The Simpsons: Season 12, Episode 6

The Computer Wore Menace Shoes (3 Dec. 2000)

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Homer's gossip website becomes a huge hit, but when his information runs out he resorts to making up news.


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Episode credited cast:
Homer Simpson / Quimby / Reporter #2 / Reporter #3 / Krusty / Moleman / Man #1 / Man #2 / Officer Scraps (voice)
Marge Simpson (voice)
Lisa Simpson (voice)
Moe Szyslak / Carl / Salesman / Chief Wiggum / Comic Book Guy / Apu / Lou / Terrorist / Number Fifteen / Number Two (voice)
Edna Krabappel (voice)
Agnes Skinner / Woman / Scientist #1 (voice)
Rod Flanders (voice)
Karl Wiedergott ...
Reporter #1 (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Number Six (voice)


Homer gets a computer and sets up a web page as Mr. X,writing scurrilous blogs about the other townsfolk,later expanding it to make bizarre general claims. He is kidnapped and finds himself on an island to where people who know dangerous secrets are banished. It is akin to the community in television series 'The Prisoner'. Indeed he even meets Number Six,the lead character from the show and steals his boat in order to escape back to Springfield,where he beats up the German look-alike who has been impersonating him whilst he was on the island. Written by don @ minifie-1

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This was Patrick McGoohan's final guest appearance on a television series before his death on January 13, 2009. See more »


Storekeeper: You're not a sucker, are you sir?
Homer: Oh, heavens no!
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References The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes (1969) See more »


I've Been Working on the Railroad
Performed by Dan Castellaneta (as "I've Been Sittin' on the Toilet")
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Mary Popping Comes To Springfield
14 March 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Back in 1969 a little-regarded teen movie was released called "The Computer Wore Menace Shoes". It featured a youngster destined to be a great movie star: Kurt Russell. In 1969 a great actor called Patrick McGoohan had just finished making a seminal and enormously well-regarded TV series called The Prisoner. Twenty years later a strange family were an enormous success on TV. They were cartoons. They were The Simpsons.This unlikely triumvirate of entertainment history collided.

Homer buys a computer and goes on the Internet. Having exposed all his neighbours as crooks and vagabonds he is is stolen away to a Village which Time seems to have forgotten. It is inhabited by cockneys and Mary Poppins. It's very much the UK as visualised in some strange American dream - much like the Simpsons maybe are the USA, visualised in some strange Hollywood dream.

Patrick McGoohan intones deeply, if not meaningfully, as he guest-voices, "33 years a Prisoner".... Aha! 33! 3+3=6! Another clue! Another enigma! Rover bounces in from his Nemo-deep and Homer shows an unexpected turn of intellect by brandishing a suitable piece of defensive cutlery. *Pop* goes Rover as he is forked to death.

Escaping on a raft of toilet rolls and scabs, Homer thinks he is back in Springfield but little does he know.... We're all in the Village now. Madge remarks it's quite nice - once you get used to it.

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