Homer falls in love with private planes after taking a flight to Chicago with Mr. Burns. So Marge hires Homer a "life manager" to help him think positively and find a job that will allow him to fly for a living.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Homer Simpson / Multi-Eyed Squirrel / Itchy / Actor / Barney Gumble / Rich Texan / Squeaky Voiced Teen / Homer's Brain / Airplane Voice / Pilot #3 (voice)
Marge Simpson (voice)
Lisa Simpson (voice)
Colby Krause (voice)
Himself (voice)
Milhouse Van Houten / Svetlana / Woman in Audience #2 (voice)
Medicine Woman / Plopper / Woman in Audience #1 / Actress (voice)
Karl Wiedergott ...
Pilot #1 / Man in Audience / Guy at the Airport / Pilot #2 (voice)


Having saved Burns' life Homer is rewarded by a trip to Chicago on a private plane,serenaded by Lionel Richie. This gives him a taste for a better life and,thanks to a personal life coach,gets an interview for a high-flying job with the Rich Texan. Having failed the interview he still pretends to Marge that he is working but,exposed by Bart,chooses to come clean on a private plane...where the pilot collapses and Homer must fly them all to safety. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Animation | Comedy


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23 September 2007 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Colby says he's a graduate of "the Harvard of the South", a nickname commonly applied to Rice University (although he refuses to name it). See more »


When Burns' stewardess bids Homer farewell when he gets off the plane, her lips don't move. See more »


Mr. Burns: You saved my life. There must be something I can do for you.
Homer's Brain: A cookie! No, a car! No, a cookie!
Mr. Burns: You're getting a free dinner...
Homer Simpson: Gasp!
Mr. Burns: ...with...
Homer Simpson: Yeah?
Mr. Burns: ...me!
Homer Simpson: Me? But that's you!
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References E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) See more »


The Flying Trapeze
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Very, very disappointing.
18 November 2007 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

What an utter disappointment. After the absolutely brilliant, brilliant couch-gag - which featured the after-events of The Simpsons Movie - the episode just....died. I mean, I don't see why it was so bad. How can you make such a great, great couch-gag then make an abysmal effort, all with the same intentions? It just...doesn't make sense.

The whole episode just isn't funny at all, and is even flat-out unfunny. But I can't say I'm surprised - it's a hold-over from the disappointing 18th season.

On a positive note, this episode features some of the best voice-acting in years. In some moments, the characters sound almost identical to their Season 4-10 models.

This episode gets a 4/10, but because the couch-gag was surprisingly great, I might up it to a 5/10; but a simple couch-gag can't compensate for 20 minutes of wasted potential.

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