself as he becomes comfortable laying around the house and playing his guitar. Homer soon loses his patience with Otto and demands that he be sent on his way. Marge and Bart, however, encourage Otto to give the driving test one last try. Otto goes to the DMV to take the test, but Patty doesn't want to give him a retest. Otto explains he has something to prove to Homer, which quickly changes her demeanor out of spite for her brother-in-law. Despite performing even worse in his second test, Patty grants Otto his license anyway, allowing him to regain his job. As Otto drives off into the sunset with the children singing "Hail to the Bus Driver," Skinner remarks, "Yes, hail to the bus driver, bus driver man."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

Christopher Guest

Christopher Guest

Nigel Tufnel

Guest Star

Michael McKean

Michael McKean

David St. Hubbins

Guest Star

Pamela Hayden

Pamela Hayden

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

Recurring Role

Russi Taylor

Russi Taylor

Martin Prince, Sherri, Terri and others

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (9)

  • QUOTES (24)

    • Marge: Otto, you can't watch TV all day.
      Otto: You're right. I should do some reading. You got any "Where's Waldo" books?
      Marge: No.
      Otto: A book from a vampire's point of view?
      Marge: No.
      Otto: Anything where guys send in naked pictures of chicks?
      Marge: Otto, I think you should get a job.

    • (Otto starts playing guitar loudly.)
      Homer: Will you knock it off!? I can't hear myself think.
      (Otto stops.)
      Homer's Head: I want some peanuts.
      Homer: That's better.

    • Homer: Of course I'm not mad. If something's hard to do, then it's not worth doing!

    • Homer: All right, he can stay. But I get to treat him like garbage.
      Otto: Wow! What's the catch?

    • Bart: Mom, I thought you might forget our little conversation this afternoon, so I took the precaution of recording it.
      Marge: What conversation?
      Bart: (on tape) Mom, can Otto live in our garage for as long as he wants? (impression of Marge) He sure can!
      Homer: Marge! What were you thinking?
      Marge: That's not my voice!
      Homer: Oh, everybody says that when they hear themselves on tape.

    • Skinner: It's a miracle nobody was hurt.
      Otto: I stand on my record. Fifteen crashes and not a single fatality.

    • Homer: Now, boy, we spent a lot of money, so you'd better get real good real fast, or POW!
      Marge: Homer!
      Homer: Hey, I thought I was supposed to encourage him.

    • Kent Brockman: Of course, it would be wrong to suggest this sort of mayhem began with rock-and-roll. After all, there were riots at the premiere of Mozart's "The Magic Flute." So, what's the answer? Ban all music? In this reporter's opinion, the answer, sadly, is 'yes'.

    • Bart: Hey, Milhouse, cool jacket!
      Milhouse: It cost me 50,000 Bazooka Joe comics!

    • Bart: Rough day, Apu? Help me a squishee and don't spare the syrup.
      Apu: Oh, perhaps you would like to try an experimental flavor of my own concoction. A delicious Chutney Squishee.
      Bart: Oh... okay…slurp
      Apu: You can really taste the chutney!

    • Otto: Can I at least get my stuff?
      Landlord: All I found in there was a jar of mustard and a couple of old Psycho magazines.
      Otto: Wow! I have mustard?

    • Otto: All right, yeah, so how did I do?
      Patty: Well you failed every segment, and misspelled bus on your application.

    • Patty: Ha, ha, ha.
      Selma: What's so funny?
      Patty: I was just thinking about the time Homer got his nose caught in the toaster.
      Selma: We'll watch the tape tonight.

    • Lou: Let's see your license, pal!
      Otto: No can-do, never got one. But if you need proof of my identity I wrote my name on my underwear. Oh wait, these aren't mine!

    • Nelson: Hey Simpson, what are you trying to play?
      Bart: Polly-Wally-Doodle.
      Nelson: Oh yeah, well it sounds Polly-Wally-Crappy.

    • Bart: Mom, I wanna be a rockstar.
      Marge: Hmmmmm we'll discuss it later. Is Milhouse okay?
      Homer: Uh, I'll be right back....
      Milhouse: Heeeelp.

    • Spinal Tap: Well, it seems some silly twit did not get a big enough oxygen tank, but that's supposed to be a devil. Filled up with air it's very evil and impressive. We salute you, our half inflated Dark Lord!

    • Spinal Tap: I just walked out there and there's puddles of water all over the freakin' stage.
      Guy: Huh, I don't wanna lie to you boys. Six days a week this place is a hockey rink.
      Spinal Tap: Yeah, well this is a rock concert not the bleeding splish splash show.

    • Homer: Wow, my concert going jacket still fits! And this is where I used to hide my beer. (gasp) Billy beer!

    • Martin: Although I'm sure I will receive a severe wedgie from my bus-mates, I must remind you that we should have been at school ten minutes ago.
      Otto: Uh oh, better fasten your seatbelts little dudes.
      Lisa: We don't have seatbelts.
      Otto: Uh, well, then just try to go limp.

    • Otto: I guess I am a bum...
      Bart: Homer didn't call you a bum, he called you a sponge.
      Otto: SPONGE?! (Punches wall) I'll show him what this sponge can do!

    • Patty: When you do good, I use the green pen. When you do bad, I use the red pen. Any questions?
      Otto: Yeah, one. Have you always been a chick? I mean I don't want to offend you, but you were born a man, weren't you? You can tell me; I'm open-minded.
      Patty: (Dropping the green pen) We won't be needing this.

    • Bart: Otto, you are the coolest adult ever!
      Otto: Wow! I've never been called an adult before, but I've been tried as one.

    • Bart: Otto-Man? You're living in a dumpster?
      Otto: Ho, man, I wish. Dumpster-brand trash bins are top-of-the-line. This is just a Trash-Co waste disposal unit.

  • NOTES (3)


    • Spanish Flea
      While riot police enter the arena to calm down the rowdy crowd, Homer listens to "Spanish Flea" performed by Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass. He also sings the lyrics.

    • Homer: Billy Beer!
      A quick and funny reference to one of the many upstart beers to come out of the 1970's (taken off the market due to health concerns), Billy Beer. Billy Carter, former president Jimmy Carter's brother, was hired to promote the beer and at least a portion of the cans bear his signature.

    • Happy Days
      Otto calling Homer "Mr. S" is a quick reference to Happy Days, where the Fonz, Chachi and others call Howard Cunningham "Mr. C."

    • Spinal Tap
      The rock group Spinal Tap comes from the 1984 mocumentary This Is Spinal Tap. One of the movie's stars was Harry Shearer as Derek Smalls, who in addition to the other voices he does for this series, recreates Derek's voice for this episode.