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Homer Goes to College 

When a surprise inspection of the nuclear power plant reveals that Homer is not qualified to do his job, he is forced to go to college.



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Episode cast overview:
Marge Simpson (voice)
Bart Simpson (voice)
Lisa Simpson (voice)
Power Plant Voice / Inspector #1 / Application Reviewer #2 / Answering Machine (voice)


Naptime at the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant is rudely interrupted by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, which is conducting a surprise inspection and employee audit. Homer's skills are tested and not only is he found to be incompetent, he causes a nuclear meltdown! The NRC inspectors demand that Homer (who is found to lack proper certification) either take college courses to obtain the necessary credentials or else Mr. Burns will face criminal charges. Burns gets Homer enrolled at Springfield University, where he acts like an immature adolescent (both in class and around campus) rather than someone needing to study for a college degree. When he continues to act like a know-it-all in physics class, the professor has enough and asks him to demonstrate a proton accelerator; Homer winds up causing another meltdown. Homer is asked to hire a tutor, and does: nerds Benjamin, Gary and Doug. Instead of applying himself, Homer sees the three nerds have no social life and decides to teach ... Written by Brian Rathjen <>

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Animation | Comedy


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Release Date:

14 October 1993 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Dan Castellaneta inadvertently misspelled "smart" as "S-M-R-T" when Homer sang "I am so smart", and ad-libbed "I mean S-M-A-R-T". The writers found this much funnier and used the take. See more »


When Mr. Burns gets Homer into college, Homer says "I won't be needing my high school diploma anymore!" But Homer has a GED, not a high school diploma (and the document he sets fire to even clearly has GED written on it.) See more »


Bart Simpson: Dad, start digging some nerd holes!
Lisa Simpson: It's bad enough they put their retainers in the dishwasher; can't we do something?
Homer Simpson: Look, I'm sure we can work something out where we can all live in harmony, right, Marge?
Marge Simpson: No, I want those geeks outta my house!
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Funny funny Homer
6 February 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Homer was ridiculously funny in "Homer goes to college". First, his little "accident" at the nuclear plan byt. Him glowing in green radiation looking fierce and determined, "must destroy mankind!", (then looks at his watch), " ooh, lunch time", (quickly shakes off radiation then walks happy and casually). I always found that one hilarious. Same with numerous other gags and funny quirks of Homer's throughout the episode such as his picture on his college application joke, him singing "I am so smart, s m r t, I mean s m a r t", then lighting his high school diploma on fire, Homer laughing at the college professor dropping his notes and everyone looking at him all stupified, then the professor making a more intellectual joke and Homer looking all stupified while the rest of the class is laughing. And there's Homer's idea of college being divided into two groups of people, jocks and nerds. An obvious reference to the " Revenge of the nerds" movies. Then Homer watching "School of hard knockers", that was funny too. Then Homer at his first day at college saying " if movies has taught me anything, it's the fault of the bitter, crusty old dean", then he sees his dean who acts all cool and easygoing, the exact opposite of the dean in "School of hard knockers". Then Homer making friends with nerdlings. Then the gag with Homer and his nerdling friends kidnapping a rival college's mascot pig and Richard Nixon's connection to it. Classic. This episode was very funny and was made during the great first 8 years of the Simpsons before the show started to go downhill and lose it's quality.

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