The Simpsons: Season 2, Episode 11

One Fish, Two Fish, Blowfish, Blue Fish (24 Jan. 1991)

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After apparently consuming poison blowfish, Homer is told that he only has 24 hours to live.

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Homer Simpson / Richie Sakai / Grampa Simpson / Barney Gumble / TV Voice #1 (voice)
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Marge Simpson (voice)
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Lisa Simpson (voice)
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Dr. Hibbert / Ned Flanders / Eddie / Homer's Cellmate / Montgomery Burns / Waylon Smithers / Barfly (voice)
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After the family have visited the Happy Sumo sushi restaurant Homer is led to believe that he has eaten a poisonous fugu fish and will be dead by the next day. He therefore makes a list of all the things he must do such as making his peace with his father and insulting Burns,which gets him sacked. Preparing to die he falls asleep listening to a tape of Larry King reading the Bible but next morning wakes up to find he was not poisoned after all. Written by don @ minifie-1

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The ending with Homer sitting on the couch eating pork rinds after saying he'd live life to the fullest is not the original ending. The original ending has Homer over at the Flanders' house barbecuing steaks as he promised he'd come only because he thought he'd be dead by then. Homer's father is also there still constantly telling Homer that he loves him and of course it's getting on Homer's nerves. Homer receives a phone call from the nuclear plant that he is to report to Mr. Burns' office at 9 am sharp tomorrow morning because he's in big trouble (for telling Burns to eat his shorts). Homer is now miserable. Marge walks up to Homer and says, "Homer, you are happy to be alive, aren't you? Aren't you?" Homer doesn't answer. This ending was said to be very good and fitting. However, it was deleted because it made the episode run too long. See more »

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Fugu poisoning doesn't proceed in the manner Dr. Hibbert claims; what actually happens is that paralysis sets in almost immediately, resulting in eventual death from asphyxiation when it reaches the lungs. However, Dr. Hibbert's mistake in this matter forms the entire basis of this episode. See more »

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Homer Simpson: Dad, we've never been too close, have we?
Grandpa Simpson: Not to my knowledge.
Homer Simpson: Never once went fishing or played catch or even hugged each other.
Grandpa Simpson: We never danced the hootchie-koo, either. What's your point?
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One of my favourite Simpsons episodes
12 March 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

When The Simpsons was good it was great. One Fish, Two Fish, Blowfish, Blue Fish epitomises why I loved The Simpsons so much. It is not my all-time favourite, that's Cape Feare, but it is for me up there with the best and an example of an episode where it is funny and poignant at the same time.

The writing is fantastic in this episode. It still has the snappy lines and humour that you would expect in a standard Simpsons episode, but the last five minutes were so reflective and heart-wrenching I found myself tearing up. One Fish, Two Fish, Blowfish, Blue Fish also has an engaging and poignant story that almost anybody I think upon watching would identify with.

The animation is top notch, with vibrant colours, colourful backgrounds, well-modelled characters and well-judged gestures and facial expressions, and the music is wholly memorable as well. The voice acting as it always is is superb, with the real plaudits going to Dan Castallenetta, while Homer is still the Homer we know and love we also feel for him and Castallenetta's voice work is what made it so.

All in all, a wonderful episode and one of the best of the show. 10/10 Bethany Cox


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