The Simpsons: Season 12, Episode 5

Homer vs. Dignity (26 Nov. 2000)

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Desperate for money, Homer accepts payment from Mr. Burns in exchange for humiliating himself.



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Episode credited cast:
Homer / Banker / The Yes Guy (voice)
Marge Simpson (voice)
Lisa Simpson (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Milhouse Van Houten / Boy (voice)
Lindsay Naegle / Stacy / Socialite (voice)
Mr. Burns / Smithers / Skinner / Waiter / Planner / Lenny / Man / Hibbert / Zookeeper / Kent Brockman (voice)
Edna Krabappel (voice)
Karl Wiedergott ...
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Homer asks Burns for a raise and is told he can have one providing he becomes a 'prank monkey', playing stupid jokes on people and generally humiliating himself. He does,however,get the raise and decides to atone for the pranks by throwing toys which he has bought for the children of Springfield into the crowd from a carnival float. Burns tries to get in on the act by throwing fish guts. Written by don @ minifie-1

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When Mrs. Vanderbilt walks into the rest room to see Homer dressed as a baby lying on the floor, her suit is the exact style of the Chanel suit that Marge got for a bargain and repeatedly altered in The Simpsons: Scenes from the Class Struggle in Springfield (1996). See more »


Homer: How much can I get for this?
[He hands the Comic Book Guy a mint condition Joe Dimaggio rookie card]
Comic Book Guy: Well, sir. I'm afraid your card is only worth...
[tips out the cash register]
Comic Book Guy: Everything I've got! Take it!
[he kisses the card]
Comic Book Guy: Oh no, I have smeared it with nacho fingers. I must deftly lick it off.
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Panda Love!
7 January 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

There is NOTHING to like about this episode at all. It starts with Bart witnessing his teacher and principal making out while he hides in a cupboard. Next we see our titular family singing in a restaurant after they fail to pay for food. It's a downhill spiral from there.

The plot sees Homer turn to his boss Mr Burns for more cash but Burns will only give it to him if he becomes his new "Prank Monkey" which leads to Homer eating an immeasurably valuable comic in front of The Comic Book Guy and lying on the floor in public pretending to be a baby. If that's not disgusting enough for you try what follows this when Homer is tasked with pretending to be a female panda at the zoo and being put into an enclosure with a hormonal male panda. That's right: Homer Simpson just got (implicitly) raped by a panda. Yep, that happened.

Needless to say, that scene has helped propel this episode -- deservingly so -- onto many peoples' lists of worst episodes of this show. The Simpsons would Jump The Shark many times over its very long run but never again would it happen in such a distasteful manner. Rob Lazebnik wrote this episode's script and let's just say that there's a reason he'd not be back for more than eight years. This is an episode to avoid. Watch it at your peril. You have been warned!

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