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When Mel Gibson becomes convinced that Homer is the only man with the guts to tell him the truth, he insists Homer accompany him to Hollywood to help fix his newest film project, a remake of Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.



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Episode credited cast:
Marge Simpson (voice)
Bart Simpson (voice)
Lisa Simpson (voice)
Electaurus Voice / Comic Book Guy / William Milo / Professor Frink / Chief Wiggum / Dr. Nick Riviera / Moe Szyslak / President / Adam West (voice)
Narrator / Ned Flanders / Montgomery Burns / Male Tour Guide / Senate Leader / Rainier Wolfcastle (voice)
Edna Krabappel (voice)
Robin Hannah / Irene Ryan (voice)
Saleswoman (voice)
Female Tour Guide / Jimmy Stewart's Granddaughter (voice)
Karl Wiedergott ...
Burt Ward (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mel Gibson (voice)


Homer test drives an electric car because it'll get him a gift. The gift is that Homer and Marge get to be part of a test audience for the new film of Mel Gibson, a remake of Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939). Everybody loves the film except for Homer, who totally hates it. Because a very insecure Mel Gibson thinks Homer is the only one who dares to speak his mind he asks Homer to help him change the film. Therefore, Mel Gibson takes Homer, Marge, Bart and Lisa to Hollywood. Written by Marco van Hoof <>

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Animation | Comedy


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26 September 1999 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


In the french canadian version, Hubert Gagnon provides the voice for Homer. He also provides Mel Gibson's voice in most of the french canadian adaptation. See more »


When Bart asks Homer if he can stay with him and Mel Gibson, Homer puts his hand on Bart's shoulder. When Homer moves his hand away, his fingers are still on Bart's shoulder. See more »


Marge Simpson: Look, they're making a movie! Robert Downey, Jr. is shooting it out with the police.
[Several police officers exchange gunfire with Robert Downey, Jr]
Bart Simpson: I don't see any cameras.
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References The Monkees (1966) See more »


America (My Country 'Tis of Thee)
Music by Lowell Mason
[A snippet plays in the revised ending to "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington".]
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Mr Smith goes to Washington - Homer's version
16 July 2017 | by See all my reviews

Although perhaps past what many people describe as being its 'peak' 'The Simpsons' is still a great show at this point and this episode is a fine example of that.

Full of great laughs, and a star cameo that actually has some value rather than being just shoved in, it's a fun jab at Hollywood and celeb culture that still holds up all these years later.

A really fun episode.

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