Homer is duped into signing up for the Army, and his hijinks after basic training ultimately results in a military occupation of Springfield.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Marge Simpson (voice)
Lisa Simpson (voice)
Recruiter #1 / Cletus / Moe Szyslak / Carl / Superintendent Chalmers (voice)
Recruiter #2 / Cap'n Crunch (voice)
Army Colonel (voice)
Dolph / Woman at Meeting Hall (voice)
Martin Prince (voice)
Karl Wiedergott ...


After Bart has been seduced by a violent army recruitment video into pre-enrolling when he leaves school,Marge sends Homer to the army base to sort things out but he ends up enlisting himself. Too stupid for frontline infantry he has to play the part of a fugitive enemy in a destructive manoeuvre which severely damages the town as a gung-ho army colonel orders his capture and hunts him down. Fortunately Marge has a plan to beat the colonel at his own (war) game. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Animation | Comedy


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12 November 2006 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The squeaky voiced teenager's name in revealed in this episode to be Mr. Friedman. See more »


Right after the Army finds boot prints, tanks run over the boot prints, but they stay visible and aren't covered by tank tracks. See more »


Drill Sergeant: [as the recruits are going through an obstacle course] Here's your nicknames: Brooklyn, Hollywood, Kissimmee-St. Cloud, Florida, Maverick, Blanket Hog, Newman's Own, Master of Suspense, England's Rose, Nickname Pending, Bram Stoker's Dracula and Snowflake!
Homer Simpson: Snowflake? What happens to me in the summer?
Drill Sergeant: A troublemaker, huh? You're gonna sit here and eat donuts while the rest of the unit does push-ups!
[Homer starts eating while the rest of the unit begins push-ups]
Homer Simpson: I don't understand, how does ...
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References Stripes (1981) See more »


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Fun and Zany Episode,
23 December 2016 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

GI (Annoyed Grunt) is a great Simpsons episode with a well written plot and plenty of very funny scenes. It is an enjoyable, somewhat chaotic episode as we follow Marge getting Springfield in to some strange trouble while trying to get Homer out of the army. A ton of chaos ensues, including a sequence I particularly loved that was a nod to Looney Tunes that was very well put together.

I did feel that it could have used a side story to hold it together a bit more, it was not really strong enough to hold the whole twenty minutes on its own, I felt like giving Bart or Lisa something else to do would have added to it more.

The highlight has to be Kiefer Sutherland, who delivers a fantastic General accent that makes his unrecognizable. He has plenty of very funny quotes throughout and a great character was created here that I would love to see again some time.

The writers clearly had fun writing this episode, which makes us have fun watching it. GI (Annoyed Grunt) may not be a highlight of the eighteenth season, but it is still a very enjoyable Simpsons.

Homer accidentally gets signed up for basic training in the army, but Marge gets roped in after trying to get him released.

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