The powers that be at NASA, distraught over low television ratings for their space launches, decide to improve them by putting a private citizen on their next space shuttle. After receiving an angry phone call from Homer, they decide he is their man. Written by
Did You Know?
While the NASA staff are examining the most popular characters on television, they watch a short segment spoofing the show Home Improvement
(1991). In the segment, Tim "The Toolman" Taylor supercharges a riding mower, then accidentally reverses it through his backyard fence, running over his neighbor, Wilson. He then says: "Oh, no! I killed Wilson! Looks like it's back to jail for me." In real life, Tim Allen
, who played Tim Taylor in Home Improvement
(1991), actually spent time in prison before his rise to fame. See more
Homer and the astronauts went up in a Space Shuttle but they crash landed into the Capitol Building in a M2-F2 "flying body" aircraft which was featured in the opening sequence of the television series The Six Million Dollar Man
. See more
[Finally gets his rider mower to start
Yes! I did it! I finally turbo-charged my riding mower! Ho, ho, ho, ho, ho!
[Puts it in gear, it goes into reverse, knocks over the fence, and runs over next-door neighbor Wilson
Oh, no! I've killed Wilson! Looks like it's back to jail for me! Ho, ho, ho, ho, ho!
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