The Simpsons

Season 10 Episode 23

Thirty Minutes Over Tokyo

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM May 16, 1999 on FOX
out of 10
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Episode Summary

Thirty Minutes Over Tokyo
The Simpsons learn to cut corners, enabling them to afford a trip to Japan. In Japan, they lose their savings and must become contestants on a humiliating game show to earn their way back home.

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  • The tenth season ends with the Simpsons travelling to The Empire of the Rising Sun.

    While I did like this episode I did have problems with it. The biggest problem is it's very predictable. Some of the jokes you could see coming miles away. Could it have not been any more obvious that Homer would squander all of the family's money at the internet cafe AND in Japan? The episode redeems itself to a certain degree when the Simpsons are forced to be contestants on the sadistic game show. George Takei (Oh my!) does very well in his guest appearance as the game show host. The game show is also where you will find the most and best laughs of this episode. "Thirty Minutes Over Tokyo" is not a great episode of "The Simpsons" by any means. However it does have enough laughs to make it entertaining.moreless
  • Strong way to end a strong season...

    After attending a Mega-Savings Seminar where they learn how to save money on everything, the Simpsons take a trip to Tokyo. While there, they lose all of their money and must enter a degrading game show called Happy Smile Super Challenge Family Wish Show to win tickets back to Springfield. After a series of increasingly cruel stunts meted out by the game show's host, Wink, the Simpsons win the tickets and return, a bit haggard, to the United States. On the way home, their plane is attacked by Godzilla. Guest Star: George Takei as Wink

    Loved all the jokes in this episode like the robot seizure, and Homer on toliet TV.moreless
  • Typical Vacation...

    The Simpsons go to Japan! After a series of misadventures including Bart and Homer in jail and of course, losing all the money to travel back home, the Simpsons have to be on a wacky TV game show where Homer endures much, much pain. They win the tickets back home and everything is back to normal. If the monsters attacking the plane don't, you know, kill everyone.

    A typical vacation episode. It had a lot of laughs, it had stereotypical Japanese jokes and characters, and it had somewhat of a good plot. The ending is really random but still pretty good.moreless
  • This is my review of "Thirty Minutes Over Tokyo"

    All I can say about this episode is that is was not a very good episode. Sure, it started like a good episode. In fact, there were even a few funny moments, like when Homer steals Ned's tickets to a seminar on how to save money as well as when the family goes into seizures watching a show called "Battle Seizure Robots". However, the Japanese game show sequence is what pushed the episode below the overall good point. The challenges they had to face just made me cringe and the part where they fall into the volcano was kind of scary, and made me think "Oh God, that it's for them", until they revealed that the "lava" was really orangeade, with lots of wasabi added. All ends happily as they earn their way back home. But overall, this was not one of my favorite episodes. Overall, I would give it a 5 out of 10moreless
  • This episode had funny moments.

    The whole episode itself was a complete blur to me. Really fast paced, ranging from one thing to another. But I absolutely loved it! First, the seuizure thing had me laughing out loud, and then when Homer comes he see's everyone doing it and does it. And when Homer says Doh in Japenese. Ha! And the whole Japenese game show thing. When they stole the positions from the Flanders that wsa funny to. This episode was good for the ending of a season and it had it's good times. Also, the thirty three cent store made me laugh for some reason.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

George Takei

George Takei


Guest Star

Denice Kumagai

Denice Kumagai

Japanese Mother

Guest Star

Karen Maruyama

Karen Maruyama

Japanese Stewardess

Guest Star

Maggie Roswell

Maggie Roswell

Maude Flanders, Helen Lovejoy, Miss Hoover, and others

Recurring Role

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


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • The Japanese that Bart and Homer speak are accurate to the subtitles. The Japanese for "D'oh!" (Shimatta baka ni!) loosely translates to "Damn it all!"

    • When they are over the volcano, Marge's shoe is shown falling off; but when they are emptied out of the volcano, it shows Marge with both her shoes and Homer is missing one.

    • When Homer makes the crane, all markings on the bill disappear.

    • When the Simpsons go shopping at the 33-Cent Store, one of the cases of Cool Ranch Soda says "Cool Panch Soda" when the camera panned across the aisles.

  • QUOTES (30)

    • Homer: Satori no himitsu oshieru no?
      --(Should we tell them the secret of inner peace?)
      Bart: Dame yo, are wa gaikokujin da ro!
      --(No, they are foreign devils.)

    • (The family continues the "Knife Goes In, Guts Come Out" thing)
      Bart: ...knife goes in, guts come out!
      Lisa: Yippee, time for the Company Loyalty Song!
      (Everyone looks at TV screens)
      Squid Singing on TV: Knife a'goes in, a'guts come out! (guts itself) That's what Osaka Seafood Concern is all about! (gags, then falls over and dies)

    • Lisa: Hey! Look, there's a cyber-café opening here in Springfield. Will you take me, Dad, please? I'll show you how to order pizza over the internet.
      Homer: The internet? Is that thing still around?
      Bart: I know a web site that shows monkeys doing it.
      Lisa: Bart, the Internet is more than a global pornography network it's…
      (All of a sudden Homer, is in the car with Bart)
      Homer: Come on, Lisa … monkeys!

    • Homer: All that seizing made me hungry.

    • Homer: Wow, this plankton's only thirty-three cents!
      Lisa: Um, according to the "Mexican Council of Food," this expired two years ago.
      Homer: Sure, by their standards, but we live in America!
      Lisa: This also says it can cause Red Tide poisoning.
      Homer: But it's so cheap!

    • Bart: Look, Mom, they have your dress!
      Marge: Thirty-three cents? I paid almost double that!

    • Lisa: Eww, we're gonna do our grocery shopping at a 99 cent store?
      Marge: Well, maybe for your wedding.
      (Drives to a 66 cent store)

    • Chuck Garabedian: You gotta squeeze every penny. You see this tux? I got it cheap cause Roy Cohn died in it.
      Crowd: Ooh!
      Chuck: That fancy yacht? A bargain cause it smells like cat pee.
      Crowd: Ooooh!
      Chuck: And those beautiful women? They used to be men.
      Crowd: Eeew!

    • Homer: Well, if you're not rich, then how come you have a new refrigerator, an electric can opener, a milkshake machine?
      Ned: Oh, we picked those up cheap. They were evidence in a murder trial.
      Homer: Sweet.

    • Marge: We were robbed!?
      Homer: You seem to know an awful lot about this for an "innocent person."

    • Homer: Hey, why didn't you tell me the new issue of Weird was here? He-he-he, I love their hilarious send-ups of hit movies.
      Lisa: Dad, it's not--
      Homer: "Gigabytes!" Ha ha ha, they've done it again. "Gigabytes." Wait, this isn't Weird! Why, there's no magazine called Weird, is there?

    • Game Show Host: Now I'm going to ask you a question about Japan.
      Homer: Is the answer Japan?
      Game Show Host: ...Yes. (turns towards the curtains) Bakayarou! Dare ga kotau yattanda? (You morons! Who came up with that answer?)

    • Marge: Are you going through our garbage?
      Chuck Garabedian: Thats right! You fat-cats didn't finish your plankton ... now its mine!

    • (At the mega-savings seminar)
      Mr. Burns: Here we go with the fat-cat bashing.
      Monopoly Guy: Well, what do you expect? These yokels are pure Baltic Avenue.

    • Bart: This vacation blows.
      Homer: Well, at least we're past the lightning round.
      (A bolt of lightning hits Homer.)
      Homer: Oww! Hmm, I see...I sure hope they don't have an ice cream round.
      (Lightning strikes again)
      Homer: Oww!

    • Bart: Knife goes in, guts come out.
      (He continues to do this, while gutting the fish)
      Magic Fish: Please, spare me and I will grant you three--
      (He screams as Bart stabs the fish)
      Bart: Knife goes in, guts come out.

    • Snake: Yoink-dot-adios-backslash-losers!

    • (Bart playing a Nintendo Game Boy)
      Stewardess: Sir, it is not safe to use electronic devices yet.
      Bart: You're the waitress.
      (He presses "Shut Down" button and plane goes down)
      Stewardess: Turn it back on! Turn it back on!

    • Homer: If we wanted to see Japanese people, we could have just gone to the zoo.
      Marge: Homer!
      Homer: What? The man who washes the elephants is Japanese. His name is Takashi. He's in my book club.

    • Bart: Hey, isn't this that cartoon that causes seizures?
      (Yellow lights shine on Bart and he falls to the ground, squirming.)
      Bart: Whooooaaaaa!
      Marge: Bart, what are you doing--Whooooaaaaa!
      (She spots the cartoon and also goes into a seizure.)
      Lisa: Hey, what the--Whooooaaaaa!
      (She too falls to the floor. Homer comes in the room and sees Bart, Marge and Lisa in seizure and shrugs)
      Homer: Hmm, all right.
      (He falls down and mocks Bart, Lisa and Marge.)

    • Toilet: Welcome. I am honored to accept your waste.
      (It sprays a musical water fountain)
      Hoemr: (gasps) They're years ahead of us!
      Bart (Watching toilet's TV channel): Mom, Lis, check it out! Dad's on TV!
      (Homer unzips and sits on the toilet)
      Homer: Oh, yeah...
      (Marge, Lisa and Bart scream)

    • Woody Allen: So many rice crackers claim to be low-cal, but only Fujikawa rice crackers make your insides go bananas! What'd I do to deserve this? Oh, right.

    • Homer: Mmm, $50 pretzel.

    • Waiter: Howdy, ganstas! I am average-American Joe Salaryman waiter!
      Bart: These prices suck! ¥10,000 for coleslaw?
      Lisa: Don't you serve anything that's even remotely Japanese?
      Waiter: Don't ask me. I don't know anything! I'm product of American education system. I also build poor-quality cars and inferior-style electronics.
      Homer: Heh, heh, heh, they got our number.

    • Belushi: Toga! Toga! Toga! 2000!
      Homer: Marge! They stole my idea!

    • Leader of Chocobots: Chocobots! Put down those entertaining Mattel products!

    • Homer: At least we'll die doing what we love ... inhaling molten rock.

    • Homer: Could somebody please whack my hernia back in?

    • Marge: I never knew Jim Belushi made so many movies.
      Homer: Yeah, isn't it amazing? They're filming one right now in the bathroom. Gonna be on towards the end of the flight.

    • Homer: I invested in something called NewsCorp.
      Lisa: Dad! That's FOX!
      Homer: Undo! Undo!

  • NOTES (4)

    • Alternate titles to this episode include: "Tokyo Hosers" and "D'Oh-Gun".

    • The monster roars at the end of the episode were actually borrowed sound bites from the 1969 film "Godzilla's Revenge."

    • The creators of this episode are admitted Godzilla fans, so many of the Japanese words throughout the episode are actually Kana spellings of monster names from Godzilla movies. Examples: Angilas' Japanese name appears on a building marker and Mothra's name appears on the picture in the hotel bathroom where Homer discovers the toilet camera.

    • Blackboard Joke: I'm so very tired!
      Couch Gag: The family gets sucked into the couch, then shredded out onto the floor.

  • ALLUSIONS (10)

    • Monopoly
      At the Mega-Savings Seminar, there is a man with a cane and top hat that rides out on a small silver car. Both the man and the car are allusions to the Rich Uncle Pennybags and the car game piece in the board game Monopoly.

    • Pass the Dutchie
      Homer's suggestion of going to Jamaica so he can "pass the dutchie on the left hand side" is a reference to the 1982 song "Pass the Dutchie" from one hit wonder band, Musical Youth.

    • Homer: Hey, what's Baby Huey doing?
      Homer likens one of the Sumo Wrestlers to Baby Huey, a character in the Harvey Comics group, Baby Huey being a large, anthropomorphic infant duck in a diaper.

    • Godzilla
      The end of this episode is a direct parody of the Godzilla movies, which are monster movies from Japan that are very popular.

    • 30 Seconds Over Tokyo
      The episode's title is a reference to a song by Pere Ubu called "30 Seconds Over Tokyo" or to the 1944 film Thirty Seconds over Tokyo. Both the film and the song are based on the quick US bombardments on Tokyo during the Second World War, called the "Dolittle Raid."

    • Jim Belushi: Toga! Toga! Toga! 2000!
      The repeated yelling of "Toga" was done by Jim Belushi's late brother John in the cult classic Animal House. This bit also spoofs a lot of movie sequels being released around this time with the number 2000 being added (like Blues Brothers 2000).

    • The main premise of the "Happy Smile Super Challenge Family Wish Show" is similar to Family Challenge, where families compete in a series of stunts and games for prizes.

    • Marge: You liked Rashômon.
      Homer: That's not how I remember it.
      Rashômon is a 1950 film by Akira Kurosawa that told the stories of several individuals and how they remembered an event in the woods. Marge and Homer's dialogue satirizes this movie.

    • Barney: That boy ain't right.
      When Barney's impersonating Homer he uses several of Homer's catch phrases except for the last one. The last one, "That boy ain't right," is actually Hank Hill's catch phrase from the animated series King of the Hill.

    • The cartoon which gives people seizures parodies Pokemon; an episode that aired in 1997 entitled "Electric Soldier Porygon" caused many Japanese children seizures because of the flashing effects.

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