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The Simpsons: There's No Disgrace Like Home

After an embarrassing experience at his company picnic, Homer begins to wonder if his family is too dysfunctional. Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie attend family therapy sessions with Dr. Marvin Monroe, an unorthodox psychotherapist who uses shock therapy to "cure" them.


Episode Info


Episode number: 1x4
Production Number: 7G04
Airdate: Sunday January 28th, 1990



  • Currently 6.2/10
6.2/10 (6 Votes cast)
Main Cast
Dan CastellanetaDan Castellaneta
voiced Homer Simpson, Abraham Simpson, Krusty the Klown, Barney, Willy, Sideshow Mel, Mayor Quimby, Hans Moleman, Gil, Itchy, Various
Julie KavnerJulie Kavner
voiced Marjorie "Marge" Bouvier Simpson, Patty Bouvier, Selma Bouvier, Jacqueline Ingrid Bouvier, Various
Nancy CartwrightNancy Cartwright
voiced Bart Simpson, Nelson Muntz, Ralph Wiggum, Todd Flanders, Kearney, Various
Yeardley SmithYeardley Smith
voiced Lisa Simpson, Various
Harry ShearerHarry Shearer
voiced Mr. Burns, Smithers, Dr. Marvin Monroe, Ned Flanders, Seymour Skinner, Otto, Kent Brockman, Dr. Hibbert, Lenny, Rev. Lovejoy, Various
Episode Notes
Chalkboard Gag:
I will not burp in class.


Couch Gag:
The family rushes in and crowds onto the couch. Homer pops out and lands on the floor.


On Mr. Burn's gate there's a sign that says "Poachers will be shot."

This episode introduces the characters

Dr. Marvin Monroe


Itchy (the Mouse) & Scratchy (the Cat)


Officers Eddie (on left) & Lou (on right)

Matt Groening named this episode as #10 on his top 10 favorite episodes in 2005.

This episode introduces the correct skin colorization of Waylon Smithers, although his hair changes later.



In another future color correction, Officer Lou (on right) is yellow instead of brown.




Music
ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Dean MartinPour The Winesung by Marge at the company picnic


Episode Quotes
Homer: I'm sorry, Marge, but sometimes I think we're the worst family in town.
Marge: Maybe we should move to a larger community.

Bart: Ok, Rub a dub dub, thanks for the grub.

Homer: When will I learn? The answers to life's problems aren't at the bottom of a bottle. (laughs) They're on TV!

Marge: I don't want to alarm anyone, but I think there's a li'l al-key-hol in this punch.

Homer: Now remember, as far as anyone knows we're a nice, normal family.

Homer: Look at that, kids! No fighting, no yelling.
Bart: No belching.
Lisa: The dad has a shirt on!
Marge: Look, napkins!
Bart: These people are obviously freaks.

(At the dinner table, much to Homer's disgust, the rest of the family begins rapidly shoveling in their food)
Homer: No, We're going to say grace first.
Bart: Okay. Rub-a-dub-dub, thanks for the grub.
(The family begins eating again)
Homer: (Growls) No! Ignore the boy, Lord. Now can the chatter, and bow your heads. (Clears throat) Dear Lord, thank you for this microwave bounty, even though we don't deserve it. I mean, our kids are uncontrollable hellions. Pardon my French, but they act like savages. Did you see them at the picnic? Oh, of course you did. You're everywhere. You're "omnivorous." O Lord why did you smite me with this family?
Marge, Lisa and Bart: Amen!
Bart: Let's eat.
Homer: No, I'm not done yet!
Marge: But, Homer, how long are we supposed to sit here and listen to you bad mouth us to the Man Upstairs?
Homer: I'm sorry, Marge, but sometimes I think we're the worst family in town.
Marge: Maybe we should move to a larger community.
Homer: D'oh!
Bart: Don't have a cow, Dad.

(The Simpsons make their entrance at the company picnic)
Homer: Uh... Afternoon, Mr. Burns.
Mr. Burns: Ah, hello there, uh...uh...
(Homer leans over to Smithers)
Homer: (whispering to Smithers) Simpson, Homer.
Smithers: Here you go, sir. (hands Mr. Burns a card with all the Simpsons' information and Mr. Burns reviews the information)
Mr. Burns: Ah! Oh, yes. Oh, and this must be your lovely wife... (looks at card) Marge. Oh, and look at, uh... (looks at card again) Little Lisa. Why, she's growing like a weed. And this must be, uh... (looks at card again) Brat.
Bart: Bart.
Homer: Don't correct the man, Brat. Oh, boss. Look what we brought... (holds up a gelatin dessert) Gelatin desserts!
Mr. Burns: Oh, for the love of Peter. That's all everybody brought. Some damn fool went around telling everyone I love that slimy goop. Well, toss it in the pile over there. (points to a large pile of gelatin desserts) And...make yourselves at home.
(The family starts walking past Mr. Burns and Smithers and into the picnic)
Bart: You hear that, dad? You can lie around in your underwear and scratch yourself.
Homer: (turning around to hurt Bart) Now, you listen to me...
Bart: Whoa!
Mr. Burns: Trouble, Simpson?
Homer: No! (chuckles nervously) Just congratulating the son on a fine joke about his old man.



Cultural References
Wizard Of Oz

The title is a play on the famous Wizard Of Oz quote, "There's No Place Like Home."

Citizen Kane

After the sack race, the fanfare and the shot of the crowd are taken from a scene in Citizen Kane. This is the first of many references to the famous, award winning 1941 film throughout the history of the show.



Warning: The Simpsons season 1 episode 4 guide may contain spoilers
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