The Simpsons: Season 4, Episode 16

Duffless (18 Feb. 1993)

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After Homer is arrested for DUI, and loses his driver's license, he is put to the ultimate test when Marge pressures him to give up beer for a month.



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Episode cast overview:
Homer Simpson / Santa's Little Helper / Barney Gumble / Duff Brewery Clock / Commercial Announcer #1 / John F. Kennedy / Hans Moleman / Man at Science Fair / Commercial Man #1 / Jub-Jub (voice)
Lisa Simpson (voice)
'More tomato?' / Commercial Doctor / Phil / Chief Wiggum / Lou / Prison Guard / Wiseguy / Dad at Science Fair / Moe Szyslak (voice)
Principal Skinner / Mr. Largo / Tour Guide / Richard Nixon / Eddie / Reverend Lovejoy / Jasper Beardly / Ned Flanders / Otto Mann / Commercial Man #2 / Baseball Commentator / Train (voice)
Commercial Announcer #2 / Lionel Hutz / Troy McClure (voice)
Edna Krabappel (voice)
Milhouse Van Houten / Child at Science Fair / Martin Prince (voice)
Miss Hoover / Mrs. Phillips / Judge / Screaming Woman / Maude Flanders / Woman at Science Fair (voice)


Homer gets barred from driving and forced to attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings. He decides to use Lisa's bike but only falls off and gets bombarded with bottles from the Duff balloon. However he eventually keeps his promise to Marge to stay Duffless for thirty days and they cycle off into the sunset. Lisa proves that a hamster is more intelligent than Bart in the run up to displaying their science projects but he ultimately upstages her by flying the hamster around the class in a miniature plane. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Principal Skinner: Well, Edna, for a school with no Asian kids, I think we put on a pretty darn good science fair.
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Very Good Episode(SPOILERS)
18 February 2007 | by (Minnesota) – See all my reviews


Season Four of the Simpsons is a fantastic season and probably the second best season. This plot is very simple and you would to think it would be one of the First Season episodes of the Simpsons, being as the plot is so simple. This is a great episode that you can enjoy and the ending is fantastic, too. Some of the greatest episodes are in Season Four, such as Last Exit To Springfield and Lisa's First Word. This is definitely one of them. The sub-plot of this episode is also very simple.

Here is the main plot. Homer skips works and goes to the Duff Brewery. He is arrested for DUI. His license is revoked. He has to go to a class for alcoholics. Marge begs Hoemr to quit drinking for a month. He agrees. His life becomes boring and dull and not entertaining at all. After the month he goes to Moe's for a drink. He changes his mind and goes bicycling in the sunset with Marge.

The sub-plot for this episode is that Bart destroys Lisa's science project. She makes a new one, entitled Is My Brother Dumber Than A Hamster? It turns out that he is. Bart finds this out and becomes upset. When the science fair day comes Bart has a project with a hamster flying an airplane. He wins the fair. Lisa thinks that he does not deserve to win, but nobody cares.

Overall, this is a fantastic and simple episode of the Simpsons. It also contains one of my favorite lines. "My name is Hans. Drinking has ruined my life, I'm thirty-one years old!" That is such a twist because Hans Moleman looks like a raisin and looks more like a eight-one year old. It is such a weird and nonsensical line. Anyway, this is one of the best episodes of Season Four and the ending is so sweet, especially with the music.


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