The Simpsons: Season 19, Episode 9

Eternal Moonshine of the Simpson Mind (16 Dec. 2007)

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Homer goes to Dr. Frink to help him recover his memories from the night before, and he discovers, based on his interpretation of the memories, that Marge is having an affair.



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Homer goes to Dr. Frink to help him recover his memories from the night before, and he discovers, based on his interpretation of the memories, that Marge is having an affair.

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Chief Wiggum: Walked into a door? That is the lamest excuse in the book.
[walks into door]
Chief Wiggum: All right, door. You're coming downtown.
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References Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) See more »


Winter Wonderland
Music by Felix Bernard
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A touching and suspenseful Homer-centric episode
2 January 2015 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Many people will agree with me in saying that the main character of The Simpsons is Homer Simpson. Early on around season 4, Matt Groening made the conscious decision to shift the focus from Bart to Homer, citing his stupidity, impulsiveness and rash decision making as having the potential for a whole new range of humour. Of course, the characterisation of Homer hasn't been constant throughout the show's many years, but one thing has. His relationship with Marge.

We've seen their marriage tested quite a few times before, one example being Homer's co-worker Mindy in "The Last Temptation of Homer", which was a realistic and heartfelt look at Homer's attraction to another woman. Another is Season One's "Life on the Fast Lane" where Marge is wooed by the smooth talking Casanova Jacques. Of course, we know that Homer would never actually hurt Marge in such a way, so this episode is offset slightly by the fact that the audience already knows one of the answers to the puzzle.

"Eternal Moonshine of the Spotless Mind" feeds its plot to the viewer little by little, as we follow Homer unveiling clues along the way to figuring out what happened the night before. The episode does a great job of placing Homer within a very tight spot, missing his family and desperately trying to convince himself he didn't actually hit Marge and ruin his marriage. Of course, it seems fitting that such an oaf like Homer would go to such lengths in order to forget everything and ensure that his surprise party is a success. We know Homer in the end means best.

Humour and drama are juggled surprisingly well. A short and simple scene like Homer, Bart and Lisa sliding down the hill and knocking over snow sculptures does this perfectly. It's a heartfelt and funny memory that Homer manages to single out amidst the clutter as he laments on possibly losing his kids forever. Later, even as he prepares to jump off the bridge, there's a tinge of sadness and regret that resonates back to the audience even though we know he won't actually die. He brings up the old cliché of your life flashing before your eyes and a flashback begins. The two minute slideshow of his life from birth to the present features hundreds of stills and is the best part of the episode. From his parents splitting up, Abe slowly becoming an alcoholic, struggling with grades, acne, a young Marge entering his life and many many cans of Duff, the 'photo a day' hits a spot of sentimentality not often visited with the character of Homer.

Season 2's "One Fish, Two Fish, Blowfish, Blue Fish" has Homer eat a poisonous fugu fish and finding out he has less than 24 hours to live. In his last day he spends time with each of his children, reconciles with his father, has one last drink at Moe's and spends his final moments with Marge. After all that, he survives and goes back to drinking and watching TV on the couch. Confronting Homer with his mortality is a very heavy theme but nevertheless some suggest that the episode could be a fitting finale, if not for Homer's tale. "Eternal Moonshine of the Spotless Mind" hits similar themes with a slightly more cheerful ending while showcasing Homer for the caring bumbling father and husband he is, in spite of his flaws. When the time comes for The Simpsons to finally end, Matt Groening would do well to remember this.

A few of my favourite lines from the episode:

  • Wiggum: Walked into a door? That is the lamest excuse in the book.

(Walks into door). All right, door. You're coming downtown.

  • Flanders: Well, I can't say for sure, but as a Christian, I assume

the worst.

  • Lisa: Dad, you just destroyed your first kiss.

Homer: Really? Who was it with?

Bart: Uh... Apu.

Homer: Oh, yeah.

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