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The Simpsons: The Wizard of Evergreen Terrace

Homer becomes depressed when he discovers that he hasn't done anything in life that will be considered worthwhile after he dies. In an attempt to find a way to be remembered, Lisa introduces Homer to Thomas Edison, prompting him to become an inventor himself.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 10x2
Production Number: 5F21
Airdate: Sunday September 20th, 1998

Guest Stars
Maggie RoswellMaggie Roswell
voiced Various
Tress MacNeilleTress MacNeille
voiced Various
William DanielsWilliam Daniels
voiced K.I.T.T.
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 file frivolous lawsuits

Couch Gag: Similar to the couch gag in "Marge vs. the Monorail" (9F10), the living room is filled with supporting characters from the show (such as Jimbo Jones, Ned Flanders, Milhouse van Houten, etc). Unlike the couch gag from 9F10, the living room is now a movie theater and the Simpsons are shuffling their way through to find a seat (the couch). After they sit down, Homer eats some of the Comic Book Guy's popcorn.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
YelloOh YeahPlayed during KBBL's "Newsflush" segment

Episode Quotes
(Homer realizes that Thomas Edison has already invented safety legs for the back of a chair.)
Homer: (Shouting) Aww, damn it!
(Bart comes running down the basement stairs.)
Bart: Hey Dad, heard you swearin'. Mind if I join in? Crap, boobs, crap!
Homer: I thought I had a great idea, I must have seen it on this poster.
(Bart studies Homer's Thomas Edison invention chart.)
Bart: If Edison thought of that chair, how come it's not on this chart?
Homer: It's not? Maybe he never told anyone about it. (Points at Edison poster.) That chair might be the only one he made.
Bart: So?
Homer: So, we've got to go to the Edison Museum and smash it! Then I'll be an inventor!
Bart: But I thought you loved Edison.
Homer: Aw, to hell with him.
Bart: Yeah! Hell, damn, fart!

(Homer seeks some invention advice from Professor Frink.)
Homer: (Whining) Look, I just wanna know how to invent things. Tell me.
Professor Frink: Ehh, all you have to do is think of things that people need, but which don't exist yet.
Homer: You mean like an electric blanket mobile?
Professor Frink: Yeah, well, uh, possibly. Or you could take something that already exists and find a new use for it. Like--
Homer: Hamburger earmuffs!
Professor Frink: Uh, well, I suppose that would qualify.
Homer: Thanks! Sucker!
(Homer rushes away)
Professor Frink: (Gasps) Alright, just stay calm, Frinky. (Opens a refrigerator and pulls out some hamburger earmuffs.) These babies will be in the stores while he's still grappling with the pickle matrix. Hoyvin, glavin!

(Homer shows off one of his inventions.)
Homer: Now, here's my everything's okay alarm!
(Alarm beeps loudly)
Homer: (Shouting) This will sound--
(Alarm beeps loudly)
Homer: --every three seconds--
(Alarm beeps loudly)
Homer: --unless something isn't okay!
(Alarm beeps loudly)
Marge: (Shouting) Turn that off, Homer!
(Alarm beeps loudly)
Homer: (Shouting) It can't be turned off!
(Alarm beeps loudly, then weakly and dies.)
Homer: But it, uh, does break easily.

Cultural References
Wizard Of Menlo Park

The title of the episode is a reference to the famous nickname of Thomas Alva Edison.

Episode References
During Homer's daydream, we can see a tombstone with the name Tamzarian. Tamzarian is Principal Skinner's "real" last name in the episode The Principal and the Pauper.

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