Determined to avoid a work exercise program, Homer intentionally gains weight in order to qualify for disability and work from home. However, he soon realizes that being morbidly obese comes with its own problems.



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Episode cast overview:
Marge Simpson (voice)
Lisa Simpson (voice)
Carl / Pig / Dr. Nick Riviera / Farmer / Man in Soap Opera / Movie Theatre Manager / Bystander / Worker #1 / Worker #3 (voice)
Waylon Smithers / Montgomery Burns / Lenny / Dr. Hibbert / Weight Gain Store Clerk / Ned Flanders / Vast Waistband Clerk / TV Announcer / Ice Cream Man / Worker #2 (voice)
Joan Kenley ...
Woman on Phone (voice)
Woman in Soap Opera / Milhouse Van Houten / Jimbo Jones (voice)


Mr. Burns institutes a new calisthenics program at work. Most employees enjoy the morning workout, except Homer, who is too lazy. He finds out that if he goes in disability, he will be exempt from the exercises. He finds hyper-obesity among the list of disability, so he gorges himself on food to balloon up to 300 pounds. Written by Anonymous

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Animation | Comedy





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5 November 1995 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


After Homer reached his target weight of 300 pounds, he went to shop for new, larger clothes at a store called The Vast Waistband. This refers to a speech delivered on 9 May 1961 by then-FCC chair Newton Minow, in which he said that "When television is good, nothing... is better. But when television is bad, nothing is worse." He then described overall TV content as "...a vast wasteland." The phrase "vast wasteland" has been used ever since to criticize television programming. See more »


When Mr. Burns is announcing Homer to work at home in the Simpsons' house, he is standing by the back door, but after Homer says "thank you for your pity", Mr. Burns disappears and instead Marge and Lisa are at the back door. In the shot immediately after, Mr Burns reappears there and Marge and Lisa are nowhere to be seen. See more »


[first lines]
[Smithers raps on the men's room door at the power plant]
Smithers: Come on, Simpson! Open up, we know you're in there!
[no answer; Smithers motions to two goons, who break the door down; the bathroom is apparently empty, but Smithers looks carefully, and points to a stall]
Smithers: Hmm... that one.
[the goons kick open the stall, revealing Homer standing in the toilet bowl]
Homer Simpson: Someone's in here!
[as the goons drag him out]
Smithers: Boy, I never saw a man so ...
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References A Bridge Too Far (1977) See more »

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Homer's lazier than ever, but Marge becomes shallow
9 February 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"King sized Homer" is a funny episode in parts. Homer, already being overweight with his well known beer gut, decides to add another sixty pounds to him just so he doesn't have to go to work. I never actually personally thought Homer's job was that demanding anyway. He's always seemed to just sit there at his sector hardly even doing anything and even getting away with sleeping sometimes. He should try the reality of actually doing a real physically demanding job like me sometime, where you're running around, lifting, carrying, and stacking things all day. And he's complaining about going to his job? Well, I guess Homer's lazyness is one of the gimmicks of the Simpsons show. Anyway, Homer starts eating excessively and gaining further weight fast. With the help of Dr. Nick Riviera and his unorthodox advice, Homer learns extra tricks to help speed things up, such as using pop tarts instead of bread for his sandwiches, and rubbing everything he eats againced paper before he eats it to test how greasy it is, and to only eat the foods that make the paper turn clear. Homer eventually reaches his target weight. Now, morbidly obese, Mr. Burns places a work station into his living room with another of many "who's Homer" jokes from Mr. Burns (who's this gastropod Smithers? Smithers: Its Homer Simpson sir, one of your chair moisteners from sector 7G). Marge's reactions to all of this, although some of it is understandable such her concern about how he's hurting his health and setting a bad example for the kids, some of her reaction is also shallow and no way for a man's wife to act no matter how much weight he gains. Marge tells Homer she is no longer attracted to him sexually and starts acting cold and indifferent to him, such as her reaction to him asking her to pick up some lemonade at the store. Just ignoring him and slamming the door shut behind him before he's even done talking. Just because he gained weight? Come on Marge, that's just shallow and mean. He's still your husband. Homer also runs into shallow people down at the movie theater where the manager won't let him into the movies cause of his size, and a bystander makes a rude comment to him: "hey fatty, I've got a movie for ya, its called a 'fridge too far'". That's kinda funny though, but in reality there are shallow, judgemental people out there everywhere. Anyway, the ending of the show is actually quite interesting and amusing and I won't spoil it by writing it here.

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