The Simpsons: Season 3, Episode 5

Homer Defined (17 Oct. 1991)

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Homer is a hero after averting a nuclear meltdown that he nearly caused, but he doesn't want to tell anyone that he stopped it completely by accident.

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Homer Simpson / Emergency Announcer / Barney Gumble / Grampa Simpson / 'Wheel of Fortune' Contestant / Itchy / Scott Christian / Cop (voice)
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Marge Simpson (voice)
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Homer prevents a nuclear meltdown,purely by picking a button to press at random, but he is declared a hero and asked to give a talk on plant safety. During the talk he is called upon to prevent another meltdown and exposed as a lucky chancer who only averted an accident by mistake. Marge goes to see Millhouse's mother who has barred her son from seeing Bart,whom she regards as a bad influence,and persuades her to change her mind. Written by don @ minifie-1

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[after Homer, for the second time, saves the day by sheer dumb luck]
Aristotle Amadopoulis: Thank you, Homer, for saving my plant...
[throws down his sunglasses]
Aristotle Amadopoulis: With that idiotic rhyming! Do you even know what button you pushed?
Homer Simpson: Sure. "Moe."
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"Homer Defined" portrays how life can be lived just by sheer luck.
5 June 2011 | by (Planet Namek) – See all my reviews

Homer accidentally saves the Nuclear Power Plant from a meltdown by frantically pressing the random but proper button. Homer is then looked upon as a hero due to this incident but he himself knows it's a matter of coincidence, not heroism. He is later called to the Shelbyville plant, where the same procedure is required... and Homer does the same thing he did... he leaves the plant's fate to chance and guesses which button to press. By dumb luck, he manages to avoid another meltdown and his name goes down in an encyclopedic entry as the definition of "to succeed despite idiocy." Very clever writing and the title is well adapted into the plot.


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