He enjoyed "Marge's lust for Burly" and "Homer's rampaging fear", and concluded by saying that, while nothing in the episode "dazzles", it still "adds up to a good episode". Burns apologizes to him, saying he wanted to spare him from knowing the truth about his father's real death. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia " Homer's Phobia " is the fifteenth episode in the eighth season of the American animated television series The Simpsons. [12], In its original broadcast, "Homer's Phobia" finished tied for 47th place in the weekly ratings for the week of February 10–16, 1997, with a Nielsen rating of 8.7. [3][4] The song that John picks out and he and Homer dance to is "I Love the Nightlife" by Alicia Bridges, and the song that Bart dances to is "The Shoop Shoop Song (It's in His Kiss)" by Betty Everett. In its original broadcast, the episode was seen by approximately 8.4 million viewers. The Simpsons' staff were concerned that this would make people think the episode was in fact a clip show, so they kept the clip short. [7], Writing for DVD Verdict, Jennifer Malkowski gave a favorable review of the episode, giving a B rating and pointed at the scene in which "Homer says finding a corpse explains everything that's gone wrong in his life—especially his fear of corpses" as the highlight of the episode. Claim: The character Goundskeeper Willie was once depicted in an episode of "The Simpsons" in similar horned attire worn by one of the pro-Trump rioters in D.C. on Jan. 6, 2021. One of the acts is a hypnotist called Mesmerino. He replies, "Pardon my galoshes" to this. The rest of the family joins John for the tour and enjoy his company. Homer was screaming loudly, painfully, and realistically. Instead of Homer, Bart, Barney, and Moe going deer hunting and ending up at "Santa's Village" they would go back to the steel mill. "Homer's Phobia" is the fifteenth episode in the eighth season of the American animated television series The Simpsons. The song "Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)" by C+C Music Factory is played twice during the episode: first as the steel mill transforms into a disco, and second over the alternate closing credits. [19] The series made several references to homosexuality before the episode aired. Following the release of the thirteenth season of The Simpsons on DVD and Blu-ray, "The Blunder Years" received mixed reviews from critics. Then, after the Itchy And Scratchy episode ended, it cut to Bart saying "I know just what to do." [2] At this point, the writers changed the episode title to "The Blunder Years". The next morning, Homer tells Marge that he likes John and suggests they invite him and "his wife" over some time. [3] When John takes the Simpson family on a driving tour of Springfield's shopping district, he points out a store where he claims that the Mexican film actress Lupe Vélez bought the toilet she drowned in. 94763 GIFs. "[23] Warren Martyn and Adrian Wood stated in their book, I Can't Believe It's a Bigger and Better Updated Unofficial Simpsons Guide, that: "Only The Simpsons could do this so tongue-in-cheek that nobody could get in a tizzy about it. After tricking Marge into believing that the model for the Burly paper towel corporation Chad Sexington would have dinner with the Simpsons, Homer takes the family to the Pimento Grove to watch live performers as compensation. The car that Marge drives in this episode would appear as a car for Marge in The Simpsons Road Rage video game. ", "Springfield of Dreams: 16 great 'Simpsons' guest stars", "Five of the Best ... And Five of the Worst", El Viaje Misterioso de Nuestro Jomer (The Mysterious Voyage of Homer), Simpsoncalifragilisticexpiala(Annoyed Grunt)cious, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program, Allosaurus: A Walking With Dinosaurs Special, The Return of the Revenge of Dr. Blowhole, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Homer%27s_Phobia&oldid=991555080, American LGBT-related television episodes, Television episodes about anti-LGBT sentiment, Short description is different from Wikidata, Television episode articles with short description for single episodes, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, Someone tries to download the family from the, This page was last edited on 30 November 2020, at 17:49. The writers then incorporated Homer's flashbacks, at which point the episode was titled "The Blunder Years", a parody on the television show The Wonder Years. Homer takes Bart to a steel mill to revel in a manly environment; however, the entire workforce is gay, which Homer learns when the steel mill turns into a gay disco during breaks. They find Chief Wiggum there and when Marge throws the Burly paper towels in, it absorbs the water where they find the corpse is now a skeleton. Carlin was suggested by Simpsons writer Ron Hauge, who "really wanted to meet him", although he did not attend the recording session with Carlin and Mull. One way to reassure the Screamapillar is to burp it like a baby. After Homer purchases a Canyonero sports utility vehicle, he discovers he bought the model intended for women, so he gives the vehicle to Marge. [2] The end of the episode originally had Chad Sexington showing up for his date with Marge, causing Homer to scream uncontrollably again;[4] however, it was cut in favor of Hank Azaria's improvisation as Moe, which, according to Simpsons writer Carolyn Omine, was Azaria's "favorite thing [he] had ever done" on The Simpsons. [5] Mike B. Anderson directed the episode, telling The Gold Coast Bulletin: "When I read the script I was enthralled, not only because of the visual possibilities, but also because the story felt very solid. Marge uses Burly paper towels to drain the water from the quarry. Giving the episode a positive review, Dominic von Riedermann of suite101 stated that the episode was one of the season's "comedy gems", praising Paul Newman's guest appearance in particular. The Simpsons Treehouse of Horror The Shining S6 Episode treehouse of horror Vamazing episodeHalloweenYou wanna get souedNo TV and no beer makes homer go crazy Directed by David Silverman. Raju Mudhar, "Springfield's coming-out party; Cartoon to reveal gay character And it might not be Smithers". Usually the censor notes are ignored as the offending lines and problems are dealt with after the episode has been animated. Two later episodes that explored LGBT issues were "Three Gays of the Condo" and "There's Something About Marrying". Desperate, Homer takes Bart deer hunting with Moe and Barney. They confront him about the body, but he insists he did not murder anyone. [2] However, the scenes in the quarry were based on the coming of age film Breaking Away, directed by Peter Yates. Bart starts wearing Hawaiian shirts and dancing in a woman's wig, which makes Homer suspect that Bart is gay. It originally aired on the Fox network in the United States on December 9, 2001. 05.11.2003 "The Blunder Years" was written by Ian Maxtone-Graham and directed by Steven Dean Moore. [32] John Patterson of The Guardian wrote that Waters' appearance "felt to me like a summit meeting between the most influential pop-culture figures of the last 25 years". Stephen Kiehl, "Homersexual debate splits Springfield", Outstanding Animated Program (For Programming One Hour or Less), Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now), Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT), The Simpsons: A Complete Guide to Our Favorite Family, "The Prince of Puke talks porn, pubes and periods", "Legacy: 25th Annual Annie Award Nominees and Winners (1997)", "The World Animation Celebration: Pasadena's Festival", Leaving Springfield: The Simpsons and the Possibility of Oppositional Culture, "The Simpsons – The Complete Eighth Season", "The Simpsons Turns 400: We Name the Greatest Guests! When Homer reverts to himself at 12 years old, it triggers something within that causes him to start screaming incessantly. When Homer unblocked it, he found a rotting corpse in his lap, causing him to scream so much his voice changed from puberty. Oakley and Weinstein combined the two ideas and they eventually became "Homer's Phobia". Marge, Homer, Bart and Lisa take an instant liking to John, who is invited to the Simpsons' house to see campy items that the family owns. # season 2 # lisa simpson # episode 13 # screaming # screams # tv # homer simpson # the simpsons # cartoon # scared # horror # door # screaming # stanley kubrick # the shining Characterization Marches On: This episode helped set Lisa apart from being a female Bart as a more introspective, soulful and creative type. [2] The model for Burly paper towels, called Chad Sexington, was based on the Brawny paper towels' logo; however, the logo, within "a year or two of [the episode]", was changed into a more "right-of-center" looking brunette, according to Dean Moore. [1] John's design was based largely on Waters' own appearance; for animation reasons, Waters moustache was changed from straight to curvy, so that it did not look like a mistake. [25], In 1998, TV Guide listed it in its list of top twelve Simpsons episodes. Marge Simpson in: Screaming Yellow Honkers Homer's "NBC sucks" comments over the closing credits are not captioned. Barry Sadler. The next day, they went to the old quarry for a swim, and Homer jumped in, only to find that there was no water but only mud. Burns then kept the truth from Smithers, who then enters the room, having heard the entire story. [9], Ron Martin of 411mania was less enthusiastic about the episode. The original idea for the episode came from current show runner Al Jean, which involved the murder mystery in the episode. Homer witnesses a robbery at the Kwik-E-Mart, where the culprit is a man dressed like Bart's hero, Krusty the Clown. [6] The staff asked Waters if he thought the gay community would find the episode offensive. "The Blunder Years" is the fifth episode of The Simpsons’ thirteenth season. Homer fears that John will have a negative influence on his son Bart and decides to ensure Bart's heterosexuality by taking him hunting. Homer is grateful to John for saving their lives and grudgingly accepts him. The Screamapillar needs constant reassurance or it will die, is sexually attracted to fire, and is apparently a favored food of many animals, including birds and dogs. It was the first episode written by Ron Hauge and was directed by Mike B. Anderson. The pair concluded by saying "this is a side of the show we'd not seen before, nor particularly wanted to see. That is me this… Appearances. Episode - 9F08 First Aired - 12/3/1992 While waiting for Maggie to say her first word, Homer and Marge tell the story of their life after Bart was born (where they lived in an apartment in a neighborhood that looks like it was from the early 20th … [1] Although the episode was written by Maxtone-Graham, the original idea for the episode, which involved Homer finding Smithers' father's corpse, was conceived by writer and current show runner Al Jean. The reindeer violently attack the hunters, who drop their macho posturing because of genuine fear. Homer started screaming endlessly (and hit puberty as a result). However, Smithers admits that he is glad that his father died as a real hero rather than from a tribe of savage Amazon women, which Burns told him earlier. "[35] In June 2003, Igor Smykov sued the Russian television channel REN TV on claims that The Simpsons, along with Family Guy, were "morally degenerate and promoted drugs, violence and homosexuality". This is a reference to the urban legend that Velez was found dead with her head in the toilet the night of her suicide in 1944. The original concept for the episode came from a few lines of show ideas written by George Meyer. As evidence, "Homer's Phobia" was shown to the judge to prove that The Simpsons promoted homosexuality and thus should not be aired again on the channel. [22], When the episode aired, the production team received "very few" complaints about its content, with most of the response being positive. Sort: Relevant Newest # homer simpson # episode 4 # season 15 # 15x04 # homer screaming homer simpson # episode 4 # season 15 # 15x04 # homer screaming Homer gets a crooked cable guy to install free cable in the Simpson home, and as a result, Lisa faces an ethical crisis over her family's stealing. [24] In his review of The Simpsons – The Complete Eighth Season DVD, Todd Gilchrist said that "Homer's Phobia" "certainly qualifies as one of the all-time greatest episodes". [8], Colin Jacobsson of DVD Movie Guide was positive, calling the episode a "reasonably amusing spoof [of Stand By Me]". It originally aired on the Fox network in the United States on February 21, 1999. [4] Burly, the brand of paper towels featured in the episode, is based on the real brand Brawny Paper Towels. Following the release of the thirteenth season of The Simpsons on DVD and Blu-ray, "The Blunder Years" received mixed reviews from critics. The episode sees Homer, after being hypnotized by the hypnotist Mesmerino while having dinner at the restaurant Pimento Grove, reminded by a repressed traumatic experience from his childhood. It was engaging and surprising and I really put heart into that episode. [8], According to Oakley, the Fox censor objected to "Homer's Phobia" being aired. The episode was originally titled "Bart Goes to Camp", but was renamed because the joke was too oblique. Homer's flashbacks to his childhood were based on the plot of the film Stand By Me, which in turn is based on Stephen King's novella The Body. Bart is confused until Lisa explains Homer thinks his son is gay. [6] Their idea was combined with Meyer's and it became this episode. Sort: Relevant Newest # homer simpson # episode 4 # season 15 # 15x04 # homer screaming homer simpson # episode 4 # season 15 # 15x04 # homer screaming The Simpsons set out to find the corpse that triggered Homer's psychological trauma, which evolves into a murder mystery later in the episode. Just then, Moe arrives, having found some clues to the case. When Marge informs Homer that John is gay, he is horrified. The "screamapillar" as the family finds out is an endangered species and by law they are responsible for its well being. Marge's new SUV gives her a potent case of road rage. It was the fourth-highest-rated show on the Fox Network that week. Fox censors originally found the episode unsuitable for broadcast because of its controversial subject matter, but this decision was reversed after a turnover in the Fox staff. This week was terrible! [10] Tompkins also wrote a different third act for the episode, which was never produced. Marge and Lisa are using different special clothes in the talent show. [29] IGN.com ranked John Waters's performance as the ninth-best guest appearance in the show's history,[30] with TV Guide naming him the third-best film-related guest star. Marge tries to sell a family heirloom — an "authentic" American Civil War doll — to Cockamamie's, a campy collectibles shop. Margediscovered that when the Screamapillar is burped, it spews copious amounts of vo… [1][3] According to Maxtone-Graham, Newman recorded his line with no rigmarole; "He just said, 'Sure, I'll do it', and he did it instantly. There, Homer would attempt to prove his heterosexuality by having a human tractor pulling contest with some of the steel mill workers. Directed by Mark Kirkland. The corpse seen in the episode was an altered version of the first design. 76086 GIFs. [20] In the 1990 episode "Simpson and Delilah," the character Karl (voiced by Harvey Fierstein) kisses Homer, while the recurring character Waylon Smithers is often shown to be in love with his boss, Montgomery Burns, initially suggestively and since then more overtly. Filmmaker John Waters guest-starred, providing the voice of the new character, John. The episode was written by Ian Maxtone-Graham while Steven Dean Moore served as the director. The meal consists solely of … Then, Bart was ramming the chainsaw at Homer's chest. [10], "The Simpsons: The Complete Thirteenth Season (Blu-Ray)", "The Simpsons: The Complete Thirteenth Season [Blu-Ray] (2001)", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=The_Blunder_Years&oldid=979219830, Short description is different from Wikidata, Television episode articles with short description for single episodes, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, The family members freeze in mid-air as the camera pans in, This page was last edited on 19 September 2020, at 14:19. The censors stated that they did not like the use of the word "gay", or the discussion of homosexuality at all, and closed with a paragraph that stated that "the topic and substance of this episode are unacceptable for broadcast". [4] This led to some confusion, since one of the shots was from inside the core, making it look as if the security camera was actually inside it. [18] Catharine Lumby of the University of Sydney cited the episode as an example of good satire as it "managed to explore a lot of [homosexual] issues in quite a deep way [...] without being overtly political", which she claimed, along with the episode's humor, made its anti-homophobia message more successful than that of other gay-themed shows like Queer as Folk. With Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith. Because the screamapillar only communicates by screaming, its lines were recorded last during recording sessions, as the screaming would "burn out" Castellaneta's voice. The first design was "more horrific" than the one seen in the episode, and it more closely resembled Smithers. Homer almost sits on her, causing her to scream. A featured performer on the bill is Mesmerino and Homer offers himself up for hypnosis. Catapult Nightmare: Homer wakes up from his dream screaming when Bart beats him in a boxing match.