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The Simpsons: I, (D'oh)-Bot

In his ongoing efforts to impress his son, Homer decides to build a robot that can fight on the mechanical gladiator show they enjoy watching on television. Meanwhile, Lisa is crushed when Snowball III dies, and is further distraught when she can’t keep a large number of replacement cats alive either.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 15x9
Production Number: FABF04
Airdate: Sunday January 11th, 2004

Guest Stars
Karl WiedergottKarl Wiedergott
voiced Various
Pamela HaydenPamela Hayden
voiced Milhouse
Tress MacNeilleTress MacNeille
voiced Jimbo
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: None

Couch Gag:
The couch is a white cake. The Simpsons are squeezed out of a pastry bag like frosting.

Episode Quotes
Homer: I'll assemble it myself!
Bart: Dad, no! Think of the bike!
Homer: I can make a bike! I made you!
Bart: Yeah, great workmanship (dislocates his arm)
Homer: Hey, that's gonna win you a lot of bar-bets some day.

Lisa: I'm keeping you! You're Snowball 5, but to save money on a new dish, we'll just call you Snowball II and pretend this whole thing never happened.
Principal Skinner: That's really a cheat, isn't it?
Lisa: I guess you're right, Principal Tanzarian.
Principal Skinner: I'll just be moving along, Lisa. Snowball II.

Homer: A 10-speed bike? What did your mother say?
Bart: She said yes.
Marge (yelling from the kitchen): I said no!
Homer: I'm confused, which is it?
Marge: It's no! His old bike is fine!
Homer: Yeah, the kitchen lady is right, your old bike still works.

Bart: Okay, I've been studying Frinks' robot and I've discovered he has one small weak spot. (sees Frinks' robot getting a spike plate installed) Uh-oh, his weak spot is now his strongest point.
Homer: (inside the robot) OOOOHHHHHH!!!
Bart: That moan sounded almost human…
Homer: (from inside the robot) THE HELL IT DID!

Cultural References
This episode's title is an adaptation of “I, Robot”, a collection of nine science fiction short stories by Isaac Asimov in 1950. It's also the name of a 2004 science-fiction action film of the same name, directed by Alex Proyas and starring Will Smith which was loosely based on Asimov's story.

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