The Simpsons: Season 12, Episode 17

Simpson Safari (1 Apr. 2001)

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The Simpsons win a trip to Africa.



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Episode credited cast:
Homer Simpson / Tribesman / Warrior #2 (voice)
Marge Simpson (voice)
Bart Simpson (voice)
Lisa Simpson (voice)
Moe Szyslak / Bag Boy #1 / Bag Boy #2 / Carl / Exec #1 / N'gungo / Kitenge / Poacher (voice)
Dr. Hibbert / Manager / Kent Brockman / Lenny / Exec / Porter / Masai Chief / Warrior #1 (voice)
Agnes Skinner / Waitress / Exec / Flight Attendant / Bushwell (voice)
Karl Wiedergott ...
Muntu / Additional Voices (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
African Animals (voice)


When Homer is searching for food because of a bag boy strike, he finds an old box of animal crackers and discovers that he won a trip to Africa 30 years ago by finding a golden giraffe. When confronting the company who used to make these crackers, but isn't even selling food anymore, they refuse at first, but after Homer hits his eye on a sharp corner on the cracker box they give Homer and his family a free trip to Africa. In Africa, the Simpsons experience a series of events: dancing tribal dance, going on safari, but after being chased by a hippo they are saved by a monkey scientist, and they reveal that the scientist are only using the monkeys to run a diamond mine. When back on the plane the Simpsons discover that their former tour guide is now the president of the country, while the former president Muntu is now a flight attendant. Written by Anonymous

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Marge discovers that another character has "diamonds on the soles of her shoes". This is also the title of a song written by Paul Simon and included on the 1986 album "Graceland". See more »


While eating at Dr. Bushwell's home, Bart's tongue is green in one shot (same color as his shirt) and in the next, his tongue is the normal red color. See more »


Kitenge: Good night. Don't let the bed bugs paralyze.
Marge Simpson: Homer, did you remember to tip Kitenge?
Kitenge: [from outside the door] No, he did not.
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"The Simpsons are going to __________" (audience switch off TV)
17 December 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This is another of those travel episodes that this show insists on doing from time to time. This worked well for the original travel episode 'Bart Vs Australia' but here it falls flat.

The reason why the family set off to Tanzania is pointless. For Australia it was because Bart almost triggered an international incident but here it's because the writers wanted to do tonnes of OTT stereotypes about Africa. Their geographically impossibly all over the continent seeing stuff with no point to them other to screw with the audience. The jokes about revolutions in East Africa come quickly before they even arrive ("It is now called 'Pepsi Presents: New Zanzibar'") and again at the end where their tour guide is the new ruler and the previous ruler is a flight attendant.

They go to Africa because of a Bag-Boy strike causing a famine since apparently nobody in Springfield is capable of bagging their own groceries. Can't they shop at the Kwik-E-Mart? Or even out of town if they have to? Anyway the family find an old box of crackers in the attic and decide to enter a competition to go to Africa (they must have food there!). Homer is refused by the company but hurts himself before leaving so they stop him suing by sending the family on the trip instead. This is one of the only funny moments here.

The second act is the obligatory sightseeing 'gags' as we see such horrors as Rhinos born from eggs and Giraffes living in burrows. Lisa points out that this is incorrect but is quickly shut-down by Homer on full Jerk-ass form before a random 'Lion King' moment and then scaring off some poachers.

The worst moment is when they join a big party with a tribe dancing round a fire. It's embarrassing to watch enough before Homer does a drum solo, eventually hitting a Hippo who gives chase. Until they get on a boat and flee (because the Hippo is scared of water. WHAT IS THIS RUBBISH?!!!?) and somehow survive falling down a waterfall.

The final act at least sees something resembling a plot as they arrive at Dr Bushwell's chimp reserve. It turns out she is using the chimps to mine diamonds. Greenpeace show up to stop her but she pays off everyone with diamonds to keep quiet about it. Cut to the family on the plane home with lots of diamonds. Cue credits. The End.

Don't waste your time with this. 2/10 because I feel in a generous mood today.

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