The Simpsons: Season 1, Episode 3

Homer's Odyssey (21 Jan. 1990)

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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)


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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Animation | Comedy


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21 January 1990 (USA)  »

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When Homer is standing on the car explaining safety to people, if you pause when it shows the crowd, you can see a skeleton and a happy little elf to the right. See more »


As Sheri and Teri are walking along talking to Bart, one of the twins' bodies disappears and her head seems to be floating in mid-air. See more »


Mr. Burns: Mr. Simpson, you're smarter than you look, or sound, or our best testing indicates.
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Homer's not as dumb as he looks
25 July 2006 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

Bart was the first out of the gate with deeper character development in season 1's episode 2, Bart the Genius, so now it's Homer's turn in episode 3, Homer's Odyssey.

During a school field trip to the nuclear power plant, Bart, excited to see his dad at work, distracts him. Homer causes an accident--the latest in a string of many, we're told--and gets fired. He's down to his last straw when he becomes consumed with the idea of voluntary public service--he becomes a sort of spokesperson for public safety.

That may sound strange, and it should, because far more than Bart, whose personality has pretty much always been like it was in Bart the Genius, Homer's personality has changed a lot over the years. It's difficult to imagine the Homer of, say, 1999, deciding to go on a liberal crusade, even though later in the series we learn about Homer's hippie past. Maybe it's not so much that Homer has changed over the years, but that he has a far more complex personality than his simpleton exterior suggests. As Mr. Burns says to Homer during this episode, "Hmmm . . . you're not as stupid as you look . . . or sound . . . or our best testing indicates".

Other notable elements of this episode include a great bus ride with Otto through Springfield where we get a better sense of the layout of the city as well as a quick travelogue of some past school field trip destinations, like the Springfield Toxic Waste Dump, the Springfield Tire Yard, and the Springfield State Prison. There's a hilarious mock educational film about nuclear energy (complete with scratchy and out of focus textures). We get to see what Marge's previous job was. Protesters are mildly mocked. We also meet one of my favorite characters, Moe, for the first time, get the first of Bart's infamous prank phone calls to Moe, and get a glimpse into Moe's acerbic personality.

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