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The Simpsons: Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?

After Grampa Simpson has a heart attack at the movie theater, he calls Homer and tells him a dark family secret: Homer has an illegitimate half-brother named Herb that was given up for adoption before Grampa married Homer's mother. The Simpsons soon find out that Herb is a wealthy automobile company executive in search of a new idea, and unwittingly enlists Homer to design a new car.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 2x15
Production Number: 7F16
Airdate: Thursday February 21st, 1991

Guest Stars
Danny DeVitoDanny DeVito
voiced Herb Powell
Maggie RoswellMaggie Roswell
voiced Mona Simpson
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 sell land in Florida.

Couch Gag:
Repeat of Dancin' Homer.
They sit normally on the couch and Maggie pops out of Marge hair.

This episode introduces the characters

Homer's Mother: Mona Simpson

Homer's Half-Brother: Herbert Powell

The Itchy & Scratchy Cartoon in this episode:

Episode Quotes
(Homer visits the Shelbyville Orphanage in search of his brother.)
Director: I know how you feel, Mr. Simpson. I myself have spent years searching for my long-lost twin brother.
Homer: Yeah, yeah, yeah. Well, I wish I could help you, but we're looking for my brother today. Can you tell me his name?
Director: Hmm. According to our records, a Mr. and Mrs. Powell adopted your brother and named him Herbert.
Homer: Herbert! Herbert Powell! Great! Where can I find him?
Director: (Sighs) I'm sorry. I'm not allowed to release that information.
Homer: Oh, please, please! This is my life we're talking about here. Please!
Director: Well, I--I do sympathize with your situation, Mr. Simpson. After all your brother could be anywhere. (Reaches across his desk, grabs Homer's hands and stares him in the eye.) Even Detroit.
Homer: I know he could be anywhere, that's why I want you to narrow it down! Please!
Director: You know, Mr. Simpson, if you ask me, (Points at Herb's file folder) the city of Brotherly Love isn't Philadelphia. It's...Detroit.
Homer: Well, if you ask me, changing the subject makes you the most worthless, heartless excuse for a human being I ever--
Director: Read between the lines, you fool
Homer: Oh! Oh, I get it! Okay. (Puts a twenty dollar bill on the Director's desk.) Here's twenty bucks. Now will you tell me where my brother lives?
Director: Mr. Simpson, I don't want your--
Homer: Just take it and tell me!
Director: (Frustrated) Detroit. He lives in Detroit.
Homer: (Sarcastically) Fine! Thank you!

Herb: Welcome to my home, brother.
(Herb waves his arm towards his mansion.)
Homer: Holy moly! The bastard's rich!

(Homer introduces his kids to Herb.)
Herb: So, Lisa, are you the little hell-raiser your father told me about?
Lisa: No, sir. I can assure I’m not.
Bart: (Proudly) I’m the little hell-raiser, sir.
Marge: Would you like to hold the baby, Herb?
Herb: Oh, I’m afraid I wouldn’t know how.
Homer: (Holding Maggie in one arm.) Oh, what’s to know? Just dive in. Catch! (Tosses Maggie over to Herb.)
Herb: Oh! (Catches Maggie in his arms and smells her.) God, that new baby smell. Homer, you’re the richest man I know.
Homer: (In awe) I feel the same about you.

(Bart and Lisa bicker at the dinner table.)
Homer: Quiet, you kids! If I hear one more word, Bart doesn't get to watch cartoons and Lisa doesn't get to go to college.
Bart and Lisa: (In unison) Dad!
Homer: Not one word!
(Bart and Lisa trade insults via sign language and giggle at each other.)
Homer: I thought I said knock it off.
Lisa: We didn't say anything.
Bart: Not one word.
Homer: Well, no "pantomomine" either.

Episode Goofs
While Herb, Bart, and Lisa are watching Itchy and Scratchy, Herb's clothes change in between shots.

Before McBain throws Mendoza through the window, he is wearing green pants but as he's seen falling his pants change to brown.

At the start of the promotional film for 'Homer', the car is driving on the wrong side of the road.

Cultural References
Sulivan's Travels

The episode title is a reference to the movie Sulivan's Travels, in which the main character wanted to film a movie entitled "O Brother, Where Art Thou?".


The title of the Itchy & Scratchy cartoon, "Sundae Bloody Sundae" is a parody of the U2 song titled "Sunday Bloody Sunday."

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