The Simpsons: Season 8, Episode 9

El Viaje Misterioso de Nuestro Homer (5 Jan. 1997)

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At Springfield's annual chili cook-off, Homer eats a spicy concoction containing hallucinogenic peppers from Guatemala, and subsequently has a vision which makes him doubt Marge is his soul mate.

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Marge Simpson (voice)
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Lisa Simpson (voice)
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Moe Szyslak / Chief Wiggum / Furniture Salesman / Carl / The Sea Captain (voice)
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Reverend Lovejoy / Otto / Ned Flanders / Smithers / Dr. Hibbert / Jasper / Kent Brockman / Talking dog / Sailor (voice)
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Marge's fears that Homer will embarrass her at the annual Springfield Chili Cook-Off again, are reaffirmed when after tasting various bland samples of chili, he comes across a specialty made by Chief Wiggum laced with hallucinogenic Guatemalan peppers. The chili sends him on a psychedelic journey where he meets an imaginary Coyote spirit guide(voiced by country music legend Johnny Cash), who urges him to find his soul mate, causing him to doubt that he should've ever married Marge in the first place. Written by Daniel Timothy Dey

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The title, El Viaje Misterioso de Nuestro Homer, translates into The Mysterious Trip (or Voyage, or Journey) of Our Homer. See more »

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Homer: Oh, everything looks bad if you remember it.
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Spoofs The Lost Weekend (1945) See more »

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"El Viaje Misterioso de Nuestro Jomer" fails due to its very lame ending...
10 June 2011 | by (Planet Namek) – See all my reviews

Story: Marge doesn't want Homer to go to the cookout this year due to Homer's previous embarrassments and humiliating experiences where he acts like a moron... well Homer still goes to the cookout and eats lots of Guatemalan peppers to show off in a Mexican standoff fashion showdown... and this makes him hallucinate and act idiotic in front of others. The effect makes him seem drunk and moronic... and he begins to see a vivid yet insane dream sequence where he encounters a huge snake and accidentally breaks a sun replication... his eyes and hands seem to flow in a flurry of watery mayhem... and Homer follows a turtle to a large pyramid, which he proceeds to climb. He talks to a random coyote that is voiced by Johnny Cash... and the coyote tells him to find his soul mate... and in the rest of the episode... Homer wanders around thinking that Marge isn't his soul mate... but he confirms his soul mate to be Marge... that's about it.

Meaning: I think it has something to do with Homer's soul mate being Marge, even though they don't agree about every single facet of their life... this really sucked for a moral... as it was really simplistic and could have been delivered in a shorter time-frame and displayed much simpler rather than wasting a whole ten minutes to establish... which accounts for about half the episode.

The Coyote: This minor character is fairly limited in its appearance... I didn't care much about it overall... but it is fairly awesome in its design... although physical appearance alone isn't enough to judge the character... Johnny Cash's voice didn't make much difference... the coyote doesn't do much but tell Homer to search for his soul mate... and that idea sucked overall in my opinion.

Overall thoughts: I hate this episode. The first half was fairly understandable... the visions and hallucinations that Homer experiences make the episode's first half interesting and unique. The second half of the episode was idiotic and boring... as well as lame. Hardly anything is established in terms of storyline when it comes to the second half of the episode. Due to the fact that I judge an episode for its entirety... Homer's mystical journey ends after ten minutes... the other ten minutes are spent with the character denying whoever his soul mate is... and finds out that it's the very person he thought it wasn't... as Marge follows him to the light house near the waterfront... it was a really poorly written ending... (for example, in my opinion, the character should have found another person as his soul mate... but still stayed with Marge after realizing that sometimes in life, we can't have things the exact way we want in order to maintain a normal life...) This would have made a better ending as this episode really sucked due to the second half sucking so bad... any young child can figure out that Marge and Homer were going to stay together ANYWAY... the plan is to accomplish more in this time rather than dancing around the plot and showing nothing. The episode sucked very badly... if only it would have ended with a better conclusion or a better premise... something that taught us a lesson or Homer facing some form of a moral dilemma where he would have had to choose between his soul mate and Marge would have made a better script and scenario overall... because this one just plain sucked. I really hate this episode due to the fact that it accomplishes nothing and Homer's journey teaches him nothing. It was so bad... the only good thing about it were the hallucinations Homer undergoes... but to judge an entire episode based on these minor instances would be ludicrous and rather foolish...


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