To get out of cleaning a park as community service, Homer fakes his own death. When this results in the family's utilities being cut off, Marge puts pressure on him to reveal that he is alive. However, the spurious news of his "death" brings his long-lost mother - a hippie who is on the run from the law because of her activism against Mr. Burns - back to Springfield. Written by
Did You Know?
The writer of this episode, Richard Appel
, was married at the time to novelist Mona Simpson
(Anywhere but Here; Off Keck Road). Appel needed to give the character of Homer's mother a first name, and he chose his wife's name, Mona, since her last name, Simpson, coincidentally already matched. See more
Spill it, muddy mae, or we're calling the cops!
References Dragnet 1967
All Along the Watchtower
Written by Bob Dylan
Performed by Jimi Hendrix See more