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The Simpsons: One Fish, Two Fish, Blowfish, Blue Fish

Homer discovers the wonders of sushi, trying a piece of every fish on the menu of the Happy Sumo restaurant. But when he eats a bad piece of blowfish, Dr. Hibbert fears that Homer will die in 24 hours, prompting Homer to go to great lengths to get his affairs in order before he bites the big one.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 2x11
Production Number: 7F11
Airdate: Thursday January 24th, 1991

Director: Wesley Archer
Writer: Nell Scovell

Guest Stars
George TakeiGeorge Takei
voiced Akira
Hank AzariaHank Azaria
voiced Apu, Moe, Chief Wiggum, Carl, Comic Book Guy, Dr. Nick Riviera, Prof. Frink, Cletus, Sea Captain, Kirk Van Houten, Various
Larry KingLarry King
voiced Himself
Sab ShimonoSab Shimono
voiced Master Chef
Diana TanakaDiana Tanaka
voiced Hostess
Joey MiyashimaJoey Miyashima
voiced Toshiro
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 cut corners.

Couch Gag:
The couch tips backwards, and Maggie pops out from behind.

This episode introduces the character


Around Springfield:

Bart's Prank Calls:

Seymour Butz

Episode Quotes
Homer: Ahem. This is a videotape for my daughter Maggie. Hi, Maggie! I'm speaking to you from beyond the grave. Woooooooo! Hee hee hee, hope that didn't scare you. Well, Maggie, you're grown-up now, and unless you taped over this, you're probably wondering what kind of man your father was. He was a simple man, a kind man, a gentle man who loved his children and- (Phone rings) D'oh! Hello! Yeah, he's here, who is this? (Scratches butt) Bart's friend Milhouse? Bart! Get your butt down here!

Homer: I just want you to know that I love you, Dad.
Grampa: You do?
Homer: Uh-huh.
Grampa: Oh, son, I love you too. Hey, how about a hug?
(Homer and Abe hug)
Homer: Dad!
Grampa: Sonny boy!
Homer: Papa!
Grampa: Junior!
Homer: My old man.
(Homer crosses "Make peace with Dad" on his list.)

Dr. Hibbert: Now, a little death anxiety is normal. You can expect to go through five stages. The first is denial.
Homer: No way! Because I'm not dying!
Dr. Hibbert: The second is anger.
Homer: Why you little!
Dr. Hibbert: After that comes fear.
Homer: What's after fear? What's after fear?
Dr. Hibbert: Bargaining.
Homer: Doc, you gotta get me out of this! I'll make it worth your while!
Dr. Hibbert: Finally, acceptance.
Homer: Well, we all gotta go sometime.
Dr. Hibbert: Mr. Simpson, your progress astounds me.

(While Marge appears to be tossing a salad Homer watches the microwave.)
Homer: Is it done yet? Is it done yet?
Marge: Your meatloaf will be ready in eight seconds, Homer.
Homer: D'oh! Isn't there anything faster than a microwave?
(Homer watches dinner cook)
Homer: Four… three… two… one… Bing! We have meatloaf!

Homer: If I said `no' the first time, what makes you think I'm going to say `yes' the second time?
Lisa: Nothing, but you may say `yes' the ninety-ninth time.
Homer: Oh? Try me.
Lisa: Please, Dad.
Homer: No.
Lisa: Please, Dad.
Homer: No.
Lisa: Please, Dad.
Homer: No.
Lisa: Please, Dad.
Homer: No.
Lisa: Please, Dad.
Homer: No.
Lisa: Please, Dad.
Homer: Oh, okay, okay.

Episode Goofs
When Homer is given his plate of sushi, there are four pieces on his plate.
Moments later, before he begins to eat, he has six pieces on his plate.

Just after Homer says, "This fish is delish!", Homer eats 6 pieces of sushi despite the fact there is always three pieces on his plate.

In this episode, Homer makes a tape for Maggie since he believes that he is going to die. However the speech is horribly out of sync with Homer's mouth movements.

Homer's chest hair squiggle has continuity errors in this episode.

As he's making his to-do list, it's there but vanishes moments later.

It has returned when Homer finally wakes up at 11:29.

When Homer finally makes it home, as Marge begins to read the poem, it's not there in the bathroom, but appears as he gets in bed.

The color of the saxophones on Lisa's sheets change color after when Homer tucks her in.

One of Homer's to-do things it to tell off Mr. Burns. After he does this, Smithers attempts to see who hurled the insult, however he is animated wrong.
His elbow is in front of Burns which is impossible from the perspective of the shot & his position.

The shot of Homer entering the retirement home is reused from the Thanksgiving episode, Bart vs Thanksgiving.
The "ANKSGI" in the THANKSGIVING banner is still visible.

Cultural References
One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue fish

The title is a play on the famous Dr. Suess book.

The Graduate

When Homer runs from the broken down car, it is similar to Benjamin Braddock's (Dustin Hoffman) run to the church at the last minute. Homer then bangs on a glass window shouting Marge's name exactly as Benjamin Braddock's banging on the window yelling Elaine Robinson's name in the 1967 film, The Graduate.


The main idea of the episode is taken from the film D.O.A., where a man learns he has been poisoned and will soon die.

The song Richie Sakai sings is Gypsies, Tramps, and Thieves by Cher.

The song Bart & Lisa sing is the theme from Shaft by Isaac Hayes.

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