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The Simpsons: Simpson and Delilah

When Homer gets an experimental hair treatment, he grows a shaggy new mane. Marge finds the new Homer sexy and Mr. Burns mistakes his most incompetent employee for a hungry up-and-comer and promotes him, but a jealous Smithers discovers the secret behind Homer's new hair.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 2x2
Production Number: 7F02
Airdate: Thursday October 18th, 1990

Director: Rich Moore
Writer: Jon Vitti

Guest Stars
Hank AzariaHank Azaria
voiced Apu, Moe, Chief Wiggum, Carl, Comic Book Guy, Dr. Nick Riviera, Prof. Frink, Cletus, Sea Captain, Kirk Van Houten, Various
Pamela HaydenPamela Hayden
voiced Milhouse, Rod Flanders, Jimbo Jones, various
Harvey FiersteinHarvey Fierstein
voiced Karl
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
Tar is not a plaything

Couch Gag
The family does a short two step left-right dance and then sits down w/ a finishing move.

When shown in the UK, many lines of sexual innuendo (including references to Homer's secretary being a homosexual) were edited out in order to garner a PG rating instead of a 12.

It's revealed in this episode that C. Montgomery Burns is 81 years old.

According to Homer's medical claim form his birthday is
05/10/1955, his social security number is 568-47-8008, his home phone number is 555-6518 & work number appears to be 555-7214?

In keeping with mystery of where Springfield is located, the area code for the phone numbers are blank and the state is ambiguous, although it could be NC.

Two background characters were given names in this episode... Mr & Mrs Winfield

Around Springfield

Episode Quotes
TV Show Host: Ok, the capital of North Dakota is named after what German ruler?
Homer: Hitler.
Marge: Hitler, North Dakota?

Karl: You dont belong here. You're a fraud and a phony and it's only a matter of time until they find you out.
Homer: Who told you?
Karl: You did! [...]

Mr. Burns: I'm only eighty-one. You may find this hard to believe, but in my salad days, my crowning glory was a bright shock of strawberry blond curls. [...]

Homer: [...] You've ruined your father. You've crippled your family. And baldness is hereditary.

Burns: Wait. Who is that young go-getter?

(The Simpson family watches a game show called Grade School Challenge on TV)
Game Show Host: Okay, the capital of North Dakota is named after what German ruler?
Homer: Hitler!
Marge: (Questioning Homer) Hitler, North Dakota?
Patty and Selma: (In unison) Bismarck.
Girl Contestant: Bismarck!
Bart: (To Homer) Hitler?
Homer: Hey, I'm still beating you, boy.
Game Show Host: Okay, the colors of the Italian flag are red, white, and what?
Bart: Blue!
Homer: Yellow!
Bart: Orange!
Selma: Green.
Bart: Red!
Patty: Green.
Bart: Purple!
Homer: Red! White! Black! Green!
Girl Contestant: Green.
Homer: I was right! (Claps)

Episode Goofs
When Homer first opens the medicine cabinet, the floss is on the bottom shelf behind the toothpaste, but when seen over Homer's shoulder, the floss is missing.

The floss seen earlier is a white container but the the morning Homer discovers his new hair, the floss is blue.

When talking to the doctor about placing Dimoxinil on his health insurance, Homer's hairline above his ear vanishes in one shot.

The doctor places the bottle of Dimoxinil on the desk & the label wraps a corner of the bottle to Homer's right but ...

... but after Homer is handed Hair-In-a-Drum, the Dimoxinil label has switched sides on the bottle, with it wrapping the other corner.

When Patty & Selma see the newly haired Homer, their usually exposed necks are the same color as their respective clothes.

The ornamental faucet Burns' washes his hands from has vanished when he asks Homer for a towel.

The chair Homer is sitting in when Burns gives him his job back is gone right before he gets up to leave.

Cultural References
Sampson And Delilah

The episode title, "Simpson and Delilah," parodies the biblical story of a long-haired, strong Jew named Sampson, and the evil, seductress Philistine, Delilah.

It's A Wonderful Life

In the scene when Homer runs joyously through downtown with his hair, we see a visual of a church bell ringing. The visual itself, the way it fades in, and the emotion in the scene could all be a reference from the end of the 1946 film It's A Wonderful Life.

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