The Simpsons: Season 1, Episode 7

The Call of the Simpsons (18 Feb. 1990)

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Jealous of Ned Flanders' new RV, Homer purchases one of his own, but the family's trip into the wilderness soon goes awry.

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Episode cast overview:
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Homer Simpson / TV Anchorman (voice)
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Marge Simpson (voice)
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Bart Simpson / Todd Flanders / Boy / Scientist #2 (voice)
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Lisa Simpson (voice)
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Ned Flanders / TV Anchorman / Interviewer / Bear Remover / Captor #2 / Dr. Marvin Monroe / Scientist (voice)
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Camper #1 / Cameraman / Ranger / Captor #1 / Captor #3 / Scientist #3 (voice)
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Cowboy Bob (voice) (as A. Brooks)
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Camper #2 / Reporter (voice)
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Ned Flanders shows off his newly purchased (and monstrous) motor home to the Simpsons. In a fit of oneupmanship, Homer decides he needs one too. Homer's credit is very poor, but he wants that motor home, so he buys one whose oil is leaking and appears to be held together by chicken wire and duct tape. With their new motor home, Homer takes the family on an outing in the woods. Homer quickly loses his way and everyone bails from the motor home just before it tumbles into a large ravine. The family is forced to rough it the rest of the way. Maggie becomes separated from the family and takes refuge with a family of bears. Meanwhile, Homer and Bart lose their clothing and have to wear leaves. Homer quickly falls into a stream and becomes covered with mud. A couple staying in the woods, concluding that what they've seen is Bigfoot, takes a picture of Homer and sends it to a TV station. Soon, the woods are crawling with media representatives, hoping to get their own glimpse. A park ranger ... Written by Brian Rathjen <briguy_52732@yahoo.com>

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Signs at Bob's RV Roundup include: "We'd rather make a friend...(followed by a smiley face) than a profit (followed by a frowny face.)", "We give credit to everyone.", "Bankruptcy, shmankruptcy!", and "No credit? Good!" See more »

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Bart parks his lawnmower right in front of the window. In the next shot it is not there any more. See more »

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Lisa Simpson: Remember, Dad. The handle of the big dipper points to the north star.
Homer: That's nice, Lisa, but we're not in astronomy class. We're in the woods.
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Referenced in The Simpsons: Lemon of Troy (1995) See more »

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The Happy Wanderer
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Composed by Friedrich-Wilhelm Möller
Performed by Dan Castellaneta
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Best Episode Ever
14 November 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Well, make that Second Best behind Homers Skateboard jump across the canyon. The Call of the Simpson is hilarious. I still laugh when I think about the rabbit trap scene. It's a classic early Homer trying to do the best he can to his family and naturally everything goes wrong, from wanting to live it up in a Winnebago to impressing his family and trying to showing his son how to survive in the wilderness, which fails miserably. The Bigfoot was a classic idea with subsequent headlines and a character voice that is only in a few episodes. It is one of the few classic episode with Homer asking for his favorite food; Pork Chops and Apple Sauce. The radio dial keeping the family from teetering off the cliff, to the family leaving Homer stranded as he teeters on the edge of a cliff, to Marge arranging the animals in the woods. Maggie taming the bears with her pacifier. Really, what is not to like about this episode.


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