Homer causes an international incident after he joins the Naval reserves.



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Episode credited cast:
Homer Simpson / Donut Attorney / Giant Donut / Barney / Pastry Chef / Grampa / Mrs. Gumble / Corn Vendor / Lenin / Jack Marley (voice)
Marge Simpson (voice)
Bart Simpson / Ralph (voice)
Lisa Simpson (voice)
TV Announcer / Naval Recruiter / Apu / Moe Szyslak / Recreationist Instructor / Haiti Veteran / Kennedy / Ear Piercer / Russian Representative / Mr. Sulu (voice)
Donut Judge / Smithers / Mr. Burns / Skinner / Kent Brockman / United States Representative / Russian Officer (voice)
Milhouse Van Houten / Jimbo Jones / Female Officer (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Drill Sergeant (voice)
Himself (voice)
Village People (voice)
Captain Tenille (voice)


Bart has his ear pierced and gets an ear-ring but Homer confiscates it.Later Homer and some colleagues join the Naval Reserve and sail on a submarine,where Homer accidentally fires the captain out of the torpedo hatch and,left in charge,allows the sub to drift inti enemy waters. It is attacked and springs a leak but Homer saves the day by sealing it with Bart's ear-ring before returning home for a dishonorable discharge. Written by don @ minifie-1

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29 March 1998 (USA)  »

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This episode parodies Crimson Tide See more »


In episode 3G04 "Simpson Tide", there are numerous Navy mistakes. - Women are not allowed to serve on a submarine in the US Navy. - Junior enlisted do not wear khaki uniforms. - Homer's drill instructor seems to be a marine corps gunnery sergeant and not a Navy Recruit division commander, which wear red ropes in uniform. - Capt. Tenille was wearing the uniform of a lieutenant. - Rating badges are not black on white uniforms. - Khaki uniforms do not have rating badges. - Khaki uniforms, as the female officer was wearing, do not have shoulder boards. - The collars on the dress white uniform are wrong. See more »


Marge: What on earth possessed you to get an earring?
Bart: Milhouse has one.
Marge: If Milhouse jumped off a cliff...
Bart: Milhouse jumped off a cliff? I'm there.
Homer: Get back here, boy. You're a disgrace to this family and its proud naval tradition.
Bart: Well, I'm keeping this earring and you can't stop me.
Homer: Oh... I always thought Lisa would be the one to get her ears pierced.
Lisa: Can I?
Homer: No.
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One of the worst of Season 9
24 July 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In my opinion, "Simpson Tide" is one of the worst episodes of Season 9, preceded only by the clip show, "All Singing, All Dancing." The episode starts off well with Homer's dream and zany antics, but quickly goes downhill when Joshua Sternin and Jeffrey Ventimilia rely strictly on parody for cheap laughs...this could be why they've only been involved with two Simpson's episodes. I do enjoy the gag with Russia converting back to the Soviet Union, but most of the last 3/4 of the episode I do not care for. I think what bothers me the most is Michael Carrington as the drill sergeant. The voice does not sound like a drill sergeant and sounds annoyingly out of place.

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