The Simpsons

Season 8 Episode 2

You Only Move Twice

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Nov 03, 1996 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Homer is offered a job by the Globex Corporation located in Cypress Creek. The family agree to make the move, but have an awful time once there. Homer must decide whether or not to give up his new job which he has grown to love in order to make his family happy.moreless

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  • Homer is offered a new job as nuclear expert in cypress creek for mr. scorpio, who appears very much as a goldfinger character. Homer loves his new job, but the other simpons just can´t get used to living outside Springfield... so, Homer has to decmoreless

    i absolutely love this episode. second best, short after the new york episode.

    it´s just filled with short, on the point, and just great jokes. all the goldfinger stuff and the cowboys - broncos relations treats you into getting a laughing muscle cramp. so: security advise: just watch this episode if you are a trained simpsons viewer with the ability to take jokes up to the max.

    if you are, you won´t regret it.

    If not, watch it anyway. You won´t regret it.

    In fact, at least if you watched it for the first time, you are able to stand every other comedy.

    greetz, philmoreless
  • Another Gem in The Simpsons crown.

    You Only Move Twice is not only one of the best episodes of The Simpsons, it is one of the most hilariously jam packed 20 minutes you will ever see. You Only Move Twice is a very risky departure for the show. Taking the Simpsons out of Springfield removes all of the key characters and therefore best punch lines. The James Bond angle is also a risk but they pull off the over the top nature of it well maybe because they never address it directly. The story moves quickly and is well plotted. Hank Scorpio is a great addition and works very well with Homer. Bart being put in the remedial class is also amazingly funny. With all the over the top comedy You Only Move Twice also has a great heart. The ending with Homer giving up the job he loves and is successful at to please his family is very sweet and it's nice to be reminded how much Homer does care for his family. This episode is simply a must see for everyone, a non stop laugh out loud Simpsons.moreless
  • One of the best episodes!

    This episode is classic Simpsons! Hilarious!!! Scorpio is probably the best character this show has ever had... and believe me, that's saying something. Theres so many great lines in this episode, theres not a moment where I'm not laughing. "Maybe it collapsed on its own... We can't take that chance... You always say that, I want to take a chance!" The scene where he's fighting the government... with mr.bunt... don't forget when Scorpio gives Homer his coat. I wish they had more episodes like this, they don't make the new ones like this :P Probably one of the best simpsons episodes.moreless
  • You Only Move Twice

    Homer is offered a great new job- at a place called Cypress Creek, meaning the family will move. While there, Homer loves his new job, but Bart is put in the remedial class at school, Lisa is allergic to everything, and Marge finds herself being very bored all the time now. So now Homer must decide if he wants to continue this job or if he wants to move back to Springfield. In the end they move back.

    Great, great episode, one of the best from my favorite season. Great humor, good plot, my overall grade is easily an A+moreless
  • Near Perfect Episode

    In this episode, Homer accepts a new job offer in Cypress Creek at Globex Corporation. His job is to motivate his workers. He barely has to do anything, and of course is having the time of his life. His family however are having a horrible time, Marge being bored all the time because the house does all it's own work, Bart being put in Remedial Class, and Lisa is allergeic to all the plants there. Homer eventually chooses to go home with his family. The plot was excellent, but the real star of this episode was Hank Scorpio. His personality was bizare, yet it worked perfectly. He's nice and energetic, yet he's trying to conquer the world. And Homer being clueless about it was perfect, and Homer stooping a James Bond like character was one of the many hilarities here. Overall, an amazing episode every Simpsons fan should watch. 10/10 A+moreless
Yeardley Smith

Yeardley Smith

Lisa Simpson

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

Harry Shearer

Harry Shearer

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

Hank Azaria

Hank Azaria

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

Dan Castellaneta

Dan Castellaneta

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

Albert Brooks

Albert Brooks

Hank Scorpio

Recurring Role

Pamela Hayden

Pamela Hayden

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

Recurring Role

Tress MacNeille

Tress MacNeille

Agnes Skinner, Brandine Del Roy, Dolph and others

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (7)

  • QUOTES (34)

    • (Homer places a Cypress Creek promotional video in the VCR.)
      Narrator: Cypress Creek: A tale of one city.
      Homer: (Bored) Uh, let's watch something else.
      Marge: Homer, you're trying to talk us into moving to this place.
      Homer: Oh yeah, that's right. Let's watch this.

    • Homer: (as the army storms Scorpio's secret lair) Hank, what's going on here?
      Scorpio: I'm having a little trouble with the government.
      Homer: Oh, those jerks, always walking over the small businessman. Don't get me started about the government.

    • Mr. Bont: Scorpio, you're totally mad!
      Scorpio: I wouldn't point fingers, you jerk.
      Mr. Bont: Do you expect me to talk?
      Scorpio: No, I don't expect anything from you, except to die and be a very cheap funeral. (Walks away) You're gonna die now!

    • Homer: (in his new role as supervisor) Um, are you guys working?
      Employee: Yes, sir.
      Homer: Can you . . . work any harder?
      Employee: Sure thing, boss!

    • Homer: Mr. Scorpio says productivity is up 2%, and it's all because of my motivational techniques, like donuts and the possibility of more donuts to come.

    • Scorpio: Don't call me that word. I don't like things that elevate me above the other people. I'm just like you. Oh sure, I come in later in the day, I get paid a lot more, and I take longer vacations, but I don't like the word "boss."

    • Scorpio: You will notice, my new best friend, that we are pretty casual around here.
      Homer: Yes, sir. I will notice that. Very casual, Mr. Scorpion.
      Scorpio: Don't call me that. It's Mr. Scorpio, but don't call me that either. Call me Hank!

    • Homer: Well, what do you think of me and Cypress Creek now, Marge?
      Marge: It does seem nicer than Springfield.
      Lisa: Yeah, did you notice how the people weren't shoving or knocking each other down? I've never been to a place like that before.
      Bart: (shoving her) Me neither!

    • Marge: I've dug myself into a happy little rut here and I'm not about to hoist myself out of it.
      Homer: Just bring the rut with ya, honey.

    • Homer: Promise not to laugh? I always wanted to own the Dallas Cowboys.
      Lisa: (Laughs) I'm sorry, Dad. I just find that very cute.

    • Marge: You took a new job in a strange town without discussing it with your family?
      Homer: Of course not. I wouldn't do that! (Pause) Why not?
      Marge: We have roots here, Homer. We have friends and family and library cards ... Bart's lawyer is here!

    • Homer: I can't buy that. Only management guys with big salaries like me can afford that… guys like me! I'm a guy like me!

    • Scorpio: Hey, before we continue our tour, would you mind hanging my coat up on the wall please?
      Homer: (looks around room) Mmmhmm. Umuhh now let's see now. Uuummm.
      Scorpio: Ahaha. Relax, Homer, at Globex we don't believe in walls. In fact, I didn't even give you my coat! (wearing the coat backwards)

    • Lisa: It says here one of these giant redwood trees can provide enough sawdust to cover an entire day's worth of vomit at Disneyland!

    • Ned: Ahah, Homer, uh, all those things you've borrowed from me over the years, you know, the TV trays, power sanders, the downstairs bathtub, are you going to be needing those things in Cypress Creek?
      Homer: Yes.
      Ned: Uhuhu…
      Homer: Okely… Dokely…
      Ned: Okely Dokely!

    • Smithers: What's wrong with this country!? Can't a man walk down the street without being offered a job?

    • Smithers: I work for Monty Burns, m-m-m-m-m-m-m- Monty Burns.

    • (Bart interacts with the students in his new class.)
      Bart: What are you in here for?
      Gordy: I'm from Canada and they think I'm slow, eh?
      Dot: I fell off the jungle gym and when I woke up I was in here.
      Warren: I start fires.

    • Ending Theme: (to the tune of "Goldfinger")

      He'll sting you with his dreams of power and wealth.
      Beware of Scorpio!
      His twisted twin obsessions are his plot to rule the world
      And his employees' health.
      He'll welcome you into his lair,
      Like the nobleman welcomes his guest.
      With free dental care and a stock plan that helps you invest!
      But beware of his generous pensions,
      Plus three weeks paid vacation each year,
      And on Fridays the lunchroom serves hot dogs and burgers and beer!
      He loves German beer!

    • Homer: (Reading note) "Project Arcturus couldn't have succeeded without you. This will get you a little closer to that dream of yours. It's not the Dallas Cowboys, but it's a start. Drop me a line if you're on the East Coast, Hank Scorpio." Aw, the Denver Broncos!
      Marge: I think owning the Denver Broncos is pretty good.
      Homer: Yeah, yeah.
      Marge: Well, explain to me why it isn't.
      Homer: (Sighs) You just don't understand football, Marge.

    • P.A.: T minus 14 seconds.
      Scorpio: If you need anything, you call me.
      Homer: All right. What's the number?
      Hank: I've never had to call my own company. Someone will tell you upstairs. But, Homer, on your way out, if you wanna kill somebody, it would help a lot.

    • Teacher: So, you never learned cursive?
      Bart: Um, well, I know hell and damn and bit--
      (Gets interrupted by the teacher.)

    • Scorpio: Your job will be to manage and motivate them. Give 'em the benefit of your years of experience.
      Homer: Don't worry, that won't take long.

    • Marge: Mr. Scorpio, this house is almost too good for us. I keep expecting to get the bum's rush.
      Scorpio: We don't have bums in our town, Marge, and if we did they wouldn't rush. They'd be allowed to go at their own pace.

    • Apu: Hello. I am not interested in buying your house, but I would like to use your rest room, flip through your magazines, rearrange your carefully shelved items and handle your food products in an unsanitary manner. Ha! Now you know how it feels! (Runs away)
      Homer: Thank you. Come again.

    • (Homer tackles Mr. Bont)
      Scorpio: Homer! Boy am I proud of you, when you go home tonight, there's gonna be another story on your house.

    • Homer: Uh... you have any sugar around here?
      Scorpio: Sugar? Sure. (Fumbles in his pockets, takes out a few handfuls of sugar.) There you go. Sorry it's not in packages. Want some cream?
      Homer: Uh... I... no.

    • Scorpio: My ass is for sitting, not for kissing.

    • Homer: But Marge, we can't move. This is the only time I've ever been good at my job. Mr. Scorpio says we're way ahead of the weather machine and germ warfare divisions.

    • Scorpio: Hey! Look at my feet!
      Homer: Okay.
      Scorpio: You like those moccasins? Look in your closet, there's a pair for you. Don't like 'em? Then neither do I! (Throws moccasins out door) Get the hell out of here! Ever see a guy say goodbye to a shoe?
      Homer: (chuckles) Yes, once.

    • Kid Resembling Milhouse: Hey, Bart. Do you have a best friend yet? 'Cause I've been looking for someone to boss me around.

    • (Scorpio has just blown up a bridge with his Doomsday Device)
      British Delegate: My God, the Fifty-ninth Street Bridge!
      Indian Delegate: Maybe it just collapsed on its own.
      British Delegate: We can't take that chance.
      Indian Delegate: You always say that. I want to take a chance!

    • Scorpio: By the way Homer, what's your least favorite country, Italy or France?
      Homer: Uh... France.
      Scorpio: Ha, Ha! Nobody ever says Italy.

    • Scorpio: There's the Hammock Hut. That's on Third. There's Hammocks 'R' Us. That's on Third, too. You got Put Your Butt There. That's on Third. Swing Low, Sweet Chariot. Matter of fact they're all in the same complex. It's the Hammock Complex, down on Third.
      Homer: Oh, the Hammock District?

  • NOTES (6)

    • Hank Scorpio's entire speech about where to find hammocks was improvised by Albert Brooks.

    • There was initially going to be a D-story involving Grampa and an automated telephone service that kept him company while the family was away, but the scenes were cut before the episode aired. They can be found on the season 8 DVD box set.

    • When the episode was originally aired in 1996, the Denver Broncos, the team about which Homer is angry about owning, would compile a 13-3 record and then win back-to-back Super Bowls in the following two seasons.

    • Cypress Creek Elementary School's website isn't a real website.

    • Blackboard Joke: I did not learn everything I need to know in kindergarten.
      Couch Gag: Marge, Bart, Lisa, and Maggie parachute down from the sky onto the couch. Homer, however, falls flat on his face with an unopened parachute.

    • This episode was billed as a being the season premiere, but since the Halloween special aired before it, we are classifying that as the season premiere. Until we get evidence that says the Halloween special was part of the previous season. The production codes for both episodes, just add to the confusion.


    • Secretariat
      At the sport memorabilia store, Bart comments in awe of the baseball made out of Secretariat. Secretariat is a horse that won the 1973 Triple Crown and was considered to be one of the greatest race horses of all time. He died in 1989 after retiring from racing.

    • James Bond
      The final scene at Globex contains several references to action scenes in James Bond films. The episode title and many references are from the 1967 Bond film You Only Live Twice, with 1985's A View to a Kill also being referred to. A character modeled after Sean Connery's Bond is tackled by Homer and killed after a parody of the laser scene from Goldfinger (1964). Mrs. Goodthighs from the 1967 James Bond parody Casino Royale makes an appearance in the episode and can be seen attacking a character modeled after U.S. Army general Norman Schwarzkopf.