A hypnotist uncovers a traumatic experience from Homer's childhood.



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Episode credited cast:
Marge Simpson (voice)
Bart Simpson (voice)
Lisa Simpson (voice)
Burly / Mesmerino / Professor Frink / Carl / Moe Szyslak / Chief Wiggum / Waylon Smithers Sr. (voice)
Ned Flanders / Pimento Grove Emcee / Waylon Smithers / Lenny / Montgomery Burns (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Waitress (voice)
Mama Celeste (voice)
Fat Tony (voice)
Himself (voice)
Judith Owen ...
Herself (voice)
Karl Wiedergott ...
Sexy Frink (voice)


The Simpsons go to see stage hypnotist Mesmerino,who regresses Homer to his early teens when he and his friends discovered a rotting corpse in an old quarry. The police investigate and find the corpse's skeleton is still there. Mr. Burns explains that it is the corpse of the father of his adoring assistant Smithers,who died saving the town from a nuclear meltdown. Whilst Smithers is pleased to learn that his father died heroically Homer takes the skull home as a souvenir. Written by don @ minifie-1

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9 December 2001 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This chapter is based on the film "Stand by me". Homer plays Will Wheaton's part. And Moe is River Phoenix. See more »


In the scenes that Homer is 12 years old, Waylon Smithers (the one we know and love, not the father) is a baby. But this makes no sense - Homer and Smithers went to high school together. See more »


Marge Simpson: I guess it was a pretty funny prank. I like the ones where nothing catches on fire.
Homer Simpson: Yeah. The only thing hurt are feelings.
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Spoofs The Matrix (1999) See more »


Hell & Back Again
Written and Performed by Judith Owen
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Similar to New Tricks and Cold Case
30 November 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This episode had everything; Humour, a hypnotist, an unsolved murder, laughs, a crank call and a dead body. Honestly, this episode is similar to New Tricks and Cold Case with the unsolved case and if Homer needed help from an unsolved case cop, he should have called either Detective Lilly Rush or Detective Superintandant Sandra Pullman instead of Police Chief Wiggum. The body was Smithers's dad who vanished 25 years previously and it was still a good episode all the way.

All in all, this episode is so New Tricks, Cold Case Squad, Cold Squad and Waking the Dead meets the Simpsons and this is a really good episode so if you you don't like it, that's your problem, not mine so there.

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