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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18 February 1993 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


The final scene, where Homer and Marge cycle into the distance while "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head" plays is a reference to the film Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. See more »


Upon exiting the Duff Brewery, Homer (who is driving) and Barney are pulled over by the police and Homer is subjected to a sobriety test. Upon passing the test, Homer is then forced by the police to take a breathalyzer test (per Barney's insistence) and is subsequently arrested. The police cannot force anyone to take a breathalyzer test. Refusal to take one can, and probably will, be used against you as evidence if it turns out that you have been drinking, however. See more »


[first lines]
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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References Bewitched (1964) See more »


Round the Bend
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What Happens If Homer Stops Drinking?
7 January 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is the sixteenth episode of the fourth season of the Simpsons and it's a very good, incredibly hilarious episode. It does have some moral themes regarding drinking and driving and the effects of alcohol on your body. The episode also shows what happens to Homer when his beer is taken away from him. My favorite scene is where Chief Wiggum messes up the terms of DWI and DOA.

In this episode, "Duffless," Homer is arrested for DWI and has his license suspended and is forced to take Alcohol Anonymous. He also promises Marge to forgo drinking for a month. Meanwhile, Bart and Lisa are doing science fair projects and Lisa has a project comparing the smartness of a hamster and Bart.

Overall, this is a very solid episode that have many highlights. I also liked how Flanders attend the AA meetings, despite not having a drink in four thousand days. A very good episode with some moral themes. I rate this episode 9/10.

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