The Simpsons

Season 25 Episode 16

You Don't Have to Live Like a Referee

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Mar 30, 2014 on FOX
6.8
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During a speech contest, Lisa sings her father's praises about his honesty and integrity on the youth-soccer field, and this leads to him being recruited as a World Cup referee. Once the family arrives in Brazil, Homer is approached by a gangster with a reputation for bribing officials and fixing matches.moreless

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  • one of the best episodes

    7.5
    this is o lately, it was well thought out, and made me laugh more than American dad!

    meathead, obviously you only want childish humor, not depth, not intelligent humor, but childish humor. i am not surprised though, fanboys of other shows obviously will try to rate other shows besides the one he likes as worst as possible. the only thing unappealing here is your comment and name.
  • Inspired by Lisa's speech at a school contest, Homer is recruited to be a referee at the upcoming World Cup Soccer tournament in Brazil.

    5.0
    A huge disappointment. This episode recycles a tired formula that has been used countless times during "The Simpsons" long run. It could not have been more obvious that Homer would eventually find out the truth and become all depressed and then later become inspired again. How many times have we seen that before? Even Andres Cantor's guest appearance was disappointing. Try as he might, Andres was just not funny. A few clever moments do save this episode from total disaster I will admit, but overall this episode is not worth seeing in my opinion.moreless
  • Best Episode in a Long Time

    10
    Finally! The Simpsons are back where they belong at the top of TV comedy. After a long period of sub-par writing with bad puns and weak story lines this episode showed just how good our favorite yellow family can be when the writers make a real effort.



    In this episode, the Simpsons go to Brazil for the second time in the series and even though it seemed like a reasonable enough way to go, the writers didn't take the easy way and have Homer kidnapped again. Instead, they succeeded in both showing international soccer and the American tourist from their absolute worst sides, as they re-found their stride and made hillarious on-the-nose commentaries.



    Let's hope this wasn't a fluke and that this marks a new rise in the quality of our favorite show through 25 years.moreless
Dan Castellaneta

Dan Castellaneta

Homer Simpson

Julie Kavner

Julie Kavner

Marge SImpson

Nancy Cartwright

Nancy Cartwright

Bart Simpson & Nelson Muntz

Yeardley Smith

Yeardley Smith

Lisa Simpson

Hank Azaria

Hank Azaria

Abraham Lincoln & Superintendent Chalmers

Harry Shearer

Harry Shearer

Principal Skinner & Ned Flanders

Joey Vieira

Joey Vieira

Voice

Guest Star

Andres Cantor

Andres Cantor

Mafia

Special Guest Star

Pamela Hayden

Pamela Hayden

Jimbo Jones

Recurring Role

Tress MacNeille

Tress MacNeille

Dolph

Recurring Role

Chris Edgerly

Chris Edgerly

Various

Recurring Role

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  • NOTES (1)

    • Show Title:  Homer (seen and dressed as his 300-pound self in "King-Size Homer") flapping like a bird.
      Billboard and Chalkboard Gags:  None.
      Couch Gag:  A parody of the Running of the Bulls in Pamplona, Spain.  Instead, it's the Running of the Couches, as the family runs through various streets before winding up at home where they sit on their own couch.  But then another couch bearing bullhorns bursts through the wall, knocking Homer out if its way.

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • The song Homer is singing while mowing the lawn is a parody of the song "Juke Box Hero" by the band Foreigner.


      The song is featured on the band's 1981 album 4.

    • The title of this episode is a take on the song "Refugee" by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.  The first line of the chorus of the song is "You don't have to live like a refugee."


      The song is featured on the band's 1979 album Damn the Torpedoes.

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