While Bart's class is touring the power plant on a field trip, Homer crashes a cart into a radioactive pipe. In the aftermath, the plant is forced to shut down and Homer loses his job.


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Episode cast overview:
Homer Simpson / Barney Gumble / Mr. Winfield / City Council #1 / City Council #3 (voice)
Marge Simpson (voice)
Bart Simpson / Lewis / Actor (voice)
Inanimate Carbon Rod #2 / Lisa Simpson (voice)
Otto / Waylon Smithers / Smilin' Joe Fission / SNPP Supervisor / Loaftime Announcer / Jasper / City Council #2 / City Council #1 (take 2) / Demonstrator (voice)
Edna Krabappel (voice)
Chris Latta ...
Mr. Burns (voice) (as Christopher Collins)
Wendell (voice)
SNPP Employee / Duff Commercial VO (voice)
Sherri / Terri / Inanimate Carbon Rod #1 / Mrs. Winfield (voice)


Bart's class is on a field trip in the nuclear power plant in Springfield, where his father Homer works. When he breaks a pipe in the building, he is fired from his job, making him miserable. Homer is suddenly desperate for money and steals Bart's piggy bank for money, but all there is are a few cents. Homer feels guilty and he has the thought to threaten to kill himself. But Homer's family stops him and they tell him how much they love him. Written by kevindklenke

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Animation | Comedy


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21 January 1990 (USA)  »

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A sign inside the nuclear power plant reads: "Our Safety Record: [7] Days Since Last Accident." See more »


In the park, Marge's necklace changes from white to red. See more »


[Bart is crank calling Moe's Tavern. Moe answers the phone]
Moe: Moe's Tavern.
Bart: Is Mr. Freely there?
Moe: Who?
Bart: Freely. First initials, I. P.
Moe: Hey, everybody, I pee freely!
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A Step Down From the First Two!
12 August 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This episode, "Homer's Odyssey" is a solid episode but it's not as good as the first two in Season 1. I guess because it hardly has any laughs, but still has some excellent drama. This show also features some excellent character development. Like Bart in the previous episode, Homer gets his chance to shine as we learn more about him.

This episode is about Homer who has been fired from his job because he crashed into an radioactive pipe because he was distracted by Bart's class visiting. So he gets a big chance to become a hero in his town by getting the town of Springfield to add road signs.

Overall, this is a pretty good episode even though it's a step down from the first two. The animation is still a bit rough and choppy, but it will improve. This has a pretty good story and I'm liking the Simpsons so far. I rate this episode 8/10.

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