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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Homer: [as Homer uses a raft to escape the island, Rover pops up] AHH! An anti-escape orb
[He looks around and pops Rover with a fork]
Number Two: [Number Two and the scientist are observing Homer's escape] Why did you think a big balloon would stop him?
Scientist #1: SHUT UP! That's why!
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22 February 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

"The Computer Wore Menace Shoes" is one of the most divisive episodes of The Simpsons because of how weird it is but I like it because of the weirdness which is good as a one-off. Just don't let this sort of episode become a regular occurrence.

This episode gets off to a great start with Homer setting up which he plagues with shock-news stories. Then he wins a Pulitzer Prize for some reason and triggers a series of events that lead him to make up the news on his site instead. When one of them (the government are controlling children with flu shots) turns out to be true he gets kidnapped and taken to The Island where he meets Number 6 and gets endlessly gassed and drugged in several weird scenes that shouldn't work but do.

There's a nice Victorian Estate aesthetic to The Island's outdoor sections with the indoor just going for a plain weird feel that creates a real sense of unease while the creepy bosses of The Island and the various inmates who "know too much" complement the scenery well and all of it comes together to make for a very unsettling feel to the episode.

Homer's escape is done by a boat of disposable forks and he gets home to find a European doppelgänger awaiting him so as to avoid suspicion from his family giving a funny fight scene at the end with two Homers duking it out in the famous living room. Then we get to the ending where the whole family are taken to The Island which is a crap ending that I like to ignore and pretend didn't happen. But if you can put that aside what we have is an episode that splits fans down the middle into those who despise it and those who love it. If you are the former then I urge you to reevaluate your opinion of it: It's actually rather good! I give it 7/10

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