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The Simpsons: Brother, Can You Spare Two Dimes?

Homer's half-brother Herb Powell returns, but this time not as a successful businessman. After Homer wrecked his car company, Herb has become a bum, but with a little help from Maggie, he thinks he has come up with a shoo-in invention that will put him back on top.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 3x24
Production Number: 8F23
Airdate: Thursday August 27th, 1992

Director: Rich Moore
Writer: John Swartzwelder

Guest Stars
Danny DeVitoDanny DeVito
voiced Herb Powell
Joe Frazier (1)Joe Frazier (1)
voiced Himself
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 fake seizures.

Couch Gag:
Repeat of I Married Marge.
The Simpsons tumble into the living room and stick the landing on the couch.

Around Springfield

Springfield Civic Center

Episode Quotes
Millhouse: Bart, I don't want you to see me cry.
Bart: Oh come on, I've seen you cry a million times. You cry when you scrape your knee, you cry when they're out of chocolate milk, you cry when you're doing long division and you have a remainder left over.

Lisa: Dad, what if I told you you could lose weight without dieting or lifting a finger?
Homer: I'd say you're a lying scumbag, why sweety?
Lisa: Arcording to Eternity Magazine, you can lose weight through subliminal learning. That's where an idea is subtly implanted in your head without you even knowing it.
Homer: Oh Lisa, that's a load of rich creamery butter.

Homer: I miss my couch.
Joe Frazier: I know how you feel, you lost the couch, I lost the heavyweight championship.
Homer: Pfft…Heavyweight Championship, there's like, three of those!

Homer: All right, Herb. I'll give you the money, but first you have to forgive me and treat me like a brother.
Herb: Nope.
Homer: All right, then just give me the drinking bird.

Episode Goofs
Herb's coat changes color momentarily when he's telling the woman she just gave him an idea.

The award Homer leaves Moe with is different from the original design.
He carries it under the wings but as he leaves, the wings and Burns' head & body are missing, all that is left is the atom on top.

Cultural References
2001: A Space Odyssey

Homer's multicolored 'journey' & his closeups are a reference to the 1968 science fiction film produced and directed by Stanley Kubrick.

Charlie Chaplin & Emmett Kelly

One of the bums (middle) in Herb's group is Charlie Chaplin's iconic persona, The Little Tramp.
The clown on the left, appears to be a representation of Weary Willie, the clown character created by Emmett Kelly

Dallas, Hands Across America & The Fall of the Berlin Wall

During Homer's trip down memory lane regarding his couch, he reminisces about the TV show Dallas and the revelation of who shot J.R. Ewing in 1980, the national Hands Across America benefit on Sunday May 25, 1986 in which approximately 6.5 million people held hands in a human chain for fifteen minutes along a path across the continental U.S. & the Fall of the Berlin Wall in November 1989 although he's bored with the event and turns on the TV show, Gomer Pyle.

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