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"The Simpsons" One Fish, Two Fish, Blowfish, Blue Fish (TV Episode 1991) Poster

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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.
Bart's Message: "I will not cut corners" after six repetitions he starts using ditto marks in place of words.
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This episode marks the first appearance of Akira, the Japanese waiter. Here he is voiced by George Takei, but in later appearances Hank Azaria took over the role.
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Homer's list of things he wants to do on his last day on Earth are as follows: Make list (crossed out), eat a hearty breakfast, make videotape for Maggie, have Man-To-Man with Bart, listen to Lisa play her sax, make funeral arrangements, make peace with Dad, beer with the boys at the bar, tell off boss, [go] hang gliding, plant a tree, a final dinner with my beloved family and be 'intimate' with Marge.
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Larry King's role was first offered to Bruce Springsteen, but he turned it down. According to showrunner Sam Simon, William Shatner also rejected the part.
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Homer telling Bart that "cover for me" is a phrase he will find useful in his adult years is in fact a phrase that landed Homer in his current situation when the head sushi chef told the sous chef to "cover for me" so he could go make out with Edna Krabappel, and ignoring the sous chef's pleas that he was too inexperienced to prepare an order of fugu.
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Fugu is in fact a poisonous fish if cut improperly. Sushi chefs must work for several years before being allowed to take tough tests in order to become certified to prepare it. The Emperor of Japan is also prohibited by law from eating fugu. Also, fugu is prohibited in the European Union, due to its toxicity.
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On FXX, when this episode aired on August 21, 2014, also the first day of the "Every. Simpsons. Ever.", at the beginning of the episode, the TV-PG rating appears for about 2 and a half seconds before it disappears. But, after Homer says his catchphrase, 'D'oh!' the Rated TV-PG reappeared on the top left corner of the screen for about 15 seconds in this episode, making it for about 17 and a half seconds of appearance. However, in the repeat airing on FXX, this error was fixed.
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This is the first episode outside of the first season to use a shorter (and condensed) version of the opening.
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The ending involving Homer eating pork rinds is actually recycled animation from Season 1. The Simpsons: Moaning Lisa (1990) has the same animation except to the point, where he chokes.
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According to Al Jean, it took them two days to convince the Fox censors to allow the scene of Bart and Lisa singing the Shaft (1971) theme song be aired because they thought the lyrics were too obscene to appear on television. In order to prove the censors wrong and show that it could appear on television, the staff dug up footage from an old Academy Awards ceremony at which the song was performed by Isaac Hayes.
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When the chef of the sushi bar finds out that Homer has been poisoned, he yells at his apprentices in Japanese. The staff wanted the language they spoke to be actual Japanese, so they hired a Japanese actor who translated the lines for them.
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The answering machine message "Nobody's Home" is sung to the opening notes of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony.
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References to _D.O.A._ include the kids singing in the restaurant and the doctor saying, "Sorry to keep you waiting."
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Homer drinks a large bottle of "Duffihama" beer with his dinner at The Happy Sumo.
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In the early seasons of the show, Homer sports some chest hair.
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The title is a play on Dr. Seuss' Popular book title: One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish.
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Sofa Gag: The family sit down, the sofa tips over backwards, Maggie looks over the bottom at the TV.
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The karaoke singer, Richie Sakai, sings 'Gyspies, Tramps and Thieves' by 'Cher'. Bart and Lisa sing the theme song to the film Shaft (1971), originally by Isaac Hayes.
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The character Richie Sakai, is actually a short name for Simpsons Producer Richard Sakai.
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Homer looking through the window, rapping on the glass, running indoors, then going up to be with Marge was a reference to the wedding scene in The Graduate (1967).
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The five stages of grief were first laid out in Elizabeth Kubler-Ross's book, "On Death and Dying." Though the original 5 stages went in the order of Denial, Anger, Bargain, Depression then Acceptance, Homer also goes through fear and does not go through depression.
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The karaoke signer identifying himself as Richie Sakai is a caricature and namesake of producer Richard Sakai.
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The Simpsons have a mouse problem in their home: A mousehole is seen in the videotaped message to Maggie from Homer.
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The DUFF (2015) features a clip from this episode.
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