Homer meets a new friend, Ray the Roofer, but gets confined to a mental institution when his friends and family think he made him up.



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Episode cast overview:
Marge Simpson (voice)
Bart Simpson (voice)
Lisa Simpson (voice)
Stephen Hawking (voice)
Ray Magini (voice)
Knockers Waitress / Nurse / Old Woman (voice)
Karl Wiedergott ...
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Homer meets Ray Magini,a roofing repairs man and he agrees to help Homer mend the hole in the Simpsons' roof. However every time Homer and Ray meet anybody Ray seems to be invisible to them. Lisa points out that Ray Magini is an anagram of 'Imaginary' and Homer is just about to be declared delusional and sent for psychiatric treatment when Ray turns up and explains how everybody failed to see him. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Animation | Comedy


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1 May 2005 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Ray Magini is voiced by Ray Romano who also plays Ray Barone in "Everyone loves Raymond". Homer and Ray discuss this show at the end of the episode. See more »


When Homer goes to Moe's, he is walking. But when he leaves, he is driving. See more »


Stephen Hawking: I live here now. You are looking at the new owner of Little Caesars. Pizza, pizza. Pizza, pizza. Pizza, pizza. Pizza, pizza...
[He repeatedly pushes a button on his speaking machine]
Stephen Hawking: Sorry, that button sticks.
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References Wheel of Fortune (1983) See more »


Hail to the Chief
Music by James Sanderson
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A Unique, Clever episode with a Great Guest Star,
8 March 2016 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

Don't Fear the Roofer is a terrific Simpsons episode with a really well written storyline and loads of very funny scenes. It's a very different episode, as we see the family expect Homer may be going insane because of his constant talking of a roofer that no one else has met. There is suspense here as we ourselves wonder if this roofer is real or if Homer really has lost his marbles, and you will be anxious to find out the truth. I think the writers should have taken advantage of Dan Castellaneta and Ray Ramono's talent for improvisation, the scene at the end where they talk about Everybody Loves Raymond was hilarious and clearly ad libbed, I would love to have seen more parts like this. Ray Ramona's guest role as, you guessed it, Ray, is outstanding, without a doubt one of my favourite once off characters in the show's history, his friendship with Homer was fantastic, they also brought Stephen Hawking in to it nicely. A very well written and exciting twenty minutes, Don't Fear the Roofer is a highlight of the sixteenth season for sure.

Homer makes friends with a roofer who he hires to fix the house, however, the rest of the family suspect he may be crazy as no one else has met him.

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