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The Simpsons: Homer's Barbershop Quartet

At a swap meet, Bart finds a record that has Homer's face on it. While driving home, Homer tells the story of how he, Apu, Principal Skinner, and Chief Wiggum (later replaced by Barney Gumble) became music stars in the mid-1980s.

Episode Info
Episode number: 5x1
Production Number: 9F21
Airdate: Thursday September 30th, 1993



Special Guest Stars
David CrosbyDavid Crosby
voiced Himself
Recurring
George HarrisonGeorge Harrison
voiced Himself
Recurring

Guest Stars
Pamela HaydenPamela Hayden
voiced Various
Recurring
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

I will never win an Emmy

Couch Gag

The Simpsons run in, collide & shatter into pieces.



A clapboard enters frame and "Take 2" is heard.
The family runs in again, collides but this time meld together as if made of clay.



A clapboard enters frame again and "Take 3" is heard.
The family runs in again, collide & instantly explode.





Episode Quotes
David Crosby: And the Grammy for Outstanding Soul, Spoken Word, or Barbershop Album of the Year goes to...The Be Sharps!

Homer: Junk, junk, the airplane's upside down, Strad-i-who-virus?

Barney: Sure, why not? Now where's me toothpick?



Episode Goofs
While setting up the flashback for this episode, Homer mentions that Joe Piscopo left Saturday Night Live in 1985. In real life, Piscopo left SNL in May of 1984 (at the end of the 1983-1984 season).

The bodyguard on Quimby's right loses his pony tail when the shot goes into a close up.


The items on Herman's table are different from Skinner's POV & the wider shot.
The two large shells are further down the table, the arrows have doubled and are suddenly parallel with the edge of the table & the knife blade is gone.


Comic Book Guy takes the Melvin & the Squirrels album from Bart in order to play it, but when he removes the record from the sleeve and puts it somewhere unseen in the background, the record is once again in the display.


When Lisa finds Homer's album there is no writing on the back, but when Homer holds it moments later, the back is full of writing.



And at the end of the episode, there is suddenly a photo of the group where there wasn't one earlier.

When the family is laughing at Bart for not remembering anything from 8 minutes ago, Homer is holding the album with the red side facing the camera, when the scene cuts from Bart to the family again, suddenly it's the photo side facing the camera.


Lovejoy is seen off model with brown hair and whiteish skin in the wide shot of the Be Sharps singing in church.


Snake's shirt goes from buttoned to unbuttoned when he says he'll hit that cop between the eyes & after he hits Wiggum in the head.


When they hear singing in the bathroom and all say "Barney", Homer's hand is drawn over the beer glass when it should be behind it.


For one frame, Nigel briefly turns the same yellow color as the rest of the group (excluding Apu of course)


Marge's necklace is white before the crowd turns against Wiggum.


The majority of this episode takes place in a flash back before Maggie was born, but when Marge reacts badly to Homer's news of Nigel's suggestion the group keeps his marriage quiet, a photo of Maggie is on the wall of their bedroom.


During Barney's Q&A at the airport, his sleeves are briefly red when the group are all wearing sleeveless vests.


Marge presses the PLAY button which is the second button on the tape recorder, but when the tape messes up the next to last button is depressed on the recorder.




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