The Simpsons: Season 2, Episode 13

Homer vs. Lisa and the Eighth Commandment (7 Feb. 1991)

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Homer gets a crooked cable guy to install free cable in the Simpson home, and as a result, Lisa faces an ethical crisis over her family's stealing.

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Homer Simpson / Goliath / Barney Gumble / Boxing announcer #2 (voice)
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Marge Simpson (voice)
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Bart Simpson (voice)
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Lisa Simpson (voice)
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Mr. Burns / Jacques / Ned Flanders / Cockfighting announcer / Reverend Lovejoy / Satan / Blockbuster Channel announcer / Lenny / Waylon Smithers / Boxing announcer #1 / Watson / Eddie (voice)
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Shopping Channel woman / Hear Me Roar TV personality / Davey / Ms. Albright / Tina / Top Hat announcer #1 (voice)
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Moses / Cable Guy / Mexican wrestling announcer / Congressman / Troy McClure (voice)
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Lisa is shocked when Homer does an under the counter deal with a television installation engineer and gets cable T.V. for free as it is against the eighth commandment - Thou Shalt Not Steal. Lisa and Homer both,unsuccessfully, try to convince each other of their point of view but,after consultation with the Reverend Lovejoy,Lisa knows exactly what she must do - pull the plug whilst everybody is watching the big fight at on Homer's television. Written by don @ minifie-1

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The first appearance in the series of Troy McClure, an amalgamation of Troy Donahue and Doug McClure. Years after the latter's death, one of the writers met one of McClure's daughters who told him that their father loved the fact that he was satirized on the show - though he didn't realize that behind his back his children referred to him as Troy McClure. See more »

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Homer: Family, gather round, I have an announcement to make. The Simpsons have cable.
BartLisa: Cable?
Bart: All right.
Homer: That's right, sixty-eight channels, MTV for the kids, VH1 for us, sixteen hours of quality programming a day.
Marge: I don't know, Homer, we've discussed cable before. Do you really think we can afford this?
Homer: Nothing a month? Yeah, I think we can afford it.
Marge: Mmmm, are you sure this is legal?
Homer: Relax, Marge. Read this.
[Homer hands Marge a pamphlet entitled, "So You've Decided To Steal Cable"]
Marge: "Myth: it's wrong ...
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Back when Homer could learn and grow
28 December 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Couch gag rating: 8/10 It's the same couch gag from a prior episode in the season, Simpson and Delilah.

Right after the couch gag is a great scene. It takes place at Mt. Sinai as Moses reads the commandments from God... hilariously in no particular order. Phil Hartman plays Charlton Heston's Moses. It doesn't get much better than that.

The episode: Homer gets a cable hookup which isn't exactly legal. Lisa learns in Sunday School about the Ten Commandments and worries that the family will go to Hell for stealing cable.

This episode provides the perfect opportunity for The Simpsons to satirize cable programming. This episode also helped establish the moral code existing within the show for years to come. This episode makes us question our every day actions and how we justify them.

Favorite moment(s): Phil Hartman as Moses. Homer's foot. Bart's "Man, I wish I was an adult so I could break the rules."

Overall rating: 9/10 Homer vs. Lisa and the 8th Commandment showcases the first appearances of both Troy McClure and Drederick Tatum. It shouldn't be missed on that alone.


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