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Oh Brother, Where Art Thou? 

After Grampa is hospitalized, he reveals that Homer has a half-brother, and the family soon discovers the brother, named Herb, owns a car company. However Herb's hiring of Homer to design a new car may be his undoing.

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Homer Simpson / Crony / Grampa Simpson / Clerk / Man in Restroom (voice)
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Marge Simpson / Herb's Mother (voice)
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Bart Simpson (voice)
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Lisa Simpson (voice)
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McBain / Jasper / Dr. Hibbert / Orphanage Director / State Trooper / Board Member #3 / Engineer #1 / Announcer (voice)
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Senator Mendoza / Gas Station Attendant / Board Member #2 / Engineer #2 / Reporter (voice)
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McBain Girl / Engineer #3 (voice)
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Mona Simpson / Board Member #1 (voice)
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Herb Powell (voice)

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Homer discovers that he has an illegitimate half-brother who was adopted by a wealthy family and is now the very successful car manufacturer Herb Powell. Herb is invited to stay with the Simpsons and,considering Homer to be an average American and typical consumer,asks him to design a new car for the company. It is,however,a total disaster and results in Herb's bankruptcy. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Animation | Comedy

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21 February 1991 (USA)  »

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Trivia

Couch gag: The family (except for Maggie) sits on the couch; Maggie then peeks her head out of Marge's tall hair. See more »

Goofs

When Herb, Lisa and Bart are watching the Itchy and Scratcy Episode, Herb is wearing a polo shirt and shorts. When they roll about laughing, he is wearing shirt and trousers. See more »

Quotes

Herb: [on phone] Okay, this is what you're gonna do. You're gonna hang up, call me back, and say the exact opposite of everything you just said. Goodbye.
[hangs up]
Herb: Bart, Lisa, come over here.
Lisa Simpson: What is it, Unkie Herb?
Herb: I want you to hear what the guys down at the plant think of your old man.
[phone rings]
Herb: Hello?
Engineer: Um, Homer Simpson is a... brilliant man with lots of well thought-out, practical, ideas. He is insuring the financial security of this company for years to come. Oh yes, and his personal hygiene ...
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Referenced in The Simpsons: Hit & Run (2003) See more »

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La Cucaracha
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Solid Episode!
21 April 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The fifteenth episode in the second season of the Simpsons is a funny episode where we get to meet a member of the Simpsons family for the first time. It also has a satire on American consumer society and a very good one at that. This episode goes on to the needs and wants of the average Americans, especially their cars. It's very funny and in today's age, ironic to watch.

In this episode, "Oh Brother, Where Art Thou," Homer is told by his father, who fears that he may not have much longer to live, that he has a half-brother named Herb Powell who happens to be a very successful car manufacturer. The Simpsons family arranges a trip where Homer gets to have a say in which car to build for the average American, which could end up as a fiasco.

Overall, a very solid episode with some strong satirical points. This is also a funny episode that has a surprise guest voice in Danny DeVito. Very much worth watching this episode. I rate this episode 9/10.


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