The Simpsons: Season 2, Episode 15

Oh Brother, Where Art Thou? (21 Feb. 1991)

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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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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 »

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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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A car by Homer for Homer
30 December 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Let me start off by saying this episode is one of the best from a season 2 jam-packed with great episodes.

Couch gag rating: 9/10 It's a repeat from the episode Dancin' Homer. You wonder where Maggie is for a split second before she makes her timely appearance.

The episode: After Grandpa realizes he won't be around forever, he reveals to Homer that he had a love child. Homer has a half-brother! Homer immediately sets out to find this long lost brother. Amazingly he's successful. His brother, Herb, is the millionaire CEO of a car company in Detroit.

Favorite moment(s): The scene between Homer and the extremely familiar director of the orphanage. Homer's car commercial.

Watching this episode in 2011--almost 2012 now, it's fascinating to think that Homer's idea of the perfect car is exactly what became popular in the '90s and '00s. He describes wanting a big car with pep. He basically describes the average SUV or the Hummer with all its flash and luxuries.

Overall rating: 10/10 Don't miss this episode. Meet Homer's half-brother, voiced by Danny DeVito. Then check out Brother, Can You Spare Two Dimes where Uncle Herb appears again.


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