The Simpsons

Season 17 Episode 11

We're on the Road to D'ohwhere

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Jan 29, 2006 on FOX
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We're on the Road to D'ohwhere
Bart obtains the key to the steam tunnels under the school and with Milhouse they go down to check them out. When Bart turns just one of the little valves they find in the valve room the chain reaction causes chaos throughout the school. Bart is caught and Skinner wants to send him to a discipline camp in Oregon. When Bart can’t fly there alone, Homer has to drive him there himself and that is going to cause him to miss the trip to Las Vegas that Moe is sponsoring for all his regular customers. While the boys are gone, Marge and Lisa take some of the boys' old stuff and hold a yard sale, but the only things that sell well are their old medications and that gets her into bit of trouble.moreless

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  • Clearly the worst Simpsons episode of all time. And by the way, I don't care if anyone criticises this review.

    The decaying ruins of the classic Simpsons sitcom somehow manages to spawn another episode that people all like. Well, I hate it with a grudge. I mean, what is the point of it? We've seen it all before, and it basically portrays Bart as the victim in need of love. I mean, they are clearly making Homer the enemy here, when he has done nothing wrong whatsoever. Even when Homer got him out of Brat Camp, Bart frames him. And it was Bart who messed with the steam valves in the first place, so Bart DOES deserve brat camp, no matter what. However, the writers make it look like Bart has done nothing and is in need of attention. Here's how it goes.

    -Bart messes with the steam valves underneath the school. He sends steam everywhere, almost killing everyone.

    -Bart is sentenced to go to brat camp. Homer has to give up a Las Vegas trip to drive him there.

    -On the way, the two bond. While out at a restuarant, the two have great fun discussing things and joking. Back at the Simpsons house, Marge is having a garage sale (a pethtic B story.)

    -Then, Bart escapes and makes Homer look like a thief. Homer drives off to find Bart. He almost drives off of a cliff, thanks to a hitchhiking Bart distracting him. Bart refuses to save him, as apparantly Homer hasn't been very nice to him (even though he clearly has)

    -Bart saves him from falling off of the cliff, Homer chains him to the seat and then drops him off at Brat Camp. Homer drives off to Las Vegas, but then worries about Bart (Why does he? I mean, Bart was cruel to him in the first place).

    -Homer goes back, rescues him, drives to Las Vegas, and to close, we hear that Bart has got Homer arrested and ran off. Marge has been arrested for selling drugs. Lisa will "start work in the morning". The End. 100% AWFUL.

    I can't believe so many people enjoyed this when it's clearly a terrible piece of work that I'll never want to see again. Homer is not the enemy, he was the protagonist through the whole thing, and Bart is not the victim, Bart deserves to go to a torturing military school for the rest of his life. This episode is not a classic. It is murder.moreless
  • Bart and Milhouse find a key to Sprigfield Elementary's steam tunnels and release massive amounts of steam damaging the school. For this latest prank Bart is sent to a camp for troubled children. But since he can't go by plane, Homer must drive him.moreless

    I laughed quite a few times during this episode. Once again the great writing that is one of ther trademarks of The Simpsons is seen in the show. I am only giving this episode an average rating because I think the episode's all too predictable ending hurts this episode and affected my enjoyment of it. However, there are many laughs on the way to that predictable ending (especially the after effects of Bart's tampering with the valves in the steam tunnel) so it won't be a total waste of your time.moreless
  • Lotta Time-Filler

    Off the top of my head, this episode had two time-filling jokes, maybe more. The two I remember are the car tipping back and forth joke, which lasted too long, and Flanders singing the "Coat of Many Colors" song. Honestly, I don't see how anyone could find these funny. Maybe little kids or something {no offense intended for anyone who DID like those jokes}. Other then that, nothing stood out, except it had a good enough plot to barely pass, in my mind. But the ending is also terrible I thought. My overall grade, sadly, is about a C or somoreless
  • Hilarious episode... one of the best of the season.

    Bart and Milhouse mess around in the school's steam tunnels, leaving the school destroyed. Skinner suggests Bart be sent to a behavior modification camp to set him straight. Homer takes Bart to the airport but discovers at the last minute that Bart has been banned from flying on airplanes. Homer must instead drive Bart to the camp, meaning he'll miss out on a trip to Las Vegas with his bar friends. Bart escapes the road trip by exiting through the bathroom window at a nearby diner, leading Homer to duct tape and chain him to the car seat. When they arrive at camp, Homer decides to skip the camp and takes Bart to Vegas with him. Homer and Bart get in trouble with the law, leading them to be thrown in prison. Meanwhile, Marge is also imprisoned for selling prescription drugs illegally at a yard sale, leaving Lisa and Maggie home alone.moreless
  • A newer classic.

    I didn't think this episode was that funny when I first saw it, but I've watched it a few dozen times and it's worked its magic on me. After Bart moistens the school, Principal Skinner makes Bart go to a special camp for badly behaved children, which is in Oregon. On the trip there, Bart expresses his dissatisfaction with Homer's parenting so Homer tells Bart how unhappy he is with his own life. Marge and Lisa meanwhile hold a yard sale which doesn't pick up until customers find the family's old prescription medicine. I like this episode because it doesn't have jokes shoehorned in like most Simpsons episodes, and instead entertains with good vocal performances and wonderfully crafted animation of expressions and poses. It's not as instantly laugh-out-loud funny, but it also doesn't have as much of the hit-and-miss quality of other episodes.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

Marcia Wallace

Marcia Wallace

Edna Krabappel

Recurring Role

Tress MacNeille

Tress MacNeille

Agnes Skinner, Brandine Del Roy, Dolph and others

Recurring Role

Russi Taylor

Russi Taylor

Martin Prince, Sherri, Terri and others

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • In Germany, this episode was dedicated to the memory of Elisabeth Volkmann, the German voice of Marge Simpson, who passed away in July 2006.

    • This is the seventh time Marge has been in jail, the first time being in "Homer Alone", the second time in "Marge in Chains", the third time in "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Marge", the fourth time in "Brawl in the Family", the fifth time in "The Frying Game" and the sixth time in "Bart Mangled Banner".

  • QUOTES (19)

    • (After hearing Bart isn't allowed on the plane)
      Bart: Well, Homer, looks like I can't go to Discipline Camp. Which is too bad cause I think this was the thing that would finally straightened me out.
      Homer: Oh, yeah? You're going to that camp cause I'm gonna drive you there.
      Bart: Oh, yeah, that'll be way more fun than Vegas.
      (Cut from the airport, fly overhead and zoom in on the gang at Moe's)
      Carl: Ah, dang. Homer ain't coming.
      Nelson: (off-screen) Haw-haw!
      Carl: And Nelson saw something funny.

    • (At the yard sale)
      Lisa: We've only brought in five dollars. And that was from Mr. Flanders buying back his own stuff.

    • Homer: I'm one Snickers pie away from losing my foot to diabetes. Mmmmm, Snickers pie.

    • Bart: Dad, if you take me to Las Vegas, I'll teach you how to cheat at blackjack.
      Homer: Who needs to cheat when you've got a system?
      Bart: What's the system?
      Homer: (whispering) I don't tell your mother how much I've lost.

    • Homer: This camps got it all! Climbing some kind of rope, wearing a backpack and high fiving the black kid.

    • (after finding the key to the steam tunnels)
      Bart: Thank you Satan!

    • Bart: Oh my god! My dad had a long talk with me about this, but you can't believe it till you see it.
      Milhouse: The cafeteria loading dock.
      Bart: Look, we're having pizza tomorrow.
      Milhouse: I'm gonna eat a lighter breakfast.

    • Skinner: Ah 1995, fine year for Camrys. No one would ever guess you've spent 3 months in a lake.

    • Skinner: That's odd, we only turn the heat on for parent's night.

    • Skinner: What the F minus?!

    • Homer: Stupid Bart, makes me drive to Oregon. Home of the unspoiled forest birthplace of Matt Groening.

    • Homer: (to Bart) I bet they're from Massachusetts. You know it's legal there for a guy to marry his son!?

    • After being drenched in steam…
      Ralph: I've got two kinds of wet in my pants.

    • Bart: I gotta warn ya, we could get in trouble.
      Milhouse: I don't mind. Trouble's a form of attention.

    • Waitress: So, here for a snack before they roll you back into the ocean?
      Homer: Yeah… I'll have the smiley face breakfast special. Ah but could you add a bacon nose? Plus bacon hair? Bacon moustache? Five o'clock shadow made of bacon bits? And a bacon body?
      Waitress: How 'bout if I just shove the pig down your throat
      Homer: Hmm…
      Waitress: I'm kidding.
      Homer: Fine! But the bacon man lives in a bacon house!!!
      Waitress: No he doesn't!

    • (After hearing separate messages that both her parents are in jail.)
      Lisa: Well Maggie, I always knew that it would someday boil down to just the two of us. (sighs) I'll look for work in the morning.

    • Bart: Can I cut a deal? I'll give you Milhouse.
      Principal Skinner: I don't want Milhouse.
      Milhouse: You sound like my parents' custody hearing.

    • Carl: Why are you being so generous? You are usually so stingy and rat-like.
      Moe: Remember that time I tried to hang myself and the rope broke? Well, I sued the rope company and I got a huge settlement AND a new rope.
      Carl: Hey nice rope!
      Lenny: You could hang a cow with that thing!

    • Homer: Stupid horse! This is a deer crossing.

  • NOTES (1)

    • Blackboard Joke: Teacher was not dumped -- it was mutual.
      Couch Gag: A la the opening to western series Bonanza a map of Springfield is shown and the center of the map begins to burn. As the burning paper separates we see the family members riding up on their horses. The couch is nowhere to be found.


    • The program Principal Skinner suggests for Bart, Upward Bound, is a reference to Outward Bound--a program directed mainly toward young people to develop character and self-discovery in a wilderness setting.

    • When Marge is selling Homer's old meds, Birchibald Barlow (from "Sideshow Bob Roberts") can be seen buying a huge pile of painkillers. Birchibald is modeled after Rush Limbaugh and his appearance here would reference the talk show host's much-publicized addiction to pain-killers.

    • The episode title is a parody of the Talking Heads song "Road to Nowhere," which contains the line, "we're on a road to nowhere."

    • Superman
      In Homer's head, the 'prison' in which Zany Homer is trapped by Serious Homer resembles the holding cell used in the 1978 film Superman to hold General Zod, Non, and Ursa during their trial.