In Heaven, Homer comments to Jesus how he now shares people eating his body with him, as the Springfield residents have turned into cannibals. Homer goes back out to the balcony to announce to everyone his new job, the crowd cheers and Homer does a celebratory dance on the balcony ledge. [7], "Homer's Phobia" has been cited as a significant part of The Simpsons' exploration of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) themes. starts eating him. [5] The idea of using filmmaker John Waters as a guest star had been around for a while. ―Homer Simpson. If anything, the puppies would have expected. His appearances on The Simpsons also suggest how much he remains an American icon, long after the end of his acting career. Both his attempts at writing for the couple are unsuccessful. Homer writes the family a farewell note, and heads outside. Lisa accepts this outcome, claiming that it could have been much worse. Nelson's Crunch and Kirkish Taffy get taken, and an apple complains about no one ever wanting the apples, as people are afraid of razor blades being inside them. [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". The episode then begins when Homer remains home while the rest of the family go on vacation with Patty and Selma.

[6], The "gay steel mill" scene was written by Steve Tompkins.

Marge consoles him and tells Homer that for the time being she can go back to the old job she had before they got married, as a waitress. "[2] IGN rated Ron Howard as the twelfth-greatest guest appearance on The Simpsons. [16], Simpsons World The Ultimate Episode Guide: Seasons 1–20, "Howard's 'journey' from Opie to filmmaker hits 50 years", "Securities and Exchange Commission Filing - Form 8-K Filing", "Simpsons, The: The Complete 10th Season [Special Edition]", "The Simpsons Flashback: "When You Dish Upon a Star" Review", "The 20 Best Simpsons Movie-Star Guest Spots", "When You Dish Upon a Star episode capsule", Marge Simpson in: "Screaming Yellow Honkers",, Short description is different from Wikidata, Television episode articles with short description for single episodes, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. It originally aired on the Fox network in the United States on November 8, 1998. [8] Howard was set to appear in "Children of a Lesser Clod" (2001), but dropped out for unknown reasons. Homer's use of the word "fag" to insult John was his only problem, so the writers changed it to "queer". [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. For years I had wanted to compile this list and finally I have gotten around to it. Mike. [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.

While the alternate family are like a dream, Lisa runs back to her world in terror when she learns they want to sew buttons on her eyes so she can remain with them forever. Hoping to ensure Bart likes girls, Homer forces him to stare at a cigarette billboard featuring scantily clad women. He discovers how tasty it is, losing interest in other food when invited by Ned for lunch, and starts cooking parts of his body before his family come back.

Mrs. Krabappel asks Bart why can't he be more like Sherri and Terri and then makes good on her threat and forces Bart to sing in front of the class. [21] However, "Homer's Phobia" was the first episode to revolve entirely around homosexual themes. But once he "earns" his spot at the table, he immediately misses the food at the kids table. Directed by Wesley Archer. After hearing what they all have to say, a reenergized Homer heads out to find a job.

Perhaps there's still more mileage to be found in this long-running Simpsons trope. Mario Batali as himselfBen Daniels as a priestWilliam Friedkin as Dr. Kenneth HumphriesNeil Gaiman as Snowball. He was African-American instead of yellow. After the film Smithers gives a tour of the plant. Treehouse of Horror XIII [4], 5th episode of the twenty-ninth season of, "The Simpsons walks us through a visually ambitious but forgettable Treehouse Of Horror", "The Simpsons: "Treehouse of Horror XXVIII" Review", "The Simpsons Season 29 Episode 4 Review: Treehouse of Horror XXVIII", The Old Blue Mayor She Ain't What She Used to Be,, Television episodes about parallel universes, Short description is different from Wikidata, Television episode articles with short description for single episodes, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 11 September 2020, at 17:34. "[14] The authors of the book I Can't Believe It's a Bigger and Better Updated Unofficial Simpsons Guide, Warren Martyn and Adrian Wood, wrote in a negative review: "Despite three very high-profile guest actors, this episode is really rather dull and uninspired. Homer reaches for his wallet to buy another beer, only to discover that he doesn’t have any more money, and when Moe won’t run Homer a tab, Homer heads for home.

"[8], One gag near the end of the episode had a sign with the 20th Century Fox logo on it with the line "A Division of Walt Disney Co" under it. Willie getting stabbed in the back by an axe is the running gag in this episode. A tearful Homer looks back at the house one last time and then struggles down the road alone, with the boulder in his arms. First, Homer uses a magic hammock to clone himself in "Send In The Clones." Earlier in the episode, Bart seems embarrassed by having to wear Lisa’s socks to school... only for the camera to reveal he’s also wearing a skirt. Marge Bar tries to stop him, but he tells her chocolate does not feel anything, and resumes eating it, with the rest of the family joining in when he eats the bunny's mouth to silence its objections. It was decided that it "didn't really service the story" and was dropped. It was a very funny episode, yes. Mr. Burns tells Homer that his first duty is to step out on the balcony and lie to the crowd and tell them the power plant is safe. [26] It was placed fifth on Entertainment Weekly's top 25 The Simpsons episode list. Homer scares Ron Howard when he visits the couple, and soon attempts to pitch a screenplay about a "killer robot driving instructor that travels back in time for some reason," as well as a talking pie, the robot's best friend. Marge carries a laundry basket and hangs wet sheet versions of Homer, Bart, Lisa, and Maggie on a clothesline in the living room. Lisa offers a deadpan Homer a mustard sandwich ("It's even got mustard on it!"). Ned Flanders tells the Simpsons that Maggie needs an exorcism before being killed himself from being beaten up and choking on a toy car. [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. Even when the kids try to cheer him up he does not respond or move. Burns realizes that Homer is very passionate about safety and won’t back down to anything; he keeps Homer on as the safety inspector anyway. However, this episode came back with two pages of notes about almost every single line in the show. This FAQ is empty. Bart thinks they have been robbed because his piggy bank is stolen, but then Lisa discovers Homer’s note and everyone gasps.