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The Simpsons: Homer Defined

During a near-fatal meltdown at The Springfield Nuclear Power Plant, Homer frantically presses buttons on his console until he hits the right combination and saves the day. Homer becomes a hero even though he knows in his heart that what he did was a fluke. Meanwhile, Bart's friendship with Milhouse becomes strained when Milhouse's mother bars him from hanging out with her son.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 3x5
Production Number: 8F04
Airdate: Thursday October 17th, 1991

Director: Matt Kirkland

Guest Stars
Pamela HaydenPamela Hayden
voiced Milhouse
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
Hank AzariaHank Azaria
voiced Apu, Moe, Chief Wiggum, Carl, Comic Book Guy, Dr. Nick Riviera, Prof. Frink, Cletus, Sea Captain, Kirk Van Houten, 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 squeak chalk.

Couch Gag:
Before the Simpsons run in an alien is on the couch. Before they see him, he opens a trap door and escapes then the Simpsons enter & sit unaware.

This episode introduces the character

Milhouse's mother, Luann Van Houten

Episode Quotes
Homer: Okay. Okay, think back to your training! (he thinks)
Trainer: Now, Homer, this may very well save your life one-day. This... Homer?
(We see Homer is playing with a Rubik’s cube)
Homer: Yeah?
Trainer: Please, pay attention. This button here controls the emergency override circuit. In the event of a meltdown, push this button and only this button.
Homer: Ooh, a side!
Trainer: Simpson!
Homer: What?
Trainer: You see which button I'm pushing?
Homer: Yeah, yeah, yeah. Push the button. Got it. Stupid cube, this is all your fault.

Mr. Burns: So, what did you do this weekend, Smithers?
Smithers: Well, I caught up on my laundry, wrote a letter to my mother, oh, here a kicker, and I took Hercules out to be clipped.
Mr. Burns: Who the devil is Hercules?
Smithers: Oh, he's my Yorkshire terrier, sir. He's kind of tiny, so you know, it's a joke. Here's a picture of Herky. (shows a wallet sized photo of Hercules)
Mr. Burns: Ugh. Well, Smithers, don't you know how to paint the town red!

Homer: Here's good news! According to this eye-catching article, SAT scores are declining at a slower rate!
Lisa: Dad, I think this paper is a flimsy hodgepodge of pie graphs, factoids and Larry King.
Homer: Hey, this is the only paper in America that's not afraid to tell the truth, that everything is just fine.

Martin: Milhouse, I'd like to express my appreciation for Saturday. Jelly bean basket, personalized noisemakers. But the little touches are what made it enduring!
Bart: What's he talking about?
Milhouse: Uh... Hey! Look at that dog! Isn't that something!
Bart: Wow, brown!

Episode Goofs
In Milhouse's birthday card, Bart wrote, "To me bestest bud Milhouse, Happy Birthday, Bart." But when Lisa opens it, there's no sign of it; only the punchline to the joke on the front of the card.

The donuts in the box Homer has changes when the shot goes in for the closeup. Mainly the one with white frosting vanishes.

The curtain the was opened to reveal the wall of 'Employee of the Month' photos, is briefly closed again when Homer gets on the phone with Magic Johnson.

Lenny's suspenders change from crossed to straight.
Obviously they should be straight on his chest not his back.

Bart places the Monopoly box to the side but it has vanished when he gets up to talk to Marge.

Cultural References
USA Today

The newspaper, U.S. of A Today, is an obvious reference to the USA Today newspaper.

In a flashback, Homer works on a Rubik's Cube instead of listening to his supervisor.

Episode References
If you look closely, a photo of Lucille Botzcowski, 'The Babysitter Bandit' from Season One's Some Enchanted Evening, appears on Homer's US of A paper.

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